Creature — Elf Druid
Tap: Untap target Forest.
|Want (3)||MenacingCorpsejack , Nathan_hawk , PhantomWings|
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|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Common|
|Masters 25 (A25)||Common|
|Magic 2013 (M13)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Arbor Elf occurrence in decks from the last year
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Arbor Elf Discussion
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
At the moment, it looks like you basically have two different decks mashed into one. If you cut your 120 cards into two decks of 60, you'll essentially have double the options to play while improving the power level of both. The two main strategies I'm seeing here are Naya ramp/midrange and some sort of bird/flying tribal. I'll give some of my budget suggestions for both archetypes.
For Naya ramp, you definitely want to focus on the mana dorks like Birds of Paradise, Ilysian Caryatid, and Knotvine Mystic before using the extra mana to play your threats like Godsire, Titanic Ultimatum, and Atarka, World Render. Midrange will forego some of the lower and upper ends of the curve to play efficient midgame creatures like Retaliator Griffin, Managorger Hydra, and Llanowar Visionary. Some other ramp options include Voyaging Satyr, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Rampant Growth, Arbor Elf, and Utopia Sprawl. Some other bombs include Hornet Queen, Vigor, Archetype of Endurance, Terastodon, Armada Wurm, Gruul Ragebeast, Rakeclaw Gargantuan, Spearbreaker Behemoth, Woodfall Primus, and Warstorm Surge. Some midrange threats are Wild Nacatl, Woolly Thoctar, Spellbreaker Behemoth, Burning-Tree Emissary, and Bloodbraid Elf.
For birds, I'd definitely recommend swapping red out for blue. This lets you play flying buffs like Empyrean Eagle, Watcher of the Spheres, Skycat Sovereign, Jubilant Skybonder, Favorable Winds, Flurry of Wings, and Stolen by the Fae. Some options that stay in white are Sephara, Sky's Blade, Emeria Angel, Midnight Haunting, and Battle Screech. Some additional bird stuff could be Aven Mimeomancer, Pride of the Clouds, Wingmate Roc, Kangee, Aerie Keeper, Call, and Murmuring Mystic. These types of decks generally go as wide as possible, buff the team with anthem effects, and swing in the air for the win.
Cards I see in this deck that don't fit in either archetype are Ajani's Pridemate, Pyroceratops, End Hostilities, Planar Outburst, Star of Extinction, Giant Growth, Moonhold, Double Vision, Furor of the Bitten, and Darksteel Pendant. At least, those are the first that spring to mind as targets to replace first. Anyway, let me know if you have any questions about my suggestions and I wish you good luck with your build!
3 weeks ago
3) i do need better tutors, Diabolic Tutor cost way 2 much, even though this deck produces a stupid amount of mana.
4) regarding cards like Tectonic Reformation id rather have more tutors.
5) i have enough haste providers, when i do cast my commander i wouldn't have enough mana to activate his ability anyways, i have enough haste providers where it might help if the game lasts longer.
3 weeks ago
Hmmhmmm, I would most likey cut Arbor Elf - just because it only untaps Forest, which you have only basic and some duals, which I think isnt so worth it, any other mana dork would be better if you think you even need more of them :D Also, there already is several cards that untap all your lands/permanents, so something thats focused only on Forest is kinda uneffective, unless you get all those mana-doubling enchantments on board, which again, mana dork would do the same work, probably even better?
And second cut would probably be 1x Forest, since you have 37 lands in total (+1mdfc) and several mana dorks, etc. :D
Next thing could probably be replacing some black tutors with better tutors. Diabolic Tutor for Diabolic Intent whenever you wouldnt need any cheap mana dork, or just sac anything else with Malakir Rebirth
Flip casted on it after that creature being killed. Or just any tutor you would become liking more.
When I think about some cards I run in my mono-R deck, Tectonic Reformation is pretty decent later on when you dont need that many lands anymore. Burning Earth with enough mana dorks/artifacts, but probably not in this deck, since there is a lot of non-basic lands.
Anger just to sac it (maybe to Diabolic Intent) or just let it die/discard so your mana dorks and Yurlok have Haste right away.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Is there any creatures you are specific "I will not take these out"? I have a few suggestions mainly about the ramp and how to make it more consistent/efficient.
You don't need gen wave and put in play cards. For example...
replace Nissa, Worldwaker with Nissa, Who Shakes the World because she pumps your forests, untaps lands, and allows you to thin your deck if -8. Vernal Bloom also if you feel like taking advantage, but you do have vorinclex.
Eternal Witness at least one
Instead of Green Sun's Zenith I would go Genesis Hydra it allows you to dig for permanents mm like Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip (witch will also let you get a creature when it enters) rather than just a creature, and gives you a blocker / attacker
If you want to have a possible turn 3 add in Devoted Druid & Vizier of Remedies and to help cast it utopia sprawl and the card you wanted to add Sylvan Caryatid. That's if you want to add white. I'm a Mono Green player to but this is good.
Last suggestion would be if you went Hydras like someone said Unbound Flourishing, I play Hydras and they are better than most people think.
Hey check out my deck Gruul Hydras
If you want genesis wave to be optimal going all out on getting it pumped up is the way to go. There is an old school Gen wave deck that was pretty good i would refer to it for extra tid bits.
1 month ago
@Mgalangzingme: Thanks for the comment! I agree that you always want to play Arbor Elf on Turn 1 and it should be prioritized over Essence Warden, but I added her for two reasons. One being that there's often mana left that can be used to cast her before a saproling spell (following t1 arbor elf, a t2 of Essence Warden + Saproling Migration, for example), she's a "free" card on the turn you're casting Scatter the Seeds or other convoke spells (creatures that just entered can be tapped for it, getting you back the mana you spent on them) and she turns those spells into lifegain. So I do feel like there's a time to cast her. The second reason being that as much as I'd like to, I'm not always going to have Arbor Elf in my opening hand and was looking for 1-drops more efficient than Tukatongue Thallid. Her lifegain isn't as intense as in a dedicated deck, but it's often more than the loss of life I prevent by chumping with the thallid and she can not only chump block herself as well, but might eat a removal spell that would otherwise hit some other important thing (which the thallid wouldn't do, because it's really not very scary).
That said, if you know of any 1-drops that'd be more useful, I'd love to hear them! I'm still waiting for the day Wizards will do a functional reprint of Arbor Elf even though that's probably never going to happen, lol.
2 months ago
acadey Thanks! I didn't include Magus because he only produces infinite mana, without any of the ETB-combo lines. Basically he's the worst option between Quirion Ranger, Scryb Ranger, and himself; plus he's not incidentally a mana dork, like Arbor Elf is.
It's possible it's right to just run as many combo pieces as possible, and you could slot him in for probably one of the counterspell-protection pieces like Defense Grid if you want!