Creature — Human Soldier
Equip costs you pay cost (1) less.
As long as Auriok Steelshaper is equipped, Soldier and Knight creatures you control get +1/+1.
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Auriok Steelshaper Discussion
2 weeks ago
Hey if you don't mind I have some questions and suggestions for you. I love soldiers and have a deck of them as well! So I think this deck would see a lot of help from both Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Elspeth, Sun's Champion. Gideon can ult immediately and Elspeth makes a bunch of tokens. Other cards that would work here are spot removal cards like Journey to Nowhere and Disenchant, Path to Exile,Oblivion Ring, Unified Strike I think they do more than Argentum Armor because it takes so long to get use out of it. And maybe a Wrath of God or the like as well. Some other creatures that would work well if interested are Elite Vanguard, Preeminent Captain, Precinct Captain, Mentor of the Meek, Veteran Swordsmith, and Veteran Armorsmith I do think that since you only have five equipments as well that Auriok Steelshaper seems underwhelming here. Anointed Procession and Mobilization are also great here as well. The main questions I have are, is budget an issue at all and what is your meta like and also how is the deck performing? Because knowing that could change the above quite drastically. What do you think?
1 month ago
I think other than Leonin Shikari (combat tricks with Equipment), Mirran Crusader (built in protection and evasion), and Puresteel Paladin (card advantage), you shouldn't be playing creatures that get a bonus only from equipping something (Auriok Glaivemaster, Auriok Steelshaper, Kor Duelist). My rationale is that they are going to be quite weak when played early, and that's not ideal. You need some resilient creatures in the first few turns, not creatures that become better on turn 4 when you equip something on them. Even if you cast them early, they are likely not attacking nor blocking anyway given they are basically vanilla 1/1s.
Therefore, some suggestions are Doomed Traveler (gives you an evasive spirit after dying), Sacred Cat (two lifelink bodies for a 1-drop), or Knight of the Holy Nimbus (tricky to get rid of), or Squadron Hawk (gives you more evasive bodies to hold the swords), or Auriok Champion (protection from more than one colour, goes well with the swords too). These guys will probably be better early-mid game.
I would also cut Quest for the Holy Relic entirely - it is a terrible top deck, objectively quite slow even if you manage to play it on turn 1, especially since your deck doesn't run that many creatures in the first place. And since that is the case, you may as well cut Argentum Armor, and play another sword or something like a Batterskull instead? Also, you can double up on Swords - Sword of Fire and Ice and Sword of Light and Shadow are objectively the best two swords and you can play two of each if you want.
I'd also suggest playing Gideon, Ally of Zendikar over Elspeth, Knight-Errant. He is more popular in midrange white decks ever since he was printed. I think his abilities are more relevant here. He can even animate himself and equip something if it comes to that.
Generally, I think 21 Lands, 4 Sorcery, 4 Instant, 2 Planeswalker, 6-7 Equipment, 22-23 creatures will work. Having only 19 creatures is quite risky, especially if you play against removal heavy decks like control (removal into Snapcaster buyback and/or boardwipes), Jund/Junk, etc.
1 month ago
Auriok Steelshaper is interesting. I don't really like replacing a one drop for him since this deck need some cheap creatures to turn on windbrisk heights quickly. But he does have potential. I'll play around with him and see.
As far as Brimaz goes, he is definitely a better fit than Khemba but this is a budget deck and he is 15 bucks a pop unfortunately. Same goes for path over condemn.
thanks for the comment, and it's not that huge a deal but you said you upvoted the deck and it's not showing up. Anyways thanks again for the feedback.
1 month ago
Love the deck! I do have a few suggestions though. Auriok Steelshaper could be useful in the place of Kitesail Apprentice as it exchanges flying for +1/+1 on all soldiers. Also, Brimaz, King of Oreskos seems like he would fit in nicely even if only as a one of in place of a Kemba.
Also, perhaps it is just my local meta, but a lot of people that I play with like playing Red Burn or Storm, so I would say Aegis of the Gods could be very useful in the sideboard, if your meta calls for it.
Even without my suggested changes, it looks like a very good deck. Definitely deserves my upvote!
1 month ago
Hi nice deck, I love voltron builds! +1
Some tutors could also really help you out to look for answers/tempo since your deck seems to be more of the aggressor type. Steelshaper's Gift, Open the Armory and Stonehewer Giant are really good in an equipment based deck. I also would recommend to run a Recruiter of the Guard combined with Stoneforge Mystic these two can help you big time with building a strong board fast.
For lands there are some good options to to be considered to:
I have a mono-white voltron build, it's more build on making my creatures almost impossible to remove trough protection. Please take a look if you're interested >A Mustering Marshal
2 months ago
Hi! First of all cool deck +1 I also love to play with equipments so allow me to give some advise on the matter.
You seem to have a solid game-plan already and I don't know if you are willing to pay a little more for better alternatives but I would play:
- Rogue's Passage over Prowler's Helm
- Stoneforge Mystic over Relic Seeker
- Buried Ruin over Salvage Scout
- Stonehewer Giant over Taj-Nar Swordsmith
- Nim Deathmantle over Scythe of the Wretched
- Darksteel Plate over Surestrike Trident
- Return to Dust over Wear / Tear
- Leonin Shikari over Auriok Steelshaper
- Sigarda's Aid over Mycosynth Wellspring
- Tithe over Wild-Field Scarecrow
I would also try to play around 35 lands, 31 is in my opinion not enough.
Those are some of my suggestions. I to play an equipment oriented deck, feel free to take a look for inspiration Odric's Holy War
3 months ago
Since you want to go for an equipment type strategy here are most of the really good equipments/equip matters cards you could use: Godsend Stoneforge Mystic Kemba, Kha Regent Leonin Shikari Auriok Steelshaper Moonsilver Spear Umezawa's Jitte and finally the Kaldra cycle of equipments Helm of Kaldra Sword of Kaldra Shield of Kaldra