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Shaman of the Pack Elfball Pauper EDH

“Hunters in the sun, can miss the beasts in the shadows”

Art:Shaman of the Pack by Dan Scott

Shaman of the Pack is a really sweet Golgari Elf commander who loves dealing damage, since this is on ETB and not cast we can easily retrigger Shaman and deal a ton of damage to our opponents! This deck is just like all of the other elf decks in other formats. Fast, Efficient and Big mana focused! This deck is a ton of fun to play and a little bit more fun since we have the addition of black mana to our list! Without further adieu lets get it!

The Deck:

Shaman of the Pack Elfball!

Commander (1)
Shaman of the Pack

Creatures (37)
Elvish Herder
Elvish Mystic
Essence Warden
Llanowar Elves
Nettle Sentinel
Scattershot Archer
Skyshroud Ranger
Taunting Elf
Thornbow Archer
Attended Socialite
Devoted Druid
Elvish Vanguard
Elvish Visionary
Elvish Warrior
Priest of Titania
Seeker of Skybreak
Wirewood Herald
Elvish Branchbender
Ghostly Changeling
Invasive Species
Llanowar Visionary
Lys Alana Bowmaster
Timberwatch Elf
Brightwood Tracker
Elderleaf Mentor
Exquisite Huntmaster
Ivy Lane Denizen
Lys Alana Huntmaster
Shaman of Spring
Wildheart Invoker
Briarblade Adept
Entourage of Trest
Nath’s Elite
Ambush Krotiq
Eldrazi Devastator
Ulamog’s Crusher

Spells (24)
Bone Splinters
Culling the Weak
Feign Death
Nature’s Claim
Supernatural Stamina
Undying Malice
Village Rites
Wirewood Pride
Broken Bond
Cast Down
Death Denied
Doom Blade
Gleeful Sabotage
Infuse with Vitality
Return to Nature
Roots of Wisdom
Wrap in Vigor
Eyeblight’s Ending
Kodama’s Reach
Eyeblight Massacre
Syphon Mind
You Meet in a Tavern

Artifacts (3)
Arcane Signet
Wedding Invitation
Bonder’s Ornament

Enchantments (5)
Kaya’s Ghostform
Tortured Existence
Elvish Guidance
Presence of Gond
Spidersilk Armor
Lands (30)
Barren Moor
Command Tower
Darkmoss Bridge
Desert of the Glorified
Desert of the Indomitable
10 Forest
Golgari Guildgate
Path of Ancestry
Polluted Mire
Slippery Karst
Thriving Grove
Thriving Moor
Tranquil Thicket

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Why Shaman of the Pack?

The main reason we chose Shaman of the Pack is that being in Golgari as opposed to mono-green gives us access to a bunch of extra removal that makes our deck a lot stronger. Additionally Shaman of the Pack is a great damage dealer and with some of our sac outlets / reanimation spells we can straight kill opponents off of Shaman ETB’s alone!

Deck Overview:

This section contains information about cards in the deck and how they function within the deck!


We have so many elves so for this section we are going to focus on the highlights of our elf package, the best elf in the deck in my opinion is Priest of Titania since it is basically a Gaea's Cradle on a creature! Elvish Vanguard is another great creature since it can just get absolutely huge and out of hand quickly! Timberwatch Elf is a crazy creature that with cards like Seeker of Skybreak we can double activate it after an attack and sometimes kill an opponent! We also have some cards to get Shaman back to our hand and retrigger with cards like Invasive Species and Ambush Krotiq which are both great ways to retrigger Shaman!

We also have some non-elf creatures that are great game-enders like Ulamog's Crusher and Eldrazi Devastator with all of our mana ramp we can get these out super early and these can be great contributors to winning games, its hard to beat that annihilation! Another great card is Wildheart Invoker combine this with a bunch of mana from our creatures and we can often activate this 1-2 times! Wildheart is such a good card in this deck and can easily get out of hand quickly, 8 may seem like a lot but with how much mana we produce its often not a huge ask!


Village Rites is a really cool card that gets us a way to sacrifice and subsequently retrigger Shaman, but we also get some cards out of the deal! A lot of our removal resides within our instant package like Cast Down, Doom Blade and Eyeblight's Ending all of these are great ways to deal with opponents problematic creatures! We also have Supernatural Stamina, Feign Death and Undying Malice which are all great ways to retrigger Shaman and prevent her from dying!


Bone Splinters is a really cool card that allows us to sac shaman so we can retrigger and take care of an opponents creature! Broken Bond is a great piece of removal combined with a little land ramp, great for our deck! Speaking of mana ramp we of course have Cultivate and Kodama's Reach which are both great pieces of mana ramp! Since we often have so many creatures Gleeful Sabotage is basically a two for one in our deck! You Meet in a Tavern is a great way to cycle through our deck and buff up our elfball and swing for the fences!


Arcane Signet and Bonder's Ornament are pretty much Pauper EDH auto-includes at this point and are just great for some extra and great to draw some cards! Wedding Invitation is a great piece of card draw combined with the fact that we can make one of our big mana beaters or a big elf that is unblockable especially when combined with sweet creatures like Timberwatch Elf!


One of our best enchantments for mana production is Elvish Guidance in testing I was able to make 10 to 15 Green mana with this which is just crazy! Kaya's Ghostform is a really great card to put on Shaman and get the Re-ETB trigger! Tortured Existence is a great card to get back some key elves that died and this card alone makes the black splash worth it! Presence of Gond is a great way to get more creatures and for Shaman triggers! Spidersilk Armor answer one of our biggest weaknesses which is flying creatures!

Land Base:

As we always do with our pauper builds we of course have our in color cycling lands just in case we flood out like Barren Moor and Tranquil Thicket which are great whether we play them or cycle them! Thriving Grove and Thriving Moor are two other dual lands that are just really cool and something I have been jamming into a bunch of decks as of lately!

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Very strong in and out of combat
  • Easy to fill the board quickly
  • Creatures produce a crazy amount of mana

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Weak to creature hate
  • Not a ton of ways to draw cards
  • Can be hard to close out games without finding our huge game-enders

Deck Stats:

Sample Hands:

Main Win Conditions:

We are an elf deck so our main win condition is either Multiple Shaman triggers to the same opponent or by turning our creatures sideways and swinging for the fences! Cards that help with getting shaman to retrigger include cards like Undying Malice and Feign Death to assist with the combat win cards like Elvish Vanguard and Timberwatch Elf!


In conclusion Shaman of the pack is a really sweet general for one of magic’s oldest and coolest creatures types! This deck is very similar to a lot of Elfball decks where we storm the board with creatures and swing for the fences, Shaman of the Pack helps an absolute ton with getting that done! This deck is a ton of fun and is just a blast. Hope you enjoyed this article, dont forget you can always request a commander for PDH, CEDH, EDH and Budget EDH on our twitter or discord!