Do you love tribal decks?

Do you want to play modern, but don't have the money to build a tier one deck?

Do you love Elves, but don't love getting your board full of weenies wiped?

If you answered yes to one or more questions, then Abzan Elves is the right deck for you!

Let's look at the cards in the deck.


Heritage Druid - Probably the most important one drop in the deck. It can easily lead to some of the most broken plays in the deck because of its ability to make tons of mana. Synergizes particularly well with Nettle Sentinel.

Nettle Sentinel - A 2/2 body for one is great. Also, its only "downside" is an advantage with Heritage Druid on the board because it enables Nettle Sentinel to tap for mana, then untap if you use the mana to cast a green spell.

Other mana dorks- Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves - Both tap for . If we have 2 lands and a mana dork in our opening hand, we can often play an elf lord on turn 2 or Collected Company on turn 3.

Dwynen's Elite - A 2/2 bear that usually brings a friend. It really helps when trying to go wide for Shaman of the Pack or Ezuri, Renegade Leader. If you have it in your opening hand along with two lands and Heritage Druid you can play Heritage Druid turn 1, and Dwynen's Elite turn 2, then make to play a lord or any other green creatures.

Elvish Visionary - Another great elf for going wide. A 1/1 body for isn't impressive, but drawing a card is important. I sometimes grab them with Collected Company instead of a mana dork, because it can help us refill our hand.

Ezuri, Renegade Leader - One of the best win-cons in a deck. He is great for overrunning opponents on a final swing and he is able to regenerate other elves if need be. We only play two of him because he is legendary.

Elvish Archdruid - Pumps the team and makes tons of mana. He is one of the best creatures that we run in the deck. If we untap with it on the board, he usually wins the game.

Shaman of the Pack - The reason we run black. This creature usually does 4 damage or more when it comes into play. It is one of the best creatures to hit with Collected Company or to tutor out with a Chord of Calling.

Reclamation Sage - I chose to play one in the mainboard to answer particularly difficult artifacts or enchantments that prevent us from attacking or targeting with Shaman of the Pack. We also have an additional copy in the sideboard to bring in against decks that play lots of artifacts or enchantments.

Non-Elf Creatures

Eternal Witness - Brings back anything that we want out of the graveyard. I usually target Collected Company or Chord of Calling, but also works well with Selfless Spirit or any other silver bullet that we bring in from the sideboard.

Ormendahl, Profane Prince - Usually just a land, but every once in a while, if you catch your opponent at 9 life or less, tapped out, and with no flyers on the board, you can kill them in a stylish way.

Selfless Spirit - The only white creature in the main board. It is works well again any sweepers that we encounter and it also sometimes gets in for a few points of flying damage during the game.

Getting More Elves

Two of the most important cards in the deck are Collected Company and Chord of Calling.

Collected Company - Filters through your deck and gets out the best available Elves at instant speed. With 35 creatures in the deck, it usually hits two or more creatures.

Chord of Calling - Tutors out any creature that you need at instant speed. It enables this deck to play one copy of cards like Selfless Spirit and Eternal Witness. Also, it works well with tutoring out the creatures that we play in our sideboard.


Sideboards should be adapted to fit your local meta, but this is the current sideboard that I am running.

Burrenton Forge-Tender - Brought in to save our board from red sweepers or storm decks. It is usually an easy target to tutor out with Chord of Calling at instant speed in response to a sweeper or other threat and can swing the whole game.

Melira,Sylvok Outcast - Brought in against infect, which recently reappeared in my local meta.

Essence Warden - Brought in against burn or decks that look to go wide and beat us in a damage race. If you can stick one on on turn one or two, it can easily gain you ten life over the course of the game.

Kataki, War's Wage - Brought in against affinity, lantern control, or any other deck that plays a lot of artifacts. Easy to tutor with Chord of Calling since it only costs .

Reclamation Sage - This second copy is brought in against decks with problematic enchantments or artifacts.

Spellskite - Usually brought in against decks with lots of target removal, or decks that have lots of pump spells like infect.

Scavenging Ooze - Brought in against decks like dredge that run a lot of graveyard synergies. Also, the lifegain is relevant against decks that like to race us like burn.

Fracturing Gust - Brought in against affinity or enchantment heavy decks. Being instant speed is particularly good. The lifegain is an added bonus.

Path to Exile - The best removal in the format for . No need to explain :)

Lead the Stampede - Brought in against decks that run Grafdigger's cage or lots of board sweepeers. We are usually able to grab 2-4 creatures with it.

Aven Mindcensor - Brought in against decks that run a lot of tutors like Titan-shift. That feels like a bad matchup for this deck, so stopping them from tutoring out lands sometimes buys us a turn or two.

Potential Upgrades

One area of this deck that I am always tempted to upgrade is the mana base.

Gilt-Leaf Palace is a strict upgrade over Blooming Marsh, but they cost nearly $10 more per copy.

Cavern of Souls is a great mana fixer, but costs significantly more than any other card in this deck.

Gaddock Teeg is a great sideboard option for tron and other matchups that ramp into big threats.

I hope that you enjoyed reading about my elf deck. Please give it a +1 if you like the list.

If you are looking for a more budget, mono green elf list to get into modern, check out the original version of this deck-


Updates Add

Since infect has disappeared from my local meta, I took Melira, Sylvok Outcast out of my sideboard in favor of Aven Mindcensor. I brought in Aven Mindcensor to combat decks like Titan Shift that win by tutoring out specific cards.



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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.21
Tokens 1/1 Elf Warrior, 1/1 Human Cleric
Folders Modern, Tribal (Modern/Standard), Budget Modern, Deck Ideas, Elves, gauntlet, favs, Interesting Modern Decks, Decks I'm Looking At, modern, See all 13
Top rank #20 on 2018-03-10
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