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Artifact Creature — Dragon
: Steel Hellkite gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
: Destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost X whose controller was dealt combat damage by Steel Hellkite this turn. Activate this ability only once each turn.
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Steel Hellkite Discussion
9 hours ago
I agree with Pat with all of these, the only maybe isGeode Golem, which I like in my Bosh deck, but with Saheeli being only 6 mana it might not be worth it.
I would sawp Gauntlet of Power for Caged Sun (would save you about $11) I have never been impressed with Blinkmoth Urn, even in artifact decks. You would be surprised how much it can help your opponents, especially if you need tap out to to play it.
I personally would cut: Damping Engine Mycosynth Lattice (ruinning that and vandalblast is pretty rough) Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain, both of your Essence Scatter Memnarch Steel Hellkite Spell Shrivel Whir of Invention
I would try to make room for Pilgrim's Eye
2 days ago
i'm looking to build a budget Gx tron deck. unfortunately i cannot afford karns, ugins, and wurmcoils. heres the deck so far.
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I would like suggestions on a good secondary color, as well as sideboard options. so far the secondary color is red because Banefire seems good in a deck that can easily get X to 5+. it also gives me access to By Force which would help immensely against Hardened Modular.
I'm pretty familiar with who the good players at my LGS are, and what decks they have been using. so my main concerns are the following decks.
Tron mirror: there are at least 3 tron players who frequent FNM. unlike me, they are able to afford karns, ugins, and wurmcoils.
Jund: a buddy of mine assures me Tron is favored in this matchup. but i still want to be prepared, for several reasons. A) i'm running a budget build. B) Assassin's Trophy can destroy lands when it gets released. C) the jund player knows full well the tron players will show up. he knows them personally. if Tron is truly favored in this matchup, i figure he's coming prepared. D) i don't particularly like the guy. he tried to make fun of my current modern deck, which is 5C Sliver Company. on the bright side though, i went 3-1 that night and won some boosters.
Goblins: this guys deck is about as fast and competitive as i imagine goblins can be. minus the fact he doesnt use Throne of the God-Pharaoh like i would. its great in "go wide" decks. i have some mainboard threats that could potentially serve as answers here, but i have to live long enough to use them. Steel Hellkite can destroy all his tokens at once for 0 mana, but thats a turn 4 play at best meaning i'd better hope i go first. Myr Battlesphere can give some blockers. this matchup is what made me consider Spatial Contortion for the sideboard. it can remove any goblin, or pump up a Reality Smasher to swing for 8 on turn 3.
Hardened Modular: same friend that said Tron is favored against Jund, said Goblins and Hardened Modular might be difficult. obviously i should already be packing artifact removal since almost any opponent can drop a Damping Sphere against me, but single-target removal may not be enough here.
any suggestions are appreciated. if you think i should add something, please also suggest what i should cut. i am more than happy to give feedback and advice in return, on any modern format decks. that is the format i am most familiar with.
3 days ago
I've got 3 cards coming in the mail for my Should I Pretend This Or That? Mairsil, the Pretender deck. They are Steel Hellkite, Diaochan, Artful Beauty, and Jaya Ballard, Task Mage. I think these could be amongst the better additions for removal that I've made to the deck but I've got no idea what to pull out to make room and could use suggestions for cuts.
Any help is appreciated! Other thoughts are welcome too. Thanks.
1 week ago
Artifact Creature - Golem
Clockwork Golem enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it. At the end of combat, if Clockwork Golem attacked or blocked this combat, remove a +1/+1 counter from it.
Modular X (This enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put it's +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
There are those who spend a lifetime trying to gain more time, only to have it slip away in their precious last final moments.
So if you pay for a total of , it enters the battlefield as a 14/14 that progressively becomes weaker over time but if it is killed outright via spell / ability it empowers something else you control.
Not a bad design, if I do say so myself.
Please rectify that and make an Artifact Demon :)
1 week ago
Yeah, I feel that swap has potential, test it out! Another wincon if you want can be Steel Hellkite It beats face, bpows annoying permanents to death, and can be pumped to kill very well.
2 weeks ago
Another tip: Lightning Greaves and Mother of Runes provide additional protection for Kaalia, because she is famous by what she can do and smart opponents will try to take her out as soon she is cast. // You can also try massive land destruction once Kaalia hits the battlefield, because you don't really need lands if you can attack with her to put your big creatures on the battlefield for free. It also prevent opponents from casting removal spells on her, giving you enough time to smash their faces. Armageddon, Boom // Bust, Catastrophe and Decree of Annihilation are all options, but beware: some people think their lands are sacred, therefore frown upon massive land destruction (MLD). // Steel Hellkite can help you deal with problematic permanents. Liliana's Contract might be an alternative win condition, and it still draws you a good chunk of cards. Swords to Plowshares is a cheap removal spell that is a staple in EDH. Utter End and Merciless Eviction are also solid, because they can exile anything.
2 weeks ago
Armed // Dangerous another CMC2 Double Strike, $0.21. Downside is it's Sorcery.
Archetype of Aggression, gives all your creatures Trample, $0.39. 6 ground + 4 flying (partial evasion) don't have trample, thats 1/2 your available hitters, including 1 infect.
Gruul Signet, CMC2 Rock, $0.30.
Farseek, CMC2 Ramp!!, $0.27.
Flameblast Dragon won't get his doubled. Timing is off.
Slagstorm scary because it wipes out the dorks, but I understand the thinking, with Cats/Snakes/Vampires.
Arbor Elf, CMC1 Dork, $0.26.
Beastcaller Savant, CMC2, But he has Haste, $0.40 though.
Heart Warden, annoying at CMC2, but can draw a card if late in the game if he's a dead draw, $0.20. Modular is sometimes nice, especially in longer games.
Explore might work pretty well with 40 lands, and it draws a card, so maintains your card-advantage and ramp advantage. I also feel you have quite a bit (too many) lands with all the additional ramp/dorks you have? Might try 38 instead.
Thunderfoot Baloth $1.69, but has trample, with Xenagos is 14 Trample, and gives all other creatures Trample. The best of the Trample enablers mentioned for sure.
Artisan of Kozilek he is 10/9 (20/19 with Xenagos), Returns a creature from your graveyard to the battlefield (not hand), and has Annihilator 2 (Opponent sacrifices 2 permanents, with haste from Xenagos) for $0.43. I have lots of this guy, I'll bring you one.
Maybe with some shuffling of mana sources you can free up cash for Malignus, but he's quite expensive. Tough for budget.
Phyrexian Hydra another Infect guy. Makes it easier to kill 3 players.
Khenra Charioteer more trample, hes a 3/3 so he's not shabby for CMC3. Probably don't need that much anyway.
Talisman of Impulse best non- non- mana source available for $0.33.
Explosive Vegetation is good, but $0.92 and CMC4, I'm not sure. Might look for another lower CMC one to ramp a little faster for that $. Go a bit faster.
I haven't seen this one work yet, See the Unwritten and at $0.82, I'd probably just draw another creature like a Artisan of Kozilek. If you get lucky and the stars align, maybe you get 2, but one might be an Elf. I'd rather just draw another key creature, instead of the randomness. If it was CMC5 or CMC4 and casting a CMC8 maybe, but it's CMC6 probably casting a CMC6 or lower (based on probability, I can calculate it when I have some more time)
Living Hive is in Main and Maybeboard.
I only like Momentous Fall (too expensive $), Deus of Calamity (enables Xenagos), Kavu Predator could be interesting in our Pod (vs cats/vamps anyway). Malignus if you can budget him in. Steel Hellkite good utility again CMC0 Snakes/Vampires for example. Thunderfoot Baloth.
Don't like anything else there.
I think, less lands -2 perhaps, cheaper ramp (and maybe 1 more), 1 more creature (infect guy preferably), reallocate some cash to make sure each creature is a finisher, like Avatar of Fury is kind of blah, if you can cast for 2 he's ok, but what you doing with the other mana that turn anyway, would rather pay the 6 for a finisher. Siege Dragon feels a little underpowered too, but can board wipe (cats/vamps/snakes), would rather use Steel Hellkite instead, better control, lower CMC.
Living Hive feels small for CMC8! Wtf, not sure what your doing with the 1/1 insects, that don't even fly.
That's about all I have for now +1.
3 weeks ago
Been following and slowly upgrading the budget version of this for a while. Wanted to pick your brain about some of the recent changes. Was the mangara + crystal shard combo not working out for you? How do you normally use Steel Hellkite and Kefnet the Mindful in the deck? Also what was the reasoning behind Hammer of Nazahn coming in? Is it just for invincibility and the instant equip?