Creature — Elf Druid
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Fyndhorn Elves Discussion
2 weeks ago
I've been playing elves for some time in both commander and modern, so I was excited to see Lathril spoiled. If I didn't already have a tricked out Ezuri, Renegade Leader deck I'd definitely be building this, because the only thing better than playing mono-green elves is playing green-black elves! I am a bit surprised that you are missing some elf staples such as Llanowar Elves , Fyndhorn Elves , Wood Elves , Elves of Deep Shadow , Farhaven Elf , and Springbloom Druid . These cards may seem boring, but they give you incredible acceleration, and you can also definitely justify dropping your land count a bit because they'll ramp you early and grab your lands for you from your deck. You also really don't need any of the mana rocks other than Sol Ring , they don't synergize with elves' game plan. I'd also heartily recommend Elvish Guidance , and an often-overlooked card that turns one of your existing lands into a Gaea's Cradle but which costs less than a dollar in real-world money. Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip does this as well, but it is more well-known and more expensive. For board wipes I'd recommend Kindred Dominance , which blows everyone else's stuff away while leaving yours intact, and Ezuri's Predation , which was recently re-printed and is now pretty cheap to pick up, as it will likewise leave your elves intact while giving you a bunch of tokens and destroying most of your opponent's stuff. I'd also commend your inclusion of the fabulous new card Haunting Voyage . This card is sheer gold for tribal decks in black!
3 weeks ago
If you want to make it more competitive, it might not be sexy, but the first and most important thing imo ist to lower the mana curve: For every card, ask yourself if a cheaper card exists that does about the same.
1-Mana Mana Dorks over more expensive stuff. they also fuel Meren really early, which really gets her going
Golgari Findbroker - too expensive. Meren does, that already
Zulaport Cutthroat - the deck doesn't look like it wins via this, so you don't need it
Blood Artist - same
Syr Konrad, the Grim - same - maybe I underestimate the chip damage from these but I really dislike these Cards, because the don't do anything unless they stay araound for a long time. If you only deal 20 damage to the table with blood artist style cards, which seems generous, you still don't win.
I would rather have a more reliable win condition, a combo to end the game asap or a really powerful value engine, that gives you the staying power, paired with a bit of stax, Mindslicer comes to mind, while you get some kind of beatdown (I like Creakwood Liege , Craterhoof Behemoth with a bit of a board also kill one to two people quite quick) or stuff like a few Kokusho, the Evening Star or Gray Merchant of Asphodel triggers.
Nature's Claim - my pet card
1 month ago
I'm not sure why Fyndhorn wasn't initially in here, but its as a good as a land in this deck.
While we already have most of the best tutoring green has to offer here, we added the last missing piece. One often overlooked aspect of Elves is that they have incredible toolbox properties, so being able to grab what we need cheaply is great. By cutting two forests we are down to 30 % land, which is what we would run in modern and is a great benchmark for lands. We've got lots of ways to grab our lands in the deck, so we shouldn't miss them too much.
One thing that is really hard to come by in mono-green is board wipes, so I'm really pleased that they reprinted this recently. In theory Praetor's Counsel is good because board wipes are the bane of our existence and this gives us a way to recover, but in reality if we get wiped we'll never be able to pay the mana cost. Its better to just play conservative and use Ezuri's 2nd ability to protect out pieces, and cards like Eladamri to protect him.
Yet another Elf Lord that pumps our whole team and gives us more ramp to boot? Give me more. As for Drove, we have other ways to make one thing big, and while this card has never been bad its never been exciting either. Jagged-Scar Archers gives us crucial anti-flying tech when we need it for one less mana, and while it lacks hexproof, we'll be happy of our opponents waste removal on archers and not one of our more important cards. Timberwatch Elf and Immaculate Magistrate give us flexibility in combat that is far better than the obvious threat drove represents.
While giving non-green decks a forest to enable a forest-walk kill is cute, this is somewhat situational, and we have lots of other ways to get through with the damage we need. Warmaster just such incredible value for the same mana that this change seems to be a no-brainer.
While offering is a good card, giving our opponents blockers just doesn't suit us in this deck. Ambush helps only us at instant speed with the creature type we want. Its an improvement on Elvish Promenade that absolutely deserves a spot.
1 month ago
I think Kodama of the East Tree ist a powerful card from Commander Legends.
Suggestions for ramp are Three Visits and more 1-Mana mana dorks like Birds of Paradise and Fyndhorn Elves , just so get out faster. you then might have enough 1-toughness creatures to justify Skullclamp , which is an awesome draw engine and uses your creatures in the late game. My Nissa Deck is a bit more focused on lots of mana real early, without any beatdown plan, but maybe you get some ideas.
1 month ago
You might considering running a suite of 1-drop dorks ( Birds of Paradise , Avacyn's Pilgrim , Llanowar Elves , Fyndhorn Elves , Elvish Mystic ) and 3-drop ramp ( Overgrowth , New Horizons , Weirding Wood , Wellspring , Wolfwillow Haven , Verdant Haven ). The more of these you have, the more likely that Sigarda can drop on turn 3.
1 month ago
Hey Walrighti, +1!
Congrats on your first deck! You have a lot of fun cards in here and it looks great! I imagine you want to tune and make it even more efficient so here are some ideas...
Add 3 categories: #Combo, #Lifegain, and #Evasion; and then sort your maybeboard the same way you've done your mainboard to easily rank your choices within a category (By "combo" I mean all your "if-then" cards like Trudge Garden that are slower and don't work by themselves). Remove #Creatures (most of them are #Combo).
Avoid most cards above 4 cmc... Willowdusk is fast and fragile, so play into that... Also, prioritize cards that can do 2 or more things or that give value on ETB... If you have pet cards that don't really fit and that hurt to cut, put them in a "I'll build that theme later" list.
-1 Pelakka Wurm
-1 Ezzaroot Channeler ... cut the fatties.
-1 Decree of Pain ... too slow
-1 Bow of Nylea ... meh
-1 Sangromancer ... amazing card but doesn't trigger when you need it to.
-1 Venser's Journal ... also amazing, but too conditional for this build
-1 Ranger's Path ... all your ramp should be on turn 2
-1 Temple of the False God ... this card is almost never good
+1 Devoted Druid ... this card is a beast
+1 Talisman of Resilience ... #Ramp
+1 Llanowar Elves ... #Ramp... the elves enable Willowdusk combos on turn 3.
+1 Viridian Joiner ... #Ramp... #Combo
+1 Killing Wave
+1 Massacre Girl ... #Wipe
+1 Beast Within ... #Removal
+1 Golgari Charm ... #Evasion
~1 Rancor ... Trample and haste are important... #Evasion
~1 Destined ... the choices are really good.
+1 Soul Channeling ... #Combo with Willowbark and stick to the board...
~1 Phyrexian Processor ... fun?
~1 Lurking Evil ... maybe?
~1 Solidarity of Heroes ... #Combo
~1 Ooze Flux ... tokens at instant speed?
~1 Retribution of the Ancients ... removal?
+1 Thought Gorger ... (leaves)
+1 Return of the Wildspeaker ... #Draw
+1 Triskelion ... #Combo
+1 Nighthawk Scavenger ... #Fatty
...Always play at least 10 ramp spells under 3 cmc.
...Playtest and make sure Willowbark consistently makes a fatty (with evasion) before turn 6-7.
Happy building :)
1 month ago
Your deck looks like it's off to a great start for being new to this! One thing I'd recommend is maybe adding a couple more Mana Dorks like Fyndhorn Elves , Llanowar Elves , Elvish Mystic etc. You're creeping close to an average CMC of 4, and want to reliably cast not only Esix, but some of those bigger token producers.
I'd also recommend checking out Lazotep Plating as a board protection option, and has a token attached to it for Esix to play with. Other cheaper token producers to check out are Master of Waves , Spawnwrithe , Mist-Syndicate Naga , Scute Swarm , and Tendershoot Dryad . I would place more emphasis on Scute Swarm or Tendershoot, since they can pump out multiple tokens per turn cycle.
If you want to make use of Esix's ability, try to have creatures that have Enter the Battlefield Effects, which can be reused as you make token copies. Some potential cards for this effect use could be Reclamation Sage and Mulldrifter .
If you're interested, check out my Adrix and Nev deck Fibonacci Debauchery. It's not super budget, but I do have stuff in my Maybeboard that might be of interest.
I would also recommend checking out The Command Zone's Pre-Con Upgrade video. They talk about the Quandrix pre-con in detail and recommend some budget upgrades with Esix as the commander of the deck.
1 month ago
Playing the turn one Llanowar Elves into a turn two Tuvasa feels so good and is just so powerful. Even though they aren't enchantments, in my experience the dorks allowed me to draw that one extra card by having Tuvasa in play a turn earlier anyways.
Also, I like to use cards like Curiosity , Curious Obsession , Keen Sense , Sixth Sense , Snake Umbra and Ophidian Eye . Tack those onto Tuvasa to draw tons, or just slap it onto one of the mana dorks for some card draw.