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Lys Alana Bowmaster
Creature — Elf Archer
Reach (This can block creatures with flying.)
Whenever you play an Elf spell, you may have Lys Alana Bowmaster deal 2 damage to target creature with flying.
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Lys Alana Bowmaster Discussion
10 months ago
Casting on their endstep or anytime you have priority and your opponent is tapped out isn't defensive, it's just not casting your collected company unless you need to. If an opponent has a counterspell, they will try to stop coco, so casting it whenever they're tapped out is better than losing it to a Spell Pierce. I disagree on the sideboard, as elves have a lot of options by using silver bullets. Spellskite and Scavenging Ooze are easily found with coco and chord, and adding black lets you play Thoughtseize. Phyrexian revoker is a chord-able Pithing Needle on a stick.
There is actually an elf with graveyard hate, Deathrite Shaman. its merely banned in modern.
Try watching every elf deck in feature matches. Common sideboards you'll see are Burrenton Forge-Tender <, Fracturing Gust, Thoughtseize, Spellskite <, Scavenging Ooze < , Abrupt Decay, Kitchen Finks, Kataki, War's Wage <, Eidolon of Rhetoric, Elvish Champion, Melira, Sylvok Outcast, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Stony Silence, Rest in Peace, &c. I don't mean to sound imperious, or bothersome, but you may want to change your sideboard, as it seems to be directed against flyers. That is fine, but since you have 15 cards against multitudes of decks, you really shouldn't spend more than 2 cards against one thing. Your Lys Alana Bowmaster is all you need against flying, the other cards get in the way and cause you to have less bowmaster triggers.
By the way, your example of throne of the god pharaoh sounds more like winning just from shaman of the pack, your example didn't include throne at all. Including heritage druid lets you win earliest on turn 3, while throne seems much better as a sideboard, or in a deck made to easily tap out all their creatures. of your 33 creatures, only 11 of them are able to tap for mana. That means most of the life your opponent loses from throne comes from you attacking, and not tapping for mana (unless you don't plan for throne to make your opponent lose much life.
TL;DR: If you want, here's a for sideboards (as well as many elf strategies in general), but really, the best guide is just testing out cards yourself. I can't tell you how many times Prowess of the Fair has saved me from boardwipes, kataki from just about any artifact loving deck.
1 year ago
first wave of cuts: Unbridled Growth does literally nothing in mono-green, Prophetic Prism same reason, Karametra's Favor don't need. also anything that is giving you energy you dont need it. unless you have some pay off for energy there is no point in running those
things to add (this is a long list so obviously just pick things up as you can. also not all of this will fit in but this is all good stuff):Arbor Elf, Allosaurus Rider, Birchlore Rangers, Bow of Nylea, Cultivate, Devoted Druid, Drove of Elves, Druid of the Cowl, Eladamri, Lord of Leaves, Elvish Archdruid, Elvish Champion, Elvish Harbinger, Elvish Mystic, Elvish Promenade, Elvish Vanguard, Everglove Courier, Explosive Vegetation, Ezuri, Renegade Leader, Fyndhorn Elder, Gaea's Herald, Gladehart Cavalry, Glissa Sunseeker, Greatbow Doyen, Green Sun's Zenith, Greenweaver Druid, Gyre Sage, Heritage Druid, Harmonize, Hunting Triad, Immaculate Magistrate, Imperious Perfect, Joraga Treespeaker, Joraga Warcaller, Llanowar Elves, Llanowar Mentor, Lys Alana Bowmaster, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Masked Admirers, Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip, Nissa's Pilgrimage, Norwood Priestess, Nullmage Shepherd, Nylea, God of the Hunt, Oran-Rief, the Vastwood, Priest of Titania, Realm Seekers, Reclamation Sage, Rishkar, Peema Renegade, Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary, Tajuru Preserver, Talara's Battalion, terrastodon, Thornweald Archer, Titania's Chosen, Viridian Shaman, Wellwisher, Wildslayer Elves, Winnower Patrol, Wirewood Elf, Wren's Run Packmaster, Yeva, Nature's Herald
(takes giant breath)
yeah.. its a lot of stuff. I got a little carried away.. also this is not a budgeted list of suggestions. you will need some of the $3-10 cards to make elves a serious threat.
1 year ago
Before thinking of what to take out, you first should clarify what you want to do Here just some other ideas: - Go for a lot of mana ramp, like Llanowar Elves, Arbor Elf and stuff like that to later get out Wren's Run Packmaster as a mana sink. - A hidden champion is Wirewood Symbiote! Use him with several elves that trigger when enterin the battlefield to be able to adjust your play style. Trigger cards could be Dwynen's Elite, Elvish Vanguard, Elvish Visionary (a total must have card), Essence Warden (careful, she gets unfair quite quickly), Farhaven Elf or Wirewood Hivemaster.- you can also go for one or two Voice of the Woods as an alternative win condition. He is not broken at all, but is really fun to bring to the table. He makes sense when you want to stick to having lots of creatures and he really looks more unfair than he really is.- Although not an elf, here is a guy that is an awesome mana sink, fits in the deck and is hardly underrated: Gigantomancer!
WHen asking what to take out, I would first start taking out all this stuff that is only good vs. things that fly, such as Skyshroud Archer and Lys Alana Bowmaster. Take in Thornweald Archer instead. As long as he is on the field, most opponents will think twice to sacrifice their dragon to him and he can still attack and is mostly unblocked - a perfect fit for your pump spells. Ezuri's Archers can go into the side board if you see your opponent wants to bring out a lot of little fliers, such as birds or thopters.Elvish Guidance only makes sense if you want to take on the real ramp road for a lot of mana. If you do so, play big creatures as well! Othewise, this is overkill. Elvish Fury... no.. just no. Too expensive to cast or recast. It looks good on paper, but is just not worth it. Better take Aspect of Hydra. That bursts better.
1 year ago
Have you considered Winter Orb?
Mindbreak Trap isn't actually another colour. Once your opponent casts that third spell, it costs 0, so you actually don't need any blue sources.
Shaman of the Pack is a little trickier but I still love it against Miracles and pillow fort style decks- and the black mana is doable through Cavern of Souls at least, but you're not wrong that it is harder to pull off without fetchable black sources.
Ezuri, Renegade Leader contributes to infinite by being an Elf body, s'about it. His Overrun ability makes him a solid win-con, since you can do it multiple times and with summoning sickness.
Reclamation Sage is a solid sideboard card against Miracles, which is a hard matchup for creature decks like ours. I was torn for a long time between it and Krosan Grip, but went with the Sage for three reasons. Cavern of Souls makes it uncounterable, where K-grip can still die to a blind Counterbalance trigger. You get a body to follow it up, which really helps in recovering from a Terminus. And it can be bounced with Wirewood Symbiote to cast it again, should there be more targets for it.
Speaking of Symbiote, since you're using it now, I'd give Glimpse another shot. If your draws aren't lining up, you can bounce an Elvish Visionary and keep going. If you want something spicy though, try Kozilek, Butcher of Truth. He's so easy to hardcast with this much ramp, and he refills your hand and often even wins you the game. Might as well ramp into something, right? ;)
I find I have a lot of trouble with Delver decks. The combination of burn spells to nuke my board and a fast clock means I'm often dead in the water from their first Volcanic Island. If you have the same, Lys Alana Bowmaster eats Delvers of Secrets for breakfast. Jagged-Scar Archers is another solid choice. And a third option, which also protects you from Burn decks, would be Absolute Law, although it requires you to splash white.
And yes, Crossroads is glorious. I'll never forget the game I threw it down T1 on a whim and wound up with a Glimpse chain into Emrakul, the Aeons Torn on T3.
If you want to have a look at my deck, see if it gives you any ideas, or if you have any ideas for it, here it is: Elf/Eldrazi Legacy
1 year ago
try Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen, Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Lys Alana Bowmaster, Elvish Champion, Elvish Archdruid, Immaculate Magistrate, Wellwisher, Yeva, Nature's Herald, Nissa Revane, Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip... made my own modern elf deck and my elf commander maybe you should check them out... (maybe add black or white with Glissa, the Traitor or Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Deathrite Shaman or Emmara Tandris or Rhys the Redeemed
2 years ago
You should probably go up to 35 lands, at least! For reference, I'm looking at this Meren deck-- both 4 mana commanders, same colors, similar sac themes.
Lands to run (budget):
Overgrown Tomb if you can afford it
Possible Cuts for lands (just pointing out things that might be underwhelming):
Lys Alana Bowmaster (depends on your table meta)