Thornbow Archer

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Magic Origins (ORI) Common

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Thornbow Archer

Creature — Elf Archer

Whenever Thornbow Archer attacks, each opponent who doesn't control an elf loses 1 life.

Thornbow Archer Discussion

MrCuddlefish on monob aggro

11 months ago

Wait... Isn't Thornbow Archer strictly better than Pulse Tracker?

hydrothermia on

1 year ago

Expanding on whatLord_Olga mentioned there are more cards that could give you access to elf tokens to accelerate the win con.

Yeva, Nature's Herald | Prowess of the Fair | Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord | Nath of the Gilt-Leaf | Thornbow Archer

Joiner Adept | Essence Warden | Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen | Elves of Deep Shadow | Gnarlroot Trapper

Chasmolinker on Janky Jund Elves **Budget**

1 year ago

Go to 4 Llanowar Elves and fill in the space left from the above cuts with Elvish Visionary and Thornbow Archer

Chasmolinker on Janky Jund Elves **Budget**

1 year ago

I would start by cutting Woodweaver's Puzzleknot as your deck has no energy synergies. If gaining 3 to 6 life is your concern I would look to Feed the Clan or Life Goes On, but only one of these in the SB.

Ezuri, Renegade Leader is better than Managorger Hydra in an elf deck.

Thornbow Archer is a nice Janky card.

Elvish Archdruid is way better than Elvish Champion

Nissa, Worldwaker gives you a way to capitalize on the budget land list.

Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen looks good as a one of.

4 copies of Fatal Push is unnecessary in Jund as there are SOOOO many removal cards in those colors. Even on a budget, Putrefy, Abrupt Decay, Lightning Bolt, Fatal Push, Cast Down, Dismember, Terminate.... The list goes on and on. Having a playset of any is generally wrong unless it's Bolt because it beats face.

Sargeras on Mono Black (Semi) Mid-Range/Control

1 year ago

Gotta spread some mono-black love, so +1 from me. Here are my thoughts.

This deck seems to be all over the place at the moment, and since I built my first mono-black deck on a budget like this one, I'll give you some tips.

  1. If you want to build a midrange/control deck, that is fine. But you need to find better early game cards than stuff like Thornbow Archer. Some of the best budget early game you can get is Gifted Aetherborn, Gatekeeper of Malakir, Kitesail Freebooter, Wrench Mind, etc. These cards are all great and will help make your deck feel more coinsistent if they are in 3-4 ofs.

  2. Removal seems to be all over the place, so I'll give you my personal opinion. If it is 3 mana or above and does not kill planeswalkers or has delve, don't play it period. Vraska's Contempt might be great for standard, but is really just too slow for modern. Hero's Downfall is really the only black removal spell that fits all these, and if played, it's really just sideboard material. The rest of your removal should just be Fatal Push and Victim of Night. You really should only have 8 spells solely for removing creatures (ie., not gatekeeper) in the deck.

  3. Your creatures need some improvement. Paragon of Open Graves and Sidisi, Undead Vizier should both be either Gray Merchant of Asphodel or some other game ending threat. I recommend retooling the deck so your deck has more threatening cards in it.

  4. Macabre Waltz and Read the Bones just aren't really strong enough for modern, they just don't do enough by themselves. Duress is sideboard discard for your control matchups.

  5. I'd up your lands a smidge, you will likely end up playing 24 as you progress the deck.

  6. If you want more ideas, suggestions, playable cards, glance at other potential builds, etc. You can check out my primer for this deck at:


How The Devil Plays MTG: The Mono-Black Primer

Modern Sargeras

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Hyperalgialysis on Elves

1 year ago

I would change the format to modern as this isnt standard. Secondly, go all in on elves. Elvish Champion Imperious Perfect Masked Admirers Sylvan Messenger Lys Alana Huntmaster Reclamation Sage Gilt-Leaf Ambush. If you can afford to get good green/black lands you can open up a world of good carda like Thornbow Archer Shaman of the Pack Prowess of the Fair Elves of Deep Shadow Eyeblight's Ending Nameless Inversion

Daedalus19876 on 2HG: Welcome to the "opening hand" game

2 years ago

How about Gonti's Machinations, Tattered Mummy, Thornbow Archer, or Pulse Tracker (over lands)? They're more black cards to pitch to Soul Spike, and they can deal consistent "ping" damage to close out the game.

Tsuru-Hime on Who Doesn't Like Elves?

2 years ago

If you wanted to extend the splash of black a bit Thornbow Archer is a great addition to this kind of deck.

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