Always Watching

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Rare

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Always Watching

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Non-token creatures you control gain +1/+1 and vigilance.

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Always Watching Discussion

SteelHeadPaladin on It's Good to be the Khan

6 days ago

Those are some cards to also consider, I've also been looking at Brave the Sands. With which Dolmen Gate lowers the use of Iroas, God of Victory. Though Always Watching is a nice buff since I took out Feast on the Fallen. I've got a lot to consider, and thank you all for the suggestions.

Optimator on It's Good to be the Khan

6 days ago

I've found Iroas, God of Victory and Dolmen Gate to be immensely valuable in aggro decks that lack strong synergy, such as Elves, Zombies, or Soldiers.

I would say that Always Watching is strictly better than Orcish Oriflamme too. I'm aware that two on-color is hard to swing on turn 3 in a 3-color deck.

Azdranax on Derevi, check this out!

6 days ago

Based on his abilities, Derevi is at his best in a stax/prison-type build, with you abusing your opponents with options like, Authority of the Consuls, Stasis, Winter Orb, Static Orb, Meekstone, Blind Obedience, Kismet, Vitalize, Benefactor's Draught, Always Watching , Brave the Sands and other similar low-cost options that create a decided board advantage for you. Using lots of mana dorks with a well-timed Intruder Alarm would also fit, as the more creatures you have in play, the more you will benefit. Adding a Luminarch Ascension to really benefit off the board prison stalling to create 4/4 angel finishers is another option. Those are just a few ideas - good luck with your build.

hullos on The Horde

3 weeks ago

Ok, if you have 2 extra cards the first thing you should take out is Always Watching notice it says nontoken. as for suggestions one card is Vault of the Archangel great card lifelink and deathtouch make all tokens threats and awkward to block or attack into. also Sorin, Solemn Visitor is a great buff and gives lifelink also note that it is till you next turn so it also good for blocks.

Optimator on

3 weeks ago

I would be leery of running Howling Mine. Remember, you aren't giving away a card for a card, you're giving away three. Without some sort of effect that really capitalizes on extra card draw, like Nekusar, the Mindrazer, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, Psychosis Crawler, The Locust God, or a mill strategy, it's typically a terrible idea to give your opponents extra cards. It can be good in an artifact deck with ways to tap it though. I'd replace it with Outpost Siege or one of the equipment that draws cards. Honestly, you're doing pretty well on card-draw anyway and could replace it with a land or a ramp effect. I only mentioned it to show that they were out there and applicable to Boros colors. At least with Temple Bell you can be political as well as control whether or not people draw. Kind of on-theme too.

I think your creature count is slightly low for an aggro deck, but with Iroas protecting them and a heavy Equipment them it's likely fine! You'll probably have to find out in playtesting.

I feel like you don't have enough ramp to only be running 33 lands, though your deck's average CMC is relatively low. Playtesting it will be the final judge but it may be a bit of a gamble. It depends if your group does Partial Paris mulliganing. Makes it easier to gamble with a low land count.

Random suggestions/musings:

Taurean Mauler is a Samurai! So is Mirror Entity. Both very good in Commander but I'd understand if you want to keep the deck's creatures more "pure". Flavor matters, after all. Masako the Humorless gives pseudo-vigilance but Always Watching and Brave the Sands are kick-ass cards and already in your deck. Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker is extremely good but not budget at all.

Call to Glory is quite flavorful but not super-awesome. Tenza, Godo's Maul is a fantastic piece of equipment (Kamigawa too). Cathars' Crusade is very good for a deck like this but not a cheap cheap card. Same with True Conviction. Your budget seems to allow for a decent amount of $2 cards though so I'd consider them. Legion's Initiative is decent and can save your board from a Wrath of God. Spear of Heliod might be okay. Traditionally Samurai more commonly used spears and bows on the actual battlefield.

Konda's Banner can be an excellent card and is very flavorful but it doesn't actually work that well in this deck, in my opinion. Iroas isn't always a creature and he'll only ever give creatures +1/+1, being a God and not a Samurai. You have a decent number of Legends though, and FWIW all are human so even Godo can use it well. It's always better to have it on your commander since you can reliably play him. Half your creatures would get +2/+2 and the rest +1/+1 from one of the other Legends. Not bad, but you could do an anthem effect like Dictate of Heliod that is more reliable and harder to remove. The mana cost of the banner is pretty great though. Maybe Kongming, "Sleeping Dragon"? Not amazing, but flavorful. Glorious Anthem is nice. Always Watching is an anthem too so that's great.

You could drop one to three of your Arrest effects for other utility cards or increased land/ramp. I love effects like that and I love shutting stuff down but you have an above-average amount. Perhaps change one of them to an Oblivion Ring for slightly more versatility. The nice thing about the Arrest-like cards is they don't send commanders to the Command Zone.

Optimator on

4 weeks ago

With a heavy Equipment theme you aren't going to have much room for utility. A such, all non-card-draw utility cards should probably be removal. I would include at least two board wipes (more is often better, depends on your meta). Blasphemous Act and maybe Rout are good budget options. Vandalblast is sick. I'm super big on enchantment removal so Return to Dust is S-tier outstanding. Not super budget but not expensive either. I like Ray of Distortion a lot. It's very mana-intensive but the fact that you can do it twice is awesome in EDH. Dust to Dust will be handy. Lots of artifacts in EDH. I kind of like Revoke Existence since artifact recursion is common.

Chained to the Rocks, Oblivion Ring, and Banishing Light are versatile on a budget--as are the other cards with similar effects.

White is really good at shutting down commanders with things like Darksteel Mutation, Prison Term, Arrest, Pacifism, Faith's Fetters, etc.

There is also Crib Swap, Swords to Plowshares, and Path to Exile--budget willing. Chaos Warp is good in EDH. Very versatile.

There is lots of random utility to find out there. Reconnaissance and Dolmen Gate are usually great for aggro decks but your commander makes it far less necessary. Perhaps Brave the Sands and Always Watching . Fervor and Hammer of Purphoros are sick too. Ogre Battledriver is nice but not a samurai.

Boros Charm, Make a Stand, and Rootborn Defenses can save your board state.

Really, at this point the sky's the limit. You could do random stuff like Throne of the God-Pharaoh or Gift of Immortality.

Forgot to mention Mask of Memory when discussing card draw and equipment. Slate of Ancestry would be good in your deck.

Brutal_B on White soldier

1 month ago

First off, welcome to the gathering. Second off, ditch the blue. This deck is very white heavy and it doesn't look like you're running any islands. Speaking of land, typically you want around a third of your deck to be lands; so with most 60 card decks you want to be running 23-26 lands depending on how your deck runs.

Some tips for this deck (IMO): Run 4 Thalia's Lieutenant. Don't play Condemn. Helping your opponent gain life is not the way to go. There are better removal instants out there like Celestial Flare for example. Run 2 or 3 Aegis of the Gods.

Some cards for consideration: Always Watching . Authority of the Consuls. Honor of the Pure. Shoulder to Shoulder. Coat of Arms. Door of Destinies. Blessed Alliance. There are bajillions of cards out there. Do some research on this site and keep building, tweaking, and playing. And ALWAYS strive for good synergy.

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