Auriok Steelshaper

Auriok Steelshaper

Creature — Human Soldier

Equip costs you pay cost less.

As long as Auriok Steelshaper is equipped, Soldier and Knight creatures you control get +1/+1.

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Auriok Steelshaper occurrence in decks from the last year

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Auriok Steelshaper Discussion

Azeworai on Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale

1 month ago

As for cordialities, welcome to the format! First decks are always a crucible, so I shall do what I can to aid.

I will abstain from mana-base suggestions, for I don't know the deck's potential budget.

I don't have an equipment deck myself, so I shall do my best. Seeing the commander, rather than a single creature being stacked with everything on it, Syr Gwyn seems to prefer many creatures, perhaps endighted by a single equipment.

Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots are both phenomenal.

There are some cards I am unsure of.

Masterwork of Ingenuity is dependent on there being equipment on the field, so you may prefer something such as Sculpting Steel.

A card I run in my black decks is Painful Truths, which is fantastic for fastly paced decks.

Having a package of cards for each tutor is always a great plan. Seeing as that you run Open the Armory, granting the tutor utility outside of just equipment seems wise. Darksteel Mutation and Prison Term are favourites of mine, so now the tutor can be a kill spell.

Auriok Steelshaper seems like a given, and Blacklance Paragon is a fine trick. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar propels your militia of knights whilst being a lovely threat after a wrath resolves.

Now, Haakon, Stromgald Scourge is a splendid engine for the deck to have, but this means a graveyard sub-theme would be relevant. Faithless Looting may aid in card draw; Cathartic Reunion fills a same role; Entomb, Dread Return and Unburial Rites are similar to find with entomb; Buried Alive finds Haakon and some fuel for it; Cavalier of Night and Cavalier of Flame may suffice; Corpse Knight is prolific in its affliction; Dauntless Bodyguard has utility for cheap; Hero of Bladehold just gets scary far too quickly, as does Hero of Oxid Ridge; Midnight Reaper is fantastic; Marton Stromgald is selcouth to most and absolutely destructive; and Khorvath Brightflame could be quite the finisher; Worthy Knight can swarm quickly; and Ashenmoor Liege bestows power across the board.

Skullclamp and Grafted Wargear could be a fun package to run. Equip Skullclamp, then Grafted Wargear to the same creature. Attach the Wargear to another creature, the other one will die and you draw two cards, all for one mana.

For the bromidic staples; Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, and Despark are all great.

For an aggressive deck, as I'd assume this to be, Tymna the Weaver can draw cards abound. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, who may not be a knight, is quite the reanimation engine. Buried Ruin to get back equipment could be a worthy inclusion.

As for your decklist, the only cards I would consider ablating are Order of Midnight, Vona, Butcher of Magan, Heirloom Blade, and Helm of the Host. Of these, Order of Midnight has the most utility. It brings something back, then can become an evasive threat to put some junk onto. Heirloom Blade just seems far too slow. Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord is interesting. I'm not too big of a fan, but the lifelink seems relevant. Vona, Butcher of Magan doesn't actually do all of that much. She gives a deck that is attempting to swarm, equip, and maybe reanimate another hole to jump down. Now, Utter End is (in my humble opinion) an overplayed card. It's four mana to kill something Four. Sure, it's an instant, but it's four mana. I prefer Vindicate

That shall be all from me. My condolences if this sounded blunt, but I had a lot to say and I attempted to be as laconic as possible.

May fortune be with you!

zniwalla on Weapons Are Part of My Religion

3 months ago

Auriok Steelshaper looks pretty weak, but actually works really well. So.. I'm suggesting him! What to replace - hmm, maybe Leonin Den-Guard , he's not that strong.

K1ngMars on Kemba's glorious army

3 months ago

In this deck, you should support the equipment-Voltron strategy more. In order to swarm out, you need to protect Khemba and equip a lot of stuff onto her. Don't use other effects to produce tokens.

As far as lands go, 35 are enough. So I'd cut 3 plains and Karoo (it messes up your turn 2).

As for cuts in the creatures dept, I'd cut Platinum Angel (not needed wincon, nor reliable unless you lock the game, but at that point you've won anyways), Ajani's Pridemate , Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit , Armory Automaton , Auriok Steelshaper , Hero of Bladehold , Imposing Sovereign , Leonin Arbiter , Magus of the Moat , Thraben Doomsayer , Frontline Medic , Toolcraft Exemplar , Wall of Reverence , Relic Seeker (slow).

As far as equipments and stuff, I'd cut Marble Diamond (since your average CMC isn't that high and most of your spells are colourless), Moonsilver Spear , Sigil of Distinction , Skeleton Key , Ring of Thune , Mask of Memory .

ADD Anointed Procession ! As a good boardwipe for a finisher, I suggest Winds of Abandon . I suggest also Sun Titan , Bastion Protector , Balan, Wandering Knight as good lategame creatures. I suggest Kusari-Gama , Infiltration Lens , Trailblazer's Boots , Fireshrieker , Sword of Vengeance , Hammer of Nazahn , Argentum Armor , Chariot of Victory , Whispersilk Cloak as better equipments with respect to some of the ones I didn't mention for cutting.

Keep up the good work!

Tzefick on Marius, Quartermaster

6 months ago

Cool idea. A weak stand alone but powerful in an equipment heavy deck.

The flavor seems a bit off to me though.

A quartermaster is usually someone who looks after a unit, of mostly soldiers, rationalizing supplies and raising morale. This looks more like a combo of a forger and an instructor/teacher.

The first ability basically says, the more creatures you have, the easier it is to train them to use weapons. This would hardly be the case. To me it would make more sense if the cost reduction was flat or if it scaled off his own power. Then you could consider how to grant him power naturally or if that's the synergy you require outside help for.

The second ability is... kinda awkward and definitely busted.

It goes infinite with Mortarpod (or Mask of Immolation straight away on first tap. The germ is the second creature, making the equip cost on the original Equipment, equip on the germ, tap, sac, rinse repeat.

That alone would advice some sort of mana cost associated with copying in the first place.

Second of all, copying all non-token equipments on the creature seems a bit broken when he also reduces the cost of equipping (no other artifact is capable of being attached to a creature). However that may be what you intend for him to do, so as long as we fix the previous issue with being too easy to combo out with, it could function.

I would very much like for Equipment to be better (especially for EDH) but this seems a bit too far as it is.

There's another problem with copying en masse, for cards like Sword of X and Y . Suddenly your entire board has protection from everything and get really big.

As long as you have just a few creatures, most equip costs becomes 0 - I believe there is a reason why WotC haven't made anything yet that reduces equip costs in general by more than ( Auriok Steelshaper ). Removing the equip cost on equipment makes them very powerful, especially if you can equip at instant speed .

Some equipment generates tokens on entry, like all the Living Weapon variants and Ancestral Blade , Mask of Immolation , and Wolfrider's Saddle . It goes infinite very quickly, making this more of a combo piece than a way to improve equipments in general.

I think it would be better if this guy had less power built in him.

Sillynx on Kemba, Cat Regent

9 months ago

Yay Cat tribal!

If you want to focus more on the token generating aspect of Kemba, you could consider adding some more low mana cost/low equip cost artifacts or stuff that automatically equips itself, like Hero's Blade . That way, even if she gets removed, you'll have an easier time getting her up to speed when you recast her. Also Basilisk Collar is a very neat and cheap equipment in terms of mana and equip cost.

Auriok Steelshaper and Brass Squire can also help getting equipments on Kemba.

multimedia on Aurelia, the Warleader

1 year ago

Hey, you're welcome.

In my last comment I suggested 27 cards to add. Of those 27 these are the in my opinion the 10 to consider adding first:

  • Lands: Command Tower , Battlefield Forge and Mistveil Plains
  • Sol Ring : expensive price card to consider, but is the most played card in Commander because it's amazing ramp for one mana.
  • Sunforger
  • Godo, Bandit Warlord : search for Host or Sunforger and put it onto the battlefield. As long as Gogo is equipped with Host before your combat step it will create an infinite loop of attack steps of creating Godo tokens attacking with them, a game winning combo. This works because Gogo is a legendary creature thus all tokens that are created by Host have haste. For Host to make a copy of the equipped creature you don't have to attack with that creature it happens at beginning of combat.
  • Sigarda's Aid : cast equipment at instant speed and when the equipment ETB attach it to a creature you control, both these effects are very powerful.
  • Open the Armory : search for Host or Sunforger and put it into your hand.
  • Smothering Tithe : expensive price card to consider, but some the best repeatable ramp for white in Commander.
  • Swords to Plowshares : exile a creature is very good in Commander.
  • Chaos Warp : versatile removal spell since it can target any permanent even your own.
  • Knight of the White Orchid : search for Mistveil and put it onto the battlefield.

Here's the 27 cards to consider cutting:

  • 2x Mountain
  • 1x Plains
  • Boros Guildgate
  • Vivid Crag

For lands I would cut these that ETB tapped and a few basics.

  • Call To Serve
  • Candlelight Vigil
  • Divine Favor
  • Ethereal Armor
  • Knightly Valor
  • Lightning Talons
  • Mirror March
  • Vigil for the Lost

Consider cutting these auras? Ethereal Armor is one of the best auras for voltron, but to use it effectively you want to play a lot of enchantments to take advantage of it. Because of Host and Sunforger equipment in my opinion is much better for voltron with Aureila then auras.

The problem with auras is they don't stick around like equipment does. If the creature who's enchanted dies so does the aura. If the creature who's equipped dies then the equipment doesn't die it just becomes unattached from the creature staying on the battlefield. There's much more support for equipment in Boros colors than auras.

  • Assault Strobe
  • Cleaver Riot
  • Cosmotronic Wave
  • Dynacharge
  • Fury Charm
  • Gleam of Resistance
  • Hold the Line
  • Show of Valor
  • Sure Strike
  • Hammer Dropper
  • Tenement Crasher
  • War-Spike Changeling
  • Guardian of the Gateless
  • Razia, Boros Archangel

I'm not expecting you to make all these cuts right away, but this is a list of the cards for reference. You can essentially cut any of these cards to add any of the cards I've suggested.


Sunforger is a good/fun card, but there's a catch. You have to control a creature and each time you use Sunforger it has to first be attached to a creature. This means that it's five mana to continually use, to equip to a creature and to use it's ability. Don't misunderstand me this is still good as a repeatable tutor for a instant and cast it for free at instant speed, but it can be better. If you can cut the cost or reduce it some having to equip Sunforger each time then it's better.

Other budget support for Sunforger to consider:

  • Brass Squire : good with Aurelia's ability. Tap it to equip Sunforger to Aurelia or another creature. Pay to use Sunforger, attack with Aurelia and then untap all your creatures including Squire. During second combat or later at your second main phase tap Squire to equip Sunforger to a creature, pay to use Sunforger again.
  • Auriok Steelshaper

If you find that you're having the problems with Host/Sunforger or other important cards getting exiled by your opponents then you can consider adding Pull from Eternity . This instant can put an exiled card back into your library. Can use it with Sunforger. If you're finding out that blue is a pain in the ass to play against then add Red Elemental Blast .

Can consider cutting Dreamstone Hedron and Act of Treason for Squire and Steelshaper.

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.

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