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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves

    Thank you everyone! I didn't even spot the whole regenerating Devoted Druid as an additional infinite mana source also! That's pretty awesome!
    As for the Lead the Stampede, I run them in the mainboard and they are definitely better than Nissa because they save you from Thoughtseize and IoQ which are staples in a lot of the decks that run black. It's a card that allows you to keep tempo even if they are able to wrath.


    It's not the regenerating ability from Ezuri, it's Ezuri's +3/+3 that allows 2xDevoted Druids to continue growing in size and continue generating infinite mana in the process.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves

    I watched the coverage of him playing that deck but I was so confused by only running one Vizier of Remedies if you are attempting to run the infinite mana combo in the deck... With such easy removal in the format right now, you would want a second at least, right?


    I think 1 is definitely the correct number of vizier in the elves build. The combo is just a different way to win other than the overrun. 4 cocos and 4 chords also help assemble the combo, and you can use the stack and priority to your advantage if they cast removal to still generate infinite mana. Finally, Ezuri + 2 Devited Druids + 1 open mana also gives infinite mana to use Ezuris overrun infinite times.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Nevermind - I realized I have a 1 month premium subscription from an event a couple years ago I've been holding on to.

    Merriam basically summarized the deck and explained his card choices. He gave a nod to the BG variants with Shaman + Thoughtsize SB (which I prefer), but said W has the edge with the combo and SB cards.

    Said he would tweak his deck to the following. Personally I prefer Westvale Abbey over Nykthos, but then again I'm not playing in the semi finals of major events.

    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Anyone have SCG premium to give a synopsis of Ross merriam's article?
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Quote from Syreal94 »
    Quote from DB0013 »
    I was thinking the same thing with the Chord. He should've sided all 4 out and just brought in more creatures (like Aven Mindcensor). He brought in rest in peace and path too which I guess was OK (RIP got thoughtseized and Path got countered), but being on the play game 3 he should've gone all in on the creatures and just raced.

    I agree with you on the SOTP too. Everyone in the stream was saying "That's why you play SOTP"...they clearly have goldfish memories though, as the round before he beat affinity 2-0 thanks to the infinite combo variant. I personally enjoy playing the BG version better, but seeing GW do well the last few big events is making me think about switching over.


    Don't think you board in all the creatures there, pretty sure you just cut Vizier and Chord and shove the 3 Paths and 2 Chameleon Colossi in. Your game 1 plan is good enough for games 2 + 3 and the infinite combo is borderline impossible to assemble but now he's forced to respect it so you can just board it out.


    I'd rather have mindcensor and scooze than PTE vs DS, especially on the play. I find I always have chump blockers for DS (especially with 2 Cham colossus in the side) and creatures just give us a much wider board state than they can handle. He also didn't need to worry about sweepers. The hatebird would also consistently ping for damage in a stalled board state, and DS as a ton of sac lands. I can see the benefits of path, but I also think it plays too defensively when we probably could've chump blocked anyway.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    I was thinking the same thing with the Chord. He should've sided all 4 out and just brought in more creatures (like Aven Mindcensor). He brought in rest in peace and path too which I guess was OK (RIP got thoughtseized and Path got countered), but being on the play game 3 he should've gone all in on the creatures and just raced.

    I agree with you on the SOTP too. Everyone in the stream was saying "That's why you play SOTP"...they clearly have goldfish memories though, as the round before he beat affinity 2-0 thanks to the infinite combo variant. I personally enjoy playing the BG version better, but seeing GW do well the last few big events is making me think about switching over.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Elves beat affinity 2-0 and now in the semis at SCG Richmond.
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    @rancormaniac - Wheel of sun and moon is also an option using green
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Quote from zcowan »
    Hey guys! I played elves at an FNM for the first time last night and went 3-1
    It was awesome because one of my matches was a mirror and I have never seen sooo many elves on board and so much power haha

    Anyhow, my one loss was against dredge which I was surprised because I figured that our deck would be able to race it. I also didn't run any hate in my sideboard because you don't see it often in my local area. Do you guys have any tips on going up against it?


    Stain the Mind in the sideboard naming Conflagrate will go a long way.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Is Wolf-Skull Shaman a playable card? 60% chance for free 2/2 every turn, even though the token is not an elf, can still help us build board presence at a very good rate. Seems like it would shine in GBx matchups, and also when paired with Nissa, Steward due to the scry 2 - could almost guarantee a free 2/2 creature every turn.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    What about Wolf-Skull Shaman? I'm bored at work looking at all the elves cards lol.
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Thoughts on Metallic Mimic?
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    While we're talking planeswalkers...for GB builds that use Blooming Marsh, fetches, and Gilt Leaf palaces...wouldn't either of the 3CMC lilianas be better value than nissa? I think last hope might be better for the -2/-1 and creature card back to hand
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves

    Was very clunky and I really missed Visionary. The cuteness of the combo didn't outweigh the efficiency of the GB list in my opinion. GW pilots may like the additional angle because they don't have the Shaman angle, GB pilots don't need it though because Shaman becomes the main plan in GB.


    I thought the same thing when I was watching the stream. I think I'll stick with the GB + W sideboard I've been using. Appreciate the streaming, keep letting us know when they're posted so I can watch when I'm bored at work.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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    posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Quote from Syreal94 »
    Quote from zcowan »
    Hey I was wondering if anyone has played against Gifts Storm and how the matchup was? Are you able to race them and present lethal before they can establish the combo? And what sideboard cards are you guys running? The deck is semi popular in my area and I want to cover all bases before I bring it to a tournament lol


    Matchup doesn't feel great, regardless of variant. I think the GW/Abzan lists have an edge because they're able to find Eidolon of Rhetoric. GB has to settle with Thoughtseize which does almost as much work, tbh, but isn't a decisive game winner like Eidolon can be.

    In unrelated news, ended up getting killed in the semi's of a PPTQ today after a 5-1 run put me in 2nd seed. Matches were:
    UW Control (L)
    Jund (W)
    4c Humans (W)
    RG Tron (W)
    UW Control (W)
    Affinity (W)
    QF: UW Control (R1 guy, W)
    SF: UW Control (L)

    Running really hot right now, and hope to maintain my current ~70ish % record (10-4 this season!).

    Also, catch me playing the list I played for this PPTQ @ 0900 AEST/ 1600 PDT / 1900 EDT / 0000 GMT+1 - if you can't catch it then, you can watch it back when Twitch decides to save the upload.


    What were your initial thoughts on the combo/Shaman build?
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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