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Artifact — Equipment
Equipped creature gets +1/+1.
Equip (: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)
Short Sword Discussion
1 month ago
Awesome! It's actually blisteringly fast for such a budget build! A few suggestions:
I wonder whether Swiftfoot Boots or Lightning Greaves might be a valuable addition. The only thing worse that a pumped up beastie is one that can't be targeted - though I recognise that this amps the budget a little, and also turns it into pseudo bogles.
22 land is a lot for such a small curve. Could you cut a few to amp the equipment?
Really great idea and brew. Nice work!
2 months ago
I've also recently started PDH. I would suggest changing the following for objectively-better versions
Skyblinder Staff If you have flying and cant be blocked by flying, you can only be blocked by Reach (which not many PDH players play)
3 months ago
Then, I do not understand why Demanding Dragon should be usefull, I mean, it's true that's a 5/5 flying creature, but it's effect is not worth the mana you spend on him, in my opinion. Remember that is the opponent who chooses whether sacrifice a creature or lose 5. Basically you cast it and if you are lucky its effect would sort in something, but most of the times it won't and you've spent 5 mana on an easily removable creature. That's why I'd suggest some Lightning Bolt or, if you really like things that make your opponent decide something, Vexing Devil or Browbeat
Similar story for Dismissive Pyromancer : basically you have an easily destroyable creature, that let's you discard a card in order to draw one (and, since you don't have ways to draw cards, sometimes would not be so usefull) or, for the cost of 3 mana, deals 4 damage to an opponent and then dies. Is it worth?
Could Fatal Frenzy be usefull here?
4 months ago
Thanks! I guess I have to try it without equipments. But I have to say, that I won most games just because of the power of Short Sword. :D
I guess I have to cutout Forebear's Blade and 1-2 other cards for just some copies of Deafening Clarion and Lava Coil. Got sometimes troubles against decks which flod the board with to many tokens. Also, would you suggest to replace Squire's Devotion with On Serra's Wings at least for 1-2?
5 months ago
The immediate problem I see is that you're running far too many lands. Normally a deck like this with such low card costs would be running about 22 lands, give or take.
Auras in general are pretty bad in Magic since you're setting yourself up to get 2-for-1'd by removal, and since all of your creatures also work by being equipped, I would slant more the equipment route since at least they're reusable after your creature gets killed. This creates another problem though - there's not many good equipment cards in standard currently. To remain within your low mana curve a couple you could try are Short Sword or Cobbled Wings. Marauder's Axe and Shield of the Realm are also probably usable. I still wouldn't run too many equipment, no more than maybe 4 or 5.
In my own quest to make auras work in standard, I found that On Serra's Wings was always the aura I wanted showing up. You could try a couple of those.
Novice Knight is hit or miss. I found it to be pretty good vs aggro decks but too often it was sitting there doing nothing because I'd either have no auras for it to attack with, or have better creatures to put my auras on. Dauntless Bodyguard is a pretty good replacement for it since it can attack early without an aura and if it's drawn later on it can instead be a shield for one of your other creatures.
5 months ago
5 months ago
Vicious Shadows actually doesn't work (nor does Stalking Vengeance, and for the same reason), because when a creature (or in this instance a token) doesn't die when it's exiled. I would suggest Warstorm Surge instead. Which I just noticed was in the maybeboard. Speaking of cards in the maybeboard, Swiftfoot Boots is probably better than Lightning Greaves here because shroud makes Valduk untargetable for equip costs. This would normally not be a problem; just equip it to a different creature for 0 mana. However with a semi-creatureless brew like this you'd have to do all your equipping on the postcombat main phase.
I might suggest some of the human-based equipment from OG Innistrad; Avacyn's Collar, Bladed Bracers, Butcher's Cleaver, Heirloom Blade could be really cool (and you could run a human or two for good measure), Sharpened Pitchfork is nice, though first strike is kinda useless, Silver-Inlaid Dagger is AWESOME, and Slayer's Plate may get some work done.
Some generally good equipments include Champion's Helm for hexproof, Chitinous Cloak to force opponents to make tough blocker choices, honestly General's Kabuto may be worth is as the ultimate protection card, you could consider Kitesail for evasion, Konda's Banner would be great and pump your tokens (and yes it would give Valduk +2/+2), Kusari-Gama would be a serious 'don't block me or I fuck you' effect, Ogre's Cleaver is honestly insane, Pariah's Shield, though costly, more or less makes you untouchable, Pennon Blade is worth the cost, the classic Short Sword, Sigiled Sword of Valeron is dece, Skullclamp is OH MY GOD, Strata Scythe is equally insane, the swords are famously insanely powerful, Trusty Machete is okay, Vorrac Battlehorns is an easy way to win fast, and Vulshok Battlegear and Vulshok Morningstar are decent.
And yes, I did slog through every equipment in Magic history to find those.
Props to Heliogabale for some good ideas on cuts. I might add No-Dachi, seems a little overcosted (also it's worth noting Mask of Avacyn has the same mana specs for an arguably better effect), Skeleton Key is not going to do anything for very long, Valduk is probably going to be too big too fast to make use of first strike (@ Sparring Collar), Browbeat is 5 damage to an opponent for 3 mana. Realistically no one is going to let you draw 3 cards.
Sorry, this comment was a looong one.
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