Deck Guide of the Day: Frontier Elves Combo

The Elves tend to find success in any format where there’s enough of them to make an impact. One of Magic’s most powerful tribes from the onset, Elves is a legitimate deck in both Legacy and Modern. Frontier is no exception.

Like any Elves deck, it starts with the mana creatures. Elvish Mystic and Servant of the Conduit help you flood the board early and often.

Elvish MysticServant of the Conduit

However, in Frontier, history’s most powerful combo Elves aren’t available. You won’t be activating your Heritage Druids for huge mana development, untapping Nettle Sentinels, or using Wirewood Symbiote and Quirion Ranger to generate tons of mana. You don’t have Glimpse of Nature to churn through your entire deck or a tutor as powerful as Green Sun’s Zenith.

What you do have is Chord of Calling to help find the creatures you need, and Panharmonicon to enable some sick combos.

Chord of CallingPanharmonicon

Panharmonicon doubles the effects of any of your creatures with enters-the-battlefield abilities. Elvish Visionary becomes a 2 mana Mulldrifter. Dwynen’s Elite will bring an entire army with him. Reclamation Sage might wipe an opponent’s entire board out. Nissa, Vastwood Seer will find plenty of extra mana. And Sylvan Messenger goes digging way deeper.

Elvish VisionaryDwynen's EliteReclamation SageNissa, Vastwood SeerNissa, Sage AnimistSylvan Messenger

You can even play a non Elf such as Thought-Knot Seer to combo with Panharmonicon and rip your opponent’s hand apart. The possibilities are endless when you have Chord of Calling.

Thought-Knot Seer

The real combo element of this deck comes from Woodland Bellower. When the Bellower enters the battlefield, you get to search your deck for a green creature with converted mana cost 3 or less (nonlegendary, so no Nissa) and put it directly onto the battlefield. With Panharmonicon, you get to trigger this twice. This means you could go get a pair of Elvish Visionaries and draw 4 cards, making a 6/5, 2 1/1s, and getting an Opportunity out of the deal! Not bad.

Woodland Bellower

But that isn’t the best you can do in Frontier Elves. Enter Shaman of the Pack. With a pair of Woodland Bellower triggers, you search up a pair of Shamans. Considering each of their triggers will happen 4 times, that’s a ton of life loss. With just 4 Elves on the battlefield, the Shamans will drain 20 life!

Shaman of the Pack

Here’s the full list:

Creatures (30):

1 Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen
4 Dwynen’s Elite
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Elvish Visionary
3 Nissa, Vastwood Seer/Nissa, Sage Animist
1 Reclamation Sage
4 Servant of the Conduit
4 Shaman of the Pack
2 Sylvan Messenger
1 Thought-Knot Seer
1 Whisperwood Elemental
1 Woodland Bellower

Spells (8):

4 Chord of Calling
4 Panharmonicon

Lands (22):

4 Aether Hub
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Llanowar Wastes
4 Westvale Abbey/Ormendahl, Profane Prince
6 Forest

Sideboard (15):

1 Gilt-Leaf Winnower
1 Minister of Pain
2 Reclamation Sage
2 Murderous Cut
3 Winds of Qal Sisma
3 Tormod’s Crypt
3 Nissa, Worldwaker

There are going to be many directions to take a Frontier Elves deck. In many of the stock Elves lists, they play no copies of Collected Company, so there’s room for you to take the brewing into your own hands.

Thanks Everybody for reading,

Andreas

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