June 20, 2016

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Commander Mondays: Elf Ball Combo

Elvish Devastation

To follow up last week’s article, I’m going to write another tribal peace. However, because Eternal Masters is still fresh in our minds, I’ve decided to go with the EDH take on a Legacy classic, Elf Ball. Notably this deck is meant to be competitive, and is not made with a small budget taken into consideration.

What is Elf Ball?

Elf Ball is a Legacy deck that aims to use Glimpse of Nature, Nettle Sentinel and Heritage Druid to draw basically the entire deck (or as much as they need) and slam a Craterhoof Behemoth. Or you can use Natural Order to get it out.

Obviously, the EDH version is different, as it is limited to just one of each card. But the nature of the format also allows the deck to win in different ways and afford slower plays.

EDH Game Plan

The main goal is still essentially the same, combo your way into a lethal board state. For this reason, although the deck is not focused on its commander, Ezuri, Renegade Leader serves the role well and makes an excellent backup win condition if needed.

Notable cards:

Priest of Titania and/or Elvish Archdruid are your best mana producers, they pair excellently with the various methods to untap creatures.

Primordial Sage and/or Soul of the Harvest allow you to draw disgusting amounts of cards when you go full cruise mode.

Craterhoof Behemoth, as cliché as he can be, the big guy is as popular as he is deadly for a good reason.

The deck is pretty self-piloted, every card is either a mana engine, an answer for your opponents’ threats, or draw power. Certain combinations can be all three.

For example, if I have Wirewood Symbiote, Priest of Titania and Soul of the Harvest out, the Elvish Visionary in my hand just became a massive value stick. On entering the battlefield I draw two cards, one from its own ability, and one from the Soul. Then I tap my Priest for mana, return the Visionary to my hand, then recast it with the mana from Priest and draw two more cards. Best of all, if I have a Yeva, Nature’s Herald on the battlefield, I can do this on each of my opponents’ turns as well.

The key to this deck is studying each cards abilities and synergies with each other. Practically every card has dual uses when pair with other cards. In my mentioned example, you can replace the Elvish Visionary with a Reclamation Sage to start smashing all of your opponents’ things. Suddenly you end up with enough mana to entwine cast a Tooth and Nail, so make it count!

P.S.: Staff of Domination wins games.

The Deck List

Elvish Beatdown

Commander (1)
Ezuri, Renegade Leader

Creature (35)
Arbor Elf
Bane of Progress
Boreal Druid
Craterhoof Behemoth
Elvish Archdruid
Elvish Champion
Elvish Harbinger
Elvish Mystic
Elvish Visionary
Eternal Witness
Fauna Shaman
Fyndhorn Elves
Garruk’s Packleader
Heritage Druid
Imperious Perfect
Joraga Warcaller
Llanowar Elves
Lys Alana Huntmaster
Masked Admirers
Oracle of Mul Daya
Priest of Titania
Primordial Sage
Quirion Ranger
Reclamation Sage
Regal Force
Seeker of Skybreak
Skyshroud Poacher
Soul of the Harvest
Sylvan Messenger
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Symbiote
Wood Elves
Yeva, Nature’s Herald

Spells (21)
Collective Unconscious
Desert Twister
Elvish Promenade
Genesis Wave
Glimpse of Nature
Green Sun’s Zenith
Natural Order
Nature’s Lore
Praetor’s Counsel
Primal Command
Shamanic Revelation
Skyshroud Claim
Three Visits
Tooth and Nail
Wave of Vitriol
Beast Within
Chord of Calling
Krosan Grip
Nature’s Claim
Worldly Tutor

Artifact (3)
Ring of Three Wishes
Staff of Domination

Enchantment (4)
Elemental Bond
Elvish Guidance
Sylvan Library

Planeswalker (2)
Nissa Revane
Freyalise, Llanowar’s Fury

Land (34)
Ancient Tomb
Cavern of Souls
Dryad Arbor
23 Forest
Gaea’s Cradle
Hall of the Bandit Lord
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Reliquary Tower
Strip Mine
Tranquil Thicket
Wirewood Lodge

I hope you all enjoy throwing elves crammed into balls at your opponents. I’m going to do a few more articles starting next week that are Legacy decks converted into EDH, due to my newfound love of Legacy. Thanks for reading and have a great week!