Tiny Leaders: New Decks Inspired By Shadows Over Innistrad, by Mark Pinder
Whenever a new set comes out players are always excited about what new cards they can use for their existing decks, and for new deck ideas.
I covered what I considered to my favourite cards in the format in the article: Top 10 Best Shadows Over Innistrad Cards For Your Tiny Leaders Deck, by Mark Pinder
Inspired by the new set ‘Shadows Over Innistrad‘ I have designed the following decks which I hope you will like.
Olivia, Mobilized for War, Vampires
Vampires is a great tribe and one that I’ve always wanted to build, but the general’s until now have not never been in the same tribe. [card]Olivia, Mobilized for War[/card] is a great vampire and has the potential to make other vampires better too.
A vampire deck is something that many players are going to have access to thanks to the plethora of vampire-themed cards from Shadows over Innistrad. Vampires cards are also popular in general and have been regularly printed in other sets with certain popular vampire cards seeing multiple reprints. The original Innistrad block had solid vampires that are very impressive.
This deck feels like it can be built on a very low budget.
Shadow Alley Denizen
Guul Draz Vampire
Heir of Falkenrath
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Olivia, Mobilized for War
Urge to Feed
Sign in Blood
[card]Viscera Seer[/card] is a very good card that allows you to Scry away with your creatures when you do not need them.
[card]Gatekeeper of Malakir[/card] doubles as a removal and a body, it is very useful against a smaller board position.
[card]Vampire Hexmage[/card] is a great utility card as plenty of decks use counters and it will deal with the few planeswalkers in the format.
[card]Vampire Nighthawk[/card] Flying, Lifelink and Deathtouch is what makes this one of the best threats in the format, it’s even better if it can be pumped up.
[card]Stromkirk Noble[/card] an excellent one drop that is very aggressive.
[card]Falkenrath Gorger[/card], a two power one drop is always a decent threat and this is no exception.
[card]Stromkirk Captain[/card], one of my favourite cards in the deck as making the other vampires more powerful and first strike is usually great.
[card]Olivia’s Bloodsworn[/card] is an excellent card as flying vampires are good threats and her second ability which gives vampires haste really does make your opponents think.
[card]Stensia Masquerade[/card] is annoying card to work around with attacking vampires having first strike but if combat damage is dealt to a player then they get bigger. This can make chump blocking more desirable.
[card]Lightning Bolt[/card] is a solid card as either removal or killing opponents.
[card]Smother[/card] the best removal card in the format.
[card]Terminate[/card] probably the second best removal in the format.
[card]Strangling Soot[/card] is a card I like as it has Flashback giving it extra value late game to be used again.
In essence we have fast creatures with efficient removal leading to a deadly combination.
Child of Night
Call the Bloodline
We have some excellent options in the sideboard to solidify the deck against weaker match ups.
[card]Ratchet Bomb[/card] is an excellent card as Black Red– whilst having good creature removal –struggles to remove enchantments. Ratchet Bomb can deal with anything.
[card]Kolaghan’s Command[/card] and [card]Rakdos Charm[/card] are two of my favourite sideboard options as they give you choices and flexibility. When you haven’t got many cards to play with then cards that can offer multiple options are at a premium.
Human creatures have always been efficient and with both Innistrad blocks, we’ve had Standard human decks make an impact on the format. However, [card]Collected Company[/card] isn’t legal in Tiny Leaders so we need to be more inventive.
[card]Selvala, Explorer Returned[/card] is our general, [card]Saffi Eriksdotter[/card] is also an option but I’d like to try a new general out for this build.
Selvala, Explorer Returned
Champion of the Parish
Hermit of the natterknolls
Mayor of Avabruck
Bonds of Faith
Feat of Resistance
Remember the Fallen
Open the Armory
Gather the Pack
Quest for the holy relic
[card]Open the Armory[/card] and [card]Quest for the Holy Relic[/card] are good ways to bring forth equipment to the fore and Open the Armory can in addition get a useful aura.
[card]Hero’s Blade[/card], [card]Butcher’s Cleaver[/card], [card]Fleetfeather Sandals[/card] and [card]Behemoth Sledge[/card] are all excellent equipment without the expense of playing ‘Swords’.
[card]Unflinching Courage[/card] and [card]Armadillo Cloak[/card] are great for causing mayhem in a race from the Lifelink they offer and trampling effect.
[card]Abzan Falconer[/card] has lots of creatures it will interact with as many of the creatures generate their own tokens or we have spells that in addition grant tokens.
[card]Westvale Abbey[/card] is one of my favourite cards in the format and I was interested to see if I could make it work in a Tiny Leaders deck. My initial thoughts were to make a deck with token generation and creatures that come in to play with friends to allow for a greater chance to flip Westvale Abbey into [card]Ormendahl, Profane Prince[/card].
My original idea was that a Black White build would be good to play [card]Lingering Souls[/card] but I felt I’ve done quite a few Black White builds. Red also has some good token generation too so why not make the deck Mardu, Red, White and Black! Our commander then is [card]Alesha, Who Smiles at Death[/card]. This is more a choice of matching the colour combination rather than being able to draw out extra creatures from the graveyard.
The mana base is potentially expensive with fetch and shock lands but less expensive solutions are always available but increases the likelihood to have a come into play tapped land.
Caves of Koilos
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Mogg War Marshal
Herald of Anafenza
Mardu Strike leader
Gather the Townsfolk
Raise the Alarm
Secure the Wastes
Launch the fleet
[Card]Martial Coup[/card] will not only create tokens it has the potential to clear the board being one of the few mass removal spells in the format.
[Card]Zealous Persecution[/card] doubles as pump and potential mass removal spell . As it is an instant mid combat this could really tip the balance in favour of Alesha deck.
[Card]Anguished Unmaking[/card] is a card I like, I made it my top choice for an individual card in Shadows over Innistrad.
[Card]Drana, Liberator of Malakir[/card] whilst this card doesn’t create tokens it does synergise really well as plenty of creatures to get bigger once you attack with superior numbers.
[Card]Secure the Wastes[/card] is instant speed creature creation and proving to be a valuable card in Standard.
[Card]Brimaz, King of Oreskos[/card] has always been a good card and in a format where most creatures are smaller it’s much more valuable. Blocking and attacking also creates another Cat Soldier token getting you closer to the elusive five creatures to sacrifice.
On the whole the deck doesn’t have many standout back-breaking cards but works on getting an incremental presence on the board with some impressive pump spells.
Drown in Sorrow
To the Slaughter
So that’s my roundup of decks based on cards from Shadows Over Innistrad, I think there are some good Werewolves in the format but no real werewolf leader to make a difference, I’m hoping when Eldritch Moon appears I’ll have something new to work with.
Thanks for reading,