Broken Branches Playtest

Modern dorminjake

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I'd love to continue discussion on this deck, so absolutely feel free to ask/suggest anything, but I would also like to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped me with this build. I might fail in listing all of your names, but without your suggestions I might have never thought to use the following cards both currently and previously in my 75:

Bellowing Tanglewurm - Huge, unblockable armies are now my favorite win-con. - MagnaLynx21

Copperhorn Scout - I knew this card had some great and interesting interactions with other elves, but I feel bad for nay-saying her inclusion for so long. My eyes are now open. - MagnaLynx21, McChisel, others

Engulfing Slagwurm - This occasionally shows up in both sideboard and maindeck, depending on the state of the metagame at the time. - Ohthenoises

Naturalize - I was relying on Acidic Slime and Karn Liberated for my non-creature permanent smashing, but I underestimated how badly I'd need cheap, instant removal. Naturalize is often preferable to trying to power an ooze out with a 6-mana Green Sun's Zenith , especially when GSZs have so many other uses. - ItsAshcanPete, others

Phyrexian Metamorph - Kills legends, blocks Mirran Crusaders, is easy to cast and awesome. - OrgasmAndTea

Karn Liberated - Karn is my hero. Karn, Silver Golem was the first legendary creature I ever owned, so he deserved to be in the deck for old time's sake anyway. - cartwheelnurd, OrgasmAndTea, nostalgia

Other sources of inspiration: various Glissa Rock deck skeletons (which are all vastly different but got my brain thinking), Todd Anderson's SCG Open Richmond Mono-Green Aggro (some recent inspiration, mostly for sideboard ideas), Solomon's Elvés Accelerati (Mono-Green), and zandl's standard-elves-believe-it (if I had known the latter existed, it would have saved me a little work, haha).

Dozens of other suggestions have been made, including such things as Genesis Wave , Primeval Titan , Beast Within , etc., and I am always switching things out and playtesting. So if you think this deck is lacking some amazing card, please let me know! This is why I like this site so much!

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trav55555 says... #1

Nice. +1

January 6, 2012 2:16 a.m.

ContractK says... #2

Brilliant. I love it.

January 6, 2012 5:42 a.m.

MagnaLynx21 says... #3

Interesting design, with a lot of range that should hold you out for most of the game. However, I think maybe Coperhorn Scout should find a place in the sideboard for match ups when the Arches ability doesn't connect. The only other suggestion I could make is maybe one Overrun, just for those times where the big boys can end a game on a stale board when your opponent least expects it, or of course to get a Gideon or a Liliana out of the way. Asides from that, pretty strong looking build.

January 6, 2012 6:22 a.m.

dorminjake says... #4

Good call on Copperhorn Scout . I welcome her to the sideboard.

I'm throwing Overrun on the Maybeboard for now. I do plan on including it, but I want to use tonight's FNM to see which cards aren't carrying their weight, so I know what to switch out for it. Thanks for the suggestions!

January 6, 2012 11:46 a.m.

cartwheelnurd says... #5

I really like this, but a suggestion would be to take out primeval titan, as you won't really need the land at that point. If you dont want to you can add some more of Ezuri, who is a lot like overrun if that's what you want. A good repacement for the titan is Karn liberated, because he can take out some of the opponent's most powerful things.

January 11, 2012 9:08 p.m.

dorminjake says... #6

thanks for catching my mistake! I originally had the Primeval Titan in there to fetch Ghost Quarter s to combat Wolf Run decks, but that started to seem silly when I already had two maindeck Acidic Slime . I forgot to axe the titan when I removed said lands. Appreciated!

January 12, 2012 midnight

browny12345 says... #7

nice deck, please check out mine +1

January 12, 2012 8:55 p.m.

juicerington says... #8

Dungrove Elder, other than that it looks awesome! +1

January 14, 2012 3:11 a.m.

dorminjake says... #9

Dungrove Elder is certainly a possibility, especially as a card:Green Sun's Zenith target, but I'm going to hold off on it for now. My two issues with it in this deck are that I've only got 14 Forests, and most of my ramp mana is produced by creatures with the type "Elf Druid." I lack any speedy land drop cards like Rampant Growth or Primeval Titan to ratchet the Elder up quickly, instead opting to gun straight for casting Wurmcoil Engine s and Karn Liberated .

However, it's definitely in my mental Maybeboard. Dungrove Elder]] is solid.

January 15, 2012 1:40 a.m.

Hadarace says... #10

Why Karn?

January 15, 2012 10:36 p.m.

dorminjake says... #11

Karn is basically additional, reusable removal for me, and he's easy enough to play by mid-game, with ramp. He helps in getting rid of Mirran Crusader s and Sword of Feast and Famine , which run rampant in my store's meta, as well as clearing pesky Moorland Haunt s, Kessig Wolf Run s, and Inkmoth Nexus . While these are things Acidic Slime can also do (excepting killing Mirran Crusader), Karn just gets me additional versatility, along with a panic button if things aren't going according to plan. While he might have a place in the sideboard, he's versatile enough that I can see no reason not to maindeck him.

I shouldn't HAVE to use him, but if my other win conditions aren't able to do the job, I should think having Karn is a nice option to have.

January 15, 2012 10:50 p.m.

Hadarace says... #12

The thing is he would probably be removed before you could ever use his panic button. It would be another two turns after you drop him that you could use his ultimate. That's if you aren't using his -3 at all, and if nobody attacks him. I think more Garruk would be more suiting (Garruk Relentless  Flip  FlipMTG Card: Garruk, the Veil-Cursed so you don't run into problems with drawing another Garruk, Primal Hunter while one is still on the field).

January 15, 2012 11 p.m.

dorminjake says... #13

Garruk Relentless  Flip  FlipMTG Card: Garruk, the Veil-Cursed would be more appealing to me if he could do anything against multiple creatures with flying, or things like Mirran Crusader . That, and he's kind of fragile, and thus much easier to remove than Karn. Plus, I've already got other means of tutoring and Overrun ing in GSZ and Ezuri.

Karn Liberated can remove huge threats (titans, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite , other planeswalkers), and soak damage if I need him to (using his +4 rather than his -3 ability). It's never really my intent to have to use his ultimate, but I'm happy to threaten my opponent with it. I'd rather avoid long rounds, and I definitely don't want to be "that guy." But it is an (amusing) option!

January 15, 2012 11:11 p.m.

Hadarace says... #14

They get to choose the card they exile though don't they?

January 15, 2012 11:19 p.m.

dorminjake says... #15

The +4? Yeah. But it doesn't really matter, so long as I can -3 something the next turn, or continue to put pressure on them to come up with an answer before I run them out of cards/permanents. I really don't see any downsides to having a Karn on the field. There's always something to do.

January 15, 2012 11:28 p.m.

dorminjake says... #16

Also, you made a point earlier about using Garruk Relentless  Flip  FlipMTG Card: Garruk, the Veil-Cursed and Garruk, Primal Hunter at the same time. As they share the subtype Garruk, they couldn't both be in play at the same time, which is another reason I wasn't considering Relentless.

January 15, 2012 11:31 p.m.

Hadarace says... #17

Ahh, I didn't realize that worked like that. I've got nothing against Karn, I just think there's better options for this deck. Just my opinion, take it for what you will. I do like the standard elves though.

January 15, 2012 11:47 p.m.

dorminjake says... #18

Hey, all suggestions are appreciated! I like being able to talk my decisions out. I've only gotten to play this deck in one tournament so far, along with some casual play, so I've still got plenty of testing before I'll know for sure what my opinions on my planeswalkers are. Until then, thanks for your comments!

January 15, 2012 11:59 p.m.

SexyNoodle90 says... #19

woot im 1000th viewer!

January 16, 2012 2:27 p.m.

jesterdeath says... #20

umm you have black, so you could potentially swap a Liliana of the Veil in for karn, it would still work for removal, and it would help against hexproofs

January 16, 2012 9:21 p.m.

dorminjake says... #21

Liliana is a good option, for sure. She and Karn do similar things, attacking both cards in hand and permanents on the field. Oddly enough, because of the mana situation in this deck, 1BB and 7 are almost equally easy to cast, simply because green is more plentiful than double-black, what with all the G-producing elves running around.

I feel like it mostly comes down to personal preference. I'm personally not crazy about discarding my own cards when I'm trying to play out as many permanents as possible. Also: me and Karn go way back (I started playing during Urza block, and Karn, Silver Golem was my first legend), and I'd personally like to keep black as a splash here, but if anyone wanted to increase the amount of black in this deck, maybe add some of those handsome Grave Titan s, then Liliana would probably be the way to go.

January 16, 2012 9:32 p.m.

McChisel says... #22

I do really like Karn, he's a game changer if its at a stale mate, and plus if your opponent is trying to remove him it gives you more time to get out your ramp/creatures. A card I would suggest looking at would be Genesis Wave , my friend runs it in his elf deck, and it is great, it pulls out all of your lands and permanents. It could get rid of something like a card:Green Sun's Zenith or a Go for the Throat , however thats only 6 cards, but it puts out everything else, which to me would is great for this type of deck.

January 16, 2012 11:36 p.m.

McChisel says... #23

I would say though, not sure if you have this problem but you might have too many swamps? the only thing that use it are 1B to cast. also maybe Copperhorn Scout for extra ramp/pump.

January 16, 2012 11:38 p.m.

dorminjake says... #24

It might be better to trim a couple of swamps, but I think I've got plenty of leeway, since I have 8 elf druids and 18 lands that all produce plenty of green mana. Having 10 black mana sources just feels like nice security if I desperately need to Go for the Throat something, or pay the flashback cost of a sideboarded Sever the Bloodline (because bad cards are FUN!).

I'll keep testing how the deck runs. I may very well end up going -2 swamps, +2 forests or some zany nonbasic.

I tried a couple of Copperhorn Scout s for the deck's first FNM, and while their interaction with Elvish Archdruid , et al is definitely interesting, I usually found myself wishing I'd drawn something more independently powerful.

Genesis Wave is insanely strong, as long as it doesn't get countered (which definitely does happen, based on the times I've used it in other decks). But one can play around countermagic. I guess my biggest concern is that it's kind of a win-more card that only really explodes when I've already got an army of creatures and coffers full of mana. I can't see it doing TOO much if I'm being tightly controlled, even with plenty of lands in play.

I may try a couple of waves this week, just to see how it goes. I'm not sure what I'd take out for it, though. Two swamps? Haha, perhaps.

January 17, 2012 12:01 a.m.

jfriday09 says... #25

I love the variety of the deck that combos very well. +1

January 18, 2012 2:05 p.m.

Grinddbass says... #26

Lol the archer trades with flipped delver. Now I know how this deck is positive in it's W/L

January 18, 2012 4:01 p.m.

dorminjake says... #27

Archers are OP. Defensive one-drops ftw.

LOL spirit tokens.

January 18, 2012 4:18 p.m.

Strangelove says... #28

I think 2x Shrine of Boundless GrowthMTG Card: Shrine of Boundless Growth would put Glissa, the TraitorMTG Card: Glissa, the Traitor to good use :D

January 20, 2012 1:29 a.m.

dorminjake says... #29

If I end up adopting Genesis WaveMTG Card: Genesis Wave into the deck, I think I'll probably definitely add the shrine as well. That seems like a fun use of excessive mana.

Going to take my current list to FNM tonight and see how it goes. I'll start testing my Maybeboard tomorrow.

January 20, 2012 7:16 a.m.

MagnaLynx21 says... #30

Glad to see this deck is still receiving very positive feedback!

I'm not sure if anyone else pointed this one out but another addition for the sideboard to give you the reach against the aggro decks. Pretty sure Mageblade would simply fold to a green stompy approach, as would the UW humans. Oh and that would certainly go well with my original sideboard suggestion of Copperhorn Scout! :)

January 20, 2012 7:46 a.m.

MagnaLynx21 says... #31

...I didn't even give my new suggestion, Bellowing Tanglewurm! Proof reading comments twice, what's that. -.-

January 20, 2012 7:48 a.m.

dorminjake says... #32

Actually, that's...inspired. I might even maindeck it! It doesn't even have to attack! Just play it, attack with unblockable elves. I haven't got any copies on hand, but I think I'll rectify that this weekend.

You are an okay person, you know that?

January 20, 2012 8:14 a.m.

looks pretty sexy, how do you do versus haunted humans? (blue white humans with geist and morrland haunt)

January 20, 2012 2:20 p.m.

dorminjake says... #34

I haven't played against haunted humans yet, but it is the deck I fear the most. My maindeck answers to the Crusader, Geist, and Haunt are all fairly expensive, but this is a ramp deck, so they shouldn't be THAT difficult to cast. I am a little worried about speed, though. I've got:

4x Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine, which can block pro-green crusaders and geists, and regain the life lost from whatever punishment they've already inflicted on me.

2x Acidic SlimeMTG Card: Acidic Slime, with 3x Green Sun's Zenith MTG Card: Green Sun's Zenith can blow up swords and Moorland HauntMTG Card: Moorland Haunts when it comes into play, and block geists.

2x Karn LiberatedMTG Card: Karn Liberated exiles problem permanents, is grossly expensive while doing so.

My sideboard isn't the best, but I do have 3x Tribute to HungerMTG Card: Tribute to Hunger and Beast WithinMTG Card: Beast Within to hopefully help with some of these things.

I'll just have to see for myself how this works in practice, if I encounter Haunted Humans. Either way, I'll likely post an update after tonight's FNM.

January 20, 2012 3:43 p.m.

MagnaLynx21 says... #35

Glad to know my rambling ideas are finding some love! :3

Good luck with tonight. :D

Oh and as for deciding your sideboard, leave it until your local meta shapes up after DKA. That's my plan ;)

January 20, 2012 4:51 p.m.

good luck tonight anxious to hear how ur fnm goes. my meta is pure u/w human and u/w illusion, globals like Black Sun's ZenithMTG Card: Black Sun's Zenith and Day of JudgmentMTG Card: Day of Judgment do the trick. Squeezing a couple Blacj sun's into your SB might prove useful.

January 20, 2012 5:34 p.m.

3 black sun over 3 server imo

January 20, 2012 5:35 p.m.

Strangelove says... #38

you could also win with Army of the DamnedMTG Card: Army of the Damned

January 20, 2012 6:30 p.m.

dorminjake says... #39

You guys, you gender non-specific guys, I frickin won my first frickin FNM, and I did it with a rogue elf ramp deck! And I only lost one game! 5-0 rounds, 10-1 games. I posted an update with the tournament breakdown above.

Some thoughts:

Having one copy of Bellowing TanglewurmMTG Card: Bellowing Tanglewurm to tutor up with Green Sun's Zenith MTG Card: Green Sun's Zenith won me two games that I would not have won otherwise. I am very pleased with this card, even main deck. I'll probably throw an extra copy on the sideboard for more aggro-intensive matchups. The best thing about this: I bought a couple of Scars of Mirrodin boosters before the tournament just to fish for a copy of this card, and I actually lucked out and pulled one. Props to MagnaLynx21 for the suggestion!

Karn LiberatedMTG Card: Karn Liberated is very good in this deck. It's easy enough to have him in play by turn 4 or 5, and the fact that he can exile -any- permanent and that he is colorless (bwaha, Mirran CrusaderMTG Card: Mirran Crusader, bwa. ha.) has been invaluable to my winning games. Karn saved my face two or three times.

Also: it brings happiness to my heart that I can summon friends for Thrun, the Last Troll MTG Card: Thrun, the Last Troll so he's a little less lonely. He had lots of fun traipsing though the red zone with Llanowar ElvesMTG Card: Llanowar Elves and things.

Also also: I had a lot of fun playing this deck. Me and this deck are buds now.

January 21, 2012 12:32 a.m.

Strangelove says... #40

Hey if you get a chance, could you plug my deck : deck:deadheads-dka-ub-reanimator-aggro Lookin for some cool tips and comments!

January 21, 2012 3:37 p.m.

Saion says... #41

I would maybe think about dropping a few forests for Birds of ParadiseMTG Card: Birds of Paradise, especially if you're going to be running any kind of black in the mainboard.

My other suggestion is DismemberMTG Card: Dismember. It's a workaround for indestructible or regenerate, and it's another kill spell you can potentially cast for 1. Just a suggestion.

January 22, 2012 6:49 p.m.

dorminjake says... #42

I was actually worried I had too much black mana.

I haven't had any problems with black mana with the current list. Ten of my twenty-four lands can produce black mana, Glissa can be cheated out with GSZ if I don't have a swamp available, and things like Go for the ThroatMTG Card: Go for the Throat are usually saved until midgame or later, to take care of more threatening creatures. If I end up including more black cards (which is a possibility once Dark Ascension comes out), Birds will probably find a place somewhere in here, but it's more likely that I would just make an entirely new, non-elf deck.

As for DismemberMTG Card: Dismember, I'm just not sure what I would be targeting with it that GFtT, Acidic SlimeMTG Card: Acidic Slime, Karn, and any of my sideboard removal don't already cover. I can legend-rule enemy Thrun's to death, and Mirran CrusaderMTG Card: Mirran Crusader and various hexproof creatures can't be dismembered anyway. Are there any standard threats I'm missing that would be worth me paying double black and/or life to get rid of?

January 22, 2012 7:02 p.m.

dorminjake says... #43

@Strangelove

Army of the DamnedMTG Card: Army of the Damned is a hilarious Timmy card, for sure, but it's just to black mana-intensive for my comfort level. I also really dislike how none of the zombies can block the turn they come into play, unless I'm running Copperhorn ScoutMTG Card: Copperhorn Scout. Eight mana is not a problem with this deck, but considering most of the mana comes from elves, my mana pool is usually going to look like this:

GGGGGGGGGGGB

January 22, 2012 7:06 p.m.

Strangelove says... #44

I always forget the zombies enter tapped :P

January 22, 2012 7:07 p.m.

+1 for the good tourney narratives! Deck is nice too.

January 22, 2012 8:38 p.m.

dorminjake says... #46

Thanks! I enjoy playing it!

January 22, 2012 9:06 p.m.

Grizzly92 says... #47

This deck gets a +1 from me!

I've been play testing it a lot because I've found it incredibly well thought out and very interesting to play. Because it wasn't my creation, I have found it difficult to play it as efficiently as you do. However, I've recently replaced 2 Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engines with 2 Primeval TitanMTG Card: Primeval Titans and put in 4 Sunpetal GroveMTG Card: Sunpetal Grove, while slipping in a couple Gavony TownshipMTG Card: Gavony Township.

I've found it helpful to my play experience with the deck, and it might assist you in evolving the deck even more. I'm still less than a year into the game, however, so there are a lot of things that I could do better when playing the deck, like learning to play elves then tap for Elvish ArchdruidMTG Card: Elvish Archdruid.

I can't wait to watch as you post more game information about your deck's matchups. Good Planeswalking to you friend!

January 24, 2012 10:53 p.m.

dorminjake says... #48

Thank you for the input! I've gone back and forth on the idea of removing the black entirely and splashing white instead, swapping out Go for the ThroatMTG Card: Go for the Throat for Oblivion RingMTG Card: Oblivion Ring and maybe 2x Wurmcoils for Sun TitanMTG Card: Sun Titan (to bring back all the Archdruids that like to get killed), but I wasn't even considering Primeval TitanMTG Card: Primeval Titan + Gavony TownshipMTG Card: Gavony Township!

I kind of really love this idea! Is it basically G/b/w, or did you drop black completely out for efficiency? If you end up developing a separate deck out of this, leave me a link and I'll post it above as a variant! And definitely continue to let me know how it does!

January 24, 2012 11:25 p.m.

maiden77 says... #49

hey mate cracking narrative and really nice deck looks like it can simply handle everything. I think you should add one Primeval TitanMTG Card: Primeval Titan cuz hes sick :-) but seriously it may be helpful to have one over one wurmcoil as if you have a situation where you can abuse having 4 million land thanks to said titan who would want that! :-) like if you had already ramped to fuck and thought lets GSZ for my titan so i can have a karn and overun next turn. basically a win more card! lol but hes so cool!

+1 after my rambling :-)

January 25, 2012 8:24 a.m.

UniTheDino says... #50

Chancellor of the TangleMTG Card: Chancellor of the Tangle is also an option, and when he's in your opening hand, you ramp even faster. If you have two Chancellors, a forest, and an Elvish ArchdruidMTG Card: Elvish Archdruid in your opening hand, that's a first turn Elf lord! (I know that is unlikely, but still). Also, if you don't have a little ramper, (Llanowar ElvesMTG Card: Llanowar Elves) you can Green Sun's Zenith MTG Card: Green Sun's Zenith for 1 on turn one (with Chancellor in your opening hand, of course), and plop down Llany (can really help with turn one consistency)!

+1. Always love standard elves!!]

January 25, 2012 12:41 p.m.

dorminjake says... #51

@maiden77 - Primeval TitanMTG Card: Primeval Titan is a worthy suggestion. I'm sticking the big lunk on the sideboard, because while I cannot deny its effectiveness, it's not as removal-resistant as that lovely, excessive 4th Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine, and is less effective against the Mirran CrusaderMTG Card: Mirran Crusaders that are all over my meta.

@UniTheDino - I like Chancellor of the TangleMTG Card: Chancellor of the Tangle, but not as much for this deck. The first turn boost is nifty, but unless I include multiple copies, the boost will never be very consistent. And while it's certainly a nice big creature, it's kind of boring. I'll stash it away in my head for the next big green deck I build though!

Thanks thanks

January 25, 2012 7:01 p.m.

ItsAshcanPete says... #52

I really love this deck and +1, but ow can you really protect your Elvish Archdruids when your Ezuri isnt around? Wouldnt losing him be very detrimental?

January 25, 2012 11:05 p.m.

dorminjake says... #53

The Archdruid produces a very nice burst of speed if you can get him to stick around for a turn, which is sometimes enough to blow the other player out. BUT if you lose him, it's not really the end of the world. You can still ramp some with Llanowar ElvesMTG Card: Llanowar Elves, or Viridian EmissaryMTG Card: Viridian Emissary if they are fond of using sweepers. Or you can use solid blockers like Ezuri's ArchersMTG Card: Ezuri's Archers or Glissa to stall the game out until you can play lands the old fashion way.

If your opponent is using all of their mana and spells on removal, just play it out a bit more methodically and don't overcommit to the board, but make sure you've always got a threat. They'll eventually run out of hard removal, unless they're playing some kind of crazy deck with 20 varieties of TerrorMTG Card: Terror and no win condition. This deck can play like a midrange deck if it needs to slow down a bit. Karn LiberatedMTG Card: Karn Liberated actually prefers a slow game.

This is all from my experience, anyway. I'm seeing fewer heavy control decks in my meta, as everyone goes more aggro or aggro-control. Yer mileage may vary.

January 25, 2012 11:46 p.m.

ItsAshcanPete says... #54

Wow, that was a very methodical and well thought out answer. I didn't expect such an explanation xD, thank you though. So I might as well ask one more to gauge your opinion on this. If this deck would be turned into solely a mono green deck, what can you see happening with it's effectiveness?

January 26, 2012 12:40 a.m.

ItsAshcanPete says... #55

Oh yeah, and before I forget lol, where are the NaturalizeMTG Card: Naturalizes? Helps shut down Mage Blade by killing swords, ends anyone who dares play a Tempered SteelMTG Card: Tempered Steel deck, kills Honor of the PureMTG Card: Honor of the Pure and not to mention Oblivion RingMTG Card: Oblivion Ring, and most importantly, kills the pesky curses everyone is seeing this metagame (obviously). But it's a great cheap artifact and enchantment remover so you can have your Acidic SlimeMTG Card: Acidic Slime destroy all of their dual lands (aim for blue!)

January 26, 2012 12:53 a.m.

dorminjake says... #56

I guess I view Karn LiberatedMTG Card: Karn Liberated and sideboard Beast WithinMTG Card: Beast Within as my Naturalizes. They aren't as cheap, mana-wise, and Karn is much slower, but they're also more versatile than Naturalize, in that they can also snipe lands, creatures, even planeswalkers. Acidic SlimeMTG Card: Acidic Slime I use on lands if they are having difficulty making early land drops, or if I'm staring down Moorland HauntMTG Card: Moorland Haunt or Kessig Wolf RunMTG Card: Kessig Wolf Run, etc., but I'm otherwise happy to blow up a sword with it. Green has lots of answers, thankfully, and NaturalizeMTG Card: Naturalize is a very good one, so it's mostly personal preference, I think. My sideboard could probably use Creeping CorrosionMTG Card: Creeping Corrosion for Tempered Steel, in all honestly. I may look into that.

If you went mono-green, I'd do something like:

-3 Go for the ThroatMTG Card: Go for the Throat, -2 Glissa, the TraitorMTG Card: Glissa, the Traitor

+3 Beast WithinMTG Card: Beast Within, +2 Copperhorn ScoutMTG Card: Copperhorn Scout

The deck would still play very similarly, but you'd lose some of your efficient creature kill. Beast Within would do the trick for big threats, and instant speed is very nice, but you'd still be giving them a 3/3 body in the process, and with Glissa gone, you'd have fewer deathtouch blockers. You could add extra Acidic SlimeMTG Card: Acidic Slime, but just be careful your elf count doesn't get so low that the Elvish ArchdruidMTG Card: Elvish Archdruid is only ever making green mana for itself.

January 26, 2012 1:07 a.m.

dorminjake says... #57

@ItsAshcanPete okay yeah, Creeping CorrosionMTG Card: Creeping Corrosion is in the sideboard now. Thanks for reminding me about Tempered Steel!

January 26, 2012 1:11 a.m.

ItsAshcanPete says... #58

Thank you very much dorminjake!

January 26, 2012 2:45 p.m.

Just looking at this deck makes me angry lol. I would hate to play against it +1.

Check out my Zombies with a Vengeance! and tell me what you think.

January 26, 2012 6:04 p.m.

ItsAshcanPete says... #60

Have you had to face any control heavy decks because in my store's meta that has run rampant. If so, how have you dealt with it?

January 26, 2012 9:59 p.m.

dorminjake says... #61

@ItsAshcanPete I've faced one or two traditional control decks, but my opponents had some bad mana draws, so I can't really give an accurate answer to that question. But I can wildly guess!

I actually built this deck thinking more about control decks than any other archetype, just because they used to run rampant in my meta. Certain cards, like Thrun, the Last Troll MTG Card: Thrun, the Last Troll , Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine, Karn LiberatedMTG Card: Karn Liberated, and Garruk, Primal HunterMTG Card: Garruk, Primal Hunter do terrible things to control decks, because they all present big threats, and they are all difficult to remove.

One issue, of course, is countermagic(Thrun still laughs at this), but the common Mana LeakMTG Card: Mana Leak is actually not all that great against this deck, just because one of the deck's key strategies is to produce lots of mana. You may have to play the biggest threats a bit more slowly against control, but if you're able to stick a Wurmcoil or planeswalker, then you put some serious pressure on them.

The other key thing is to save your own removal for their big threats. This deck has multiple ways of killing things, and the sideboard has more, so that shouldn't be much of a problem.

Or you can get lucky and kill them with elves.

Oh, and sideboarding Autumn's VeilMTG Card: Autumn's Veil is an option. Also: Surgical ExtractionMTG Card: Surgical Extraction on their countermagic and/or Day of JudgmentMTG Card: Day of Judgment is hilarious.

Hope that helps!

January 26, 2012 10:16 p.m.

OrgasmAndTea says... #62

I love this deck. I've been playing elves since I started Magic, but my current standard deck isn't quite up to scratch. My old elf deck (which is now extended) had a similar line up, but ran powerful zendikar stuff like Joraga WarcallerMTG Card: Joraga Warcaller. The next plan for that deck includes the rather despicable combination of Primordial HydraMTG Card: Primordial Hydra and Increasing SavageryMTG Card: Increasing Savagery with elf ramp. evil laughter

I love the black splash and Karn in particular, very nice, especially reading all the above reasons you've kept him in. You like a card, keep him regardless. I'm still trying to make a Myr deck work. I desperately want to help you improve the deck, but at such a high win ratio, not sure what else to say!

A couple of suggestions crossed my mind though. The new Deadly AllureMTG Card: Deadly Allure looks fun. I'm having fun just looking at the artwork... Crushing VinesMTG Card: Crushing Vines seems like a nice, versatile sideboard, and I've always found a use for Witchbane OrbMTG Card: Witchbane Orb in my sideboard (there's a particular red mage I know who gives up when that hits the table, screaming 'Broken bullshit! Fuck wizards and fuck that card!'). It's also not always obvious that witchbane also stops cards like Tribute to HungerMTG Card: Tribute to Hunger from killing your otherwise untouchable troll. Melira, Sylvok OutcastMTG Card: Melira, Sylvok Outcast is the final ingredient for a 3-card combo that withstands just about all removal.

Oh, and then there's the phyrexian cards, Surgical ExtractionMTG Card: Surgical Extraction and Gitaxian ProbeMTG Card: Gitaxian Probe. These can go in any deck, and the loss of life isn't much worry if you have a Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine at the ready. Looking at what removal your opponent has for 2 life can give you a huge tactical advantage against control. Also on the subject of screwing control, one word. AsceticismMTG Card: Asceticism.

You say you haven't tested properly against control decks, but why not improvise and add control yourself? Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger MTG Card: Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger on turn 4/5. You'd only need one with GSZ (green mages everywhere love GSZ...). He pretty much ruins Wolf Run decks. Praetor's CounselMTG Card: Praetor's Counsel is also nice if your creatures have been blown to bits the entire game. Final suggestion comes from my personal favourite black card, Sorin's VengeanceMTG Card: Sorin's Vengeance. Nothing has quite the same demoralising effect as a potential one shot kill card, and if you cast it just once you can scare the shit out of your opponent that you'll do it again. You could even bluff your way into a victory..."and now I play, Sorin's Vengeance!" slams Llanowar ElvesMTG Card: Llanowar Elves onto the table. Opponent doesn't look at the card and simply runs away screaming.

January 27, 2012 4:17 a.m.

dorminjake says... #63

@OrgasmAndTea These are all great suggestions, and as soon as I finish typing out this comment, Melira, Sylvok OutcastMTG Card: Melira, Sylvok Outcast and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger MTG Card: Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger are definitely going into my sideboard. Black Sun's ZenithMTG Card: Black Sun's Zenith has had a huge surge in popularity of late, and it's nice to have an advantage over other ramp decks.

For the others, I'm just going to have to see how much of an impact DKA has on the format. Crushing VinesMTG Card: Crushing Vines, for example, could surpass Beast WithinMTG Card: Beast Within if the meta is right, but right now the ability to target lands is crucially important, and planeswalker targets are gravy. If RDW comes back (I haven't seen it in weeks. I kind of miss it!), Witchbane OrbMTG Card: Witchbane Orb will find a way into my 75 cards, and if super-heavy control decks have a renaisssance, I'd love to have Praetor's CounselMTG Card: Praetor's Counsel.

Sorin's VengeanceMTG Card: Sorin's Vengeance is a card I like, but it's very black intensive. I'm probably going to be playing with some heavy black post-DKA, so this may see the light of day (the dark of night?) soon. AsceticismMTG Card: Asceticism is cool, but I wish it did more than just sit there. I'll Maybeboard it for now.

As for Surgical ExtractionMTG Card: Surgical Extraction, I'm already using it! I LOVE Surgical Extraction! It's extremely fun to play, which MAY make me a sadist, I dunno.

Thank you for your help! I may have a high win ratio now, but nine rounds from two separate FNMs does not really make for statistically significant data. Also: I've been feeling like my sideboard is lackluster. I'm always interested in sideboard advice. Thank you very much!

FNM tonight, FNM tonight, woooo gonna get me some FNM

January 27, 2012 3:32 p.m.

dorminjake says... #64

Tree of RedemptionMTG Card: Tree of Redemption enters the sideboard. The crowd roars, only to be stifled by the strangling nooses of potentially fantastic and highly situational life-gain.

January 27, 2012 3:57 p.m.

kmard80 says... #65

any thoughts of what you might adjust with Dark Ascension's release?

January 31, 2012 9:12 a.m.

dorminjake says... #66

General notice: I've added an update above to include my newest changes. Hint: I added Phyrexian MetamorphMTG Card: Phyrexian Metamorph.

@kmard80 - I'm not sure what to expect out of DKA yet, as far as standard metagame changes are concerned. This Friday will be the first time the set is officially legal, and I'm sure it will take at least a couple of weeks before changes really start to happen. For now, I think I'm feeling reasonably safe, but only time will tell.

Personally, I think elves > zombies, but the possible return of full-on monoblack control? Kind of scary, to be honest.

January 31, 2012 10:23 p.m.

Grizzly92 says... #67

@dorminjake

I've finally finished my G/W variant of this deck, and started play testing tonight. I've only played against Haunted Humans and G/R Werewolves. As of yet, the deck played no differently than it did versus Haunted Humans, but against the Werewolves, the deck certainly made an impact, and the most impressive play I made was casting Genesis Wave for 7, revealing 7 permanents(2 Primeval TitanMTG Card: Primeval Titan, 1 Sun TitanMTG Card: Sun Titan, 1 Thrun, the Last Troll MTG Card: Thrun, the Last Troll , 1 Llanowar ElvesMTG Card: Llanowar Elves, 1 Copperhorn ScoutMTG Card: Copperhorn Scout, 1 Forest).

After more play testing against a wider variety of decks(and more decks from the meta, especially the ones here at my local FNM) and get a better idea of what works and what doesn't, I'll post it on here with a link to your deck as inspiration and will let you know. =D

February 1, 2012 2:51 a.m.

dorminjake says... #68

@Grizzly92 - I look forward to seeing it! Two titans, a Thrun, some elves, and some land is some ridiculous card advantage to come out of just one spell. I like the inclusion of Sun TitanMTG Card: Sun Titan with the elves as well, seeing as how he resurrects pretty much every elvish elven-y elf to ever come out of Elf Town.

Good luck with the playtesting! I will likewise link to yours once you've got a deck posted.

February 1, 2012 7:55 a.m.

I wasn't sure about the blue adittion but the metamorphs do fit well with the flow. +1 great deck, inspires me to work on my own green black deck.

February 1, 2012 8:44 a.m.

Mizoreisnear says... #70

This is a very solid build the synergy in the deck you have here works very well in the tapped out function however I believer that you should include copperhorn scout into the side board because of her ability +1 from me Do me a favor and check out my blood rain deck on my page I personally prefer vampires over elves

February 3, 2012 12:42 a.m.

rwestbrook_78 says... #71

ok i'm a green guy and i'm making a black green undying deck so i know the feeling of seeing a mirran crusader coming head on with an angelic destiny.....which is were i say that four beast within is the better substitue instead of the go for the throat. they equip angelic destiny attempt to swing for 12....you respond buy blowing up the enchantment and he becomes a weenie again and they are tapped out and u should have a wurm out by then. Plus its permanent not just creatures....yes its one more mana but its every permanent, that means you just got ride of something before karn hits or you save your butt from a mirran and your main mana base is green you have eight black sources and i don't know if you ever have problems. so tell me what you think and check out my decks rwestbrook_78 tell me what you think.

February 3, 2012 2:50 a.m.

dorminjake says... #72

Re: Copperhorn ScoutMTG Card: Copperhorn Scout - She's in my maybeboard. I'll include her in my deck if I ever have room, but for now she's on the bench. The biggest problem with her is that she is best used when you have both Elvish ArchdruidMTG Card: Elvish Archdruid AND Ezuri out, and while this does happen from time to time, it's kind of an ideal situation. If I were runnIng even MORE elves and Ezuri was my main win condition, she'd be an auto-include. She's more of a simple convenience in this deck, rather than a necessity.

Re: Beast WithinMTG Card: Beast Within is in my sideboard. Go for the ThroatMTG Card: Go for the Throat is handier for everyday situations.

February 3, 2012 5:51 a.m.

Cassiel says... #73

Hey there jake - I finally got around to putting my variation of your deck up, but it won a FNM for me last week. I'm properly giving you credit here for the inspiration and seriously, thank you. http://tappedout.net/users/Cassiel/I tried a straight up mono green elf run with Ezuri as really the only win condition, needless to say after finally breaking down and spending some money on the Wurmcoils I started seeing immediate improvements. My deck is lacking a few of the expensive rares, I've only got 3x Wurmcoils, and I'm using Lead the Stampede as a ghetto card draw version of Garruk. Other than that, our decks are pretty much the same.

Anyway, with DKA out now, I had a few critiques and suggestions about our beloved elf ramp deck. To start off with, I'm going to take the deck in a more defensive direction. The one single biggest change I suggest is adding 4x Undying Evil, even at the expense of Go for the Throat. If you think about it, IMO, it just seems like protecting my own valueble creatures is a better play than taking out one of theirs, and spot removal does not work against what we hate the most, aka Geist of St. Traft + Mirran Crusader. Another silly side benefit is if they kill off Wurmcoil and we Undying Evil it - that is a late game unlikely scenario though, I just think protecting our Archdruids and Glissa is so much more important. The worst creatures we have to deal with, are dealt with by getting lots of mana and better creatures/Karn, and for that we need to keep our rampers alive long enough at least.

As long as we have Glissa on the field, they are scared shitless to actually attack us. They GftT her or Tragic Slip her? Okay, I'll leave a black untapped, oh hello Undying Evil, she doesn't die. AND, what's best about it, it allows us to cheat Black Sun Z. Where Apostle's Blessing would not. I also want to possibly include or sideboard a Spellskite or two. Once they get the hang of this, we can leave a black untapped if nothing else just to bluff Unyding Evil, it's such a strategic card for this deck I feel strongly about.

It's just, if we are allowed to ramp, the deck really hits critical mass very quickly, and Karn enters the battlefield, and/or I'm going to add 1x of Vorinclex. That's my one gripe about the deck, late game, Green Sun feels like a dead draw as I've got nothing big to fetch. If you can quickly ramp a Vorinclex/Karn/Wurmcoil, you really put twice the pressure on them.

Please get back to me and lemme know what you think, Defensive Ramping as a strategy here.

February 3, 2012 12:23 p.m.

Cassiel says... #74

Also, about the Undying Evils, I think it is a perfectly logical first choice to sideboard against U/B creatureless control decks, since you obviously don't need to kill their creatures, and honestly I think it's going to be game breaking. As it stands now their best chance against us if a creature like Thrun makes it into play they BSZ him down repeatedly, Phantasmal is being less played from what I'm seeing these days.

Undying Evil straight up cheats BSZ for 1 mana while they tap out to do it. Anything that makes it onto the board, they're going to have to rely on Vapor Snag/spot removal.

Defensive utility is just plain awesome and I can't wait to play it tonight. Although, I do think it's sad that 3 boxes of Dark Ascension and the only card I'm excited about using in my real competitive deck is a common really. Here's to us, the Elf underdogs~!

Also, I wanted to suggest Sylvok Replica as a sideboard to you vs Crusader. WORST CASE SCENARIO DEATH PREVENTION, straight up - They give their Crusader a Sword or Angelic Destiny. You declare chump block with Sylvok Replica, and pay the green to sac it instantly to destroy Sword/Destiny. I feel that's such a stronger play than being forced to copy their Crusader with Metamorph. If nothing else, it straight up buys us a turn to get Wurmcoil out, plus gets rid of destiny/sword. Plus, Glissa will retrieve him later so just 1 of him functions as multiple artifact/enchantment removal.

Sorry to wall you here, but one final suggestion, I feel really feel Thrun is dead weight in the mainboard. Really the only thing he brings to the table in mainboard, not vs control/counter decks, he's a 4/4 that can regen himself and is hexproof. We can chump block with Llanowar Elves all day with Ezuri for 1G if we have to. Not a strong enough reason for him to be in IMO, sure he's great vs counterspell, but that's about it.

As an alternative, this might be a crazy suggestion, but I'm really wanting a way to make it work: but if we're running 4x Metamorph and Spellskite, why not try Ezuri's Brigade? That gives us an actual green bomb creature to Green Sun later on, and 4 for 8/8 trample is no joke. Plus he has all the built in side benefits for being on team elf. Maybe in the next block we'll get some more artifacts worth running, but I could see Brigade being a very deadly, stronger, cheaper Primeval Titan.

February 3, 2012 1:07 p.m.

dorminjake says... #75

@Cassiel - Lots to break down here. I'll do my best to address/consider each of your points. First, I'll cover the suggestions I think are totally viable and even preferable, depending on playstyle, and then I'll jump into the big Go for the ThroatMTG Card: Go for the Throat vs Undying EvilMTG Card: Undying Evil question.

Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger MTG Card: Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger has been mentioned before, up above, and I personally think he's a swell guy. You are perfectly right that the deck could use a late game GSZ target, and he certainly has an impact befitting a 9G tutor. I say go for it. The only reason I'm not using him is because I've yet to buy a copy. Perhaps it's time I did so!

Sylvok ReplicaMTG Card: Sylvok Replica is a totally worthy sideboard choice. I'd personally rather use Tribute to HungerMTG Card: Tribute to Hunger when I know someone is running Crusaders and Saints, but that has its weaknesses as well, for sure. I think this choice mostly comes down to preference. Neither one can completely shut down a Mage Blade or Haunted Humans deck, but they do both help.

SpellskiteMTG Card: Spellskite is an interesting option, and definitely plays to your defensive style. It's not really my thing, but I definitely recognize its playability.

Ezuri's BrigadeMTG Card: Ezuri's Brigade seems like another instance of playstyle preference to me. It's an elf and a half, to be sure, but the metalcraft seems a bit demanding. It would definitely fit in with a Glissa Metalcraft deck of some sort, along with Carapace ForgerMTG Card: Carapace Forger, but inclusion here is obviously up to you.

Thrun, the Last Troll MTG Card: Thrun, the Last Troll is always handy to me, but your mileage may vary. Every other deck in my meta has access to Mana LeakMTG Card: Mana Leak, and even those that don't are never thrilled to have an extremely persistent 4/4 blocker/attacker in their path. He's just a good, solid creature, and a good 3-drop when I draw my first turn Llanowar ElvesMTG Card: Llanowar Elves but not my second turn Elvish ArchdruidMTG Card: Elvish Archdruid. Against removal-heavy control decks, he's a constant stream of 4-damage hits, and against aggro he's a brick wall that hits back. Thrun and I are pals.

February 3, 2012 3:46 p.m.

dorminjake says... #76

Now then, Undying EvilMTG Card: Undying Evil. You make some interesting points about its effectiveness, but I'm going to defend Go for the ThroatMTG Card: Go for the Throat to the, er, undying death:

These are the scary creatures I saw only two weeks ago, in one tournament setting, that threatened to eat my face:

Olivia VoldarenMTG Card: Olivia Voldaren, Grave TitanMTG Card: Grave Titan, Rune-Scarred DemonMTG Card: Rune-Scarred Demon, Hero of BladeholdMTG Card: Hero of Bladehold, Massacre WurmMTG Card: Massacre Wurm, Primeval TitanMTG Card: Primeval Titan, Sun TitanMTG Card: Sun Titan

And here are the scary creatures I'm looking forward to have eating my face in the near future:

Drogskol ReaverMTG Card: Drogskol Reaver, Mikaeus, the UnhallowedMTG Card: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Withengar UnboundMTG Card: Withengar Unbound

The card that has stopped, and will continue to stop, all of the above is Go for the ThroatMTG Card: Go for the Throat. Karn can do it, but he is 7 mana, the removal is sorcery speed, and he has to take breaks to exile cards in hand before he exiles his second permanent. Instant kill is just so, so sexy.

If you're playing a deck that doesn't have at least one worrisome creature, then you shouldn't be losing anyway, and if you are (because of some combo, weenie swarm, etc.), then that's when you sideboard. But I'd feel naked without a kill spell in my main deck, when such a spell is so cheap to cast and efficient in its effect.

Undying EvilMTG Card: Undying Evil's effect is nifty though. I'm personally not that troubled if the opponent is burning removal on an Elvish ArchdruidMTG Card: Elvish Archdruid, because that's mostly a tempo play, and it gives them one less thing to throw at Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine, etc. But I can understand wanting to keep your druids around. The druids really tie the deck together, after all.

I think Undying EvilMTG Card: Undying Evil would make a great sideboard card, but keep in mind it does compete with Autumn's VeilMTG Card: Autumn's Veil, which can protect your creatures from U/B removal like Vapor SnagMTG Card: Vapor Snag (which is VERY common in my meta) and kill spells, but is also capable of shielding you from countermagic so you can cast your big stuff. Undying EvilMTG Card: Undying Evil is more appropriate against red decks or combat-heavy strategies, though, so I guess it depends on who you're playing.

If you're playing your deck as-is in FNM tonight, let me know how the Undying EvilMTG Card: Undying Evil works for you. See if you're ever in a situation where you'd prefer removal, and I'll do the same for the times in which I'd prefer undying. Maybe we can come to some consensus on the subject.

Thanks for the feedback! This has given me something to do this afternoon, haha.

February 3, 2012 3:56 p.m.

dorminjake says... #77

New FNM report is up, as well as a massive update covering the switch from a black splash to a white one. I've reset the discussion to make room for comments on the new direction.

As always, any and all suggestions are welcome, and I am happy to talk through whatever you've got!

Thanks thanks.

February 5, 2012 12:15 a.m.

Jman117 says... #78

Hey, Great build! I've been testing my U/W aggro build against this and it's been a pretty good match up! I love how your cards all sinergize together. Anyways, my only suggestion would be to add a few more answers, Beast WithinMTG Card: Beast Within is a personal favorite

February 5, 2012 12:14 p.m.

dorminjake says... #79

Hmm, I'm not sure where I'd fit Beast WithinMTG Card: Beast Within. The 3x Oblivion RingMTG Card: Oblivion Ring, 2x Acidic SlimeMTG Card: Acidic Slime, and 1x Karn LiberatedMTG Card: Karn Liberated already cover a wide swath of permanent types, and I don't want to clog my hand so much that I can't play creatures when I need them.

Any suggestions on what to take out? I did have a fourth Oblivion RingMTG Card: Oblivion Ring originally, but replaced it with Karn for his late game usefulness. Maybe I should put it back on the sideboard.

February 5, 2012 12:41 p.m.

Jman117 says... #80

Hey, I would take out all three FogMTG Card: Fogs from your sideboard and replace 1 with an O-ring and the other two with Beast WithinMTG Card: Beast Within . As for your mainboard, I would take wurmcoil and Oblivion RingMTG Card: Oblivion Ring down to 2 and add in 2 Beast WithinMTG Card: Beast Within . Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine is fantastic however at 3 it's a little heavy. You need a few more early game answers. On a different, unrelated note, I would take out Karn and replace him with a third garruk.

Great build, I personally love elves and am extremely happy to see them being playable in the current meta.

February 5, 2012 12:48 p.m.

dorminjake says... #81

I did have 4x Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine, haha. I like the consistency of being able to play them on turn 3 or 4. Four copies WAS a bit too heavy though, so now I'm at 3. I'm apprehensive about going lower than that, since I can't tutor them up with Green Sun's Zenith MTG Card: Green Sun's Zenith like I can with my elves, oozes, trolls, and titans. They're one of my principle win conditions, are difficult to remove, kill opposing titans, and keep me alive against RDW and Mirran CrusaderMTG Card: Mirran Crusaders, so, ya know.

FogMTG Card: Fog is actually a similar story. Goblin(!) decks (#@%! GOBLINS! Seriously!) and Mirran CrusaderMTG Card: Mirran Crusaders are the two things that have rocked my face off in the past couple of weeks. I frakking relish the idea of FogMTG Card: Fogging them. I'll probably replace them with better removal after next week though. I just need to get the hate out of my system first. I also have some concerns about armies of spirit tokens. FogMTG Card: Fog and Ratchet BombMTG Card: Ratchet Bomb seem preferable to single target removal.

Beast WithinMTG Card: Beast Within is a very good card, particularly in mono-green. The 3/3 beast token doesn't usually even matter, but sometimes, sometimes it does. O-ring feels safer, even if it is only sorcery-speed. I'll do some playing around and see. So much also depends on where the meta is going to go, now that DKA is circulating.

February 5, 2012 1:06 p.m.

dorminjake says... #82

I just won in a three-player chaos against two heavy control decks. The game took an hour, and the aggro deck actually won.

Opponent 1 (decent fellow) was playing a pretty standard U/W control, with Gideon JuraMTG Card: Gideon Jura, Mana LeakMTG Card: Mana Leaks, Forbidden AlchemyMTG Card: Forbidden Alchemy, Snapcaster MageMTG Card: Snapcaster Mages, Day of JudgmentMTG Card: Day of Judgments, Oblivion RingMTG Card: Oblivion Rings, that sort of thing. He kept a fairly low profile, countering and sweeping when the game state called for it, and generally kept the most threatening cards off the table. He had an Elesh Norn, Grand CenobiteMTG Card: Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, but Opponent 2 took her out pretty quickly.

Opponent 2 (dramatic reactionary) had a much scarier deck, running Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engines, Unburial RitesMTG Card: Unburial Rites, Havengul LichMTG Card: Havengul Liches, countermagic, and three very annoying copies of Sorin, Lord of InnistradMTG Card: Sorin, Lord of Innistrad. Oh, and Drogskol ReaverMTG Card: Drogskol Reaver. He was able to generate a -frak- ton of life, but I was so incessant in my attacking that he never got over 20.

Over the course of the game, I played several elves, one early Thrun, the Last Troll MTG Card: Thrun, the Last Troll , one Primeval TitanMTG Card: Primeval Titan, one Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine, two Garruk, Primal HunterMTG Card: Garruk, Primal Hunter, one Karn LiberatedMTG Card: Karn Liberated, two Oblivion RingMTG Card: Oblivion Rings, and fourteen lands. By the end of game, my only permanents were an 8/8 Thrun (thanks to Gavony TownshipMTG Card: Gavony Township), two 4/4 wurm tokens, and lands. I ended the game at 36 life. Thrun did most of the work.

I like this deck. The white splash suits it.

February 5, 2012 6:39 p.m.

zandl says... #83

Hmm. Looks familiar. Even some of the cards. deck:standard-elves-believe-it

February 5, 2012 9:27 p.m.

dorminjake says... #84

@zandl Elves in standard are good stuff, I have a ton of fun playing them. I like your deck as well, though I wish standard had a larger selection of elves available so there wasn't so much overlap. Then again, I hadn't even considered using Elder of LaurelsMTG Card: Elder of Laurels! I can imagine him coming in handy for sure.

As T/O Green Master, did you have any decks which stuck out as being problematic for you while you were playing standard elves? I've been playing as much as I can with this thing, for the past month or so, but I still feel like I'm only scratching the surface of standard archetypes so far. Can't say I'm complaining about a varied format, I'm just always worried I'm overlooking something.

February 5, 2012 9:45 p.m.

zandl says... #85

Had problems against mono-Red. It's just a bad match-up. Gutter GrimeMTG Card: Gutter Grime helped stop a lot of the hate, but it was a turn-3 play minimum. By then, my Elves are already getting roasted.

But Day of JudgmentMTG Card: Day of Judgment doesn't hold any water against Elves with Gutter GrimeMTG Card: Gutter Grime out.

February 5, 2012 11:11 p.m.

dorminjake says... #86

Yeah, I got roflstomped by some goblins recently. It wasn't a proud moment. Losing all of the ramp to burn is painful. I feel like I can usually stabilize with a sweeper resistant Thrun or Wurmcoil by the time Day of JudgmentMTG Card: Day of Judgment is online, but an early elf-killing SlagstormMTG Card: Slagstorm ruins my day.

Stupid fire.

February 5, 2012 11:20 p.m.

wildstallion says... #87

Well what u got here is a fast paced bad to the bone standard elf deck...+1... now, what u need to realize is that the problem is that u just need more then 20 life...RDW and the like get thereby thinking about 20...what i suggest is adding +1 primeval titan -1 wurmcoil...btw this is to grab...drum roll...da dam...glimmerpost...i know i know...heck just ask zandi...this works a lot....oh and switching the other garruk too will be a great answer...dont get me wrong primal hunter is the bomb but i would run 2x rentless main n primal hunter in the 2nd match depending on the match up

Wildstallion

February 6, 2012 12:09 a.m.

dorminjake says... #88

True, I can use Primeval TitanMTG Card: Primeval Titan to grab GlimmerpostMTG Card: Glimmerposts, but Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine has lifelink, so I get a pretty similar effect without having to dilute my mana base with colorless lands.

As for the choice of Garruk, I prefer Garruk, Primal HunterMTG Card: Garruk, Primal Hunter more for his -3 card drawing ability, as there are few things more frustrating than having tons of mana and no spells to spend it on. If I drop the Hunter after a Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine or Primeval TitanMTG Card: Primeval Titan, he basically restocks most of my hand for me.

February 6, 2012 12:17 a.m.

wildstallion says... #89

very true about the primal hunter in that respect...and very powerful play indeed...i was just thinking about removal for green and searching out another bomb after a flip. wurm coil is where it's at though...i just was trying to think how to help, and life gain is RDW worst enemy...i'll think on this a little and get back to you

February 6, 2012 12:21 a.m.

dorminjake says... #90

Sure thing! Thank you for the suggestions!

February 6, 2012 12:25 a.m.

wildstallion says... #91

you could drop/side in 1 green sun's zenith and 1 elvish archdruid for 2 gnaw to the bone or (can't believe i'm suggesting this)2 brindle boar.

February 6, 2012 12:30 a.m.

zandl says... #92

Ehhh, I wouldn't run GlimmerpostMTG Card: Glimmerpost in Elves. Getting those first two Green sources is really crucial. But then ramping to Primeval TitanMTG Card: Primeval Titan involves using your creatures. If your mana dorks die, you'll be slowed down too much to even get out Primeval. I'm not sure the best way to go about fighting mono-R, but Thrun, the Last Troll MTG Card: Thrun, the Last Troll is a fantastic start. Red can do anything to him, aside from double-WhipflareMTG Card: Whipflare/SlagstormMTG Card: Slagstorm while you don't have the mana to regenerate him.

February 6, 2012 12:32 a.m.

wildstallion says... #93

i like what your saying here zandl...great points which is why i would probably lean toward gnaw to the bone as a two of...mass removal is gonna be at an all time high in the meta with all the tokens running rampant...might as well gain life...twice...lol

February 6, 2012 12:36 a.m.

MagnaLynx21 says... #94

Interesting to see this deck is still developing even further into such creative realms. Now that I see you've moved into G-W tertiary, I think I can once again provide some helpful input ;D

Looking at your meta, the path of white could give you options like Faith's Shield, or Aposite's Blessing, as a lot of the creatures would become targets quite quickly for removal. That being said, Ranger's Guile could be an interesting option there as well, especially for those last few points of damage when your forced into a race situation.

I also see Sun Titan in the maybe board. Personally I don't think he would shine to brightly (flavour text irony!) here, I mean a lot of the time his only relevant target would be the Archdurid, however by the time you have hit the six drops, his work should have been done. I can see the idea, but a little risky.

February 6, 2012 11:12 a.m.

dorminjake says... #95

We are agreed about Sun TitanMTG Card: Sun Titan. I put him in the maybeboard in case anyone brought him up, and also because I did play test the card a little. It would be cool to bring things like Ezuri, archdruids, or Oblivion RingMTG Card: Oblivion Rings back from the dead, but the biggest turn off for me is the double white casting cost. If this were a different green-white deck, I'd be including him with absolutely zero hesitation. In here, however, I prefer his green and artifact siblings.

As for removal protection, I'm just going to have to see what the new meta is like before I think of including things like Ranger's GuileMTG Card: Ranger's Guile. These are definite sideboard considerations though, for sure.

Thanks again for the suggestions! I'm getting increasingly comfortable with the way this deck plays.

February 6, 2012 12:03 p.m.

SlipStr3am says... #96

food for thought, -1 Green Sun and -1 Wurmcoil Engine or Forest +2 beast within?

On a different note, besides Garruk, you don't have any other card draw...i don't know if you've had that issue where it's too slow. I mean, with all of the mana excel perhaps a genesis wave?

February 7, 2012 1:03 a.m.

dorminjake says... #97

You know, I do kind of want to include 1x Genesis WaveMTG Card: Genesis Wave, just to have the option every now and then.

Going to sleep on it, I think.

February 7, 2012 1:07 a.m.

dorminjake says... #98

Oh my planeswalkers, the DKA meta, it makes no sense! Goblins, mono-blue bounce, werewolves, curse decks! Where are these things coming from, where are they going, and why are they here?

I am afraid to send my spells into such a wilderness, even IF they're holding their own.

February 11, 2012 10:44 p.m.

dorminjake says... #99

This deck is back to being Green-black. I missed Glissa, the TraitorMTG Card: Glissa, the Traitor too much, and she is too, too good when sideboarding in Ratchet BombMTG Card: Ratchet Bomb and Tumble MagnetMTG Card: Tumble Magnet.

The current deck iteration is actually the first time the list has contained 20 elves, so this is actually the first time the deck has -technically- been an elf tribal deck, according to the arbitrary rules of the probably outdated Tribal Wars casual format. This is definitely an elf deck now.

February 13, 2012 1:37 a.m.

OrgasmAndTea says... #100

I think I like G/B more than G/W. G/W is good and all, but it just doesn't have as much Glissa, the TraitorMTG Card: Glissa, the Traitor. Just for funsies, have you considered Deadly AllureMTG Card: Deadly Allure and LureMTG Card: Lure?

I've seen you're considering Genesis WaveMTG Card: Genesis Wave... to be honest I think this is a 'win more' kind of card. You'd need to cast with at least 6 mana to make sure you don't mill the likes of Ezuri etc, and if you wanna be extra safe at least 9 so that you don't bin Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine. With that amount of mana, you should be winning already, and what else can you get for that amount of mana? Hey, wait a minute... where the heck is Karn LiberatedMTG Card: Karn Liberated?

February 13, 2012 9:17 a.m.

dorminjake says... #101

We are totally agreed on Genesis WaveMTG Card: Genesis Wave. I just haven't bothered to remove it from the maybe board. LureMTG Card: Lure, etc. seems fun, and it's probably something I'll end up doing for laughs and to catch people off guard.

I'm trying the list without Karn LiberatedMTG Card: Karn Liberated for a bit, just to see how things go. If I miss him, I'll probably go -1 Glissa to put him back in.

February 13, 2012 11:20 a.m.

dorminjake says... #102

New FNM tournament report posted. This was my third time placing within the top 4 with this deck, and this was the largest tournament I've played it in (44 people, as opposed to, I don't know, 17-24, usually).

It's about time for me to build something new (Turbofog, lolol), but I'm thinking this will continue to be my fall-back deck for as long as it's standard-legal.

February 18, 2012 8:46 p.m.

Karnage says... #103

What a gorgeous layout! +1

February 19, 2012 8:02 p.m.

dorminjake says... #104

Thank you! I want to say I painted the art myself, buuuuut I don't think I can, haha.

February 19, 2012 8:14 p.m.

Knights146 says... #105

Nice deck dude, Never seen someone use a G/B deck before. You make it work, keep it up. +1 from me for sure.

February 19, 2012 10:36 p.m.

im going to try running something similar at my fnm...ill post it once i make it.

February 22, 2012 4:15 p.m.

dorminjake says... #107

@theurbanraptor let us know how you do! I'm using my turbofog deck this week, but this is still my more "serious" tournament deck, so I'd like to hear as much as I can about how it fits in the format post-DKA. I think a lot of people are still experimenting with things.

February 22, 2012 4:37 p.m.

RivaBechtol says... #108

Great deck description! I like how it's going! +1

February 23, 2012 2:29 a.m.

Grizzly92 says... #109

If you are still having issues with board wipes, I suggest Fresh MeatMTG Card: Fresh Meat. If you happen to have it, it's great to cast that once your opponent gets field advantage by board wiping your elves.

February 23, 2012 3:04 a.m.

Strangelove says... #110

What about 1x Primordial HydraMTG Card: Primordial Hydra or Increasing SavageryMTG Card: Increasing Savagery as another finisher?

February 23, 2012 1:35 p.m.

dorminjake says... #111

I would LOVE Primordial HydraMTG Card: Primordial Hydra if I could cast it with Green Sun's Zenith MTG Card: Green Sun's Zenith , but instantly dead 0/0 hydras are a pain to clean off the battlefield. I'll stash it away in the back of my head though, because a singleton hydra could still be really nice to occasionally cast for thousands.

As for Increasing SavageryMTG Card: Increasing Savagery, I'd definitely include it if I were using Birds of ParadiseMTG Card: Birds of Paradise, just because the birds are my favorite creatures to kill an opponent with. As long as I'm using the Bellowing TanglewurmMTG Card: Bellowing Tanglewurm intimidate strategy, this does seem like a gnarly card to play. I'll buy a couple of copies and try them out.

Thanks!

February 23, 2012 3:56 p.m.

How do you input the pictures in your comments? This intrigues me...

February 24, 2012 7 a.m.

dorminjake says... #113

@PoorFredNoonan a user called Solomon makes these intensely well thought-out decks that use images and fancy layout tricks to make everything look awesome (example: Elvés Accelerati (Mono-Green)). In response for someone asking for it, Solomon provided a link to a website with a bunch of codes for layout manipulation (here: http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/basics).

After looking around for a while, I finally found the image code. Scroll most of the way down until you find the heading "IMAGES." The code under "Both of the above examples produce the same output:" is the one that will let you add pictures in comments, descriptions, etc.

That "/path/to/img.jpg" bit can be replaced with any url that links to an image. I used tinypic.com to upload things I edited and link from there. Hope that helps!

February 24, 2012 8:02 a.m.

dorminjake says... #114

Views: 7777. Score: 77.

You can't explain that.

February 29, 2012 6:53 p.m.

after playing it, i think im going to play 2x Genesis WaveMTG Card: Genesis Wave instead of Primordial HydraMTG Card: Primordial Hydra

March 5, 2012 12:13 p.m.

Nephilim says... #116

Needs Doubling ChantMTG Card: Doubling Chant check out my deck:mgm for the silliness it can do :)

March 7, 2012 11:27 a.m.

dorminjake says... #117

While I'm glad Doubling ChantMTG Card: Doubling Chant is a card that exists and is awesome, it really doesn't have a place here. Doubling up on elves and Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engines is nice, but if you have elves and a Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine in play already, doubling is only going to make your already imminent victory a bit more spectacular.

Also: the deck already has some weaknesses against mass removal. Doubling ChantMTG Card: Doubling Chant, appropriately enough, doubles those weaknesses.

What really kills it for me, however, is that I'm running multiple one-off toolbox creatures that I included for their situational usefulness and versatility. Primordial HydraMTG Card: Primordial Hydra, Bellowing TanglewurmMTG Card: Bellowing Tanglewurm, and Acidic SlimeMTG Card: Acidic Slime, at 1x a piece, are totally indifferent to the card. Also useless for doubling? Ezuri, Renegade LeaderMTG Card: Ezuri, Renegade Leader, Glissa, the TraitorMTG Card: Glissa, the Traitor, and Thrun, the Last Troll MTG Card: Thrun, the Last Troll . That really only leaves mana dorks and Wurmcoils.

If I get to a point where I felt the deck needs a massive, Timmy-esque sorcery, I'd probably go with Genesis WaveMTG Card: Genesis Wave instead, as that also digs out lands and planeswalkers.

March 7, 2012 3:44 p.m.

hey jake, Doubling ChantMTG Card: Doubling Chant is a MAY ability, you don't have to do it for each creature, but i do agree that Genesis WaveMTG Card: Genesis Wave is better, though it costs a lot more to be effect it.

i've been playing around with this, and I almost am thinking of running solemn, so glissa has more use, or maybe main for ratchet bomb? kill their shit, get it back?

March 7, 2012 4:06 p.m.

dorminjake says... #119

I know Doubling ChantMTG Card: Doubling Chant is a may ability. It's still useless if all I have in play are legends and one-offs. If I want additional Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engines for half the mana cost and no risk of thinning my deck of answers, I can always just side in Phyrexian MetamorphMTG Card: Phyrexian Metamorph.

As for Genesis WaveMTG Card: Genesis Wave, if I have enough mana to cast it for a meaningful amount, I'm most likely already winning the game anyway. The first iteration of this deck back in January had both Doubling ChantMTG Card: Doubling Chant and the Wave, and neither ever actually won me a game. Instead, they either gummed up my opening draw or they were needlessly demoralizing to an already beaten opponent. That, at least, is my experience with the two sorceries. It should be noted, however, that I -love- them in casual formats, because they're fun as hell, and they are so, so GREEN. I love green.

Now then. Glissa. Main deck, she's a really solid attacker and blocker. She stops titans with impunity on the ground, and when she's got +3/+3 and trample(+deathtouch) or intimidate, you won't find a trickier attacker in the deck. And of course she plays really well with Ezuri and the archdruids. This is enough for me. Her artifact recursion ability is icing, for the occasions when I can benefit from a resurrected Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine, nothing more. Until sideboard, with all those artifacts (shudders with excitement). I'm okay with waiting until game two or three to turn her into a goddess of artifact-based death and destruction, because I like the fact that this deck is capable of shifting strategies while using the same cards. Keeps your opponent off balance.

I could add more artifacts to the main deck, but I don't feel they're all that necessary with everything else I've got. There are lots of G/B Pod, Rock, Combo type decks floating around that use Glissa for this reason. I just felt like playing a different deck, while still having access to the strategy if my opponent's deck calls for it.

Glad I'm getting some comments today! This is helping me rid my brain of the cobwebs that have accumulated in the mere two or three weeks in which I haven't gotten to play this deck! I've been missing it.

March 7, 2012 5:30 p.m.

yeah, im either playing this or my turbo fog this friday, i guess i'll flip a coin.

March 7, 2012 5:32 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #121

What are your thoughts on Engulfing SlagwurmMTG Card: Engulfing Slagwurm?

March 9, 2012 5:16 p.m.

dorminjake says... #122

Hmm. It's not a bad card. In fact, it may be just what I need for a late game Green Sun's Zenith MTG Card: Green Sun's Zenith target. I'm going to play the deck as is tonight because I don't own any Engulfing SlagwurmMTG Card: Engulfing Slagwurms and I want to see how Primordial HydraMTG Card: Primordial Hydra does for me, but I could see the slagwurm taking the hyrdra's place. It's kind of annoying that I can't tutor for the hydra, but I like the trample it gets when it's huge.

I might end up going -1 Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine to make room for it. I think it's about time I tried a Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger MTG Card: Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger in a Wurmcoil slot as well. Thanks a lot, you've given me something to PonderMTG Card: Ponder over for next week!

March 9, 2012 5:37 p.m.

dorminjake says... #123

I do really wish Engulfing SlagwurmMTG Card: Engulfing Slagwurm had trample. As is, it actually makes your opponent prefer to block it with a 1/1 rather than a 13/13. It's a pretty exceptional blocker either way though.

March 9, 2012 5:40 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #124

It is ... my main use for it was I made a mono green ramp deck similar to this one used LureMTG Card: Lure and Engulfing SlagwurmMTG Card: Engulfing Slagwurm to attack someone with a Sun TitanMTG Card: Sun Titan and two Phantasmal ImageMTG Card: Phantasmal Images he had attacked with last turn. ROFL at that vigilance. and even if they did block it with something big the whole trample amount would go through because the kill is triggered by declaration of blocking.

March 9, 2012 5:50 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #125

lure + slagwurm is just unfair... I mean yea dies to removal but still

March 9, 2012 5:51 p.m.

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