Tiny Leaders and Great Big Fun - Delving into Tiny Leaders [Edward Eng]

Magic has turned into a beast of a game over the past 20+ years. And I'm guessing many of you have probably run into someone at some point who says he or she doesn't really play casual Magic. As a matter of fact, I happen to be one of those people. You won't find me often casting Vigor or Braids, Conjurer Adept at my kitchen table or local game store. Instead, you can usually find me jamming Grand Prix, PPTQs, and SCG events. However, I've always been interested in EDH/Commander but just never really devoted any time to building a deck.


Most of the time I'm tuning Standard decks and contemplating new draft strategies. But it's been hard to ignore the rise of interest in Tiny Leaders and the card price fluctuations. No wonder that promo Geist of Saint Traft in my trade has been gaining a lot of attention. And as more people point it out, the more I want to cast it. And the more I want to see True-Name Nemesis next to it on the battlefield. And Monastery Mentor. And Soulfire Grand Master. And Young Pyromancer. And guess what? They're all 3 CMC or less!


I started pulling out other 'cool' and powerful Jeskai cards like the promo Path to Exile, Lightning Helix, and Ponder. Sooner than later, I pretty much had a Jeskai Tempo Tiny Leaders deck lying in front of me with Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest leading the way.


Here's what my first attempt at Tiny Leaders looks like.

Tiny Leaders
Jeskai Tempo - Edward Eng

Commander (1)
1 Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest

Creatures (12)
1 Snapcaster Mage
1 True-Name Nemesis
1 Goblin Rabblemaster
1 Monastery Mentor
1 Geist of Saint Traft
1 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
1 Aven Mindcensor
1 Young Pyromancer
1 Mantis Rider
1 Soulfire Grand Master
1 Grim Lavamancer

Non-Creature Spells (18)
1 Counterspell
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Mana Leak
1 Boros Charm
1 Ponder
1 Electrolyze
1 Vapor Snag
1 Path to Exile
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Monastery Siege
1 Sphinx's Revelation
1 Serum Visions
1 Remand
1 Sword of War and Peace
1 Lightning Bolt
1 Preordain
1 Brainstorm
1 Lightning Helix

Lands (19)
1 Seachrome Coast
1 Island
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Plateau
1 Glacial Fortress
1 Steam Vents
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Arid Mesa
1 Clifftop Retreat
1 Mana Confluence
1 Tundra
1 Polluted Delta
1 Sulfur Falls
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Mountain
1 Windswept Heath
1 Plains
1 Flooded Strand
1 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (10)

I was able to get a couple of games in at a local shop and boy was it fun. I played against a Sygg, River Guide merfolk deck. And to be honest, there were a lot of cards I had to read since I wasn't familiar with them. But it brought me back to a world when casting Royal Assassin was awesome. And attacking with Shivan Dragon twice via Instill Energy. Yeah, that was 1994/1995 when my friends and I didn't really quite understand the rules.


Although some of us might now be considered those 'non-casual' players, we've all pretty much had to start playing casually before ramping into the more serious tournament play. I guess the cool thing about Tiny Leaders is that it kind of acts as a bridge between non-casual and casual play for me since the format seems a bit like 'mini-Legacy'.

I'm actually really pumped about the format and hope to get in a lot more games when I have free time during tournament rounds. So feel free to say hi at the next tournament or whenever I'm at the shop and let me know if you want to jam some TL.

Always remember to have fun,
Edward Eng a.k.a. Eddie

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