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Nissa the Crazy Cat Lady (Standard, Budget)

Standard* Budget Casual Tribal



Nissa, the Crazy Cat Lady!

Please UPVOTE if you like cats!!

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 the "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.

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.

Nissa, Nature's Artisan is a crazy cat woman! She's there to gain you some life (synergises with the Felidar Sovereign, see below) as well as send your cats on an all-out fatal damage hit. She can also help you get some land and cats into play if necessary. The deck works on some synergy with the Metallic Mimic, Scrounging Bandar , and the Regal Caracal in order to beef up the cats. Anointed Procession also combines with the Regal Caracal to spam out cat tokens. The lifelink and win condition from Felidar Sovereign are augmented with the lifelink from Sacred Cat and the instant life from Renewed Faith (plus the life from Nissa, Nature's Artisan ). We've got the two monuments make casting cheaper and help spam some more tokens (plus a bit of trample and buff from the Rhonas's Monument. Cast Out is there to help deal with anything particularly nasty if necessary.

Gratefully accepting any other suggestions as I am (clearly) very new to this and the deck was biased towards cards I already owned. I am particularly interested in whether people think:

  • Do I have enough land?
  • Are the dual lands necessary or do they slow me down too much? (See Edit 2!)
  • Do I have the correct spread of cards (i.e. the right number of each)?
  • Any suggestions for some better sideboard cards?

I can foresee some weakness to flying decks, but I am also interested to hear about any other obvious things I might've missed.

Thanks for looking!

EDIT 1: Having played just a couple of games I am wondering if Nissa, Nature's Artisan is the best crazy cat lady.... she is quite slow to get out. Perhaps djnewellmit's suggestion of using Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter would speed things up a little? Thoughts?

Along with this I noticed that perhaps there aren't enough 1 & 2 drops to keep things moving. More playtesting needed....

EDIT 2: Thanks to majin_shinsa for the idea to swap out the tap lands for Aether Hub, which I hope works even more nicely with the recent addition of two Longtusk Cubs in place of two of the Graceful Cats.

EDIT 3: More thanks to djnewellmit for the ideas. Swapped out Aether Hub with Attune with Aether as well as swapping out Hunt the Weak for Cartouche of Strength . Still trying to source a Nissa, Voice of Zendikar but she's on the maybeboard for now :)




agonize says... #1

Would you consider playing Oath of Ajani, Ajani Unyielding and Gideon Ally of Zendikar if this wasn't budget ?

May 3, 2017 6:33 a.m.

djnewellmit says... #2

I would like to point out that Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter makes an excellent cat lady. She is an easy one-drop and also has great synergies with the token strategy.

May 3, 2017 10:02 a.m.

djnewellmit says... #3

Two more utility two-drop cats to consider, possibly for the sideboard: Watchers of the Dead from Amonkhet, and Felidar Cub from Battle for Zendikar. I'm tinkering with a similar idea, and may also look into Scythe Leopard.
Do you own any Panharmonicon? They produce a very similar effect as Anointed Procession; it would double the enter-the-battlefield abilities of Regal Caracal, Metallic Mimic and Cast Out. All you would lose if you swapped the Panharmonicon for the Anointed Procession copies of tokens created by embalming the Sacred Cat and Oketra's Monument. I'm running 2 of Panharmonicon and 2 Processions in my current build since they are so similar.

May 3, 2017 10:13 a.m.

sagramore says... #4

djnewellmit Thanks for your pointers. I will take a look at Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter. The tokens strategy is solid.

I had originally got Watchers of the Dead in the deck but I swapped them out for something (don't remember which) - definitely decent sideboard cards. I agree with the Felidar Cub as well as I have no enchant removal.

I do own one Panharmonicon. I see your point about the replacement of Anointed Procession - would definitely work in place for less CMC so I will check the option of running a mixture out.

Thanks again for the tips!

May 3, 2017 3:11 p.m.

sagramore says... #5

agonize Thanks for the comment too. I had looked at a few Ajani cards that I already own (trying to keep the budget low). I was trying to stay "true to theme" with the cats, and while Ajani himself is a cat (sort of...) I felt like Nissa worked a little better in this particular deck. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is another great card but it does deviate from the cat theme a little so I don't know if the benefits outweigh that. Perhaps I'm being picky though too as Nissa is hardly a cat :)

May 3, 2017 3:14 p.m.

majin_shinsa says... #6

But she can be a crazy cat lady! But on point, the tapped duals are good for a budget so you don't get Mana screwed. Down the road you can upgrade but half of the rares are rotating out of standard in September so you don't really need to get them even though they are cheap

May 4, 2017 7:03 p.m.

sagramore says... #7

majin_shinsa - Haha, yes she is a good crazy cat lady!

Thanks for the comment on the tap lands. I think you're right, it's good to have a few in there just in case you really aren't drawing the right land. The deck is a little slow anyway (from my very limited play testing) so I don't think they're really the bit holding it back.

May 4, 2017 7:06 p.m.

majin_shinsa says... #8

Plus you only 4 one drops unless you add the green chick so your deck isn't based on having a ramped low curve. If you have any Aether Hub that could replace your tapped lands

May 4, 2017 7:13 p.m.

sagramore says... #9

majin_shinsa you're right, the Aether Hub might be a great addition now that I have added the Longtusk Cubs as well. Thanks for the idea. I will try it out.

May 4, 2017 7:17 p.m.

djnewellmit says... #10

I took my cat deck, Cat Fight!, to FNM and Saturday Showdown. I don't know why I didn't think of little Nissa Nissa, Voice of Zendikar for your deck. She works perfectly with the token theme, and she has her awesome +1/+1 counters for all your creatures. I was having a similar problem getting Ajani Unyielding out of my hand due to his cost; I lost many games with him still in my hand.

Also Attune with Aether works better with the Longtusk Cub than Aether Hub; one Hub on the battlefield does not help pump Cub. Attune is effectively a tapped land of a color of your choosing, but it gives you another play on turn one beside Sacred Cat and enough energy to pump the Cub. I'm looking to get a playset of Scattered Groves to throw into my deck to help with my mana-fixing.

I see you have Hunt the Weak in the sideboard. Consider replacing it with Cartouche of Strength for one less CMC. I don't think there is any functional difference between the enchantment's +1/+1 or another counter, and the Cartouche gives trample.

May 7, 2017 8:04 p.m.

sagramore says... #11

djnewellmit excellent pointers, thanks again.

I don't have that Nissa but I can definitely see the benefits, I'll see if I can find a copy.

You're completely correct about the Attune with Aether and the Cartouche of Strength of course. I'm annoyed I didn't think of those myself other than perhaps simply due to my inventory... When I made the deck originally I gave a bias to cards I owned in sufficient quantity over cards I didn't that were better but I'm willing to spend a few dollars here and there :)

Thanks again for the tips.

May 8, 2017 4:18 a.m.

Graceful Cat is a pretty shit card (aside from the fact that it's a cat of course!). I'd suggest more Prowling Serpopard and Longtusk Cub. I use Metallic Mimic in my Standard cat deck too, with mixed results. If you wanna check it out: Here Kitty Kitty Kitty......

Also, it doesn't seem like the Felidar Sovereign angle is too practical here. Probably worth replacing. Not enough life gain, and you will be taking damage too. I realize that it's a big creature, but with multiple Regal Caracal, you will get big enough creatures. Maybe chop it to 1 at most, especially with no mana ramp.

Just some thoughts =)

May 19, 2017 9:58 a.m.

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Revision 5 (2 weeks ago)

-3 Aether Hub main
+3 Attune with Aether main
+2 Cartouche of Strength side
-2 Hunt the Weak side
+1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar maybe

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