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Puresteel Paladin Discussion
1 day ago
We mostly play 3 player games locally (sometimes 2 and 4 players) so that's what I played online as well with Arahbo. Aggro being seen as weak helped in taking the first player by surprise and then the remaining opponent usually wasn't a big problem. For 4 players I would probably take one of my other decks.
I would say it's a typical late night deck for when everyone has already taken out their 2nd best
What could be used in other decks that want to attack is Bloodforged Battle-Axe and Puresteel Paladin. I had that thing on a double strike creature once and it drew like half of my deck within two turns. Still needs a deck that wins by damage though.
3 days ago
Well, unfortunately it's not a replacement. I wouldn't play it in an aggro deck but rather in control. I mean cataclysm works also good in control if you build around it but in aggro the best mass removals are land removals. If you aren't allowed to play that in your group you should probably replace your mass removal slots with even more aggro.
If you have problems in being the first and worst threat on the table, you probably need to reconsider your choice of creatures, ramp and pump spells.
Having played several games on Xmage with Arahbo today I can tell you a bit about what I felt were the game winners so far. Puresteel Paladin and Bloodforged Battle-Axe is absolutely ridiculous - it wasn't removed for very few turns and the paladin drew half of my deck! Elspeth, Knight-Errant is also a killer because of the additional boost and evasion, Umezawa's Jitte is deadly with the Hungry Lynx and also with Duelist's Heritage, Strionic Resonator won a game because it can copy so many important triggers for example eminence...on the other hand I wasn't impressed by Balan, mostly because I never got enough equipment to give him double strike, also Loxodon Warhammer did nothing in most games because it's too mana intensive. I even hesitated often enough when the choice was between playing swords other than fire and ice and something else...often these swords were held back in favor of other spells. Maybe this changes when I can test Nazahn and his hammer but the hammer hasn't worked online yet. Sigarda's Aid isn't worth the slot as a replacement, just not good enough.
Hope this helps in tuning your deck, although my build is made for much faster play with very few late game bombs.
4 days ago
So do you know that Puresteel Paladin exists and would make this deck better? Lots of 0 cost equipment, but it means you can curve yourself from the 2 drop to the 4 drop and combo off like that as opposed to playing 2 4 drops.
Also the equipment beatdown, is it needed? It just clunks your deck if you don't draw enough.
6 days ago
Nice deck you have there.
I do have a couple suggestions:
Due to the fact that you are running Sublime Archangel, I would recommend utilizing creature tokens to create Burst Exalted triggers. Creatures like Evangel of Heliod will provide a HUGE number of tokens, translating directly to power and toughness for Rafiq when he attacks.
You could use a bit more artifact support as well:
It is important to keep your equipment safe, Voltron decks far to often fall victim to their own pride. Opponents can easily target your equipment and remove it without having to weaken Rafiq first. Giving your equipment Hexproof is a surefire way to keep your artifacts where you want them.
This Leonin combos really nicely with Puresteel Paladin, as you can bounce around your equipment to different creatures at instant speed.
Additionally, consider these lands:
A standard Commander staple due to its versatile nature and speed.
This is the only Check Land you are missing from your colour cycle. Replace Sejiri Refuge with it.
Tapping for your devotion (in this case, White) can significantly accelerate your board state. You have a lot of White Chroma active with all of your permanents, use that to your advantage.
Another Unblockable trigger, for statistic probability. Better safe than sorry.
A bonus Exalted trigger.
Hope that helps!
6 days ago
I didn't realize the potential for this deck until I saw getting out two Puresteel Paladins. Once that happens its over hahaha!
1 week ago
If you're going that heavy in Equips you should put Open the Armory and Steelshaper's Gift. The Puresteel Paladin is also fantastic, even more with Leonin Shikari. Sigarda's Aid is almost a must have, trust me.
1 week ago
@tjgangl: Thanks for your input! This deck doesn't really care about which equipment ends up in my hands though. I need to get Sram, Senior Edificer out and try to cycle through my deck (preferably also having Puresteel Paladin and/or Alhammarret's Archive). Win is achieved by either getting 1. Aetherflux Reservoir online, 2. attacking with a huge Paladin (Blade of Selves for Multiplayer) or 3. continued activations of Hankyu/Wolfhunter's Quiver using Paradox Engine.
Everything else either helps assembling combo pieces or providing enough mana.
1 week ago
lol i agree on the synergy of Puresteel Paladin and bloodforged axe! but the same synergy exists between the hammer and the axe, infact it's better in that the hammer forces equiping at instant speed at no additional charge, in the same way Sigarda's Aid does
I, for one, am certain to attempt running both. because on their own, each is really good. together, it's nuts.