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Elves Make a Comeback - Patrick Martinez (7/28/2007)

Elf decks aren’t as popular as they used to be. Yet I have loved them for years. A day may come when they're completely obsolete, but it is not this day. I’ve created a deck that is just solid, it either completely dominates the competition or stays in the game long enough to dominate. It’s an aggressive deck that focuses on getting elves out fast, then annihilating the opponent with cards that take advantage of the amount of elves.

Total Cards: (64)

LANDS: (20)
Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
(16)
Wirewood Lodge
Wirewood Lodge
Wirewood LodgeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
329
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. G, T: Untap target Elf.
(4)

CREATURES: (36)
Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.
(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.
(4)
Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore RangersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Elves you control: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.. Morph G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
(4)
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
(4)
Wood Elves
Wood Elves
Wood ElvesSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wood Elves comes into play, search your library for a forest card and put that forest into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
(2)
Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch ElfSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of
Elves in play.
(4)
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the ClawSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Caller of the Claw any time you could play an instant. When Caller of the Claw comes into play, put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play for each nontoken creature put into your graveyard from play this turn.
(2)
Sylvan Messenger
Sylvan Messenger
Sylvan MessengerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample. When Sylvan Messenger comes into play, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Elf cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.
(4)
Heedless One
Heedless One
Heedless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
265
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample. Heedless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Elves in play.
(4)
Ambush Commander
Ambush Commander
Ambush CommanderSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
111
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Forests you control are 1/1 Green elf creatures that are still land.
1G , Sacrifice an elf : Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
(4)

OTHER SPELLS: (8)
Wirewood Pride
Wirewood Pride
Wirewood PrideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
303
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of Elves in play.
(4)
Alpha Status
Alpha Status
Alpha StatusSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 for each other creature that shares a creature type with it.
(4)


SIDEBOARD (Splash black):
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar WastesSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add B or G to your mana pool. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.
(4)
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.
(4)
Urborg Elf
Urborg Elf
Urborg ElfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Add G, U, or B to your mana pool.
(4)
Wirewood Channeler
Wirewood Channeler
Wirewood ChannelerSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add X mana of any one color to your mana pool, where X is the number of
Elves in play.
(3)

The goal of the deck would be to go first, get out as many elves as possible, then start dealing massive damage. Having four elves out at the end of your second turn is ideal.

You can do this by playing a land and 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.
first turn. Then second turn play a land and tap your 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.
to play a Wood Elves
Wood Elves
Wood ElvesSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wood Elves comes into play, search your library for a forest card and put that forest into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
, then tap the land the Wood Elves
Wood Elves
Wood ElvesSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wood Elves comes into play, search your library for a forest card and put that forest into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
produced to play a Birchlore, then tap the Birchlore and the Wood Elves
Wood Elves
Wood ElvesSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wood Elves comes into play, search your library for a forest card and put that forest into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
for 1 mana and put out any other elf that costs 1. That’s right, four elves second turn! I'm able to do this about a 1/4 of the time.

Third turn is where you want to play something that you can deal a lot of damage with on fourth turn. Something like Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch ElfSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of
Elves in play.
, Alpha Status
Alpha Status
Alpha StatusSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 for each other creature that shares a creature type with it.
, or Heedless One
Heedless One
Heedless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
265
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample. Heedless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Elves in play.
can cause big problems for your opponents.

Then fourth or fifth turn, if possible, utilize Ambush Commander
Ambush Commander
Ambush CommanderSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
111
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Forests you control are 1/1 Green elf creatures that are still land.
1G , Sacrifice an elf : Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
. Ambush Commander
Ambush Commander
Ambush CommanderSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
111
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Forests you control are 1/1 Green elf creatures that are still land.
1G , Sacrifice an elf : Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
makes your lands vulnerable though, so only play him as a win condition. Put him in as you go for the kill by pumping someone with a Wirewood Pride
Wirewood Pride
Wirewood PrideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
303
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of Elves in play.
or a Timberwatch. You could even pump again with Wirewood Lodge
Wirewood Lodge
Wirewood LodgeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
329
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. G, T: Untap target Elf.
. If that elf you pump up doesn't have trample then swing with a Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.
as well.

So it’s obvious that the deck can do a lot of damage fast. You can easily win if you are able to successfully utilize either Heedless One
Heedless One
Heedless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
265
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample. Heedless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Elves in play.
, Wirewood Pride
Wirewood Pride
Wirewood PrideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
303
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of Elves in play.
, Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch ElfSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of
Elves in play.
, or Alpha Status
Alpha Status
Alpha StatusSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 for each other creature that shares a creature type with it.
. If someone wastes all their turns and mana killing all the elves you play, then there are a few ways you can keep the elves (or bears) coming and hang in there:

The coolest way is by using a Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
to get out a Caller of the Claw
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the ClawSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Caller of the Claw any time you could play an instant. When Caller of the Claw comes into play, put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play for each nontoken creature put into your graveyard from play this turn.
. So say your opponent kills all of your elves including a Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
on his turn. . . you use the Herald to get a Caller in hand and play him instantly. If you had say 4 elves out that turn, you’d get 4 bear tokens and the 2/2 Caller out and ready to attack on your turn for 10 dmg.

Sylvan Messenger
Sylvan Messenger
Sylvan MessengerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample. When Sylvan Messenger comes into play, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Elf cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.
is easy enough to understand. Play him and get more elves in your hand, considering that more than half of the deck is elves, it’s likely that you will get at least two more elves in hand when you play him (I’ve gotten 4 before).
And say you don't think the bears or Sylvan Messenger
Sylvan Messenger
Sylvan MessengerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample. When Sylvan Messenger comes into play, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Elf cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.
are very effective at keeping elves in play. In this case, you could try splashing black and utilizing Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.
. If your opponent somehow kills all the elves you're putting out, which is quite possible with the control decks these days, you can play Bidding and get all of them back for the win. To get the mana that you'd need, you can either play Urborg Elf
Urborg Elf
Urborg ElfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Add G, U, or B to your mana pool.
, Wirewood Channeler
Wirewood Channeler
Wirewood ChannelerSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add X mana of any one color to your mana pool, where X is the number of
Elves in play.
, or Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar WastesSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add B or G to your mana pool. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.
.


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