Leonin Vanguard

Leonin Vanguard

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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Format Legality
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Custom Legal
Arena Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Pioneer Legal
Legacy Legal
Historic Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Limited Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Leonin Vanguard Discussion

kumpirko on No sisters

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.

zapyourtumor on Mono Green Cats (Budget)

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.

Some other 2-drop green cats are Feral Prowler and Initiate's Companion. Hungry Lynx is super good, but pretty expensive as well.

You could also maybe add some 1-drop cats like Scythe Leopard, Scythe Tiger, or Wild Nacatl (you'd have to run more colors for that though).

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.

CJH123 on Budget GW Casual Cats

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.

I might try cutting Ajani's Pridemate for another 1 or 2 drop (opening up space for Temple of Plenty also), and I have been thinking about reducing Regal Caracal by 1 or 2.

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 ).

I do like Fleecemane Lion but I felt that the 5 drop slot was already a little too crowded with Adorned Pouncer and Regal Caracal already.

I think Blessed Alliance is probably too cute. I like the Trample suggestion, and Winds of Abandon was on my short list. I'll do some playtesting with some alternatives.

amicdeep on Budget GW Casual Cats

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

some other solid budget removal is Declaration in Stone, Baffling End, Winds of Abandon these all have there own up/downsides but may well play better in a agressive list that alliance

Memphismaymagic5 on Abzan Cats Pioneer

3 months ago

Nice board! I like the inclusion of Leonin Vanguard!

Have you considerd Assassin's Trophy?

Barbarian_Sun_Pope on Modern budget Lifegain

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.

Silverdrake on White (w/ a hint of blue) Cat Deck

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!

catmaster0 on Good Kitties

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 .

Hunting Cheetah may be a cat, but at that speed I would think Hunter's Insight should be a valid set-up card.

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.

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