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Prowling Serpopard Discussion
3 days ago
I am absolutely delighted by your comment and I am very honored to know it's your first deck. Thank you so much!!! <3
1) Kogla, the Titan Ape + Hyrax Tower Scout are absolutely perfect replacements, also opens lines up with Eternal Witness for Benefactor's Draught/Vitalize/Touch of Vitae (I'll address this one dw). I wouldn't say slower, since we can actually tutor it whereas Cloudstone Curio has to be drawn or topped off with Genesis Hydra.
2) Heartwood Storyteller has been quite the critical piece, however, I can see it being replaced by Ohran Frostfang, though I were leaning a little into the top-heavy side with this build. I hope your meta isn't too fast as this deck falls by the wayside in T4 metas. As for Touch of Vitae, this is a bit of a lynchpin of sorts as haste the MAIN reason we run it, it ensures that the dork we brought out can actually be used and to win... with an untap. I wouldn't compromise on this card, if it's too difficult for you to obtain add my discord I might be able to help you out. (Inkmoth#4507)
3) Glademuse should be played:
- When you can guarantee 1-2 draws on the rotation you drop it,
- Early on, as most decks are in set up.
- Outlet; try to seal your loops with Prowling Serpopard or bouncing the muse if better outlet achieved
- This one applies to Heartwood Storyteller as well: right before a combo player is going to try to win. i.e resp to Ad Nauseam. We want to give our opponents cards in these situations. The more of the deck we see the easier it becomes to set up lines.
- This is more of practice makes perfect bullet, but the MORE your familiarize yourself with the deck you'll see how giving your opponents cards is meaningless if you can win on top of their wincons. So if you see a line don't jam it out, just wait till the last possible moment.
On discord I would be more than happy to discuss your meta to better assess Glademuse timing
- Castle Garenbrig: Run it, doesn't hurt. I'll slot it in! Thank you! :)
- Vivien, Monsters' Advocate: Same reason we don't run Vizier of the Menagerie, except it costs 5, it's sorc speed, it's random and we don't manipulate the top of the deck too much.
- Nylea, Keen-Eyed: I love it, haven't found a slot for it though. Maybe if Glademuse is that much of an issue this can be your outlet... though drawing is substantially stronger.
1 week ago
Not sure I’m a fan of Druid's Deliverance. Fog effects are fine, but you need to make sure that you pick one that can be used aggressively, not just defensively. Deliverance can only ever really be used as a defensive fog since only ever stop damage going to your face. I would instead recommend Winds of Qal Sisma instead, since it can also be used aggressively. You can force your opponent to trade with your board, but then make the trade one sided by negating your opponents damage, while still being able to hit their creatures/face. And, the fog effect will still be able to protect your health in much the same way. Sure, the populate is nice, but as I’ve said before you lack decent targets and the ability to one sidedly trade a board is far better value.
Ok, I’m going to have another go at trying to explain why I don’t think Watchers of the Dead should really be mainboarded in this deck. First reason, in any matchup that doesn’t care about its graveyard, the card is a below average rate, vanilla two drop. And sure, it can become a decent size if you have any lords on the field, but so would any cat you ran instead, and any other cat would arguably be a bigger and more impactful threat, be that simply by being bigger or by having a more relevant ability. If you compare to Prowling Serpopard, the other card that is arguably a sideboard card, it’s stats are actually very good, so even if you play it as a vanilla 4/3, it can trade well and be an aggressive threat, and therefore is a much better include. Watchers also has no real ability to scale well into longer games, unlike many other two drops, including Adorned Pouncer, Ajani's Pridemate or Fleecemane Lion. These all have additional abilities that can come into play later down the line that are impactful and can caused problems for your opponent almost always. Secondly, let’s consider what the graveyard hate ability on Watchers is actually able to disrupt on a major scale. Since you are allowing the opponent to keep two cards, you will almost never hit one of their powerful cards, since they’ll opt to get rid of something else, and this ultimately does you very little good. It might cause some momentary problems for a delve or delirium deck, sure, but those decks will quickly be back online since they can very quickly fill their graveyards, and would still have their key pieces available to them. The fact that your opponent gets to keep two cards available to them, and that they get to pick them, makes this effect a very weak form of graveyard hate that I don’t think will ever really be enough to stop a graveyard deck. Also, when evaluating the impact of a card designed to counter something, you must always consider the card in isolation, in terms of how good it ultimately is at that job. Sure, Watchers might be good if you happen to also have Return to Nature to get rid of the biggest problem that they kept, but what if you don’t have that? Since your only running one of each, it is extremely unlikely that you will have both, so that “combo” will almost never actually happen. I know this probably seems like I’m being unduly critical of this one card, but I think it serves as a good example of how cards need to be assessed when making a deck. Consider the range of the cards possible value, from when it will be as good as it ever will be and also as bad as it ever will be, and then compare how often those events will occur. A card that is game breaking 1% of the time but is awful the other 99% is never going to be a better card than one that gets good value 70% of the time (sorry if this comes across as kind of a lecture on why I think you’re wrong, I know you’ll have your reasons for liking the cards, I’m just trying to kinda explain how I evaluate and develop opinions on cards in the hope that it is helpful to you).
1 week ago
I also think that I should run 4x Anointed Procession since that gives me drawing power for that card. And I'm not too fond of having 4x Ajani's Pridemate since I already have 1x Brimaz, King of Oreskos. To me, I could do with more Pride Sovereign or Leonin Warleader or Regal Caracal or Brimaz, King of Oreskos since this is mainly a tokens deck; can't forget that. I just need more cards besides Angelic Gift that give drawing power. Not creatures drawing, but overall deck. If anything I could get rid of Invigorating Surge since it's only useful for Ajani's Pridemate which would make it who knows what P/T, but I imagine it would be GIGANTIC, and I could use it on Fleecemane Lion as well which would end up giving it +4/+4 instead of +1/+1. As long as my opponent doesn't counter or remove my cards, I will be a happy camper. This is why I think I need to draw Prowling Serpopard, but only if I'm against control decks, and its 4/3 is not a bad thing either for 3 mana.
1 week ago
WOW! I didn't know that the rules for companions were just sitting there invulnerable giving their abilities throughout the game without being killed or sent to the graveyard or exiled! Very nice!
What else would you recommend for a 'ready for anything' deck in Selesnya? Am I missing any instants, sorceries, or enchantments, or artifacts?
To be prepared, I have 1x Watchers of the Dead, 1x Prowling Serpopard, 4x Angelic Gift, and 1x Sundering Growth for, respectively, graveyard heavy, counter heavy, and flying decks and direct damage, and enchantments and artifacts. I would love to be able to draw these cards when I need them... something like a green/white Grim Tutor! They should have released tutors for every color since that gives black a HUGE advantage! Is there any drawing power better than Huatli, Radiant Champion, since even she depends on creatures entering the battlefield for card draw. If I had a ton of 1 drops and 2 drops, I would agree to it, but most of my deck isn't that cheap in mana cost.
1 week ago
I think Prowling Serpopard and Watchers of the Dead are good cards simply because they have their P/T as equal to or more than their Mana cost, making them actually useful cards if I don't need the abilities of them. I'll just keep 1 of each in my deck, as their abilities are still useful if I face a deck with graveyard-heavy or counter-heavy.
Which card would you recommend out of Setessan Training and Cartouche of Strength? I think maybe having 1 of each in my deck would be good? The drawing power is great, but I am on the fence when it comes to fighting another creature with my chosen card, as it might not be that powerful early on in the game, but it does say 'may' so I'm not committed to doing so.
I personally don't like planeswalkers. So I'm not running any in my deck simply because I don't know how to use them, or how to keep them from being killed. If I were to use any planeswalker it would probably be Ajani, Caller of the Pride, as it gives flying and doublestrike, effectively making me able to either block a flying creature, or attack my opponent directly with flying, which doublestrike would allow me to decimate them. On top of that, it's -8 ability is incredibly powerful: X tokens of X life-points! As long as he stays in the game for 4 turns, using his +1 ability, he will allow me to use that ability, which I will ASAP, but if I know that I can attack my opponent directly with flying, I will use that instead.
Also, as a final question, is it really called a 'toolbox' when you prepare for any deck you might face?
I don't mind the long posts! I love that you are such a good player and know the game enough to give me great advice! <3
1 week ago
9-lives, unfortunately unblockable is an effect mainly kept in blue, so I’m not sure if there are any effects like it in your colours. The way you will be getting damage through in this deck will most likely have to be trample instead. Unflinching Courage might be a good way of giving your big creature trample, and the lifelink is also pretty nice for a huge creature to have. Setessan Training and Cartouche of Strength are two other auras that can give something trample, and each having a useful secondary effect (card draw or removal).
About the only card I can find that does give unblockable in your colours is Key to the City, but I would not recommend it for a deck like this. While is have used the card a lot in discard decks, this deck probably can’t afford the discard cost, since the draw effect is pretty clunky and you don’t have any other sources of draw.
Regarding Sylvan Caryatid, this deck doesn’t feel like it is in need of ramp all that much, it would most likely rather just play out threats each turn. It would also prevent you from running Kaheera, the Orphanguard as your companion, which could prove significant.
Trial of Strength also feels a little strange. Sure it works well with Anointed Procession and populate, but it’s also moving away from all your cat synergy and is ultimately in lots of cases just a 3 mana 4/2. If you want another good token producer for the deck, I’m going to say once again that Ajani, Strength of the Pride feels like the best way to go. The tokens are replicas of one of the deck’s most powerful creatures, plus it has the flexibility to do so much more, which seems perfect for the toolbox strategy you are to be going for.
As a final thing, I’ll mention your sideboard. To make your toolbox strategy you’ve moved a lot of the traditional “sideboard cards”, like Prowling Serpopard and Watchers of the Dead into the mainboard, which I feel is a mistake. They are good into some matchups, sure, but they will often be dead draws against other decks. You’d probably be better off running flexible cards or cards with multiple effects in your main board, then having the full blown counter cards in your sideboard. Feline Sovereign is a great card for the mainboard, for example, since it has a primary buff effect that helps in every game, but can also have extra incidental value in some matchups, and then in the games where the artifact or enchantment hate is necessary you can sideboard in some more. Since we’re viewing this as a toolbox, you could see it as trying to fill the mainboard with “multitools”, shall we call them, and then have the precision tools for specific jobs in the sideboard (please forgive the awful analogy, but hopefully it makes sense).
And regarding Kaheera, cut down to only one in the sideboard, since you can only cast one from there each game.
Sorry that this is long again, hopefully this is helpful.
1 week ago
I take no offense, I know you're trying to help me! <3
What about Revitalize? Lifegain and drawing a card for only two mana! I got rid of Fountain of Renewal and replaced it with Oketra's Monument. I just wanted it because it's a guaranteed +1/+1 each turn for my Ajani's Pridemate, and to replace the lifepoints lost to Temple Garden. Return of the Wildspeaker would be an amazing draw card, but the problem with it is that its mana cost is so high. I'd have to wait until my 5th turn, which on that turn I should be eternalizing Adorned Pouncer or casting Regal Caracal if I casted Anointed Procession on my fourth turn! I'm thinking about putting in Sylvan Caryatid as a ramp card, but then again, it's a creature, and I don't want too many creatures. At least Sylvan Caryatid is a hexproof card, so people won't classically 'bolt the bird'. With Sundering Growth populate would be incredibly useful with Adorned Pouncer's eternalize ability, or even multiple Anointed Procession and send a few 1/1 lifelink cats onto the battlefield, and Sundering Growth doesn't rely upon the player to take damage. I imagine that in opposing an aggro or creature-heavy deck I'll have a very hard time attacking the player himself, and if I have big cards, they might be deathtouched or destroyed or hated to death or countered. This is why I want a G/W Aqueous Form type of card, as when I get big creatures they can smack the player instead of the creatures. Do you know of any like that? Prowling Serpopard will be very useful against control decks, but I'm afraid to put it into my deck, as it costs 3 mana, and isn't that great. I guess i'm trying to make a cats tribal toolbox deck?!
2 weeks ago
Hello there, really nice deck. With all the new cats released in M21, I have a few suggestions, along with some older cards you may have missed.
Fleecemane Lion is a very strong cat, being aggressively statted and with the potential to become a major problem for you opponent if it ever becomes monstrous. I would 100% recommend you include this if you’re looking to aggressively threaten your opponent’s life total.
In a similar vein, Bronzehide Lion might also be quite nice, having the same stat line and the ability easily protect itself, or other creatures later on. Not as strong as Fleecemane, but maybe worth considering.
New from M21, Feline Sovereign is a nice lord for your board, as well as giving incidental artifact hate which could prove to be important in some matchups.
Kaheera, the Orphanguard is another lord that seems very good here, potentially even as companion if you want to make the necessary changes to facilitate it. The vigilance she gives is pretty significant too, making a lot of your attacks safer, although you would lose synergy on Oreskos Sun Guide.
With Anointed Procession, another nice token producer might be Cubwarden. Since all your creatures are cats, you can mutate onto anything, and then you’re getting a massive amount of value from it, especially if you have any sort of lord on the field. Also works really well with Adorned Pouncer, since you would then have a 3/5 double striker, which is pretty good.
Prowling Serpopard is another very solid cat, especially into control matchups. At the very least should make the sideboard to be able to combat control and cut off lots of their options.
Keeper of Fables could be an interesting alternative top-end for the deck, you are lacking quite badly in the card draw department, so could be necessary to be able to compete in more drawn out games.
Garrison Cat might be another good one-drop, although might not be better the what you already have. However, if you want to push a more aggressive strategy it could help towards that.
Brimaz, King of Oreskos is another brilliant cat, although is slightly pricier as a result. Rewards you for playing both aggressively and defensively, and gives great value when paired with Anointed Procession. If you can afford him, I feel he is a must for any cat strategy.
With this type of strategy, one of the major weaknesses will always be board wipes, so I’d recommend either Heroic Intervention (although may be a little expensive) or Unbreakable Formation. Formation can be particularly useful since it can also be used offensively to finish off your opponent.
If we are running Ajani's Pridemate, why not run a planeswalker that makes them as well. Ajani, Strength of the Pride feels very strong here, both making Pridemates, working well again with Procession, capitalising on the large board that this deck hopefully gets by bolstering your life, and also having an emergency board wipe for if your opponent gets too far ahead on board. Plus, Ajani is really on flavour for any cats deck.
Similarly, Ajani, the Greathearted will work well with the go wide strategy by pumping all your creatures, plus the vigilance anthem is nice and lifegain can help in a pinch.
If you’re adding any of these cards, you will of course have to make some cuts, and here are my thoughts on what you could remove.
Heroes' Reunion should get out of the deck really quickly. Pure lifegain cards are not as powerful as incidental lifegain on cards with additional effects, even in decks entirely built around the concept of gaining life, which this deck is not. It synergises with one card of which you aren’t even running a full play set (Ajani's Pridemate), so it should not have a place in your deck.
Similarly, I feel that Oreskos Sun Guide is not a card that you want here. The deck feels like it wants to play quite aggressively, and for its cost there are so many cards that do that far better, like Fleecemane Lion, for example. It’s effect is a slow and unreliable form of lifelink and it’s body isn’t great, so I would replace it quite quickly as well.
Watchers of the Dead feels much more like a sideboard card to me. There are lots of decks where the graveyard hate will be meaningless, and so you’re left with a vanilla 2/2 that can be killed by artifact removal. Also, lots of decks will only care about a few cards in their graveyards, and so they would be able to keep them there when you activate the ability. At the minimum I would move this to the sideboard, or ideally replace it there with some more reliable graveyard hate like Tormod's Crypt or Grafdigger's Cage.
While a flavour win and a powerful card, Oketra the True, doesn’t feel great here. She doesn’t benefit from any of your lords, and neither do the tokens she creates. There are more synergistic four-drops that you have access to, so I feel like Oketra should be dropped. However, if you are dead-set on playing the cat god, I would say that you play God-Eternal Oketra instead, the card is just so much more powerful.
Pride Sovereign I find can be an awkward card. It’s a valuable token producer and can be huge creature that is difficult to deal with, but the exert is just too clunky and inefficient, so I would cut down to only a two-of.
Personally, I’m not sold on Valorous Stance or Blessed Alliance. Alliance works well with Pride Sovereign, but since I’d recommend cutting down on the card and pushing for more vigilance cards, the untapping doesn’t feel as strong. The protection from Stance is strictly worse than that of Heroic Intervention, and Dromoka's Command is better removal, so I would cut both Stance and Alliance.
Finally, if you are considering running Kaheera, the Orphanguard as your companion, then unfortunately Metallic Mimic would need to go. Even if you don’t do that, I’d consider cutting down to only two, since double drawing feels sort of bad as they don’t get the benefits of your lords and buffs.
I know that this is very long, but hopefully this is of help to you. Good luck with the deck.