Kaldheim brought new support to some of Magic's minor tribes, like Dwarves and Giants, as well as Elves—one of the game's biggest and most iconic. It's also one of the strongest, with a storied history, and has always existed as a fun and competitive Modern strategy. Some powerful new printings have brought renewed attention to the tribe, and are already putting up good results as new staples.

Elvish Warmaster is an excellent aggressive tool that will flood the battlefield with tokens, which can be utilized in any number of ways. For a deck that has always used Dwynen's Elite as a staple, this new card is a perfect addition.

Realmwalker is also a perfect pickup for a tribal deck like Elves, where it has potential to generate nearly endless card advantage when combined with the tribe's many mana producers to fuel it.

With these new staples currently readily available at a relatively low price, now is a great time to approach Elves as one of the format's best budget options. These days, Elves decks in Modern are often Golgari to take advantage of Shaman of the Pack, but there are plenty of Mono-Green builds too, which without the need to sink money into dual lands like Gilt-Leaf Palace, are incredibly budget friendly.

Basic Budget Elves

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Basic Budget Elves by Adam Yurchick

'Basic Budget Elves' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $69.71

Cards

Llanowar Elves

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.93

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.56

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Essence Warden

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.03

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.37

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Bramblewood Paragon

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.98

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Each other Warrior creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.
Each creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it has trample.

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Dwynen's Elite

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.28

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When Dwynen's Elite enters the battlefield, if you control another Elf, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token.

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Pendelhaven

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.10

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{T}: Add {G}.
{T}: Target 1/1 creature gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

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Elvish Warmaster

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.93

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Whenever one or more other Elves enter the battlefield under your control, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token. This ability triggers only once each turn.
{5}{G}{G}: Elves you control get +2/+2 and gain deathtouch until end of turn.

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Nettle Sentinel

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.29

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Nettle Sentinel doesn't untap during your untap step.
Whenever you cast a green spell, you may untap Nettle Sentinel.

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Realmwalker

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.82

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
As Realmwalker enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells of the chosen type from the top of your library.

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Jaspera Sentinel

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.03

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Reach
{T}, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color.

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Growth-Chamber Guardian

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.26

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{2}{G}: Adapt 2. (If this creature has no +1/+1 counters on it, put two +1/+1 counters on it.)
Whenever one or more +1/+1 counters are put on Growth-Chamber Guardian, you may search your library for a card named Growth-Chamber Guardian, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.19

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Elvish Mystic

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.45

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Imperious Perfect

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.20

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Other Elves you control get +1/+1.
{G}, {T}: Create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token.

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Shapers' Sanctuary

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.09

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Whenever a creature you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, you may draw a card.

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Elvish Archdruid

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.02

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Other Elf creatures you control get +1/+1.
{T}: Add {G} for each Elf you control.

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Compared to past Extended Elf decks, and now in Legacy which play much like combo decks, Modern Elves has always been much more aggressively focused. It has heartily welcomed Elvish Warmaster as a threat that keeps on giving. It's good with all sorts of cards that give bonuses to Elves, but it's especially strong with Bramblewood Paragon.

In a deck full of Warriors like Elvish Warmaster and its tokens, Bramblewood Paragon essentially acts as an additional lord creature. It's cheaper than Imperious Perfect, hits harder than Elvish Clancaller, adds trample, and has the benefit of permanently adding counters instead of the bonus ending if it dies. Realmwalker counting as a Warrior makes Bramblewood Paragon even better. Adding another Warrior is Growth-Chamber Guardian, one of Modern's underutilized gems and a tremendous budget pickup. Combining a big body with ability to chain together card advantage as a mana sink, it's one heck of a bargain at around $2 for the playset.

Kaldheim also added Jaspera Sentinel, which isn't a true mana creature, but can still accelerate. Having been immediately picked up in Pauper Elves and shown to be playable, it's a solid option for any budget Modern build.

The resulting deck is an effective aggressive Elf tribal strategy, and a fantastic foundation to build upon in any number of directions.

Built-Up Budget Elves

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Built-Up Budget Elves by Adam Yurchick

'Built-Up Budget Elves' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $228.65

Cards

Bramblewood Paragon

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.98

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Each other Warrior creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.
Each creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it has trample.

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Dwynen's Elite

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.28

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When Dwynen's Elite enters the battlefield, if you control another Elf, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token.

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Elvish Archdruid

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.02

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Other Elf creatures you control get +1/+1.
{T}: Add {G} for each Elf you control.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.50

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Ezuri, Renegade Leader

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $15.59

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{G}: Regenerate another target Elf.
{2}{G}{G}{G}: Elf creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.37

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Nettle Sentinel

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.29

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Nettle Sentinel doesn't untap during your untap step.
Whenever you cast a green spell, you may untap Nettle Sentinel.

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Realmwalker

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.82

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
As Realmwalker enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells of the chosen type from the top of your library.

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Llanowar Elves

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.93

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Heritage Druid

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $12.49

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Tap three untapped Elves you control: Add {G}{G}{G}.

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Collected Company

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $18.73

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Look at the top six cards of your library. Put up to two creature cards with converted mana cost 3 or less from among them onto the battlefield. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.56

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.19

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Essence Warden

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.03

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

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Pendelhaven

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.10

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{T}: Add {G}.
{T}: Target 1/1 creature gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

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Shapers' Sanctuary

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.09

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Whenever a creature you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, you may draw a card.

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Elvish Mystic

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.45

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Elvish Warmaster

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.93

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Whenever one or more other Elves enter the battlefield under your control, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token. This ability triggers only once each turn.
{5}{G}{G}: Elves you control get +2/+2 and gain deathtouch until end of turn.

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There are many ways to upgrade Elves, but the first place I'd look to invest would be Collected Company. For one, it's a staple across multiple archetypes and formats, so it's more flexible than something like an expensive Elf that won't be playable elsewhere. It's also one of the best cards available for a green deck full of cards to hit, and its combination of card advantage and selection make it better than just about any one individual card. It has always been a four-of staple for the tribe in Modern, and is a welcome addition here, replacing Growth-Chamber Guardian as a more explosive form of card advantage.

As an investment deep into the Elf tribe, there are few cards better and more historically important than Heritage Druid—one of the most broken Elves to ever see print.  Like a super-charged mana Elf that brings others along with it, it allows for explosive sequences that can make the tribe feel more like a combo deck. It doesn't have Glimpse of Nature in Modern, but it does now have Realmwalker for the potential of chaining together multiple cards. It's also excellent for spilling a hand into play, and for activating the abilities on cards like Elvish Warmaster and Ezuri, Renegade Leader.

Kaldheim elevating Elves, including in Commander, has spiked the price of some of its staples, unfortunate from the perspective of building a budget deck. But one card worth its new price is Ezuri, Renegade Leader. The ability to regenerate other Elves means it demands the first removal spell, so it's great for protecting the rest of them. It's not a true lord, but its activated ability of an overrun effect allows it to function like one.

For the sideboard, spending a few dollars each on Dismember adds some valuable creature removal.

Upgrades:

Four Collected Company replace four Growth-Chamber Guardian.
Four Heritage Druid replace four Jaspera Sentinel.
Two Ezuri, Renegade Leader replace two Imperious Perfect.
Three Dismember replace three trimmed sideboard cards.

Unlimited Budget Elves

Like most budget decks, Elves also offers room to upgrade the manabase. These aren't essential cards to how the deck functions, but offer some nice quality of life improvements that can spell the difference in those close games.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Unlimited Budget Elves by Adam Yurchick

'Unlimited Budget Elves' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $531.23

Cards

Cavern of Souls

Market Price: $77.80

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As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

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Verdant Catacombs

Market Price: $69.87

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Verdant Catacombs: Search your library for a Swamp or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Nettle Sentinel

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.29

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Nettle Sentinel doesn't untap during your untap step.
Whenever you cast a green spell, you may untap Nettle Sentinel.

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Realmwalker

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.82

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
As Realmwalker enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells of the chosen type from the top of your library.

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Elvish Archdruid

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.02

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Other Elf creatures you control get +1/+1.
{T}: Add {G} for each Elf you control.

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Llanowar Elves

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.93

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.37

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Ezuri, Renegade Leader

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $15.59

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{G}: Regenerate another target Elf.
{2}{G}{G}{G}: Elf creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.56

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.19

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Elvish Mystic

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.45

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Heritage Druid

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $12.49

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Tap three untapped Elves you control: Add {G}{G}{G}.

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Collected Company

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $18.73

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Look at the top six cards of your library. Put up to two creature cards with converted mana cost 3 or less from among them onto the battlefield. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Bramblewood Paragon

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.98

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Each other Warrior creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.
Each creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it has trample.

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Essence Warden

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.03

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

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Dwynen's Elite

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.28

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When Dwynen's Elite enters the battlefield, if you control another Elf, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token.

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Pendelhaven

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.10

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{T}: Add {G}.
{T}: Target 1/1 creature gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $9.73

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {B} or {G}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Nurturing Peatland: Draw a card.

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Turntimber Symbiosis

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.78

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Look at the top seven cards of your library. You may put a creature card from among them onto the battlefield. If that card has converted mana cost 3 or less, it enters with three additional +1/+1 counters on it. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Shapers' Sanctuary

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.09

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Whenever a creature you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, you may draw a card.

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Elvish Warmaster

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.93

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Whenever one or more other Elves enter the battlefield under your control, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token. This ability triggers only once each turn.
{5}{G}{G}: Elves you control get +2/+2 and gain deathtouch until end of turn.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.50

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Rather than dual or utility lands, the biggest manabase improvement for Elves is the modal double-faced card Turntimber Symbiosis, which helped invigorate Mono-Green Elves by being picked up as a staple after it was printed. Elves doesn't have huge haymakers to hit, but after adding three +1/+1 counters, any Elf will be a sizable threat. By taking the place of a land, it helps make the deck denser in action. And as one of the best cards in one of the best and most broken cycles of cards printed in 2020, it looks like a strong buy over the long-term.

The original Turntimber Symbiosis Elf decks would play one Craterhoof Behemoth as a game-ending haymaker to hit. It's a fine option if you have one or want to throw $50 at it, but it frankly doesn't seem good or consistent enough to me.

The manabase can be packed with further value by adding Nurturing Peatland (or Waterlogged Grove or Horizon Canopy). A deck with such a low mana curve is liable to get flooded, so lands like Nurturing Peatland that can convert to an extra card are very valuable here, like they are in plenty of other Modern decks. Any of the green ones work, but Nurturing Peatland is best because it bluffs having black cards, and as an investment helps build toward potential Golgari Elves decks in the future.

One can go further with a couple Cavern of Souls, replacing a couple more Forests, but it would be my lowest priority—especially when weighing the tiny benefit for the massive cost.

Because the deck includes Realmwalker, and would benefit from the potential to shuffle and get a new top card, adding a few fetchlands wouldn't be a bad idea. But with the basic land count already low, I wouldn't add too many and risk not having lands to find. Again, Verdant Catacombs would be the best because it bridges towards Golgari, but any will do.

Upgrades:

Four Turntimber Symbiosis replace four Forest
Two Nurturing Peatland replace two Forest
Two Cavern of Souls replace two Forest
Two Verdant Catacombs replace two Forest

What About Golgari Elves?

Beyond that upgraded green build, the next step would be to fully embrace Golgari, which adds Shaman of the Pack as an aggressive finisher that plays well with Collected Company. It's not necessarily a clear upgrade, however, as it adds the potential for color issues and does require giving up Turntimber Symbiosis. But it does unlock the full power and potential of the tribe now and in the future.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Golgari Elves by J0SE

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Nettle Sentinel

Color Identity:G

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Nettle Sentinel doesn't untap during your untap step.
Whenever you cast a green spell, you may untap Nettle Sentinel.

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Skemfar Avenger

Color Identity:B

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Whenever another nontoken Elf or Berserker you control dies, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Llanowar Elves

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Ezuri, Renegade Leader

Color Identity:G

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{G}: Regenerate another target Elf.
{2}{G}{G}{G}: Elf creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.

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Ravenous Trap

Color Identity:B

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If an opponent had three or more cards put into their graveyard from anywhere this turn, you may pay {0} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Realmwalker

Color Identity:G

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
As Realmwalker enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells of the chosen type from the top of your library.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
As Overgrown Tomb enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Elvish Mystic

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Collected Company

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top six cards of your library. Put up to two creature cards with converted mana cost 3 or less from among them onto the battlefield. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {B} or {G}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Nurturing Peatland: Draw a card.

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Heritage Druid

Color Identity:G

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Tap three untapped Elves you control: Add {G}{G}{G}.

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Elvish Archdruid

Color Identity:G

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Other Elf creatures you control get +1/+1.
{T}: Add {G} for each Elf you control.

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Dwynen's Elite

Color Identity:G

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When Dwynen's Elite enters the battlefield, if you control another Elf, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token.

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Windswept Heath

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a Forest or Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Weather the Storm

Color Identity:G

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You gain 3 life.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Shaman of the Pack

Color Identity:B,G

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When Shaman of the Pack enters the battlefield, target opponent loses life equal to the number of Elves you control.

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Heroic Intervention

Color Identity:G

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Permanents you control gain hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.

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Elvish Warmaster

Color Identity:G

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Whenever one or more other Elves enter the battlefield under your control, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token. This ability triggers only once each turn.
{5}{G}{G}: Elves you control get +2/+2 and gain deathtouch until end of turn.

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Veil of Summer

Color Identity:G

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Draw a card if an opponent has cast a blue or black spell this turn. Spells you control can't be countered this turn. You and permanents you control gain hexproof from blue and from black until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of blue or black spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Cavern of Souls

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As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

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Gilt-Leaf Palace

Color Identity:B,G

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As Gilt-Leaf Palace enters the battlefield, you may reveal an Elf card from your hand. If you don't, Gilt-Leaf Palace enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Blooming Marsh

Color Identity:B,G

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Blooming Marsh enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Verdant Catacombs

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Verdant Catacombs: Search your library for a Swamp or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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The biggest benefits of black may actually be in the sideboard, where it adds the options for disruption like Abrupt Decay and the irreplaceable Thoughtseize. This recent 5-0 build doesn't opt to include them, but instead goes for more synergy. The new black Elf Skemfar Avenger is a nice way to fight back against removal or blockers as a sort of Shapers' Sanctuary on legs.