Pro Tour–Berlin Feature: Comparative Elves!

Posted in Event Coverage on November 2, 2008

By Monty Ashley

As you might have noticed, the Top 8 of Pro Tour–Berlin contains six "ELVES!" decks. Here's a table showing the cards that the six decks have in common:

Jan DoiseMartin JuzaTomoharu SaitoLuis Scott-VargasSebastien ThalerMatej Zatlkaj
Birchlore Rangers444444
Chord of Calling244 44
Elves of Deep Shadow 4
Elvish Champion 1 11
Elvish Visionary324412
Essence Warden44 44
Eternal Witness 1
Forest3816 410
Gilt-Leaf Palace3 44
Glimpse of Nature444444
Grapeshot 1
Heritage Druid444444
Horizon Canopy 4 44
Llanowar Elves444444
Mirror Entity1
Nettle Sentinel444444
Overgrown Tomb1 24
Pendelhaven111111
Predator Dragon 11 11
Regal Force1 11
Snow-Covered Forest 9
Summoner's Pact424432
Temple Garden14 2
Viridian Shaman 11211
Weird Harvest 3
Windswept Heath4
Wirewood Hivemaster444 44
Wirewood Symbiote444444
Wooded Foothills4

That's a little rough to take in all at once, so we'll break it down a bit. First, here are the cards that each deck has four of. This is the core of the deck.

Jan DoiseMartin JuzaTomoharu SaitoLuis Scott-VargasSebastien ThalerMatej Zatlkaj
Glimpse of Nature444444
Heritage Druid444444
Llanowar Elves444444
Nettle Sentinel444444
Wirewood Symbiote444444
Birchlore Rangers444444

Next, the things that make the decks most different: the "one-ofs" that are used for specific purposes, like killing artifacts or opponents. This is where we differentiated among the various Elves! decks; the decks with Predator Dragon are "Dragon Elves," the decks with Mirror Entity are "Elvish Entities," and the decks with Grapeshot are "Grapeshot Elves."

Jan DoiseMartin JuzaTomoharu SaitoLuis Scott-VargasSebastien ThalerMatej Zatlkaj
Elvish Champion 1 11
Eternal Witness 1
Grapeshot 1
Mirror Entity1
Predator Dragon 11 11
Regal Force1 11
Viridian Shaman 11211

The rest of the nonland cards fill in the area in between. Wirewood Hivemaster would be an essential four-of, except that Luis Scott-Vargas has eschewed it in favor of Elves of Deep Shadow and Weird Harvest.

Jan DoiseMartin JuzaTomoharu SaitoLuis Scott-VargasSebastien ThalerMatej Zatlkaj
Chord of Calling244 44
Elves of Deep Shadow 4
Elvish Visionary324412
Essence Warden44 44
Summoner's Pact424432
Weird Harvest 3
Wirewood Hivemaster444 44

Note that Elvish Visionary appears in quantities of 1, 2, 3, and 4!

Finally, the land. Everyone has some amount of Forests, although Scott-Vargas prefers his to be Snow-Covered.

Jan DoiseMartin JuzaTomoharu SaitoLuis Scott-VargasSebastien ThalerMatej Zatlkaj
Forest3816 410
Gilt-Leaf Palace3 44
Horizon Canopy 4 44
Overgrown Tomb1 24
Pendelhaven111111
Snow-Covered Forest 9
Temple Garden14 2
Windswept Heath4
Wooded Foothills4

The land appears to be largely up to individual taste, with Saito keeping well out of Blood Moon range with 16 of his 17 land being basic Forests. Everyone is playing 17 land, except for Scott-Vargas, who is living life to its fullest and only playing 16 land.

The sideboards are a mixture of overlapping cards (everyone has extra Viridian Shamans) and individual choices (Saito is the only one with Blasting Station or Gleeful Sabotage, Juza is the only one with Naturalize or Voidstone Gargoyle, Doise has Seal of Primordium and an extra Chord of Calling, Thaler has Choke and Sundering Titan, and Scott-Vargas has Mycoloth, Nullmage Shepherd, and a spare Pendelhaven).

Jan DoiseMartin JuzaTomoharu SaitoLuis Scott-VargasSebastien ThalerMatej Zatlkaj
Blasting Station 2
Brain Freeze1 1
Burrenton Forge-Tender21 11
Choke 2
Chord of Calling1
Ethersworn Canonist 11 11
Fecundity 3 3
Gaddock Teeg11 11
Gleeful Sabotage 3
Goblin Sharpshooter 1 1
Mycoloth 1
Naturalize 2
Nullmage Shepherd 1
Orzhov Pontiff211 1
Pendelhaven 1
Seal of Primordium2
Sundering Titan 2
Tar Fiend 1 1
Thorn of Amethyst2332 4
Thoughtseize3 44
Umezawa's Jitte 3 41
Viridian Shaman111222
Voidstone Gargoyle 1

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