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Woodland Warriors Clash with Artificers in Duel Decks: Elves vs. Inventors

In what was the final outing for the Duel Decks series released on 6 April 2018, Wizards went back to their roots to pit elves against Green's natural enemy – artifice. One surprising thing about this Duel Decks is that they refer to the artificers as "inventors", a term which historically has little meaning in the MTG Universe. The set comes with two 60-card decks with Ezuri, Renegade Leader heading elves and the non-legendary Goblin Welder heading the inventors. The Duel Decks also come with ten token cards, two deck boxes, two spindown life counters, and one Magic Quick Reference card. However, we're only scratching the surface here. Let's dive in and see what each of these decks has to offer to new and returning players alike.

The Elves are Coming to Kaladesh!

Elves are a staple part of the fantasy genre these days and Magic is no exception. Elves have been around for as long as Magic: The Gathering has and has grown into Magic's most resilient and powerful tribe, posting viable decks in multiple Standard formats, Modern, Legacy, and even Pauper. As a result, you should expect a lot of hype for Wizards' release of a full elf deck. While you don't get Quirion Ranger or Nettle Sentinel, this deck does deliver a lot of the tools you need for a casual elf deck, like Ezuri, Renegade Leader, Elvish Archdruid, and Lead the Stampede. There are definitely things to like here outside of elves too, with Commander staples like Regal Force and Yeva, Nature's Herald. Overall, players should expect a casual elf deck with plenty of room for upgrades, but with the necessary pieces to compete in a casual metagame as well. Elves' enemies, on the other hand, are much less defined and no one really knows what to expect going into this release.

Inventors Provide an Inventive Artificer Deck for Artifact Lovers

This deck has less value, dollar-wise, than the elf deck. However, it provides a surprisingly effective and powerful artifact deck for players. Artifact staples like Trinket Mage, Treasure Mage, and Trophy Mage give inventor players ample ability to find the answers they need. Cards like Solemn Simulacrum offer Ramp and Draw, and Thopter Assembly makes for a resilient win condition for these casual Duel Decks. The inventors deck, on the surface, looks very inconsistent with only six nonland cards having duplicates, but efficient cantrips and tutors actually make the deck more consistent than the elf deck and an interesting addition to any Duel Deck collection.

Elves vs. Inventors may not be the Duel Deck people wanted the series to end with, but it still provides two playable decks designed to play against each other for quite a bargain as previous Duel Decks have. So if you like the idea of elves against artifice, you owe it to yourself to pick this up and try it out!

Insight References

Inner Workings: Saheeli Evolution

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-09-20)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we'll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it's the turn of a different kind of toolbox deck, featuring the relocation to Modern of the infinite creatures combo that broke Standard last year.

Common "Mistakes" in Magic You Shouldn't Kick Yourself For

EntertainmentBy HansD (2018-09-18)

Regret selling your Snapcasters for twenty Euros? Missed that game-winning Thragtusk trigger in the Top 8 of a PPTQ? Hans takes a break away from Modern this week to bring you an article about why you shouldn't feel bad about these (and other) common "mistakes" that we've made!

Myth & Magic: Goblins and Kobolds and Orcs, Oh My!

EntertainmentBy JohnnyCroat (2018-09-17)

Next up in the Myth & Magic series, we're going to deal with all those little (and not so little) red Bois, some of whom have made an indelible mark on the game and will likely see a resurgence once the upcoming Ravnica set rotates in. We're talking Goblins and Kobolds and Orcs, oh my!

Dangerous Propositions: Umezawa's Jitte

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-09-17)

The Modern ban list is a maximum-security prison with 33 inmates, some of which pose a potentially serious threat to the meta. But now that Big Jace has been released, anything can happen. Let's review each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time we talk about the most broken piece of equipment ever designed.

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