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mindset905,

Thank you for taking the time to come over and check out the deck - I really do appreciate your comments. Board-wipes are a pretty common threat for Elves - this one is just the rare version that is actually capable of doing it back. If I wanted a way to defend against that, wouldn't Heroic Intervention serve better than trying to mix in a whole new color?

I never really post serious sideboards on this site, the meta varies too wildly from one place to another, BUT having said that, apart from the ever brutal Blood Moon, I specifically selected elf options as a toolbox. Sure, they might technically be inferior to many of the sideboard options that you mentioned, but on the flip side, a sideboard card you never see is worthless. By selecting elves that I can hit with off of Collected Company, Realmwalker AND tutor up with Elvish Harbinger, I'm a lot more likely to actually get the inferior option on the board than any of your more popular suggestions. Some others that I've kicked around are Essence Warden, Melira, Sylvok Outcast, Lys Alana Scarblade, Imperious Perfect and Fauna Shaman.

I know that Nettle Sentinel is a popular choice for elf decks and can be very effective, but it just doesn't work for me. If I were to work something in, it would more likely be Quirion Ranger.

Again, thanks for your comments.

October 25, 2021 11:28 p.m.

Also maybe Triumph of the Hordes. Either would let you get around infinite life combos.

October 23, 2021 3:10 a.m.

Don't know what your mana situation is, but maybe Helix Pinnacle?

October 23, 2021 3:06 a.m.

RyuSama420 Yes it does... but it also has a higher mana cost, doesn't give you an additional elven body for everything to trigger off of and doesn't give you an additional source of multi-colored mana. It also dilutes your deck with non-creature spells, working against the efficiency and effectiveness of both Collected Company and Realmwalker.

October 21, 2021 11:42 p.m.

I've always been a big Elves fan, and while there are any number of generally accepted iterations there really is nothing new under the sun. As such, I try to experiment a bit and I've come up something a little different that has been working really, really well.


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The first and most significant difference is the inclusion of Bonfire of the Damned. The arrival of Realmwalker makes it a little easier to manage while maintaining the surprise factor. With all the mana that Elf decks tend to generate there is little difficulty hard-casting it and swarming an empty board with weenies is every bit as effective as if they were pumped up by Ezuri, Renegade Leader. Moreover, it's nice to actually have some interaction options with an elf deck for a change. If you manage to draw it and pay its miracle cost, it's basically a finisher but that's just lagniappe.

The next significant change is the addition of Elvish Harbinger, which deserves serious reconsideration gievn the advent of Realmwalker. Seriously, this card let's you set up draws (or actual plays with the 'walker or CoCo), it gives you an additional source of any colored mana for those shamans and bonfires and will let you tutor up a toolbox of sideboard cards when needed, all while giving you another elf body you can hit with CoCo. I've found it to be superior to Chord of Calling despite not (usually) functioning at instant speed.

Between 3x Elvish Harbinger, 3x Realmwalker and 4x Collected Company, I've found that this deck stalls less than other Elf decks I've played in the past. I also run six fetch lands, not just to help thin the deck but also to give you some extra shuffles when you've got the Realmwalker out.

There are a few other little tricks in the deck, and I'm considering a couple of other elves but at the moment this is what I'm running with an I'm having a lot of fun. I wanted to post it here for those who might be curious and offer it up for critique by more experienced players.

October 21, 2021 5:37 p.m.

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