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Creature — Cat
Loam Lion gets +1/+2 as long as you control a Forest.
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Loam Lion Discussion
3 weeks ago
You are runnning a high number of lands for an aggro/midrange deck - I would trim it down to 21-22 and replace them with 2 more bolts. I would also try to find room for Collected Company, maybe cut the Ajani, Caller of the Prides? They don't really add a lot to an aggro deck and are awful without other creatures to support. I agree that Loam Lions are worth consideration but idk what to replace with them. Maybe change the numbers around a bit: 2 Regal Caracal (high CMC), 2 Qasali Pridemage (good but discourages attacking with the team which is what you want to be doing) and +4 Loam Lion for another efficient 1 drop.
1 month ago
Nice deck! As a Selesnya fan myself, I agree with your metagame thoughts. As far as your deck goes, few things:
I would actually prefer having Dryad Militant in the maindeck over Loam Lion. The Lion doesn't benefit from the bonus that Wilt-Leaf Liege provides and Dryad Militant can be a real pain for decks that rely on their graveyard (ex. Snapcaster Mage).
Sunblade Elf isn't a terrible choice, but I would prefer his spot be given to a creature that can help you speed up the game a little. Green doesn't provide much of a flying presence so having a creature like Birds of Paradise I feel takes care of 2 issues: it allows you a flying presence on the battlefield to deal with threats you wouldn't normally be able to deal with, and it also allows you to slap a Rancor on it for a nice attacking option as well (aside from providing me mana of any color!). This comes in handy more than you think, and having a turn 2 Loxodon Smiter can really turn the tide in your favor early on.
That's all I'll say for now, as any more comments will have your deck looking exactly like mine, haha.
1 month ago
Cool idea! Your deck is mostly based on standard cards, but in modern, there are a lot of great options for a cat-themed deck.
You can consider the following cards:
Wild Nacatl (works best if you splash some red)
1 month ago
Nice! Something I think will help but the deck and the budget is getting rid of Anointed Procession. I ran Parallel Lives for years on my Saproling deck, which made a lot more tokens, and it took me a long while to realize, but it wasn't really a helpful card. The fact you're not getting anything out of whatever you played before, on a four mana card, usually means that you're either not going to get much out of it, or that it's just going to be win-more when you'd already make enough tokens for it to make a difference. And a lot of the time it can get removed before you have the mana to actually make tokens and get anything out of it, which's really frustrating. Though I tried to do so, they're the sort of card that I can't really recommend running in a Modern deck. In my deck, Second Harvest proved to be a lot more effective (because it worked off what was already on the board), but the double green mana cost might not be good for you.
Another suggestion I'd make is to mainboard Brave the Elements - because it's not only a way to protect your creatures, but also a way to make them all unblockable. It can be an unexpected way to win the game against someone who is comfortably hiding behind their blockers.
Finally, some thoughts about mana: At five mana on a deck with no ramp, Regal Caracal seems like it's not going to see play against most faster decks, and might be a dead draw a lot of the time for you. What I can suggest is to either not run a full set of them (two might be enough), or run some ramp since you already have green - or perhaps do both. Knight of the White Orchid might help, though it's not a cat - despite the cat we're all clearly seeing in the art. heh.
And, I actually had one last thing to add: If you can afford it, swapping out Elfhame Palace for Canopy Vista will do you wonders. Same for Blossoming Sands and Scattered Groves. The best part is that not only they're better lands in general, they're also Forests for Loam Lion (and then you could reduce the number of basic forests you're running by at least one, since you have a greater need of white mana on most cases).
2 months ago
Interesting list. I just finished off my own series of upgrades (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/arahbo-combat-cats/). A few things I noticed about yours:
I like that you have some graveyard hate in your sideboard. Graveyard decks are a problem in my meta as well.
I also like that you're mostly sticking with the cat theme of the deck. The few non-cats I see contribute directly to your gameplan.
I would recommend swapping a couple of forests for more plains. Ideally you'll start the game with more than one source of white mana in your hand to help cast some of the low-cost, higher white devotion cards (e.g. Leonin Relic-Warder and Loam Lion).
Your mana curve is a little high for my tastes, especially in the CMC6 range. In my opinion, the best way to win with Arahbo is to start swinging in the early game for high damage. Starting with a couple of high-cost late-game cards in your hand hurts your ability to play fast. You could also use some card draw, such as Harmonize and Staff of Nin.
It seems you've over-committed to multiple game plans. I see elements of "enchantress"-style game play (e.g. Ajani's Chosen) while you only run 5 enchantments, equipment-matters with considerably more support, and life gain without many ways to gain life (e.g. Felidar Sovereign).
Mindslaver is a really fun card, but I don't notice many ways for you to repeat the effect. If you want to make it more at home in the deck, I suggest finding ways to use it multiple times. Green and White have a decent number of ways to recycle cards. Here's a quick Scryfall search to help you start: https://scryfall.com/search?q=o%3Areturn+o%3Agraveyard+commander%3AWG&unique=cards&as=grid&order=name
2 months ago
Ooh, Cats. I helped build a tribal cat deck with my brother, but in Naya colors (partly for Wild Nacatl). At least in Selesnya colors, though, you still have a lot of cat-tastic options.
- Loam Lion comes down fast as a 2/3 with a Temple Garden in play, but, if you go with Loam Lion, you need four Temple Gardens. I would run more Temple Gardens in lieu of the Sunpetal Groves, though (or even Canopy Vista!), because having both of the land types is somewhat useful here.
- More Qasali Ambushers are a good option if you're running more dual lands, especially since they trade with/kill a lot of fast threats and are my favorite price of all (free).
- Run more Qasali Pridemages if possible, especially with Lantern decks everywhere.
- In the sideboard, I might consider Thorn of Amethyst to deal with creature-light decks and Rest in Peace instead of the Relic of Progenitus. You can also use Angel's Grace and Dawn Charm as a possibility to deal with insta-kills (and I'd think Dawn Charm's better than Druid's Deliverance).
- While I fully approve of Stony Silence, maybe a singleton Fracturing Gust would be worthwhile to deal with affinity and lantern: it kills all artifacts for a low price, even though it costs five mana (but, against lantern, many of the super-troublesome artifacts don't require the use of activated abilities to screw things up. Alternately, you have Kataki, War's Wage, which kinda looks cat-like...
- Ajani, Caller of the Pride is a good planeswalker, but you need to be ahead to make him work. I prefer Elspeth, Knight-Errant, as she buffs your attacking kitties and makes guys to protect you if your board is empty. (Plus, she might also fit the theme...(?))
2 months ago
Catalog9000 thanks for your suggestions! I'm currently on the fence about boarding Death's Shadow as I do have the possibility of leaving myself open to burn from shock lands but I'm thinking the most important part of sideboarding is figuring out the right spells like Boros Charm from what I can and maybe some one drops like Kird Ape or Loam Lions
2 months ago
So many solid Cats that aren't being played! As mentioned previously by others, this deck is really slow and the curve is huge. No removal really hurts. Why no Path to Exile? Also with those colours Dromoka's Command can really do work in this kind of deck.