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|Want (3)||Dalton223 , metalmagic , Thiagus|
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|Fifth Dawn (5DN)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Steelshaper's Gift occurrence in decks from the last year
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Steelshaper's Gift Discussion
2 weeks ago
I can see the merits of running Rune of Protection: Red but I feel like the second best or stronger is Rune of Protection: White. Prevention of damage can bypass shroud and hexproof creatures and white specializes in Lightning Greaves//Swiftfoot Boots and tutoring those cards with Steelshaper's Gift, Stoneforge Mystic, Open the Armory, etc. which Rune of Protection: White heavily turns off a lot of voltron-style decks. It's also incredible at turning off a lot of other hard to remove EDH generals such as Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Zetalpa, Primal Dawn, Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Bruna, Light of Alabaster, Sigarda, Host of Herons, Zur the Enchanter, Uril, the Miststalker, Narset, Enlightened Master and Zurgo Helmsmasher. Those generals may be more niche of a damage source than red or green, but that's where the cycling is helpful whereas spot removal can be more effective at dealing with the red and green damage sources.
Rune of Protection: Green I think may be a bit over-valued as the color green I think is a little too good at artifact/enchantment removal, especially when it comes to stapling that effect on their own creatures such as Acidic Slime, Bane of Progress, Caustic Caterpillar, Gemrazer, Reclamation Sage, Sawtusk Demolisher, Trygon Predator, Terastodon, Woodfall Primus. I feel like green could easily remove the rune before you could get much value out of it and that you'd be better off sticking to spot removal. I know white also has enchantment removal but their removal spells I find to be less practical and as efficient as green meaning you wouldn't find as much enchantment removal in a white deck as you would a green deck.
2 months ago
2 months ago
Thanks for all the discussion, glad you liked the deck enough to tweak and innovate it, I've been trying but as you can see it's still not quite there yet.
I like Kaheera, the Orphanguard, I actually play a Nethroi, Apex of Death brawl deck with it as the companion. Questing Beast is good with Kaheera, the Orphanguard and can hit planeswalkers, but he doesn't work with Arahbo, Roar of the World even though he LOOKS like a cat to me! Also, Nissa, Who Shakes the World creates Elemental creatures, so it's also not bad, Auspicious Starrix was also been okay, but in Commander all are a bit too slow, plus Auspicious Starrix only good because my brawl commander and things like Migratory Greathorn can trigger him, so nothing too exciting there. The +1 isn't quite a bit to get to a kill with infect, so have to decide with the changes to the companion rule, if it's still worth it, I like the flavor of it though, and it's about having fun as much as the pursuit of winning when your starting with Arahbo, Roar of the World as the commander anyway!
Earthcraft + Squirrel Nest has challenges too, but I like the flavor. That is 1) They are enchantments, which we really only have a couple good ones, Enlightened Tutor, Idyllic Tutor and Sterling Grove, usually I pull Sylvan Library as soon as I can and pay the 8 life a turn to cycle through cards, but for you, you need 2/3 tutors to get there so I might just go straight for combo pieces. Sterling Grove isn't highly exciting, but it can also protect your combo pieces too. Unfortunately Concordant Crossroads can't even get it there, because the Squirrel's are tapped.
TzickyT is right, Heliod, Sun-Crowned + Walking Ballista is still mana intensive, and doesn't go off quickly enough. I usually rely on early Infect to take out the Grixis () player first to avoid early Thassa's Oracle win. If there are several Fish-Consul deck's it's kind of hopeless as I haven't built in any Fish-interaction (like Hushbringer or Tithe). If you can hit the early win-con decks, I can often ramp/resolve the Heliod, Sun-Crowned and take them out. I'm usually not the biggest threat, often needs other to go for the win and get Counterspell too.
I don't have another viable win-con in the cat, T5-7 usually just rely on Stonehewer Giant to pull me what I need to eliminate, protection from sword and Grafted Exoskeleton for example. is a challenge because have no way, but rarely see in commander.
Mox Opal is reasonable replace for Birds of Paradise, don't forget Ancient Den + Tree of Tales are artifacts, and Inkmoth Nexus can become one in a pinch too. Here's the real challenge though Hypergeometric Calc you're only 13.6% to have 3 artifacts on T1 (8 cards drawn), but really 3 aren't T1 viable (Grafted and Swords), so it's more like 8.3%. T2 only 18.2%. T3 23.2%. So have to evaluate how many games are going beyond that and how far, otherwise Mox Opal going to be a dead draw too many games. We don't really tutor artifacts either beyond equipment once we're established. Steelshaper's Gift.
Rhonas the Indomitable is good because I find I multi-trigger his ability, where Arahbo, Roar of the World, I rarely use his secondary ability. Not sure what to do there, may just have rely on other tactics. Approach of the Second Sun is way way way to slow, don't do that.
Hunter's Insight I've had success with because it's instant and draws a lot of cards, Lifecrafter's Bestiary (mana sponge and we're not creature heavy), and Momentous Fall (better but still a light cost intensive CMC4+sac). Puresteel Paladin for me still needs more AF support to, sometimes, he doesn't activate his second ability which is unacceptable.
Greenwarden of Murasa is good late game, but I might go with the pressure of a Questing Beast that hits for 5 and nails a planeswalker over that late of a play. Plus what's he pulling back, your Infect, at that point probably won't connect with combat damage anyway?
With Chord of Calling you can still do your best to resolve a Felidar Sovereign at EOT to win, but I found I didn't have enough creatures to get it off quick enough too. I know I'm just stating problems, unfortunately, still working on solving them myself (or abandoned them). Emerald Medallion is not bad because it adds to your AF count, but problem is the Infect creature is and the double-strike is except Berserk but it doesn't help with that anyway!!
Bronzehide Lion I find too mana spongy too, saving mana for the wrong reasons, but he's recursive, so I don't unlike him haha. If your going Kaheera, the Orphanguard might consider King of the Pride, but I'm meh on him as well. Need some strong cats!
I do have a Cat tribal budget (for $50 commander league) Mirri, Little Kid Aggro, depending on how budget your budget is TzickyT, as I mentioned this one is restricted budget so it has some interesting card choices to keep under budget, games have an hour time limit too, so that also drove several aggressive vs. defensive choices as well.
Knixx, I'll go through your full list tomorrow, and see if I can think of anything that might work. Since you already have Earthcraft, feel there must be a secondary interaction to abuse it as well you could leverage.
Thanks for the discussion, appreciated, I'll add Earthcraft to my Alternative Synergies Excluded so others can see it as well. The Great Henge is draw and an AF but not super helpful for Mox Opal, but with the Earthcraft I feel drawing for each Squirrel (which is a 2/2) could also draw into an enabler (untap and creatures get haste and +x/+x where x is the number of attacking creatures, something like that, there must be in , and since you draw into it every time), problem is, can't make infinite Squirrel then because you draw out, but if some way to win with like 50 Squirrels, a win is a win you know. Lemme thing on it lol.
2 months ago
Hey jakeyuki12 thanks for the tips, really appreciate the insights, due to the long time between my playgroup being able to play I haven't used this in a group yet, just playtests on here so I'm sure it could use some tweaking. Might try to address some things just as I saw them when I was building it, but definitely let me know what you think.
Land count-yeah the land count is a little lower than most of my decks for sure, but I included other sources, maybe I'm relying on them too much? I do have Path of Mettle Flip which becomes a land with added bonuses, also cards like Seething Song and Soulbright Flamekin that can be used to ramp, the latter for 8 mana when I invest 3 mana with Zirda that can be used consistently (even on opponents' turns). As you mentioned I do have Sword of the Animist and Burnished Hart (which will definitely be awesome to crack for 1 mana!) I am also counting on cards like Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle and Sun Titan to recur those cards and even lands like Naya Panorama or Ash Barrens with the Titan. I also have cost reducers in addition to Zirda like Jhoira's Familiar, Danitha Capashen, Paragon, and Ugin, the Ineffable that all help on a lot of my cards in the deck, lots of legendary creatures, artifacts, and equipment.
Card draw and ramp- always important for sure! I thought I had a good amount of rocks, time will tell if I'm right there, but I do have 1-2 more I could add if the rocks/other mana sources I have and my cost reducers aren't enough. Thanks for pointing out Mask of Memory that is a good one for sure! I have a couple card draw artifacts, creatures like Sram, Senior Edificer, (Ugin is a form of card draw too), a land, and one equipment in Rogue's Gloves that I can tutor for a couple of ways. I debated using Open the Armory but I have Steelshaper's Gift and I decided to go with Relic Seeker and because I could have a body to equip in a pinch and he could also be recurred with the methods stated above to tutor more than once. Sword of Fire and Ice is definitely out of my price range as awesome as it is. I've been on the other end of Smothering Tithe at too many tables to play it myself, it is helpful but as the name implies it's a little too salty for me to play.
Creatures that have synergy with the deck- Thanks for the suggestions, Puresteel Paladin is on my radar for sure, just a little pricey I agree. Fervent Champion is nice and inexpensive, so I might look into him but he doesn't add too much on his own besides being 1 mana and being able to equip to himself. I could be wrong, but I think Balan, Wandering Knight and Heavenly Blademaster have better effects/stats for this style of mass equip strategy and if I'm going to pile more equipment on one creature it would be them or Zirda to rack up commander damage.
Thanks again, just wanted to explain some of my choices and see what you thought!
2 months ago
These might interest you: Zirda, the Dawnwaker (could make a good companion), Thornbite Staff, Goblin Sharpshooter, Gorgon's Head, Gorgon Flail, Void Beckoner, Quietus Spike, Blade of the Bloodchief, Eternal Thirst, Steelshaper's Gift, Goblin Engineer, Cauldron of Souls, Thousand-Year Elixir, Daxos the Returned, Maze Abomination, Archetype of Finality
2 months ago
Funkydiscogod Mass Hysteria allows for quick wins by letting the creatures snowball into more mana. I won’t be able to do that with Footfall Crater, but I suppose Lightning Greaves could work. It has the added benefit of being searchable with Steelshaper's Gift. I’ll definitely have to do some testing with that.
3 months ago
Have you considered Mikaeus, the Lunarch? While you have plenty of 1-drops for Ranger of Eos and friends, he's yet another search target. Each +1/+1 counter Heliod gives him can be a +1/+1 counter for your entire team.
3 months ago
Ok folks my last two trade posts were mostly unsuccessful but I'm not letting that stop me! I need a few cards for a deck I'm building in addition to the multitude of cards I am ALWAYS trading for!
The cards I am looking to acquire with the highest priority are a single copy of the following (any version):
- Giver of Runes
- Mother of Runes
- Steelshaper's Gift
- Walking Ballista
- Daxos the Returned
- Heliod, Sun-Crowned
- Ranger-Captain of Eos
- Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord
- Teferi's Protection
- Thousand-Year Elixir
- Rugged Prairie
- Sunbaked Canyon
- Arid Mesa
- Bloodstained Mire
- Marsh Flats
- Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
These are all in the wants of my binder, linked here. I'm fairly confident I currently have the binder with the most unique entries on the site with no junk commons/uncommons, so pretty much everything should either be a rare/mythic or a semi-playable card in commander or other formats. Please take a look, and let me know if we can work something out! As a fun little bonus, if we end up trading, guess the commander whose deck will include all of the above cards! If you guess correctly, I will trade 10% more value worth of cards than I receive (example: You send $50 worth of cards and I send $55 worth)