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Creature — Elf Druid
Level up (: Put a level counter on this creature. Level up only as a sorcery.) [1/1]
Level 1 : Add . [1/2]
Level 5+ Elves you control have " Add ." [1/4]
2 months ago
Made an account just to say I really like this, was looking for a relaxed pre-made to play with some friends and it looks good! To try and give some consistency (and knowing who I'm playing against lol), I took some of the recommendations from wallisface and fully dropped Experimental Augury for the three recommended, in varying quantities, as well as Murder. I dropped a handful of the level ups (specifically, three of Beastbreaker of Bala Ged and two of Joraga Treespeaker, and a couple other changes like moving Echo Mage up from the Maybeboard), and added Sheoldred, Whispering One for a bit of pressure that doesn't require a bunch of mana dumping after-the-fact. Will be testing it here shortly in a multiplayer game, and would love to know any changes you've made that may give me some more insight, as a casual player who tends to miss seemingly obvious cards.
6 months ago
i see no synergy in your deck. you got some ramp artifact, ramp sorceries, ramp creatures, ramp enchantments, but nothing really synergizes. if you put all ramp into 1 of those, your deck gets alot better.
id say go for creatures, so you can end with a nice overrun effect. So grab all the 1 mana elfs that produce mana, your missing Boreal Druid, Joraga Treespeaker. Then get Priest of Titania, taps for all elfs.
For removal, run creatures aswell, id get Foundation Breaker, Druid of Purification, Bane of Progress, Haywire Mite, Reclamation Sage, Voracious Hydra, Acidic Slime, Duplicant, Kogla, the Titan Ape, Meteor Golem, Terastodon, Woodfall Primus, Ulvenwald Tracker
some other cards i would consider Champion of Lambholt (makes your creatures unblockable, Saryth, the Viper's Fang hexproof untapped, deathtouch when attacking (insanely powerfull with big trample creature).
non creatures i would run: Lifecrafter's Bestiary, Skullclamp, Return of the Wildspeaker, Inspiring Call, Harmonize, Rishkar's Expertise maybe a few things like Fade from History, Beast Within, Nature's Claim, Collector Ouphe is also really strong since you will be running creatures
Sure, the mana doubling can be fun, but is it really needed? your commander is gonna be 1-2 punching people, doubling your mana is gonna waste a turn, and you cant do alot with the mana other then empty your hand, and then you get boardwiped and your sent back to your childhood. Id cut them, and just get more consistency out of your deck
11 months ago
Hey, well done so far for your first green deck.
Some changes to consider, to further reduce price, up power level and reduce mana curve:
- Sol Ring --> Emerald Medallion
- 1x more Forest --> Castle Garenbrig
- Staff of Domination --> Rishkar's Expertise
- Elvish Guidance --> Growing Rites of Itlimoc
- Regal Force --> Vanquisher's Banner
- Heritage Druid --> Kodama's Reach
- Elvish Mystic --> Cultivate
- Fyndhorn Elves --> Rampant Growth
- Arbor Elf --> Harrow
- Joraga Treespeaker --> Llanowar Loamspeaker
- Eternal Witness --> Bala Ged Recovery
- Pyre of Heroes --> Genesis Wave
- Fauna Shaman --> Overrun
- Summoner's Pact --> Overwhelming Stampede
- Fierce Empath --> Siege Behemoth
- Quirion Ranger --> Llanowar Visionary
Emerald Medallion is the worst expensive price card here. All the Medallions are way overpriced for what they do because they aren't getting reprinted. Castle Garenbrig is not worth $5, you don't need it's small amount of ramp when you can get more ramp from Elves. With Elves, Elvish Guidance is $1 alternative for Cradle, bonus interaction with Arbor Elf.
Staff of Domination can keep power level high without breaking the bank. It's a combo piece with key mana Elves to make infinite green mana to then draw into a wincon. Regal Force and Eternal Witness are creatures who have same effects of noncreature cards, but since they're creatures they can be tutored for.
Triumph of the Hordes, Overrun, Overwhelming Stampede, Ezuri, Siege Behemoth, Forerunners, Thunderfoot, all of these to overrun your Elves is overkill. Consider cutting some of these for more tutors? Pyre of Heroes, Fauna Shaman, Summoner's Pact, Chord, Harbinger can all get Ezuri. Choose one of Forerunners, Thunderfoot or Behemoth? Fierce Empath, Fauna, Pact, Chord can get it.
Good luck with your deck.
1 year ago
I may use Gaea's Touch, I think I have one if I search through green box.
I have a love/hate relationship with level-up cards. I love the idea, hate it when I actually play them, so I'm not so sure I'll use Joraga Treespeaker. I have her in my Elfball deck, but it's so mana hungry I rarely get past the first level. In this deck, Llanowar Visionary has a place with the early card draw along with ramp, and Devoted Druid is here for even faster mana ramp that doesn't require additional mana pumped into her to get an extra early green mana. I can also drop a +1 counter on her to reset, and I don't care if she dies because she's coming back (or will eventually come back). Joraga just wants too much from me when I want to cast other things early in the game. YMMV
Mana Web is brutal, indeed. I'd probably only use it if I wanted to play with a more competitive pod or in a tournament. It's great, but maybe a bit hardcore to play with friends. Although I do have a buddy that loves his $12 counter spell deck that this would be great against, lol. It's situational, for me, based on power level or deck types I expect to play against.
Hidden Path and Nature's Cloak could both be great, and almost feel like cheating in a deck like this, lol. If I find that I can't get my creatures through reliably, I might just do this. However, one of the beauties of this deck is that you almost WANT to get blocked a lot of the time. If I'm attacking with a boatload of lands, and my commander is out, I want my opponent to block so I can kill of his smaller creatures. I want him to make decisions. And I don't care if my Forests die, as they're coming right back to the table ... Untapped and ready to block for me (to which they can die again, come back, and by my turn have lost summoning sickness and I'm ready to read & repeat). By having Forestwalk, I get more damage in, sure ... but I lose my pseudo Vigilance that's built in with the recursion that makes this deck fun. So, for now, I keep the Forestwalk out. That said, I'm more likely to want a sorcery/instant for Forestwalk for a surprise win condition, such as Nature's Cloak.
Scarwood Bandits is always fun. However, it doesn't have much synergy with the deck and I would prefer the deck to stay more focused. Lots of fun cards in green to toss in for flavor, though, and this would be great if I went on a little tangent.
1 year ago
Hi, really enjoyed this one - like the idea!
you could think about:
Gaea's Touch - strong in every mono green deck and perfectly fits in a forest tribal
1 year ago
What format are you wanting this for?
From a Modern perspective, Joraga Treespeaker is pretty useless as it's waaay too slow and clumsy. Devoted Druid is pretty amazing in that it can be used for various infinite combos, while also providing 2-mana for faaar less investment.
1 year ago
Joraga Treespeaker is generally more efficient as you would play it turn one. On turn two you can level it up to level 1 which will then grant you two mana to play another card and stay on curve. So although it technically cost 3 to be able to use in terms of turn usability you can use him turn 2 while staying on curve.
Meanwhile Devoted Druid is not bad but you won't have access to the mana till turn 3. However Devoted Druid can easily go infinite with a few cards a recent one being Myrkul, Lord of Bones. Now without these infinite strategies you can only use Devoted Druid's untap ability once as the second time would kill it. So for a longer game you will get more mana out of Joraga Treespeaker.
So if Devoted Druid plays into your decks strategy it will be great but in your typical deck I think Joraga Treespeaker will be the better option. If you are running dorks I'd probably end up using both anyways.