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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!


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I must be missing something.

I've played with the precon now and I feel so disappointed.

Dragons, Vampires, they completely overwhelm. The only reason Wizards didn't steamroll us as well was because the poor guy couldn't get his lands together. Arahbo? where is he? where is his power? This mighty primordial being.... The flyer in the box actually describes him as " clever, perceptive, assertive, poised and a vicious hunter". Perhaps in theory - in practice.. far far far from it.

Working on a new version here:

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Desperately needs Greater Good

July 7, 2017 7:54 a.m.

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.

@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.

im already running a arahbo deck at in my local edh-playgroup (with an arahbo as Proxy) and it performs very well. Regal Caracal seems to be totally broken with its lifelink ability. i finished several games with over 100-150 lifepoints, even against other aggro like Saskia from c16.

lifegain seems to be an important mechanic in here as it gives us enough room to focus on pure atk. i noticed that i nearly never declared any big blocks. im just doing the damage race.

Heartstone is a mostly forgotten Card for arahbo :)

July 27, 2017 3:24 a.m.

just if ya interested, here is the link to my list: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/safari-arahbo-cat-tribal/

July 27, 2017 3:26 a.m.

Ooh interesting, that is a lot of lifegain, but your deck doesn't seem to be really geared toward that. so you hit 100-150 with Regal Caracal and True Conviction? that's quite a lot haha.

I'm not sure how Heartstone would help because it doesn't work with Arahbo, so you'd only have two or three kittens who would benefit. Arahbo's ability is triggered, not activated. That would mean it would only work with Temur Sabertooth, Fleecemane Lion and Jazal Goldmane.

July 27, 2017 3:42 a.m.

oh you are completly right about Heartstone, i missed that Point. well, thats great anyways as it gives me a new spot for other Cards lol.

regarding lifegain. Regal Caracal and True Conviction are insane. both win you games as you simply run away (e.g. Pride Sovereign was able to hit for 8-10 damage each turn, so much life every round). to be honest i had 6 games with this list yet. 3 Players, enemies played Saskia and Oloro. one game i got Regal Caracal paired with many Little hitters, another game went crazy as i got True Conviction, Collective Blessing, Pride Sovereign and tutored for Regal Caracal.

what i have learned so far: lifelink wins you games. Pride Sovereign can win you games, Regal Caracal WILL win you games, same for True Conviction.

what i have learned too: control & fort Artifacts and Enchantments can be backbraking against this deck if unanswered. maybe i was unlucky with my removals and maybe i shouldnt have answered an Primordial Hydra with Beast Within while the Oloro-guy just landed a Propaganda in one game. most hated Card became Keening Stone as i lost 1 game to it as i wasnt able to answer in time...

July 27, 2017 5:47 a.m.

Were these games 1 vs 1 or multiplayer? either way it's good to know! Oloro is a real lazy play -_-.. Saskia should have killed you though, the lifegain must have been amazing that game. I know my own Saskia deck (EDH Saskia's Warband) would tear this Arahbo-decklist apart if they were matched.

I haven't tested it myself yet but .. maybe some more removal would help. Ah then again, I do seem to have more removal in my list compared to yours, like Aura Shards or Enlightened Ascetic for example. But a good old Wrath of God wouldn't hurt much either since we can just Faith's Reward or Heroic Intervention.

Maybe I'll make a proxy soon.

July 27, 2017 9:52 a.m.

all these games where multiplayer games. i dont like dual commander, even if arahbo is more a dual commander of course.

i just have checked your list, Looks fine. the Saskia i fronted was nearly stock, so oloro was the "real" thread. but at least our cats are performing much better than i thought.

im a pure Combo/control Player usually (Hands down for Damia), so i miss the hard control pannel in here. i Play Aura Shards in my atraxa and in my ghave edh... absolutly broken with Tokens and a great Addition.

i thought about some good old mass removals too as - like you said - we can safe our kittens for big benefit.

July 27, 2017 10:49 a.m.

Arahbo, roar of the wild will almost certainly be banned in 1v1 EDH when he comes out. Like nearly 100% probability.

July 27, 2017 11:04 a.m.
July 27, 2017 1:52 p.m.

New spoilers today make me even more excited to play Cats... however I think I may need to build the new mirri on her own.

August 7, 2017 1:47 p.m.

The new Mirri looks amazing as well. The art is really good from what I've seen so far, same for Nazahn, revered blacksmith. But it looks like they're really going for a voltron/exalted style 1vs1 combat with lots of equipment though, I'm not sure how I feel about that.

August 8, 2017 4:54 a.m.

I'm so excited that i could find another cat tribal commander deck (mine is Cats With Assault Rifles) and I hope to get some card ideas from this deck, although my deck is "trying" to go more towards equipment for the cats.

August 11, 2017 2 a.m.

hey bou. after checking first spoilers im some kind of disappointed of the upcoming deckstyle... but on the other hand im happy and glad that my kittens will stay unique in their direction. currently im only up for the new mirri cause... well, she's mirri. maybe i just take out arahbo for my kittens and keep the rest of the c17 kittens stock with another leader in front.

August 11, 2017 9:01 a.m.

SerraMeya Its funny because before the spoilers came out and we had only seen Arahbo I had built a deck around him that was trying to force one on one combats and such, which admittedly was a strange direction for a token swarm kinda deck.

Then they spoiled Mirri, who basically screamed "I heard you made a deck for me". So while I can say that the overall cat deck strategy may not be as cohesive as say the vampire deck seems to be, it offers a few different ways to build it. You can make it aggro stompy with arahbo, You can focus more on equipment whith Nazahn, or aggro token swarm with Mirri.

The neat thing is that while it may not seem like it all these commanders work well in a deck together with Arahbo at the helm... Nazahn helps you make an incredibly powerful cat with equipment, then Arahbo pumps the crap out of it, and finally Mirri makes it so that your opponents can only block with one creature making combat super tough. I hope I live to see the day I hit all three at the same time lol.

August 11, 2017 9:27 a.m.

@SerraMeya: Yeah like LittleBlueHero says, I agree that they made these new decks really wide with a lot of possible variations, and that means less synergy in the C17 decks, but more room to develop your own style.

Mirri and Nazahn allow for a way more aggressive exalted/voltron style, but Arahbo as he is, can be anything you want him to be, and now that we can compare him to the other legendaries.. he feels really lazy - king of the jungle / let everyone else do the dirty work - .. kinda.

The non-legendary cats they spoiled so far though are pure trash. Some are fun, like the lynx with the rat tokens.. but the ones I've seen so far are not interesting (to me) at all.

August 11, 2017 9:56 a.m.

Alms Collector is going to be good. And white desperately needs any card draw it can muster.

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Also if you are playing a dedicated cat desk Qasali Slingers is an auto include. Aura Shards is already a great card I will take this as a back up to it any day.

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Stalking Leoning and Hungry lynx are actually the least exciting to me. The Leonin is too limited in its effectiveness and the lynx, while a cute mechanic could end up doing more harm than good if my opponents get rid of the lynx.

Im eagerly awaiting the decklists to hit today to see what kind of common and uncommon support the tribes got :) But in all honesty I doubt I will be keeping most of these as tribal decks once ive played a few games. So many other fun possibilities!

August 11, 2017 10:12 a.m.

Yeah sorry that's what I meant, it's cute but that's all it is. I'm more excited about the green ramp they spoiled than the creatures haha, but I'll admit the Qasali Slingers is a nice card.

Alms collector is a bit troublesome.. I guess the problem I have with that is that it's a meta issue - my group doesn't often play big draw spells but more often incremental draw, 1 per creature, 1 per life. Howling Mine & Edric, Spymaster of Trest for example.

I guess when people play a big draw spell like Prime Speaker Zegana for +-7ish or Blue Sun's Zenith.. then yeah it would be a good card because it also shuts them down, hard.

August 11, 2017 10:21 a.m.

I hear ya.

Cards like Hedron Archive are played heavily in my group. Lots of people playing green and using cards like Harmonize or Momentous Fall etc.

So yeah it would be a meta relevant card, in my experience though almost every deck ive played had at least a couple ways to restock their hand. I'd still be happy mainboarding it. At the least its a 3/4 flash blocker that adds to my army :)

More potential utility in a card like that than a card like Wild Leotau at the same cost.

August 11, 2017 10:26 a.m.

Nice deck :) I just designed my own Arahbo deck: Arahbo's Killer Kittens

I would really recommend Mirror Entity: awesome anthem effect that counts as a cat

August 15, 2017 2:07 a.m.

Does your commanders ability trigger if he's in the command zone or does he have to be on the field to be able to do it?

August 22, 2017 12:27 a.m.

npparsons what does the fucking cards say

August 22, 2017 2:13 p.m.

The second ability you pay mana for only works when Arahbo is on the field.

August 22, 2017 4:05 p.m.

Sorry to hear your experience with the precon was rough. I think the main problem of the precon itself is that it's unfocused (it aims at both "go-wide" and "go-tall" strategies). Also, the removal spells in the precon are awful.

I've found the upgraded version to be quite powerful though. I've focused on stuff that buffs the power of an individual cat as opposed to creating tons of cats. Equipment in particular has been very helpful as has stuff that grants double strike. This ensures that my cats can punch for enough damage to be worth it.

Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith (including his hammer), Fleecemane Lion, Skyhunter Skirmisher, Pride of Lions, Adorned Pouncer and Chameleon Colossus have been my best performing cats.

Keep up the good fight...cat power!

August 31, 2017 6:29 p.m.

Thanks, I might have been a bit too early with my negativity as I haven't had the chance to try my own upgrades yet so it's been just the precon.. and that definitely needs some work. Seeing as my other decks are pretty much finished for now, I'll spend the next few days on (re)building this again.

September 1, 2017 5:19 a.m.

Hi Bou,

Fellow Arahbo, Roar of the World player, Arahbo, Xenagos... for Cats.

I play quite a different style of Arahbo, Roar of the World deck, but thought I'd offer some suggestion and get some insight. I'm still trying to make mine a functional deck that compete in Multi-player consistently.

Do you find that by going the creature (Cat) forward approach, you end up with several under-powered cats. For example, Enlightened Ascetic, Grizzled Leotau, Leonin Armorguard, Scythe Leopard (He could benefit from fetch lands like Windswept Heath or Wooded Foothills, Scythe Tiger (can't be Eminence, I get hes big, but he is what he is and sets you back a land), Stalking Tiger, Wild Leotau.

What about tutoring the high-powered cats, with something like Eladamri's Call for sure, or Green Sun's Zenith. In my build im trying forward planning tutoring with Worldly Tutor and Sylvan Tutor to get into my Lost Leonin or Felidar Sovereign.

I know you run Descendants' Path so more cats is preferable, but Im always worried about a balance, drawing an extra bad cat that doesn't do much, or pulling a good cat that pushes forward my board position, if that makes sense?

What about Metallic Mimic, with so many Cats i think he would be good for you, and is an aggro cat? Would something like Vanquisher's Banner (even though higher CMC) be better than an Always Watching because of the extra draw? I think it's pretty high CMC, but the vigilence isn't key. Stuff like Mirari's Wake or Spear of Heliod totally make sense to me though.

No Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist, he provides evasion, and protection from counter-attacks. I think you should get him in there. He was in the C17 deckbox.

I see your protecting your cats with Faith's Reward / Make a Stand type stuff, what do you think about Teferi's Protection? Seems multi-utility as well.

I would run a Triumph of the Hordes with so many cats, the +1 to each is going to defeat some opponents. +1.

PS: Really like the Privileged Position

October 18, 2017 2:32 p.m.

Hey Spirits, Sorry for the late reply. I haven't had much time lately.

You raise a few pretty good issues. Going with creature-based strategy you definitely end up with some underpowered cats, so tutoring for the bigger ones is a good idea.. it also costs more mana though. Which wouldn't be a problem with stuff like Mirari's Wake if you can get your hands on it. When I put Arahbo on the table my playgroup goes "oh.. double strike +20/20 incoming" and proceed to remove all my stuff. I guess that's meta.

Anywhoo, Descendants' Path has a 'may', so if you don't like the cat you can put him on the bottom - but it's pretty much a free cat so why not. Especially useful if you're planning to go with Worldly Tutor as you can put a cat of your choosing on top, then play it for free.

Vanquisher's Banner is a nice touch, I don't think it was out back when I drew up this listing. The extra Vigilance was there to help my cats defend after having attacked. Teferi's Protection is too powerful. I've played a few games lately and literally every white player runs it. Seeing as I've grown towards Aggro with all my decks - not a fan haha. If you play white, definitely use it as it can literally save you and end games.

The problem with Arahbo is like many people already said; there's no clear tactic. On the one hand you want a lot of cats to have your options open and use eminence as much as possible, on the other you can champion one cat into legend and go voltron and try to break someone. What usually happens is a silly mix where you have maybe 1 or 2 cats and when you do manage to swing you deal ~ 20-60 damage and everybody looks at you funny.

Considering this, it is probably better to go with a few high quality cats rather than having a lot of cats.

November 8, 2017 4:39 a.m.

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+1 Doubling Cube main
+1 Scythe Leopard main
-1 Scythe Leopard main
+1 Make a Stand main
+1 Felidar Cub main
+1 Krond the Dawn-Clad main
+1 Healer of the Pride main
+1 Oblivion Ring main
-1 Krond the Dawn-Clad main
-1 Burgeoning main
+1 Enlightened Ascetic main
+1 Mirri, Cat Warrior main
-1 Rhonas's Monument main
+1 Loam Lion main
-1 Make a Stand main
+1 Aura Shards main
+1 Regal Caracal main
+1 Wild Leotau main
+1 Adorned Pouncer main
+1 Oreskos Sun Guide main
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