Birchlore Rangers

Birchlore Rangers

Creature — Elf Druid

Tap two untapped Elves you control: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Morph (Green) (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for (3). Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Birchlore Rangers Discussion

multimedia on Elf ball help

2 weeks ago

Hey, I don't think you need them. Cutting an Elf, a land or another support spell that has more impact for either of these cards doesn't seem like it would help. Honestly, with Elf tribal the less artifacts you play the better.

If you want this effect then instead consider Heritage Druid and Birchlore Rangers ? They're Elves who can make more than one mana and can tap Elf tokens the turn they're created which is powerful. You might already have Heritage since it's well known, but Birchlore is not as known and it's underrated with Lathril. Able to make black mana is helpful.

Romer on Lathril's Dark Elfball

5 months ago

Thanks multimedia! Everything you're saying makes sense about Immaculate Magistrate , Timberwatch Elf , Birchlore Rangers and Nullmage Shepherd , I just struggled to find room in the deck to keep them. Their effects all feel a bit conditional based on having a lot of elves on the field, at which point I'm already doing well and ready to swing in for big beats so they almost feel like win-more cards. I'm going to keep them in mind though, if I can find things that aren't performing as well that I want to take out.

Smart thinking on your tutor and Elves of Deep Shadow suggestions. Adding them!

FounderX on Cunning Dark Elves

5 months ago

Hi multimedia thanks for your time, really appreciate it! Yeah Fallen Ideal is an underplayed card, hard to get rid of, like Rancor . Great tips indeed. I'll test them out as proxies, Birchlore Rangers will probably go straight in the 99.

multimedia on Cunning Dark Elves

5 months ago

Hey, nice version. Fallen Ideal is spicy tech to give Lathril evasion and pump.

On a budget some cards I've been impressed with.

  • Birchlore Rangers : able to tap pairs of Elf tokens the turn they're created to make mana and being able to make green or black is helpful. Tapping out and still being able to pay for Ezuri's regenerate and/or Miara's draw or an instant speed spell is nice.
  • Chord of Calling : powerful creature tutor with Elf tokens. Instant speed get Archdruid or Magistrate, etc. and then be able to use their tap ability on your next turn. Get Ezuri in response to removal. Chord can get any creature, get Toski or Frostfang.
  • Pyre of Heroes : tribal Pod repeatable Elf tutor.
  • Rhonas's Monument : repeatable way to give Lathril pump and trample as well as reduce the casting cost of many Elves.

multimedia on Lathril's Dark Elfball

5 months ago

Hey, nice upgrade of the precon.

Lathril + Immaculate Magistrate + Copperhorn Scout combo scales to make Lathril bigger each turn you attack which can create more Elves each time and it lets you use Lathril's tap ability with all the Elves she just created after combat. Timberwatch Elf can replace Magi, but the pump goes away at end of turn. Marwyn, the Nurturer can make a lot of green mana with Magi/Timberwatch + Scout to use with a mana sink such as Ezuri. Scout's ability to untap all other creatures you control whether they attacked or not is powerful with big mana producers and a mana sink. Magi + Joraga Warcaller is another good interaction to make all Elves huge.

Birchlore Rangers has impressed me because of his interaction with Elf tokens. Able to tap pairs of them to make mana the turn they're created which is nice to cast instant speed spells or pay activations such as Ezuri's regenerate and Miara's draw when you're tapped out. It's also helpful that Elves can make green or black mana. Nullmage Shepherd has also impressed for some of the same reasons. These tapping effects along with other Elves who tap such as Lathril and Archdruid, etc. become even better with a repeatable way to untap all Elves on each opponent's turn such as Seedborn Muse and Quest for Renewal .

Instant creature tutors are helpful especially Chord of Calling with Elf tokens, but also Shared Summons which can put two Elves into your hand. Elves of Deep Shadow is in my opinion the best one drop mana Elf with Lathril because he's reliable ramp to cast her without needing a black source from a land.

multimedia on BG Elves

5 months ago

Hey, I'm impressed, well done building your deck on a budget with like 90% cards from Commander Legends.

Commander Legends was an amazing set for Elves especially Miara. Unfortunately, to make any real impact from upgrades you're going to want to add more cards from other sets, but most cards you add could be $1 or less each and still make a huge impact.

An advantage of Elves as a tribe is ramp, more specifically one drop mana Elves and Elves who can tap to make a lot of mana. No other tribe has as many one drop mana creatures or creatures who can make a ton of mana. By adding more mana Elves you can reduce the amount of lands while increasing the amount of Elves. More ramp from Elves is wanted by both your Commanders to cast Nadier quicker and to pay more into X with Numa. Both of your Commanders don't do much without lots of ramp.

Archdruid is the budget Elf who defines the tribe since he's an anthem for Elves and can make as much green mana as Elves you control. Marwyn and Joiner are good with Numa, Joraga Chieftain since they want counters put on them, they care about how much power they have. Marwyn is also good with Elf tokens since each token that's created puts a counter on her. Guidance has excellent interaction with Arbor Elf if you enchant a Forest or Woodland Chasm .

Other mana rocks are more sources of ramp. Sol Ring and Arcane Signet are two budget staple cards in Commander. Golgari Signet is another two drop ramp source upgrade.


These cards would expand on the Elf token theme and Prowess is unique since it's an Elf that's not a creature. Expanding on the token strategy makes Nadier better. Warmaster is another mana sink to pump and give Elves deathtouch. Elderfang doesn't create tokens like the other cards, but it has good interaction with them. Letting you swing with your Elves and opponents have to make difficult decisions about what to do.

I offer more advice including cuts to make. Would you like more advice?

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Lathril’s Shadowood Elves

5 months ago

Hey, nice budget version of Lathril. I really like the creative name Shadowood :)

Quest for Renewal can be a win condition with Lathril and Elves. 10 Elves + Lathril + Renewal with four counters makes each opponent lose 10 life on each opponent's turn, 30 life each for a full cycle of opponents' turns. Renewal is a budget Seedborn Muse and it could replace Wellwisher .

Birchlore Rangers is an Elf I'm not seeing in a lot of Lathril lists. It's like Heritage Druid , but it can make black mana with another Elf. The real reason to play it is you can tap pairs of Elf tokens the turn they're created to make mana. Rangers could replace Cultivate .

Woodland Chasm is a new Forest/Swamp Golgari dual land and since it's a Forest Wood Elves can search for it. It's an upgrade for Golgari Guildgate .

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Lathril's Army

5 months ago

Hey, nice start. I'm also very excited about Lathril as a new Elf Commander and I'm upgrading the precon on a budget.

Consider cutting some lands for more one drop mana Elves? One drop mana Elves are an advantage that Elves have and the precon lacks them. The idea is one drop mana Elves can replace some lands since they can make mana while also adding the total count of Elves. 38 lands is really too much land for Elves thus consider cutting some Swamps?

Some other cards, less than $1 each, to consider for upgrades and most can increase Elf tribal synergy:

Good luck with your deck.

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