Standard Elves

I made a video about B/G Elves in Standard.

It seemed like it was time! All four qualifying players from last week’s LCQ * were playing B/G Elves variants, so it seems like the deck is the real deal [again].

At first I didn’t believe that Gabe Carlton-Barnes played Elves (if you know Gabe he is much more likely to play Faeries, Fog, or even Wizards)… I haven’t talked to Gabe yet but his blood runs Blue. So if he qualified with Elves, it is probably worth the look-see.

This is the deck Gabe used to qualify (and the deck we featured in this video):

1 Nameless Inversion
3 Profane Command
4 Thoughtseize

4 Maelstrom Pulse
4 Putrid Leech

3 Chameleon Colossus
4 Civic Wayfinder
2 Garruk Wildspeaker
4 Imperious Perfect
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Wren’s Run Vanquisher

3 Forest
4 Gilt-Leaf Palace
4 Llanowar Wastes
4 Mutavault
2 Swamp
4 Treetop Village
2 Twilight Mire

3 Loxodon Warhammer
4 Deathmark
3 Guttural Response
1 Chameleon Colossus
3 Cloudthresher
1 Hurricane

I played five or six matches with Gabe’s Elves deck and was relatively impressed.

I taped a great matchup against B/R where I got Fulminated down to two lands, then exposed my Mutavault with him having only one card in hand. Obviously it was a Shock and I was in the Stone Age.

I topdecked out of it and pulled it out!

The deck is relatively fast and was superb at beating random garbage decks.

However it seems atrocious against any kind of Reflecing Pool Control-type deck. I got devastated by a variety of Cruel Ultimatum and Broodmate Dragon combinations.

Anyway, the vid:


* I will talk about these Blue Envelope-grabbers in greater detail in this week’s Top Decks but I just wanted to congratulate Brett Blackman as well. Brett is a friend, reigning Pennsylvania State Champion, and a Top 8 Magic intern! Good job Brett 🙂

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#1 amistod on 06.08.09 at 4:42 pm

can 3 hammer really be right?

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#4 Slank on 06.11.09 at 10:25 am

Ouch. Never thought my internet celebrity would be “guy in mtgo video getting stomped by Elves.”

What you say is true. Jund Ramp has fits with Colossus. The only card that could’ve saved me was Banefire and even that was unlikely to be effective.

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