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Crazy Cat Menagerie, XLN update (Standard, Budget)

Standard* Budget Casual Energy GW (Selesnya) Theme/Gimmick Tribal




The Crazy Cat Menagerie! (Now updated for XLN!)

Please UPVOTE if you like cats!!

Thank you to all the friendly users viewing, upvoting, and commenting your ideas! This deck made it to #3 on tappedout and is regularly sitting in the top 5 of the Standard hub :) MEOW!

An additional shoutout to the following users who have actively participated in the conversation that has improved this deck no end: djnewellmit, majin_shinsa, BubbleMatrix2357, puetypoo, Atroxreaper, tru13, quarteroy, and Entomo. Thank you all!

ALSO NOW IN! Check out, like, comment, upvote, enjoy my brand new Selesnya cat tribal EDH deck with heavy equipment flavour:

Arahbo's Kitted-Out Kitties

Commander / EDH sagramore


PLEASE NOTE: This is (as all good decks should be) an ever evolving work in progress thanks to the great comments from other tappedout users. Please check any "EDIT" remarks at the bottom of this description if the main description no longer makes sense as I might have moved some of the cards out.

HOW DOES IT WORK? You ask....

This is a simple cat tribal deck and is my first standard deck. I took some inspiration from a couple of other cat decks on here and built in both green & white cats. It underwent a relatively major tweak as of 7th June 2017 and a rename on 10th June 2017 and has been tweaked with the release of HOU and XLN.

The meat of the deck, this is what it's all about.....
  • Sacred Cat - 1-drop 1/1 with lifelink and when it dies you can cast it again? If that happens with Anointed Procession on the board you get TWO? Talk about value.
  • Metallic Mimic - These are pretty much cats, sort of? They're good to get out early and will make your tokens come on with +1/+1 counters, which is ace.
  • Adorned Pouncer - A 2-drop 1/1, looks pretty weak. However give it double strike and then Eternalize? Awesome.
  • Longtusk Cub - This beast uses energy but he generates his own. Coming down as a 2/2 for 2 on turn 2, swinging for some player damage, then he's a 3/3... A really nice, fast, kitty
  • Pride Sovereign - This new feline friend from HOU is perfect here. Not only does it get +1/+1 for all the other cats on the board but if you have the time then he will pop out 2 new kitties (or 4 with Anointed Procession).
  • Prowling Serpopard - 3-drop 4/3 that counters all those nasty blue control decks? No-brainer.
  • Regal Caracal - This sexy beast will win you the game. 3/3, two 1/1 cat tokens (4 if you have Anointed Procession out) and every cat has lifelink? MADNESS!
All good cat herders need a way to look after their purr-boxes.
  • Heroic Intervention - This card is amazing and it will save your life. Not sure if we need the full playset or not but it is in there for now.
  • Ixalan's Binding - A bit more expensive than Fragmentize but it has a lot more use. Plus it stops them casting any other copies of whatever it has exiled!
  • Gideon's Intervention - This is a nice little card to help you deal with whatever the other guy is throwing at you!
Sometimes your cats need a little more.... oomph.
  • Rallying Roar - This is a near card that not only can be used to untap an exerted Pride Sovereign but it will also help you defend after a big swing or buff your cats for that one final big push!
  • Ajani Unyielding - Who's the king of big cats? Ajani, of course. This card can help you grab more cats into hand, exile enemy creatures that are causing you problems, and potentially anthem everything into a win-swing.

So that's it really. Cast cats, buff cats, cast more cats, get cat tokens, swing with massive cats, WIN!

Gratefully accepting any other suggestions as I am (clearly) very new to this! I am interested to hear about any other obvious things I might've missed.

The Maybeboard holds a few cards that are still under consideration but often are deemed too slow to be useful in this fast, aggro heavy deck. I also think the sideboard needs some work so leave a comment and let me know what you think. Right now I'm seriously considering including some Settle the Wreckage and Field of Ruin in the sideboard to deal with nasty flip/non-basic lands or heavily aggro creature decks. Vanquisher's Banner also seems great but is it too slow?

Thanks for looking!

My Cat, Trixie

I've decided to archive most of the early changes to the deck and so here I only list the edits that have been made since XLN was released.

Two small changes from the recent Ixalan release: I have swapped out Tranquil Expanse for Sunpetal Grove - A much better mana fixing land! I have also swapped out Prepare / Fight for Rallying Roar - I can't see a lot of use for the (somewhat expensive) aftermath part of the old card and this new card untaps and buffs EVERYTHING!
Cast Out in the mainboard has been swapped for Ixalan's Binding.Initiate's Companion swapped out for Ajani Unyielding.


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