Elves by asmussen on MtGO

Creatures (34)
4 Dwynen’s Elite
4 Elvish Archdruid
3 Elvish Mystic
3 Elvish Visionary
3 Ezuri, Renegade Leader
4 Heritage Druid
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Nettle Sentinel
1 Scavenging Ooze
4 Shaman of the Pack

Non-Creature Spells (8)
2 Lead the Stampede
2 Chord of Calling
4 Collected Company

Lands (18)
4 Cavern of Souls
3 Forest
4 Horizon Canopy
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Temple Garden
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
2 Scavenging Ooze
1 Gaddock Teeg
4 Path to Exile
1 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Reclamation Sage
1 Selfless Spirit
2 Stain the Mind
2 Stony Silence

Summary

Always a very popular deck in Legacy, Elves has been creeping its way into Magic’s more popular (and definitely more supported) format, Modern. In August of 2016, Liam Lonergan was crowned champion of a SCG Invitational, riding the little green critters to victory. Since then, Elves’ legitimacy in the format hasn’t been questioned, and the power level of the deck is something to be respected by all players.

The deck operates as a swarm + mana acceleration strategy, similarly to the Legacy version of the deck. Elvish Mystic (and/or Llanowar Elves), Elvish Visionary, Heritage Druid, and Nettle Sentinel are all holdovers from the Legacy version. However, this deck does not have access to Green Sun’s Zenith or Natural Order, so it needs other ways of winning.

These other ways of winning come in the form of Ezuri, Renegade Leader and Shaman of the Pack, each of which take advantage of the impressive board presence that your small elves have given you to deal damage to quickly kill the opponent. Ezuri plays very nicely with the excess mana you’re producing, as one pump usually gets the job done, but two pumps most certainly does. Overrun is a powerful Magic card, and being able to do it over and over again is something that most opponents cannot keep up with. Shaman of the Pack, on the contrary, doesn’t require that you attack with your creatures. Instead, it deals a big chunk of damage, and is essentially a combo with more copies of itself, which merits the full 4 copies in the deck.

Similar to many aggressive decks in Modern, the sideboard of this deck is looking to give the deck access to powerful hate spells, while not diluting the powerful, linear strategy that the deck already employs. Two more copies of Scavenging Ooze provide additional graveyard hate. Gaddock Teeg, Phyrexian Revoker, Reclamation Sage, and Selfless Spirit each provide hate against certain strategies, are are all excellent cards to search up with Chord of Calling in the matchups where they’re included in your post-board deck.

Stony Silence provides additional hate for Affinity and Lantern Control, while Stain the Mind offers an option against combo decks, which this deck can struggle with at times. The sideboard is rounded out by 4 copies of Path to Exile, which gives the deck more interaction against decks that are looking to profitably block to gain an advantage in this matchup.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Scavenging Ooze

+1 Chord of Calling

Sideboard

-2 Stony Silence

+1 Scavenging Ooze

+1 Kataki, War’s Wage

This is day 90 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 89 here, where we featured a Legacy storm deck that wins through a rather unconventional route, and is considered one of the hardest Magic decks of all time to play.

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