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Shaman of the Pack
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Shaman of the Pack
- Origins

Reviewed July xx, 2015

Constructed: 3.33
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 2.67
Multiplayer: 3.17
Commander [EDH]: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Shaman of the Pack
 
Have I said recently how cool I think it is that we're getting more cards from Lorwyn? I love northern European mythology, I loved Lorwyn, and I loved elves with a dark edge like we saw in that block. I loved my Elf Rock deck from that era, and I'm going to love pulling my Gilt-Leaf Palaces out of the card box this weekend and building around this lady and the other Origins elves. In such an aggressive black-green strategy, she is at worst a solid creature and at best a one-shot kill. I never liked splashing for Fireball in Elf Rock style decks - it seems like Lorwyn's chauvinistic elves would disapprove - and no-one will ever have to again.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Shaman of the Pack which is a three mana Black and Green 3/2 that deals damage equal to the number of elves you control, which is a devastating alternate win condition or at least reduces the number of elves needed to overwhelm an opponent. The big drawback is the Black mana which forces at least a splash of Black mana sources and prevents simply adding this to existing elf tribal builds. 
In a dedicated token build with some way to blink it could be a viable win condition by itself.  Overall it needs a very specific build to be of use which may leave it strictly in the realm of Casual and Commander.
 
For Limited this is just not worth going to any extra effort for as it is two colors with minimal potential for the effect to do much and is just 3/2 for three otherwise.  Easily passed in Booster until the end of the pack, unless you are already drafting into Black and Green, and generally best in the sidedeck of Sealed unless in the colors already.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


Armuun
Shaman of the pack
 
Gray Merchant for elves? yes, please. 3/2 for 3? alright, I'm happy. This could be elves' answer for piledriver. Probably not, but it's nice anyway.
 
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3 
EDH: 4

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