With a mostly refined and complete list in tow, I finally felt confident enough to bring Elves to a daily yesterday. The matchups were R/G Tron, a strange U/B Merfolk list, Grixis Delver, and Affinity. See what happened in the video below.
The list is a little different than last time, as I’m still missing the sideboard Spellskite and I’m experimenting with some card counts and tech. Here’s what I ran:
Elves by Sean Ridgeley
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Heritage Druid
4 Nettle Sentinel
4 Devoted Druid
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Elvish Archdruid
3 Ezuri, Renegade Leader
3 Fauna Shaman
1 Scavenging Ooze
4 Collected Company
2 Chord of Calling
2 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
2 Cavern of Souls
4 Essence Warden
1 Scattershot Archer
3 Scavenging Ooze
1 Root Maze
4 Reclamation Sage
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Explaining the Changes
After testing more since last time, I’ve decided to drop the number of Chord of Calling to two, as I was missing too often on Collected Company (also Chord can be awkward sometimes), replacing it with a Fauna Shaman to maintain consistency.
Nykthos and Cavern counts I’m not settled on yet, but after being screwed on Chord by Cavern a few times, and not being able to go off turn 2 with Heritage Druid because of Nykthos a few times, I’ve tentatively dropped both to 2 each. Definitely running more Cavern in the board is an option (we’d swap Nykthos out for 1-2 more) — I may try that in the future.
I’m not big on Dismember but it might be necessary. For now at least, it’s just a placeholder for Spellskite.
Root Maze is the “techy” card, which I think has a lot of potential against 3+ colour decks. Originally I thought Affinity as well, but after thinking about it more, it’s mostly only good turn 1 on the play — too situational. In any case, I’ve heard good things about Maze before from other Elves players. This could very well stay and maybe even see more copies, depending on results.
Elves in Action
Post-Daily Thoughts and Updated List
- Scattershot Archer seems very solid (it pretty much won an Affinity game for me on its own), and against the decks I want him for (mainly Affinity and Abzan), they are likely to kill the first copy, and 2 out lets me kill Ornithopter, so for now I’m going to bump him up to 2.
- The 4 Sage plan, while great sometimes, probably isn’t optimal. I’m going to swap some out for Fracturing Gust. I like Creeping Corrosion because you have a higher chance at dropping it after a Whipflare, unlike Gust. However, Gust also works great against Auras and random decks that rely on enchantments (like Enchantress, and that Form of the Dragon deck), gains life, and is instant speed (which we love). One Sage should remain because it makes a great tutor target in a variety of matchups, and versus Affinity, hitting it off Company is always welcome.
- Spellskite is great at protecting Ezuri.
Based on that, here’s the new list:
Elves by Sean Ridgeley
Until next time!