Skullclamp

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Uncommon
Commander Anthology (CMT) Uncommon
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon
Commander 2015 (C15) Uncommon
Commander 2014 (C14) Uncommon
Vintage Masters (VMA) Uncommon
MTG: Commander (CMD) Uncommon
From the Vault: Exiled (V09) Mythic Rare
Darksteel (DST) Uncommon

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Skullclamp

Artifact — Equipment

Equipped creature gets +1/-1.

Whenever equipped creature dies, draw two cards.

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Skullclamp Discussion

StopShot on Alesha, Who Luls at Death

2 days ago

@Rikente, I wouldn't concern myself with adding zombies. My deck only runs Wayward Servant and Gravecrawler and everything works just fine. Wayward Servant's ability is too weak to be used for anything other than an infinite combo. Gravecrawler I wouldn't mess around with unless you're bent on abusing him with Skullclamp or Grave Pact.

If you must add more zombies for value I'd suggest Taurean Mauler, Fleshbag Marauder, Liliana's Elite, Scourge of Nel Toth, and Mirror Entity since those cards are good regardless of if they're in a zombie deck or not. If you want an easy way to recur your Wayward Servant then I suggest adding Volrath's Stronghold or Unholy Grotto as a budget alternative.

FancyTuesday on How do you get this ...

3 days ago

Colorless EDH is paradoxically highly competitive. At least, in that space between actually competitive EDH and casual EDH, it's often a heavyweight due to the fact that colorless mana is relatively very easy to produce. Half a dozen playable sol lands, monoliths, vault, ring, crypt. There's a lot of utility and power in colorless as long as you can pay.

If you're trying to punch up on a budget I wouldn't go with Atraxa. She may be strong casually, but building effectively around her is expensive. Rolling 4 colors means your mana base is either going to give you a permanent two turn handicap or cost $2000, and themes she plays well to (Superfriends, Infect, etc.) are either expensive or better served with other commanders.

Forgive my candor, but as you asked for guidance I have to tell you that Stuffy Doll is not a good EDH card. You can stick to your guns and run it because you like it, goodness knows half the cards in my decks are there because they're dumb and I love them, but if you're struggling this needs attention. Stuffy Doll is a 5 drop that doesn't affect the board at all on its own, only targets a single opponent in a multiplayer format, and does virtually nothing on its own. For Stuffy Doll to be powerful you need multiple other effects (make it a threat and attack, force them to attack with something it can block, or force them to attack with Pariah on it) or play and burn it. All told it's 8 ways dependent on other things just to be ok, let alone strong, in a game where two turns later Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger is just going to sneeze it out of existence.

Muldrotha, the Gravetide is your diamond in the rough here. is probably the strongest combination of colors you could ask for in sub-competitive EDH, three colors is a lot more manageable than 4 on a budget (and with as one of three rather than one of four you can lean on ramp), and your commander is a recursion engine which is supremely valuable in EDH. If you wanna build her cheap:

  • Go heavy on card-value (one card nets you more than one card) ramp cards (ex: Cultivate, Skyshroud Claim) and plan on playing a little top heavy. Big explosive cards tend to be cheaper dollar-wise than low CMC, efficient cards
  • For your mana base favor green and ramp into the other colors. Stick to or duals, avoid (which is generally a more expensive combination anyway). Splurge and get the duals that have the subtype Forest so you can grab them with forest tutors
  • Small creatures should be utility pieces you can get added value out of reanimating (ex: Reclamation Sage, Solemn Simulacrum), not "good" creatures unless they offer a major advantage (ex: Vampire Nighthawk will never amount to more than a body, Nether Traitor might fuel sac engines cheaply depending on how you build the deck)
  • Roll big card advantage sweepers (ex: Decree of Pain, Bane of Progress)
  • Have versatile removal; exile and bounce are stronger than destroy (ex: Cyclonic Rift, Curse of the Swine
  • Have plenty of effects that can reload your hand (ex: Disciple of Bolas, Skullclamp)
  • Recursion is as strong for your opponents as it is for you, so have a handful of cards to apply graveyard hate (ex: Bojuka Bog, Agent of Erebos)
  • Have a couple threats that can legitimately end the game if not dealt with. We can't all afford to Tooth and Nail into Craterhoof Behemoth, but something like Worldspine Wurm or Dread Cacodemon won't break your bank.

Beyond that, just make sure that whenever you're slotting in a card it really does something for you, and if that something is dependent on something else that it's either a really dominant affect or a really common trigger (ex for both: Consecrated Sphinx). If all else fails steal your opponents more expensive things with clone effects and grave robbing (ex Phyrexian Metamorph, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Sepulchral Primordial).

Anyway, that's my take. Hope you find some of it useful!

StopShot on Sidisi's Rage Quit Stax. v 5.0

4 days ago

This seems like a strong deck. If you’re looking for more removal spells I’d recommend, Go for the Throat, Victim of the night, Devour in Shadow, Sinister Concoction, Dismember, and Mutilate.

Also given you have a lot of repeatable 1 toughness creature production cards I’d recommend Skullclamp for lots of card draw. Also throwing in a Grave Pact can make that synnergy really good as well. Also single card hand disruption can be weak in EDH, I’d recommend more aggressive card discard effects like Mindslicer, Chain of Smog, and Noxious Vapors.

One last thing to note, Chains of Mephistopheles is really broken when you use cards like Dark Deal and Anvil of Bogardan. I’d consider running them as powerful lockdown synnergy effects.

kamelyan on Mob Mentality

6 days ago

How often do you burn out? Or do you win within the first few turns 100% of the time?

I see Skullclamp, but it's 1 in 99...and then...K-Grip.

Vanquisher's Banner is a colourless, tribal draw engine. You may also want to consider the various wheels, like Reforge the Soul and Wheel of Fate.

Mike94 on Odric's Soldiers

6 days ago

Hi jgee, If you are looking to build Odric I would suggest adding Knight of the White Orchid and Endless Horizons. Since you are in mono-white ramp and card draw are going to be hard. I see you already run Skullclamp but I would also add a Mask of Memory. Stonehewer Giant and Hammer of Nazahn are also very strong inclusions if you want to utilize more equipments.

I also have an Odric deck, it's mainly build as a 1vs1 commander but can easily stand its ground in multiplayer games. So if you're looking for inspiration, have a look> - Odric's Holy War -

Goodluck with the brewing!

onehitterquiter on The Saprolings converge

6 days ago

Hey there! I love naya saprolings too, I have a partner deck with a saproling theme: Bruse Tana, Boorish Bloodsower

I would suggest Skullclamp over Druidic Satchel. The clamp is less mana intensive than the satchel and digs deeper.

Tendershoot Dryad seems like a better choice than Verdant Force.

Ivy Lane Denizen, Song of Freyalise and Impact Tremors seem like good includes here too.

ShreddedByCrows on Mathas EDH - A Real Pain in the Neck (Get it?)

6 days ago

SenseiRamen Mathas, Fiend Seeker has the ability to be a fabulous political commander, I love your idea there and would definitely give it a try!

Your curve is generally correct, but I feel there are a few things you can change to optimize your deck (and I'll avoid expensive suggestions, in order to keep it affordable, suiting your budget). First of all, you could consider running two more lands (Mathas surely is a cheap commander but it better suits a more controlish game plan. I would prefer to run 36 lands in this purpose. I recommend you to give a look at the Rocky Tar Pit (it's basically a budget fetchland) and Myriad Landscape. The new Field of Ruin might interest you as it's a great political tool. Forbidden Orchard also is nice and affordable. Smoldering Marshand Canyon Slough are not that expensive and can help you stabilize your mana pool. And, only if it fits your budget issues, both Blood Crypt and Godless Shrine are good investments.

The Planar Bridge, even if it's a great card on its own, doesn't really match with your objectives. It's slow and will take too much time to be effective. If the ''tutor'' effect was what you were searching when you put this one into your deck, I suggest you some cards as Increasing Ambition or (a slow but more versatile card) Ring of Three Wishes.

An idea I find interesting with Mathas will concern the addition of a sacrifice outlet. With cards like a Skullclamp and a Bloodghast (I know, it's not a budget card actually, but you can find it for something like 10 euros now that it has been reprinted - if you're looking for a budget version, you can run the Reassembling Skeleton / Endless Cockroaches), it provides you an excellent card advantage, with cards like Ashnod's Altar / Phyrexian Altar it gives you the necessary resources for the late game. Not to say that the red colour also gives you access to tons of cards which allows you to take the control of your opponents' creatures for one turn (Captivating Crew for example)! Alongside the altars, those cards could enable you to kill the creatures you put a bounty counter onto and so you will gain the reward and gets nice value while slowing your opponents. It may require some testing time but it seems pretty decent.In control options, you have Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos and Attrition that could get the job done.

Tetzimoc, Primal Death seems really good here, and I'm glad someone finally decided to give it a try! With a Cloudstone Curio, you can bounce it back to your hand and restart clearing the board as much as you want, but you will have to think about adding other valuable etb effects and recursion's cards like Phyrexian Reclamation.

For more ''prison'' effects, there is the Windborn Muse and the brand new Baird, Steward of Argive.

Sheoldred, Whispering One is not a cheap card, but feels like a staple for your strategy and your deckbuilding.

You may give a try to Revel in Riches, but it's a greedy card. It has proved to be better than Black Market for me. In a tricolourous deck like yours, I will definetly play it.

You need more control tools. Hero's Downfall, Phyrexian Purge, Dreadbore, Orzhov Charm, etc. are great ones.

There is a lot of cards in your actual deck build that don't feel like a good idea since they just don't match with any strategy. Let's start with the Hoarding Dragon. It's a slow tutor and I can understand why you choose to play it, but it doesn't feel like a good idea. Jaya Ballard, Task Mage : the hate cards are bad because they often feel too situational and becomes dead cards. Even if Jaya provides you other options than the hate the blue guy one, she stays bad in comparison with other cards you could play (not saying that about expensive cards - even for a budget deck, she's just bad - cut it). Kulrath Knight doesn't do much in your deck... I mean... it's not such a bad card but come on, you want to pay 5 mana on something else than just a flying lil' body with wither. Kozilek, the Great Distortion is a great card, but it feels too slow here as you don't play anything to ramp, and, more important for your deck, it doesn't match with anything. If you absolutely want some eldrazi there, so add in some ramp cards and play Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, it will be much more efficient and synergize better with what you want to accomplish. Only 10 enchantments is not enough to get value from your Mesa Enchantress. Tariel, Reckoner of Souls is slow and doesn't do much. Shunt feels too situational. Righteous War is far from being interesting here, you will always prefer having Swiftfoot Boots over them... and I don't even know if you need those boots... no, I'm pretty sure you're fine without. Celestial Dawn doesn't do much and you will most of the time pay 3 to do nothing...which is bad.

A few suggestions :

  • Endless Whispers could be funny and fits very well the political theme!

  • Afterlife is a control tool which also left your opponent with a creature, it's nice not to make enemies.

  • Descent of the Dragons another control tool leaving your opponents with creatures. If your prison theme is strong enough, this card could be a staple as it puts 4-4 flying. Your opponents will slowly kill each other.

  • Disrupt Decorum mad flavorful card for a mad Mathas dude.

  • Besmirch not the best card ever, but could be interesting there.

  • Mogg Infestation lul

  • Chaos Warp doesn't kill your target, but it's still a really good and versatile answer.

  • Sarkhan the Mad look at the -2! (you will need a lot more protections if you go for it though, and chose to go for a lower curve (which is not such a bad idea btw))

  • Painful Quandary just a powerful and annoying control card - beware, it often attracts a lot of hate.

  • Solemn Simulacrum helps you to stabilize your mana base and gives you card draw.

I hope it would help you! Good luck with the deckbuilding and keep up the good work. :)

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