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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.

Elves

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 Clancaller - Another lord for the deck. I honestly thought it looked underwhelming at first, but after play-testing it really carried its weight. It adds another threat to the board, makes our team bigger, and can create card advantage if we untap with it.

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. It works well against Search for Azcanta  , Ensnaring Bridge, and Chalice of the Void. We also have an additional copy in the sideboard to bring in against decks that play lots of artifacts or enchantments.

Non-Elf Creatures

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.

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. Also, it works well with tutoring out the creatures that we play in our sideboard. We now only run 2 in the mainboard and one extra in the side if we have important silver bullet cards.I have noticed b/g is down to only playing 2 copies of Chord, which words well for them but I still consider it a necessity in my deck. It often wins games if played at the right time.

Lead the Stampede - Recently added to the mainboard to refill our hand and keep pumping out creatures.

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.

Selfless Spirit - Brought in against control decks and some tron varients. Works well again any sweepers that we encounter and it also sometimes gets in for a few points of flying damage during the game.

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 :)

Potential Upgrades

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- http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/there-will-be-elves/

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Updates Add

After some play-testing, I am making the following mainboard changes.

-2 Elvish Visionary -1 Selfless spirit (going to sideboard) -1 Eternal Witness -2 Chord of Calling

+4 Elvish Clancaller +2 Lead the Stampede

I am going to tune the sideboard as well, but I am not sure where I will make the changes.

Comments

Casual

100% Competitive





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Date added 1 year
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Legality

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.19
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 14
Top rank #20 on 2018-03-10
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