Legacy: Elves Deck Tech & Sideboard Guide
08/06/22 0 comments
Do you know why Tolarian Academy is banned in Legacy? Gaea's Cradle powered by little green Elves will give you a taste of what a land that generates an insane amount of mana can do!Edit Article
About the Deck
Building the Deck
UR DelverAllosaurus Shepherd is a crucial card in this game to try to force your "big turns", the ones where you dump a pile of little green elves on the board and, if all goes well, end the game right there. The Metagame has become so Delver-centric that Pyroblast/Red Elemental Blast has become increasingly common in their main, which is good news for Elves as it's a dead card. Due to their Wastelands, Gaea's Cradle is more of a green Dark Ritual than a land, and it's important to take this into account in your game planning. Post-side, Progenitus is unbeatable if it resolves, and you bring answers to Murktide Regent that turn out to be the fastest way to their victory.
BurnThis game is a race where you usually have the upper hand as they have to spend resources on your elves or lose quickly, and they don't have draw sources like you do. There is no specific sideboard card against these opponents, but Endurance can ambush an unsuspecting opponent. IN:
Blue Control (Jeskai, Bant, Grixis, 4C)These are tricky opponents, as they combine a counterspell with various removals, which makes that matchup quite complicated. Post-side, things tend to get worse when cards like Plague Engineer, Supreme Verdict or Engineered Explosives, among many others, tend to show up and complicate your plan of filling the board. Cutting down some more vulnerable elves and bringing in more answers to try and force Progenitus into play turns out to be the post-side Plan B. IN:
Depths (Golgari, Naya, Turbo)Another pure racing game, they have discards to try to slow you down, you have Boseiju, Who Endures, but none of them have any real counterspell to hold off someone else's combo. In post-side games, you get more answers against Marit Lage. IN:
Red PrisonThis matchup was extremely difficult, as their multiple locks line up very well against Elves. But the pendulum swung back and forth as new cards entered the format: Allosaurus Shepherd ignores the devastating Chalice of the Void for one, Fury decimates the board for free, Boseiju, who Endures offers a Main deck answer against Blood Moon. Either way, even if answered, these lock cards can slow your game down enough for more of them to hit the board. IN:
8-CastSimilar to the game against Depths, there are two decks looking to break the board, but they have counterspells instead of discard spells. Collector Ouphe is our most brutal answer on the Sideboard. IN:
Death and TaxesDnT used to be the big victim of the green horde, but the game has improved a lot for them, in part because our great tool against blue decks and Chalice of the Void, Allosaurus Shepherd is practically useless against them, and some lists have incorporated Spirit of the Labyrinth, a pretty problematic card for the deck's draw engines. We still have the advantage, but we also must be cautious with Umezawa's Jitte.