Tiny Leaders Budget Decks (inc. Deck Lists) and Feedback
I’ve written a couple of articles about Tiny Leaders recently and there has been some feedback and concerns on the format. I’ll look to address those concerns this article and provide some budget deck lists for those who want to put their toe in the water.
1. It’s not Commander
You’re right! Sure it uses the Commander system of a General and then apart from basic land you are limited to only one of each card. That’s where the similarities end and I feel they are completely different formats. Tiny Leaders is a one on one format where Commander is predominately multi player, Commander is usually a much slower game and is generally a more social friendly format. A Tiny Leader’s deck is much more like a constructed tournament deck.
2. The format has little variety
It’s interesting to see the different reactions on the format as a whole, with the Converted Mana Cost (CMC) limit of 3 you’d think that the format would be full of aggro decks. Aggro decks are very popular, or at least in my play group they have been, but that doesn’t mean they rule the roost and you have many answers like [Card]Volcanic Fallout[/card] or Infest to deal with multiple threats. [Card]Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest[/card] is a popular General and I can see why, I’ve been tempted to build a Jeskai deck but with a couple already in our play group I’m happy to let the others hone these deck. I’ve see Shu Yun be used to create a Storm Deck, full of counters and removal to control the board before Shu Yun comes down and starts abusing [Card]Distortion Strike[/card]. Whatever style of deck you like you’ll find it is possible with a bit of ingenuity. We’ve had several diverse decks winning events in Doncaster Aggro, Midrange and Shu Yun combo.
3. The format isn’t supported
Tiny Leaders has been recognised in articles on the Wizards mother ship and Magic groups and forums. The format is new and growing, albeit it not universally popular. Commander was known as EDH for many years and entirely independent from Wizards, over recent years it has been recognised with the pre-con Commander decks coming out regularly. When you first start playing Magic there are many options to start with Intro Decks to learn the game and event decks if you want something a little bit more competitive that you could take to an FNM. Even Modern received the Event Deck treatment and to this day the token deck is a solid contender which can be tweaked quite easily.
Tiny Leaders on the surface may appear to be hard to get into but with such a wide range of cards the entry level may be easier than you can imagine, so you haven’t got a direct pre-con deck to play but I’ve seen plenty of decks based around pre-con decks. The 2014 Commander decks saw a Mono green deck that has Ezuri, Renegade leader to build around for an elf deck and the white deck has Kemba, Kha Regent to build an artefact based deck. Have a look yourself here (click on the “Description” tab of each deck).
So a few decks to be going on with.
Tiny Leaders Budget Deck Lists and Analysis
So I am now going to give you a few options for decks that you could play in Tiny Leaders, I’ll start by giving a budget option limiting card value to under £5 approximately and some of the though process behind the deck. I’ll then give you some ideas for alternative more expensive cards for the deck.
Kytheon, Hero of Akros – Tiny Leaders Budget Deck List
The first is Mono White Tokens, using Kytheon, Hero of Akros as Commander as the tokens allow for Kytheon to transform quicker.
The deck could be upgraded by adding the cards below.
|Path to Exile (0)|
Hangarback Walker (0)
Entreat the Angels (0)
Monastery Mentor (0)
Brimaz, King of Oreskos (0)
Path to Exile is an excellent removal spell, Entreat the Angels is a game breaker whilst Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Hangarback Walker and Monastery Mentor are or were solid cards in the Standard format.
Of course, you could always push the envelope a little bit more by adding Daxos the Returned as the general to go Black-White.
Lingering Souls (0)
Daxos the Returned (0)
Grenzo, Dungeon Warden – Tiny Leaders Budget Deck List
My second deck is Goblins, led by Grenzo, Dungeon Warden. This is also one of my favourite designs as the upgraded version is my partners Tiny Leaders deck that we worked on together having agonizing times cutting cards. I could write a whole article on building that deck and the discussions we had on what should make the deck and what shouldn’t.
|Goblin Guide (0)|
Goblin Lackey (0)
Warren Instigator (0)
Lightning Bolt (0)
The upgrades are the more expensive goblins but I feel the deck is pretty solid without them. The deck is fast and aggressive.
Hua Tuo, Honored Physician – Tiny Leaders Budget Deck List
My third deck is poison, I struggled for a Commander but eventually chose a lesser known Commander.
The creature base being single colour may be a little bit fragile but as with other Poison/Infect decks it tries to combo off one creature with pump spells. However, I do feel the deck is a cheeky one, it’s still only 10 poison counters to win the game and in a format with 25 life this does mean victory can be a little bit closer but the creature base isn’t as awesome as the Pauper, Modern or Legacy versions.
|Inkmoth Nexus (0)|
Worldly Tutor (0)
Sylvan Scrying (0)
|Blighted Agent (0)|
Distortion Strike (0)
Plague Stinger (0)
The other way to improve the deck would be to make the deck two colour adding either Blue or Black.
My fourth deck is Elves, you have three awesome Commanders that you can use. Which you can see below to compare and contrast yourself.
|Rhys the redeemed (0)|
Rhys the exiled (0)
Ezuri, Renegade Leader (0)
Three solid choices as Commander and whilst Mono Green is popular with many people but adding either Black or White adds to removal options and utility spells. I decided to go for the Black/Green option.
Some very good options to improve the deck
|Abrupt Decay (0)|
Nissa, Vastwood Seer (0)
Deathrite Shaman (0)
|Twilight Mire (0)|
Verdant Catacombs (0)
Overgrown Tomb (0)
Okay, really simple additions but not cheap is an upgrade on the mana base.
I’ve really enjoyed writing this article as I enjoy building decks, Tiny Leaders has such a wealth of cards to use from the beginning of Magic but recent sets add lots of great options to the format.
Which budget deck would you make? Can you improve the decks even more on a budget or better upgrade options? I may even feature your deck and put my spin on it too.
Please let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,
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