Last week I brought you all a very brief introduction to the format Tribal Wars. I left off at promising you all a deeper look into the format, beginning with the color green. Let’s cut away at the foliage and delve into the forest to see what green’s tribes and spells have to offer to the format.
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I’ll start with the tribe we all know and love, Elves. It is one of the fastest strategies in the Tribal Wars format. This comes from the overabundance of cheap mana producing creatures the tribe has alongside really powerful lords. For those of us who do not know, a lord is a creature that offers a buff to creatures of its tribe. A fine example would be Elvish Archdruid. He gives all other Elves +1/+1 and he can tap for one green mana for each Elf you control. Pretty powerful right?
So what would be the essentials of an Elf Tribal Wars deck?
- Lords: I use Elvish Archdruid, Eladamri, Lord of Leaves, Imperius Perfect, Elvish Champion,and Joraga Warcaller. Eladamri is great because he grants my Elves shroud and forestwalk. The downside is he does it for my opponent’s Elves too. That is the same downside to Elvish Champion; who grants all other Elves forestwalk and +1/+1. Since we don’t expect to have the same tribes go against each other, we can assume this isn’t the worst thing. Imperious Perfect gives Elves you control +1/+1 and can make 1/1 Elf Warrior tokens. I mainly use her as just another lord and rarely use the second effect. Joraga Warcaller is one of the best lords in the deck. He has the ability Multikicker for 1G which means when you cast him, you can chose to pay that amount as many times as you’d like. For each time you Multikick Joraga Warcaller, put a +1/+1 counter on him; Elves you control get +1/+1 for each counter on Joraga Warcaller. You can see how that would get out of control.
- Mana Dorks: Elves bread and butter is their mana dorks. This is a term for cheap creatures that tend to be 1/1’s and can tap to produce some type or amount of mana. I run the classic Llanowar Elves alongside their thug cousins, the Fyndhorn Elves. Just check out those daggers the Fyndhorns are brandishing. Finishing off the list is Priest of Titania. She is an Elvish Archdruid without giving the buff.
- Support: We start off with Sylvan Messenger, who allows me to get more Elves to my hand. I decided to run Seeker of Skybreak to allow me to really turn out a lot of mana. Viridian Shaman gives me the ability to remove problem artifact and enchantments while still being a creature. Ezuri, Renegade Leader allows me to grant my Elves Overrun as many times as I have the mana for it.
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When it comes to other Tribes in green there is the popularity of Beasts and Druids. On one hand you have Beasts who are your typical big and stompy Tribe. They can get out of control real quick and are well supported by cards like Krosan Warchief, Triumph of Ferocity, Contested Cliffs, and Wirewood Savage.
In Druids you want Gilt-Leaf Archdruid, Ichneumon Druid, Kamahl, Fist of Krosa , and Yavimaya Elder. Druids is another fast mana Tribe that has some really cool tricks up its sleeves. A great deal of people are always caught off guard by Gilt-Leaf Archdruid and having the Overrun effect in Kamahl, Fist of Krosa is pretty sweet too.
For Tribal Wars one of the best support cards to come out of green is Alpha Status. It gives enchanted creature +2/+2 for each other creature on the battlefield that shares a creature type with it. Another card that is pretty good is Abundance. Once you hit your key amount of lands, you can use Abundance to guarantee you hit your spells. And if you are behind on lands, it will help you hit lands. My final suggestion is Creeping Renaissance. This card will help you deal with board wipes and targeted removal. Best part? It even has flashback.
Thanks to my Facebook fan page, I’ve had my next tribe and color picked for me. Next week, I will bring you the horror of the undying horde. That’s right, next week is Zombies and Black. If you want to see my Druids and my Beast decks, check out my TappedOut page. They will go up sometime over the course of the week. Remember to keep it casual.