Creature — Cat Soldier
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|Commander 2017 (C17)||Rare|
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Leonin Shikari occurrence in decks from the last year
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Leonin Shikari Discussion
1 week ago
Surprisingly few cards in that lets you translate tallness to wideness. Dragon Throne of Tarkir maybe? It only works with Eminence tho.
(well, if you got your commander, companion, and Leonin Shikari, you can equip & activate the Throne after applying Arahbo's +X/+X buff, but...)
1 month ago
Decent start but has plenty of room for improvement.
Alot of Syr Gwyn Decks I see (mine included), do not go full on Knight tribal, by including non-knight creatures like Leonin Shikari and Stoneforge Mystic for equipment synergy. If you prefer to be more creature heavy and knight focused, more power to you.
Sword of the Animist for land ramping is a must run given this is Mardu.
I also recommend at least a couple of board wipes.
2 months ago
Woah, holy knights.
Okay. So. first thing is first. Obviously, we are going knights tribal. The second thing to think about is what is it's theme. You said you want to go King Arthur. Honestly, King Kenrith makes for a better King Arthur deck. But, we're working with Syr Gwynn, so, we are more focusing on the Knights of King Arthur.
Are you wanting more of a knight heavy creature based deck, or equipment based deck. in my deck Valiant Knights of Eldraine, I focused more on a split of equipment and knights giving me 13 equipment and a total of 11 knights including Syr Gywn and 6 non knight creatures. Now, I've built my deck to try to be as powerful as I possibly can make it. What I'm going to suggest below is more flavor and theme based.
I think a cool direction to take this would be focusing on the Legendary theme, after all King Arthur is the most legendary legend of all time. And there is a perfect card that is knightly and legendary centered and it is, The Circle of Loyalty. For each knight already on the field, it costs one less. And when it is on the the field, for each legendary spell you cast, it creates a knight, and lets you sink some unused mana into making another knight.
Okay, we have our legendary theme. Let's round this out with some legendary weapons (think Excalibur) and legendary knights. Most renderings of King Arthur has anywhere from 12-15 knights at his table. I say we go somewhere in between and pick 13 legendary knights. Looking at the gatherer, I see a total of 31 legendary knights, but only 24 possible in our colors. I'd wittle it down to these 13 knights and 1 dragon. Adriana, Captain of the Guard, Arvad the Cursed, Aryel, Knight of Windgrace, Balan, Wandering Knight, Danitha Capashen, Paragon, Josu Vess, Lich Knight, Kwende, Pride of Femeref, Lena, Selfless Champion, Sylvia Brightspear and her dragon buddy Khorvath Brightflame, Syr Gywn, Hero of Ashvale, Syr Konrad, the Grim, Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor, and Vona, Butcher of Magan.
Next, I would put in an equipment for each of the knights. So, 13 equipments. Keeping with the legendary theme, there are 18 legendary equipments. My choices for the 13 to use are Blackblade Reforged, Elbrus, the Binding Blade Flip, Embercleave, Godsend, Helm of Kaldra, Sword of Kaldra, Shield of Kaldra, Helm of the Host, Konda's Banner, Shadowspear, Sword of the Animist, Tenza, Godo's Maul, and Tatsumasa, the Dragon's Fang.
So far that is a total of 28 legendary cards. You're going to want between 35 and 38 lands in this deck, I'd personally go with 36 bringing the total up to 64 leaving 46 spaces. Out of those 46 spaces, I'd want atleast another 10 ramp spells so, I'd look into Tithe, Weathered Wayfarer, Knight of the White Orchid, Arcane Signet, Boros Signet, Orzhov Signet, Rakdos Signet, Talisman of Conviction, Talisman of Hierarchy, and Talisman of Indulgence.
With the 36 spaces left, we probably want some card draw and tutors to get our knights equipment. Knights of the Black Rose, Puresteel Paladin, Stoneforge Mystic, Stonehewer Giant, Enlightened Tutor, Open the Armory, Steelshaper's Gift, Scheming Symmetry, Herald's Horn, Icon of Ancestry, and Vanquisher's Banner are all really good here giving us 11 options to dig, leaving us with 25 spots left.
Can't forget removal. I'd personally go with 7 single target and 4 board wipes. Those being Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Crackling Doom, Utter End, Righteous Confluence, Return to Dust, Rakdos Charm, Wrath of God, Single Combat, and Tragic Arrogance.
With the remainder of the 15 spots, I would fill it with some utility and cards to push through for the win. Here I would look into Knights' Charge, Master Warcraft, War Flare, Boros Charm, Unbreakable Formation, Heavenly Blademaster, Knight Exemplar, Leonin Shikari, Silverwing Squadron, Nahiri, Storm of Stone, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord, Bloodforged Battle-Axe, Sunforger, and Sigiled Sword of Valeron.
This should be a pretty well rounded and focused deck, or at least a path for you to take if you so choose.
2 months ago
Looks like a great list. You might like these: Buried Ruin, Mistveil Plains, Conqueror's Galleon Flip, Lightmine Field, Entangler, Heliod's Pilgrim, Coalition Flag, Leonin Shikari, Inquisitor's Flail, Blackblade Reforged, Rogue's Gloves
2 months ago
Solid list! I'm almost jealous you have all the beefy boi swords. I like that you aren't focusing on a voltron build. It can certainly end up going for the commander damage but Gwyn really shines with the other knights so you can increase your synergy and crazy shenanigans with the free equipping. This deck seems to have the same kind of synergy goals that mine has and I've had quite a bit of success with it so I'm sure you will too!
I first second the need to include Puresteel Paladin and Leonin Shikari, they have more than earned their value for me. I would maybe suggest considering Phyrexian Crusader for either a potential win-con or for target fodder to protect your other knights. Paladin en-Vec has been great for a cheap little guy with lots of protections, though that one has been great for me because of the playgroup I run in so it's a solid maybe with your list.
And last but not least, absolutely consider trading out the Marauder's Axe for Bloodforged Battle-Axe. It's cheaper to cast and can get out of control since the tokens it makes also have the ability to create tokens; most times when I cast it I hear groans from the other players because they know it stacks pretty fast when equipped to protected knights.
2 months ago
Firstly thank you for your comments, greatly appreciate the feedback.
Had the chance to actually play 3 games with the deck, although unfortunately they were all 1v1 which is really not what I really wanted to start playing commander for. Alas, it is what it is. They also made for really poor test games as I unfortunately was caught by Blood Moon from a Krenko, Mob Boss very early two games in a row and on the third game (against a different player) he didn't play any creatures (just destroy X and counter-spells) and fell very slowly to Leonin Shikari, Acclaimed Contender & Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor.
In that final game though definitely felt the lack of a ramp as still did not get close to the mana for Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale. The Talismans and the Chromatic Lantern also look like good calls. Had thought about the talismans before and opting to try without them first. However had not really looked into draw cards beyond what I included before and you listed a lot of great options, I'll need to adjust the list and see where I can slot some of them in.
Had a look through your list and props for managing not to include every cool knight spot during deck-building. Guess smarter deck-building largely comes down to experience, but will get there yet. Will try and draw the line in the middle somewhere.
Thanks for your help!
2 months ago
Overall, love what you're doing with Gwyn. I think this is a great deck list! Recently, I have been through some growing pains with an equipment deck and I've included some suggestions/subs below. I hope you find some of these helpful!
Creatures: Depending on your budget I would definitely look at Puresteel Paladin. Fits into Knight tribal, gives card draw, and reduces equip cost when your commander isn't on the field. Leonin Shikari isn't a Knight, but would be awesome in this deck, especially when you have your commander out. Angel of Glory's Rise is expensive to cast, but gives you some resiliency and brings back 18 creatures on your list. Obviously Stoneforge Mystic is great but is super expensive.
Artifacts: Since you're running Scroll Rack, you could take a look at Sensei's Divining Top it would do wonders with the Rack. I've run Worn Powerstone before and I personally don't like it because it comes down tapped. A solid mana rock or something like Gilded Lotus / Thran Dynamo could make for better alternatives.
Potential Equipment Tweaks: -Marauder's Axe +Sword of the Animist -Crystal Slipper +Swiftfoot Boots. Hammer of Nazahn is expensive but worth every penny in an equip deck. Lightning Greaves / Whispersilk Cloak will help protect your commander once she's in play.
Sorcery/Instant: Maybe one or two more board wipes if you think there's a place for it? Some of my personal favorites: Fumigate Hour of Revelation Wrath of God. Also, Boros Charm is a really great silver bullet and something to consider as well.
Again, overall I think you have a really solid build. I'm sure you've already won your share of games at your playing it. Like I said, I've gone through some growing pains with equipment and these are some suggestions that I came up with off the top of my head. Best of luck!
3 months ago
Yes, that works.
If any creatures with first strike or double strike are involved in combat then the combat phase has two damage steps instead of just one. First strike damage and the first part of double strike damage are dealt in the first damage step, and regular damage and the second part of double strike damage are dealt in the second damage step. After damage is dealt in the first step, players get a chance to make responses before the second damage step begins.
In your example, Balan, Wandering Knight deals combat damage to a player in the first damage step, so Bloodforged Battle-Axe makes a token copy of itself. Before the second damage step starts, you can either use Balan's last ability to attach the token Axe to himself or get help from Sigarda's Aid, Leonin Shikari, etc. to attach it to something else.