Creature — Cat
When Garrison Cat dies (is put into the graveyard from the battlefield), create a 1/1 white Human Soldier creature token.
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|Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (IKO)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Garrison Cat Discussion
1 week ago
9-lives, hello once again. Fountain of Renewal seems sort of slow here. You already have lots of ways of gaining life in this deck, through all the cats with lifelink you have, and this will get you all the lifegain and Pridemate triggers that you will really need, especially since Pridemate is the only card that this lifegain directly synergises with. It’s another card that falls into the category of a pure lifegain card, at least in my eyes, and so I see it potentially having similar issues. Yes, it does have the potential to draw a card, by that effect is pretty inefficient. Oketra's Monument felt like a better card here, since the cost reductions could have big impacts on your curve, and the extra board pressure it gave was also pretty good. Alternatively, if you want to be more aggressive then another one drop, like Garrison Cat might be a good fit, you might consider the list a little light on one drops for a deck that wants to curve out quite aggressively. Finally, if you do want a lifegain synergy card in that slot, either Ajani, Strength of the Pride or Ajani, the Greathearted do so much more work in a deck like this, giving you actual payoffs for the lifegain. I’m sorry if I’m coming across as dismissive of your ideas, I’m just trying to be helpful.
1 week ago
Hello there, really nice deck. With all the new cats released in M21, I have a few suggestions, along with some older cards you may have missed.
Fleecemane Lion is a very strong cat, being aggressively statted and with the potential to become a major problem for you opponent if it ever becomes monstrous. I would 100% recommend you include this if you’re looking to aggressively threaten your opponent’s life total.
In a similar vein, Bronzehide Lion might also be quite nice, having the same stat line and the ability easily protect itself, or other creatures later on. Not as strong as Fleecemane, but maybe worth considering.
New from M21, Feline Sovereign is a nice lord for your board, as well as giving incidental artifact hate which could prove to be important in some matchups.
Kaheera, the Orphanguard is another lord that seems very good here, potentially even as companion if you want to make the necessary changes to facilitate it. The vigilance she gives is pretty significant too, making a lot of your attacks safer, although you would lose synergy on Oreskos Sun Guide.
With Anointed Procession, another nice token producer might be Cubwarden. Since all your creatures are cats, you can mutate onto anything, and then you’re getting a massive amount of value from it, especially if you have any sort of lord on the field. Also works really well with Adorned Pouncer, since you would then have a 3/5 double striker, which is pretty good.
Prowling Serpopard is another very solid cat, especially into control matchups. At the very least should make the sideboard to be able to combat control and cut off lots of their options.
Keeper of Fables could be an interesting alternative top-end for the deck, you are lacking quite badly in the card draw department, so could be necessary to be able to compete in more drawn out games.
Garrison Cat might be another good one-drop, although might not be better the what you already have. However, if you want to push a more aggressive strategy it could help towards that.
Brimaz, King of Oreskos is another brilliant cat, although is slightly pricier as a result. Rewards you for playing both aggressively and defensively, and gives great value when paired with Anointed Procession. If you can afford him, I feel he is a must for any cat strategy.
With this type of strategy, one of the major weaknesses will always be board wipes, so I’d recommend either Heroic Intervention (although may be a little expensive) or Unbreakable Formation. Formation can be particularly useful since it can also be used offensively to finish off your opponent.
If we are running Ajani's Pridemate, why not run a planeswalker that makes them as well. Ajani, Strength of the Pride feels very strong here, both making Pridemates, working well again with Procession, capitalising on the large board that this deck hopefully gets by bolstering your life, and also having an emergency board wipe for if your opponent gets too far ahead on board. Plus, Ajani is really on flavour for any cats deck.
Similarly, Ajani, the Greathearted will work well with the go wide strategy by pumping all your creatures, plus the vigilance anthem is nice and lifegain can help in a pinch.
If you’re adding any of these cards, you will of course have to make some cuts, and here are my thoughts on what you could remove.
Heroes' Reunion should get out of the deck really quickly. Pure lifegain cards are not as powerful as incidental lifegain on cards with additional effects, even in decks entirely built around the concept of gaining life, which this deck is not. It synergises with one card of which you aren’t even running a full play set (Ajani's Pridemate), so it should not have a place in your deck.
Similarly, I feel that Oreskos Sun Guide is not a card that you want here. The deck feels like it wants to play quite aggressively, and for its cost there are so many cards that do that far better, like Fleecemane Lion, for example. It’s effect is a slow and unreliable form of lifelink and it’s body isn’t great, so I would replace it quite quickly as well.
Watchers of the Dead feels much more like a sideboard card to me. There are lots of decks where the graveyard hate will be meaningless, and so you’re left with a vanilla 2/2 that can be killed by artifact removal. Also, lots of decks will only care about a few cards in their graveyards, and so they would be able to keep them there when you activate the ability. At the minimum I would move this to the sideboard, or ideally replace it there with some more reliable graveyard hate like Tormod's Crypt or Grafdigger's Cage.
While a flavour win and a powerful card, Oketra the True, doesn’t feel great here. She doesn’t benefit from any of your lords, and neither do the tokens she creates. There are more synergistic four-drops that you have access to, so I feel like Oketra should be dropped. However, if you are dead-set on playing the cat god, I would say that you play God-Eternal Oketra instead, the card is just so much more powerful.
Pride Sovereign I find can be an awkward card. It’s a valuable token producer and can be huge creature that is difficult to deal with, but the exert is just too clunky and inefficient, so I would cut down to only a two-of.
Personally, I’m not sold on Valorous Stance or Blessed Alliance. Alliance works well with Pride Sovereign, but since I’d recommend cutting down on the card and pushing for more vigilance cards, the untapping doesn’t feel as strong. The protection from Stance is strictly worse than that of Heroic Intervention, and Dromoka's Command is better removal, so I would cut both Stance and Alliance.
Finally, if you are considering running Kaheera, the Orphanguard as your companion, then unfortunately Metallic Mimic would need to go. Even if you don’t do that, I’d consider cutting down to only two, since double drawing feels sort of bad as they don’t get the benefits of your lords and buffs.
I know that this is very long, but hopefully this is of help to you. Good luck with the deck.
1 month ago
And the answer to all your rhetorical questions is: How do you win if I don't have X?
If the point of your Garrison Cat is to die, what happens if it doesn't?
Yes, Winota is great to cheat things in. But when you don't have Winota? What happens when you draw Reverent Hoplite? If you have nothing better to cast, can you cast it with only 3 or 4 lands? What happens if you can't draw that 4th land to cast Winota? How do you win then?
You worry about Shatter the Sky because if you don't have the Luminous Broodmoth or General's Enforcer out, you probably get a 1/1 human from your cat, and you lose whatever you cast on turns 2 and 3. If you have a Winota out, you get to draw a card, but now you need to get another Winota out. Even if you do have Luminous Broodmoth out, it can't bring itself back. See the problem?
Granted, my remarks come from after playing 7 different aggressive Winota decks pre and post bans. You don't have to take my advice, but refer back if the deck isn't working out the way you hoped.
1 month ago
I don't play with anything before Theros Beyond Death. That is why it seems like it's on a budget.
Garrison Cat: A 1/1 that dies and becomes a 3/3+ when it dies. So if the kill it, it's actually a win for me. Two creatures for one is better than one creature for two.
Why would I worry about Shatter the Sky with my legendary creatures?
1 month ago
At first, I thought you were on a budget but then I saw the price of Luminous Broodmoth and now I'm confused. If you are on a budget, there's nothing wrong with that. But if you aren't then you shouldn't be playing Evolving Wilds over either Temple of Silence or Temple of Triumph (at the very least). And if you really aren't on a budget, Fabled Passage is basically a better Evolving Wilds.
Still on the topic of your mana base, are you having any issues casting Winota, Joiner of Forces? Because the way your mana base is currently, it would like you would. At the very minimum, I would recommend at least 1-2 basic Mountain to ensure you can cast her when you find her. That being said, the rest of my suggestions:
Reverent Hoplite is way too expensive (mana-wise) for 20 lands. I would either add more lands so you can cast it when you don't have access to Winota or pull 2 copies. Otherwise, that's a cool card to pull out with her effect.
Personally, I don't care much for Necropanther because it doesn't have many mutate targets so it's generally going to be a 3/3 for 3. Which isn't bad, but isn't good either. I would recommend replacing it with Raise the Alarm which is good for two reasons: firstly, it is an instant, meaning you can cast it after your opponent has cast Shatter the Sky, Deafening Clarion or some other wrath effect. Secondly, they aren't humans so they trigger Winota's effect.
Your list is interesting, and I would love to hear how it plays and see where you take it. May you never flood and have fun playing!
2 months ago
Looks like we got a little over-excited and have 2 Field of Souls in the list too. No problem, there's a whole bunch of goodies we can put in instead. Just Ikoria, the most recent set, had amazing cards like Bastion of Remembrance, Luminous Broodmoth, Garrison Cat, Dire Tactics, and Serrated Scorpion.
A few organizational things...feel free to simplify it down even further if you'd like. You can put all lands in one category, all removal (exile, board clear...think anything that interacts with something an opponent has that is a problem) in one (this would be a good place for your Leonin Relic-Warder. Also, double check your category for Martyr's Bond :P However helps you think about the deck best.
One thing you could use is more ramp in the early game...a few rocks (since only green gets the land-based stuff and the mana dorks). Orzhov Keyrune, Orzhov Signet, Talisman of Hierarchy, or maybe a few fetch creatures such as Knight of the White Orchid, or Boreas Charger. Otherwise, I think we just need to test.
2 months ago
Eloniel Lurrus is alright, but I don't think any of the CMC < 2 permanents in the deck are worth recurring only once per turn. I already have Phyrexian Reclamation and the Reassembling Skeleton which do a better job. Massacre Wurm is still in the combos since unfortunately, right now I can't edit the description. Every time I save a new description, the editor deletes half of it. I've been waiting to see if it fixes itself, but it hasn't yet, so eventually, I'll have to get the admins' attention. I like Hell's Caretaker but it seems very slow and costly. Cards like that die quickly in my meta, and I don't like playing such slow cards.
sub780lime Personally, I like 1-drop fodder like Garrison Cat more than 2-drops like Tithe Taker. The extra abilities tacked onto two drop fodder don't interest me compared to the tokens they make on death. Since I'm mainly aiming for the tokens, I'd rather them be 1 less mana. That being said, I don't think I'll include the cat since Hunted Witness and Doomed Traveler have been enough.
2 months ago
Everyone's deck will vary depending on their own financial situation but you are welcome.
Your creature base can be improved. As a rule of thumb for creatures generating tokens creatures with a CMC of 1-2 create one token and creatures with a CMC of 2-4 create 2 tokens.
A Planeswalker that is just made for a deck like this is Liliana, Dreadhorde General.