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Have you considered something like Kittens and Horses?
July 25, 2017 7:36 a.m.
Trying to build something similar, but differ on some points. You are also effectively going creatureless, with only Torrential Gearhulk as a possible finisher. Why then restrict Bontu's Last Reckoning, which is a cheap board-wipe to 1? I would really want to work in at least 2 copies of Never or Ruinous Path.
Our approaches then diverge - I added in Harsh Scrutiny, Lay Bare the Heart and curse cards in the main-board, planning to disrupt my opponent's play while you have a few more negate effects. You might be right here, but have a look at Murphy's UB Mill.
July 25, 2017 7:06 a.m.
The strength of cat tribal is in the number of 1/1 token cats (kittens) that are produced. Metallic Mimic and Regal Caracal then automatically give them +1/+1's, while Pride Sovereign just grows in stature.
To me there are 3 must-have components of a cat tribal deck:
Mana-ramp to be able to cast anything early in the game
Cards that boost the attack and defence of kittens
Sadly, I see only 1 of these elements in this deck, and cards that just don't seem to fit into the theme. I really don't understand why so many people want Oketra the True in a cat tribal deck - she does nothing for the kittens.
Metallic Mimic gives all kittens +1/+1, but in your deck is limited to 2?? With a host of kittens, Cryptolith Rite can provide a massive mana pool, but it is just missing?? Consider the following scenario:
2* Anointed Procession already on the field.... Summon a Pride Sovereign.... Declare an attack and exert your cat.... The Anointed Processions immediately generate 8 kittens.... Cast Second Harvest, generating 8 kittens, then Anointed Processions generate another 24.... When the attack goes through, you have a minimum of 40 kittens on the field, making Pride Sovereign a 42/42 creature with life-link.
This scenario will, however largely depend on what happened before. Embalm your Sacred Cat, generate kittens by casting Regal Caracal and then tap all your kittens for mana using Cryptolith Rite. For each Metallic Mimic or Regal Caracal on the field, you kittens grow teeth - you really want as many as possible.
If you can get the emblem from Nissa, Vital Force, you gain a lot of added card draw....etc.
July 25, 2017 6:21 a.m.
July 24, 2017 8:27 a.m.
Have you considered Trial of Knowledge, which keeps getting recycled in place of Magmatic Chasm? It just seems that you will be attacking with fliers anyway and some added card draw would not hurt. Maybe 2 each of Trial of Knowledge and Perpetual Timepiece (which can cycle cards from your grave back into your library for re-use)
July 24, 2017 8:10 a.m.
I think the trick will be to get the emblem from Nissa, Vital Force. Ramunap Excavator and multiple Mina and Denn, Wildborn then allow you to repeatedly play Evolving Wilds from the grave. With a card draw for each landfall, draw away. Cryptolith Rite allows you to tap creatures for mana and Paradox Engine un-taps them all if you summon a creature.
I think that I would tend to focus on these combinations. I have made a version of your deck Lands Flood, which looks as if it could be a lot of fun to play.
July 24, 2017 7:54 a.m.
My approach would be Unsummon followed by Lay Bare the Heart - disrupting planned play. The biggest problem that I have had is against creature-heavy agro decks and if you get to start the game, then Harsh Scrutiny - Lay Bare the Heart might be better. You want to be 1 step ahead of play and I just felt that Unsummon doesn't really allow you to catch up with what your opponent is throwing out onto the field, but rather only delays things by 1 turn.
By turn 3 you should have either a Bontu's Last Reckoning or a Fraying Sanity in your hand. If you don't have fraying sanity - at least wipe your opponent's creature attack from the board. If I start with the right combination of cards in hand, to win turn 5 or 6 is never a problem. You just don't consistently draw a winning hand and have to be able to disrupt your opponent's plans.
I still need to work out how to fit a Diabolic Tutor or two into this deck.
July 24, 2017 5:13 a.m.
I like Trespasser's Curse in addition to Accursed Witch Flip in this deck. I don't see any strong targets for Torrential Gearhulk to copy - might be better to change it and Die Young out for Bontu's Last Reckoning, effectively going creatureless with a lot of board-wipes. It doesn't matter if Bontu kills an Accursed Witch Flip - it is even a good thing sometimes, though I have found that if you attack with the witch, many people will not block because they don't want to kill her.
July 20, 2017 6:06 a.m.
I have been working on a similar deck for a few weeks and my current version is M-B-M. I have, however, also looked at a creatureless deck with a similar theme, but it is no longer mono-U.... see Murphy's UB Mill.
July 20, 2017 4:49 a.m.
You say that you want to create a kitten whirlwind (bunch of Kitties), then leave out the strongest cards available to do this (combinations of Anointed Procession and Second Harvest) and instead add in planeswalkers that don't fit into the theme.
I like Prowling Serpopard and Metallic Mimic main-board in a deck like this (prevents negation of a creature summon and gives all kittens +1/+1's). Initiate's Companion is a bit delicate and vulnerable to -1/-1 counters.....
My current version of this deck is Kittens Play. It might give you a few ideas.
July 19, 2017 4:36 p.m.
Saving Grace and Heroic Intervention are likely to be your saving grace and you might want at least 3 of each in your main-board. If someone plays a board-wipe, you simply respond by targeting Rhonas the Indomitable with Saving Grace, etc. I prefer something like Regal Caracal to Adorned Pouncer mainly because getting out your tokens is that much easier. My gut-feel is that if you can speed up your token generation by playing 3 each of Anointed Procession and Second Harvest, you may just get to dominate the field before a control deck starts to interfere with your plans.
Have a look at Kittens Play and see if you can get any help from there
July 19, 2017 6:26 a.m.
It is great to see that most people who are playing around with this deck seem to be slowly converging towards a common point. Yes, I agree that this is a really fun deck to play - and it even wins a few games.
My version of this deck is Kittens Play and your build seems very similar.
July 19, 2017 6:01 a.m.
Your opponent is likely to be playing on curve to block anything that you try to do. Maybe Censor and Turn Aside would be a good idea. This deck needs to win in between 5 and 10 turns. High cmc cards like Reverse Engineer and Torrential Gearhulk just don't seem to fit. My current version of this deck is M-B-M, which might give you a few ideas.
I am missing the land-based mill and Mirrorpool from your deck.
July 19, 2017 5:52 a.m.
July 19, 2017 5:36 a.m.
Ipnu Rivulet has the potential to generate a lot of mill. Desert of the Mindful and Dunes of the Dead in place of Island is probably a good idea. With these lands in your deck - Mirrorpool to copy your Startled Awake. With this land base, you will want to lose Abandoned Sarcophagus.
Hieroglyphic Illumination may just be a bit expensive in terms of mana and becomes more of a mid to late game card, while you want your deck to win before turn 7. I tend to play Anticipate in a deck like this, but that is largely personal preference.
Startled Awake + Mirrorpool with 2 Fraying Sanity = 104 cards milled. Compelling Argument + Mirrorpool + Ipnu Rivulet with 2 Fraying Sanity = 56 cards milled, etc. There are a number of combinations that can win the game in a single turn - why not have the cards that can be used in these combinations?
July 19, 2017 5:27 a.m.
July 19, 2017 4:19 a.m.
I largely agree, Lay Bare the Heart gets rid of threats before they are played, while Trial of Ambition gets rid of a creature that has already been cast. It would be nice to have both in hand, but making room for both is a problem. With at least 2 Cartouche of Ambition in the deck, Trial of Ambition has the upper hand. Without the cartouches, Lay Bare the Heart is probably a better bet.
Making that change - thanks for the input.
July 19, 2017 4:11 a.m.
I like the idea of Fleeting Memories with Tamiyo's Journal and Fraying Sanity turning a clue deck into a mega-mill deck. You are, however missing out on other mill engines that could strengthen your deck. Have a look and see if you can borrow some ideas from M-B-M (specially the land-based mill).
July 18, 2017 10:39 a.m.
In my version of this deck, I went creatureless with Superfriend's Curse, but it may just play out a bit slower.
July 18, 2017 10:17 a.m.
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