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Grizzled Leotau Discussion
2 weeks ago
There are a lot of good cards here, but there's a lot of junk you could sweep out to make more room. First thing, assess your win conditons:
Brimaz, King of Oreskos: Massively strong card. Almost overpowered. He doesn't die to lightning bolt, and will probably make at least 1 cat token. Oh yeah, he's a 4/5 for 3. If he wasn't legendary you would need 4.
Regal Caracal: High cost, but carrying just two in the deck can't hurt.
Pride Sovereign: Hard to say if he would be strong in the deck or not. It really depends on how well your cats stick to the board.
Gavony Township: This card will pull the win out for you on many occasions. Turn your cats into a lethal army.
Ajani, Caller of the Pride: Mostly he is interesting for his final ability. If you drop 10 cats and you have a regal caracal down, that's a huge board power jump. In fact, he is MUCH better for this deck than the other Ajani. I would drop the other one and just have two of these.
Now for efficient cats:
Wild Nacatl: That's it. The most efficient cat for 1 mana.
Loam Lion: The second most efficient cat for 1 mana. If you don't want to include red for wild nacatl, then 4 of these is a must.
Fleecemane Lion A 3/3 for 2 is not as fast as wild nacatl, but you are playing more of a midrange strategy, so the monstrous effect can come in handy.
Qasali Pridemage: This guy is a decent size for 2 mana, and is secretly a removal spell. Very good.
Lastly, cards that are not doing you much good:
Longtusk Cub: Pretty much just worse than fleecemane lion. I mean sure it could sometimes get another +1/+1 counter, but so can fleecemane and then he's a 4/4.
Oketra the True: I don't think she's doing a lot for this deck other than being huge. That's not bad, but unless you are guaranteed to make her into a creature every time you play her I'd stay away from this non-cat card that makes more non cats for a huge cost.
Grizzled Leotau: Cats are aggressive. No time for a wall. Make room for more cats with 2 power or more.
Sandwurm Convergence: You often don't even reach 6 mana in modern unless you are playing control. Even if you DID play against control, an 8 mana spell will get countered for sure.
Ajani Unyielding: 6 mana planeswalkers are way too slow. Sure his abilities are nice but this isn't going to even touch the board most of the time, and when he does he is going to take a while to do anything.
3 weeks ago
As Grunyarth said, both Yoked Ox and Tasseled Dromedary are great.In my own Doran deck (Doran's Gonna Get Your Head Kicked In) I play both of them, and also Disowned Ancestor, Lagonna-Band Trailblazer and Nyx-Fleece Ram.
Although similar, I think Grizzled Leotau is not as good as the rest because it's mana cost is pretty specific, but it's nice too.
I don't think Sapling of Colfenor is very useful because there are about 25 other creatures in your deck so once in 4 turns, you gain about 3 life and draw a card. Without this ability, it's "just" a 5/5 indestructible, but when you practically can cast a 4/4 in turn 1, sapling is quite useless.
Rhox Faithmender is awesome.
1 month ago
You could consider Assault Formation, Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper, Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa, Tree of Redemption, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Wakestone Gargoyle, Disowned Ancestor, Grizzled Leotau, Selvala, Explorer Returned, and Trostani, Selesnya's Voice.
1 month ago
bigreid57 Dryad Militant would be a decent addition for some graveyard hate and to help control some burn decks so I wouldn't see why that couldn't replace one of the weaker cards to the deck like Grizzled Leotau. Rancor would definitely help with the trample so that would be a good replacement for Duelist Heritage
1 month ago
1 month ago
Cat cards to consider:
Brimaz, King of Oreskos - Legendary cat that spawns cat tokens every time he attacks or blocks. I would recommend running 1-3 copies depending on your preference but definitely not a whole playset. This is because he is a bit high on the curve in terms of his mana cost, but he can be very useful regardless.
Fleecemane Lion - 3/3 beater for 1G and 1W and it can become indestructible and hexproof by late game so it can't leave the battlefield. You can't go wrong with running a playset.
Grizzled Leotau - If you want to play more defensively and basically have a wall in a cat, run this. But I wouldn't use more than one or two at most.
Qasali Ambusher - Hands down my favorite cat card. Free card when your opponent declares attackers, and it can block flyers on a 2/3 body. Easily run four of him.
Qasali Pridemage - Artifact and enchantment removal with exalted on a 2/2 body. Extremely versatile and has a lot going for it, run two to four depending on your preference or local meta/who you play with.
Steppe Lynx - For one mana, this can become a big beater with its landfall trigger especially when you have fetchlands such as Windswept Heath. Typically can be a fairly consistent 2/3, and with enough fetches he can be a 4/5 at most unless your playing a deck oriented around it's landfall ability such as Scapeshift for example but note that it is very susceptible to removal and probably can only serve as a chump blocker and die while you're defending. I'd run two at most and as little as none. Just something to keep in mind.
Whitemane Lion - I've seen decks that use this to abuse Qasali Ambusher and enter the battlefield triggers. Not really necessary in this deck how it stands now, but that is a route you can take as well if you're interested.
Wild Nacatl - Another Zoo staple, and the best one drop cat creature in my opinion. At the moment Loam Lion is considerably better than Wild Nacatl in a G/W deck. Nacatl is still good, but proves to excel if you splash red for mountains and that's really when Wild Nacatl gets an edge on Loam Lion to potentially become a 3/3 body by turn two at the earliest with help from shock lands, but is otherwise a 2/2 at most in G/W without red. Regardless, it's an incredible card for one mana and I would run a playset of it either way.
I have other suggestions regarding cards for cat/artifact equipment or lifegain decks if you're interested otherwise I can also help you out when it comes to suggestions for lands and your manabase too. If you're trying to be budget friendly please specify too, because I know decks can get expensive but I have more suggestions in mind if you're on a budget for the build. Oh and I'll try to include some ideal variations of Ajani too because it's apparent that you want to include him.
Anyways, hopefully you feel that my suggestions are useful and that my explanations for using them provided some direction as to where you want to go with it. Feel free to ask me questions any time I'm glad to help.
4 months ago
MagicalHacker: Should I attempt to squeeze in Guiltfeeder? What's funny with him in a Doran deck is he deals double damage, once if he isn't blocked depending on how many cards are in someone's GY and then 4 damage due to Doran's ability. Not the greatest early game but can itself be a finisher. I've NO idea what to take out though. Spidersilk Armor?
Grizzled Leotau: Vanilla
Disowned Ancestor: vanilla
Yoked Ox: vanilla
Tasseled Dromedary: vanilla
Blessed Orator: buff is lackluster.
Kitsune Loreweaver: vanilla, lackluster/conditional mana sink.
Loxodon Wayfarer: vanilla.
Noetic Scales: more high power creature punishment.
Tangle Angler: wincon
Yotian Soldier: vigilance baby!
Standing Troops: vigilance
Selvala, Explorer Returned: draw and ramp.
4 months ago
Thank you MagicalHacker!
I perused the list you linked and have found some goodies that were appealing. To keep the curve tight so I'm dropping a critter or two a turn I've opted for the 3 CMC guys listed unless the effect was too good.
Mentor might make his way in. Shirei is interesting but my creatures lack ETB effects.
Myr Welder: a 1/4 for 3CMC. Offers artifact gy hate and could be quite useful if it stwals the right ability.
Order of Whiteclay: Sun Titan's lil bro. Not as good with vigilance.
Orzhov Advokist: this plays into my anti-power control element. If they keep pumping their best threats then they will stay tapped. Also acts as a deterrent.
Palace Guard: just a decent effect.
Raving Dead: this guy should probably be in the deck. Great with or without evasion. Doran makes him an effective 6/6.
Sanctum Guardian: nice little protection against big splashy spells or critters.
Scholar of Athreos: late game mana sink?
Selvala, Explorer Returned: ramp and card draw on a 2/4. Pretty decent
Standing Troops: bc vigilance with Doran is hilarious
Vampire Envoy: evasive beater with negligent lifegain.
Village Bell-Ringer: gives my guys pseudo vigilance
Yotian Soldier: vigilance beater