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EDH Arahbo! Roar of the Kitten Overlord

Commander / EDH* Aggro Casual GW (Selesnya) Multiplayer Tribal



My coworker was kind enough to inform me of a new spoiled commander;

While I am actually not a cat person (somewhat, I mean I don't dislike them, I prefer dogs for running around with though.. I guess I'm more of an outside-ish person),Then again, I do like lions, they have nice manes, sleep a lot, don't do much hunting either.. so yeah, Arahbo gives off a pretty good vibe! plus the art looks absolutely amazing so I just had to make a deck. Also - if I mess up the name a little it could be Arahbou! Hah!, Arah-Bou? get'it? Ah well..

Anyway, this new cat commander allows for mixing the best of cats! green and white, some red would've been good for Wild Nacatl for example. But now we can at last make a real cat tribal without using Krond the Dawn-Clad or Karametra, God of Harvest, where someone always churns out the crazy catlady-joke.. sigh.

So here's what I built so far;

There's a little bit of +X/+X'ing, a little bit of lifegain, and a little bit of vigilance and trample. Another approach would be more focus on Cat Tokens but I decided not to do that, I already have a token deck in my EDH Ishkanah, Queen of Spiddies! and its time for a different approach imo.

The lifegain is there just in case, I didn't necessarily focus on it, because you usually end up being a target if you keep gaining life, but it's nice to funnel into my Sylvan Library and keep drawing cards. Keeping this in mind, im curious as to how Regal Caracal will perform as it gives everything lifelink..

Some cats, most notably Brimaz, King of Oreskos, already have vigilance on their own, but it seemed like a nice inclusion so I'm adding Always Watching to help out all the other kitties. The added +1 is a nice bonus. Spear of Heliod is here as well for that reason, but can be used to poke creatures that attack us. These two are probably the next ones I'll cut out though.

Now when Arahbo, Roar of the World does manage to empower our kittens, we need to make sure they don't get chump-blocked. Giving everyone trample with Arahbo's ability can get a little expensive depending on how many cats we keep but this is where Primal Rage comes in.

Coat of Arms is pretty self-explanatory, unless we're facing off against a token deck we should always have the upper hand. luckily, I'm the only Tribalist in my playgroup so this should be fine.

Similarly, Mirari's Wake is also a must-have. +1/+1 and double mana will work wonders with either Arahbo's ability or Jazal Goldmane. Doubling Cube is included for the same reason.

It could probably use tutors for some of the enchantments to help things speed up but I'm not sure if it's really necessary? Thanks to the low CMC you burn through your hand pretty fast (as with most of my decks lately), so more draw should help.

Aside from that, if there's anything you think I missed that should be an absolute inclusion, let me know in the comments below!


I'm starting to get exited about this deck! it's starting to shape up nicely.

Updated the description, but will type up a bit more later and included a proper picture when it's available.


Sgtpopnfreash says... #1

I suggest taking out the dragon throne. It is simply way to expensive to get it to activate. Aura Shards is amazing. You waould also do much better if you turned some of those lands into mana ramp. You have no Sol Ring? In green mana dorks are also a thing.

July 6, 2017 11:31 a.m.

Bou says... #2

The activation cost of the Dragon Throne of Tarkir was bothering me too, but it seems so good on paper! give it to Arahbo for a +5/+5 on all your other cats, and then give them another +x/+x (equal to their power) with his mana ability for some seriously amazing damage. But yeah it is a little difficult, I agree..

I forgot about Aura Shards actually, I have one lying around somewhere I think.

Some Mana rocks would help with the throne and other artifacts, for the creatures .. maybe, it looks like most is reliant on dedicated colors so the two colorless from Sol Ring for example would be a bit.. I'll take a look. As for dorks.. If there is a tiger or a cat in the art, they're in! if not.. alas.


July 6, 2017 11:40 a.m.

Sgtpopnfreash says... #3

I tried to make the throne work so many times with RURIC THAR!!!! because it does look good on paper but it never works. Something like Overwhelming Stampede would be better.

July 6, 2017 11:45 a.m.

Bou says... #4

That's a bummer! I'll take it out. Thanks for the feedback.

July 6, 2017 11:57 a.m.

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.

July 6, 2017 8:09 p.m.

Bou says... #6

Nice, that's a lot to go over!

I don't really want to go down the lifegain route, simply because my playgroup will decide that I am the main threat as soon as I pull out this deck at the table, and they will kill me before I even manage to gather enough mana for the commander. Sadly, they lack proper threat assessment - it's a real issue that has surfaced a few times now. I was already contemplating True Conviction, so I will keep that in mind and see if I can add it into the deck at some later point.

Nacatl War-Pride is indeed amazing, insane when the coat of arms would be in play.. I just, I can't stand the border! It's terrible.. ugh. as soon as they reprint this I will put it in, but till then, I can't. I will however get that Pride of Lions, and Prowling Serpopard, they add heaps of power and utility.

Cathars' Crusade is nice but works better in a token deck, will put it in the maybeboard for now. Gavony Township is a bit expensive to use, but the counters do stay.. and I think I'd rather use the mana for Arahbo or Jazal. It is a land though so like you said it's negligible.. will also maybeboard. I was already thinking of Asceticism and Privileged Position slipped my mind, it's slightly cheaper and covers more ground so I'll find a way to put this in.

Thanks a lot for the suggestions!

July 7, 2017 5:25 a.m.

Enral says... #7

Desperately needs Greater Good

July 7, 2017 7:54 a.m.

LittleBlueHero says... #8

Hey there!

I am also pre planning a deck for this guy.

Star Sign: Leo

There are a lot of things to consider even before we have seen any new cards. One thing you should not overlook is that the two best shapeshifters (imo) are GW. Chameleon Colossus and Mirror Entity. Both of which fit with the big cat very well.

Im hoping they also reprint some old cats with new art.

July 7, 2017 12:23 p.m.

Bou says... #9

@Enral: I've never really used Greater Good because I'm sceptical about the discard three card thing and whether or not I'll ever make my creatures big enough to benefit.. but I suppose in they were to die anyway then sacrificing them wouldn't matter much yeah, I just generally don't like discarding cards :x. I'll put it in the maybeboard for now, thanks.

@LittleBlueHero: Yeah there are a ofcourse a few more cards coming in the new deck so we'll have to wait and see, and I'm sure they'll reprint a few, and yeah hopefully they do give some new art! But probably not the nice ones, Brimaz for example probably won't get a makeover, I'd like to see new cards for Mirri and Jedit though. Maybe some others like ehh Mirri's Guile reprinted would also be nice.

I didn't even think about using changelings! Figured there were plenty of normal cats to play with, but this does seem interesting, I like the Chameleon Colossus in particular, will see if I can squeeze him in somewhere.

I'll take a look on your build as well, always nice to see alternatives.

July 8, 2017 6:04 a.m.

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