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Whenever another creature with power 3 or greater enters the battlefield under your control, you may draw a card.
You're also going to be generating a TON of mana in this deck, and won't have a lot to spend it on outside of garruk. Good mana dumps include Lord of the Void , Giant Adephage , Hydra Broodmaster , or Mistcutter Hydra . Even more value if Nylea, God of the Hunt is in your aresenal.
As to your removal, outside of budget, i don't see much reason to not run Hero's Downfall . it also will be punishing the Superfriends decks that a lot of people are brewing lately. Setessan Tactics is good here, i'd say go for 4x of it. It's also like 50 cents.
Eidolon of Blossoms does very little in this deck, if anything I'd say run Brain Maggot instead of Pharika, God of Affliction . Yeah, I said it, brain maggots over a God. The day finally came. Voyaging Satyr does very little in this deck as well, it's meant for more of a mono colour build. If you want a mana replacement for her, I'd say Sylvan Caryatid is the way to go, she's just a standard all-star right now. I like Indulgent Tormentor , I'd say run two of him and lose Garruk's Packleader , better card and better for when the block rolls over anyways. Chord of Calling is such a beautiful card... if you do swap in Sylvan Caryatids, ditch the Verdant Haven and run more Chords, they're so good. Also, seeing as how you might be running Chord of Calling , I hear Hornet Queen goes pretty well with that, I'd suggest at least thinking about adding a pair.
@HiddenStrings the Gyre Sage is a relatively new addition , i removed 3x Sylvan Caryatid and added the Sage's. It's kind of a toss up. I like them because they at least have the potential to get bigger , especially with me playing Kalonian Hydra but spot removal is the suck and the Caryatid's can ride that out , am also seriously considering adding at least 1 Soul of New Phyrexia again because of all the spot removal out there , another idea i have been toying with is maybe big maybe on Garruk's Packleader /shrug
With a deck as creature heavy as this one, I would recommend 2-3 copies of Garruk's Packleader for some much needed draw power. Trust me, I am a fellow green mage who loves these kind of decks. Also, some spot removal/ delay and a few combat tricks would be great to add in. For spot removal turn to splashing black, and for a more control route turn to blue (my personal favorite to splash with green). If you decide to splash blue, then I suggest Prophet of Kruphix . Basic cards like Kalonian Tusker are great for early game threats, and they become even more nasty with auras such as Feral Invocation . Always leave your opponent guessing when it comes to combat tricks. All around this seems like a great beat down deck that just needs some fine tuning.
By the way, the new green planeswalker is Nissa, Worldwaker and is both extremely powerful and pricey. It would be a great addition, but it is very expensive.
Good luck to your friend!
phc,Thanks for the input. I can see those generals being very effective but I like Garruk's Packleader more for multiplayer games which is what I'm usually doing. I feel like mono green really loses steam once I have to start top decking.
Throw in a Terra Stomper . It's technically in standard even though you can only get it those sample deck. Plus the card is just bonkers and helps with devotion. Garruk's Packleader is also in standard and can help you with card draw.
I really like this build, and the synergy between Obzedat, Ghost Council and Garruk's Packleader is a really sweet idea, but in all, I dont think this deck is making the most of his ability. You only have 10 other creatures (including the second packleader) which trigger him, not to mention Brimaz, King of Oreskos and Polukranos, World Eater both hit the board before him and are legendary, so you cannot have multiples of them at a time (in other words you would have very few creatures entering the battlefield once he is in play.) Personally I would recommend Courser of Kruphix over him in this situation, although it crowds your 3 drop lot, it gains you superior card advantage over the packleader. I think -2 Garruk's Packleader -1 land and -1 Vraska the Unseen for +4 Courser of Kruphix ...Elvish Mystic might also be better than Ajani Steadfast in this deck too, but I think it is worth keeping him in for now just for experimentation alone :)
|Power / Toughness||4/4|
|Avg. draft pick||3.64|
|Avg. cube pick||7.62|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|2011 Core Set||Uncommon|