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Legendary Artifact — Equipment
Konda's Banner can be attached only to a legendary creature.
Creatures that share a color with equipped creature get +1/+1.
Creatures that share a creature type with equipped creature get +1/+1.
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Konda's Banner Discussion
22 hours 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.
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.
2 weeks ago
Hey @ Spirits I like the suggestions for sure, a few of the cards were added just because I had the extras from my stockpile, or were pulled to help make a Sram, Senior Edificer deck, but to reply on your suggestions:
I play mostly with a play group at work so I'm steering away from really competitive wins such as Infect Dmg, I do however like those combos and I hadn't heard of Triumph of the Hordes till today. I'll def also look at adding in Duelist's Heritage because let's face it if were pumping the kitties then lets go all the way!
Some of the other suggestions you mentioned are on my to buy list and will be purchased but I have been holding off for now, Magic can get $$$ fast haha
Also feel free to check out my other decks and comment if you wish!
4 weeks ago
Nice budget deck mate. Don't know if you've seen this card, Pyrohemia, but it does wonder with the enrage ability. Also, you might want to include some fantastic staples that mana permits, such as Path to Exile and Swords to Plowshares for target removal, and Wrath of God for wiping a ugly board. Lastly, some more awesome tribal artifact that might be to your liking; Obelisk of Urd, Konda's Banner and Adaptive Automaton. Hope you find those helpful!
1 month ago
Hey, thanks for the suggestions, DespairFaction. I haven't really gotten in many situations where I've been hurting that badly on mana but more is always better. I certainly wouldn't get rid of Extraplanar Lens even if it's 2 color because the majority of the cards need way more white than they do red. In the games it has come out, it has been pretty dang beefy.
I'll agree that Wild Ricochet and Generator Servant have been pretty unhelpful and only really work in very specific situations. Reforge the Soul seems like a great card several turns in. As much as I love the draw from Knollspine Dragon + Sarkhan's Triumph it takes up two card slots and it kinda breaks with my theme of Angels and Humans.
1 month ago
Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Fleetfoot Panther, Qasali Ambusher, Regal Caracal, Whitemane Lion can replace some of the underperforming cats. The flash/bounce cats can help save some of your more important feline personalities from removal or even let you reuse their ETB effecs.
Really not a fan of Land Tax effects like Oreskos Explorer because you're just not ramping. Kodama's Reach or Blighted Woodland would be better to get more of your basics out of your deck and help turn on the Emeria. Or if you want to keep all the lands to hand effects, it'd be worth looking at tossing in a Terrain Generator.
If you want to get more cat tokens, you will definitely want Parallel Lives/Anointed Procession to double up, also greatly amusing with Bloodforged Battle-Axe. Also, at that point Konda's Banner is a ridiculous boon for all your cats.
Not a fan of Quietus Spike since with all your cats and equipment, life doesn't matter all that much, and if someone is just sitting too high on life, your commander is no slouch in combat himself. Voltron him up and get in for Commander Damage. Lightning Greaves on the other hand is something that I've never liked in equipment focused decks simply because there will be times you have to play around it awkwardly and lose out because of the shroud.
Finding cards to cut is ridiculously hard. Creeping Renaissance is awesome, but this could also be Open the Vaults/Faith's Reward depending on how flexible you want to be. Renaissance is good for the reusability, but having to cast everything over again can be quite the pain.
All in all, the list is really tight, and save a few cats that might be a bit meh in play, it's a great place to start. Actual games will let you know just which cards are underperforming and need to be reevaluated.
1 month ago
2 months ago
Update after having played the Deck a few times, some things need to change:
I'm swapping Kemba, Kha Regent with Balan, Wandering Knight. This leads to the removal of Kemba's cat tokens and thus (cat) tribal cards must go. I'm also exchanging some other stuff just for efficiency.
- Out: Chariot of Victory, Haunted Cloak, Infiltration Lens, Konda's Banner, Ring of Thune, Stoneforge Masterwork
- In: Lightning Greaves, Hammer of Nazahn, Darksteel Plate, Sword of Feast and Famine, Sword of Fire and Ice, Godsend, Masterwork of Ingenuity
- Out: Mentor of the Meek, Raksha Golden Cub, Regal Caracal
- In: Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Stoneforge Mystic
In the end i've removed one wipe, removed tribal cards and swapped ineffective equipment with better equipment.