Elves! A tribal deck that people deeply love – both competitive and casual players. It’s very unique in that it’s a storm-like creature deck which chains spells together to finish you off at the end of that chain. Heritage Druid and Nettle Sentinel allow you to keep producing mana and in order to have spells to cast you play Elvish Visionary, Collected Company, and Realmwalker. The deck has actually got plenty of nice toys in the latest sets so…why is it not played?
In my opinion, there is one card that’s really holding the deck down. Elves naturally hate sweepers so they have good game 1 and then have to struggle a bit post-board against deck which side in mass removal. But how could this deck possibly compete when so many decks play maindeck mass removal?
One word – Fury. While cards like Supreme Verdict were already a pain, Fury was just too much. Way too many decks play a full playset in their game 1 configuration and against Elves it could literally kill 4 creatures. Fury cast turn 1 or turn 2 wreck their gameplan for good.
It’s a part of a broader discussion on who Fury has stifled tribal decks in the whole format, but that’s a topic for a separate article.
I do believe Elves will come back when Fury is on the decline as it already has the tools. Yes, cards like Wirewood Symbiote would increase the deck’s power but I think it’s not what’s holding it back. Maybe an elf equivalent to Selfless Spirit?
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