Creature — Cat Beast Spirit
Trample, lifelink (Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.)
Phantom Nishoba enters the battlefield with seven +1/+1 counters on it.
If damage would be dealt to Phantom Nishoba, prevent that damage. Remove a +1/+1 counter from Phantom Nishoba.
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Phantom Nishoba Discussion
1 week ago
woluc Sure! 1 Phantom Nishoba - for Felidar Sovereign (High cost for what it did, liked the separate win condition of Felidar, plus other good effects) 1 Oreskos Explorer -for Adorned Pouncer (Already a good amount of ramp, dont care for it too much)1 Temur Sabertooth -for Regal Caracal (Regal Caracal duh. :P )1 Rout -for Steelshaper's Gift 1 Nissa's Pilgrimage -for Enlightened Tutor (Enlightened tutor to hunt down sylvan library or descendants' path, both amazing enchantments)1 Condemn -for Swords to Plowshares (Pure upgrade, if not budget go with Path to Exile)1 Dreamstone Hedron -for Scythe of the Wretched (Hedron Archive does close to the same for cheaper, Scythe of the Wretched has an effect I like, but feel free to pick any equipment you like, if not budget, maybe one of the swords?)1 Curse of Vitality -for Descendants' Path (Curse of Vitality-hell no. Descendants' path with only 1 creature type is great. If top card is any creature in your deck- its free)1 Taj-Nar Swordsmith -for Leonin Abunas (I already add more ways to find equipment, so instead why not give my equipment hex proof :/)1 Zendikar Resurgent -for Sylvan Library (Zendikar Resurgent if more expensive than Mirari's Wake for close to the same effect, would rather have Sylvan Library for draw, and when combine with Abundance it allows you to draw 3 without paying life.) If I missed any, let me know, also I'm not done yet, I may make some more changes (Thinking of dropping Skull Clamp for Whispersilk Cloak or Godsend)
1 week ago
@ Tots - I can definitely understand some of the options you mentioned.
Leonin Skyhunter - meant to be a source of fast damage with Arahbo's free pump effect. Cats don't typically fly either, so while not ideal, it can serve as a blocker in a pinch. You are absolutely right in that it's returns diminish as time goes on.
Skyhunter Skirmisher - same deal as above, Double strike being an added bonus. A better option than Skyhunter as the double strike will always be relevant, but also fades as time goes on.
Enlightened Ascetic - meant to be removal on a stick that doubles as a body, but when compared to other options, I can see this getting the boot.
Noble Panther - Aside from the art being really sweet, it is one of the only multi color cats in the deck. I'd like to keep it, but I'm aware of it's flaws and it's among the cards that are likely to be cut.
Leonin Relic-Warder - Unlike Enlightened Ascetic, it can hit artifacts or enchantments. Even if the removal is temporary, it also serves as bait for removal if they want their stuff back. I don't see this one being cut when all is said and done.
Lost Leonin - I completely understand, and I actually kind of hate myself (slightly) for it's inclusion. It's a way to burst poison someone out of the game with Arahbo's free pump and his 3 mana second ability. It's an anti lifegain card that benefits from all other bonuses for the tribe... I'd like to keep it, but I see it as a potential cut and not a definite one.
Phantom Nishoba - A lifelink, trample 7/7 for 7 that effectively has 7 lives is appealing, especially with Arahbo on board. It's a late game threat that, if worst comes to worse, it's a blocker that gains me life and prevents a bunch of commander damage. The deck list is already light on higher cmc cards, would like to keep a few.
Sabertooth Nishoba - Kind of along the same line as Phantom Nishoba, it's a beefy tribal card that has pro-2 colors. It'll work great with Arahbo and serves as a solid blocker or way to get in. The deck list is already light on higher cmc cards, would like to keep a few.
1 week ago
I'd cut Lost Leonin, Leonin Skyhunter, Skyhunter Skirmisher, Enlightened Ascetic, Noble Panther, Phantom Nishoba, Sabertooth Nishoba, and Leonin Relic-Warder. Most of these are good for early game but all fall off incredibly hard incredibly fast. What's a turn 5 Leonin Skyhunter going to do but slow you down. That will put you at 100.
2 weeks ago
Especially Phantom Nishoba
Sorry for the rude format I'm on mobile
1 month ago
Selesnya naturally makes for a solid lifegain deck, and there are enough Cats that can take advantage of that to make it something I think you'd want more of in this deck. A few Cats that would help to further this end include Ajani's Pridemate, Arctic Nishoba, Felidar Sovereign, Phantom Nishoba and Sacred Cat.
Next, there are some interesting combat opportunities you can open up with a few particular Cats. Nacatl War-Pride is like Stalking Tiger but with even crazier implications. Pride of Lions can just go in on your opponent if you find yourself facing a formidable defensive line. Skyhunter Skirmisher is a cheap and effective flier with double strike that will definitely serve you well with even moderate pumps.
Other than that, two utility Cats you might consider are Prowling Serpopard, an excellent way to ensure your bodies hit the board, and Spirit of the Hearth, which is not only a sizable force but also a good way to cover your own ass.
Besides actual Cats, I have to recommend a few other good cards. True Conviction serves the lifegain goal, but also grants your board double strike, which will quickly become terrifying with your commander's natural abilities! Cathars' Crusade gradually buffs your guys as you cast more of them, which can and will add up over time. Gavony Township can join in on the +1/+1 fun without taking a real card slot. Dueling Grounds will certainly swing combat in your favor once your Commander gets rolling. Finally, Privileged Position is simply one of the quintessential pieces of Selesnya tech.
8 months ago
Fun deck theme, I'm interested to see it evolve. Just remember, the first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about about Fight Club ;)
9 months ago
You don't have to go full super friends, but you should get as many planeswalkers as you can stand in the deck.
I don't remember what Atraxa comes with, but based on some of my own research, I'd also recommend a few others:
- Sage of Hours
- Noosegraf Mob
- Kalonian Hydra
- Fate Transfer
- Vigean Graftmage
- Steel Overseer
- Jenara, Asura of War
- Unspeakable Symbol
- Experiment Kraj
- Abzan Ascendancy
- Helium Squirter
- Plaxcaster Frogling
- Archmage Ascension
- Golem Foundry
- Titan Forge
- Inkmoth Nexus
- Crumbling Ashes
- Surge Node
- Lux Cannon
- Luminarch Ascension
- Magistrate's Scepter
1 year ago
Was looking for a home for my favorite card Phantom Nishoba and some of the other phantoms from Odyssey. CotC might be a great commander for them. Great deck list so far! My other recommendations would be Kalonian Hydra, Temur Sabertooth to return creatures to hand and recast, Gyre Sage, and Gavony Township.