Esika's Chariot

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

Esika's Chariot

Legendary Artifact — Vehicle

ShodoPhan on 4-drop for BG midrange

3 months ago

Hi guys, currently I am running 2x Sheoldred, the Apocalypse (don't have more), but looking for 1-2 extra 4-drops to fill and I am currently testing new Blossoming Tortoise x 2 with 2x Restless Cottage, 2x Hive of the Eye Tyrant, 2x Castle Locthwain and 3xField of Ruin + 2x Virtue of Persistence to have way to return milled creatures back to the game.

It feel fun to play and revarding, but maybe it is lacking in overall value and competitive way, so I was thinking about: Esika's Chariot vs Nightpack Ambusher (both do kinda simmilar thing, but... I am not really sure which one is better to run as 1 or 2 copies)

I have othervise standard BG (ROCK) shell

Thank you for help!

GregariousG on Endless Ivy

1 year ago

Great deck. Glad to see others putting work into Ivy. How's Esika's Chariot working for you? Is it worth the slot?

lcarl3035 on Volo's Sack of Monsters

1 year ago

Clone Legion and Croaking Counterpart might be good duplicators, while Esika's Chariot can copy your copies.

lcarl3035 on Volo's Historia Animalium [PRIMER]

1 year ago

I have a Volo deck and put in Esika's Chariot to copy my copies.

lcarl3035 on Miirym Miirym on the Wall, Best Dragon of 'em All?

1 year ago

I love two-for-one decks like this. Making token copies of creatures that you can cast opens up possibilities like Esika's Chariot to copy your copies and tribal buffs like Vanquisher's Banner and Coat of Arms

lhetrick13 on Modern Selesnya Tribal Cat

1 year ago

GabrielHK97 - Ohhh! The lies and Deceit! Calling it a token deck when it is not! Heresy!!!

Whenever you get around to dropping your version of cat tokens, let me know! Always fun to talk shop and see how others approach the same problem.

Given that disclaimer that this is more a cat tribal aggro, it makes a lot more sense now to keep Wild Nacatl over Sacred Cat. You are right that getting her pumped to a 3/3 on turn 2 and potentially a 5/4 on turn 3 is potent.

Taxing Cats huh? Interesting...I personally have never run Ghostly Prison or any of the similar cards as I tend to enjoy aggro more than mid or late decks but I can say if you do not have enchantment/artifact removal, it is super annoying as you just can not do much then unless you have a BIG creature with trample.

Let me know what you think of Fateful Absence in exchange for Path to Exile...I am also experimenting with the removal spells and find each somewhat situational considering their pros/cons but just can not make up my mind as to which is generally the less situational.

Regarding the lands, you are not wrong that the 2.31 average CMC is a little high for aggro so some extra lands are warranted. I got tired of using other peoples tools for calculating how many lands to include and just did the math to calculate the probabilities of getting X lands in an opening hand of 7 with Y cards in a deck when you have Z lands in the deck. Also considered the probability of drawing 0-3 lands in the first three draws. The logic being I wanted the optimize the probability of getting ~3 lands in an opening hand and also optimize the probability of not just drawing lands once the game started...In general, it has worked but it is still just probabilities so there are still games where I can mulligan 3 times and still not see a land and others where I draw seven cards and only draw lands or vice versa. Got to love it, lol!

Ya, trust only need like 1-2 copies of Esika's Chariot but it is pretty awesome. I run a single copy in my cat token deck and it is great to drop it with at Anointed Procession in play for 4 2/2 cats. That is a bit nicer than Anointed Procession + Leonin Warleader as Leonin Warleader has to attack to get those tokens out. the chariot just needs to come into play. Very nice.

GabrielHK97 on Modern Selesnya Tribal Cat

1 year ago

lhetrick13 - thanks for the feedback!

First of all, I have to apologize to you, the name of the deck is kinda misleading, it is not focused on tokens or lifelink, it just happens to be there, so I removed hubs to not create confusion.

I have other cat decks, one focused on lifelink and another focused on creating tokens, stay tuned for when I drop them here!

I really thought about swapping Wild Nacatl for another cat, but since it it a very agressive deck, It can potentially hit an enemy with 3 on turn 2 (if you drop Wild Nacatl on turn 1 and then drop Jetmir's Garden on turn 2) and with 5 on turn 3 (if you drop King of the Pride), that is very powerful. I run Sacred Cat on my token focused cat deck, very good card.

Anointed Procession and Parallel Lives are indeed very good cards, but again, I'm not that focused on making tokens (sorry again). I thought about Ghostly Prison because I was inspired about a cat and taxes deck I saw on youtube, and felt that taxing my opponent in order to attack me is kinda good. Anointed Procession is also on my token focused cat deck.

About Path to Exile that is very true! I'll swap with Fateful Absence, thanks for the suggestion!

I run 24 lands because the mana average is kinda high but I think I could pottentially drop 1 land...

Indeed Esika's Chariot is a welcome addition to the deck, I just haven't figured out what I could swap for it, maybe a Qasali Pridemage...

lhetrick13 on Modern Selesnya Tribal Cat

1 year ago

GabrielHK97 - Always love a good cat deck! I have actually made something very similar with the cat tribal with a heavy token focus (Feline Feelings). If I would to make some suggestions...

  • I would swap out Wild Nacatl for Sacred Cat. Wild Nacatl is a great card but since you are only running 8x Mountains and are kinda going for token production, tough to beat Sacred Cat.

  • I am surprised by the running of Ghostly Prison in this deck as that is a very defense card in a very aggressive deck. I would personally focus more on the aggression. For example, in my deck I added in Parallel Lives and Anointed Procession to really make that token production work for me.

  • Don't get me wrong, I love Path to Exile as it is super cheap and powerful but I also hate how it ramps the opponent. You might experiment with some other removal/interaction spells that maybe have less of a downside like Fateful Absence.

  • If you do decide to drop mana, Canopy Vista and Gavony Township could be some potential additions.

  • Still kinda land related, you are running alot of tap lands...8 total at the moment with a potential 12 if you do not have the right stuff in hand. Might be worth looking at some other options like filter, shock, or fetch lands.

  • One card I would highly recommend for any cat themed deck is Esika's Chariot. I got turned onto this card by looking at another deck here and it is very similar to Collected Company except it will never wiff like Collected Company can. Plus, it can copy your existing tokens like the eternalized version of Adorned Pouncer.

Cool deck and happy brewing!

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