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(White), Tap, Return Steelshaper Apprentice to its owner's hand: Search your library for an Equipment card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
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Steelshaper Apprentice Discussion
1 week ago
The Tutor Chain is really a sub-theme-mirror to the whole decks overall-theme, "Option Sram". This list was never meant to revolve around the Tutor Chain, more that it grew organically from the deck itself and just fit really well into the overall puzzle.
You are correct that the blade is slow, and the creatures are slow as well, but for things like Relic Seeker, issues like these are easily fixed with Prowler's Helm & Swiftfoot Boots equipment or any of the redundant pieces. Its not a game-winning combo, nor is it meant to be, but it adds consistency and reliability.
Also with mana-fix, Steelshaper Apprentice can tutor multiple times a turn. The main concept is how these cards all interact with the existing frame-work, and how you can squeeze every ounce of value out of them with mana-fix and equipments.
Imagine losing your relic seeker, heartbreaking, but now your opponent is down removal, and you got a free creature in your hand. Could be a back-up Tron Hero, could be more tutors, that value is endless, and again it mirrors the concept of how we win with Option Sram: Card Advantage, or simply put having more options.
As far as finding the blade, you can easily tutor this item out, any time, with any of the ten other tutor options in the deck. If that doesnt happen, all the innate draw in this deck will more than likely pull out this item.
Sure, you cant protect it outside Darksteel Forge, but the concept of Option Sram is what this combo all about you have the option to tutor it out, which allows you the option to tutor creatures. The option is there, available, if needed.
How consistent/reliable that is depends on the match, but in a vacuum its 100% creature cycle. It will almost never happen like that in a real match, nor is it intended to, but the fact of the matter is that the options are there, even if they are not all there. If anything, Elixir of Immortality helps keep the chain alive feeding creatures back into the library.
Ive thought about Deathrender as well, and I am still not sure about taking a slot for it. I am not sure if I want focus on the tutor chain any more, as the deck is about Sram and not Heirloom blade, though I do love the fact that Heirloom blade works so well with Sram and the entire deck on multiple levels, in a way that I have not seen any other Sram deck do, without adding in any other combo pieces.
Every card in this list really works on it's own, and that's something I value greatly for Sram. Drawing dead combo pieces is lame.
I might toy around with it more, and put more emphasis on the tutor-chain or swap out creatures, but I am still play-testing my local meta as we speak and I want to make sure the core mechanics of the deck are more refined before I change around the tutor style.
As far as cost reduction ramp - My play group does not play highly optimized Tier 1 cEDH decks, though they do run aggro decks like Edgar Markov so there are tempo issues to consider. In my local playgroup Sram is the target of the board, and more often than not multiple opponents stack dedicated hate to try and stop him. This only really "slows" Sram down, as more often than not once I hit a board wipe and follow up with mana-fix I can normally play out Sram and my entire hand and swing in lethal instantly. Its happened multiple times, and its insane how well mana-reduction, equipments, Sram, and mono-white work together.
As far as how many turns, I would say atleast 7. My group has run into 5+ hour matches before, but I do not plan on that long. Once you get any form of mana reduction, you really can snowball. More draw, into more fix, into free drop and draw completely. This is critical mass, and how quickly you reach it depends on the board, though if you are playing against multiple turn5 win decks then you're probably going to need something better than a Tron deck as I hear they are not top-tier.
This was mostly made just because my group had one of every mono-color EDH decks except white, and Sram works way too well with equipments and mana-reduction.
1 month ago
Others that I can think of that are excellent choices in mono white voltron are:Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Land Tax Mass Calcify Steelshaper's Gift Steelshaper Apprentice Open the Armory Stonehewer Giant Sculpting Steel Enlightened Tutor Mother of Runes Stoneforge Mystic Aven Mindcensor Godsend Puresteel Paladin Knight of the White Orchid O-Naginata Brass Squire Scythe of the Wretched
2 months ago
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2 months ago
Rogue's Passage helps keep Balan from being blocked Knight of Dawn and Pentarch Paladin have some flexibility.Pentarch Paladin is also pretty funny with Eight-and-a-Half-Tails too. Buried Ruin, Sun Titan, and Emeria, The Sky Ruin help you get back your used up cards. Steelshaper Apprentice, Steelshaper's Gift, Stoneforge Mystic, Quest for the Holy Relic, and Stonehewer Giant help get you pieces to make Balan stronger but running all of those is overkill, so just use the ones you like.
Mirrorworks makes it so you don't have to spend as many spots in the deck on equipment to get a big result. Argentum Armor, Heirloom Blade, Loxodon Warhammer, Sword of Vengeance and the Kaldra pieces are good on the cheap, but feel free to add Sword of X and Y as your budget allows.
Since you run so many instants, an Isochron Scepter might not be half bad.
4 months ago
Hey, so basic suggestions:
5 months ago
Dropped slower/clunkier creatures
6 months ago
I'd take out some of the more useless creatures like Nyx-Fleece Ram, Vanguard of Brimaz(you have nothing to target it with) and put in things like Stonehewer Giant or Steelshaper Apprentice to find equipment. Sun Titan, and Auriok Survivors to get things back when they get destroyed. I'd cut some enchantments and put in more equiment. I enjoy getting Sword of Kaldra, Shield of Kaldra and Helm of Kaldra together.
Take a look at my list:http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/brimaz-equipment-1/
10 months ago
KALE434 Can't say I'm a big fan of O-Naginata. The power buff isn't bad but without increasing Zurgo's toughness it falls short when compared to Tenza, Godo's Maul. That's just my opinion. Sunforger isn't a bad idea. I've got one lying around, I might be able to find enough of a use for it. Mask of Memory feels like another Infiltration Lens. The draw on damage seems less useful than the card draw on block that the lens provides, given that Zurgo may very well end a game in the turn he isn't blocked.
Stoneforge Mystic would be awesome, but it's a bit too expensive for my taste. Stonehewer Giant on the other hand would fit perfectly in here. Steelshaper's Gift is really good too. I'm mixed on Steelshaper Apprentice. Four mana for a 1/3 that requires another mana to activate his ability seems a bit too costly.