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Wirewood Pride Discussion
4 weeks ago
Very interesting take on a voltron deck! It's probably meant to be as janky as it is, but I'm gonna drop this list on you for your consideration anyway. Some of these are not budget friendly, but I'm just throwing it out there.
Hope it's useful. Cheers!
8 months ago
Thanks, I appreciate it!
And yeah -- Throne of the God-Pharaoh was a game-changer when it found a home in this deck. It frequently wins me the game. I also think that with any high-mana generation deck that you need not only outlets for all that mana, but also card-draw.
The Vanquisher's Banner s are nice, and producing the mana to play them even on turn 2 or 3 isn't out of the question with this build, but I'm a big fan of older cards just for the nostalgia. Even so Sylvan Messenger stands up to even modern cards in this respect. He's even better with innate Trample once in play (making him a nasty target for Wirewood Pride or Alpha Status ). I didn't mess too much with trample; he and Ezuri are the only two options for it. Instead this deck is all about that ever-important 'elf count', and then just uses spells which complement that.
A horde of elves (including lands with Ambush Commander ) and a high-mana dump on Tribal Unity generally does just fine even without trample in my experience, but it's nice to have an additional deterrent.
8 months ago
Apollo_Paladin, these are all really good suggestions. Wirewood Pride looks line a one-shot Timberwatch Elf for a very low price. Being an instant, it can be used right away and doesn't announce its presence until the combat trick is sprung. Adding it to the Maybeboard since I don't own one yet. Ditto for Tribal Unity . I don't own one but I should shop for some. I own some Overrun s and Overwhelming Stampede s, which could serve a similar role. Stampede would be particularly wicked here, given how large my elves end up getting. I've avoided using them here, as they frankly make the deck too competitive for my kitchen table. Now Vitalize I think I do have at least one of. The mana potential there is just silly-good. I don't really have any good mana sinks in the deck at present, though.
You've made me think, though. If I wanted this to just be brutal, I could swap in a couple of Vitalize , maybe a couple of Overwhelming Stampede , 3 or 4 of Quirion Elves and/or Druid of the Anima , and a couple Fireball s (and maybe a Terastodon or 2 for kicks and utility). LOL
I'll check out your Elves for further ideas.
8 months ago
I run an elf deck as well, using many of the same cards & I have to say that Vitalize is hugely powerful with tap-for-mana creatures, especially with X-cost spells like Tribal Unity . And Wirewood Pride is many times more useful than some of the other 'quick buff' instant type spells.
You can check out my build if you want other insights! Either way +1 for good synergies.
My Elf Deck: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/taerin-terror-elf-zerg/
11 months ago
1 year ago
Nice deck. I really enjoy the constraint of a genuine Pauper build. +1
As far as suggestions go, Vitalize and Wirewood Pride (I see you already have Timberwatch in there) are two commons that play extremely well with elves and common elf abilities (even in non-Pauper builds imo) and Ezuri's Archers is another great low-mana way to deal with flying, especially early on.
I'm not sure if Deathtouch or targeted destroy is a viable concern for this deck with its need (like most Elf decks) for multiple creatures in play to properly amp-up/combo, but if so both Withstand Death and Mortal's Resolve are decent Pauper options.
1 year ago
Thanks for comments Apollo_Paladin , appreciate it.
Totally agree with Throne of the God-Pharaoh , i will add one to my deck.
I think i have card draw handled, you suggested Sylvan Messenger , i have similar effect Lead the Stampede i was considering messengers but chose stampede instead because i have some non-elf creatures. And about Vanquisher's Banner instead i have Beast Whisperer , i think either will work but i prefer elf instead of artifact.
1 year ago
Ambush Commander isn't terribly expensive dollar-wise (just over a buck last I knew), but he's a little heavy on mana cost. That's generally not an issue for an elf deck, particularly because I see you're running Priest of Titania and a bunch of other mana producers along with Vitalize which is one of my favorite cards ever in my elf deck.
Jagged-Scar Archers is a good way to deal with flying, even if you just sideboard a couple ultimately, and Wirewood Pride is a very mana-efficient way to ramp up your damage early, or provide a surprise blocker for a big creature out of one of your 1/1's.
Throne of the God-Pharaoh is an excellent and cheap way to add an alternate win condition to an elf deck; it's done stellar in mine since you can just tap your 1/1's for mana to deal damage rather than have them attack (even if you don't need to spend it).
You can check out my Legacy Elf deck entitled "Tae'rin Terror (Elf Zerg)" if you want some other neat options for elf synergy. It's not a "budget" deck, but there's no card in there over 6 or 7 dollars. Also, there are so many good elf cards that it's impossible to make determinations on the "best" for many cases, but I've had mine going for quite a few years now and it's continued to speed up. All about that Elf Count for the real craziness, imo. Hope this helps, giving a +1 on this deck either way just for using Vitalize ; that's one of the more overlooked ones it seems and I've been able to recommend that to quite a few elf decks in the past. Way to be on top of it!