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Creature — Cat
Loam Lion gets +1/+2 as long as you control a Forest.
7 months ago
Ever since the beginning of Frontier/Pioneer Ensoul Artifact aggro has had a presence in the competitive meta.
Ive seen the deck evolve over time to be less and now be more for the sideboard answer cards/removal and Ingenious Smith/Michiko's Reign of Truth Flip... which makes sense and all...but why has Ensoul Artifact fallen out of favor in these decks?
I always thought that the main appeal to the deck was making an Ornithopter a 5/5 flyer or slapping it onto Darksteel Citadel for 5/5 indestructible and just close out the game quickly with an obnoxious early beater that either was harder to remove or had evasion... combined with whatever artifact synergy the decks running.
Is Ensoul Artifact suffering the same fate as Kird Ape/Loam Lion/Wild Nacatl where although aggressively costed it just isnt enough anymore? I see some lists still running the card on some Youtube lists but they are starting to be over 6 months old now.
I personally still run Ensoul Artifact in a list featuring Patchwork Automaton with Reinforced Ronin/Network Disruptor... I feel like I have a moderate/acceptable success/winrate with the decklist; but admittedly I dont play Pioneer very seriously and just attend the LGS that hosts Pioneer ever once in awhile because its a bit of a drive to get there as opposed to other shops that play EDH/Modern far more conveniently for me.
9 months ago
Feline Sovereign is another really awesome cat that could do some major work in games.
I'd suggest cutting some things like Savannah Lions / Sacred Cat /Loam Lion which generally aren't going to be too impactful and add Feline Sovereign, Adorned Pouncer, and Regal Caracal. Adorned Pouner in particular is awesome, since double strike means you basically get your eminence ability twice ^_^
1 year ago
If you're going the one drop bushwhacker route, some of the recommendations I may add:
-When you are already playing fetches, Narnam Renegade is a better version of Ape and Lion.
-Atarka's Command can provide burst of unexpected damage in a single turn since you are planning on going wide with one drops.
1 year 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!
1 year 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!
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
2 years 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.