Leonin Shikari

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Leonin Shikari

Creature — Cat Soldier

You may play equip abilities any time you could play an instant.

griffstick on Card creation challenge

4 months ago

In honor of my two recent altars Puresteel Paladin and Leonin Shikari

Puresteel Shikari

Creature - Cat Knight (mythic rare)

First strike

Whenever an Equipment enters the battlefield under your control, you may draw a card.

Metalcraft - Equipment you control have equip {0} as long as you control three or more artifacts.

You may activate equip abilities any time you could cast an instant.


Your challenge is to take two cards that are strong in thier archetype and merge them together.

Crow_Umbra on Equipped Samurai

7 months ago

If you're open to Universes Beyond cards, I'd suggest replacing Naomi, Pillar of Order with Frodo, Determined Hero. You don't really have a high enough concentration of Enchantments for Naomi to trigger consistently enough. Frodo also has an ETB and on attack trigger, which would allow him to cheat those Equip costs.

I think you could probably cut a land or Armory of Iroas, since your mana curve is fairly low, and add in Conjurer's Mantle.

Although your build is budget, a few more expensive (and off-Samurai theme) upgrades to consider are Forge Anew, Sigarda's Aid (excellent for cheating equip costs), Leonin Shikari, and Puresteel Paladin. Puresteel Paladin is getting a reprint in Commander Masters, so it should hopefully go down in price a bit.

Crow_Umbra on Fun with Equipment and Enchants (Galea)

8 months ago

Welcome to TappedOut! I have some suggestions for equipment support that could be helpful. The pieces aren't super pricey, but may be, depending on your budget. There's some cool new equipment and equipment support in the new Lord of the Rings set that might be worth a look:

Stuff that's not from the LotR set, but still worth checking out:

GeminiSpartanX on Halvar, Divine Voltron

9 months ago

Forge Anew will definitely make the cut in my deck (which is turning RW now). It's 3 cards in 1! - Part Bruenor Battlehammer, part Leonin Shikari, and part arguably-better Buried Ruin. I'm uncertain if the other 2 will ultimately make the cut for me, but I'll take any equipment support I can get!

Crow_Umbra on ¿Attacks? ¡Double them!

10 months ago

The ratios on your Isshin build are kinda tripping me out hahaha. I don't think I've seen any others with this kind of ratio of lands to spells.

I think you could cut down to like 36ish lands, especially with some of the fast mana rocks you're already running. You could probably swap out a few of those for Talisman of Indulgence and the others in the Mardu color cycle.

Some other more general recommendations:

Hope these suggestions are helpful

Crow_Umbra on samurai edh

10 months ago

A newer card that might of interest for your Samurai & Equipment themes could be Conjurer's Mantle. It works with Isshin triggers & helps you find more Samurai.

Do you have a budget limit in mind for upgrades? I'm guessing maybe not because of the different "Sword of &" you have in list.

Equipment themed upgrades/swaps

Generally good Isshin upgrades

  • Reconnaissance - Helps protect your attackers & can provide pseudo-Vigilance. This article some of the timing rules that make it super good.

  • Dolmen Gate - Gotta protect those attackers

  • Hammers of Moradin & other Myriad creatures - The tokens created by Myriad are never declared as attackers, so they work with effects that check for single attackING creatures. One of my favorite creatures in my Isshin deck.

Aside from these swaps, I think your land count is pretty low at 30. I'd recommend running at least 35, and more ramp like Talisman of Indulgence, Talisman of Hierarchy, & Talisman of Conviction.

Equip costs can be mana intensive, so having access to enough mana is important to make that possible.

I hope these suggestions are helpful. I'd be happy to chat through any potential cuts if you're interested.

Crow_Umbra on Exalted Voltron

10 months ago

You're definitely off to a good start! I have a few suggestions for potential includes or slightly different directions that can help you get around some of the challenges that Voltron can face in EDH. Some of them are kinda pricey, but are great in any Isshin lists:

  • Reconnaissance - A pricier upgrade, but is super helpful for saving attackers from unfavorable blocks, and grants pseudo-vigilance. This article helps explain some of the timing rules that make it so good.

  • Sigarda's Aid - Super helpful for turning equipment into combat tricks, and also helps you dodge some of the mana intensive elements inherent to Equip costs.

  • Conjurer's Mantle - If you stick with the Samurai tribal subtheme, this would work both with Isshin as well as that subtheme.

  • Dolmen Gate - Another pricey upgrade, but super helpful for Isshin lists in general.

  • Leonin Shikari - Along similar lines, helpful to be able to move equipment around at instant speed. I've played against an equipment deck that was able to use this to move Lightning Greaves around its board at instant speed.

  • Puresteel Paladin - Equip costs can be mana intensive, so getting around that is always helpful.

  • Sram, Senior Edificer - Helpful to get more draw that works with your strategy.

  • Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist - Cheat those equip costs!

Subtheme idea: Myriad. Myriad creature token copies are created after attackers are declared, so Exalted will still work with them.

  • Hammers of Moradin - A favorite in my Isshin deck. Super helpful for tapping down blockers around the table.

  • Elturel Survivors - The power buff is static, so that doesn't get doubled by Isshin, but is still helpful to utilize for big punches.

Potential Cut

  • City on Fire - Unless you already have a copy, you can likely cut this. It's mana intensive, and you aren't really running token creature production to pull off the Convoke for a consistently cheap rate.

Niko9 on How Is She Carrying All Those Weapons?

1 year ago

Such an awesome deck! Equip strategies can be so fun, and here's a few that I've found pretty useful in my equip EDH deck.

Explorer's Scope is either amazing or terrible just depending on if you're an optimist or pessimist : ) But seriously, it's not uncommon to get 2-3 lands off it over the course of the game, starting on turn 2, and what I really like is that it smooths out your draws by getting any top deck lands just into play during the battle phase and then you draw only gas while still hitting your normal land drops.

Leonin Shikari is great for things like Swiftfoot Boots Lightning Greaves or Thran Power Suit to protect creatures, but also works with the swords to move around pro-colors. And it also just gives you a lot of room to move around +/+ effects in response to things or to lock multiple things down with something like Leonin Bola

Hedgewitch's Mask this one has been an overperformer for me so far. Especially on a first strike creature that is 4+ you will just be eating mana dorks up. Though this might be more specific to my equip deck, it just really works there.

I think it looks great : ) I mean, what's better than gearing up creatures for an adventure...well, a, beat up my opponents adventure anyways.

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