Lead by Example

Lead by Example


Support 2. (Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to two target creatures.)

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster: Store Edition (MYSTOR) Common
Mystery Booster: Convention Edition (MYSCON) Common
Battlebond (BBD) Common
Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Heirloom Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Lead by Example Discussion

awei799331 on Poached Dinosaur Eggs: Atla Palani Infinite Combo

7 months ago

Caerwyn there in fact does need to have a creature as bait, and Mirror Entity has to have a pump effect for the infinite combo to work. For example, Cry of the Carnarium gives all creatures -2/-2 but if a new creature comes in on the same turn, it is not affected by the spell as it was not present at the time of activation.

This means that Mirror Entity and Atla Palani both must be alive during the combo for it to not break the loop. That's why I run cards like Lead by Example because it gives the +1/+1 to both creatures.

The combo is quite specific so I really tried to build around it as well as I could. Thanks for the feedback!

Snake_Oil on Mister Cellophane [Volrath Counter-tron]

7 months ago


...How could I forget about Cephalid Constable


Also, looking at your build -- Cultivator of Blades seems like a no-brainer too. That and Lead by Example -- That's just fun here!

magicsheep on G/W Counters (HELP!!)

1 year ago

Buffing up creatures? Sounds like a great game plan. Most +1/+1 counter decks use Winding Constrictor and are thus Golgari/Abzan, but I think a Selesnya deck could still be competitive. Here's a few suggestions:

-Dromoka's Command: It's a card that has multiple uses, fits the colors and the scheme, and provides enchantment removal.
-Lead by Example: An instant which can be used to buff up creatures for both surprise attacks/blocks and in response to direct damage (people will try to remove your centerpieces, so this card is handy)
-Inspiring Call: An instant that provides both protection and card draw. What's not to like?
-Citadel Siege + Durable Handicraft: Both of these enchantments provide more opportunities to put +1/+1 counters on your creatures.
-Ainok Bond-Kin + Cenn's Tactician: These creatures provide LOTS of benefit for having creatures with counters on them.

In addition, when working with +1/+1 counters (I normally use Abzan colors, but still) I like to use Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Dragonscale General, Elite Scaleguard, Scute Mob, and Tuskguard Captain. Honored Hierarch is also good at getting mana ramp into bigger and bigger plays.

If you want any more suggestions, or feedback, head over to my wall and leave me a comment. I'll be happy to look at this deck. Great job, definitely a +1 :)


magicsheep on you've gotta be KITTEN me right MEOW!

2 years ago

Recommendation: Metallic Mimic only works with an existing +1/+1 counter (it's not a counter, it's an additional counter). Thus, a Lead by Example will put +1/+1 counters on some of your creatures. Also, Dromoka's Command is very good here. Great deck daNoodalz! Maybe remove Metallic Mimic because giving other cats +1/+1 won't (I think) trigger Metallic Mimic's ability.

CobaltGent on U/G merfolk

2 years ago

It really isn't worth it to make this deck "modern legal" for just Lead by Example, it's a really bad card. Also it's a really good idea to play 4 of the cards that are best in your deck and cut the chaff. For starters I'd play 4x Kumena's Speaker, 4x Merfolk Branchwalker, and 4x Herald of Secret Streams at the very least. They are the best cards in your deck. On the other end of the spectrum Headwater Sentries, Storm Sculptor , New Horizons , and Jungle Delver are all terrible and really low impact cards that can easily be cut from this list. Some great support spells for this strategy are Blossoming Defense and Unsummon. Both are really cheap and efficient tempo cards that work really well with Deeproot Champion. Last but not least your mana base could defiantly use some work. Botanical Sanctum is the best "Simic" dual land available in standard but it is a bit expensive, if your on a budget Woodland Stream is more than fine. Also P.S Blue in MTG is referred to as U not B, so this deck would be called U/G Merfolk.

Seal_Of_Approval on U/G merfolk

2 years ago

Lead by Example is not standard anymore

Corrosive_Cat on

2 years ago

Yeah good plan, seems incredible that you can just play out all your spells ASAP with that, 2 cmc though yeah sorry; I suppose the energy could work with Gonti's Aether Heart or Aetherworks Marvel? Maybe even Dynavolt Tower? But I can see why you might not feature them, seeing as they're ruddy expensive

Green has a lot of potential there, like Swell of Growth (Not quite as good as it looks but pretty decent), Blossoming Defense, Lead by Example or Lifecrafter's Gift are good examples of useful stuff

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