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By: Melissafey, Melissa Easom
Aug 13 2010 1:55am
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Introduction.
Welcome to the latest installment of Adventures in Tribal-land. Firstly apologies for the week absence for this guild, I will explain later in the article what caused this to happen. So lets wait no further and lets follow that rabbit down the hole and see what we find.
 
The Challenge
 
The current challenge is to produce decks based on the guilds from the Ravnica block. Each deck will be based around one of the two legends that each guild have and where possible focus on the essence of the guild. This week I look at the group collective of the Selesnya Conclave.
 
 
The Guild
 
The Selesnya Conclave, to some they are a spiritual group who work together for the common good through selfless actions, whilst others seem them as a brainwashing nature cult. They are dedicated to keeping life in balance through nature and not through unnatural means. They exhibit this in a strong dislike in technology and a belief of the good of the whole is far more important than that of the single being. The ranks in the guild are increased through preachers giving evangelical speeches to those without guild allegiances. However the guild also increases its rank through the growth of saprolings and elementals.  All members of the guild are equal however the guild is guided by a group of Dryads know as the Chorus of the Conclave who share a consciousness which they can share with others to guide and lead the guild. In the ranks of the Guild are the Ledev who are knights of the road protecting the routes of commerce and trade, this order were original a ancient order of warrior monks who wandered the roads righting wrongs and solving injustice, in recent times they have joined the Conclave continuing their role as protector of travelers, whilst also protecting the guilds interest.
 
The symbol of the Conclave is one of unity, with tree supporting sun and sun feeding tree.
 
The combination of white and green combines into the guild ethics, as both colours demonstrate an interesting in benefiting the community be it through nature or being part of a organization. Both colours also have a strong spiritual connection. In terms of game play both colours have access to life gain spells as well as artifact and enhancement removal. Individually white provides us with protection and creature removal, whilst green provides us with mana fixing and ramping, and some card draw.

The Legends

 

Chorus of the Conclave

The guilds leader is the Dryad collective know as the Chorus of the Conclave. A 8 casting cost 3/8 forestwalk Dryad is not up there with the super exciting. The second ability of the Chorus, is interesting, you can play any creature and pump it with +1/+1 counters for each extra mana you pay over the actual cost. This ability strikes me as interesting with Dryads who tend to have a land walking ability, generally forestwalk but some like Dryad Sophisticate have non other types.  On the interesting things about the Dryad tribe is that their 20 creature commitment can be made up of the only Land Creature Dryad Arbor. 

Tolsimir Wolfblood

Tolsimir Wolfblood is the guild’s champion, the Ledev, is a 3/4 elf warrior with three interesting abilities the first two boost green and white creatures respectively by +1/+1 each. This ability means he can be a very valuable finisher to a green/white aggressive deck. His second ability is interesting, allowing him to summon his faithful wolf mount voja, a 2/2 green white wolf, who as long as Tolsimir is still in play will be 4/4. With a couple of elves from Lowryn block producing/buffing wolves, a Elf deck with a Wolf subtheme could be interesting.

The Deck
 
This week I decided to build around Tolsimir Wolfblood.

Creatures
 
I decided with a casting cost of 6 that only two of Tolsimir would be best rather than the full 4. I also decided to pursue the wolf sub theme so 4 Wolf-Skull Shaman and 4 Wren's Run PackmasterWren's Run Packmaster were included. The Wolf-Skull’s allow us a chance to produce a stream of wolves if our deck was kind to us whilst the packmaster allowing us to pay for more wolves and also giving them deathtouch provided us with a very good defensive situation option. With the wolf sub theme in place I decided that I should reuse some the very efficient green/white elves from Shadowmoor which I had used previously for a green/white Knight, the cards in question being Wilt-Leaf Cavaliers and Wilt-Leaf Liege
 
Wolf-Skull Shaman Wren's Run Packmaster Wilt-Leaf Cavaliers Wilt-Leaf Liege
 
 
At 3 casting cost for a 3/4 vigilance creature, the Cavalier is very efficient whilst the Wilt-Leaf Liege’s provide us more boosters for our creatures at the cheaper price of 4 and the anti discard ability can come in very useful too. Finally with the last two places I decided to include Selesnya Sagittars as some large blocking creatures for defensive including from flyers, the ability to block an extra creature when is good, and being white/green can be excellent if we Liege’s and/or Tolsimir in play.
 
Spells
 
The majority of my spell choices were my standard choices in white and/or green decks, those being 4 (Path to Exiles) and 4 (Oblivion Rings) from white and 3 Harmonize and 2 Overruns. With the release of M11 I would trade in the Overruns for Overwhelming Stampedes. To this pack I added 3 Glare of Subdual, the tokens we have the potential of producing could be used to tap down an opponents creatures to allow the non token creatures to attack for lethal. When considering spells/non tribal creatures for the deck I consider using either Master of the Wild Hunt or Howl of the Night Pack to add to the wolf theme. However I felt at seven casting cost the sorcery was too much and outside of a pure green deck would not produce enough tokens for the cost. Whilst Master of the Wild Hunt would have added more creatures to our 4 drops which didn’t feel right at the time.
 
Path to Exile Oblivion Ring Overrun Harmonize
 
Mana Base
 
4 Temple Garden were an auto include for the deck, I also included 4 Evolving Wilds to help smooth the mana and also thin the deck. Basic lands made up the rest of the mana base up to a total of 24 lands. If you have access to them or the budget I would highly recommend using the Dual Lands from Masters Edition with any of the decks I show, as well as any of the two land fetch lands from Onslaught Block or Zendikar. Going back now I would have looked at adding some Oran-Rief, The Vastwood to the deck for the creature power boost.
 
Here is how the deck looks
 
 
Wolfblood's Pack
Classic Tribal Wars- Elfs
Creatures
2 Selesnya Sagittars
4 Wilt-Leaf Liege
2 Tolsimir Wolfblood
4 Wilt-Leaf Cavalierss
4 Wolf-Skull Shaman
4 Wren's Run Packmaster
20 cards

Other Spells
2 Overrun
4 Oblivion Ring
3 Glare of Subdual
4 Path to Exile
3 Harmonize
16 cards
Lands
4 Temple Garden
4 Evolving Wilds
8 Plains
8 Forest
24 cards
 
Glare of Subdual
 
Matches  

Tribal Apocalypse Pre  

Vs Edgard playing Red/White Soldiers. 

Game One 
 
I choose to draw and my opponent mulligans down to six whilst I keep
 
Evolving Wilds forest Wilt-Leaf LiegeWilt-Leaf LiegeWilt-Leaf LiegeWren's Run PackmasterHarmonize
 
The hand I kept was a very risk two land hand, but if I reach 4 lands, then I will quickly have 3 8/8 elfs on the field. My opponent starts off with a Plains, while I draw Path to Exile and play my Evolving Wilds. The following turn a second Plains for Edgard, and I crack my wilds for a Plains on their end phase. I put my forest into play and cast the Wolf-Skull Shaman I had just drawn, during my end phase my opponent cycles Renewed Faith for a card and two life up to 22.
 
The following turn a Plains for my opponent is followed up with a Gustcloak Harrier. I miss with Wolf-Skull Shaman’s kinship ability and draw a second Path to Exile. I attack with Shaman to offer the trade, my opponent blocks and both creatures are destroyed.
 
The next turn my opponent plays a Plains, and casts Daru Warchief which I path at the end of the turn, my opponent fetches up a Mountain. I draw a forest and put it into play and send the turn back. A Thundersong Trumpeter followed by Sunforger are my opponents play. I draw a Wren's Run Packmaster and send the turn back.
 
My opponent casts a Aven Farseer and a Sunhome Enforcer, I Draw a Glare of Subdual and with no plays again, it increasing looks like I should have Mulligan down to six. 
 
My opponent equips Sunforger to the Sunhome Enforcer and attacks me for 7, taking me down to 13, whilst they gain 6 and go to 28 life. I draw a Temple Garden and are forced to play it untapped at the cost of 2 life, taking me to 11. I play one of the three Wilt-Leaf Liege from my hand, during my end phase, my opponent uses Sunforger’s ability to search for a Red or White instant.
 
They equip Sunforger to the Aven Farseer and play Mobilization, attack me for 5, taking me down to 6, and follows up with Boros Garrison returning a plains to their hand. On my turn I draw a plains, and play my second Wilt-Leaf Liege, and attack with my first for six taking my opponent down to 22.
 
I’m attacked by Aven Farseer for 5, leaving me on one life and they then cast Blaze for Lethal.
 
Game Two


I Choose to play and kept a hand of  

 Forest Forest Plains Plains Temple Garden Oblivion Ring Wilt-Leaf Liege
 Forest x2, Plains x2, Temple Garden, Oblivion Ring, Wilt-Leaf Liege
 
I lead off with a Temple Garden into play tapped, whilst my opponent plays a Plains and casts Wall of Hope. I draw Glare of Subdual and play a Forest. My opponent follows up with Mountain into a Aven Farseer.
 
I draw a Forest, put into play an Plains and pass the turn. My opponent plays an Plains and attacks with Aven Farseer for 1 taking me down to 19. Post combat they add a Gustcloak Harrier to their side of the board.
 
I Draw a Wilt-Leaf Liege, play a Forest and cast the first of Wilt-Leaf Liege. My opponent casts a Catapult Squad and attacks with both Aven Farseer and Gustcloak Harrier, taking me down to 16. On my turn I draw Tolsimir Wolfblood, play a Plains and cast my second Wilt-Leaf Liege. I attack with my first and my opponent blocks with Wall of Hope, taking them up to 26. They play a Plains and cast Daru Warchief, then attack with Aven Farseer and Gustcloak Harrier, taking me down to 11.
 
I draw a Glare of Subdual, play a Forest and cast Oblivion Ring on the Daru Warchief. I then attack with both my Wilt-Leaf Lieges taking my opponent down to 14 life. My Opponent plays a Plains, casts Wipe Clean exiling my Oblivion Ring, returning their Daru Warchief. They cast another Daru Warchief and then attacks for lethal, first match 0-2 on to the second round. 

Match 2 vs AbraxasRvn playing Blue/Green Snakes.
 
Game One
 
I choose to play and kept a hand of
 
Evolving Wilds Forest Plains Wilt-Leaf Cavaliers Glare of Subdual Glare of Subdual Tolsimir Wolfblood
 
I begin with a Evolving Wilds, while my opponent starts with a Island. On my opponents end step I crack my Evolving Wilds for a Forest. On my turn I draw a Plains and play a Forest, my opponent plays a Island and passes.
 
I draw a Wilt-Leaf Liege, play a Plains and cast Wilt-Leaf Cavaliers. My opponent has no play and passes the turn back having to discard a Ophidian. I Draw Oblivion Ring, play a Plains and cast Wilt-Leaf Liege. I then attack for 5 with my Cavaliers taking my opponent down to 15. Once again my opponent has no play and discards a Mystic Snake.
 
I draw a second Oblivion Ring, attack with both my creatures taking my opponent down to 6, and post combat cast one of my Glare of Subdual. No plays again for my opponent and discards another Mystic Snake. On the following turn I attack for Lethal.
 
Game Two
 

My Opponent chooses to play first and I keep a hand of

Evolving WildsForestForestPath to ExileWolf-skull ShamanOblivion RingWren's Run Packmaster
 
My opponent leads off with a Halimar Depths, I draw a Wren's Run Packmaster, play my Evolving Wilds, which I crack for a Plains and pass back the turn. My opponent plays a Forest and casts a Birds of Paradise. I draw a Plains, play a Forest and cast Wolf-Skull Shaman.
 
A Forest for my opponent leads them casting a Ohran Viper before passing the turn back. The Wolf-Skull Shamans ability misses and draw a Plains, which I put into play, pre combat I Path to Exile the Ohran Viper, my opponent puts a Island into play and I attack with my (Wolf Skull Shaman) taking them down to 18.
 
My opponent plays an Island, and casts a second Ohran Viper and a Lorescale Coatl before passing the turn. I once again miss with the (Wolf Skull Shaman) and draw a Overrun. I cast a Wren's Run Packmaster, championing the (Wolf Skull Shaman).
 
The Lorescale Coatl gains a +1/+1 counter when my opponent draws a card. A Misty Rainforest into an Island (down to 17 life) allows them to cast a second Lorescale Coatl pre combat, and then attack with Ohran Viper. I block with the Wren's Run Packmaster, killing the Ohran Viper and causing my creature to be destroyed post combat and returning the Wolf-Skull Shaman to play. I miss for a third time with my Wolf-Skull Shaman and draw of Glare of Subdual. I play a plains and then cast my second Wren's Run Packmaster, once again championing the Shaman.
 
The opponents Lorescale Coatl get bigger from card draw again making them 4/4 and 3/3. My opponent plays a forest and passes the turn back. I draw Tolsimir Wolfblood, and make a 2/2 Wolf token with my Packmaster and I remain on the defensive.
 
Post draw phase the Lorescales are 5/5 and 4/4, my opponent attack with the 5/5 Lorescale which I block with my Wolf token which thanks to the Packmaster has deathtouch, killing both creatures. My opponent has no further plays and passes the turn. I draw a Temple Garden which I put into play untapped, I then proceed to make two Wolf tokens, once again remaining on the Defensive.
 
The following turn the remaining Lorescale becomes and a 5/5 and the only play for my opponent is a Island. I draw a Plains which I play and then cast Tolsimir Wolfblood. I attack with a single Wolf token taking my opponent down to 14. My opponent Brainstorms on their turn, sees no answers to my Deathtouch Wolf Tokens and Concedes. Second Match won 2-0 and we are on to the final round. 

Match 3 vs Proclaim playing Rats
 
Sadly only one of the replays saved for this. 

Game One 
 
Proclaim decides to play, and I keep a hand of
 
Evolving Wilds, Plains, Forest, Forest, Wolf-Skull Shaman, Wilt-Leaf Cavaliers Glare of Subdual.
 
My opponent lead off with a Swamp for a Quest for the Nihil Stone. While I started with a Evolving Wilds after drawing a Wren's Run Packmaster. My opponent plays a Mountain into a Ravenous Rats. I discard a Plains, adding a counter to the quest and then I crack my Wilds for a Plains. My turn I Draw Tolsimir Wolfblood, play a Forest and cast a Wolf-Skull Shaman.
 
My opponent plays a Swarmyard, and Lightning Bolts my Shaman, before attacking with his rats taking me to 19. Post combat he plays a Nezumi Shortfang and passes the turn. I draw a Wren's Run Packmaster, play a forest and cast my Wilt-Leaf Cavaliers before sending back the turn.
 
My opponent has no plays on their turn, and returns the turn, I draw a Oblivion Ring, I attack with the Cavaliers, the Ravenous Rats block and are regenerated by the Swarmyard. I cast Oblivion Ring targeting the Quest for the Nihil Stone, my opponent uses the Nezumi Shortfangs ability, I discard Glare of Subdual.
 
My opponent once again has no plays. So the turn is mine again, I draw Harmonize, have no plays myself, attack with the Cavalier and once again the rats block and are regenerated. I’m forced to discard a Wren's Run Packmaster due to the Nezumi.
 
For the third turn running my opponent has no plays and sends the turn back. I draw Wilt-Leaf Liege, play no cards and once again attack into the regenerating rats. End of my turn, I’m targeted again with Nezumi Shortfang, this time I discard the Wilt-Leaf Liege, who special ability kicks in causing it to be put into the battlefield rather than being discarded.
 
A Ravenous Rats for my opponent on the following turn is their only play causing me to discard Tolsimir Wolfblood. I draw a Harmonize on my turn, I attack with both of my creatures, the two Ravenous Rats block and one is regenerated by the Swarmyard.
 
My opponent plays a Swamp and casts Pain Magnification. My turn I draw Oblivion Ring and attack with both creatures, the Ravenous Rats block the Cavalier and my Liege gets through for 4 damage taking my opponent down to 16.
 
A Blightning from my opponent causes me discard Wren's Run Packmaster and a Oblivion Ring, I take 3 damage down to 16 triggering Pain Magnification and I then have to Discard a Harmonize. I finally draw my fourth land in the form of a plains, I play that and cast Harmonize. Drawing a Selensya Sagittars, Plains and a Temple Garden. I attack with both my creatures, the Cavalier is blocked by the Ravenous Rats who regenerate, and my opponent takes 4 down to 12. My opponent concedes the following turn. I proceed to win the match 2 Games to 0.

Aftermath
 
Well the deck was pretty successful going 2-1 and earning me a couple of credits. The deck is a fun one to play and is a nice change for elves from the traditional builds of cards like Elvish Archdruid, Joraga Warcaller etc combined with Glimpse of Nature, Heritage Druid and Nettle Sentinel to basically draw and play your whole deck.
I have to say one of the star players of the deck was Wren's Run Packmaster, deathtouch wolf tokens are a pain in the behind for an opponent when you can just keep pumping out tokens each turn to throw at the opponent in either attack or defense.
I would probably reconsider the Glare of Subdual for possibly Howl of the Night Pack as producing 4+ deathtouch wolf tokens would be pretty epic. If not the sorcery, I would perhaps replace them for (Sensei’s Diving Top) or (Mirri’s Guile) this will help smooth out draws whilst also setting up good Wolf-Skull Shaman Triggers. 

Time for a Explanation
 
So people who have been reading the column so far have probably been wondering why this one took two weeks, well the Tolsimir deck was not the first deck entered into the Tribal Apocalypse PRE by me as representation of the guild. That’s right the week before I tried the Dryad deck, I proceed to go 0-3 and felt a little embarrassed, hence returning to the drawing board. Below is the deck I took first time.
 
 
 
The aim of the deck was to limit a opponents attacking ability through Dueling Grounds, due to the evasion ability of our creatures the impact of the card would be lessened. The creature base was a mixture of landwalking Dryads with some of the high toughness members to block a opponent. Whilst I had some success in the casual rooms, the deck was ripped apart in the PRE environment. The deck had a minor rebuild post the PRE working with a suggestion from Flippers_Giraffe. The deck below was designed more towards using Isochron Scepter with Giant Growth effects to increase the size of Landwalking Dryads to good effect. A couple of games with this showed that it still suffered some of the weaknesses of the previous deck like suffering to massive removal cards like Volcanic Fallout. The list for this deck is below.
 
 
Conclave Chorus Choir Mk2
Classic Tribal Wars- Dryad
Creatures
2 Dryad Arbor
3 Llanowar Vanguard
3 Chorus of the Conclave
4 Dryad Sophisticate
4 Folk of the Pines
4 Yavimaya Dryad
20 cards

Other Spells
3 Vines of Vastwood
2 Privileged Position
3 Path to Exile
4 Oblivion Ring
4 Isochron Scepter
3 Primal Bellow
19 cards
Lands
4 Evolving Wilds
7 Forest
6 Plains
4 Temple Garden
21 cards
 
Isochron Scepter
 
 
And because I made you wait an extra week for the article here is a bonus deck list for a Wolf Tribe deck using Tolsimir Wolfblood as the inspiration, I've not tested this yet but may well bring it to a future Tribal Apocalypse PRE for a bit of fun.
 
Hungry Like the Wolf
Classic Tribal Wars- Wolves
Creatures
4 Sacred Wolf
2 Master of the Wild Hunt
2 Tolsimir Wolfblood
4 Lone Wolf
4 Watchwolf
4 Wolf Pack
14 Tundra Wolves
34 cards

Other Spells
2 Howl of the Night Pack
4 Path to Exile
2 Fable of Wolf and Owl
4 Oblivion Ring
12 cards
Lands
4 Evolving Wilds
5 Plains
4 Temple Garden
7 Forest
4 Oran-Rief, the Vastwood
24 cards
 
Watchwolf
 
I hope we all now feel like hugging a tree and that’s a nature is important, and with that I bid you farewell until next time where we deal with guild where life and death doesn’t matter the Golgari Swarm. 
Hugs and Kisses   

Melissafey 

3 Comments

Oh Dear god by Melissafey at Fri, 08/13/2010 - 07:30
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I will apologise in advance for all the errors in the article *face palm*. Error checking at half ten at night is not recommend :(.

Other choices by Orgion at Fri, 08/13/2010 - 12:36
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You know I think you got caught up trying too to hard to stick to the Conclave's creature type. I think it would have been perfectly acceptable to try a different creature type and just tried to fit the Conclave's ability instead. Personally, I think I would have preferred Spirits as a type with the phantom critters (phantom tiger, phantom centaur, phantom nantuko, and phantom nomad) and Twilight drover. But you could have tried Elementals (Shinewind, Fertilid, Cytoplast rootkin, Forgotten Ancient among others), or Spikes, or Mutants (with the graft mechanic and the Experiment Kraj - although I admit that probably goes against the spirit of your challenge) or even trolls! (troll asectic, golgari grave troll, sporeback troll all like counters). Hey you could even just go beat down with Elves if you really wanted to, joraga warcaller and Bramblewood Paragon all like +1/+1 counters too. You know with that last one if you could stretch to three colours you could try adding Ion Storm for some direct damage as well. Anyway, I guess when I saw you were doing Selesnya I just hoped you'd do the Conclave rather than Tolsimir. Oh well...

That all said above, your bonus deck list is really interesting. It's novel, uses one of my favourite creature types, and is really flavourful to boot! I really look forward to hearing how it performs when, if?, you use it at the PRE.

Finally, despite my disappointment your article was still good to read. It's much better than your first (though that wasn't bad by any means). Reckon you've come a long way in a short time. Just thought you'd like to know...

Thank you by Melissafey at Fri, 08/13/2010 - 14:03
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I would agree with you there, that I stuck to the creature type too much for the Chorus of the Conclave, I have learnt my lesson on that matter, and a couple of the future decks will be using a Guild Legend with a tribe which is better suited to its use. I shall probably do a final article in the Ravnica series going over a group of decks if not in a PRE environment than a casual environment, so I can do reports on decks like the Wolves.

I like the idea of using the phantom critters/spikes or trolls with the Conclave, and I will probably be using that idea in a deck some how.

Thanks for the Support