Masked Admirers

Masked Admirers

Creature — Elf Shaman

When Masked Admirers enters the battlefield, draw a card.

Whenever you cast a creature spell, you may pay . If you do, return Masked Admirers from your graveyard to your hand.

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Masked Admirers Discussion

multimedia on Latty the baddie

2 months ago

Hey, one drop green mana Elves are really good, a big reason to play Elves. They aren't just ramp with Lathril they're also fuel for her activated ability when you don't need them for ramp and lets you get more Elves onto the battlefield quicker.


Staff of Domination does everything as a mana sink for Elves and can be an enabler for Lathril to be a win condition. With Staff you first make infinite green mana by tapping and untapping one of Archdruid, Marwyn(with 5 or more power), Priest of Titania, Circle or Wirewood Channeler. When you have infinite green mana then Staff is the mana sink to draw and cast enough Elves to control 10 or more. When you have 10 or more Elves then Staff can be the mana sink to repeatedly untap Lathril and each one the 10 Elves as the win condition.

Quest for Renewal is another enabler for Lathril and 10 Elves to be win condition. When Quest has four counters which is not difficult especially with more mana Elves, you can untap all creatures you control during each opponents turn. With Lathril each opponent loses 10 life on each player's turn, resulting in all opponents losing 40 life in one cycle of all player's turns if you have three opponents.

Chord of Calling is a helpful instant creature tutor since can tap Elves to help to pay for it's convoke, with enough Elves it's a free spell to cast and it puts the creature you search for onto the battlefield. It has nice interaction with Elf tokens since can tap them to convoke the turn they're created. With Chord get Ezuri or Miara, Thorn of the Glade in response to removal, get Archdruid so you can tap him on your turn, get Magistrate so you can tap her on your next turn, get Varragoth so you can attack with him on your next turn, etc.

Patriarch's Bidding is among the most powerful tribal spells for quick recovery. For five mana it reanimates all Elves in your graveyard. Play a Regrowth just to have another potential Chord or Bidding or recur any other card.


An area to consider improving to help with competitiveness is the manabase by upgrading to Golgari dual lands that ETB untapped.

Cabal Stronghold only works with basic Swamps and there's only 9 here which is not enough to really get much if any ramp making it consistently only a colorless source of mana.


Some cards to consider cutting: Blightbeetle, Mana Bloom, Terramorph, Serpent's Soul-Jar, Return Upon the Tide, Masked Admirers, Wild Pair, Golgari Guildmage, Korozda Guildmage, Rhys the Exiled, Blanchwood Armor, Dowsing Dagger  Flip, Harvest Season

If Blightbeetle is tech in your playgroup than nice, but if it's not then it looks out of place. Most if not all mana ramp sources can come from actual Elves instead of other sources like Mana Bloom or land ramp like Terramorph. I would even play one drop mana Elf or Farhaven Elf over Cultivate or Harvest Season.

Serpent's Soul-Jar is not a good card, exiling an Elf when it dies is not a may you have to do it and hoping to be able to cast many Elves later, one at a time with Jar is not going to consistently happen. Instead most if not all your exiled Elves will be stuck in exile for the rest of the game because Jar will be destroyed or removed another way.

Good luck with your deck.

Vessiliana on MY COMMANDER IS A MANA ROCK ♡ [PRIMER]

3 months ago

I was looking over your list, and it seems likely you'd often have a bit of left over now and again. Have you thought of Masked Admirers in place of Solemn Simulacrum? Sure, they lack the land on entry, but you can always recur them to hand for when something dies, and you can replay them for more cards...

DarkRequiem on Eladamri LoL Elf Forestwalk

10 months ago

There are a few cards making very little sense to me:

  1. Primal Amulet - Right now you're running 4 instants & sorceries.

  2. Library of Leng - Are you drawing that much? Is your meta that full of discard? Reliquary Tower would be a better fit unless your meta is really heavy on discard.

  3. Grinding Station - You're playing few artifacts. I think I counted 13. Might be wrong though. Still, most of those artifacts are stuff you don't want to sac.

  4. Tower Above + Bequeathal - Your commander gives shroud to most of your creatures. You don't want to target them 99.9% of the time. Considering your commander and the fact that people will try to get rid of it asap I might go with Myth Unbound.

  5. Most of the lands coming into play tapped. Most of them are subpar.

  6. Adaptive Automaton - Elves have more than enough lords. No need for a non-green creature.

  7. Allosaurus Rider - Although I'm not against this card per se, I think you'll need to play more stuff to make it work. Blighted Woodland and Myriad Landscape + Kodama's Reach and whichever other mana ramp you can add to the deck.

  8. Beast of Burden - There are elves that do this. Heedless One, Jagged-Scar Archers and Drove of Elves (which you're playing) are elves and they get shroud from the commander. The 1st has trample, the 2nd kills fliers and the 3rd has hexproof which is good when your commander is out.

  9. Bloom Tender - This card belongs in multicolored decks. Preferably 3 or more colors. You have several elves that tap for G, costing 1 cmc. At 2 cmc you'll prefer Priest of Titania.

  10. Fangren Marauder - High CMC, triggers on artifacts destroyed only and does something that comes natural to elves: lifegain. Wellwisher is way better.

  11. Llanowar Mentor - You're not playing madness, I don't see anything to abuse cards from your grave... Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury is way better.

  12. Mishra's Self-Replicator - Feeds Grinding Station, I know. Still, not that good, I believe.

  13. Scattershot Archer - Unless you're seeing lots of x/1 fliers on your meta, this is pointless. Hurricane, Tornado Elemental, Whirlwind and so many other cards are better.

  14. Shaman of Spring - Masked Admirers does the same, has the same cmc and is repeatable.

  15. Silhana Wayfinder - I'd prefer Wood Elves.

  16. Spire Tracer - Meh.

  17. Weatherseed Elf - Might work if you find a way of turning your non-green opponents lands into forests. My fav way is Deepwood Elder.

Some cards you might consider:

  1. Caller of the Claw and Fresh Meat- Anti-mass removal!

  2. Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen, Elvish Champion, Imperious Perfect, Joraga Warcaller, Elvish Clancaller, Canopy Tactician and Elvish Warmaster - Elf lords for all kind of tastes.

  3. Glissa Sunseeker and Nullmage Shepherd - Artifact and enchantment removal.

  4. Lys Alana Huntmaster - Token generation. Self explanatory, I believe.

  5. Marwyn, the Nurturer - Mana acceleration.

  6. Wolf-Skull Shaman - Card advantage. Works quite well with Sylvan Library.

MagicMarc on Elves without shelves

1 year ago

First, play whatever cards you want or feel like. Your deck, your gameplay, and Have Fun!

The following are all friendly suggestions not in any way meant as criticism of your deck. But the singleton thing should get stopped. Figure out which elves work best for your local metagame and the decks you play against. Then go to 2 or 4 copies each of them. Cut the situational cards and put them in the sideboard for game 2 or remove them entirely. I would also follow abby315's list of suggestions and his suggestion of ditching weak pump spells and replace them with the various lords or creatures with a pump capability like others have suggested. Here is a list of cards that may be decent replacements or adds to your deck:

Ezuri, Renegade Leader is probably one of the better elf cards for aggro elves. Provides Regeneration for any other elves you have and Overrun at will. I would go to a 2 count
Imperious Perfect: Replace Wirewood Hivemaster with this card. The hivemaster produces insects so they wont bonus from your anthem/lord effects. Is not legendary so you can have up to 4 copies. Besides pumping all your other elves, they even produce them every turn. Worth 2-4 copies.
Reclamation Sage: Replace Deconstruct with this, maybe go to 2 copies main deck. But if the deck is for 1 on 1 put them in the sideboard for game 2.
Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen: Replace Stream of Life with this guy, go to 2 copies of this maybe
Loxodon Warhammer, Rancor or anything like them: Replace your instants that boost creatures with permanents like these or similar instead. Or if you are going to have a combat trick in your hand then make it something like Overwhelming Stampede, Wrap in Vigor or Heroic Intervention like abby315 suggested. If it's not a permanent you want a card that is going to change the game state dramatically not just boost 1 creature for 1 turn. Remember, if you have a card like Ezuri, Renegade Leader or your Timberwatch Elf you can activate his ability at instant speed which surprises people if they lose track of what you have in play.
Return of the Wildspeaker: An example of a go big instant instead of cards like Giant Growth. Replace any instant you have with this card. Its modal to refill your hand or giant growth all of your elves. At instant speed.
Beast Within: If you want instant speed removal, use a catch-all card like this instead of 1 card for artifacts, 1 card for creatures, etc. It doesnt need to be this card specifcally but one that targets any permanent at instant speed. And run at least 2 copies of it main deck to always have an answer in your deck for your opponent's stuff.
Lifecrafter's Bestiary: Replace wurm's tooth with a copy of this card instead. It will accelerate your deck. 2 copies wouldnt hurt.

Some good utlity cards:

Bow of Nylea: Excellent all around support card. Does many things but the big one is giving your elves deathtouch so even when you attack with them when they are tiny, they kill stuff. All the other utility is amazing value.
Leyline of Abundance: Another mana ramp/anthem/lord option that has a chance of getting put into play on turn 1.
Nullmage Shepherd: This card is like repeatable Naturalize. Sometimes holding an instant in your hand is better, but sometimes repeatable wins games.
Titania's Chosen: Replace stuff like Wurm's tooth or Nomadic Elf, Norwood Ranger with cards like this or some of your other better creatures you should be running more copies of.
Masked Admirers: Another good elf creature that provides a repeatable benefit that can be used to replace other cards you arent thrilled about.
Creeping Renaissance: Following someone wiping the table, this card or Fresh Meat can get you right back into the game.

Planeswalker suggestions. Because they are resistant to removal and can add a lot to a game if it goes long. Multiple repeatable abilities are strong. They are expensive, and I would try to trade for them if possible. If interested:

Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury: She makes llanowar elves! And she basically does all the things in Green's pie. Makes lots of elves, destroys artifacts and enchantments at will and draws cards.
Nissa, Who Shakes the World: Not on theme for elves, but she is so strong that I would feel lame not mentioning it for a mono green deck. Her static ramps you crazy style and her ultimate can finish games.
Nissa Revane: Basically, her ultimate would put all 24 of your elves into play in one turn. If you do want to put copies of her in your deck, I would also suggest replacing some other elves with 4 copies of Nissa's Chosen for added value.
Vivien Reid: This is a well-balanced walker for any green deck. Built in card advantage, removal and flyer killing, and then her ultimate is an emblem better than almost any other lord/anthem effect you can put in the deck.
Garruk Wildspeaker: My lowest choice for the list, but he plays early and produces creatures.

Land Suggestions. You may not need them, being mono-green doesnt mean there arent a couple good lands for your deck:

Oran-Rief, the Vastwood: While this is in play, most every creature you cast will get a counter. Basically a free boost for a little tempo loss.
Rogue's Passage: Does what it says, sometimes you only need 1 more hit to win. And it taps for some mana.
Pendelhaven: As long as this is untapped, a shock spell wont kill an elf! Kind of situational but useful.
Treetop Village: A forest that's also a 3/3 creature when you need it.

Again, these are just ideas to get you thinking about ways to improve your deck. The most important thing is to focus on what you want to do with the deck. Then get 4 copies of every card in your deck that makes that happen. Everything else after that should provide support, advantage or acceleration for those main cards.

mrdehring on

1 year ago

A few good card drawing options to consider: Masked Admirers, Viridian Revel (Slice in Twain instead of Return to Nature?), and my personal favorite Compost.

I think Sylvan Library should find a place in here as well. You always get to draw three, and if you don't have the life you can just put them back.

TheCardPool on Green White Dredge (Sigarda EDH)

2 years ago

GhostChieftain This deck can draw cards to combo with the dredge trigger. Both Anvil of Bogardan and Mentor of the Meek have proven their worth. But in all honesty having more cards that do that would help this deck become more aggressive.

Tireless Tracker is a card I've considered but have never play tested with. That beings said I think I need to make room for it. The same goes for Sylvan Library . I could take Dauntless Escort out for one of those cards, not sure about the other. Maybe Masked Admirers . Do any cards seem unworthy to you?

As for Runic Armasaur it is definitely interesting, but like you said it could be a dead card. I might consider using it down the line. Now for Oakhame Adversary . This card really isn't my style. Yes you can get the value on the CMC but it won't be able to net you any cards until the following turn, if that. Still I like the suggestion.

lagotripha on

2 years ago

I feel like this needs a more consistant 3-4 drop- preferably something that fetches a bigger threat or stabilizes draws some other way- Jadelight Ranger , Masked Admirers , Mwonvuli Beast Tracker , etc.

SideBae on Yarok and Ya-roll

2 years ago

Firstly, I feel I should mention that you can't play Kitchen Finks or Murderous Redcap in Yarok, as their commander identities are outside your colors. I know they're in the Maybeboard, but I thought you should know.

So the main bonus of playing green is the access to mana dorks. I think you should definitely run Llanowar Elves , Birds of Paradise and Elves of Deep Shadow , and Fyndhorn Elves , Elvish Mystic , Deathrite Shaman , Priest of Titania and/or Bloom Tender are all excellent cards as well. They also work with your Craterhoof Behemoth , which (by the way) I think is a great win con for you, especially with your Natural Order . Consider God-Eternal Rhonas as a secondary Craterhoof. Land-ramp like Nature's Lore or Farseek is also good.

In the same vein, lowering the average CMC of your deck is worth attempting. Lower CMCs mean a faster deck. Sol Ring is kinda a busted card.

You should consider tutor-cards. Demonic Tutor , Worldly Tutor and Mystical Tutor are all worth considering, as they can help assemble the combo really well. Similarly, card-draw is at a premium at EDH. Wirewood Symbiote is a great way to return Elvish Visionary or Masked Admirers while potentially making mana, if you choose to run dorks. Because you're running so many creatures, Slate of Ancestry may be a good artifact to include. Tireless Tracker is an excellent card for a landfall-Yarok deck.

I think you're running too many lands, even for a landfall deck. I suggest cutting two to five. If you choose to, keep in mind that lands that have the ability to ETB untapped are significantly better; make sure you cut Foul Orchard before you cut Woodland Cemetery . Fetch lands are great for making sure you have the colors you need; Prismatic Vista and the Zendikar/Onslaught fetches are the gold standard, though they're definitely hard to get ahold of. Slow fetches like Bad River or Flood Plain are good and much cheaper, though they're significantly slower (hence the name).

Xerox cards like Ponder , Preordain and Brainstorm are all good in blue decks. They'll dig you to the lands you need or get you past the lands you don't need. Brainstorm is mediocre if you don't have shuffle effects to get rid of the cards you don't want.

Some ETB-cards to consider:

  • Manglehorn : Yarok makes him into a 2-for-1, and the second clause is very significant in many games.

  • Reclamation Sage : Similar to Manglehorn .

  • Temur Sabertooth : This is a good way to return creatures to your hand, both to protect them and to recur their ETB abilities.

  • Eternal Witness : Being able to recur any two cards from your 'yard is pretty good, especially if you choose to run the aforementioned tutors or land-ramp.

  • Baleful Strix and Ice-Fang Coatl : Two-mana draw-twos are great, and these can hold off early attackers. Baleful Strix is better, mostly because you don't have to have snow-basics to get Ice-Fang Coatl deathtouch.

  • Birthing Pod : This can tutor the creature you need and put it right onto the board. You just have to be careful you keep your creature-curve smooth enough for it to keep fetching.

  • Sire of Stagnation : Six mana, and it gets double triggers with Yarok.

  • Plague Engineer and Phyrexian Revoker : This might need a rules check, but I'm pretty sure Yarok lets you name twice. Naming the same creature type should give them all -2/-2 -- using this as removal seems pretty reasonable, and turning off two cards seems pretty good too.

Right. That's all I got. Good luck, man!

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