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Creature — Cat
Loam Lion gets +1/+2 as long as you control a Forest.
Loam Lion Discussion
6 days ago
This list is pretty close to the traditional 'little kid green/white' lists from a long while back, but it will need some tinkering and a clearer gameplan.
There are a bunch of options; Bant Sureblade , Dromoka's Command , Dryad Militant , Emmara, Soul of the Accord , Gaddock Teeg , Huatli's Raptor , Naya Hushblade , Oath of Ajani , Qasali Pridemage , Gnarlwood Dryad , etc.
In particular though, Pelt Collector is another four experiment one, which lets you drop your curve lower to the floor and run Dryad Militant . Qasali Pridemage is an answer to bridge, which is practically mandatory in this meta. Gnarlwood's deathtouch helps answer the wealth of 'huge creature turn two' decks out there.
If you aren't running removal, this means you are always racing your opponent, so you should look at your clocks and try to win as fast as possible- modern is full of both combo and aggro decks structured like this. Traditionally naya for Wild Nacatl Loam Lion and Kird Ape is the thing, but going to three colours on a budget manabase is tricky- especially if you want to go fast.
More midrange strategies with budget mana tends to be more relaiable- Keep your turn 1-2-3 plays in one colour and accelerate into a duel colour 5 drop. Great 5 drops like Thragtusk are cheap. 'Get bigger' creatures like Warden of the First Tree and Hexdrinker are readily available, and cards like Oust or Oblivion Ring fix a lot of problems. Birds of Paradise has gotten expensive over the years- for pristine playsets. Check the damaged lists out there- there are a lot of cheap copies in circulation.
2 weeks ago
For starters, I would drop all the noncreature spells you're currently playing. That gives you 8 cards to work with; 4 of those are Path to Exile (or if you still want to keep it kinda budget On Thin Ice ) and for the other 4 I'd play Metallic Mimic . When you have access to potentially 16 one-drops (all really good one-drops, at that) Mimic is pretty insane.
After that, I'd cut down 2 Regal Caracal and a land (or -3 Caracal and -2 lands) and finish the playsets of Loam Lion , Savannah Lions , and Pride Sovereign . Caracal is a super strong card, but with a really good lord like King of the Pride and equally good aggro 1-2 drops, you don't actually need it.
Another thing you could do if you cut all the Caracals is play a set of Aether Vial . You would be able to get away with 21 lands that way since the top end of your curve would be 3 cmc and you'd have Vial. To make it simple, the changes would be this: -3 Caracal , -3 Forest/Plains, +1 Loam Lion , +1 Pride Sovereign , +4 Aether Vial . Given the power of Aether Vial, this would be the most competitive way to make this deck in my humble opinion.
For late game card advantage, 4 Horizon Canopy will do the trick, especially after cutting Caracals and even more so with Vial. As for the rest of the mana base, it's relatively simple to upgrade: 4 Windswept Heath , 2-3 Temple Garden , some fast lands and maybe a check land, and voila!
A final tip: if you have the gall, you can cut a set of 1-drops to fit in a set of Leonin Arbiter . Not only is it on theme, but it is great against more competitive decks with fetches and works with Path to Exile and Ghost Quarter . Arbiter is especially good at instant speed with Aether Vial since you can flash it in in response to a fetch, so there's some more incentive to turn this into a Vial deck. Remember not to play fetches yourself, though.
Hope this helps!
6 months ago
Hey, I also don't have a Arahbo deck, but to take more advantage of eminence (+3/+3 for a Cat) my advice is to keep the mana curve low. Mostly one and two drop Cats, some three drops, couple of four drops and top the curve at five drop Regal Caracal and Arahbo:
Here's an example:
- Loam Lion
- Wild Nacatl
- Savannah Lions
- Jungle Lion
- Steppe Lynx
- Scythe Leopard
- Sacred Cat
- Trained Caracal
- Glittering Lynx
- Fleecemane Lion
- Qasali Pridemage
- Adorned Pouncer
- Metallic Mimic
- Leonin Arbiter
- Leonin Skyhunter
- Ajani's Pridemate
- Leonin Relic-Warder
- Brimaz, King of Oreskos
- Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist
- Skyhunter Skirmisher
- Pride Sovereign
- Mirri, Cat Warrior
- Alms Collector
- Jazal Goldmane
- Leonin Warleader
- Regal Caracal
6 months ago
I don't think you should run Anointed Procession with only 10 token producers and with all your tokens being 1/1s.
As long as you're not running any mountains, Loam Lion is just better than Wild Nacatl and you should probably make a 4/2 split in Lions favor, but if you ever get some Windswept Heath s, including a single Stomping Ground or Sacred Foundry could be a good idea, and then you could make the 4/2 split the other way around. (Unless you want more than 6 1-drops, which I would be in favor of, personally.)
As for the sideboard, Rest in Peace , Stony Silence , Damping Sphere and Runed Halo are some of the best options to beat unfair decks, and Knight of Autumn is a great option to fight against both burn and problematic artifact/enchants
Darth_Savage on Cats
7 months ago
There are a lot of better cats, Loam Lion and Wild Nacatl for starters, Fleecemane Lion rather than Oreskos Swiftclaw as a straight upgrade. I was actually helping another player build a cat deck, Procession of 9 Lives - Demo, I'd recommend you have a look. I'm happy to answer any questions you have, but my first piece of advice is, play more 1 drops and take advantage of the card pool available. Hope this helps, good luck with your deck.
7 months ago
9-lives, I ask that you read this and think about it. I am well known for wanting to have my cake and eat it. This is a game, and games are meant to be fun, even if it's competitive. That being said, the following are my suggestions:
Lotus Cobra is only really good when you can get more than one landfall trigger and generate a faster tempo (generally off of "fetch lands" like Windswept Heath into an untapped land). For example: consider turn three. Two forests in play, lotus cobra, Pride Sovereign, and windswept heath in hand. You play cobra, drop a fetch, and search, opening 3 mana (if you include the untapped land) to play the sovereign.
Life total is irrelevant unless you can abuse it, or you are playing against burn (in which it is still not really relevant). Examples of abusing lifegain are Aetherflux Reservoir+Sydri, Galvanic Genius, Felidar Sovereign, and Lim-Dul's Vault. The only formats these can be achieved in are commander, highlander, or other eternal formats.
Indestructible is insane, especially because the only removal for it in modern is in white or -1/-1 counters.
Even if I'm not in aggro I would still play Fleecemane Lion, Loam Lion, and Wild Nacatl. I would do this because they are the creatures that will keep me alive in the early game, while applying pressure. for these I would take out Ajani's Pridemate and Lotus Cobra (unless you are willing to get some fetches)
The flaw in your argument that Renaissance is better, is that it is for your enchantments. Renaissance is not card advantage. The information is still open, it doesn't immediately expand your board presence, and can be hated out more easily than your enchantments. Rest in Peace is currently in the mainboard of multiple decks that run white. My decks play Tormod's Crypt. Hating out your graveyard is currently game 1 meta. In reality, I would not run recursion/graveyard in the main. Against this deck (assuming your recursion is in your sideboard) I would plan on ditching my graveyard hate for enchantment hate. This is because I believe that drawing my graveyard hate is a dud against your deck.
7 months ago
Great, I have built it and it's lots of fun. I made some changes based on my matches.
Krosan Verge - put Mutavault instead.
Helm of Kaldra
Mask of Avacyn
Sword of Kaldra
Masterwork of Ingenuity - I don't have it, will buy.
Asceticism - I don't have it and put Privileged Position instead.
Leonin Abunas - Privileged Position can protect kitties' toys.
Prowling Serpopard - I haven't seen someone counter kitties, so I put other things.
Raksha Golden Cub - Too big, I put Taj-Nar Swordsmith instead.
Steppe Lynx - I prefer Loam Lion, Steppe Lynx needs landfall.
Hunting Cheetah - I don't have it, will buy.
Teferi's Protection - I don't have it, will buy.
7 months ago
Your playing an Tribal Aggro deck, so speed is important, that means that Vanquisher's Banner, is far too slow as is Creeping Renaissance. Metallic Mimic is a better choice for providing an extra boost to your cats. As to the cats themselves, no Loam Lion, Wild Nacatl or Steppe Lynx to provide early pressure, seems wrong. Ajani's Pridemate is'n't good in this deck, because Heroes' Reunion has no place in an aggro deck. Any of Fleecemane Lion, Qasali Pridemage, Prowling Serpopard, Brimaz, King of Oreskos or Qasali Ambusher would make more sense.
In short, play more 1 drops and take advantage of the card pool modern offers. Hope this helps, good luck with your deck.
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