Leonin Den-Guard

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Mirrodin (MRD) Common

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Leonin Den-Guard

Creature — Cat Soldier

As long as Leonin Den-Guard is equipped, it gets +1/+1 and has vigilance.

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Leonin Den-Guard Discussion

N4kk1 on Mardu Bust

1 month ago

You got the point on those, but somehow i think that there are better early game creatures in Modern and not dying to Lightning Bolt is not so relevant right now as the whole card is not so much played.

Leonin Den-Guard Is still pretty much dead card without Bonesplitter because it isn't doing much alone. That is too one reason i don't really like it. It fits much better in more equipment heavy decks.

I'm not master of Modern Mid-Range decks so i'm not writing longer opinions on this one but i will say that i like much more deck like this in current meta: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-mardu-midrange-34595#paper

And just saying that current meta is not that fast really. Yes GDS can put 5/5 on play turn 2 and Affinity/Storm can kill very fast, but i think that slower strategies are very good too. Like Titan Shift is one of the most played decks and it is not fast at all. Same of course with Jeskai/UW control decks.

In nutshell, i would go more mid-range style but everything can always work.

StopShot on Mardu Bust

1 month ago

@N4kk1, Bonesplitter is supposed to go on curve with the two cost creatures so they can swing in while equipped by turn 3. Any sword or Batterskull could not accomplish this so soon, and by my understanding games go so fast that by the time you get either of those fancier equipements out the game is already lost or giving up a turn to put a sword down creates more loss in tempo than what the sword can later make up.

Mardu is not a high tier deck strategy by any means. I'm just not the person who finds much enjoyment in replicating tier 1 decklists that share very little deviations, because they've been hammered out by so many players over the years. The mardu decks I refer to are those that existed back when the Khans of Tarkir block was still new, and even then they weren't the most widely-advertised deck strategy either. That was long before Death's Shadow zoo was even a thing and the strategy was either through aristocrats or Young Pyromancer with burn spells with black and white for support and disruption.

Simply put the Mardu color theme has enough removal to eat out the bigger threats for days. What I'm looking for in Lone Rider  Flip and Leonin Den-Guard is 1. A cheap creature I can put down while still giving me ample mana open for removal if I need it on my opponent's turn. 2. A creature that either isn't going to die to Lightning Bolt or is easily recur-able. (This condition while not perfect is easily fixed with Claim / Fame and once either creature is online with Bonesplitter, Lightning Bolt isn't going to have a say on the matter since they both will have 4 toughness.) 3. Lastly I want the creature to at least deal plenty of damage to my opponent if left unchecked. Having four power on a creature I consider to be enough to meet that requirement, and as I said before with the removal in the deck having those creatures run into bigger ones shouldn't be an issue if it's the early game and I'm on tempo. That way when the opponent does get the upper-hand they'll hopefully be at a low enough life total so simple burn spells and tokens can finish them off.

As you can see the arrangement of spells are all mostly CMC 1 and 2, so the deck wants to speed out and get the upper-hand before the slower and heavier decks have a chance to react. Also while I appreciate the data sheet, there is some information that you those sheets lack, since they can only go so far it's helpful to hear other people's thoughts since they can better explain what cripples some decks and where their blind spots and strong points are.

N4kk1 on Mardu Bust

1 month ago

I don't know where to start...

Why Bonesplitter? There are some really good equipments like Batterskull or Swords.

Leonin Den-Guard And Lone Rider  Flip are not Modern playable. Just too weak cards.

Oketra's Last Mercy Yes against burn and stuff, but its still not good. Play gravehate on its spot. (Rest in Peace, Nihil Spellbomb or something)

Sorry you said you haven't played modern for long time but still "Mardu Bust, my take on the typical Aggro-Control strategy." Well it haven't been typical as long as i have followed Modern x).

Check here what Modern meta looks: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/metagame/modern/full#paper

StopShot on My own take on traditional ...

1 month ago

Hello, I haven't attempted in playing Modern ages, but due to the printing of some newer cards I feel compelled to try-try again.


Mardu Bust

Modern StopShot

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The deck works similar to old strategies I've seen before that would use Thoughtseize, Young Pyromancer, Lightning Helix, and Lingering Souls. This time however I tried adding an element that hasn't been present in Mardu strategies by adding large sizeable creatures. I feel the synergy of Lone Rider  Flip and Claim / Fame is something truly devastating that many decks aren't able to use since it specifically ties into these colors. Bonesplitter can also get Lone Rider  Flip to flip, and the equipment goes very well with petty-tokens and with the other potentially large creature, Leonin Den-Guard, which can also be reclaimed with Claim / Fame.

Since it's been ages that I have last looked into Modern I feel my views on it may be terribly out-dated, thus feedback is really important to me. Thank you.

(As of now I haven't built this deck. It's just an idea concept and I want to know how others feel about it's potential or if it would be better off scrapped.)

medozzz on Arahbo's Kitted-Out Kitties

1 month ago

A few nice kitty cat to consider into the sky: Skyhunter Skirmisher and Leonin Skyhunter. The former is a dangerous kitty with any toy or the blessing of Arahbo. It will fly in and take a big chunk of life of any opponent without flyers. It is better, then Leonin Den-Guard or Skyhunter Cub. Leonin Skyhunter is more resilient and also flies in the air. And any cat in the air is dangerous. Some more examples, if you want to go in that direction (also in the budget) Skyhunter Prowler and Skyhunter Patrol. Both are weaker than Skyhunter Skirmisher or Leonin Skyhunter but I think they are better than Skyhunter Cub or Leonin Den-Guard

Vaan on RELEASE THE KITTIES!!!

5 months ago

Cool deck! If you're looking for upgrades, Honor of the Pure and Brave the Elements are really good additions. Leonin Den-Guard and Sunspear Shikari both seem out of place when you only have 2 equipments on the deck, good replacements would be Ajani's Pridemate and Ajani's Sunstriker since you already have some lifegain going on.

Korlus on Kitties!!

6 months ago

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You need to add more cards that are good in EDH, and add some ramp beyond Sol Ring and Pearl Medallion. My suggestion for cheap ramp includes:

Hedron Archive, Mind Stone, Marble Diamond, Worn Powerstone etc.

Other cards you may want to consider are:

White Sun's Zenith, Hero of Bladehold, Sun Titan, Elspeth, Sun's Champion, Mentor of the Meek, True Conviction, Swords to Plowshares, Return to Dust, Martial Coup, Oblivion Ring, Captain of the Watch, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Recruiter of the Guard, Heliod, God of the Sun, Knight of the White Orchid, Mirror Entity, Mother of Runes, Emeria Shepherd, Bastion Protector, Oblation, Secure the Wastes, Austere Command, Open the Armory, Decree of Justice, Caged Sun, Obelisk of Urd, Dictate of Heliod, Shared Triumph, Elspeth Tirel, Secluded Steppe, Buried Ruin, Ghost Quarter, Rogue's Passage, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Kor Haven, Divine Sacrament, Bygone Bishop.

I would cut cards from the "Terrible" bracket first. They have no place in most EDH decks.

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