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Raksha Golden Cub
Legendary Creature — Cat Soldier
As long as Raksha Golden Cub is equipped, Cat creatures you control get +2/+2 and have double strike.
mordecaifox on Kemba - A Kat with too many swords!
1 year ago
sassybill1540 :) Thanks for taking a look at my desk. I actually started making some changes late last night before I went to bed. I'll try to answer your questions and suggestions as best as I can!
Robe of Stars & Godsend - I haven't had to much trouble with it. A lot of it has come down to me not having protection from white in my hand when I had them. However, I tend to favor Robe of Stars just due to the phase ability to dodge wipes or other things. The Godsend I tend to agree with you on. I was thinking of cutting that card while looking through the deck last night.
Odric, Lunarch Marshal - I actually just cut that card last night from my physical deck. As for the Raksha Golden Cub part I originally kept him just to buff the tokens if I got lucky and got him out. Just equip him with something easy and let him be an anthem as it were. However, after thinking about it you may be right. I might be better off slotting another creature or another weapon in his slot.
Blackblade Reforged & Colossus Hammer - I was curious if you kept those out of your deck due to it making Kemba a bigger threat/target. The extra damage from it seems good but I could see where you are coming from. Perhaps another weapon with more utility would be better in those spots. The hammer I kept in there originally just because of the ways I had to cheat equip costs in the deck. But, it may be better to swap it too for a utility weapon.
Mask of Avacyn - Your take on this surprised me. I was looking for anything I could find that would protect Kemba. Hexproof, indestructible really anything! I hadn't considered swapping the greaves around like that. I forgot about the equip cost being 0 rather than 1 like the swiftfoot boots. I could possibly make that change as well.
Paradise Mantle - This one is surprisingly good just for two reasons for me. It's an early piece of equipment like you were suggesting and the original plan I had for it was to put it on Raksha. However, if I didn't have him I usually just put it on one of my cat tokens and turned them into a mana rock.
Mentor of the Meek & Welcoming Vampire I had considered finding a spot to put Mentor in. I kind of like Welcoming just due to it being a nice quick 'free' trigger. But, I could use Mentor to help with the draw really. I could easily find a spot to free up.
And, yes Ashnod's Altar and Martyr's Cause have helped A LOT with mine. The altar is great because then you're quite literally generating a sacrifice sol ring every turn depending on your equipment count. More cats is more mana! More mana is more swords! The Martyr's is great for the items I mentioned for the big damage that you need to stop. I've always called it the "Get down Mr. President" enchantment. I highly recommend it in any Kemba deck.
sassybill1540 on Kemba - A Kat with too many swords!
1 year ago
I like that you're utilizing the cat tokens so much. My list just durdles with them as blockers and not much else.
How often do Robe of Stars and Godsend nonbo with all of your pro-white? I tried Godsend shortly after it was released and wasn't satisfied with the results, but Robe seems VERY good.
A lot of your deck has the standard Kemba stuff, which is fantastic. Your lands, sorceries, enchantments, and instants are all worthy and I couldn't think of anything to replace from those.
Creatures and artifacts had some thing I would suggest reconsidering due to CMC or general clumsiness (note I may be missing something, so take anything I say with a grain of salt):
Odric, Lunarch Marshal may be kind of meh, but you play into your tokens a lot more so it may be more helpful. Same with Raksha Golden Cub I love him, but he's very expensive.
Blackblade Reforged is comparable to Strata Scythe and either one can be better than the other in certain situations. I'm not convinced "giant buff with no evasion or anything else" is good enough for Kemba players, however. On that note, Colossus Hammer.
Mask of Avacyn just feels clunky with the equip costs, the shroud from Lightning Greaves is annoying to work around sometimes but it feels so good to turn two Greaves, turn three Kemba, attack. With Leonin Shikari you can always shuffle them around at instant speed.
Paradise Mantle is an early equipper, but how often do you find yourself using it for the mana ability? Something like Shuko may better serve purposes if you're just after a cheap equip.
Depending on how big your tokens get, Mentor of the Meek is a great repeatable way to draw cards, since Welcoming Vampire has the once per turn rider.
I love your use of the token sacrificers like Ashnod's Altar and Martyr's Cause specifically, I may have to test those out soon!
KembaKhaRegent on Cat Tribal Budget
1 year ago
Couldn't help but notice you didn't have any equipment to put on Raksha Golden Cub to have him give your other cats double strike, leaving him as an overcost 7 drop 3/4 with vigilance. Same is true with Kemba, Kha Regent and her token spawning, though she's a 3 drop 2/4 without her ability which is pretty average.
I'd recommend either cutting both of them, or cutting just Kemba and a few other cards to run some cheap staple commander equipment ( Swiftfoot Boots , Lightning Greaves ), as Raksha's +2/+2 and double strike is exceptionally powerful in Tribal Cats and shroud and hexproof are good abilities to have.
As for card draw, you could also kill two birds with one stone and put in Sword of Fire and Ice , but given that that card costs almost as much as the rest of the deck put together, I'd totally understand if you didn't want to run it.
Mana_Mythic_Legendary on Pursuing Perfection, Part 1: Mono-White …
1 year ago
This is the start of a project inspired by a TED talk. The speaker was part of a commission to create the perfect Pepsi, but the data he’d gathered was less than helpful. Instead of forming a nice, easy bell curve, the gathered preferences formed seemingly random clusters. That’s when he had an epiphany: a perfect Pepsi was impossible, but perfect Pepsis were. Some people liked it sweeter, some with less carbonation, some with more citric acid. I don’t remember how Pepsi took that report, but it was an interesting insight and I never forgot it.
Years later, I was reading the comments on an article about the ten best commanders. Most of them railed against the writer’s choices. Why wasn’t this one at the top, why wasn’t this guy on the list, why were all the picks garbage… That's when it occurred to me. Salt aside, the article was chasing the perfect Pepsi. Any article trying to rank options would be, because the commanders don’t exist in a vacuum. They exist in context, and what works in one place is a wretched pile in the next. There is no perfect commander. However, there are perfect commanders, and that’s what we’ll be thinking about here.
Over the course of this project I’ll be discussing the thematic strengths of various colors and color combinations. Each article will highlight nine commanders who showcase those themes in different ways, then close with a personal favorite. This isn’t meant to be a list of the optimal but rather the fun, a celebration of the format.
Today’s topic is White, held by some to be the weakest color to run solo in commander. Funny, since this “weakest” color has little miss indestructible-on-a-stick Avacyn, Angel of Hope , that black hole of aggro Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite , and the wombo combo beast Heliod, Sun-Crowned himself. We’re not here to discuss the powerhouses, though. We are here to talk about why you would play mono-white in the first place. White, friends, is where you come to drown your opponents in tokens, where Voltron stashes the best kitties, and where the friendless beast Stax makes its lonely home.
While Marrow-Gnawer and Krenko may live in the limelight of mono-colored horde decks, white is where said horde hangs its thematic hat. Here be the lion’s share of “creatures you control get” goodies, crowned by the mathematically grueling Cathars' Crusade . Here be the Hero of Bladehold and the Knight-Captain of Eos . Here! Be! Elspeth!
First in our trifecta of white weenie lords is Mikaeus the Lunarch. Stick him at the head of a horde and watch his minions git gud. There are quite a few shenanigans, like Elite Scaleguard , that will delight in having this guy at the head of a deck.
Going a different direction, Darien makes minions himself rather than relying on token generators from the deck. Opponents will be understandably leery of touching his pilot with anything less than lethal damage. Add in Soul Warden and a few of her friends and things get downright silly.
Lord of keyword soup. What more needs to be said? Go in fear of his motley crew, in all probability lead by Zetalpa, Primal Dawn .
Anyone can sink money into a fistful of swords or powerhouse auras and turn their pet legend into an unholy terror. White, though, has the greatest affinity for soloing Voltron. Equipment or auras, or even both, there’s a deep pool of support to chose from. The keyword Protection is part of what makes the swords so lethal, and white hands out that keyword like candy.
Drawing is white’s weakest point, you say? Sram laughs at you and your lies as he beats you senseless. There is a pile of white cards that reward you for playing auras or for playing artifacts. Sram isn’t so picky. Be like Sram.
I really like this guy. Moving gear for free is great, but passing out double strike like free samples is downright brutal. Bloodforged Battle-Axe , anyone? Even as an equipment he does silly, silly things with friends like Kami of False Hope or Ranger-Captain of Eos .
Hulk or horde? Why not both? Stack some toys on Kemba and watch your board grow, then go full theme and drop Raksha Golden Cub to take the throne with your army of cranky Norwegian forest cats. Include Leonin Shikari and (cat)ckle with glee. I wasn't joking about white, Voltron, and kitties.
Here’s the mean side of white. Blue may counter you, red may burn you, black may drain you, but only white truly embodies the spirit of the Smallpox flavor text. Whether you share the pain with cards like Hushbringer or dish it out with Drannith Magistrate and friends, opponents will go in fear of those terrible words “can’t” and “don’t.”
If you’re building stax, we can assume making allies in the game isn’t a priority. Horoki has no friends. Horoki needs no friends. Only rocks. Rocks, and something to put victims out of their misery.
Somewhat kinder than Horoki, but only somewhat, since you don’t suffer with them. Their creatures can’t tap for mana. Their creatures can’t sacrifice each other. Their creatures can’t. So many can'ts, so little can.
Maybe you can’t outramp them, but you can slow them down. Thalia functionally robs opponents of turns, blockers, and, if you rob them enough, of the win. A 3/2 with first strike is already good for three mana, and at this point is just icing on this vicious cake.
And, for my personal favorite...
A rule of thumb of mine is that one mark of a good deck is that it can function without its commander.
This is a rule I gleefully break most of the time.
Rune-Tail will automatically flip on turn three in almost all games, and a commander with effects like this make Pariah and other, similar cards downright hilarious. I made and took apart a Rune-Tail deck over a decade ago. It was a terrible mess, but a fun one, and the tech available for it has grown since then. The deck was built around walling up, gaining life and otherwise stalling until a win-condition like Darksteel Reactor or Felidar Sovereign could be triggered. It was a fun idea, but these days I'd probably build Halvar for fun or Sram if I wanted to win.
That's it for this round. Thoughts and questions are welcome. I hope you enjoyed it, and will come back next week for Blue!
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BRAZATO on ARAHBO, THE FELINE APEX
2 years ago
Housegheist, yeah! I totally understood, I usually play lots of cards just for flavor, but sadly other times is better to give up.
For example I used to play a foil Raksha Golden Cub in this deck, wich I loved and has strong tribal support... But after playing the deck for 4 years I realised I never got to really use him well once! (arriving too late due to his high CMC, enemy removals, lack of an equipment to activate his ability, or simple better plays in hand, etc). So I had to cut him away. Still love to have that card in my collection, of course!
My personal battle with this deck is that I want to make cat tribal success as much as possible, (assuming cats aren't the best tribe by far, but there is hope for this to change in the future). So I try to optimize this particular deck when I can, thats because I play less pet cards than in other decks hahaha.
DemonDragonJ on Pussy Power
2 years ago
This deck absolutely deserves an upvote for its name!
Have you considered putting Raksha Golden Cub in this deck? I think that he would work well with it.
Coward_Token on Commander Legends Spoilers
2 years ago
Soulfire Eruption: Swingy In Garruk's Wake/Fire Covenant-ish card that also can give a window of opportunity for some serious card advantage. Neat design for mono-!
Armored Skyhunter: experimentation etc. Relevant tribes for Kemba, Kha Regent, Raksha Golden Cub, and Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale
DemonDragonJ: Yeah there's also stuff like Faith Healer, I was mostly thinking more contemporarily, specifically various THB cards like Final Flare. That set also had Enigmatic Incarnation tho so whatever.
2 years ago
Some budget options from us:
- Blackblade Reforged: can make an equipped creature ridiculously powerful.
- Colossus Hammer: high equip cost to make something very strong but there are ways around that (like Kor Outfitter, Brass Squire).
- King of the Pride: nice boost to all cats Kemba generates.
- Raksha Golden Cub: wonderful cat booster that fits well into the deck.
- Stoneforge Masterwork: cheap equipment that boosts a great deal.
In case you're interested, please have a look at our Kemba deck for more ideas.
Wkr, Mr. and Mrs. NV_1980