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Elvish Spirit Guide
Creature — Elf Spirit
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Elvish Spirit Guide Discussion
4 weeks ago
Thanks for the suggestions!
I run Dark Confidant in most of my black EDH decks cuz the card draw is always good to have, especially at 2 CMC. I haven't had a major problem with the life loss, though obviously there is a risk of revealing It That Betrays which is a bummer. I will often pay the 8 life to get 2 extra cards from Sylvan Library, so I kinda see Dark Confidant in the same vein. I still definitely think it's good to have, and have never regretted seeing it.
Elvish Spirit Guide has also been getting the job done in testing so far. Fast mana, even if it's a one time thing, is valuable here as the deck definitely benefits from setting up faster. Getting out a turn one Sylvan Library, Lotus Cobra, Dark Confidant, or even just a signet can set me very far ahead.
I agree that Oracle of Mul Daya would be great in the deck, and I will definitely try to fit that in. Courser of Kruphix I'm personally not as high on. She doesn't speed things up much (doesn't really ramp), the life gain isn't super relevant usually, and her top deck manipulation is pretty limited. I'm trying to leave out things that just let me look at the top of my deck. I left out Vizier of the Menagerie for this reason, and I think he's better than Prophet.
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed is a very good creature, and I think I would run it in a non Primal Surge variant of Vaevictis. In this one, where the goal is more to win quickly than to control the field, I'm not sure if it would be the best option most of the time. If I were to put it in, I would probably take out Sire Of Insanity since they sort of take up the same slot, but I'm giving the nod to Sire at the moment mostly because I think he's hilarious, especially when it can turn the game into a chaos warp top decking grindfest with Vaevictis on the field (not the best reason I know, but I'm standing by it for now).
I love the idea of Glissa, the Traitor in the deck, and I will definitely test her out. She seems like a great way to bring back the artifacts I end up sacrificing to Vaevictis, and I can see myself trying out some more relevant artifacts to take more advantage of this.
4 weeks ago
I'm pretty surprised you're using Dark Confidant, he seems risky with some of your high cmc spells and doesn't have a very relevant body for EDH. Elvish Spirit Guide is only really relevant as a one time ramp. I understand that it's as fast as it could possibly be, but I would think the advantage gained by Courser of Kruphix and Oracle of Mul Daya are far superior- Especially when they help you manipulate the top of your deck to hit more relevant spells & still make land drops.
With 35 creatures, I'm surprised you're not running Ruric Thar, the Unbowed.
I could see some good value from Glissa, the Traitor and a cheap artifact whenever Vaevictis triggers.
1 month ago
Thanks for the response. What cuts would make to your list of you were playing in a non cedh environment?
Consecrated Sphinx, Glowrider, Tendershoot Dryad, Sunscape Familiar, Sun Titan, Elvish Spirit Guide, Glen Elendra Archmage, Glowrider, Lotus Cobra Loxodon Gatekeeper, Oracle of Mul Daya, Phyrexian Metamorph, Phyrexian Revoker, Day's Undoing, Idyllic Tutor, Fabricate, Timetwister, Windfall Frozen AEther, Grasp of Fate Kismet, Chalice of the Void and Lotus Petal are the cards not being played in the above mentioned list.
All the creatures with the exception of Loxodon Gatekeeper, Elvish Spirit Guide, Phyrexian Revoker and Glowrider seem like upgrades for a high end casual environment. If you could only include four creatures that are unique to your list for a casual list what would they be? My guess would be Sun Titan, Glen Elendra Archmage, Tendershoot Dryad, and Sunscape Familiar.
Idyllic Tutor seems really good in a midrange deck. Would its inclusion along with the widely played Enlightened Tutor allow for me to run Living Plane? Is Sterling Grove too slow even for a casual environment? Does Aura Shards make it back into the deck?
4 months ago
Well, if you want more god hands, run some of the god mana cards, like Boreal Druid, Carpet of Flowers, Mana Crypt, Chrome Mox, Elvish Spirit Guide, Simian Spirit Guide, Lotus Petal, Mox Diamond, Rite of Flame and any of the other options.
Even Orcish Lumberjack should be run if you want the super fast mana ramp.
Creature - Orc
: Add three mana in any combination of colors.
, : Deal two damage to any target.
, : Gain two life.
Put a -1/-1 counter on Orcish Lumberjack: Untap Orcish Lumberjack.
( 1 / 3 )
Use em' or not, but thats how I would build the deck, you clearly know more about than I do though!
4 months ago
Btw this is what you need to go infinite on turn two. There's actually a few different variants of what you can top deck on 2 turn that will get there but this is the easiest to explain.
Lion's Eye Diamond (used to cast Najeela after playing rest of hand)
Turn one that whole set comes down and Najeela attacks. 1 Counter on the DR, 1 Warrior token. Turn 2 top deck Temporal Mastery and play it for miracle cost Swing and get 3 total counters on DR, 2 extra warrior tokens (you now have 3+Najeela)
Extra turn: Swing with the team and get up to 7 DR counters, 7 warriors. Get WURBG from DR, get infinite attacks.
4 months ago
Thanks for the upvote and the suggestions.
The deck actually uses Dread Return’s via flashback since it is part of the combo. It is in the deck description if you are interested in finding out more about how the deck works.
I would however like to solicit the opinion of those who might want to help.
I am thinking of cutting Hapless Researcher if favor of Reclamation Sage. Doing so give the Flash Hulk combo a way to deal with cards like Null Rod and Cursed Totem. This would, however, put a ton of pressure on Muldrotha as it would now be required in both Flash Hulk and Hermit Druid lines.
I am also thinking of taking out a dork to make room for Elvish Spirit Guide. I figured this could get me out of an early Blood Moon, help me get more turn 1 wins and, at the very least, give me something to pitch to Survival of the Fittest.
I am trying to find a slot for Sensei's Divining Top. Not sure if the deck needs it but I don’t see any drawback of having it in the deck if I can find a slot for it.
Would appreciate any inputs on these. Thanks!
4 months ago
Thank you for the comment SirSh4ggy i will change the describtion. Entomb is insane in this deck but unfortunately its banned. For cards like jesters cap we have Riftsweeper riftsweeper + Elvish Spirit Guide is also used to make infinite green instant speed wich ill add to the discription later. About expedition map. I played it for the longest time but cut it Just recently for speed. A '3' mana land tutor just seemed kind of expensive for me. While it is i want to put it back in mainly to grab Cavern of Souls to make gitrog uncounterable or a turn 2 Glacial Chasm VS mono Red and other aggo seems dumb.
About other combos. The deck mainly involves Dakmor Salvage and we are in huge trouble of it gets exiled somehow. Out main gameplan at that point is beating the opponent to death with the Giant frog untill we het dakmor back from exile. However our combo is really resilient to 1 use graveyard hate cards since they cant really exile dakmor and stop the combo when we are going off. The only other combo i consider putting in is the Dark Depths + Thespian's Stage combo since it only costs us 1 spell slot since depths cant produce mana. I dont feel like a 20/20 flying indestructible quite gets the job done but i havent tested against midrange and control decks jet. Help nobody plays duel commander in Holland. Anyhow these are my thought. Ill change the describtion soon.