Kōta Tozuka's Eternal Fest Elves

Posted in Daily Deck on November 24, 2014

By Shuhei Nakamura

Shuhei Nakamura is a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame, former Player of the Year, and is one of just six players with more than 400 lifetime pro points.

I wanted to take a break to take a quick at the Eternal Festival, where there is one deck of note, from the X-2 group, where 5 of the 12 players in that bracket played an elf combo deck.

With Heritage Druid plus Nettle Sentinel and one more elf, you can make three mana, which is then used to play another elf, which untaps the Sentinel. Since there is now another untapped elf on the battlefield, you get to make another three mana. It gets even better if one of those extra elves is another Nettle Sentinel. Each additional elf nets you two mana. Add to the mix Glimpse of Nature and a card that can make more than one creature, like Wirewood Symbiote...

We've seen this play out before, all the way back to when Extended was a format, and it usually ends with Natural Order being used to bust out a finisher and win on the second or third turn. The pattern is pretty much fixed, and that can be seen from the fact that of the five players' decks, 57 out of 60 cards are exactly the same, with the remaining few showing a little variation, but still just pretty much personal preference—a difference in the number of one-mana creatures, or whether or not Progenitus is in the main deck.

The sideboard of each of these decks also look remarkably similar, with Abrupt Decay to combat hand destruction, a Pithing Needle, a Worldspine Wurm, and three Swan Songs.

It's hard to come by a perfect deck, but this might be it.

Kōta Tozuka's Eternal Fest Elves

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