My take on Modern Elves. Looking for any suggestions for improvements, sideboard suggestions etc.

Standard play style for elves. Flood the board with mana and elves, then Overrun with Ezuri, Renegade Leader. If that fails, you can power up your elves with the multiple lords in the deck, or just out race them with sheer numbers.

Collected Company and Lead the Stampede help maintain card advantage, and keep your supply of elves coming.


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I'm going to suggest two cars, because if you take one you should be taking the other. Dwynen's Elite and Shaman of the Pack. I know I'm asking you to splash another color, but the two cards are awesome, and work even better together (Llanowar Wastes is a good budget land). Dwynen's Elite also happens to synergize with Heritage Druid and Elvish Archdruid. I think you can take out your 3 Dwynens, 1 Elvish Champion, 1 Fauna Shaman, 2 Elvish Promenade, and a forest. The Dwynens require a critical mass of creatures to be effective and cost the most mana of any card in your deck without actually being the best card. Elvish Champion and Fauna Shaman are good when they are out, but you don't want multiple of them out. Elvish Promenade is win-more.

Now the sideboard.

Reclamation Sage is great against Bogles and Affinity, and can hurt Tron too. The same can be said for Fracturing Gust. Creeping Corrosion and Back to Nature are budget options for you to consider.

Scavenging Ooze is great at hosing Snapcasters and Living End alike.

Phyrexian Revoker can break Tron, Melira combo, and just a lot of things in general.

Essence Warden is good sideboard for games when you want life.

You can check out my deck That Stupid Elf Deck to test out the BG version. +1 if you like it.

June 15, 2016 12:01 a.m.

I appreciate the suggestions, gives me some good ideas. :)

June 15, 2016 2:47 a.m.

Slyme369 You may want to get rid of 1 or 2 three-ofs to make the deck more consistent. Also, if you have them, Collected Company is usually stronger that Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen. This is because it can instantly put pressure on the opponent while Dwynen is replaceable by another lord that may be less clunky. I do not meant to sound offensive, that is just my two sense. It would be great if you could help me with my take on elves, TeamLegolas

June 16, 2016 12:57 a.m.

I would love to get a couple Collected Company, they are a bit out of my budget right now though. I am open to suggestions for better lords, or other creatures. If I get them I will add in Collected Company and/or Chord of Calling

June 16, 2016 1:52 a.m.

Imperious Perfect is the best lord in a Grindy match, making it a good replacement for Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen. Also, you may want to play test to see which elves you want more and cut some of the others.

June 16, 2016 10:23 a.m.

I like Imperious Perfect, he is 1 less CMC, and non-legendary so I can have multiples of him out at the same time. Loses the lifegain, but adds more token creatures...I think he is a good trade off.

June 16, 2016 2:25 p.m.

If you want to take a look at a full primer explaining picks for mainboard and sideboard competitive modern elves, check out my primer.

Modern Elves Primer!

It goes over every card choice there.

I personally really like Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen for elves. I think she does a lot for the deck. If you want to check out my take on elves, which has been very successful for me, check out Dwynen's Army of Elves

June 17, 2016 1:12 a.m.

I'd want to see -3 Fauna Shaman -1 Elvish Promenade for +4 Dwynen's Elite! If you're really attached to Shaman you can take out all Promenade and one Shaman instead, but I think without a toolbox-style deck you won't need Fauna Shaman's effect. In fact I'd most want to see Chord of Calling in place of Lead the Stampede but I know it's gotten expensive lately! That or Collected Company would be great eventual upgrades. (Fauna Shaman is pretty expensive herself if you're not attached to her!)

Dwynen's Elite gives you spread and more power than Shaman, allowing you to be more agressive with the lords.

I also agree with splashing black for Shaman of the Pack with budget lands, also gives you better SB options.

Relic of Progenitus or Grafdigger's Cage are good SB cards, especially the latter.

June 17, 2016 1:13 a.m.

Just to put something out there by the way, one ofs are NOT bad in a deck that runs Chord of Calling. They're fairly effective for reactive play. Don't be afraid of breaking a little consistency here and there when you can tutor any creature in your deck.

June 17, 2016 1:16 a.m.

Appreciate the suggestions. Dropping the 3x Fauna Shaman for 3x Dwynen's Elite for now. At some point I would like to bring in a few Collected Company and Chord of Calling, but that puts the deck out of my budget right now.

June 17, 2016 2:15 a.m.

I'm against that suggestion abby315. Grafdigger's Cage shuts down both Chord and CoCo. If you want to hate on graveyard decks, go for Scavenging Ooze.

June 17, 2016 7:40 a.m.

Right, but in the current iteration of the deck Grafdigger's Cage isn't a problem, especially without Fauna Shaman. All depends on what future changes are made! But be sure to keep that in mind for sure!

June 17, 2016 9:08 a.m.

Wellwisher and Timberwatch Elf would both be helpful in this deck. One for life gain and the other to buff a elf to ensure death to a creature and threaten lethal if any elves are left nublocked.

June 18, 2016 2:01 a.m.

Added to my maybe list :)

June 18, 2016 2:43 a.m.

Sorry to say it, but Wellwisher and Timberwatch Elf are not legal in modern.

June 18, 2016 8:59 a.m.

Thanks for pointing that out, they are back off the list :)

June 18, 2016 1:41 p.m.

If you really want to improve this deck, here's what you want to do. Every successful deck has removal/evasion, strong effects, and something that will always threaten lethal, and ways to get your threat to the battlefield.

Ezuri, Renegade Leader is your threat. The ways you get him onto the battlefield are drawing through upkeep and Elvish Visionary, grabbing him through Chord of Calling, and landing him on your Collected Company. That's why those two cards are mandatory.

Generally a safe number of creatures when running CoCo, and in elves is 30. You should run 34 creatures to leave room for land and your 8 other instant spells.

You need four of every mana dork. So four Elvish Archdruid, four Elvish Mystic, and four Llanowar Elves. There is no debating that. You also need four Heritage Druid, and because you need four of those, you need four Nettle Sentinel. That's 20 of your 34 slots. You're going to use another eight on four Elvish Visionary for card draw and Dwynen's Elite for card value. Another four for either three Ezuri, Renegade Leader and one Elvish Champion, or two Ezuri, Renegade Leader, one Elvish Champion and two Reclamation Sage. Two because you already need one mainboard. The other two slots go to one Scavenging Ooze for graveyard hate and lifegain, and the other to Spellskite for evasion and creature protection.

THIS is an ideal mainboard. All the other slots go to 18 lands and four Collected Company and four Chord of Calling/Lead the Stampede, whichever you enjoy more.

June 19, 2016 1:56 a.m.

Great info, unfortunately CoCo and Chord are out of my current budget. Looks like I am going to have to go hit PucaTrade and clear out my trade binder to get them. The closest I have right now is Stampede, the poor mans CoCo.

June 19, 2016 2:19 a.m.

Either way, out of budget or not, you should check my primer out. It has a lot of information in it about elves and how to play certain matchups. It also explains all of the choices I mentioned above in detail. I think it would be a really good read for you. I'll post the link below.

Modern Elves Primer!

June 19, 2016 2:31 a.m.

Nice job on the primer, gives me a lot of info on the expensive cards to shoot for to improve this deck. :)

June 19, 2016 2 p.m.

Ok...I have been hitting the trades pretty hard, and I have done a lot of tweaking to the deck. This is what I have planned out currently (waiting on a handful of cards to arrive before I can properly play test it)

Let me know what you think.

June 28, 2016 2:35 p.m.

Dropped the Lead the Stampedes in favor of Sylvan Messenger nearly identical effect, but with a 2/2 trample body.

July 1, 2016 2:10 p.m.

I don't particularly agree with that. The reason that Lead the Stampede is favored over Sylvan Messenger is because the mana cost and you get one more card out of it. Four mana isn't a lot for a card in elves, yes, however would you rather spend four for a 2/2 body and get a potential four cards? Or pay 3 for no body, but potentially five cards. Lead the Stampede is supposed to help against board clears because it refills your hand with good cards. When you don't have mana dorks out, one mana can be really, really huge.

July 1, 2016 2:44 p.m.

Good point, I will give it a try with Stampede, then I will try it with Messenger...then I might try doing a 2-2 split. See which one ends up working best for me.

July 1, 2016 3:26 p.m.

Okie dokie! At the end of they day, it's your deck :) they're just suggestions.

July 1, 2016 3:29 p.m.

At this point I am basically collecting up playsets of all the cards I have seen people use in competitive elf decks. The core is basically the same in all of them, it just comes down to about 12-15 cards and the sideboard for customization.

A lot of that comes down to the meta in your my local group there are a few mill players, a few lifegain players, 1 wicked tron player, a little affinity, 1 nice merfolk deck, and a lot of homebrew/budget/and non-competitive decks. Infect was popular for a bit, but seems to have fallen out of favor, gets played maybe once a month at FNM, and it is a budget version.

July 1, 2016 3:43 p.m.

Took the deck with me to FNM and did really well with it, won every match pretty easily except against a particularly strong Griselbrand Reanimator deck and a really mean Bant/Delver mashup deck that was running Isochron Scepter, first game he imprinted Fog, second game he did Path to Exile, and he had enough counters to keep me from getting rid of it both times.

Other matches included 8-rack, no problems.

Affinity, barely won game one, then sideboarded and won easilly.

Eggs, won 2-1. They got off an infinite combo 1 turn before I could swing for lethal on game 2.

Mono-black newts, crushed it.

B/R Control, slow going, but won 2-0

July 1, 2016 10:31 p.m.

Yeah, the reason of reanimator decks is why I run Scavenging Ooze mainboard. It really has the potential to shut it down.

Congrats at your first FNM! Are you enjoying the deck?

July 2, 2016 11:04 a.m.

This wasn't my first FNM, just my first with this deck :) I am really enjoying the elves so far, yes. It is one of the more fun decks I have played, and definitely one of the stronger decks. The closest I have played with in power is my $40 infect deck, which is very strong...but not much fun to play (games are too fast, no real thought or interaction) Elves actually gives you something to think about, casting order can make a big difference in what spells you get to combo off, etc.

July 2, 2016 2:10 p.m.

Went 7-1 with my elves at FNM tonight. The one game I lost was against a Soul Sisters deck, he managed to get out several sisters and an Ajani's Pridemate out early in the game, then he Path to Exiled my Joraga Warcaller as soon as he hit the board and I just couldn't out match his massive health pool and equally passive Pridemate. Almost makes me want to splash white just to be able to side in Path.

July 8, 2016 9:57 p.m.

Using white in the sideboard is really good :) It opens you up to a lot of protection options. Glad you enjoy the deck and I'm glad you're doing well with it!

July 9, 2016 12:38 a.m.

My final game tonight was against Soul Sisters, we were stalemated for several rounds...he had 2 sisters and 2 pridemates out, so I couldn't get any cheap hits in. Finally I hit a string where a Sylvan Messenger pulled 2 archdruids and an Ezuri. Next turn I had so much mana I pumped Ezuri's overrun 7 times, which paired with a +6 Joraga , 3 archdruids, and 1 champion let me steamroll across for 331 damage, with trample. It was quite epic, we were both kind of amazed at the power I was able to push through. Good times were had by all :)

July 9, 2016 3:12 a.m.

I would play 4 joraga warcaller and 2-3 impervious perfect. They are both good lords, especially joraga warcaller. I would take out most or not all of your sylvan messenger's, they don't do enough in such a fast deck, especially in modern. another good combo is elvish champion and nylea's presence. Basically puts them on a one turn clock. everythong else looks good. +1 from meeee.

August 22, 2016 12:34 p.m.

never mind on sylvan messenger. it is very good with 38 elves.

August 22, 2016 12:39 p.m.

Messenger is awesome for re-filling my hand after I dump a bunch of elves onto the board, or continuing to flood...I dropped about 20 elves in 1 turn once because I got a streak involving multiple messengers. Should have seen the look of amazement on my opponents face :)

August 23, 2016 12:07 a.m.

I believe if you go Mono-Green then you can't do better than the CoCo-Chord Engine. 1-ofs that are good in the maindeck

-Reclamation sage: Maindeck hate against decks like affinity(always your worst matchup) or Tron

Scavenging Ooze: Graveyard hate for many decks hurts, any goyf deck or snapcaster deck, both of which are very common. It also helps against decks that have lots of removal, allowing you to effectively use your grave of dead elves to make a fast big threat.

Spellskite: Maindeck it, not enough people do, it absolutely is needed, it will blank decks that rely on bolt for removal like delver, often the type of deck you will worry about. It also will turn off decks like Infect or zoo that rely on pump or aggro creatures

Eternal Witness:Recurs cards like Chord, and CoCo, it is one of the most effective card advantage effects you can ask for, the only way to make it better is to make it an elf, until then this is our baby.

Regal Force:An odd inclusion to some, having 10 mana to use in conjunction with chord of calling will hit this, if you drop this on board with 4 or more elves in play, you will win just about any fair game, it can help you keep yourself in the game before a sweeper, or it can help you combo off. With this card you will also have a 5/5 body to slow down those 4/5 goyfs. Against aggro decks, this usually comes out.

You are a chord deck, so a sideboard with lots of 1-ofs is perfect, also remember, a large number of your cards are not going to be cast, they will go into play from CoCo or Chord

Burrenton Forge-Tender: Anger of the gods is a very strong card in modern right now and jeskai control is often maindecking 1-2 and running a total of 3 pre-post board, this will prevent your opponent's early sweepers.

Eidolon of Rhetoric: Storm cannot go off, Ad Nauseum cannot go off, delver isn't too happy either.

Elvish Champion: A great card against green decks in general, Mono Green stompy, bogles, jund, junk, the mirror etc.

Fulminator Mage: This card kills Tron, Affinity, Jund. any deck with either a greedy manabase, or a manabase that has strong effects.

Kitchen Finks: Jund, Burn, zoo, it is a value card with great lifegain features, very versatile.

Melira, Sylvok Outcast:Infect CANNOT, CANNOT kill you with this out.

Thragtusk:Again, Jund hates value cards like this, burn hates the lifegain.

Thrun, the Last Troll:Control and jund cannot kill this easily, theres a small handfull of cards that will almost never come out of the board or main that can remove it.

Wurmcoil Engine: Jund both loves and hates value, your ramp will get you this much mana even after some significant removal you can get this out soon enough they wont be able to race it.

Fracturing Gust: Not a creature, but a very strong sideboard card, I usually use it as a 2-of, affinity loses everything after this sweeps them, it will often hit 6-7 cards of theirs and make it near impossible to kill you before they die to elf aggro.

Dismember:Another card that is often a 2-of, its a great blowout against infect, and similar strategies. This one is VERY strong, but only in specific metas, you'll know if you need it.

September 13, 2016 3:15 a.m.

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