Artifact — Equipment
Equipped creature gets +0/+3 and has vigilance.
Equip (: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)
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Cathar's Shield Discussion
3 days ago
In my Grixis Chandra and Tezzeret Improvise I do little changes into sideboard and nothing more. But I found your way with only red and blue very interesting. I've only a doubt on Sweatworks Brawler: personally I don't like it so much because her mana cost is high and you have to use your artifact for Bastion Inventor that is the real star here!So if I were you I will drop 1 Cathar's Shield, 1 Inventor's Goggles, 4 Sweatworks Brawler and 1 Reverse Engineer and put in 3 Scrapheap Scrounger (with Spire of Industry you can have black mana to reanimate it), 2 Aethersphere Harvester and 2 Heart of Kiran.So you are more aggressive and have 4 artifact in addiction to yours.
Hope you like my suggestions!
3 days ago
So this last weekend was a very busy one! I played both a FNM and a PPTQ! And have learned a lot and feel I need to make big changes to the deck.
First.. FNM (2/17/2017)
FNM was very cruel to me not because I didn't do well but because I did lol. This FNM I went 2-1 and ended in the top 4 which is fantastic and learned my U/B Improvise was very good against control (death by Zamboni! @BigBo811) thanks in large to Bastion Inventor. And also learned that I can go toe to toe with Mardu Vehicles and G/B +1 Counters thanks to Battle at the Bridge but it was still a hell of a fight and still had a chance of losing :( but I can win. At the end of the night I felt maybe, just maybe my deck has a chance at this PPTQ.
Sunday February 19, 2017 the PPTQ at Tapped Out was upon us and the $25 paid it was time to kick ass and take names or so I hoped.
Round 1: U/G/R Aetherworks Marvel
I started the PPTQ with pretty strong start of 2-0 which was sweet and unexpected. I felt I won this round thanks to my deck being much more aggressive than my opponent's and my opponent often missing his Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger with Marvel (no complaints here). Funny enough I won the last game of this with a Gearseeker Serpent unblockable only at 2 power....haha.
Round 2: Fucking Cat Lady Combo
Well I'm sure you guessed it, I got my ass handed to me and went 0-2. Despite my sideboard hate (and seeing it) my opponent was easily able to play around it and before I knew it I was eye balls deep in goat cats taking turns pounding my ass like it was there freaking job so yeah :(. Negate didn't do it nor did Rebuke thanks to Elder Deep-Fiend locking me out a turn.
Round 3: U/B Tower Control (Not BigBo811)
I went 2-1 in this matchup. My opponent managed to sneak in a win but basically if I resolved a Bastion Inventor it was GG. But funny enough he did play a Lost Legacy and couldn't remember the name Bastion Inventor to save his life lol. Weed is a hell of drug lol.
Round 4: G/B Counters
Well in the game of Magic lady luck can be a bitch. My opponent won 2-0 and despite my sideboard and seeing it, my win cons never came sealing my doom in game two. But my wonderful Ornithopter put up a hell of a fight and almost got there with 2 equipped Bone Saws getting my opponent down to 8 before it meet its demise, well done Ornithopter well done.
Round 5: Mono U Aetherflux Reservoir
Round 6: Infinite Energy/Thopters
I lost this one 1-2. My win was thanks to Bastion Inventor coming out on time with Cathar's Shield and some early (turn one and two) Metallic Rebukes but ultimately I felt I sideboard poorly against this opponent and should have put more counters in the main but lesson learned and better luck next time.
Round 7(yes you read that right): Mardu Vehicles
So there I was round 7 hoping to go 4-3 at this PPTQ but then....I got my ass handed to me by Heart of Kiran in Mardu vehicles. So I lost 0-2 to this deck mostly due to my deck just not aggroing out like I hoped and my Battle at the Bridge can only hold them off so long I guess better luck next time.
So overall I went 3-4 and fell short of getting over 50% and placing 36th out of 76. What I have learned is that the old version lacked some focus. Meaning that some games it was very agro but others not so much, so I decided to drop black and add red to go with a lower to the ground agro approach and see if the additional focus helps net some more wins.
Until next time.
6 days ago
well as an expert on artifacts and burns I suggest to add into your artifact cannon the following cards (reasons are in parentheses) (this symbol (+) means for Pauper. this symbol (-) means for standard) : Vulshok Replica+ (by sacking it it will shoot the opponent for a bit of damage and with cards that shoot when it comes out that is 4 damage right there) Ornithopter+- (is a free creature that is a nice chump blocker.) Spidersilk Net+/Cathar's Shield+-/Kite Shield+ (same reason for Ornithopter) Goblin Fireslinger+ (after a turn of summoning sickness can start tapping to shoot small amounts while you get your cannon ready) Tamiyo's Journal- (getting a free artifact every turn will greatly help with the artifact drop burns. and those same artifacts can help you "reload" your hand.) Tunneling Geopede- (it works the same as Reckless Fireweaver but with lands instead of artifacts) Shock+- (self explanatory) Devils' Playground- (you will get a few chump blockers that will self-destruct when they die) hopefully I have given you a few ideas.
1 week ago
If you're going for an improvise deck, I would recommend pulling the energy cards and focus on getting a few more artifacts into your deck instead. I thought Ornithopter would be a good fit for an improvise deck as well, but it turned out to be a bit of a bust. I would recommend adding more Bone Saw's or Cathar's Shield instead.
Bring Consulate Crackdown and Fumigate down to one each in your mainboard and put the others into your sideboard. Add one more Metallic Rebuke and then a couple Reverse Engineer's. Maybe run one or two of Baral's Expertise since it would allow you to play one of your Gisela's for free.
I would drop Aether Swooper, Devilthorn Fox, Ornithopter, Thing in the Ice Flip, and Thriving Turtle from your creatures list and add Wind-Kin Raiders, Bastion Inventor, Gearseeker Serpent, and Treasure Keeper instead. If you have more Toolcraft Exemplar, put those bad-boys in: I would shoot for running a full set of them if you can.
To keep with the artifacts theme, maybe add a couple more Implements since they also help with card draw in addition to other things. If you wanted to add a splash of black, you could always consider Prophetic Prism or Spire of Industry and use Implement of Malice instead of the other ones. That would also allow you to run Fatal Push in your deck or sideboard as well.
Hope that helps :]
1 week ago
I like where you are going with this but it needs some work. First off 30 lands is a crazy amount even for your curve. You could probably be OK with 24 maybe 25 max. Might want to look into some of the dual lands like Inspiring Vantage or Needle Spires to help with your mana fixing. Also, I see you are running Avacynian Missionaries Flip which is a good card if you are running equipment cards like Cathar's Shield, Bone Saw, Neglected Heirloom Flip or Elbrus, the Binding Blade Flip but otherwise it is a lackluster card on its own. You have a lot of creatures at 4 converted mana cost you may want to look at cutting 1 or 2 of them and throwing in some 3-drop spells. I would suggest Thalia, Heretic Cathar as her ability causes your opponent's creatures to enter tapped and buy you those early-game turns that you will desperately need to bring out your big guys. Other than that pretty solid deck. White has some good removal too in Declaration in Stone and Immolating Glare. Cheers mate!
1 week ago
The thing with Cathar's Shield is that it's equip 3, to give ONE Creature Vigilance.
For the same mana cost you can give ALL your Non-Token Creatures Vigilance and +1/+1 with Always Watching .
1 week ago
I totally get what you mean on the Cathar's Shield, i think the three to attach is suck tastic. I'm definitly not married to that card tho, and would love to put something else in that would make this deck better, faster. Thank you for the clarification on the card! Very much appreciated. :)
I had good luck with the shield in an improvise deck with Herald of Anguish.
Dogs in boats is awesome tho, and inexpensive, and damn fun.
1 week ago
Yeah, I've only had them both on the board at the same time once so far. But it was amazing!
Strictly speaking, the Vigilance effect from Cathar's Shield, grants "Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap." So even though Stitcher's Graft would still trigger, it wouldn't make any difference ... Well, unless you tapped the Creature later (e.g., to Crew a vehicle on defense).
I'm glad Cathar's Shield is working for you, but I'm not a fan at all. If it was +3/+0 then sure. But an increased defensive capability and no increase in Crewing power is just not what I'm looking for in this deck.