Masterwork of Ingenuity
Artifact — Equipment
You may have Masterwork of Ingenuity enter the battlefield as a copy of any Equipment on the battlefield.
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Masterwork of Ingenuity Discussion
1 week ago
Hey man, here are my thoughts
First, although I know your manabase isn't finished, I'd recommend running at 37 lands total.
Second, it's important to consider which equipment are powerful with this strategy, especially with Mirri. You'll likely need ways to keep her from dying. Since she has first strike, giving her deathtouch in addition will make it such that she will always kill the opposing creature before it deals damage, making her almost invincible in combat. You've already mentioned Quietus Spike, but other must-includes for this deck (imo) are Gorgon's Head, Gorgon Flail, and Basilisk Collar. You may also want to have ways to keep Mirri from dying to board wipes and removal. Darksteel Plate and Shield of Kaldra are both about 5 bucks, but they're pretty good. Cards that prevent targeting can be good, but hexproof is preferable to shroud. However, some shroud giving cards, such as Lightning Greaves and General's Kabuto. Mask of Avacyn gives Hexproof, but it's not a Great equipment.
Third, let's consider the equipment you're including. You want most of them to be strong enough to make a single creature into a threat on its own. You've already included cards like Argentum Armor, but frankly you don't really have enough equipment. I'm gonna list a bunch of equipment in various categories here that are worth considering (Sorry if some of this is already in your deck).
Fourth, let's look at your creatures. In commander, lower-impact things tend to be outclassed quickly. As such, you generally want your creatures to either be significant threats or utility. Some creatures that I feel are worth cutting are:
Jareth, Leonine Titan (Not a particularly good card. He's only got a good size when blocking)
Leonin Relic-Warder (He's likely to die over the course of the game. Long-lasting removal is better)
Oreskos Explorer (You're in green, so your ramp spells are likely to be land-focused)
Phantom Nishoba (You'll probably want something stronger for you 7 mana. It's basically a 7-mana 7/7 with lifelink/trample and a downside.)
Qasali Ambusher (This creature just isn't impactful on its own)
Sunspear Shikari (This one is also low impact. I wouldn't play a 2-mana 2/2 with both of those abilities natively in commander, and this card is worse than that.)
Don't get too attached to the cat theme. Have it be something you can take advantage of, but don't put in a bad card just because it's a cat. Additionally, don't be averse to putting in noff-type creatures when doing so improves your deck.
Let's look at some creatures that might improve your deck.
Eight-and-a-Half-Tails (Can help get your other creatures through for damage or protect them from removal. A tricky one to play with, but with high upside)
Sram, Senior Edificer (Card draw is A1 in commander, and this guy gets it for you while also carrying equipment)
Odric, Lunarch Marshal (Makes one threat into a whole team of them)
Leonin Warleader (Makes more vessels for the equipment, which have lifelink and benefit from tribal synergies)
Taj-Nar Swordsmith (Gets you what you need when you need it. Make sure you know what you're looking for though!)
Grand Abolisher (Gives you a lot more control over combat on your turn)
Leonin Abunas (Protects your equipment. May be unecessary, but worth considering)
Indomitable Archangel (As above, but it also has flying, which makes it even better.)
Brass Squire (Sneakily fantastic. Avoids the equip cost while also letting you move an equipment at instant speed)
Auriok Windwalker (As above, but it also has flying, which...huh, deja vu)
Mother of Runes (Good for defending from removal or getting a creature through combat)
Armory Automaton (Note: this can take your opponents' equipment as well. They can re-equip it, but not until they get back to their own turn.)
Alms Collector (This is a good cat. Worth including on its own merits. Takes stuff away from the blue player.)
Stone Haven Outfitter (Insurance for a board wipe. Your deck is weak to them, so keep an eye out for ways to protect your team.)
Mentor of the Meek (More card draw since most of your creatures are cheap)
Adorned Pouncer (Not sure about this one, but it has double strike and can come back from the dead, so that's something)
Mirran Crusader (This guy sees modern and legacy play for a reason. He hits hard and doesn't die easy)
Silverblade Paladin (The ability to give another creature double strike is fantastic.)
Steelshaper Apprentice (Weird card, but lets you get what you need.)
Emeria Shepherd (Another way to rebuild after a wipe. Consider holding this in hand w/ a few lands rather than playing it out.)
Jhoira's Familiar (Makes equipment and legendary creatures cheaper and has flying.)
2 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
You might want Helm of the Host. It has tons of potential uses here, the most obvious being putting it on one of your commanders, but it has lots of potential beyond that. Some examples include putting it on Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer to get more copies of his very strong ability or Ancient Stone Idol to make lots of big creatures that then become smaller if they get killed or even Jhoira's Familiar to make all your historic spells super cheap. In addition to this you could use Masterwork of Ingenuity to get a second copy of the Helm to make it even more dumb.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
1 month ago
Masterwork of Ingenuity would be a solid inclusion. One of the strongest starts in my Kemba deck is Stoneforge Masterwork followed up by Masterwork of Ingenuity. You could easily drop lost Leonin and add this card in, as Lost Leonin doesn't work well with the Commander Voltron plan nor does it work well with the damage your tokens will perform. For Lost Leonin to be a reasonable threat, you need to either attach multiple equipment to it (over Kemba? Not often), have Cathars' Crusade, or Coat of Arms. Alternatively, you could drop Godsend for it because a significant portion of Godsend's ability doesn't do a lot in Commander, and the exile-on-block won't typically be relevant.
Sigarda's Aid would go well here. It basically eliminates the need to pay equipment costs when you first play the equipment cards, which can accelerate you greatly.
2 months ago
Next I think you really need to up the number of cards in your deck that give you lands, sword of the animist is GREAT but it can't do all the work so here's a catalog of them:
- Wayfarer's Bauble
- Burnished Hart
- Expedition Map
- Gift of Estates
- Myriad Landscape
- Surveyor's Scope
- Thaumatic Compass Flip
That's all I could find and the ones that put them onto the battlefield are notably better because combat tricks.
These next suggestions are if you stay more artifact focused, and just general good cards for Voltron:
- Basilisk Collar
- Emeria sheperd
- Umezawa's Jitte
- Sram, Senior Edificer
- Hanna, Ship's Navigator
- Sword of Vengeance
- Masterwork of Ingenuity
- Sculpting Steel
- Blinkmoth Urn
- Silent Arbiter
- Cathedral of War
- Remember the Fallen
- Leonin Abunas
- Magus of the Tabernacle
Sorry if I went too overboard... Also sorry for the lack of black voltron, I just don't know much black voltron-y stuff. Ok. to-da-loo!
2 months ago
You should at least try to use or abuse Korlash's Grandeur ability. I've written about how to do it in my Primer on CLEGANEBOWL: Haakon & Korlash. Also, why run Masterwork of Ingenuity, it's not good for copying many of your best equipment, including Blackblade, since they're Legendary.