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Creature — Cat
Loam Lion gets +1/+2 as long as you control a Forest.
1 week ago
Love a good cat deck! You should check out Kaheera Cats and Chariots :3 by NonetheWeisser for some additional inspiration. Definitely one of the most competitive tribal cat decks out there and if I could toot my own horn my version of cat tribal focuses more on token creation but it is fairly potent non the less as well (Feline Feelings). Lots of good discussion in the comments of those two decks as many of the cards you are either playing or considering are in those. Might help you make some educated decisions if you were on the edge of playing one cat versus another.
Otherwise, it almost feels a bit like you are going for some +1/+1 counter synergy with this deck. Collective Effort and Unbreakable Formation are something I have played in +1/+1 counter decks and Ajani, Caller of the Pride provides another way to get counters while having some finishing moves as well. If that is the direction you are wanting, I would definitely recommend adding in a full playset of Metallic Mimic to bring cats in with +1/+1 counters and Hardened Scales to double that effect. Adding a few copies of Gavony Township might give you late game options as well. If that is not the direction you are wanting, I might suggest Dromoka's Command over Collective Effort. Slightly less potent and upside but cheaper and a bit more flexible. I would also suggest Heroic Intervention over Unbreakable Formation for the same reasons.
Also, you may want to look at the lands a bit. You only have 10 ways to generate a mana. Loam Lion is a beast if could add something like Temple Garden. Wooded Bastion would be a cheaper alternative if cost is an issue.
Anyway, hope something there was useful and happy brewing!
4 months ago
wallisface - You were definitely right about upping the mana. Only done a handful of play testing and since I increased it to 23 lands it has been performing much better and just "feels" like I am not hoping to draw a land to be able to play one of my higher CMC cards. Just consistently starting games with 3-4 lands in hand. The addition of the extra 1-drop cats has also been a big improvement as Temple Garden and Loam Lion are a pretty good move on turn 1.
You might be right about Heroic Intervention. So far only one game where I have used it so might be swapping that out for some additional removal spells/creatures. We shall see...Thanks again for your suggestions!
NonetheWeisser - Only a single Esika's Chariot in so far but it has gotten played a few games. Already love it as those cat tokens it generates when it is played are so nice and the populate ability is so good...In one of the games I had Anointed Procession out so that was the final nail in the coffin. Thanks for the inspiration!
5 months ago
I dont think Modern horizons sets are the cause for the feeling of Modern becoming a rotating format... I think the real culprit is Standard has had ALOT of powerful sets over the years... like ever since the great reboot with Magic Origins it feels like the game just keeps getting access to better/stronger/value cards.
7 months ago
Territorial skycat is a little awkward to build around, but since you are in selesnya have you considered a cat tribal variant?
Scythe Tiger in the sideboard for control matchups.
It'd certainly offer an aggro strategy to mix things up with your regular playgroup, so that they can't overprepare for this midrange/combo style.
1 year ago
There are a few notable cats from magic history if you want to dig them up - The one drops in particular are pretty good.
There are a few more if you want 1/1s or chunky green/white blockers, but there are enough creatures to make the tribe ok - the only reason they aren't great is that they are a little unfocussed - Pride of the Clouds wants flying creatures, steppe wants landfall, nacatyl particular lands, arbiter tax effects, warder flicker, etc etc.
Best of luck - a nethroi brew feels more likely to work out than anything else I can think of.
1 year 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
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...
1 year ago
The sheer damage output of this deck after a few turns is very satisfying. however, 22 lands does not consistently get to coco mana. Though worse things have happened to me in my life, it is very painful to path my Savannah Lions turn two to be able to coco at all. Despite that however, I do not think that you have to worry too much about the manabase for Loam Lion, for the number of basic types you have right now could definitely support Razorverge Thicket, which i can at least imagine a lion strolling about on (I think the Zendikar special edition looks pretty good for this purpose). this deck is super interesting and looks pretty cool. Upvote from here.
1 year ago