Gnarlroot Trapper


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Magic Origins Uncommon

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Gnarlroot Trapper

Creature — Elf Druid

, Pay 1 life: Add to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast an Elf creature spell.

: Target attacking Elf you control gains deathtouch until end of turn. (Any amount of damage it deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

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Gnarlroot Trapper Discussion

EpicFreddi on Why are Elves so sELFish?

2 months ago

Not a fish-pun in the title. 0/10 wouldn't splash blue.
I really don't like Gnarlroot Trapper since it doesnt help you playing CoCo. I'd prefere Noble Hierarch or Elves of Deep Shadow. But for my limited experience 8 Dorks are enough.

Trtl on Abzan Blink Elves

5 months ago

Ditch Gnarlroot Trapper and put in Elvish Mystic; mystic is just generally better. Another way you can take it is like I did. (take a look at my deck) Since you use lots of blink cards I would recommend Servant of the Conduit and Aether Hub so you can produce all the colors you may need. I would remove Beastcaller Savant for the servant.

Here's my frontier deck if you'd like to take a look: An Elvish Frontier.

Skybolt, I don't mean to sound mean, but you're incorrect. Caves of Koilos and Llanowar Wastes produce the same colorless mana as Westvale Abbey  Flip or Crumbling Vestige; the only thing that changed was the image they use to show colorless mana.

Trtl on Elves From Standard to Frontier

5 months ago

Sweet deck! I love elves on the frontier! If you're interested you can take a look at my deck here: An Elvish Frontier. One major recommendation is Narnam Renegade. You're running so little black that you can drop Gnarlroot Trapper without a problem.

Nordlys on B/G Elves Modern

8 months ago

Someone mentioned Wellwisher, but it's not modern legal. So Essence Warden is the right answer.

You may want to take a look at Gnarlroot Trapper if you haven't already; a "pain" llanowar elf with the potential to transform any silly attack into murder. Elves of Deep Shadow might be useful, though I don't think so, since you've already got black mana sources well covered.

Consider Eyeblight's Ending. Not as devastating as Eyeblight Massacre, but it's bright side is that it is an instant spell which could be crucial to stop the mechanics of the opponent during his or her turn.

You might also consider Asceticism for sideboard, though it is not very cheap to play. I personally prefer an ofensive defense; I'm talking about an underrated card called Lurking Predators, we all know it exists and we all know it has great potential but it has not met the gameplay it should.

multimedia on

1 year ago

abby315, hey, thanks for the mention of Rite Elves. Haha, clever name "Elves n Bacon". If you check reset slug in the editor for your deck and then save it this will change your deck name url from flickerin-elves to elves-n-bacon.

Having a way to find Decimator is very helpful when using him with Elves. Right now you have no way of getting Decimator into your hand unless you draw him or top deck him which is possible, but using only 2x of him doesn't give you very good odds. Two of the best cards to find him are Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip and Oath of Nissa. Both also having synergy with Elves being able to find Sylvan Messenger and Shaman of the Pack. Duskwatch is amazing with Cryptolith Rite as a mana sink with Elves, but he's not an Elf. Oath only costs 1 mana and can find lands meaning it can find Hissing Quagmire or Westvale Abbey  Flip as well as let you keep one Forest or Llanowar Wastes opening hands. Adding either I think will help your deck a lot. You could even fit both in.

Leaf Gilder is very lackluster if you aren't using Collected Company. It's the only reason I use him over Beastcaller Savant. 23x lands is a lot if using both Gnarlroot Trapper and Savant who can help to play all your creatures.

Using Foul-Tongue Shriek as a sideboard option is really interesting and your explanation of using it in matchups where you want to attack makes a lot of sense, but I can't help to think that Grasp of Darkness would just be better in it's place. Grasp is really amazing right now, if there was room in Rite Elves I would main deck it, but there isn't.

Lets hope Kaladesh has Elves on the green side or most likely RIP Standard Elves.

multimedia on Gb Elves

1 year ago

NinjaShank56, here is my version of Standard Elves, Rite Elves. It's a different take on Elves, but it might give you some ideas. Here are some sideboard suggestions.

Transgress the Mind, Grasp of Darkness, Sylvan Advocate, Tireless Tracker, Gilt-Leaf Winnower and Aerial Volley.

Elves really need some kind of discard spell to combat Languish as it's the go to board sweeper that black decks are using to punish Company and Humans decks. Duress is fine, but in my opinion Transgress is better even though it costs more. The only positive that Duress has over Transgress is it can take Declaration in Stone. Transgress is very good vs emerge. This is particularly helpful if you face the Elder Deep-Fiend and Kozilek's Return combo. Its also good vs Delirium, exiling instead of putting cards into your opponent's yard. Exiling Ishkanah, Grafwidow is important. You might face a ramp matchup, GR Goggles, GR Eldrazi, where Transgress might just be a lifesaver.

Grasp is my opinion the best removal spell right now because it's unconditional instant removal which is good in all the top three matchups: Humans, Bant Company and Spirits. It's excellent vs Spell Queller and Archangel Avacyn  Flip.

If you aren't planning on using Advocate main deck then he should be in the sideboard if only for the Humans matchup. He is just the most efficient 2 drop right now in Standard. He's also busted when paired with Hissing Quagmire. Turn 6 is the likeliest turn that Decimator will be cast, him and Advocate together make a lot of damage.

Tracker is just a super efficient creature who can give you great card advantage and really win a game by herself if left alive. Tracker and Sylvan Advocate together are a formidable team that no control deck wants to face.

Winnower is an Elf who can be found by Sylvan Messenger and is good because he can kill a large amount of the most powerful creatures in Standard, most notably Spell Queller as well as can't be targeted on the stack by Queller, all the other spirits, Elder Deep-Fiend, Reflector Mage, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, both Gisela, the Broken Blade and Bruna, the Fading Light, he's also an out to Brisela, Voice of Nightmares, Tireless Tracker, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, etc. He's also great with Gnarlroot Trapper.

Volley although narrower than my other suggestions is great in the Spirits matchup because it has the potential of killing three spirits for 1 mana at instant speed. It can also kill Spell Queller for 1 mana. It can't however kill Archangel Avacyn  Flip which could be a problem.

As far as main deck changes my suggestions are to cut Eldritch Evolution for Collected Company, cut Beastcaller Savant for Leaf Gilder because he can cast Company turn 3 and cut the single Leaf Gilder, Llanowar Empath and Soul of the Harvest for 3x Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip because he can find Decimator of the Provinces as well as Shaman of the Pack. Even though Duskwatch is not an Elf his ability including his Werewolf side are very good for the Elf and Emerge strategies. As it is right now you have 1x Empath who can find Decimator and his dig is bad, unless you draw Decimator you have a small chance of getting him into your hand. Only 5 untapped black sources to cast a turn 1 Gnarlroot Trapper is not enough, you want at least eight or ten. I would cut 2x Westvale Abbey  Flip and 1x Foul Orchard for 3 more Swamp. Abbey is an excellent card, but you really need to be using Cryptolith Rite if you want to use it as a 4 of. Abbey is also quite risky with all the Reflector Mages running around.

Good luck with your deck and good luck at GP Portland.

zandl on BG Elves

1 year ago

Not a fan of Loam Dryad or Matter Reshaper. Gnarlroot Trapper is far better than the Dryad and Sylvan Messenger does what Reshaper can but better, without screwing up your land-base.

Both are Elves and your best card is Shaman of the Pack.

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