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Hey all you peasant Magic fans out there. Today I bring to you an evolution of my elf deck that took 9th place last year at GenCon. Last years build was a mono-green one and suffered from having no creature control. In preparation for GenCon and Origins where CardShark will be sponsoring Peasant Magic tournament this year, I have been tweaking this build and play-testing against some other decks.

So far in play-testing it has done really well against red and green which I expect to be the staples of the field once again. This year we will probably see people trying blue and black a bunch more as well as some highly evolved white weenie decks that I expect to take most of the top slots. Hopefully Elven Cloak will be among them. Here's the build:

Elven Cloak (Mana Curve)
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Creatures (24)
Spells (21)
4: Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
G
4: Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn ElvesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.
G
3: Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
(U) W
4: Priest of Titania
Priest of Titania
Priest of TitaniaSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool for each Elf in play. Play this ability as a mana source.
1G
4: River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
1G
1: Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
1W
4: Invigorate
Invigorate
InvigorateSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
254
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
If you control a forest, you may have an opponent gain 3 life instead of paying Invigorate's mana cost.Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.
2G/0
4: Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar SentinelSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Llanowar Sentinel comes into play, you may pay 1G to search your library for a Llanowar Sentinel card. Put that card into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
2G
4: Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
1WG
4: Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
2GG
3: Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
4
2: Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
(U) 2GGG

4: Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Land (15)
4: Desert
Desert
DesertSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or do 1 damage to an attacking creature after it deals its damage.

6: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

5: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


This deck is pretty easy to play and has some built in abilities that make beating it late gate nigh impossible. First off, you want to play a Llanowar
Llanowar
LlanowarSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures have "{T}: Add {G}{G} to your mana pool." Whenever you roll {C}, untap all creatures you control.
or Fyndhorn elf and get some mana acceleration on the table. Don't be afraid to keep a one land hand if it contains a Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
. Almost always show your hand for the free Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
cost early game... this game is about what you do mostly and not what you opponent is trying to do.

After you get an elf out, try to get a Priest of Titania
Priest of Titania
Priest of TitaniaSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool for each Elf in play. Play this ability as a mana source.
out and keep these elves on the table. This is a beat down deck, but it is also a swarm deck, so don't go trying to nip at your opponent's life if it will cause any attrition of your creatures.

Once you get out an elf or two and the priest, drop the Llannowar Sentinel
Sentinel
SentinelSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Power:
1
Toughness:
*
Text:
When Sentinel comes into play, its toughness is equal to 1.0: Change Sentinel's toughness to 1 plus the power of target creature blocking or blocked by Sentinel.
or Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
. If you play the Sentinel
Sentinel
SentinelSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Power:
1
Toughness:
*
Text:
When Sentinel comes into play, its toughness is equal to 1.0: Change Sentinel's toughness to 1 plus the power of target creature blocking or blocked by Sentinel.
try to play him with regular mana and use the tapping of the Priest to get an extra mana out of him. You can pay 1G when the Sentinel
Sentinel
SentinelSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Power:
1
Toughness:
*
Text:
When Sentinel comes into play, its toughness is equal to 1.0: Change Sentinel's toughness to 1 plus the power of target creature blocking or blocked by Sentinel.
comes into play to fetch another sentinel directly into play.... you can even do this 3 times and get all four of them out! This is just flat amazing and makes this creature indispensable. This kind of card advantage (and mana acceleration) is what makes this deck really kick. Also, there is very little mass control that can stop you at this point.

Next up is to play Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
and come over for the win.

That is a typical game. If you run into problems or don't get the right spells, you have mana other win conditions. Dropping a River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
and putting a Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
on him is almost unstoppable. Especially after a few turns of beating. Make sure to keep your regeneration mana open for the boa.

The control aspects of the deck center around Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
, Desert
Desert
DesertSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or do 1 damage to an attacking creature after it deals its damage.
s, and the Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
. All of these are great creature removal in a weenie environment. You don't care if you opponent gains live as your final swarm is going to be huge. Last year I do 90+ points to a person on the last attack. They unfortunately had 125 life at the time (it was that turbo-life gain deck) and I was being beat down by a shadow creature that I had no answer for. This year, I will not be so unprepared.

Finally, the deck sports a Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
in case you run against some really obnoxious enchantment and 4 invigorate. I have chosen these over Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
and Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
because of their alternate casting cost. Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
is not needed because of the cloaks and overrun and also because most of my creatures are 1/1. Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
is nice, but I have a ton of mana late game and often am tapped out early game daisy chaining elves out. Invigorate
Invigorate
InvigorateSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
254
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
If you control a forest, you may have an opponent gain 3 life instead of paying Invigorate's mana cost.Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.
is your ´´anti-lightning bolt´´ spell. It serves to get you past the red players burn in time to get out your creatures or to get a cloak on one of your creatures. Make sure to hold these until you need them to protect your creatures.

Well, that's about it. This is a very solid build that has been tuned for the last year and also is based on a good deck I have been tweaking for over 3 years. It perform well, is fun to play and has an answer to anything you might run up against in peasant. I hope to ride it to the top 8 next year. Please mail any suggestions tomacro@macrocide.com and I hope to see you all at this years Gen Con and Origins tournaments.


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