Lys Alana Huntmaster


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CM1) Common
Eternal Masters (EMA) Common
Commander 2014 (C14) Common
Duels of the Planeswalkers (DPA) Common
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins (EVG) Common
Lorwyn (LRW) Common

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Lys Alana Huntmaster

Creature — Elf Warrior

Whenever you cast an Elf spell, you may put a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token onto the battlefield.

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Lys Alana Huntmaster Discussion

rei10 on What are tier 1 pauper ...

4 days ago

Elves are also a Tier One deck with access to cards like Priest of Titania, Lys Alana Huntmaster and Timberwatch Elf

echo4lima on Marwyn the Nurturer

1 month ago

Also, I can produce an infinite amount of wolf tokens via Lys Alana Huntmaster. I'm looking for similar things to do with infinite mana, without deviating away from the elf tribal.

metalrayn on The Gramercy Riffs Warrior Tribe

1 month ago

i dig the deck i think your running enough elf's justify running Lys Alana Huntmaster and why are you running Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse ? i personally only run those cards in three color decks or decks that benefit from land fall.

titanreaver on Dark Elves

2 months ago

No problem though I'm still a bit confused. How do the +1/+1 counters deal with tokens? I like making the 1/1 tokens in the deck because it makes your archrduid and priest better. It's just the counters I was wondering about. In fact Lys Alana Huntmaster helps make even more them and Elvish Promenade can help if you really want tokens.

imafreak05 on This F&*#ing Guy!

3 months ago

some stuff that would flow well with the token/mana-tap/kill Idea; Marwyn, the Nurturer, Elvish Archdruid, Lys Alana Huntmaster and Nissa Revane. Just some one that help to get the tokens out and give more 1/1 counters.

AverageDragon on [~$70] Momir Vig Hackball

3 months ago


The Channeler Initiate and Drover of the Mighty are in because this list is super super light on lands, which means that we need to make up for it in some of the nonland ramp. Tapping for multiple colors is more important here than the elf typing, though I might add in things like Wirewood Elf and Leaf Gilder sometime.

The Elvish Visionary change is actually somewhat recent, and I haven't updated it here yet. As it stands, since we have Heart Warden as our wincon of choice, I'd probably swap out Elvish Visionary for another ramp piece.

Lys Alana Huntmaster was the old Hackball wincon before we discovered Phantasmal Image, It's cheaper, and thus might be fine if you can't afford Phantasmal, but I'd greatly prefer Phantasmal Image due to its usefulness earlier in the combo turn. If you can't afford Phantasmal, a better option might be Altered Ego.

Finally, the 3 mana ramp pieces like Elvish Guidance and Elvish Archdruid aren't in because our 5 mana need can be met with 2 dorks and 3 lands. This means stuff like a 1cmc dork plus a 2cmc dork, plus 3 lands, would get us to 5 mana just as easily as a 1cmc dork and Marwyn, for instance. Thus, this list will stick to the cheaper forms of ramp, since they add up easier.

PookandPie on Marwyn, the Midwife [[Needs Help]]

3 months ago

A lot of the cards in the deck seem to be leftovers from Multani when Marwyn really wants to be an Elf deck, of which you're not really running enough.

Umbral Mantle + Marwyn makes infinite mana. Spend 0 to equip, tap Marwyn for 1, untap her by paying 2 additional mana from other sources, and then tap her for 3, then pay that 3 to untap her again, and now she taps for 5. You'll net gain X + 2 mana every iteration of this loop.

Staff of Domination is expensive but worth it. Once Marwyn taps for 6 mana (which is as simple as casting some Elves), you can generate infinite mana, draw as many cards as you want, and gain as much life as you like.

For your creatures, you need to run Boreal Druid, Fyndhorn Elves, maybe even Joraga Treespeaker. In the case of the former two, they let you cast Marwyn on turn 2, instead of 3. Your ramp should be aiming to put her down t2, and if it costs 4 or more mana to ramp you should drop it. Animist's Awakening, Cultivate, Grow from the Ashes, Harvest Season, Hour of Promise, Kamahl's Druidic Vow (you have a whopping 3 legendary permanents in this deck), Kodama's Reach, Map the Wastes, and even Splendid Reclamation (unless you're playing against land destruction, otherwise it's an extremely blank card), and Tempt with Discovery. You don't need land cards in your hand anymore; this isn't Multani. Adventurous Impulse can go too. Replace all of these cards with Elves or cards that produce Elves- Imperious Perfect, Elvish Champion, Farhaven Elf, Arbor Elf, Elvish Harbinger, Boreal Druid, Fyndhorn Elves, Elvish Archdruid, Priest of Titania, Elvish Visionary, Fierce Empath, Immaculate Magistrate, Joraga Warcaller, Wirewood Channeler, Nullmage Shepherd, Lys Alana Huntmaster and more, are just some of the cards you could add. The Elf lords are important, but make sure you run every 1 drop Elf that taps for mana (and if you want to go full elfball with it, run Heritage Druid as she enables absurd plays with the right starting hands). Heck, even Dwynen's Elite isn't bad here since it's +2/+2 to Marwyn when they enter play.

Bottom line is: Marwyn wants Elves to enter play in order to grow. If you run few Elves, she won't grow very much.

So, you add more Elves and now Marwyn can tap for boatloads of mana by turns 5-6, so what do you do with that mana? Genesis Wave, Slate of Ancestry, and Ezuri, Renegade Leader make solid mana sinks. Similarly, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard and Skyshroud Poacher give you something to do with your oodles of mana too. You could add more tutors and draw (Chord of Calling is a personal favorite but there are cheaper options).

Instead of Hour of Promise, you could use Sylvan Scrying to find something like Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, but if you're not going to be running Nykthos then either card is pretty mediocre so I wouldn't bother with it.

Aerial predation is cute, but Beast Within kills whatever and a 3/3 token hardly matters in a format with 40 life.

Ancient Animus is also cute, but it's heavily reliant upon your board position (IE, you already have to be 'winning' in order for Animus to do anything), whereas Song of the Dryads turns someone's Commander into a tree and, unless they have something that lets them sacrifice a land, they can get stuck without their Commander for a whole game. It's one of the best removals in green, truthfully.

Blossoming Defense gives you 2 extra mana out of Marwyn, but you could just cast Elves to get that instead. Heroic Intervention saves your whole board state from board wipes at only 1 mana more, which seems like the stronger inclusion.

All of those buffing equipment cards can probably go, too. Blackblade Reforged/Strata Scythe is adorable, but why use that when Coat of Arms is a thing? On another note, Thousand-Year Elixir would oftentimes let you get as much, if not more, use out of Marwyn and other mana dorks by letting them tap the turn they come into play, not to mention untapping them.

Anyway, I know this is a lot of recommendations but I hope this helped. My wife's been playing Elfball with basically every possible Commander since 2013 so I've learned a lot about it while helping her tune her Elf deck.

GuruAg on [~$70] Momir Vig Hackball

3 months ago

I'm trying out this deck to get a hang of cEDH, great job!

That said, why do you run Channeler Initiate and Drover of the Mighty instead of generic 1G elf dorks, like Wirewood Elf, Leaf Gilder and Druid of the Cowl? They tap for Heritage Druid.

Also, I have a few ideas to keep this budget but functional. (None of them has been tested, since I'm waiting for the cards to arrive)

Elvish Pioneer, Wood Elves and Llanowar Scout, to land-ramp while proccing Heritage.

Coiling Oracle, you said in the primer that he and Elvish Visionary weren't good enought, but since visionary end up here, he may be worth trying.

Elvish Guidance and Growing Rites of Itlimoc , for some craddle effects to abuse with Arbor Elf and Kiora's Follower. (Maybe not rites, as it only flips at the end step)

Lys Alana Huntmaster, at least while I can't get Phantasmal Image.

And maybe Marwyn, the Nurturer, to try and cast her before momir, and feed her enought elves to go big.

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