Lead by Example


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Battlebond (BBD) Common
Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW) Common

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Lead by Example


Support 2. (Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to two target creatures.)

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Lead by Example Discussion

magicsheep on G/W Counters (HELP!!)

5 months ago

Buffing up creatures? Sounds like a great game plan. Most +1/+1 counter decks use Winding Constrictor and are thus Golgari/Abzan, but I think a Selesnya deck could still be competitive. Here's a few suggestions:

-Dromoka's Command: It's a card that has multiple uses, fits the colors and the scheme, and provides enchantment removal.
-Lead by Example: An instant which can be used to buff up creatures for both surprise attacks/blocks and in response to direct damage (people will try to remove your centerpieces, so this card is handy)
-Inspiring Call: An instant that provides both protection and card draw. What's not to like?
-Citadel Siege + Durable Handicraft: Both of these enchantments provide more opportunities to put +1/+1 counters on your creatures.
-Ainok Bond-Kin + Cenn's Tactician: These creatures provide LOTS of benefit for having creatures with counters on them.

In addition, when working with +1/+1 counters (I normally use Abzan colors, but still) I like to use Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Dragonscale General, Elite Scaleguard, Scute Mob, and Tuskguard Captain. Honored Hierarch is also good at getting mana ramp into bigger and bigger plays.

If you want any more suggestions, or feedback, head over to my wall and leave me a comment. I'll be happy to look at this deck. Great job, definitely a +1 :)


magicsheep on you've gotta be KITTEN me right MEOW!

7 months ago

Recommendation: Metallic Mimic only works with an existing +1/+1 counter (it's not a counter, it's an additional counter). Thus, a Lead by Example will put +1/+1 counters on some of your creatures. Also, Dromoka's Command is very good here. Great deck daNoodalz! Maybe remove Metallic Mimic because giving other cats +1/+1 won't (I think) trigger Metallic Mimic's ability.

CobaltGent on U/G merfolk

10 months ago

It really isn't worth it to make this deck "modern legal" for just Lead by Example, it's a really bad card. Also it's a really good idea to play 4 of the cards that are best in your deck and cut the chaff. For starters I'd play 4x Kumena's Speaker, 4x Merfolk Branchwalker, and 4x Herald of Secret Streams at the very least. They are the best cards in your deck. On the other end of the spectrum Headwater Sentries, Storm Sculptor , New Horizons , and Jungle Delver are all terrible and really low impact cards that can easily be cut from this list. Some great support spells for this strategy are Blossoming Defense and Unsummon. Both are really cheap and efficient tempo cards that work really well with Deeproot Champion. Last but not least your mana base could defiantly use some work. Botanical Sanctum is the best "Simic" dual land available in standard but it is a bit expensive, if your on a budget Woodland Stream is more than fine. Also P.S Blue in MTG is referred to as U not B, so this deck would be called U/G Merfolk.

Seal_Of_Approval on U/G merfolk

11 months ago

Lead by Example is not standard anymore

Corrosive_Cat on

1 year ago

Yeah good plan, seems incredible that you can just play out all your spells ASAP with that, 2 cmc though yeah sorry; I suppose the energy could work with Gonti's Aether Heart or Aetherworks Marvel? Maybe even Dynavolt Tower? But I can see why you might not feature them, seeing as they're ruddy expensive

Green has a lot of potential there, like Swell of Growth (Not quite as good as it looks but pretty decent), Blossoming Defense, Lead by Example or Lifecrafter's Gift are good examples of useful stuff

The_Lost_Primarch on Size Matters

1 year ago

Excuse my second paragraph there. What I mean to say is that you won't be able to play any more of your spells, whether strategically or for defensive purposes. That means you can't cast Lead by Example or any other expensive spells until the next turn.

Walking Archive might be good here, if you want to keep drawing cards to keep up the pace of the deck, at the cost of giving your opponent more cards.

The_Lost_Primarch on Size Matters

1 year ago

I suggest losing the Groundswell, doesn't add up with this being a counters deck after all. Arbor Elf + Utopia Sprawl instead of your Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves is really the next step in terms of ramp (although you'll have to allocate more in terms of space for ramp). Lead by Example is good, but at 2 cost for 2 counters might leave you less room to maneuver, perhaps try Quest for the Gemblades? It's good since you have Avatar of the Resolute and gearhulk. I also suggest 2x more of Kalonian Hydra, does wonders.

Overall, pretty nice deck, as a fellow mono-green counters guy, I like that you're not going in the same direction as most Modern players.

Cheers mate, take it easy.

squire1 on Tamiyo, Support Planeswalker

1 year ago

These are the cards i would cut. The only support card that might be good is the reusable one or the one shannon suggested. I love the group hug feel of the deck, but needs more of that.

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