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Legendary Artifact — Equipment
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage, put two charge counters on Umezawa's Jitte.
Remove a charge counter from Umezawa's Jitte: Choose one —
- Equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
- Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
- You gain 2 life.
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Umezawa's Jitte Discussion
1 week ago
Looks like a great start ahve a +1.
Here's my two cents:
Some goodstuffs: Angelic Destiny, Basilisk Collar, Captain's Claws, Empyrial Plate, Fireshrieker, Masterwork of Ingenuity, Sigil of Distinction, Umezawa's Jitte, Blackblade Reforged, Brass Squire, and Vulshok Battlemaster, Silver-Inlaid Dagger
2 weeks ago
Thanks for the comment TzickyT.
He's a 3/2 for CMC3, so he's decently in scale. He is not a cat, so can't use the Eminence with him. He does have built-in recursion. In my build, he only has 10 targets (that's pretty low), but Lost Leonin, Puresteel Paladin, Qasali Pridemage, Swiftfoot Boots, Sylvan Library, Umezawa's Jitte all pretty high value targets.
Because he's not a cat, and because he doesn't have enough targets (10), I wouldn't run him in this deck, plus I think he is built for being abused (which I like, but is not the goal of this build).
If you want to build around him, I think he would be great.
Can't think of anyone else off the top of my head he combos with, but:
Another tool in the Saffi Eriksdotter combo wheelhouse. I'm testing Archangel of Thune + Spike Feeder | Infinite Life + Infinite +1/+1 Counters of which neither are Cats, so really bothers me. It plays on my Life gain Sub-Theme, but it's still not right.
I've worked out a couple combos with Cats, but nothing really concrete yet. Renegade Rallier is a bit too far away from my goal, but a pretty amazing guy, I like him. He feels more Trostani, Selesnya's Voice or Karametra, God of Harvests or 100% Saffi Eriksdotter to me. It's easily tutorable combo in . With a Greater Good can tutor for the Blasting Station or whatever damage outlet you need.
If you decide to run him, I would build some synergy around him with a recursive sub-theme.
2 weeks ago
I am super grateful for all your amazing feedback. I'm going to update my list, since this is just what I remembered from memory, and some of your suggestions are actually already in my deck (such as Steelshaper's Gift and Umezawa's Jitte).
Cards such as Sylvan Library and Enlightened Tutor due to budget restrictions. See, I have a second equipment deck that has my only copies of some cards, such as Enlightened Tutor, Puresteel Paladin, Masterwork of Ingenuity, Stonehewer Giant, and Sigarda's Aid. I also know I have a Temple Garden back at my old house, which I need to go get as soon as possible. I will now update my deck to what it really is, and I would love any other suggestions!
2 weeks ago
Since you run Karametra, God of Harvests, have you considered Rhonas the Indomitable? Any Cat + Eminence = Rhonas the Indomitable can attack! 5/5 deathtouch, indestructible that can give trample to your Voltron cat! That's tempo.
Hammer of Nazahn is key to a Voltron strategy, especially the Bloodforged Battle-Axe. I would run an Eladamri's Call to pull Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith who can pull Hammer of Nazahn to the battlefield. It can also pull a Dryad Arbor as a modular / ramp spell too.
With so many artifacts you need a Puresteel Paladin, 1) He draws you a card when you play an artifact, that is amazing 2) He makes equip costs ! 3) With Leonin Shikari you can manipulate equipment at will. Add an Ancient Den and Tree of Tales gives you 2 more artifacts that you play as lands to get to the metalcraft on Puresteel Paladin. Sigarda's Aid also enables Voltron.
Parallel Lives (like Anointed Procession) is a CMC4 Doubling Season, won't double Fleecemane Lion monstrosity, but thats such a small sacrifice for the mana. There's also Primal Vigor but it's the same CMC as Doubling Season anyway.
Path to Exile is an awesome removal and a modular ramp if you need it as well (and have a creature).
Skyhunter Skirmisher is a nice built-in Doublestrike, which is awesome with equipments (especially ones with trample), but he does have a High CMC.
Sword of Light and Shadow and the protection: makes it so you can't use the Eminence ability on the equipped creature. Maybe worth it for the recursion but keep that in mind.
I really dislike Sword of Vengeance, I've read all the articles on it, I don't think the equip makes this viable. I'd almost always rather have a Chariot of Victory in most cases, or in this case probably a Umezawa's Jitte.
Lost Leonin is a nice cat, with Ajani, Caller of the Pride + Eminence he eliminates a player with 10 infect. I personally use other Doublestrike enablers like Silverblade Paladin and Berserk + several other creature tutors to try and get him off quite early. Understand if you don't like the infect mechanic, but I would think about him, with Eminence he's a 2-turn timer as well.
Steelshaper's Gift can help get some consistency on pulling Swiftfoot Boots or the such to your hand. Lightning Greaves also doesn't work with the Eminence trigger, I decided the upside of the equip wasn't worth the Shroud. Also once you put a Lightning Greaves onto a cat, you can't equip anything else to it (due to shroud). If you have another creature you can Equip it off then Equip the other Equip, then Re-Equip it for , but leaves him unprotected for a second, and requires control of a second creature. When your playing Voltron, you usually don't have a bunch, but maybe you have tokens. Just thought I would mention anyway.
Stoneforge Mystic is amazing, on a similar note Stonehewer Giant requires an immediate response too. I've found him a high threat level, and once out I'm just pulling solutions, like: Protection from , Trample, Lifelink, Deathtouch, Etc, whatever is needed to overcome the current blocking / board position, instant speed, and instant equip. Doesn't get much better than that!
I'd have to confirm, but I don't think Nacatl War-Pride extra tokens enter attacking, I think they just double the tokens but lose the attacking. They doubled ones may stay though, but might be exiled still, I would look into it. If they don't attack and don't stay, I'm not sure I would run him.
Not sure Ajani Unyielding is worth the mana cost, but, he does draw cards which is never a bad thing.
With more tutors, I found that I don't need to run both Behemoth Sledge and Loxodon Warhammer because instead I could just always tutor Loxodon Warhammer when I would have drawn Behemoth Sledge to get more consistent use of the more powerful equipments. But you've got some mass mana ramping going on here might not matter.
3 weeks ago
Cool deck! I have a similar Hope of Ghirapur equipment deck and it's a blast to play. Some cards you might want to consider:
The new Blackblade Reforged is amazing when you equip it to Hope - really helps beef up the little 1/1 flyer.
Masterwork of Ingenuity can come into play as a copy of any other strong equipment (like your amazing swords).
Umezawa's Jitte - just a really strong piece of equipment.
3 weeks ago
You should include Umezawa's Jitte; it's a way for blue to pump after blockers are declared, and it's on flavor.
Mindshrieker is creature that can also pump after blockers; and with cards like Field of Dreams (which I'm probably not going to run because, Oh my Thassa, that card is expensive) or Lantern of Insight, you can guarantee the best option (and it's not limited to one activation per turn snicker).
Go, Blue Aggro!
3 weeks ago
One of the issues Extended ran into towards the end of its life was how horrible the format had gotten and the DCI's refusal (or rather, they just didn't care and forgot Extended was a sanctioned format) to ban problematic cards. Those cards being Bitterblossom, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, and Stoneforge Mystic.
U/B Faeries dominated Extended due to its timing. It rotated in when Onslaught block was rotating out. There was this ginormous power vacuum left in their place. Goblins, Dredge-a-Tog, Elves, 4CC, and so on all left in a very short time. The most powerful cards in the format were, without a doubt, Cryptic Command, Umezawa's Jitte, Thoughtseize, Bitterblossom, and Vendilion Clique. Oh look! These all go together in the same deck! They even get support from Mistbind Clique and Spellstutter Sprite!
Modern players may recognize that this isn't much different from how Faeries are played today, except it's in a much smaller format with fewer options to answer the Fae.
How bad was it? Well, you can start here and go all the way to the back on page 13, then scroll forward. Notice anything out of the ordinary? It's all top 8 finishes, often for the same event, and all at the level of Pro Tour Qualifier or higher. This is a format that normally has sometimes as many as 8 different decks in its top 8s, but with Fae? 3 out of 8 (sometimes more) of those spots are taken up by U/B Faerie variants.
And this continued for years. Faeries dominated the Extended meta for almost half a decade, yet no bans were made to curb its ability to fight a war of attrition, play a tempo game, or sit back and play draw/go.
It only gets worse.
By the time Lorwyn was looking to finally cycle out of Extended, Zendikar had already cycled in. And with Zendikar came Stoneblade. Faerie players just jammed Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Stoneforge Mystic into their decks. It was just a question of whether you wanted to play Squadron Hawk or Spellstutter Sprite.
Did the DCI finally realize this type of gameplay was hurting the format? That maybe people wanted to play something that wasn't durdly blue bullshit dot deck? Hahahaha nope. This continued for years as well, so that by the time Faeries had cycled out, Stoneblade had taken its place.
Surely, the DCI would realize this problem, right? I mean, they wouldn't just--
By now, it was too late. Anyone who enjoyed Extended had already begun to switch over to Modern. Everyone else had grown to resent the format.
So the problem wasn't any issue with the concept of Extended. Mike Flores even suggested it may have been the best format ever made. The problem was a handful of cards that lead to 4 grueling years of mirror matches between dumb blue decks that could do everything possible in the game except storm off and kill you with Tendrils of Agony.
I miss Extended myself. I've wanted it back even when they created Modern. In the past, it's been a format that's only slightly faster than Standard with a greater variety in viable options of what you can brew. 2002 to 2005 was probably the golden age we'll never get back, but I'd be interested in joining a silver age of the format.
1 month ago
Just to give you guys some inspiration, the Gilder Bairn/Training Grounds/Paradise Mantle combo could give you other things as well: infinite +1/+1 counters on a Primordial Hydra, infinite charge counters on Darksteel Reactor or Umezawa's Jitte, a fully loaded Goblin Bomb with infinite fuse counters, Jace, the Mind Sculptor with infinite loyalty counters (or any other cool planeswalker), really anything cool that uses counters. Try some of these out if you want to.