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Infinite Cat Lady (UPDATED)

Standard*

DrFishyNo


Description

Deck Rework! See Below!

As Aetherworks Marvel has shown us, combo decks can work in Standard. And as Pro Tour Kaladesh showed us, control decks are finally viable once again (specifically those of the draw-go variety). And with the release of Aether Revolt comes a new combo that can fit comfortably into a Jeskai Control shell.

Without further ado, I present Infinite Cat Lady

Strictly speaking, this is not a through and through combo deck. Originally, this was a strict Jeskai Control build with Thing in the Ice  Flip and Torrential Gearhulk as the win-cons. But after seeing Felidar Guardian spoiled, I figured that the deck had enough flexibility to support the combo without losing out on too much of its control aspects. The Jeskai build also lend's us some great tools that can not only protect our combo, but also help us dig for the pieces we need to combo off. The deck also gives us the ability to answer the mirror matchup not only in the main deck, but in the sideboard as well.

Sideboard

I think this is what the final sideboard is going to look like. Our matchup against mid-range is already phenomenal, but the sideboard now gives us more answers to aggro/token strategies as well as allowing us to go up against control more efficiently.

3x Dispel Great against the control mirror, or even the combo mirror. One mana counter your Glimmer of Genius or your Disallow is great.

2x Fevered Visions Again, a good card against the control mirror. Decided to reduce it to only two copies to fit in more answers to aggro.

2x Fragmentize Turn one Authority of the Consuls completely shuts our deck down, so we need an efficient answer.

1x Fumigate A great sweeper, especially against token/aggro strategies. The life gain can be incredibly important in the late game up against aggro decks. Could potentially add another to the main and drop 1x Radiant Flames

1x Negate For the mirror match.

2x Shock Again for the mirror match, but also can be brought in against aggro strategies, and even vs other control decks if you're feeling cheeky.

4x Thing in the Ice  Flip I love Thing in the Ice. It works well against most strategies and provides another win-con. This get's brought in against the mirror match, often times in place of the combo itself.

Playing Against the Mirror

This deck is looking like it'll end up being a rather popular choice. If it ends up being real is another question entirely, but there will certainly be a number of different takes on the deck running around. With that being said, the best way to sideboard against the mirror match is to simply just get rid of the combo. Don't bother getting in a race to see who can combo out quicker,. Instead just take your time and pick off their most relevant threats. Authority of the Consuls would be a great sideboard addition in place of something like Fevered Visions if you so chose. My meta tends to be control heavy, which is why I opted for visions over Authority, but the deck can be tweaked to fit what you face.

Changes

As described above, the sideboard has been changed substantially. In addition, a copy each of Felidar Guardian and Saheeli Rai have been taken out. With the amount of card selection and alternate win conditions in the deck, I felt that adding in two copies of Shock was a good idea. Void Shatter has also been replaced by Disallow, as it's strictly a better card. Being able to counter spells and abilities is much more relevant than Shatter.

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pickelchu says... #1

I was looking at your deck and I was like cool a nice cheap deck but then I clicked on Saheeli Rai and she was $23 she rose $20 pretty much over night that's crazy!

January 8, 2017 10:43 a.m.

Jarzr says... #2

You should consider Crackdown Construct as another potential combo win with Wandering Fumarole.

January 8, 2017 11:16 a.m.

Supahpikmin says... #3

So a few things I felt I should bring up:

  • Felidar Guardian isnt standard legal according to tappedout
  • Saheeli Rais second ability (the one I assume you use for the combo) says that you create a token rather than put it onto the battlefield, meaning that the token may not have an etb effect (I tried searching for an official ruling but to no avail)
  • I doesnt say in your description what the cat-combo actually accomplishes. Assuming that you could bounce the creatures infinitely, what does that accomplish? Does it stall out your opponent until they concede?
  • Since youre bouncing stuff, why not add the Decoction Module and do something with that too?
January 8, 2017 11:21 a.m.

DrFishyNo says... #4

Supahpikmin Guardian isn't legal because Aether Revolt hasn't released yet, once it does the deck will actually be standard legal.

The combo itself is much like the Splinter Twin combo in modern. Saheeli Rai copies Felidar, creating a token with haste (and it does get the ETB effect, Wizards changed the wording for how tokens are done from "put a token onto the battlefield" to "create a token," but it accomplishes the same thing). That token bounces Saheeli and then you get to rinse and repeat to your hearts content.

As for adding Decoction Module, there's no slots for it, and I have no use for the energy that it produces. This deck is a control build that coincidentally plays the combo rather than being a deck based around the combo itself.

January 8, 2017 11:31 a.m.

DrFishyNo says... #5

Jarzr

I thought about adding it, but when I was building this I wanted it to play more as a control deck that just so happens to have the combo in it, rather than a through-and-through combo deck.

January 8, 2017 11:32 a.m.

Jarzr says... #6

That's fair.

Happy brewing! ;)

January 8, 2017 11:53 a.m.

BlaineTog says... #7

Authority of the Consuls shuts your combo down hard, so you should have Fragmentize in the sideboard to deal with it, or at the very least Disperse.

You might also want to consider Reckless Fireweaver. It will help stabilize the board in the early game while you're getting set up and lets you win without even having to swing since the tokens created by Saheeli's -2 are artifact creatures. This will help you get around mass bounce effects, power reducers like Make Obsolete, and fog effects like Commencement of Festivities. Might at least be nice for the sideboard.

January 8, 2017 10:32 p.m.

DrFishyNo says... #8

BlaineTog Adding Reckless Fireweaver into the mix only complicates the combo in my opinion, and takes away from the counter-magic/card advantage that we get with the deck by taking up slots. Could it work as a sideboard card? Yeah potentially, but there's better cards that we can utilize to deal with Authority/Thalia. This deck is honestly more of a Jeskai control deck that's very good at hunting for the pieces it needs to combo off.

January 8, 2017 10:48 p.m.

Duskstrike says... #9

This is literally the deck that I'm worried about right now.

January 9, 2017 12:41 p.m.

Shwang says... #10

First off... this combo is very cool. I'm a big fan and I wish I could afford some Saheeli Rai right now to get in on that action.

How does the deck usually get interrupted? Grasp of Darkness or Harnessed Lightning with 1 extra? Murder or Unlicensed Disintegration I suppose. Do you think mainboarding a couple Dispel would be advantageous to help prevent that?

All in all. Sweet deck. +1

January 9, 2017 12:45 p.m.

DrFishyNo says... #11

Shwang I think playtesting is the best way to figure all of that out. There'll definitely be people that run disruption/hate, but it really depends on what kind. If Authority of the Consul ends up being a thing, then Fragmetize is probably my best bet. If it's instant speed hate, then Dispel is much better. I'll definitely be updating and fine tuning the deck as I play it.

January 9, 2017 1:05 p.m.

Zezmey300 says... #12

Hey still a noob here. I'm a little confused about the mechanics, can you just keep cycling through felidar guardian and saheli? Until you just have an infinite amount of times?

January 10, 2017 12:04 a.m.

BlaineTog says... #13

Zezmey300:

Yeah, pretty much. The reason it works is because Magic cards don't have a memory of their previous state. That is, if you flicker a creature with a +1/+1 counter, the "new" creature is considered to be entirely new by the game, with no relation to itself when it was previously on the battlefield. As a result, flickering Saheeli causes her loyalty counters to reset to 3 and also enables her to use one of her loyalty abilities, regardless of whether the old version used an ability before being flickered. This means that you can use her -2 to create another Felidar Guardian token, then use that token to flicker Saheeli, then use the "new" Saheeli's -2 on the Felidar Guardian again, and so on and so forth until you decide to attack with an arbitrarily high number of 1/4 hasted tokens.

January 10, 2017 12:24 a.m.

TheTrueDM says... #14

Okay okay okay okay, why has no one put in Mechanized Production. Is there something I am missing? In my mind it would be an instant win.

January 10, 2017 10:50 a.m.

BlaineTog says... #15

The tokens are exiled at your end step and Mechanized Production only checks for 8 or more artifacts at your upkeep.

January 10, 2017 11:10 a.m.

jacekain says... #16

Need 2 Nahiri in mainboard. Dig deeper for combo pieces. negative effect is relevant in the meta and the biggest hate card. Ultimate to find the Cat or a Gearhulk.

January 10, 2017 12:35 p.m.

907phringe says... #17

DrFishyNo Nice work on the deck, I see you went a similar direction. I like the idea of TiTi in the sideboard. You can check out my deck over here Jeskai Guardian Twin. +1

January 10, 2017 3:24 p.m.

Clockwurk says... #18

I run a similar list http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/how-standard-was-broken/ . My list focuses more on the combo. Also, i reccomend usin Disallow. Good build tho.

January 10, 2017 6:08 p.m.

cheetodunkz says... #19

I think we need to do Metallic Rebuke here instead of other counterspells because of added mana drain effect. Its just really good.

January 10, 2017 11:46 p.m.

BlaineTog says... #20

I think you must've misread Metallic Rebuke. It doesn't drain mana: it gives your opponent the option to pay an extra 3 mana to cast their spell anyway. That's a downside, not an upside.

What's more, the main benefit of Metallic Rebuke is that you can reduce its cost through Improvise, but this deck doesn't run any artifacts so you'll only be able to take advantage of that benefit if you've already achieved your combo.

January 11, 2017 12:15 a.m.

DrFishyNo says... #21

I agree with BlaineTog here. Disallow is strictly better, even at UU, because it's unconditional counter that spell with the upside of countering abilities if we need it, which could be very useful in the mirror match up.

January 11, 2017 12:26 a.m.

pickelchu says... #22

To be honest, this deck could use a little more card advantage and a little less control maybe cutting a disallow or harness lighting for more draw effects by good deck +1

January 11, 2017 7:08 a.m.

I have been working on this deck too, and I was think of only running three of each combo piece to allow more flexibility main board. Thoughts?

January 12, 2017 10:11 a.m.

DrFishyNo says... #24

BloodOfTheWolf I was actually considering the same thing, mainly because I don't wanna buy another Saheeli at $25 lol. And as long as there's ways to dig for the combo (Anticipate, Glimmer), I see no reason why you couldn't just run the combo pieces as a 3 of instead of 4.

In this version of the deck, Gearhulks can be an alternate win condition, so even if the combo gets disrupted, or we don't find it, that's not a huge deal.

January 12, 2017 10:17 a.m.

I have also been thinking about whether or not to run a 2 - 2 split of shock and harness lighting simply because shock is so good in the mirror just a thought

January 12, 2017 10:37 a.m.

DrFishyNo says... #26

It depends on what the meta is like, but it's looking as if there'll be a lot of these decks running around, so adding Shock to the main or the sideboard is probably a good call. My thought was to just counter Saheeli with negate or another counter spell, but at 1 mana, shock might be a more efficient way to deal with her.

January 12, 2017 10:50 a.m.

DestinySide says... #27

Shock will destroy that combo (As the player -2 Saheeli, the priority will move to the opposing player which can answer with a spell or ability). I did run Jeskai Control but with the new release I would advise Grixis or Esper for a control deck. You basically weaken your control deck to add 4 cats and 4 Saheeli for another win condition which is not a bad thing but against pure control decks, you might run out of gas before they do (more counter spells). Remove the mountain add a plains; you have more than enough red sources. Replace your port towns with 4 Prairie Streams....no need to give them free information. If your gonna stick with Jeskai I would advise adding fumigate or pure board wipe cause G/W and G/R creatures will be a big hit. Nearly your whole sideboard is just for control. Add a shock for R/W vehicles. Fumigate for creature heavy decks. Thing in the ice would be good but some of your spells like blessed alliance, harnessed lighting, Radiant flames and immolating glare will usually have no purpose against control so I would replace it....besides 4 dispels and 2 negates are deadly enough against control.

January 12, 2017 11:32 a.m.

pickelchu says... #28

Don't know if you have a slot for this but Call the Gatewatch could be another way to ensure you'll get saheeli into your hand for not that much mana.

January 13, 2017 6:17 p.m.

Catgroove says... #29

@DrFishyNo: How do you feel about Hope of Ghirapur as a way to protect your combo? I don't know if it will be needed to be in the main this standard yet, but it's definitely something to think about if not for the main then the side.

January 14, 2017 3:15 p.m.

DrFishyNo says... #30

Catgroove the rules text on Hope of Ghirapur says that they can't cast non-creature spells if dealt combat damage by it this turn, which means we'd have to go to combat with Ghirapur first. Since the combo relies on attacking with tokens that then get exiled at our end step, it wouldn't really work.

January 14, 2017 6:26 p.m.

Catgroove says... #31

Oh my bad, I was remembering the card wrong then and didn't even check it's text when I posted that.

January 15, 2017 3:07 a.m.

hamiam says... #32

Lol Awesome +1

January 16, 2017 12:08 a.m.

Would you entertain the idea of Spell Queller. I'm building a very similar list, just making it more tempo orientated with Spell Queller and Chandra, Torch of Defiance

January 21, 2017 5:09 p.m.

DrFishyNo says... #34

Spell Queller could definitely work if you're going more midrange, it's a great tempo piece. Chandra is also great in any deck that's running a decent amount of red, mana ramp along with Turning your bricks into 2 damage is pretty sweet.

January 21, 2017 5:17 p.m.

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This deck is not Standard legal.

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Illegal cards Disallow , Felidar Guardian , Shock
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Avg. CMC 2.76
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Revision 4 (1 week ago)

-1 Saheeli Rai main
-1 Island main
+2 Shock main
-1 Felidar Guardian main
+1 Plains main
-1 Dispel side
+1 Fumigate side
-1 Negate side
-1 Fevered Visions side
+2 Shock side
-1 Fragmentize side
+1 Thing in the Ice  Flip side

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