Taj-Nar Swordsmith

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Commander 2017 (C17) Uncommon
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Uncommon
Mirrodin (MRD) Uncommon

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Taj-Nar Swordsmith

Creature — Cat Soldier

When Taj-Nar Swordsmith enters the battlefield, you may pay . If you do, search your library for an Equipment card with converted mana cost X or less and put that card onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

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Taj-Nar Swordsmith Discussion

Spirits on Arahbo Cat Tribal

1 week ago

Hi KimJongman,

Leonin Shikari is quite good, the "Instant" speed equip means you can move your Infect Grafted Exoskeleton, or Protection Hammer of Nazahn, or Trample Loxodon Warhammer, or Card Advantage Bloodforged Battle-Axe around after blockers are declared to maximize / have favorable outcomes. Along with a Puresteel Paladin he becomes great. To get his Metalcraft working properly you need some other artifacts like Ancient Den, Tree of Tales, Inkmoth Nexus. Since you have Bloodforged Battle-Axe in your build, I would try and work him in, because the Draw ability he offers when you start multiplying the Bloodforged Battle-Axe could be a win-con.

Behemoth Sledge is good, I prefer the offense of the Loxodon Warhammer, the reason I don't run both is redundancy, since I tutor my artifacts, I would rather have more options than duplication/redundancy. However, in a less (equipment) tutor intense build, I like the redundancy as it increases my draw %. Coupled together with the Puresteel Paladin can get it's Equip cost down as well. You have Enlightened Tutor, but with no (creature) tutorable Stonehewer Giant or Stoneforge Mystic, I would run the redundancy since the Trample and Lifelink are both key to your success with Infect.

Taj-Nar Swordsmith is also not a terrible Equipment tutor in a budget scenario. I don't like his CMC but, he is a (Creature) tutorable, and gives an (Equipment) tutor for the Infect Grafted Exoskeleton. Depends how your finding your games going if he is relevant. If others are combo'ing on Turn3-Turn5 he wont have any impact.

Skullclamp is a nice way to avoid creature removal heavy decks, like , can turn your 1 creature that has been Go for the Throat into Card Advantage. It also allows you to turn tokens into Card Advantage, and it's a CMC1 Artifact for Puresteel Paladin Metalcraft and Draw.

If you don't have a budgetary restriction on decks, Lands is definitely where you'll get consistency, things like Temple Garden are pricey, but very good because they are searchable as Forest and Plains and enable other lands like Sunpetal Grove as an example.

Lifecrafter's Bestiary is also a decent budget Selesnya () card. I don't like its CMC3 cost, and it requires to activate, plus this isn't a creature deck. The Scry 1 combined with the Draw, can be effective though.

Sigarda's Aid is another low CMC1 solution, but I would recommend Puresteel Paladin instead, he has far more utility.

Kodama's Reach is also a good budget ramp tutor, it's another Cultivate. Perfect in draws where you get the Sol Ring.

I use Chord of Calling for my Felidar Sovereign and Archangel of Thune/Spike Feeder combo. It's fairly pricey, but if you have it already, I would run it! You can still use it to pull any other creature, like Lost Leonin too, but usually later in the game they are less effective, than the early tutor/double-strike like Worldly Tutor.

Krosan Vorine is in your mainboard, my mistake. Take him off your Maybeboard.

Fortified Village is still fairly inexpensive, I believe. Good for consistency.

Path to Exile is a little pricey, but it doubles as an Emergency tutor, and it's Exile so VERY powerful.

Rhonas the Indomitable I've found is an awesome tempo guy, ANY cat means that he can Attack, and is indestructible, and is Deathtouch, and can add Trample (or multi-pump an Infect/Trample Cat to win).

Sylvan Library is ridiculously expensive, however, If you aren't under budget constraints, and you can trade for one, it's the BEST card advantage you have in the arsenal.

I'm not a huge fan of Divine Reckoning, it's not going to get rid of the creature that is the REAL problem. It's only Destroy as well. I think, the creature that anyone else keeps is usually better than the creature you keep, except perhaps in an early Lost Leonin or something case.

I also really dislike Hunter's Prowess. If it was Instant, I could deal with it. It's just setting you up for a 2 for 1 situation. Sorcery Cast Hunter's Prowess onto a creature, creature is removed in response with a Swords to Plowshares. You lose #1 The creature (and the offense) #2 Hunter's Prowess is countered. Plus it's CMC5 is really high, He can enable a double-strike or Infect guy for sure, but too high CMC, and too risky for me. Something like Hunter's Insight I'll take the risk on because I know what Blockers look like, and I cast it JUST before the damage assignment step, so yes, he could still be removed in response, but usually at that point they've accepted/arranged the damage and now I get the draw. Personal preference. If it was an Enchantment as well, I would also be ok with it, as a Sorcery, no thanks. That beings said, if you do connect with it, very nice +3 and Trample and Draw, but why CMC5.

I like the Life's Legacy at CMC2. I've added to my Maybeboard, I think it needs to go into my deck as well. Eminence a Cat, Attack with Cat, Sacrifice Cat (As part of the cost, so no way to remove the creature in response to counter the spell), also no targeting. It's pretty good, CMC2 for 4+ card advantage. I like it. Without a creature it's not that great, but hopefully, have a Token cat or something to use. Excellent budget card.

Not the biggest fan of Myriad Landscape. i could live with it if it didn't enter the battlefield tapped. Because it enters tapped, it's going to hinder me more times that it's ramp will help me.

Oreskos Explorer is good, but I don't like that he is and only pulls more , and is conditional on ETB without Flash. I think he can, in multi-player pods, potentially pull you some Plains, but later in the game unless you're playing other ramp, you'll have more lands that everyone. Everyone else just using Mana Crypt and the sort to ramp without . I don't like that he doesn't mana fix and is useless late game. I wouldn't run him.

Rishkar's Expertise is also too high CMC and too conditional for my liking. To properly utilize it, I need 1) CMC6, 2) A decent size creature with Eminence 3) That creature in 2 isn't removed in response (I know it doesn't target, but if i have a 6/6 (eminence) and a 1/1 lifelink token, if they remove the 6/6 in response, I only draw 1 even though the spell isn't countered) 4) I have or draw into a card that is CMC5 that makes sense to cast right now. If any of these things aren't there, it's a dead draw to me.

Stalking Leonin is ok, he's 3/3 for CMC3. The selection process feels bizarre/strange/uncomfortable to me. His ability is an activated ability "reveal the player", so if he dies, then all you've gotten is a 3/3 for CMC3. He can only exile a creature that "attacking you", so he can't protect planeswalkers, and he can only remove attacking creatures. The creatures you really want to exile RARELY attack. I would rather have a different creature that provide immediate ETB or Static ability that is not conditional. But that's just me, not a fan of him, which I originally thought I would be when I saw him in the Spoilers.

I love Terminus one of my favorite cards. In Selesnya () there's no efficient way to put it back ontop of the deck, so it's Miracle is going to be a little hit and miss randomness, but it's still good. Gets around hexproof, shroud, indestructible, etc.

Did you get a Vivien Reid in your pre-release play? He doesn't really synergize with Arahbo, Roar of the World.1) His CMC5 is quite high for a planeswalker 2) It's not a creature heavy/win-con based deck, so he's not going to consistently draw a card for his +1, unless you put some Scry mechanics in the deck (please don't) 3) Unless you need more destroy Artifact/Enchantment/Flying in your pod, CMC5 is way to much for that. 4) even if you destroy for CMC5, then +1 (no draw), then Destroy again, it's so much CMC and so many turns, too kludgy. 5) Not being a creature win-con heavy deck, the ultimate doesn't direclty represent a win-con for you, it's good, but not a win-con level ultimate. I would make better arguments for CMC6 Ajani Unyielding or CMC4 Elspeth, Knight-Errant or CMC4 Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants.

Some others have argued to me that Felidar Cub is a good tempo guy, who "locks down" opponents from casting powerful enchantments until they can deal with him, in that analysis he is good because he's preventing casts. I tried him, I haven't seen enough, I prefer guys like Leonin Relic-Warder that offer solutions without having to die, but thought I would mention him anyway.

Revoke Existence is not bad, with it was Instant speed. I'm not sure you want to be the one controlling Artifact/Enchantment. CMC2 for Exile and Modularity is good though, can't argue to take it out, just not sure what Artifact/Enchantment you're worried about that will change/disrupt your plans?

The deck looks pretty solid, I'd be surprised if you weren't Turn 3/4 Infect killing with a Lost Leonin + Eminence + Ajani, Caller of the Pride/Berserk/Silverblade Paladin/etc. at least once in a while?? or pulling a Triumph of the Hordes and Trample/Infect killing.

Always tutor Lost Leonin if they don't have an immediate response he is a win-con with Eminence. I've killed with him without doublestrike quite often, just having 2 connected hits. Cast a blocker, I'll gladly Swords to Plowshares + Eminence hit you a couple turns.

How has the deck been going, you must be having some success? Arahbo, Roar of the World is a Tier 4 commander, and with an Under $200 deck, I'm sure your not competing consistenly vs. Tier 1 commanders like Kess, Dissident Mage or Zur the Enchanter or anything, but on occasion (because of the early creature tutor for Lost Leonin and the concentration of Double-strike enables, you MUST be contacting.)

I just did some very quick (5 games) testing, Turn 7 was the worst for lethal damage, Turn 4 the best. It's not bad for a under $200 commander. Takes time to learn how to play it, tutor. Like Congregation at Dawn is Lost Leonin/Silverblade Paladin so you can infect + eminence + doublestrike in 2 turns (as an example).

Just some of my opinions anyway! Very nice build, +1. Cheers.

kamelyan on Rafiq(Equipment)

1 month ago

Sigarda's Aid seems like a miss.

You could also use Taj-Nar Swordsmith as another tutor.

Spirits on Arahbo, Budget... for Cats EDH

2 months ago

Hi TzickyT,

Hopefully you find some of this useful.

The reason why Lost Leonin and Archangel of Thune/Spike Feeder work consistently is the tutoring. Under budget constraints you must include Eladamri's Call it's the best tutor, and it's only a few $'s. Also you must include Congregation at Dawn.

Wild Nacatl has no place in this deck, hes a 2/2 (at best) for with no Lifelink, he doesn't provide us anything, and is a dead draw late game.

Did you start with the Arahbo, Roar of the World C17 Deckbox "Feline Ferocity"? If so play the Mirari's Wake, it works excellent with White Sun's Zenith. Also include the Bloodforged Battle-Axe.

Key to the City makes no sense, you have little/no recursion, just use Expedition Map to tutor Rogue's Passage and perhaps include a Crop Rotation. Instead use Trample, by including Behemoth Sledge also gives additional Lifelink.

Taj-Nar Swordsmith is a great budget equipment tutor for Skullclamp, Swiftfoot Boots, Bloodforged Battle-Axe, late in the game he can tutor the Grafted Exoskeleton as well. If Bloodforged Battle-Axe is in, certainly Kemba, Kha Regent can make her way in.

Pride Sovereign is decent as well, I've been testing him out at the moment because of his speed (slow).

Since you'll be slower, can use reset cards like Divine Reckoning.

Canopy Vista would be good with the number of basic lands available. Fortified Village too.

Condemn is a good budget removal too (situational).

Oreskos Explorer can replace Nissa, Vastwood Seer  Flip if you don't have her already.

I'm not sure Recycle is right, feels wrong. If anywhere you are going to splurge some cash would be on a Sylvan Library, but Recycle isn't right.

I would include a Sunbond doubles your chance of drawing / tutor into Spike Feeder Infinite Life combo anyway. It's good with the other lifelink Loxodon Warhammer the Lifelink cats, Archangel of Thune etc. Since you tutor less, have more probability of drawing into it. If you do draw it, just tutor the Spike Feeder.

Green Sun's Zenith without a Dryad Arbor isn't as good, because it loses its Modularity as a Mana Ramp & Tutor. There are still some targets though like Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist or Spike Feeder or Prowling Serpopard, etc. Still ok, just not as good.

Lifecrafter's Bestiary is a little high mana cost, but it's a decent draw engine.

Rampant Growth is a good cheap tutor.

The primary win-con is tutor Lost Leonin + Double strike (Berserk, Ajani, Caller of the Pride, Duelist's Heritage) etc. Secondary to that try and Lifelink and Felidar Sovereign.

I wouldn't use 1 for 1 like Broken Bond, maybe just put Return to Dust it can exile annoying Indestructible Planeswalkers too, and if you Sorcery cast its 2 for 1.

Eldritch Evolution is another cheap tutor I've been toying around with.

Thaumatic Compass  Flip feels too slow for me.

Some ideas to consider anyway. +1.

DlCK on Sram, Senior Edificer EDH Budget

3 months ago

Didn't see it mentioned, but you should consider adding Taj-Nar Swordsmith. I think you will find this to be a pleasant addition because it isn't slow and has no downsides.

Spirits on Arahbo, Xenagos... for Cats EDH

3 months ago

TzickyT,

Bloodforged Battle-Axe + Behemoth Sledge + Sigarda's Aid + Krosan Vorine would be a great replacement 4 cards. I've been playing Bloodforged Battle-Axe in my Mirri, Little Kid Aggro EDH and it can get out of hand sometimes!

Sterling Grove is great, I don't have many Enchantments which is why I ended up removing it, but the ability to tutor Sylvan Library is powerful. Sylvan Library is very important in winning with Arahbo, Roar of the World.

Cultivate + Kodama's Reach + Mirari's Wake + Raksha Golden Cub or Jazal Goldmane (And activate him 2x or 3x) could also be good.

You could try the Blackblade Reforged + Sword of the Animist + Sigarda's Aid + Stoneforge Mystic or Burnished Hart, and replace the fast mana fetches like Nature's Lore and Three Visits and Green Sun's Zenith with Cultivate + Kodama's Reach to get more lands, throw in a Traverse the Outlands to ensure you win. Tutor your Blackblade Reforged and with a Doublestrike or Trample would be an effective weapon. Throw a Taj-Nar Swordsmith in there too since the sword is only . Rhonas the Indomitable will be awesome in this build, with all that land he can trigger his ability to give Trample to the Blackblade Reforged Cat.

Slymaster9 on Danitha Mono White Power Rangers

3 months ago

The following 4 cards are not performing as wanted and are up on the chopping block to make place for some of the cards on my acquireboard:

Taj-Nar Swordsmith is just too mana intensive to really be value. Sure, our equipment is just between 1 and 3 cmc, but that means we are still paying between 5 and a whopping 7 mana, for a equipment tutor and a very mediocre body. And that is it. We don't have enough mana to be wasting is like that.

Quest for the Holy Relic is a wonderful card and a thematic win I feel. But we are simply not running enough creatures to ever actually trigger it. It makes me sad, but it probably has to go.

Commander's Sphere I find very mediocre. Ramp has to really be good to be worth 3 mana. And cantripping in the late game is not worth it to me. This will likely just be turned into a Marble Diamond once I acquire one.

Burnished Hart is a good card. It is land ramp for decks without land ramp. But it is another very mana intensive card. The interaction with Emeria Shepherd makes me hesitant to cut it. Fetching 2 plains and bringing any non-land permanent of your choice + keeping your Burnished Hart, that is the stuff that wins games. This one out of these 4 I am most hesitant to cut.

The cards I will likely add first are the swords of F&F and F&I. I think I rather just bring my equipment count up, than run underperforming tutors.

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