Cartouche of Strength
Enchantment — Aura
Enchant creature you control
When Cartouche of Strength enters the battlefield, you may have enchanted creature fight target creature an opponent controls. (Each deals damage equal to its power to each other.)
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has trample.
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Cartouche of Strength Discussion
2 days ago
@ nyoumans Gaddock Teeg might be good depending on the opponents. I don't own one to try out, but he would definitely conflict with some of the more powerful cards like Runes of the Deus and Angelic Destiny. I did run Armageddon at one point and I've been considering putting it back in for a while. I've just added Blind Obedience and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben to try and slow down some of the fast combo decks I see a lot. I would run Vandalblast instead of Creeping Corrosion as it's more versatile.
3 days ago
cool, thanks. I keep going back and forth on it. Stony Silence is an auto-include for me. My build is a little more creature heavy, so I don't run Winds of Rath anymore. It has never served me when playing at a spiky table. I prefer to play other sweepers like Creeping Corrosion, Armageddon, and Grasp of Fate (obv only a semi-sweeper).
I can only recommend running Cartouche of Strength. It has been good every time I've played it.
Also, any thoughts on putting Gaddock Teeg in the deck?
1 week ago
If I were you, I'd remove red. You have no sources for it apart from two lands, and the cards there's in are useful, however you'll never see a single Samut and have a LOT in your deck you can't cast with Kari Zev's Expertise.
Trial of Strengh is kind of worthelss because you can't cast it again. Perhaps add some Cartouche of Strengths, it's good removal value and you'd be able to recurse it, but on its own I wouldn't.
Nissa is also cool, but I don't think in this iteration. If you want to make big creatures, have you tried Nissa, Vital Force? Makes big guys that activate Rhonas!
Good luck and happy brewing!
1 week ago
Cartouche of Strength? I feel like its worth considering. I know its a Fight mechanic and not a one-sided one like the other spells but it does pump your guys as well and then you could add Trial of Ambition for value? I also saw a fun combo in Retreat to Hagra and Walking Ballista. Just a thought, I absolutely LOVE the deck though!
1 week ago
I'm not sure what I would replace for Cartouche of Solidarity. It's also iffy to me if the 1/1 token is worth it in the current standard meta. Yes, it combats Liliana of the Veil, but we already have fetchlands plus Dryad Arbor for that. It does have the added benefit of protecting us from Blessed Alliance so maybe there's something there.
Cartouche of Strength, I feel, is good enough to push Bogles into notoriety against.
It was a large part of the meta after Reid Duke's showing in 2013, and again during the days of Splinter Twin, Nahiri Jeskai, and Eldrazi Winter. It allows us to cut copies of Path to Exile to increase its overall consistency.
1 week ago
Oh, didn't notice the maybeboard... I should get more sleep ;)
Idk about Attune with Aether in here. I see that it helps your little cub, but that's it. I would think removal or pump would be better.
I see your point about Felidar Sovereign. haha That would be fun with the lifelink dude.
What if you took out 1 Cartouche of Strength and 1 Oketra the True to put in 2 Trial of Solidarity? Or ditch both the Oketras? I would think the boost from the Trial would be more powerful than that guy, but idk. Good luck!
2 weeks ago
djnewellmit excellent pointers, thanks again.
I don't have that Nissa but I can definitely see the benefits, I'll see if I can find a copy.
You're completely correct about the Attune with Aether and the Cartouche of Strength of course. I'm annoyed I didn't think of those myself other than perhaps simply due to my inventory... When I made the deck originally I gave a bias to cards I owned in sufficient quantity over cards I didn't that were better but I'm willing to spend a few dollars here and there :)
Thanks again for the tips.
2 weeks ago
I took my cat deck, Cat Fight!, to FNM and Saturday Showdown. I don't know why I didn't think of little Nissa Nissa, Voice of Zendikar for your deck. She works perfectly with the token theme, and she has her awesome +1/+1 counters for all your creatures. I was having a similar problem getting Ajani Unyielding out of my hand due to his cost; I lost many games with him still in my hand.
Also Attune with Aether works better with the Longtusk Cub than Aether Hub; one Hub on the battlefield does not help pump Cub. Attune is effectively a tapped land of a color of your choosing, but it gives you another play on turn one beside Sacred Cat and enough energy to pump the Cub. I'm looking to get a playset of Scattered Groves to throw into my deck to help with my mana-fixing.
I see you have Hunt the Weak in the sideboard. Consider replacing it with Cartouche of Strength for one less CMC. I don't think there is any functional difference between the enchantment's +1/+1 or another counter, and the Cartouche gives trample.