Esper Sentinel

Esper Sentinel

Artifact Creature — Human Soldier

Whenever an opponent casts their first noncreature spell each turn, draw a card unless that player pays , where X is this creature's power.

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Esper Sentinel Discussion

Epicurus on Equipped for War

1 day ago

Esper Sentinel is definitely not exactly budget friendly, but worth mentioning because this is absolutely its best environment.

I'd also recommend moving Bloodforged Battle-Axe onto the main board. It's one of my favorite equipment. And also consider Godsend. It's especially useful attached to Akiri, Line-Slinger, Even given that the "same name as" ability isn't as effective in commander (exiling prevents recursion).


zapyourtumor on Toybox Series M

3 days ago

Esper Sentinel is a great one drop, I recommend you run all 4. And it becomes even better with Tempered Steel.

I'd cut Shrapnel Blast, 4 Galvanic is already good.

I do love Nettlecyst, but I'm unsure how good it is here because the germ token actually isn't an artifact creature, so it isn't buffed by Tempered Steel.

Urza's Saga is super strong, I highly recommend the Saga + Shadowspear + Soul-Guide Lantern + Pithing Needle etc package.

Portable Hole may be better than Prismatic Ending here. Dispatch is a great sideboard option for stuff like murktide or decks that like to abuse the yard.

bryanedds on Feather and Flame

6 days ago

Esper Sentinel for bonus card draw.

Icbrgr on Bant Snowblade

1 week ago

I really like this... Esper Sentinel combined with Stoneforge Mystic.... looks gross... +1

zapyourtumor on EldraziBlade.exe

2 weeks ago

Esper Sentinel is worth considering imo even though it isn't a 2 drop. Card is very good.

Also classic Thalia, Guardian of Thraben since it basically only hurts your ephemerate. (Eldrazi & Taxes anyone?)

zapyourtumor on Bant Stoneforge 2021

2 weeks ago

4 Geist feels like too many, especially since the card just isn't that good anymore :'). Esper Sentinel is a really good one drop, and either generates card advantage or tempo advantage even if the opponent removes it as soon as possible. And t1 Sentinel into t2 Thalia is just backbreaking.

If you do decide to cut the dorks, I would probably cut CoCo unless you can find enough creatures to add. If you go cocoless with P-Endings, I'd suggest some Teferi, Time Raveler.

Reflector Mage is kind of bad outside of humans (except maybe vs Murktide). I suggest replacing it with Skyclave Apparition, or you can run both if you really want to. Maybe one Deputy of Detention too for bigger things or for Rhinos.

Honestly, before cutting dorks for p-ending I would just run 4 CoCo and 4 Prismatic Ending instead of path, since path isn't †hat great right now. You can answer murktide with Ice-Fang/Reflector/T3feri.

If you go with P-endings, that means Gaddock Teeg is bad so I'd run Lavinia, Azorius Renegade in his place.

king-saproling on Law Abiding Citizen

2 weeks ago

Looks like a decent list so far. Personally I would make these swaps:

Tamiyo's Journal -> Palace Jailer

Anvil of Bogardan -> Alms Collector

Thaumatic Compass -> Verge Rangers

Howling Mine -> Tome of Legends

Auriok Champion -> Containment Priest

Soul's Attendant -> Esper Sentinel

Soul Warden -> Welcoming Vampire

Venser's Journal -> Bygone Bishop

Niko9 on Criminally Underplayed EDH Gems

3 weeks ago

Gaea's Touch is a really good point. I used to run it in an enchantress deck and it was great. Those kind of, get your mana back, effects are always underrated I think. I've found a ton of use for Soldevi Adnate and that's kinda similar. Just a very reliable way to get back the mana you spent.

Spectral Steel is one that I never see mentioned but I've always found it very good. Buffing Esper Sentinel by 2 is super annoying, and if you get it in the graveyard it becomes recursion for your best equipments and auras. I run it in a self mill deck and a lot of the time it's a tutor I can play out of the graveyard. That self mill also has Planar Birth which is the bombeyist of bombs when it goes off. Sometimes mill fizzles and it sits in my hand, but I feel like every time I play it I'm getting 6-10 lands into play. These may be situational, I fully admit, but I never see them talked about really.

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