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Steel Sabotage Discussion
1 month ago
Thanks for the advice Pyranem!
So I did some testing with your suggestions, and here's what I discovered:
Manamorphose helps storm, but doesn't do anything with Paradoxical Outcome, so it's not quite as good as I wanted it to be. I kept thinking I've seen it be better, but then remembered that's when Pyromancer Ascension is online.
Finally, I really wanted to like Riddlesmith since it would simplify my manabase, but compared to Contraband Kingpin it leads to me losing card advantage. I'll explain. In testing, pitching a card to Riddlesmith allowed me to churn through my deck and find answers, while also allowing me to actually have the answer in hand when I needed it. But, it has the downside of needing a card to pitch. The land scenario you mentioned is really uncommon, since the combo frequently goes off T4 - so I end up having to pitch other cards. With Contraband Kingpin I still have a body in play and the cards in hand while I search, so I can keep the scry train rolling. A small difference perhaps, but noticeable.
Anyway, thanks for the input I really do appreciate it.
1 month ago
Contraband Kingpin has a great body, but if you wanted to go more all-in on the strategy, then Riddlesmith is almost always better, since it helps you exchange the lands in your hand for more artifacts. The only problem is that it can't block for you during the early game, so it's really a matter of preference. Mirran Spy could work in conjunction with Paradise Mantle, but that's iffy. You should probably run something to kill an opponent's Chalice of the Void in the sideboard, like Steel Sabotage (which can also be fetched with Merchant Scroll, so that your deck doesn't get shut down. Have you considered running Manamorphose? You already have 8 possible green/red mana sources, and it's pretty much one of the best cards for any sort of storm deck, regardless that it's not an artifact. Anyways, I really like the deck!.
2 months ago
Polluted Delta - In colour fetch land, why would you not?
Elves of Deep Shadow - Replace one of the other elves. Helps cast leovold on 2.
Arcane Denial - One of the best counterspells in edh just gets better with leo in play.
Spell Pierce - Fantastic counterspell
Steel Sabotage - Very debatable, can be used as a ritual with vault or crypt, has targets against almost every deck.
Mental Misstep is surprisingly great
Dismember - 1 mana, kills everything.
Ad Nauseam - The best card in EDH
Carpet of Flowers - is actually nuts
Force of Will - cEDH is very, very, combo heavy making force an important inclusion in pretty much any blue deck.
Gemstone Caverns seems really awful, yes sometimes you'll get to drop leovold a turn sooner off it but even then you end up down a card right off the bat, and then 93% of the time it will just make your mana worse. That's not even counting the times where you go first...
Voidslime is also miserable, it's pretty hard to cast costing 3 coloured mana and the versitility doesn't make up for how much worse it is than Counterspell, Squelch or Stifle. Also strictly worse than that new card in AER (Disallow)
Prosperity is bad, even if leovold is in play you're still giving your opponents a card for free without taking anything from them, meaning to actually make card advantage you'd have to cast it for 5+ (assuming 4 players). Otherwise you're just putting yourself way behind.
Blightsteel Colossus is quite frankly useless in cEDH since metas are so combo heavy and most removal exiles anyhow. For this to actually be good you have to spend your whole turn casting it, have it resolve, have it survive until your next turn and then it still only kills one player/turn.
Twincast: Why is this even here?
Tolaria West doesn't have enough good targets, coffers urborg doesn't even seem that insane in this deck. Certainly not good enough to warrant playing an etb tapped land.
Worldly Tutor: Maybe I missed something but Teferi is the only creature worth skipping a draw to tutor for (most of the time).
Lightning Greaves: Again I might have missed something, but Teferi is the only creature that you care about giving shroud. (I guess blightsteel, but that sucks anyways)
Swiftfoot Boots is a bad greaves.
3 months ago
I considered Steel Sabotage for a bit, but went with Annul because my meta is filled with enchantment-based removal... Aura Flux seems good there though, so I might test it. Echoing Truth seems great, maybe even in the mainboard? Piracy Charm seems extremely helpful on lots of occasions. I need a copy or two.
Thanks for the feedback, and for the suggestions!
3 months ago
I personally prefer running Steel Sabotage for Affinity and Aura Flux against Bogles. What about using Echoing Truth against tokens? Also I've seen that Piracy Charm can be a very versatile card for the sideboard against mirror pairings and UB-Teachings. I think they all deserve to be named in the list.
Good job making the primer, pauper needs more support and guides to help us make new decks and spread the format :)
3 months ago
In my experience, I would suggest you to focus the deck more on the control strategy, running more counters (Counterspell, Spell Pierce, Memory Lapse,Dispel, Daze...) and bouncers (Vapor Snag, Echoing Truth, Boomerang...).
I have some suggestions for your sideboard:
- Aura Flux: that's a must against Aura-Hexproof decks.
- Echoing Truth: a very versatile bouncer against tokens or any deck heavy on creatures. You can also use it to protect your own faeries or reuse them. I would even run some copies on mainboard.
- Relic of Progenitus: against UB-Teachings and any deck that interacts with graveyard.
- Steel Sabotage: there's nothing more frustrating than bouncing the lands to an Affinity deck.
- Hydroblast: you already run that one, keep it against Burn decks.
4 months ago
I would use Echoing Truth as you can bounce more than one permanent.
Brainstorm is not as useful in pauper as in other formats because shuffling effects are quite uncommon.
4 months ago
Honestly Blightsteel Colossus seems like garbage in this deck, the only way to cheat it into play is with Master Transmuter who would already be unplayable if you didn't have so many haste effects. You could also ramp into it I suppose but even then in a competitive edh game it will either be removed immediately, kill maybe one player or no one will care at all since they're just going to combo kill next turn.
Spine of Ish Sah seems mediocre given that it would usually just be better to play a counterspell and there's basically never going to be a reason to get this over something else with arcum.
Argivian Restoration costs 4 mana and will usually only be able to target a dork.
Darksteel Citadel seems like an auto include in an artifact deck.
Dispel is really good in competitive games as it counters any counterspells or a bunch of other things.
Gilded Lotus is crazy ramp.
Mindslaver is an easy lock.