Taj-Nar Swordsmith

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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Commander 2017 (C17) Uncommon
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Uncommon
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Legacy Legal
Noble Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Unformat Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Highlander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Modern Legal

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Taj-Nar Swordsmith Discussion

Spirits on Arahbo, Xenagos... for Cats EDH

1 month ago

Hi Knixx,

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!

Without Dryad Arbor, I probably wouldn't run Green Sun's Zenith because eliminates the ramp play. There are still some reasonably , but none that are critical to win-con.

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.

Snake Umbra I don't like because it's CMC3, and it creates a 2 for 1 on our creature. Equipment is better like Mask of Memory but I can't recommend that either lol.

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?

Taj-Nar Swordsmith is too expensive, Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith is ok because at least he pulls and equips the hammer right away, Open the Armory is premium defintely the best of the bunch.

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.

Knixx on Arahbo, Xenagos... for Cats EDH

1 month ago

Hey Spirits, I netdecked this deck and it's a lot of fun. This is mine, it's a little different but much the same

What are your thoughts on Kaheera, the Orphanguard?

I know I'm going to add it to my deck but I don't know if I should go the companion route or the 99 route.

For the companion route, the cards I run into issues (and my substitute ideas) with in my build are:

Archangel of Thune: Squirrel Nest combo part 1 - Earthcraft

Birds of Paradise: Emerald Medallion, Leafkin Druid, Mox Opal

Eternal Witness: Regrowth, Greenwarden of Murasa

Dryad Arbor: Forest [lmao]

Puresteel Paladin: Hunter's Insight, Lifecrafter's Bestiary, Momentous Fall, Snake Umbra

Spike Feeder: Squirrel Nest

Stonehewer Giant: Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith, Open the Armory, Taj-Nar Swordsmith


A lot of effort to get the companion online but an extra "commander" lord is pretty nice. Losing Birds is what hurts me the most I think but including Mox Opal is 15 artifacts total for Metal Craft.

Losing Eternal Witness kinda blows too.

Everything else I feel can have its functionality replaced at pretty much an even exchange, just maybe different hoops to jump depending on the card

Squirrel Nest combo is in-line with the Spike Feeder combo for the arbitrarily large wincon kinda thing but it needs a haste enabler like Concordant Crossroads or Finale of Devastation for 10+.

I was thinking that maybe Approach of the Second Sun is innocuous enough since it's a single card wincon and we have green to power into 7 CMC plus the draws.

Anyway, lemme know what you think. Once again, thanks for the list, I've been enjoying it a lot.

Tata on Alesha, Mardu Clan General

7 months ago

I think your deck could be improved if you included a few more value engines and/or tutors to get those engines. My problem with Mardu/Alesha generally is a lack of resources (cards and lands).

At a glance, the most important engine in your deck is Skullclamp . It's the card that makes your deck go off. Because of this, I think you should include things like Stoneforge Mystic , Steelshaper's Gift , Open the Armory , Enlightened Tutor , and Taj-Nar Swordsmith . Any of these would help to make your deck more consistent.

I would replace End Hostilities with Wrath of God or Settle the Wreckage (the latter is especially powerful in a metagame dominated by Craterhoof Behemoth overrun-style decks).

Crackling Doom could be replaced by Merciless Executioner , maybe, since he's a warrior.

I think your deck could use an anthem or two. Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is probably the best, but I also like Dictate of Heliod and Marshal's Anthem .

king-saproling on

9 months ago

Sunforger is so strong with Gwyn that I'd build more heavily around it. Stuff like Tithe to grab Mistveil Plains , Lapse of Certainty , Crackling Doom , Fork , and Chance for Glory come to mind. Toss in a Deserted Temple (to untap Mistveil) and Angel's Grace and you can take infinite turns by looping Grace and Glory. You'd need to fix mana first, but that's easy when you can loop Tithe to grab Sacred Foundry and Godless Shrine.

You might like these too: Godo, Bandit Warlord , Generator Servant , Coalition Relic , Masterwork of Ingenuity , Relic Seeker , Taj-Nar Swordsmith

Cloudius on

1 year ago

+1 for running a Cute Hound Commander!

Here're some recommendations:

Equipment Related Cards

Hammer of Nazahn - Free equip for your equipments when they ETB and grants your Commander Indestructible. Highly recommended!

Steelshaper's Gift , Enlightened Tutor , Taj-Nar Swordsmith - Tutors for your key equipments.

Stoneforge Mystic - A staple for equipment themed decks. Nuff said.

Leonin Shikari - Makes equipping at instant speed opens you to a lot of combat tricks. Or equip Lightning Greaves on your creatures in response to a targeted removal.

Auriok Steelshaper - Reducing equip cost is always good.

Balan, The Wandering Knight - Just in case you need a Plan B.

Ramp

The deck is quite mana intensive with all the equipping cost we've to pay so I'd recommend as much ramp as you can get.

Extraplanar Lens , Gauntlet of Power , Caged Sun - Perfect for mono color decks.

Mana Crypt - Up your tempo by a lot.

Smothering Tithe - New toy that RNA gave us, you'll be swimming in treasures very soon.

alu4 on Arahbo's Kitted-Out Kitties [Primer]

1 year ago

Great, I have built it and it's lots of fun. I made some changes based on my matches.

Out:
Krosan Verge - put Mutavault instead.
Godsend
Helm of Kaldra
Mask of Avacyn
Sword of Kaldra
Masterwork of Ingenuity - I don't have it, will buy.
Asceticism - I don't have it and put Privileged Position instead.
Leonin Abunas - Privileged Position can protect kitties' toys.
Prowling Serpopard - I haven't seen someone counter kitties, so I put other things.
Raksha Golden Cub - Too big, I put Taj-Nar Swordsmith instead.
Steppe Lynx - I prefer Loam Lion, Steppe Lynx needs landfall.
Hunting Cheetah - I don't have it, will buy.
Teferi's Protection - I don't have it, will buy.

In:
Mutavault
Conqueror's Flail
Trailblazer's Boots
Umezawa's Jitte
Privileged Position
Berserk
Nature's Lore
Rampant Growth
Kodama's Reach
Nissa's Pilgrimage
Loam Lion
Taj-Nar Swordsmith
Puresteel Paladin

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