Cat Play Areas (Land) (36)
- 1x Buried Ruin
- 1x Canopy Vista
- 1x Command Tower
- 1x Evolving Wilds
- 5x Forest
- 1x Fortified Village
- 1x Krosan Verge
- 1x Maze of Ith
- 1x Mosswort Bridge
- 1x Myriad Landscape
- 1x Mystifying Maze
- 1x Path of Ancestry
- 10x Plains
- 1x Rogue's Passage
- 1x Scattered Groves
- 1x Strip Mine
- 1x Sungrass Prairie
- 1x Sunpetal Grove
- 1x Temple of the False God
- 1x Terramorphic Expanse
- 1x Tree of Tales
- 1x Vivid Grove
- 1x Vivid Meadow
Removal & Wipes (8)
- 1x Aura Shards
- 1x Beast Within
- 1x Fumigate
- 1x Pacifism
- 1x Path to Exile
- 1x Phyrexian Rebirth
- 1x Wrath of God
Other Stuff (4)
- 1x Adorned Pouncer
- 1x Alms Collector
- 1x Balan, Wandering Knight
- 1x Brimaz, King of Oreskos
- 1x Felidar Sovereign
- 1x Fleecemane Lion
- 1x Kemba, Kha Regent
- 1x Leonin Abunas
- 1x Leonin Shikari
- 1x Lost Leonin
- 1x Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist
- 1x Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith
- 1x Pride Sovereign
- 1x Qasali Slingers
- 1x Raksha Golden Cub
- 1x Regal Caracal
- 1x Skyhunter Prowler
- 1x Skyhunter Skirmisher
- 1x Steppe Lynx
- 1x Taj-Nar Swordsmith
Tutors, Return, & Draw (9)
- 1x Enlightened Tutor
- 1x Hunter's Prowess
- 1x Rishkar's Expertise
- 1x Smuggler's Copter
- 1x Sram, Senior Edificer
- 1x Steelshaper's Gift
- 1x Sylvan Library
- 1x Time of Need
- 1x Worldly Tutor
Rocks & Ramp (7)
Cat Toys (Equipment) (14)
- 1x Argentum Armor
- 1x Basilisk Collar
- 1x Behemoth Sledge
- 1x Darksteel Plate
- 1x Hammer of Nazahn
- 1x Heirloom Blade
- 1x Helm of Kaldra
- 1x Mask of Memory
- 1x Masterwork of Ingenuity
- 1x Shield of Kaldra
- 1x Swiftfoot Boots
- 1x Sword of Feast and Famine
- 1x Sword of Kaldra
- 1x Sword of the Animist
Big Cat (1)
Savannah Lions would work so well with that commander. Makes for a nice early threat hitting for 5. Equipements love an early holder as well. Nice simple deck with a lovely presentation to boot, nice work!
August 27, 2017 10:39 p.m.
Rivenor - Thanks! And that's not a bad tip. I'm going to make a few tweaks in the next day or two as I've figured it's worth working even more on the "go tall" strategy and streamlining it for that should be quite easy and help strengthen the deck.
August 28, 2017 6:32 a.m.
Having looked at my inventory I don't have a Savannah Lions but I do have some possibly appropriate 1-drops that would be pretty powerful.
Glittering Lynx would be an indestructible 4/4 unless the opponent pays 2, which they're unlikely to do early game.
Loam Lion is permanently 2/3 (so 5/6 with Arahbo) if I have a Forest.
Steppe Lynx would be a 5/6 every time a land came down.
August 28, 2017 6:40 a.m.
Hi, I love the cat tribe deck. A question why have you not put Pride Sovereign and Metallic Mimic? Ok, mimic just mimics a cat and give them counters, but Pride Sovereign is a nice token generator of 1/1 (with Arhbo 4/4) lifelink kittens and itself can be also quite big. .
August 28, 2017 8:44 a.m.
A few nice kitty cat to consider into the sky: Skyhunter Skirmisher and Leonin Skyhunter. The former is a dangerous kitty with any toy or the blessing of Arahbo. It will fly in and take a big chunk of life of any opponent without flyers. It is better, then Leonin Den-Guard or Skyhunter Cub. Leonin Skyhunter is more resilient and also flies in the air. And any cat in the air is dangerous. Some more examples, if you want to go in that direction (also in the budget) Skyhunter Prowler and Skyhunter Patrol. Both are weaker than Skyhunter Skirmisher or Leonin Skyhunter but I think they are better than Skyhunter Cub or Leonin Den-Guard
August 28, 2017 9 a.m.
medozzz - Thanks very much for the decent comments, I appreciate your thoughts. You've given me some solid advice there and I'll be taking a solid look at the base of cats, especially the ones you mentioned as I made an "advanced purchase" of random cat singles before C17 dropped so I've got a lot of the ones you mentioned already.
To add one thing, the Pride Sovereign ended up getting dropped when I started to steer completely away from tokens (wide strat) and went for a tall strat. That being said, he's about the best token generator for going tall, because he gets all the +1/+1 for the other cats on the board, so I will seriously consider him again.
Metallic Mimic I run in my standard cat tribal deck, and he works well, but only if you get him out early. He's amazing in token decks, but I wasn't so sure about him in this one.
August 28, 2017 9:53 a.m.
Nice deck :)
A few suggestions:
Fleecemane Lion works amazing in my version of the deck. Hexproof and Indestructible is incredibly tough to get rid of. He's 7/7 hexproof and indestructible with Arahbo's trigger.
Chameleon Colossus will count as a cat and can make himself huge!
Duelist's Heritage is a very cheap way to give a creature double strike each turn. (can also give opponents' creatures double strike if they are attacking each other)
August 29, 2017 12:46 a.m.
Any thoughts on what to cut if I start adding some of these cards though? That's much harder than finding good cards to go in :)
August 29, 2017 7:28 a.m.
I hear ya...cuts are always the toughest. Personally I would cut back on some of the higher casting cost cards to speed up the deck. Caged Sun, Argentum Armor, the Kaldra equipment...they all could be replaced with cheaper stuff. (eg. I would replace Caged Sun with a cheaper ramp spell like a simple Farseek or Nature's Lore which can tutor for Scattered Groves and Canopy Vista).
Also, 37-38 lands is great in most decks but your mana curve is low enough to handle cutting back to about 35. That would give you a couple extra slots.
August 29, 2017 11:07 a.m.
Forgot to link to my deck...it may provide some suggestions :)
August 29, 2017 11:13 a.m.
MegaMatt13 - Thanks again, I hear ya regarding cuts!
I think I like the idea of replacing Caged Sun with something else rampy. I liked the anthem effect but the fact it also buffs your opponents lands (in this case, anyone running white really) it might be a bit double-edged. I'll perhaps throw in some of the standard green ramp, like Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, or Harvest Season.
I was originally worried about the mana curve. I'm used to playing very fast decks where the curve peaks at 2 and with this one averaging over 3 I thought I needed more. I think more playtesting is required to be sure!
August 29, 2017 11:14 a.m.
Just a head's up but Caged Sun does not affect opponents so it is safe to use.
August 29, 2017 11:31 a.m.
Rivenor - You're completely correct now I read it again. My friend has been cheating! :) It's still expensive though, so the swap for Cultivate is still probably valid. Plus, other than an instant counter, Cultivate shouldn't get removed/wiped.
August 29, 2017 11:56 a.m.
I've made another 7 or 8 swaps to beef the deck up a bit. It' still sitting at a TCGPlayer paper price of ~$300 so not ridiculous but the changes should shift the tier of the deck up a tiny bit and make it hit a little harder a little faster.
Any constructive cricisms gratefully received!
September 6, 2017 5:38 a.m.
Like the upgrades :)
One cat that has been working great for me is Pride of Lions. 5 mana for a 4/4 is usually blah but Arahbo pumps him into a 7/7 who can get damage through no matter what. He can deal a crazy amount of damage with any equipment or Arahbo's second ability.
September 6, 2017 11:25 a.m.
MegaMatt13 - Thanks for the tip! I'll take a look at them for sure.
EDIT: Turns out I have one in a box but I'm not sure what I would cut (in the 4 to 6 drop range) that would make the change an improvement.... A lot of the cards at that cost level seem "necessary".
September 6, 2017 11:49 a.m.
Hmm...how is Alms Collector performing for you? I eventually cut him. He is more of a control oriented card in an aggro deck.
September 6, 2017 11:57 a.m.
Not played with the Alms Collector enough yet to be sure, but I will earmark it as a possible. My meta has a lot of card draw so it was more to stop them drawing lots than to get me the extra draw!
September 6, 2017 12:37 p.m.
I Like a lot Lost Leonin, you literally kill someone in 2turn with the +3/+3
September 9, 2017 9:31 a.m.
September 14, 2017 4:33 p.m.
Celestial Mantle is also a lifegain card that could help to stay alive when added to a creature with first-strike/unblockable, it isn't even funny if it is on a double-strike creature.
September 14, 2017 4:35 p.m.
Great deck man! It's funny cause I've built this deck almost literally card for card in anticipation for C17. We both made some flavor choices here and there, but ultimately it's the same!! Thanks for re-affirming my deck for me, but all the credit here goes to you. :) (Your great standard budget cat deck brought me here.)
September 19, 2017 6:12 a.m.
Sorry for the double post, but I'll add that Bloodforged Battle-Axe works beautifully. I got it on my turn 1 hand and pretty much ended the game turn 6 with 6 - 9 copies of it on the field. It gets out of control if your opponent doesn't stop it as soon as it comes out, and becomes a powerful toy the longer it stays on the field. I've only been able to play it twice, but the opponent scooped soon after it was out both times because of the copy creation. You can use Mirage Mirror to further copy the card, too, and create extra chaos. To be honest, I felt quite evil using it, but dang did it pay off. You might want to consider these two cards as well: Stoneforge Mystic, and Adaptive Automaton. I actually added these to mine just for the usefulness, but that's just me.
September 19, 2017 6:30 a.m.
As a general rule I am still trying to stick as hard as possible to the kitty theme rather than swap out cats for better equipment deck creatures. Things like Stoneforge Mystic, Puresteel Paladin, Sun Titan, etc. are obviously briliant cards for this deck but once I start putting them in in place of cats I feel like I'm not running a cat tribal deck any more and I might as well just replace Arahbo with Sram :)
However the Bloodforged Battle-Axe is definitely on my radar, as is Open the Armory as I totally forgot it exists. From my very limited playtesting as well I can see that Hexproof is a major boon here for keeping that voltron kitty alive so Whispersilk Cloak is being seriously considered as well (as is Mask of Avacyn as a cheaper alternative).
Regarding the Lost Leonin - this is also on my radar, and I have one sitting next to me. I'm just not sure if I want to go through the Infect route or not.... If I did put it in I would also consider Grafted Exoskeleton too and it may end up being what is used with the tutors every game. I imagine it draws quite a lot of hate though....
September 19, 2017 7:31 a.m.
Yeah man, I feel you on the cat tribal thing. I myself added the Forgemaster as a caregive for my kitties. Mine kits can get temperamental without a little attention.
What about that Adaptive Automaton? It's just like the Mimic; but then again I notice you don't have it in your deck, nor any other changelings. I gotta love your cat-radery, and I hope it works out for you!
Btw, I wanted to let you know if you crack a land like Evolving Wilds with Steppe Lynx out you can get him to 8/9 with Arahbo's +3/+3 because of the double land drop. If you're using the Steppe Lynx maybe consider more land search/play/lands that search for other lands? The ones I'm thinking of are expensive, but I think it's worth it with Steppe Lynx. I'm playing Hunting Cheetah myself and put as many "Forest" type special lands as I could into the deck without screwing myself on mana-fix. Otherwise I think Loam Lion is just as good with the +1/+2 from having a forest.
September 19, 2017 7:51 a.m.
Now that I think about it more, if you cracked multiple at once, and/or land searched to place more on the field, Steppe Lynx could be a secret weapon...
Huh, I'll have to think about this a little more, but I retract what I said about the extra searches/plays. I think you're good as is- you don't really want to center the deck around the Lynx.
September 19, 2017 8:11 a.m.
Pickacantaloupe - I like the Steppe Lynx for sure but I think he's more of a "starts in hand quick advantage" player rather than something to really put a package around, so I agree with your second comment.
I do have a Hunting Cheetah actually and I am thinking of putting him in, but I'm not sure he fits just now. If he were then I think it'd be a stronger push but I think as a he's a little weaker.
Finally, regarding the Metallic Mimic I did have him in but he's value on tokens rather than 1 or 2 big cats. The extra +1/+1 isn't worth it in my opinion, especially as you need to draw him first and you'll be tutoring out the other cats anyway. I felt similar about Adaptive Automaton. These cats can get so big the extra counter isn't worth a card slot. I might be wrong though and I might change my mind.
September 19, 2017 8:59 a.m.
for me dropping a Lost Leonin is like a Sol Ring or Lightning Greaves, it can be destroyed, or giving you a great advantage. And in l8 game with Arahbo on the field (+an equipment) you can one shot someone for ~
September 19, 2017 5:20 p.m.
I agree with you on the Mimic, as I removed him because of the same point you made. However, the Adaptive Automaton is more useful to me as opponents will probably want to kill it immediately- just like Lost Leonin, I use him to get opponents to waste their removal on it, and allow my bigger/better cats to stay out. I prefer all the bigger cats anyway, like Jareth, or Raksha.
The Hunting Cheetah is a personal favorite, so that's why he's in my deck. No real good reason. :)
I agree with you on white. White is stronger in this deck. I bought a Caged Sun today because of this. I'll get around to posting my deck so you can compare if you like.
So, I thought I'd ask before I forget; I'm new to this site, how do you link cards? I've been trying to figure it out. Could you help me with this please?
September 19, 2017 7:59 p.m.
Pickacantaloupe - No worries, thanks for your comments. I actually took Caged Sun out of this deck and replaced it with Cultivate - the Sun is great but it's very expensive to get out. It might come back but not sure yet...
As for linking cards, all the info you need is in the link: Here, which is also at the bottom of every "commentable" page. In short, you put the name in double square brackets "[]" and you can do the same with loads of things to link them, e.g.
[[Lost Leonin]] [[user:Pickacantaloupe]] [[symbol:W]]
Hope that helps!
September 19, 2017 8:34 p.m.
Thanks again sagramore! I noticed you added Lost Leonin, nice man. If only red cats were a thing, then I could incorporate Harmless Offering into the deck- I love the card art, and the flavor text. <3
September 20, 2017 8:58 p.m.
I've signed up for the Ixalan pre-release but I haven't properly looked at all the spoilers yet so I'm not sure if I plan to add anything yet.... Will have to wait and see :D Haha.
September 21, 2017 6:56 a.m.
I'm always scared that Felidar Sovereign in EDH is going to accidentally give me an anti-climatic win... First baller cat tribal I've seen though and I like it! +1 mate
September 28, 2017 6:32 p.m.
HavokizIceCold - Thanks for the +1! I know what you mean about Felidar Sovereign though - It's not won me a game yet, in fact I don't think I've even cast it yet. I should probably think about swapping it out for something.... more useful? There's just quite a lot of lifelink in the deck I figured it was worth keeping it in for now. Earlier I won a 4-player game with over 200 life at the end. I was hitting for ~40 damage on an unblockable creature with lifelink every turn for about 5 turns. One opponent just kept creating 3-5 spirits a turn, all about 5/5 or 7/7, so it took time to churn through :)
September 28, 2017 8:38 p.m.
If you like lifelink, I am enjoying Sacred Cat in my deck. 4/4 lifelink kitty for one mana that reanimates once. Great value
September 28, 2017 10:03 p.m.
Honestly, it's not a big deal and you're getting my personal opinion at this point, but I might swap that bad boy out for Jareth, Leonine Titan. A little on the expensive mana-cost side, but a powerhouse nonetheless.
September 28, 2017 10:27 p.m.
You have to think a little out of the box. Jareth, Leonine Titan+Strionic Resonator+Voltaic Key/Thousand-Year Elixir = a +14/+14 or +21/+21.
for resonator, for voltaic, and for Jareth = . That is a good bargain for that CMC cost.
September 29, 2017 12:10 a.m.
superhuman21 - Sorry man, I'm missing something - what is that combination of 3 cards supposed to be doing?
That being said, in almost every game I play I usually have a creature on the board with 3 or 4 equipment on it that's swinging for 20+ with double strike, lifelink, trample, and indestructible (and often hexproof).
September 29, 2017 5:35 a.m.
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