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Creature — Cat Soldier
Whenever Leonin Warleader attacks, create two 1/1 white Cat creature tokens with lifelink that are tapped and attacking.
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Leonin Warleader Discussion
3 days ago
DrPanooch I've been playing my own list of this online and it has been performing SURPRISINGLY well. It's a certainly less budget, but if you're interested in a competitive aspect on this deck, please see below :)
Let me know what you think!
4 days ago
i think Leonin Warleader would be good here
1 week ago
A buddy of mine pulled a Leonin Warleader from a 2019 booster and showed it to me. It makes me think a G/W version of this deck would be feasible - maybe even more so than what I've come up with so far, but I have to admit I am very much attached to the idea of combining Hungry Lynx with Crypt Rats, which is also why I haven't made room for Night of Souls' Betrayal. I appreciate the suggestion, though, and have added it to the maybe list for consideration :-)
2 weeks ago
The problem with Honor Guard in this scenario is that it's only actually saving one creature. I'm less concerned with losing one or two of my early creatures sometimes and more concerned with losing my whole board later on. And I'm not willing to cripple the deck's whole strategy just to deal with a Chainwhirler coming down when I've only had the chance to spend three Mana anyway. Marshal is good at all points in every matchup. Honor Guard is only really good when I'm turn 2 on the draw against a deck playing Chainwhirler that happens to have a Chainwhirler in it's first 9 cards that game. That's too specific. Maybe Honor Guard is worth it in the sideboard if there are enough critical ETB creatures that screw us up, but I really don't think we're there right now.
Knight of Grace really isn't good enough for the main deck. I've tested him extensively and he's just lackluster. A 2/2 first strike get blanked by 2/3, just like the rest of the board, and even a 3/3 first strike can't attack in profitably against two 2/2s. Drillmaster almost always gives us a good attack. Knight of Grace doesn't, not unless we're facing a Black deck.
I've also tested Pride of Conquerors and while we do hit City's Blessing eventually, it isn't consistent enough for us to get +2/+2 when we need it and +1/+1 is rarely enough to win combat. I was running Moment of Triumph for a while and it was fine, but even +2/+2 isn't consistently what we need. Maybe Charge could work as anti-Chainwhirler tech from the sideboard but it's just such a situational card. I'd rather keep my anthem effects tacked on to things we're ok with playing anyway, like lands and 3/3s for 3.
Leonin Warleader is pretty sweet but I'm not convinced we can swing 4-drops (and yes, I know, Cast Out, but that cycles). I'm concerned that Warleader is just going to get stuck in hand. And anyway, this deck's problem tends to be big creatures but Warleader doesn't solve that problem. He's still likely to get eaten in his fist attack. That said, it might be worth testing as a 2-of.
2 weeks ago
Hey, 24 of the 34 creatures here have one toughness... Marshal alone is not enough to prevent all these creatures from dying to a single Chainwhirler. Chainwhirler is also just as much as a problem after he's in play. 3 power first strike roadblocks the entire weenie attacking strategy even with a Marshal in play. Chainwhirler's presence in Standard means you want to warp the main deck strategy, especially if you're playing a bunch of 1 toughness creatures, around not dying to him. This means playing some subpar cards main deck that are only good against him.
Tocatli Honor Guard is just the card you want because he's a two drop which means you can potentially get him into play before your opponent's Chainwhirler if you're on the play or on the draw. Marshal is only going to prevent your creatures from getting wrecked by Chainwhirler if your on the play. When you're on the draw your opponent gets their turn three before you.
Consider Knight of Grace main deck? 2/2 first strike is good even without a pump from a black permanent. This pump bonus however counts for what your opponent controls too, not just what you control. He's better than all the current main deck creatures because of first strike and Marshal.
Consider Pride of Conquerors? This pump spell is powerful for a weenie strategy because getting the city's blessing in any nonred matchup is not difficult. +2/+2 pump to each creature you control for only two mana at instant speed is good. Instant speed is why you play Conquerors, it's another way, even +1/+1, to prevent getting wrecked by Chainwhirler's ETB as well as a way to pump your creatures to attack through him.
Consider Leonin Warleader? He's a budget big four drop who gives you a more powerful finisher for when the weenie strategy fails. When Warleader attacks he makes Cats with lifelink he can contribute to the weenie strategy while also being a 4/4+ attacker. He's good with Pridemate, Marshal and Mentor.
3 weeks ago
Leonin Warleader may just be too aggro in this build. With Anointed Procession in the background, you could quietly build an unstoppable army of kittens. Having said that, I built something very similar in M19M Selesnya Cats, but somehow prefer playing 19 white kittens.
4 weeks ago
It might be worth removing Blossoming Defense for another Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants and a Sacred Cat as the cat has great synergy with Ajani's Pridemate. Then you could go down a Leonin Vanguard for a Mentor of the Meek or Leonin Warleader.
4 weeks ago
I think going in on cats might be worth. Regal Caracal adds bodies, pumps, and gives lifelink. That might make the Sacred Cat worth it, and then you might even think of playing a few Leonin Vanguard. And if you really like the cats, then I'd definitely fill your 4-drop with Leonin Warleader. That 4 toughness is hard for red to deal with. Renewed faith may sound nice, but it requires you to not play a threat while creating an opening for a basically a 2-for-1 (Kill the Horse or Angel in response to faith = feels bad, especially if you were holding back another threat in hand). Just my take on it.