Pro Tour–Berlin Feature: Comparative Elves!

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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 Doise Martin Juza Tomoharu Saito Luis Scott-Vargas Sebastien Thaler Matej Zatlkaj
Birchlore Rangers 4 4 4 4 4 4
Chord of Calling 2 4 4   4 4
Elves of Deep Shadow       4    
Elvish Champion   1     1 1
Elvish Visionary 3 2 4 4 1 2
Essence Warden 4 4     4 4
Eternal Witness       1    
Forest 3 8 16   4 10
Gilt-Leaf Palace 3     4 4  
Glimpse of Nature 4 4 4 4 4 4
Grapeshot       1    
Heritage Druid 4 4 4 4 4 4
Horizon Canopy   4     4 4
Llanowar Elves 4 4 4 4 4 4
Mirror Entity 1          
Nettle Sentinel 4 4 4 4 4 4
Overgrown Tomb 1     2 4  
Pendelhaven 1 1 1 1 1 1
Predator Dragon   1 1   1 1
Regal Force 1   1 1    
Snow-Covered Forest       9    
Summoner's Pact 4 2 4 4 3 2
Temple Garden 1 4       2
Viridian Shaman   1 1 2 1 1
Weird Harvest       3    
Windswept Heath 4          
Wirewood Hivemaster 4 4 4   4 4
Wirewood Symbiote 4 4 4 4 4 4
Wooded Foothills 4          

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 Doise Martin Juza Tomoharu Saito Luis Scott-Vargas Sebastien Thaler Matej Zatlkaj
Glimpse of Nature 4 4 4 4 4 4
Heritage Druid 4 4 4 4 4 4
Llanowar Elves 4 4 4 4 4 4
Nettle Sentinel 4 4 4 4 4 4
Wirewood Symbiote 4 4 4 4 4 4
Birchlore Rangers 4 4 4 4 4 4

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 Doise Martin Juza Tomoharu Saito Luis Scott-Vargas Sebastien Thaler Matej Zatlkaj
Elvish Champion   1     1 1
Eternal Witness       1    
Grapeshot       1    
Mirror Entity 1          
Predator Dragon   1 1   1 1
Regal Force 1   1 1    
Viridian Shaman   1 1 2 1 1

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 Doise Martin Juza Tomoharu Saito Luis Scott-Vargas Sebastien Thaler Matej Zatlkaj
Chord of Calling 2 4 4   4 4
Elves of Deep Shadow       4    
Elvish Visionary 3 2 4 4 1 2
Essence Warden 4 4     4 4
Summoner's Pact 4 2 4 4 3 2
Weird Harvest       3    
Wirewood Hivemaster 4 4 4   4 4

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 Doise Martin Juza Tomoharu Saito Luis Scott-Vargas Sebastien Thaler Matej Zatlkaj
Forest 3 8 16   4 10
Gilt-Leaf Palace 3     4 4  
Horizon Canopy   4     4 4
Overgrown Tomb 1     2 4  
Pendelhaven 1 1 1 1 1 1
Snow-Covered Forest       9    
Temple Garden 1 4       2
Windswept Heath 4          
Wooded Foothills 4          

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 Doise Martin Juza Tomoharu Saito Luis Scott-Vargas Sebastien Thaler Matej Zatlkaj
Blasting Station     2      
Brain Freeze 1       1  
Burrenton Forge-Tender 2 1     1 1
Choke         2  
Chord of Calling 1          
Ethersworn Canonist   1 1   1 1
Fecundity     3     3
Gaddock Teeg 1 1     1 1
Gleeful Sabotage     3      
Goblin Sharpshooter     1     1
Mycoloth       1    
Naturalize   2        
Nullmage Shepherd       1    
Orzhov Pontiff 2 1 1     1
Pendelhaven       1    
Seal of Primordium 2          
Sundering Titan         2  
Tar Fiend   1       1
Thorn of Amethyst 2 3 3 2   4
Thoughtseize 3     4 4  
Umezawa's Jitte   3   4 1  
Viridian Shaman 1 1 1 2 2 2
Voidstone Gargoyle   1        

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