Leonin Vanguard

Leonin Vanguard

Creature — Cat Soldier

At the beginning of combat on your turn, if you control three or more creatures, Leonin Vanguard gets +1/+1 until end of turn and you gain 1 life.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal

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Leonin Vanguard Discussion

Rorolith on mono white

1 week ago

So, take into account what kind of deck you want to play. Aggro? Cut the board wipes. Control? Add more removal, take most of your creatures out. I'm going to work ona n aggro gameplan since that looks like whre your deck is leaning towards.

Cut: Tragic Poet

Prowling Felidar

Lagonna-Band Trailblazer

Knight of New Benalia

Dwarven Priest

Archon of Emeria (You are an aggro deck and want to be able to cast more than one creature in the same turn)

Rustwing Falcon

Djeru, With Eyes Open (you run no planeswalkers, also a bad card)

Adamant Will

Aegis of the Heavens

Blessed Light

Divine Verdict

Squire's Devotion

Slash of Talons

Smite the Monstrous All your sorcerys

Lithoform Engine

Hieromancer's Cage

Karma

On Serra's Wings

Novice Knight you run no equipment

4 plains

Now this might seem like a lot, but I will give you some suggestions for cards that will help further your gameplan

Creatures: currently you are running some really good cards as one ofs and bad cards with more copies, such as; Dauntless Bodyguard , Leonin Vanguard , Hunted Witness , Luminarch Aspirant Venerated Loxodon which is a great finisher, and Speaker of the Heavens .

You could run 1 more Ajani's Pridemate and 4x Soul Warden

Legion's Landing  Flip is a very good card, so I would keep it.

Removal: If you want to go with some of the best white removal ever printed that is modern legal, but a little expensive, go with Path to Exile . If not Path to Exile would be much better than Hieromancer's Cage , Conclave Tribunal is pretty good, but I wouldn't run more than 5 removal spells since you want to be going wide with your creatures and a hand ful of removal will just stall the game and you will lose in the end. You want to end the game fast while maintaining a high life score.

Halflingz on

2 months ago

Raining Cats and Dogs Nice work bdodds, I think you have selected a handful of great cards but I'd think you could benefit from an earlier CatDog play and cheaper creatures to really start raining cats and dogs. Even without Aluren, every creature coming in with an extra token produces insane value. Especially considering your general's ability.

Below, I would like to outline 4 core concepts and considerations. Ramp, Creatures, Protection, Draw.

Ramp - Prioritizing cards that help you play Rin & Seri turn 3! Nature's Lore Rampant Growth Three Visits Boros Signet Selesnya Signet Gruul Signet Talisman of Conviction Talisman of Unity Talisman of Impulse Fellwar Stone This should be easy to replace the ramp packaging you already have. Look to cut cards like Explosive Vegetation, Chromatic Lantern, Obelisk of Naya, etc.

Creatures - Prioritizing 3CMC or less and upping your creature count to closer to 30! Think about adding creatures that fullfill multiple roles and allow you to run less other stuff. Qasali Pridemage is a great example cause it can pump a swinger +1/+1 as well as remove a pesky enchant or artifact.

Cheap Utility Kitties- Adorned Pouncer Brimaz, King of Oreskos Bronzehide Lion Initiate's Companion King of the Pride Leonin Relic-Warder Oreskos Explorer Pride Sovereign Qasali Ambusher I like the returners you have for multiple cast triggers too! Can get stupid with Aluren... Whitemane Lion Temur Sabertooth Fleetfoot Panther ? Snow Hound

Cheap Utility Doggos- Abzan Beastmaster Ainok Guide Bolt Hound Resolute Watchdog Selfless Savior

Some real cheap beefers could be nice considering they make a token, but could also see not making the cut- Wild Nacatl Loam Lion Leonin Vanguard Isamaru, Hound of Konda Sacred Cat

Protection/Return - Build a huge board and keep it protected! Unbreakable Formation Rootborn Defenses Heroic Intervention Teferi's Protection Asceticism Marshal's Anthem Kindred Boon Akroma's Will Flawless Maneuver

Draw(ish) - The cheaper the cards in hand the more you gonna empty and wanna draw! Skullclamp Colossal Majesty Elemental Bond Beast Whisperer Fecundity Garruk's Uprising Descendants' Path Realmwalker Hunter's Insight Snake Umbra Lifecrafter's Bestiary Mentor of the Meek Guardian Project Return of the Wildspeaker Shamanic Revelation Slate of Ancestry Collective Unconscious Camaraderie

General good cards for Cat/Dog: Maskwood Nexus Mirror Entity Crib Swap Felidar Retreat Basilisk Collar Thousand-Year Elixir Rings of Brighthearth Seht's Tiger Shields of Velis Vel Naya Charm Kindred Summons Volatile Claws Beastmaster Ascension Titanic Ultimatum Hour of Reckoning Triumph of the Hordes Finale of Devastation Idyllic Tutor Winds of Abandon Lightning Greaves (secret lair dog art!) Coat of Arms Swiftfoot Boots Impact Tremors Rhythm of the Wild Aura Shards Shared Animosity Mirari's Wake Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip Any Cheap Changelings really...

Lands to love: Slayers' Stronghold Kessig Wolf Run Hanweir Garrison Flamekin Village Gavony Township Mosswort Bridge Spinerock Knoll Windbrisk Heights Castle Embereth

kumpirko on No sisters

6 months ago

This deck functions both as a creature aggro deck and as a midrange deck. For this reason Healer's Hawk and Leonin Vanguard fit both roles perfectly as they are early beaters and give you the important gain life trigger and most importantly allow you go get the trigger each turn. While Ajani's Welcome only allows you to get a trigger when you cast a creature, which will happen less often the more the game goes on. And also it does nothing for the aggro element of the deck.

I was skeptical of Fountain of Renewal as well, but it gives you reach in the form of getting the trigger every turn while you wait for your creatures to get big enough to crush your opponent which can be pretty handy on the defense. Also 4X Bloodthirsty Aerialist are already in the deck.

zapyourtumor on Mono Green Cats (Budget)

7 months ago

Pride Sovereign is great, although its probably more for GW. Feline Sovereign is a lord that also gives you artifact/enchantment removal. Prowling Serpopard is obviously great against any sort of counterspell-playing deck, although a bit expensive. Kaheera, the Orphanguard is also sorta expensive but you can just run one as a companion. Generous Stray isn't as good but its cheap and cantrips.

Some other 2-drop green cats are Feral Prowler and Initiate's Companion. Hungry Lynx is super good, but pretty expensive as well.

You could also maybe add some 1-drop cats like Scythe Leopard, Scythe Tiger, or Wild Nacatl (you'd have to run more colors for that though).

I would suggest going into GW colors. Even though the manabase won't be great with budget constraints you get access to so many more cats: Adorned Pouncer, Brimaz, King of Oreskos ($$$$), Leonin Vanguard, Regal Caracal, King of the Pride (this one is OP), Qasali Ambusher, Ajani's Pridemate (good with Leonin Vanguard, etc. This'll also give you good SB options like Felidar Cub/Qasali Pridemage (not sure if needed with Feline sovereign already removing artifacts/enchantments), Dromoka's Command, Leonin Arbiter, etc.

CJH123 on Budget GW Casual Cats

9 months ago

Thanks for the comment!

With all the Lords I'm imagining it like a budget casual version of Merfolk. Something like Aether Vial would probably be a good non-budget option.

I might try cutting Ajani's Pridemate for another 1 or 2 drop (opening up space for Temple of Plenty also), and I have been thinking about reducing Regal Caracal by 1 or 2.

Qasali Pridemage was in my initial list, but I cut it after Feline Sovereign was spoiled (since they offer similar utility). My meta is quite casual and not very artifact / enchantment heavy. Exalted was nice alongside Adorned Pouncer, however.

I looked at Leonin Vanguard initially (and it's run in the MTGGoldfish list I based mine one), but I found it a bit too conditional. I think if I were to run a conditional 1 drop it would be Loam Lion (plus Terramorphic Expanse and Canopy Vista ).

I do like Fleecemane Lion but I felt that the 5 drop slot was already a little too crowded with Adorned Pouncer and Regal Caracal already.

I think Blessed Alliance is probably too cute. I like the Trample suggestion, and Winds of Abandon was on my short list. I'll do some playtesting with some alternatives.

amicdeep on Budget GW Casual Cats

9 months ago

for a tribal deck like this i would either recommend ramp or dropping the mana curve a little, so when you get down the second cat anthem effect you have a nice sized board to take advantage with

my recommendations would be 2Qasali Pridemage its cheap and the utility can be pretty useful

4Leonin Vanguard as your a pretty aggressive deck having another one drop would be particularly useful (also this one gains life for pridemate even when not attacking)

3Fleecemane Lion its aggressive body with a cheap cmc, and late game it basily becomes unkillable.

some solid spell wise i would recommend 2 Selesnya Charm, for 2 reasons, first blessed alliance can only kill attacking creatures and not big blockers, and secondly the best way of utilizing a 4/4 double stiker is by pumping it and giving it trample

some other solid budget removal is Declaration in Stone, Baffling End, Winds of Abandon these all have there own up/downsides but may well play better in a agressive list that alliance

Memphismaymagic5 on Abzan Cats Pioneer

9 months ago

Nice board! I like the inclusion of Leonin Vanguard!

Have you considerd Assassin's Trophy?

Barbarian_Sun_Pope on Modern budget Lifegain

1 year ago

Have you considered Proclamation of Rebirth to recur the Martyr of Sands or maybe Leonin Vanguard? Crested Sunmare feels like it would fit perfectly in this deck as a potential finisher. Hope this helps.

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