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Grizzled Leotau Discussion
5 months ago
In all honesty there are a number of underperforming cards in the deck, even though it's pretty strong in my very casual playgroup. I could easily cut out cards like Voyaging Satyr (the deck only has 2 lands it does much with) and some of the other mana dorks and land-grabbing cards. On one hand, I can very consistently avoid mana issues, but on the other hand, it takes up a lot of deck space. It might have too much of a good thing.
Fortified Rampart, Grizzled Leotau, and Looming Altisaur are cheap options for high toughness, but they don't do much else. Of course, I like them because they become threats with Assault Formation or Belligerent Brontodon out, but that doesn't mean they can't be replaced by more powerful cards.
Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, and Suture Priest are redundant, and could be good targets for replacement. You may notice that this deck has a ton of support for ETB lifegain, but not much for token generation. I could definitely stand to have more tokens and populate, which is why Phyrexian Processor or Soul Foundry (along with other token creators) could stand to take the place of some of the weaker or redundant lifegain cards. As it stands, Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy is consistently pretty weak because she doesn't have the token support she wants, and Trostani's populate doesn't always have a target, which isn't what I usually want from my commander.
1 year ago
You have quite a bit of +/+ for the cats, what do you think about a Triumph of the Hordes for a finishing attack?
Guys like Leonin Armorguard and Grizzled Leotau seem a little underpowered for the CMC? Have you considered Lost Leonin (if you can give him double strike) or Balan, Wandering Knight to free equip all the swords and recover quickly?
Highly recommend Rhonas the Indomitable, 5/5 Deathtouch indestructible for CMC3, can always attack with ANY cat + eminence triggered ability, as well as can pump/trample a cat if needed.
Chameleon Colossus can proc himself too, and as a cat, can get out of hand when you have a bit of mana. +1.
1 year ago
I play quite a different style of Arahbo, Roar of the World deck, but thought I'd offer some suggestion and get some insight. I'm still trying to make mine a functional deck that compete in Multi-player consistently.
Do you find that by going the creature (Cat) forward approach, you end up with several under-powered cats. For example, Enlightened Ascetic, Grizzled Leotau, Leonin Armorguard, Scythe Leopard (He could benefit from fetch lands like Windswept Heath or Wooded Foothills, Scythe Tiger (can't be Eminence, I get hes big, but he is what he is and sets you back a land), Stalking Tiger, Wild Leotau.
What about tutoring the high-powered cats, with something like Eladamri's Call for sure, or Green Sun's Zenith. In my build im trying forward planning tutoring with Worldly Tutor and Sylvan Tutor to get into my Lost Leonin or Felidar Sovereign.
I know you run Descendants' Path so more cats is preferable, but Im always worried about a balance, drawing an extra bad cat that doesn't do much, or pulling a good cat that pushes forward my board position, if that makes sense?
What about Metallic Mimic, with so many Cats i think he would be good for you, and is an aggro cat? Would something like Vanquisher's Banner (even though higher CMC) be better than an Always Watching because of the extra draw? I think it's pretty high CMC, but the vigilence isn't key. Stuff like Mirari's Wake or Spear of Heliod totally make sense to me though.
No Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist, he provides evasion, and protection from counter-attacks. I think you should get him in there. He was in the C17 deckbox.
I would run a Triumph of the Hordes with so many cats, the +1 to each is going to defeat some opponents. +1.
PS: Really like the Privileged Position
1 year ago
Stick a Grizzled Leotau in this deck.
1 year ago
Thanks for the Suggestions. I'm still trying to decide if I want this to be more tribal treefolk, or just good creatures with high toughness. I'm leaning towards the latter. Wall of Junk is definitely legal but has been errata'ed to be a wall and have defender. Grizzled Leotau is fantastic for the mana cost, but might be a little vanilla. I'm just adding Aerial Responder and Vampire Nighthawk
1 year ago
+1, love the concept! I'd try using a few more creatures with higher toughness (like walls) in order to kill other creatures quicker.
Tower Defense could also be a really fun card, essentially giving your creatures +5/+5 until end of turn for only 2 mana!
1 year 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.
1 year 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.