Viridian Claw


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

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Set Rarity
Mirrodin Besieged (MBS) Uncommon
Mirrodin Besieged: Mirran (MBM) Uncommon

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Viridian Claw

Artifact — Equipment

Equipped creature gets +1/+0 and has first strike. Equip 1

Viridian Claw Discussion

Icbrgr on Don't tread on me...

5 months ago

I love deathtouch. Any ideas for getting mass First strike? All I can come up with are equipments like Viridian Claw ... maybe more pingers would be neat too like Pathway Arrows or even better Kusari-Gama .

Hawk_of_Battle on Gorgeous Girls Deck

5 months ago

Noticed you were a little light on artifacts, so here's a few; Ogre's Cleaver , Harvest Hand  Flip (flipside, obviously), Sharpened Pitchfork , Silverskin Armor , Skyblinder Staff , Spidersilk Net , Viridian Claw

lagotripha on Deathtouch Galore

11 months ago

First strike/deathtouch is a great style for beginners- with the lifelinkers in there too it should do well in the current aggro meta.

I'll cover a few basics, and explain how this informs my reccomendations for cards. Competitive Modern is a turn 4 format- this means that games start ending at turn 4, and most 'game deciding' moments happen turns 2-6. This means that the most important spells are all cast on very little mana, and tend to have <3 cmc.

As it stands, your curve isn't too bad. You're sitting around cmc3- but most of that is in creatures. Specifically, creatures that want to fight creatures, and some which gain life to try and stop you getting killed by a swarm of lighting bolts. They don't do things the moment they are played, like most 3 drops have to.

Casting a Duress (or its big brother Inquisition of Kozilek) turn one makes games a lot simpler. Playing a 1 drop that trades with Tarmogoyf is amazing, be it Despise or Gnarlwood Dryad.

The equpment are clunky and kinda awkward. They don't protect your creatures very well, and take 4ish mana to turn on. I'd take a look at artifacts that either give your creatures some resiliency for that cost, or provide card advantage. When you spend four mana, you need it to make an impact right away, because you are usually delaying yourself to cast it.

Second, sideboard. A lot of the decks you will see don't really care about their creatures, be it KCI combo, Scapeshift or tron. If you include Duress and artifact hate (Deglamer or whatever), and some graveyard disruption (Tormod's Crypt if you can find nothing else, but Ravenous Trap and Nihil Spellbomb are there), it'll go well.

My recs

Deadly Allure over Lure- its harder to disrupt and faster to use.

Run a single Whip of Erebos in place of a longbow. More creatures getting used and more lifelink is good. It doesn't stack, but that isn't a huge issue.

Something like Ghirapur Orrery, Phyrexian Arena or similar instead of Viridian Longbow- you're going to get more payoff drawing cards than sniping creatures (most of the time). If your opponent is drawing more cards than you and killing your creatures, drawing an equipment is rough. Viridian Claw is the most playable, but without Puresteel Paladin type shenanigans, equipment need to be a smaller part of the list.

If you insist on big equipment then something like Lashwrithe Grappling Hook or Helm of the Host will soak up all your mana, but provide a bigger impact.

For the smaller equipments- you aren't going to be reccuring them with glissa unless you sacrifice them. You can run some Salvage Slasher and Salvage Titan or something, but artifacts which sac themselves like Executioner's Capsule or Chromatic Sphere are the thing to go to there. Fountain of Renewal is worth a look- card advantage and anti-burn in one spell is ok. Mind Stone is a similar candidate.

If you want to use Vengeful Pharaoh, include a discard outlet. The premium options are all over the site, but in this list something like Call the Bloodline will work- trading lands and dead cards for blockers and life is decent. It might also be worth looking at Molten-Tail Masticore- trading dead creatures for finishing a game is usually ok.

All told- your list is remarkably good, and will get a lot of laughs in casual play. The rest is seeing all the options out there and having fun tinkering to overcome your local meta to make it competitive.

Chadowboy on [PreCon] Moving Shadows - Rogues & Ninjas

1 year ago

Heisenbrain I must agree with you it could be expensive to keep equipping creatures at a 2+ cost. That said, I think Yuriko is almost always going to be in play due to the low cost ninjutsu so having a single extra trigger giving you a card in hand plus a loss of life for all opponents could be worth adding one or two cheap ways to get it. Would you consider Viridian Claw as a replacement for Bladed Pinions? Maybe there's already enough evasiveness in the deck so the flying was almost useless.

FreakingGravity on Clone deck

1 year ago

Thank you for your input! I'll make those changes to help keep things low. Would you suggest adding 2 more Viridian Claw's to make some creatures advance even if just by one? And if that wont do me much good, what other things could I do to make my creatures peak just a little bit further ahead?

sonnet666 on [List] The MTG Weapons Arsenal

2 years ago

Don't stop now. I believe in you!

RedmundR2 on

2 years ago

Also, if you really enjoy the deathtouch mechanic, you can consider cards that give your minions first strike, which can be very powerful. Like Bladed Pinions, Viridian Claw, Sharpened Pitchfork for artifacts.

belugawhaleonthefloor on Deathtouch Aggro Attempt

2 years ago

But I mean you could totally take a couple out for either Viridian Claw or Sword of Vengeance, because first strike and deathtouch also provides a good defense against trample and pretty much anything else

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