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You may cast Aura and Equipment spells as though they had flash. Whenever an Equipment enters the battlefield under your control, you may attach it to target creature you control.
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Sigarda's Aid Discussion
1 day ago
Sweet!... I also have contemplated making an aggro/voltron buttkicker with the cats (although I am happy with Sram in that regard). Sigarda's Aid may be helpful. I'm also in love with Selvala's Stampede & I think anything like the Cataclysm you have that knocks the field down to 1v1 is a great idea... Although I do notice you are more on the aggro side & less on the voltron so maybe not so much sig's aid for you. Maybe more MLD too? If your meta is cool with "anything goes"
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
Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor thanks for your suggestions! I don't play just any goodstuff equipment, I can only really use what maximizes dmg output in the early game here. The deck isn't voltron or equipment based but only focuses on getting the most value out of free +3/+3 every turn, which is best achieved with double strike and cheap, powerful pump spells
I absolutely don't want to get into a long grinding late game, so my few cards with higher casting cost are there to end the game if it hasn't happened already. I'm not sure if I come possibly squeeze in Balan or Jazal in this plan. They both cost 4 mana and without two equipments Balan is just a 3/3. The instant equip ability is great though, might be worth a try...he could even get swords with pro white or green attached after getting the boost from Arahbo.
Beastmaster Ascension...tested in mono g, unfortunately always too slow. If it doesn't activate with one or two attacks at most, it's a wasted card. It competes with stuff like Lost Leonin and Phytoburst here, which is the fastest way to kill in this deck (turn 2 with any 0 mana artifact). I really don't want to attack multiple times before getting a bonus out of a spell.
Sigarda's Aid is great, equipment attached for free is exactly what I want! Stonehewer Giant is a bit expensive with 3WW but the ability might be worth it. I hope the whole commander set is soon available on Xmage so I can test online until the real cards arrive.
4 days ago
Cool deck! I love seeing new brews start to come out with the release of new commander sets. A couple suggestions:
Your deck seems like it is sort of caught between an equipment deck and a token deck. I would suggest trying to focus on one or the other. In my opinion, Arahbo plays better when it focuses on pumping 1 creature vs. many. Judging by your description, I think that is what you are going for.
Since tribal decks will probably be pretty common right now, I would play Door of Destinies or Beastmaster Ascension over Coat of Arms. You still get a universal buff for you cats, but you avoid buffing your opponents creatures as well.
Sigarda, Host of Herons would also be great tech against sacrifice effects (and she suits up really well herself).
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
1) You are in Mardu colors, you literally have the best removal in the game with these colors.
2) Best options are equipment like Darksteel Plate, Lightning Greaves, or Swiftfoot Boots. Many others exist too. You may want to do a equipment/aura theme with things like Sigarda's Aid. White really is the best equip color so you have that going for you.
3) The signets are solid choices and sol ring... Mardu doesn't have many good options for excel. Black Market is ok but only black. The up coming red curse has some potential. Oath of Lieges has despite being huggy really helped my marchesa deck.
I would get the vampire and cat deck so that you can steal the equip support from the cats. That should get you a really good starting point and some of the areas you feel lacking will be covered.
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.
1 week ago
feyn_do_alduin: Sure, but Puresteel Paladin and Sigarda's Aid do it much better. And I don't think the +2/indestructible is extremely good (given that it's 4 to reequip after the first time), but we'll see.
I adore the Bloodforged War Axe with Puresteel Paladin tho!