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This deck is formatted to ramp like a typical elf deck (Llanowar elves, Arbor Elf, and Elvish Archdruid are essentials when starting a match). This deck has a specialty for slaying flying creatures, especailly with Jagged-Scar Archers who can turn into a 6/6 by turn three if everything goes smoothly. Thornweald Archer also serves as a dangerous little punk with deathtouch and reach which makes anyone cautious about attacking you whenever it enters the field. This allows you to build your army while keeping the enemy at bay. The champions of this deck deck are Joraga Warcaller, Nissa Revane, and Immaculate Magistrate (Ezuri is a great finisher, but I still prefer Joraga). If you don't have him yet, use Primal Command to search your deck for Joraga, then pair him with the mana output given to you by Elvish Archdruid and kick him as many times as possible. Once I was able to tap two Elvish Archdruids to kick Joraga Warcaller 8 times! This means every other elf I had on the field got another +8/+8. Immaculate magistrate makes Joraga a total punk, because you can tap Immaculate to give more +1/+1 counters to Joraga, essentially making every elf you control an absolute monster. Pair Immaculate Magistrate, Copperhorn Scout, and Joraga all together and you have a game winner. Nissa Revane is also important,because she allows you to quickly put a 2/3 shield on the field (which generally means its a 3/4 or more because of Elvish Archdruid and Imperious Perfect), or allow you to gain health if you need it. This deck is super agro, and Rhona's Monument adds a nice touch allowing for more ramping, and giving creatures a boost in stats as well as trample. Please leave any advice or comments below. I eventually plan on putting another Joraga or two in this deck because he is so essential.

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wisegreenbean says... #1

Are you actually trying to make a modern viable deck? Because if so, there are likely some changes you should make. Admittedly this is a slightly more expensive proposition.

The cheapest change to greatly improve the deck is 4x Elvish Visionary. Dwynen's Elite is also quite strong. Also, as your best win-con, maybe 2 copies of Ezuri is desirable.

The core combo to make elves strong in format like modern and legacy is Heritage Druid and Nettle Sentinel; you tap elves for mana using the druid and then the sentinels untap when you play the elves, letting you get more mana for elves. Potentially you can put your whole hand in play on turn 2.

More expensive changes include Cavern of Souls and Collected Company. Chord of Calling is strong, and makes it very nice to run 1x Reclamation Sage main board. Regardless, have a few in sideboard.

For cards to remove, Rhonas's Monument and all 4 and 5 cmc spells in your list aren't strong enough for modern. Your land count is also rather high.

September 14, 2017 6:09 p.m.

nlidmaster says... #2

Thank you for your input, I don't actually plan on entering in competitions or anything, but I wanted to know what people thought of this as a modern deck. If I had the money I would definitely have the more expensive cards. I've always considered nettle sentinels and heritage druid, so I'll try that out.wisegreenbean

September 14, 2017 8:59 p.m.

wisegreenbean says... #3

As a general critique for a modern deck, it's biggest issue is low win-con density. You'll have a very hard time winning without drawing Ezuri or Joraga, or god forbid, ulting Nissa. Immaculate Magistrate could piggy back you a win, but it's sooooo slow. The rest of the time you're just mucking around with a bunch of mana and a bunch of 1/1s and 2/2s. A lot of times you can get 6 mana on turn 3 and then have little to do with it; mana sinks are important. Craterhoof Behemoth is classic and correspondingly expensive; a bit more affordable and still fairly playable is Regal Force, to refuel.

September 15, 2017 4:22 a.m.

nlidmaster says... #4

What do you think of Sylvan Messenger as a cheap way to replace collected company or chord of calling? wisegreenbean

September 15, 2017 12:07 p.m.

wisegreenbean says... #5

It's not amazing, but I would regard as a pretty strict improvement to your deck at the moment, over your Nissa Revane and Nissa's Chosen, Immaculate Magistrate, Rhonas's Monument, 3-5 forests, and Primal Command, in that order from bad to less bad. Jagged-Scar Archers is also dubious. All of those are pretty clear stinkers that you could cut for a lot of things that would improve the deck, including Sylvan Messenger. You have 17-22 pretty easy cuts to make, which puts you in a position such to be creative.

For 4 mana, Sylvan Messenger doesn't have too dramatic an immediate impact, and can whiff pretty hard. Sometimes you'll spend 4 mana for a 2/2 elf, with no added benefit apart from getting 4 nonelfs off the top of your library. That hurts, and will happen ~6% of the time; when that happens, you probably lose the game. The typical outcome of getting 2 elves is not too bad, though, making it roughly playable.

September 15, 2017 5:08 p.m.

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Legality

This deck is Casual legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.61
Tokens 1/1 Elf Warrior
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