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Tiny Leaders - Jenara

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

Next weekend at our local gaming store, OMG! Games, here in Barrie, Ontario, they are planning on running the first ever Tiny Leaders event.  We will admit that this made-in-Canada alternate Magic: the Gathering format looks pretty exciting and here at MTG Realm, we definitely want to get in on the action.  

First up, we suggest that if you have not yet tried this format, pop on over to the Tiny Leaders site and become familiar with the rules and the suggested ban list.  Essentially, this is a one-on-one singleton format with a total of 50 cards with life totals starting at 25.  All cards including your 'general' or 'commander' must be equal to or under a converted mana cost of three and all cards in your list conforms to the commander's colour identity.

To this end, we put together our very first decklists over the weekend.  Specifically, we had tried out two lists - one featuring Thassa, God of the Sea, and the other Jenara, Asura of War as our very first foray into this format.  Today we want to yatter about that Bant Angel, Jenara.  We chose this one as we have a measure of nostalgia for her.  Giving this spell's ability to put a +1/+1 counter on itself, we went with a related counter theme to focus on.

Jenara, Asura of War, GWU
Legendary Creature - Angel
1W: Put a +1/+1 counter of Jenara, Asura of War.

30 Spells / 20 Land
Some lands of note - 
• Gavony Township - counter party
• Oran-Rief, the Vastwood

Creatures - 18
• Noble Hierarch - Mana Fix
• Birds of Paradise - Mana Fix
• Experiment One - Evolve / early chump block
• Scute Mob - Late game beater
• Slippery Bogle - not a good fit 
• Cloudfin Raptor - Evolve / Flyer
• Sylvan Caryatid - Mana Fix
• Scavenging Ooze - anti-recursion / beater
• Fleecemane Lion - Indestructible defence / beater
• Predator Ooze - Indestructible defence / beater
• Boon Satyr - big pump
• Champion of Lambholt - possible win condition
• Banisher Priest - removal
• Fiend Hunter - removal
• Abzan Falconer - team evasion
• Geist of Saint Traft - not the best fit
• Dauntless Escort - anti-sweeper
• Elusive Krasis - evolve blocker / beater

Spells - 12
• Hardened Scales - counter theme
• Forced Adaptation - counter party
• Path to Exile - removal
• Distortion Strike - two for one unblockable
• Ordeal of Heliod - counters and life gain
• Feat of Resistance - protection / counter
• Cyclonic Rift - sweeper / control
• Reap What is Sown - counter party
• Behemoth Sledge - beat stick
• Ajani, Caller of the Pride - counter / evasion
• Oblivion Ring - removal
• Banishing Light - removal

This list was most definitely fun to play and was a decent first step in trying out the Tiny Leaders format.  We might further develop this decklist as our familiarity with this game evolves.  Our group talked about a number of other possible lists and we are excited to brew up a number of other stacks.


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