Look, maybe you haven't considered this. Maybe you're one of the lucky ones who don't know about it or haven't seen it. And maybe, just maybe you're one of the crazy people who participate. If you are, feel free to hit me up and Twitter and I'll let you know just how mistaken you are.

I'm talking, of course, about this abomination. Meet the stuff of nightmares.


Elf on the Shelf. The idea is that parents get this elf, position it around their house during the holidays, move it around at night and challenge their kids to find it in the morning, all based on the premise that the elf is watching the kids and reporting on their behavior to Santa. As a recent first-time dad (my son Ben is now seven months old), I've been exposed to the world of elves on the shelves. Luckily my wife and I agree it's just creepy to have this little Slappy doll watching your every move, even if there are some clever ways to have fun with it.

Anyway, what I'm trying to save is that what I've learned over the past few weeks is that the holidays mean elves on the shelves, so it's in that spirit I bring this to your holiday table.

Panharmonicon works so perfectly in the Elves archetype. Sure, you give up a little consistency in the early game, but it can pay off big time in the late game. I don't know if you've ever cast a Shaman of the Pack with a pair of Panharmonicon in play, but it's a pretty good feeling. As is using the absurd amounts of mana Elves can make in the early game to curve Panharmonicon into Collected Company as early as the third turn of the game. And if casting Shaman of the Pack with Panharmonicon is fun, casting Craterhoof Behemoth with it in play is just dirty.

While I went a little deep trying to generate Panharmonicon value in this deck, look at the "normal" creatures the Elves decks typically play that gain value from Panharonicon. Dwynen's Elite. Shaman of the Pack. Elvish Visionary. Eternal Witness. Reclamation Sage. Multiple cards regularly seen in sideboards.

Long story short, it's not just fun; it's good. And that's exactly what we saw in these matches. So enjoy the videos, enjoy the holidays and I'll see you next week!

Thanks for reading,

Corbin Hosler