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Trained Caracal Discussion
3 months ago
Should have replied to the other comment too.
Trained Caracal is a 1/1 for , the key is his Lifelink. A Turn 1, 1/1 Lifelink +3/+3 Eminence (4 damage + 4 life = 8 life differential) seems like an early, and easily removable threat. Often a Terminate or of that nature will remove him early, which means Lost Leonin has 1 less removal to contend with.
Wily Bandar is a 1/1, with Emminence, he can output 4. He also has built in protection for (ridiculously high), which makes him less of a threat and target. Not going to waste a removal on a 1/1 with 4 life differential. not going to waste a removal on a 1/1 that can dodge it (for CMC3), so doesn't draw it out early removal, whereas an unchecked Trained Caracal can get a decent differential left unchecked. Mid-range, he would be a much better blocker, but without flying or reach not sure how useful he would be, but more so than Trained Caracal. A turn 8 Trained Caracal is not exciting don't get me wrong, but if I can lifelink 4 or 5 progressing towards a Felidar Sovereign that's ok. You could make the argument Trained Caracal can go, and I have considered removing him too, but not for Wily Bandar. I think maybe a Scrounging Bandar that can pump an Infect guy (hes CMC2 though), or a Whitemane Lion to combo. My sub-theme is life, like my infinite life mid-range combo, trying to Chord of Calling in a Felidar Sovereign at opponents EOT, so he kind of supports that too.
This deck is a work in process for sure, and LOVE the suggestions, if you have more. I've tried these guys earlier on when I was going aggro, so found out the challenges with them the hard way. I know this deck can get better!
4 months ago
Here are some cats you should consider adding: Adorned Pouncer, Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Enlightened Ascetic, Felidar Cub, Glittering Lynx, Krosan Vorine, Leonin Abunas, Lost Leonin, Pride Sovereign, Regal Caracal, Sacred Cat, Skyhunter Skirmisher, and Trained Caracal.
4 months ago
Making a few updates to make the deck more resilient.
2 Forest, Longtusk Cub, Trained Caracal, Sword of Feast and Famine pro green is bad with arahbo. Garruk Wildspeaker great card but no real synergy with this deck. Initiate's Companion. Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip it will be too difficult to flip, and wont be able to do so reliably.
4 months ago
Cards to cut
ajani's pridemate - just a bigish dude, I think this could be better as a 1 drop anything
ajani's sunstriker - I think Trained Caracal is better
Jareth, leonine titan - too expensive CMC
jazal goldmane - expensive overrun, might be worth keeping in after you lower the curve a lot. I'd keep an eye on it to see if it preforms
sunspear skikari - there should be another cat you can run that dosen't need another card to be good
wily bandar - might be better as Glittering Lynx, force your opponents to pay mana to kill it instead of you paying to save it
I think the preconstructed deck added lots of ramp that you might not need, so maybe cut some of the ramp?
sigarda's aid - i think you've already cut this, I still think it's not great
mirari's wake - you're not ramping into anything really huge anymore, not sure it's nessary anymore
nissa's pilgrimage - cultivate and kodama's reach are better.
traverse the outlands - big ramp spell to play your 1-3 CMC cats? Great card, but i think it's better in another style of deck
door of destinies - i think you wanna run out your little cats early, kinda blunting the effectivness of this card
grappling hook - costs so much to play and equip
sword of the animist - minimal stat boost, might be upgraded to some other equipment
kindred summons - make sure you play as an instant or you might get blown up by a wrath.
white sun's zenith - we're cutting a lot of ramp, making this less good
get more basics in here!
cut saltcrusted steppe
I really hope to see this deck wrecking the table soon and I think with some changes it will be!!!
4 months ago
some cats to think about
Adorned Pouncer Definitly
Leonin Skyhunter Definitly
Pride Sovereign Definitly
Skyhunter Skirmisher Definitly
Regal Caracal Definitly
Nacatl War-Pride Definitly
6 months ago
Hey, good upgrade to Ferocity, but consider decreasing the mana curve by adding more one drop and two drops Cats? Cutting six and seven drops?
One drop Cats are very mana efficient with Arahbo getting 4 attack power or more when one attacks from eminence. Fleecemane Lion, two drop Cat is amazing with eminence and included in Ferocity.
- Wild Nacatl
- Loam Lion
- Savannah Lions
- Sacred Cat
- Trained Caracal
- Fleecemane Lion
- Leonin Arbiter
- Prowling Serpopard
- Skyhunter Skirmisher
Leonin Arbiter is also included in Ferocity.
Cards to consider cutting:
- Argentum Armor
- True Conviction
- Boundless Realms
- Zendikar Resurgent
- Jareth, Leonine Titan
- Jedit Ojanen of Efrava
- Leonin Abunas
- Traverse the Outlands
- Selesnya Keyrune
- Nissa's Pilgrimage
Some budget dual lands that can ETB untapped:
8 months ago
Posting this Cats that don't suck list to research later, as MegaMatt13 commented, Pride Sovereign is a little weak, plus I find that 24 cats is a little short, although I've won games without playing a cat Stonehewer Giant + Puresteel Paladin + Grafted Exoskeleton.
I excluded many aggro cats because I feel that's not the right way to win in a multi-player format.
I'm sure I've missed some cats. I also have added some cats that do suck, but evaluating combos with them.
Adorned Pouncer, Ajani's Pridemate, Ajani's Sunstriker, Felidar Cub, Fleecemane Lion, Hungry Lynx, Initiate's Companion, Leonin Arbiter, Leonin Relic-Warder, Leonin Shikari, Lost Leonin, Metallic Mimic, Qasali Pridemage, Scrounging Bandar, Sunspear Shikari, Whitemane Lion
Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Fleetfoot Panther, Kemba, Kha Regent, Mirri, Cat Warrior, Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist, Mirror Entity, Pride Sovereign, Prowling Serpopard, Qasali Ambusher, Skyhunter Skirmisher, Stalking Leonin
Please recommend any cats i've missed!