Leonin Shikari


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Darksteel (DST) Rare

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Leonin Shikari

Creature — Cat Soldier

You may play equip abilities any time you could play an instant.

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Leonin Shikari Discussion

Bablo on Reach out and Deathtouch

5 days ago

Your strategy of having instant speed and costless equips becomes better when you have many creatures on the field to attack all at once, so you can stack all your pumping equipments onto an unblocked creature. The more walls you have, the fewer creatures you can swing with, making it more difficult to capitalize on your opponent. Also, this combo is very powerful but difficult to assemble all at once.

There's a lot of better equipments to use. Basilisk Collar is better than Gorgon Flail since the additional lifelink can score you health at the expense of the +1/+1 (also, Brigid can kill all attacking/blocking creatures + net you life). You can also sub in Swiftfoot Boots instead of Mask of Avacyn which once again, exchanges the +1/+2 for cheaper cost and haste.

Something I would suggest is to make this a Sigarda's Aid deck, because while the Leonin Shikari and Puresteel Paladin combo is really good, it requires many pieces to make it unstoppable. If you used Sigarda's Aid as a primary tool, it's more easily stopped, but if you built the deck around being good with equipment, you wouldn't need to focus solely on one combo, you can combo it with any of your equipment which allows you to be synergistic and little more consistent. For example, instead of trying to assemble your combo to allow you to switch equipments wherever you want, you can settle with Sigarda's Aid, and hold your equipments in hand and throw them on the field one at a time when you need them (Swiftfoot Boots to cancel targeted spells, Basilisk Collar to trade with a chump block, or even something crazy like Quietus Spike to punish your opponent for not blocking). This way, you can keep your opponent in the dark, forcing them to play around you, giving you an advantage.

Ultimately, switch out some of your current defender creatures for ones that are capable of attacking. Upgrade your equipments for ones that give other utility and/or are stronger/cheaper to use (just in case you can't assemble the combo). Something like Indomitable Archangel could be of use to you just in case your opponent has some artifact removal. Buried Ruin can also replace Ritual of Restoration, freeing up a slot for other spells.

JoeBob21 on Aurelia, the Warleader EDH - Make them panic

1 week ago

What I would take out: Leonin Shikari, I don't think you have enough equipments to put this card in, and same thing with Sram, Senior Artificer not enough equipments and you have no aura's.Add: Sol Ring good ramp, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs gives you good blockers, Warstorm Surge is a pretty good damage source, Victory's Herald is a pretty good lifegain source.I used to have an Aurelia, the Warleader deck and it worked out pretty well

Inanity on Azor will have Order

1 week ago

I meant to comment a while back.. I like the Azor-tron theme. How is that working for you so far? It definitely seems more aggressive and fast-paced than mine, but mine is built more to occupy the halls of the senate and control the tempo of the whole game. :-)

Have you considered Leonin Shikari as a way to cheat around your equipment when you couldn't otherwise? All kinds of hilarity could ensue with Puresteel Paladin then!

Gidgetimer on Spellskite and Hexproof

1 week ago

Spellskite must be a legal target for the spell or ability when the redirection resolves to be able to redirect it. This means that things that can not target it such as Sinkhole, anything when it has shroud, or opponent's spells and abilities when it has hexproof can not be redirected.

If Spellskite gains shroud or hexproof after the redirection resolves or becomes an invalid target in some other way then the spell will have already been redirected but will have no effect on either the original target or Spellskite. Possible ways for this to happen include but are not limited to:

Instant speed equipping of shroud or hexproof equipment via Leonin Shikari or some other means.

Instants that give shroud or hexproof (Mage's Guile, Ranger's Guile, etc).

Destruction of either Life and Limb or Conspiracy naming saprolings if both are out and you redirected a land destruction spell/ability (extreme corner case I know, but possible).

Flickering, bouncing, sacrificing, or otherwise removing Spellskite.

Giving Spellskite protection from the spell via Stave Off or some other means.

nlidmaster on Kor Equipment: Modern Competitive?

2 weeks ago

Acmegamewerks yeah after testing this deck out a bunch, kor dualist is definitely way more of a power house that kitesail. However, I also thought of trading out skyfisher for kitesail, as I noticed that having skyfisher was often in my hand when I did not want/need its effect yet. Otherwise this deck has done very well against my friends! Im going to try Cranial Plating next. Ive also tested a two of Leonin Shikari and honestly it was never as useful as I had hoped it would be.

JAPuckett85 on Thundercats Ho! - Arahbo EDH

3 weeks ago

I love my cats deck! I know you have already seen my deck, WonderCats, but if I may make a few suggestions for yours? First off, I think the best thing you have changed is your mana-base: it looks pretty decent. Do you really own a Savannah? If so, good on you lol. Since you are only in 2 colors and have no Landfall, I would drop Terramorphic Expanse & Evolving Wilds, since in this deck Scattered Groves & Stirring Wildwood are "strictly better" (think about it.. even Blossoming Sands, Graypelt Refuge, Arctic Flats, Elfhame Palace, Selesnya Guildgate, & Grasslands are strictly better in this 2-color deck with no landfall/revolt triggers..). I really like Brushland, Sungrass Prairie, & Selesnya Sanctuary, too. I would also recommend Temple of the False God & Thran Dynamo since you have a lot of artifacts with colorless mana costs, though Gilded Lotus is good, too. Selesnya Signet & Sungrass Prairie can help filter the colorless to colored. Krosan Verge is terrible- at least go with Grasslands if you want that search for a non-basic, since it is free and the non-basic can come into play untapped (another "strictly better" situation). I would add Krosan Verge (which is essentially the same as Cultivate, & you already know how good that card is!), & another one of my favorite ramp spells: Skyshroud Claim! Notice how Skyshroud lets you bring in TWO non-basic lands.. UNTAPPED.. frikkin unreal ramp card. If you have even 3 colorless mana available, then Selesnya Signet basically costs one mana to give you ramp as well as make the other 2 mana colored. Pretty awesome early game- better than Rampant Growth, imo, though I don't run Rampant Growth myself. My last suggestion for mana-base is Strip Mine, mostly to get rid Maze of Ith, since it can be very annoying when running a Voltron strategy.

Okay- onto Instants/Sorceries.. why Condemn? With the "tuck" rules for Commanders now letting them go back to the Command Zone, why not simply run Swords to Plowshares? It is another "strictly better" case, imo. I feel Path to Exile is inferior to Swords to Plowshares in this format, but I do think even Path is still better than Condemn. Wing Shards & Crushing Vines are terrible, & Relic Crush isn't much better- Sundering Growth, Naturalize, & Nature's Claim are all good options.. & even better than those are Aura Shards & Krosan Grip. Rout & Divine Reckoning are ok, but I personally prefer Wrath of God, Catastrophe, & my pet favorite, Austere Command. The problem with Hunter's Prowess is that it costs 5-mana & is at sorcery speed.. I've found Hunter's Insight to be more useful in my own Voltron deck.

Enchantments: the Curses are kinda fun, but not effective enough to warrant a slot in an edh deck, imo. Something like Aura Shards or Sylvan Library or Greater Good or Asceticism or Duelist's Heritage has a much bigger impact on the game- & my biggest suggestion would be to add Sigarda's Aid! Amazingly broken card..

Equipment: Grappling Hook is good, but expensive- I exchanged it for Fireshrieker in my own deck & find it works better for me. Duelist's Heritage does much the same thing and is even better, imo. I LOVE Hammer of Nazahn, & if you have realized how amazing that free equip cost can be, then consider Sigarda's Aid! Add double-strike to either of those cards and then Bloodforged Battle-Axe becomes INSANE.. I have literally had 40+ Bloodforged Battle-Axes before, with 20-something equipped for free. Puresteel Paladin is obviously great, too. I think your Sword of War and Peace does as more harm than good- I personally cut both Sword of Feast and Famine & Sword of Light and Shadow from my own Arahbo deck due to the protection being a problem (not only because of the Eminence, but because of all the other cards in the 99 that target..). Sword of Fire and Ice avoids that problem in this deck, though, and is arguably the best of all the Swords. Umezawa's Jitte is INSANE. If it doesn't seem overpowered to you, then you have never played with or against it. Get something to have double-strike and it gets really crazy. Because of the shroud on Whispersilk Cloak, I personally prefer Prowler's Helm in my Arahbo build. I actually think it might benefit your deck more to cut some of the weaker equipment and add the ability to tutor for the better ones, ie- Stoneforge Mystic, Stonehewer Giant, Steelshaper's Gift, Open the Armory, etc.

Creatures- Dude, you cut Qasali Pridemage?!! He is one of the best Cats! He is basically a 3-mana destroy target artifact/enchantment that in this deck can swing for 6 damage on turn 3! Hungry Lynx & Arctic Nishoba are just plain bad, imo, & a lot of the other cats you have sit far too high on the mana-curve.. I would halve your 6-7 drops, tbh. Alms Collector under-performed for me, since drawing consecutive/additional cards isn't the same as drawing "two or more." Pride Sovereign is another under-performer that I cut, since we aren't going wide, but tall. A few MUST-have's that are missing are: Lost Leonin, Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Leonin Abunas, Mirri, Cat Warrior, & Skyhunter Skirmisher. I personally also really like Skyhunter Prowler, Chameleon Colossus (technically a cat!), Prowling Serpopard, Leonin Shikari. A few non-cats I really really like are Sun Titan, Stonehewer Giant, & Puresteel Paladin.

Anyways, hopefully I've given you some ideas.. Good Luck! I love my cats!

DJSeras on Gain control of end of ...

1 month ago

Taking control of Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith with any effect will let you attack or defend with it (or activate any of its activated abilities, if it has any) and your stolen nazahn will have all the benefits bestowed upon it by all of the equipment attached to it,


ONLY the effects bestowed to the creature as your opponent is still in control of those artifacts and all of the triggered abilities on those specific artifacts will be under your opponents control.

As an example you cast Malevolent Whispers talking Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith from your oppponents control.
All of your opponents equipment listed is still attached to Nazahn
Nazahn is now a 19/11 with Haste, Trample, Lifelink, and Indestructible
You attack your opponent with Nazahn and the triggers from Sword of the Animist and Argentum Armor go onto the stack, those triggers are controlled by your opponent and would resolve accordingly.

Lastly, assuming you cast Malevolent Whispers on your turn your opponent cannot move equipment off of Nazahn in response to anything without having something like Leonin Shikari in play and the required resources to pay the equip costs.

stevend11 on Daxos Artifact Voltron

2 months ago

In advance sorry for the length and for any duplicates. Ardent Recruit Armament Master Armory Automaton Auriok Edgewright Auriok Glaivemaster Auriok Steelshaper Auriok Sunchaser Brass Squire Etched Champion Etherium Sculptor Grand Abolisher Ironclad Slayer Kemba, Kha Regent Kitesail Apprentice Kor Duelist Kor Outfitter Leonin Den-Guard Leonin Shikari Lumengrid Sentinel Master of Etherium Militant Inquisitor Myr Adapter Myrsmith Puresteel Paladin Relic Seeker Riddlesmith Skyhunter Cub Soldevi Machinist Stoneforge Mystic Sunspear Shikari Training Drone Angelic Armaments Armed Response Armory of Iroas Auriok Survivors Auriok Windwalker Avacynian Missionaries  Flip Avacyn's Collar Balan, Wandering Knight Basilisk Collar Blade of Selves Bladed Bracers Bladed Pinions Bloodforged Battle-Axe Broodstar Butcher's Cleaver Captain's Claws Carry Away Champion's Helm Conqueror's Flail Dispatch Dowsing Dagger Empyrial Plate Enlightened Tutor Ensoul Artifact Explorer's Scope Ghalma's Warden Golem-Skin Gauntlets Illusionist's Bracers Indomitable Archangel Infiltration Lens Inquisitor's Flail Leonin Abunas Lightning Greaves Loxodon Punisher Masterwork of Ingenuity Neglected Heirloom  Flip Open the Armory Padeem, Consul of Innovation Paradise Mantle Quest for the Holy Relic Ring of Thune Shield of the Avatar Shield of the Righteous Shuko Sigarda's Aid Sigil of Valor Skullclamp Spy Kit Steelshaper Apprentice Steelshaper's Gift Stone Haven Outfitter Stonehewer Giant Swiftfoot Boots Sword of the Animist Sword of the Meek Taj-Nar Swordsmith Trailblazer's Boots Treasure Mage Trinket Mage Trophy Mage True-Faith Censer Umezawa's Jitte Vedalken Archmage Vedalken Infuser Veteran's Armaments Vorrac Battlehorns Whirler Rogue Argentum Armor Argivian Restoration Assault Suit Darksteel Plate Diviner's Wand Efficient Construction Elspeth, Knight-Errant Elspeth, Sun's Champion Ensouled Scimitar Fabricate Fireshrieker Godsend Grip of Phyresis Hammer of Nazahn Haunted Plate Mail Heartseeker Helm of Kaldra Loxodon Warhammer Magebane Armor March of the Machines Moonsilver Spear Nahiri, the Lithomancer Norn's Annex Open the Vaults Pariah's Shield Quietus Spike
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