Esika's Chariot

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Esika's Chariot

Legendary Artifact — Vehicle

lhetrick13 on G/W Token Healing

3 weeks ago

TheStoneRaptor - I have a few suggestions I can share but keep in mind, I am by no means an expert so take all my advice/suggestions with a grain of salt.

  • You have a very high mana curve with a average CMC of 3.95..this is a very slow deck. Also to your disadvantage, you are not running much in terms of "interaction" beside Aim High + Plummet , which is not exactly efficient. Regardless of what you do here, you will need to likely lower your mana curve to either speed up the deck or add in more interactions.

  • You are running more than 60 cards, I would not recommend this as it is a trap...usually. Most decks are built around a few cards that you want to draw every game for the deck to work at its best, adding in more cards just lowers the probability of drawing the cards you really want.

  • It seems like you have a few themes with this deck. I see Essence Warden so think Soul Sisters...I see some +1/+1 counter synergy...AND I see token creation. I would pick a theme and really hone in on it. The deck will run much smoother.

  • Some suggestions for trimming down the mana curve. Darien, King of Kjeldor, Emmara Tandris, Iridescent Hornbeetle, Mycoloth are all almost at least 5 CMC and create tokens in some manner. I would recommend removing most of these cards and replacing them with something similar. Some great options include Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Esika's Chariot, Anointed Procession, Parallel Lives, Intangible Virtue, etc. The same goes for have Ajani, Valiant Protector who throws around +1/+1 counters and Elspeth, Sun's Champion. I would take these out and maybe replace with maybe Basri Ket or just drop them entirely.

Hopefully something I mentioned you will find helpful. If seeing something similar might help, I do run a +1/+1 counter deck (I'll Raise you +1/+1...) and specifically a cat theme token deck (Feline Feelings. Take a look at those for some inspriation. They are not perfect by any means by they are fun an effective.

Good luck and happy brewing!

Niko9 on Jeskai Poppet Pioneer

2 months ago

I like this deck! Raise the Alarm as an instant flip for poppet seems like a great interaction, and the fact that poppet is a may ability gives you a lot of flexibility to how you use it on your turns. With all of the draw power you have, it seems like an engine that you can get consistently.

Creatures in a spells-matter deck can always be hard to pull off, but this looks legit. I mean, I'm not super up to date on the pioneer meta, but 3 3/3s off a two mana instant is almost a better Esika's Chariot I suppose you do need poppet in play, but still.

lhetrick13 on Feline Feelings

3 months ago

wallisface - You were definitely right about upping the mana. Only done a handful of play testing and since I increased it to 23 lands it has been performing much better and just "feels" like I am not hoping to draw a land to be able to play one of my higher CMC cards. Just consistently starting games with 3-4 lands in hand. The addition of the extra 1-drop cats has also been a big improvement as Temple Garden and Loam Lion are a pretty good move on turn 1.

You might be right about Heroic Intervention. So far only one game where I have used it so might be swapping that out for some additional removal spells/creatures. We shall see...Thanks again for your suggestions!

NonetheWeisser - Only a single Esika's Chariot in so far but it has gotten played a few games. Already love it as those cat tokens it generates when it is played are so nice and the populate ability is so good...In one of the games I had Anointed Procession out so that was the final nail in the coffin. Thanks for the inspiration!

Misconception on It's so FLUFFY I'm gonna DIE

3 months ago

Yeah I totally get that :/ Both, the Cat and Dog SL went so far up in price that I got to spend money on the Lightning Greaves only instead of the whole thing >< That being said I also really like

in my deck and the art is big serotonin ^-^ ~

Aspect of Mongoose is not the prettiest or cutest art but for some reason the tigers derpy face gets me every time... If you want to check out the whole thing >>> Rin and Seri, Inseparable | Insepawble Friends

lhetrick13 on Feline Feelings

3 months ago

NonetheWeisser - Thanks for the compliment. Every card can be very potent under the right circumstances...trouble is trying to optimize it so that circumstances come up often enough to warrant the presence of the card!

Your assessment of me being cheap was spot on. I am fairly new to MTGO and have a monthly budget I try to stick to so everything for me is budget for now. I am slowly adding new cards and better lands into my collection (only reason why I do not own Esika's Chariot yet is due is slightly elevated cost in comparison to all the other cards in this deck). In terms of investing in more expensive lands, I am assuming you are suggesting Windswept Heath or did you have others in mind specifically?

lhetrick13 on Kaheera Cats and Chariots :3

3 months ago

Love the deck! I have been tinkering with a cat token deck for a bit now and after reading through some of your trials and tribulations, I have some ideas of how to improve my deck (Feline Feelings).

Esika's Chariot looks like a beast and I like your decision to run that Collected Company. Its synergy with a deceased Adorned Pouncer would be potent.

I also liked your assessment of Regal Caracal. I do love that card but at 5 CMC, it feels so tough to play at times. I am currently playing two copies in my deck currently but I think I will learn from you and drop it down to a single copy as well.

eliakimras on Ghired - Precon Primal Genesis - Heavy Upgrade

4 months ago

Hey, m4rs, I'm back with some spicy tech for your deck, this time regarding the big tokens themselves:

My suggestion, whenever possible, is to run creatures over other spell types for the same effect: they synergize better with your deck, despite being more vulnerable to boardwipes. (It makes you more explosive, which is better the higher you go on power level).

Now, as always, I want to suggest some removals:

  • I love Mimic Vat in battlecruiser games, but it doesn't pull the same weight on quick games. (It hurts to write it, but my beloved Soul Foundry might also only belong to Christmasland, since, if you don't have the mana to cast AND copy the creature right away, your opponents might see the danger incoming and remove the artifact before you get any value off it.)

  • Flamerush Rider requiring an attacking creature target right away means that your options are too limited. In my opinion, Delina, Wild Mage and Rionya, Fire Dancer are better cards for the effect.

  • Tendershoot Dryad might not belong here, since Ghired cares about quality, not exactly quantity of the tokens.

  • Esika's Chariot. I understand it already comes with its tokens for crewing, but getting a token copy of TOKEN creatures AFTER combat is too narrow for my taste (and you don't have noncreature tokens). Again, Rionya and Delina are better suited for this job.

  • Sword of Hearth and Home is good protection stapled to decent blink and ramp effects, but the ramp comes too late for Ghired to care, the blink is unreliable and the protection can be better executed by Shalai, Voice of Plenty, Saryth, the Viper's Fang (trample + deathtouch is nasty), Privileged Position or Asceticism.

  • Response / Resurgence is single-use. Aurelia, the Warleader's effect is repeatable.

  • What are your experiences with Warstorm Surge? I usually leave it out of my deck if I have access to Terror of the Peaks, since 6 mana is a lot in my games and the Terror is tutorable by cards you already run.

Niko9 on Mezara, Technopath (Izzet Vehicles-matters Planeswalker)

6 months ago

The idea of a vehicles matter planeswalker sounds awesome. My only thought is, what if rather than one character as the walker, what if it was a legendary planeswalking pirate crew or something? Or it could even be a pirate ship itself. Just throwing out ideas :)

But yeah, I really like vehicles, but they're history has been a little rough. I think they have a hard time balancing them in design because you always either get something that will never get used, or something like Smuggler's Copter or Esika's Chariot that break formats. I actually can't remember any vehicles that were just pretty good.

This card looks really fun and I enjoy the space it's playing with. It could take some of those old vehicles that see no use and give them a place.

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