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Single Scoop: Elfball (Historic, Magic Arena)


Jumpstart really gave tribal decks a boost in Historic and one of those tribes is elves! The elves are way less resilient to board wipes but the trade-off is the explosiveness of the deck as we get some fiery fast starts due to mana acceleration and how wide we can go!

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Gameplan

Elves really are just a bunch of small critters looking to do big things at a very fast pace. Thanks to Jumpstart we got the boost in power the tribe needed to do just that:

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Elvish Archdruid is a huge part of the elves as we can drop tons of cheap 1/1s early and hopefully go for a big play the following turn. Ontop of that, its another lord effect that doesn't dunked on by Goblin Chainwhirler which is quite popular in Historic and extremely good against elves! What do we do with all of this mana?

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Historic brought us a new elf in Allosaurus Shepherd which is perfect as it allows us to turn our wide board into an army of 5/5 dinosaurs which is usually more than enough to close the game! Of course, we also have the classic finisher in Craterhoof Behemoth. We also have a Finale of Devastation to serve as another Craterhoof but its a bit more flexible as it can tutor an elf we need to set up. The nice thing is it also can fetch a Craterhoof that has been discarded or has eluded us all game!

Conclusion

The deck is extremely fragile as most elves but the deck is fun! The games are either "oops all elves" or we get steamrolled. The issue is we don't have a ton of reach without Shaman of the Pack We also don't have Ezuri, Renegade Leader to help make our elves into a big regenerating killing machine. I think the tribe is definitely stronger but is still a few pieces away from being tier. I thought about adding black for Poison-Tip Archer or Blood Artist to get that closing bit of damage but the results were underwhelming. If we're looking to make this into Best of Three, our best bet is Heroic Intervention but in best of one, I like the plan of just not interacting and trying to go faster than opponents and forcing them to have a way to stop us!

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