This Standard Constructed Elves List Is My Favorite Tribal Build Since I Was Playing Mardu Warriors In Khans Block!
The forests of Dominaria are teeming with small, pointy-eared citizens whose will and might greatly exceeds their size and stature.
Elf Druids, Scouts and Warriors, and even a few Shamans and Artificers. Elves of all kinds spanning eight Magic: The Gathering sets have come together to form one solid MTG Elves deck.
To be honest, I haven't felt this confidently about a Standard Constructed deck in several months, (one that I've built, that is) since I took down a Standard Showdown with a home-brewed Orzhov Servos deck.
In Dominaria, I was playing a Golgari Stompy deck, and although a turn-two Steel Leaf Champion is a beautiful thing, I felt the list was missing something and/or was being pulled in too many different directions. Mono-Green Stompy has definitely seen a boost since the release of M19, but it's the new Core Set 2019 Elves that I'm truly interested in.
The addition of an aggressive, mana-syncable two-drop Elf in Thorn Lieutenant, an Elf Lord in Elvish Clancaller, and the reprinting of Reclamation Sage, adds just enough pieces to combine with the Elves of Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, and Dominaria, to assemble a respectable Elf squad that actually has enough legs to compete with at the very least, every other tier-two deck in the format.
Here's the best part, I took a much rougher version of my Elves list to my local gaming store and went toe-to-toe with U/W Approach, losing the match 1-2 to a misplay. (Hey, you live and you learn!) But I was surprised at how competitive the Elf deck was. Since then, I've optimized the list quite a bit and have decreased the card variety for even more consistency, so I am very excited to get back out there with the new and improved list.
With Grand Prix Los Angeles fast approaching, I hope to get some serious time in with the list so that I can truly familiarize myself with its lines of play, and attend my first-ever GP with it.
Without further ado, here's my Standard Elves deck list in its current state:
2 Memorial To Unity
1 Hashep Oasis
4 Llanowar Elves
3 Blossoming Defense
4 Elvish Clancaller
4 Thorn Lieutenant
3 Greenwheel Liberator
4 Steel Leaf Champion
3 Rishkar, Peema Renegade
3 Marwyn, the Nurturer
2 Reclamation Sage
1 Aethersphere Harvester
3 Armorcraft Judge
3 Vanquisher’s Banner
2 Sentinel Totem
2 Kujar Seedsculptor
1 Heroic Intervention
2 Prowling Serpopard
2 Reclamation Sage
2 Crushing Canopy
1 Vivien Reid
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
2 Multani, Yavimaya’s Avatar
There's no doubt in my mind this Elves list will see a minor tweak or two before GP L.A. comes around, but I definitely have a good feeling about this deck, and I'll be sure to update this threat with results leading up to Grand Prix Los Angeles as well as how things go during the actual tournament.
Till then, happy brewing my fellow mages.
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