Creature — Cat Soldier
At the beginning of combat on your turn, if you control three or more creatures, Leonin Vanguard gets +1/+1 until end of turn and you gain 1 life.
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|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Leonin Vanguard Discussion
1 week ago
This deck functions both as a creature aggro deck and as a midrange deck. For this reason Healer's Hawk and Leonin Vanguard fit both roles perfectly as they are early beaters and give you the important gain life trigger and most importantly allow you go get the trigger each turn. While Ajani's Welcome only allows you to get a trigger when you cast a creature, which will happen less often the more the game goes on. And also it does nothing for the aggro element of the deck.
I was skeptical of Fountain of Renewal as well, but it gives you reach in the form of getting the trigger every turn while you wait for your creatures to get big enough to crush your opponent which can be pretty handy on the defense. Also 4X Bloodthirsty Aerialist are already in the deck.
1 month ago
Pride Sovereign is great, although its probably more for GW. Feline Sovereign is a lord that also gives you artifact/enchantment removal. Prowling Serpopard is obviously great against any sort of counterspell-playing deck, although a bit expensive. Kaheera, the Orphanguard is also sorta expensive but you can just run one as a companion. Generous Stray isn't as good but its cheap and cantrips.
I would suggest going into GW colors. Even though the manabase won't be great with budget constraints you get access to so many more cats: Adorned Pouncer, Brimaz, King of Oreskos ($$$$), Leonin Vanguard, Regal Caracal, King of the Pride (this one is OP), Qasali Ambusher, Ajani's Pridemate (good with Leonin Vanguard, etc. This'll also give you good SB options like Felidar Cub/Qasali Pridemage (not sure if needed with Feline sovereign already removing artifacts/enchantments), Dromoka's Command, Leonin Arbiter, etc.
3 months ago
Thanks for the comment!
With all the Lords I'm imagining it like a budget casual version of Merfolk. Something like Aether Vial would probably be a good non-budget option.
Qasali Pridemage was in my initial list, but I cut it after Feline Sovereign was spoiled (since they offer similar utility). My meta is quite casual and not very artifact / enchantment heavy. Exalted was nice alongside Adorned Pouncer, however.
I looked at Leonin Vanguard initially (and it's run in the MTGGoldfish list I based mine one), but I found it a bit too conditional. I think if I were to run a conditional 1 drop it would be Loam Lion (plus Terramorphic Expanse and Canopy Vista ).
3 months ago
for a tribal deck like this i would either recommend ramp or dropping the mana curve a little, so when you get down the second cat anthem effect you have a nice sized board to take advantage with
my recommendations would be 2Qasali Pridemage its cheap and the utility can be pretty useful
4Leonin Vanguard as your a pretty aggressive deck having another one drop would be particularly useful (also this one gains life for pridemate even when not attacking)
3Fleecemane Lion its aggressive body with a cheap cmc, and late game it basily becomes unkillable.
some solid spell wise i would recommend 2 Selesnya Charm, for 2 reasons, first blessed alliance can only kill attacking creatures and not big blockers, and secondly the best way of utilizing a 4/4 double stiker is by pumping it and giving it trample
3 months ago
Nice board! I like the inclusion of Leonin Vanguard!
Have you considerd Assassin's Trophy?
7 months ago
Have you considered Proclamation of Rebirth to recur the Martyr of Sands or maybe Leonin Vanguard? Crested Sunmare feels like it would fit perfectly in this deck as a potential finisher. Hope this helps.
9 months ago
Looks fun! Brimaz, King of Oreskos and Leonin Vanguard are powerful cats you could consider. If you cut down on the non-cat creatures you could consider Metallic Mimic, Icon of Ancestry, and Obelisk of Urd. I'd consider running more removal than just Take Vengeance too - Declaration in Stone, Conclave Tribunal, and Cast Out are some of the best pioneer options in white. Blessed Alliance and maybe even Outflank are other potential options.
Also, 26 lands is on the higher end of what a control deck might run. An aggressive deck like this that focuses on 1-3 drops definitely doesn't want that many - I'd cut down to 22 or 23 lands.
Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun with it!
10 months ago
Nifty list. I don't have the cards or meta that you do, playing a more casual styled meta, and I play 1 v 1 30 life commander, so my list is very different, though in many cases I can see why we have different cards. But there are some things that I am curious about and I do have some suggestions. Hopefully you find some of them helpful.
Pouncing Jaguar has 2 power for a 1 drop cat, but 1 mana echo seems very annoying. Steppe Lynx may need landfall, but I imagine in the early turns this is achievable and you can save your mana for other things. Given your artifact hate I imagine players will trigger Leonin Elder often enough to give little life boosts. Glittering Lynx can also be randomly annoying for a 1 drop cat. Sure, they aren't 2 power starters, but at the start neither is Leonin Vanguard , which you run as an early game pressure card.
Do you love your life so much for your lifegain plan to use Spirit Loop ? I'm not sure I'd use a card with little other purpose. Given your buffs standards Battle Mastery seems ok, Silverblade Paladin should be a favorite, a creature to tutor for combos with cats, especially Lost Leonin , is good alongside its own 2/2 double strike frame. Grafted Wargear is nice, though I suppose with artifact removal the drawback stings, though it can't be much worse than a combat tricked creature removal on king of the pride. Still, grafted is faster than Heirloom Blade .
Pendelhaven is a better forest in most cases, a free 1 power boost in addition to being an untapped green source. I have enjoyed Mutavault as getting under the radar as a cat land. For ramp is burning a and to draw so good to use it over nature's lore or an artifact like Arcane Signet , even with your artifact hate out?
Skyhunter Skirmisher eats life quickly, though as a 3 drop that needs Arahbo to sink into it you might find it slow and weak to removal's tempo. Rhonas serves as such 3 drop support with a bit of added mana sink damage. As far as swarm boosts go Metallic Mimic is an early game 2 drop cat option that rewards swarming multiple cats.