Artifact — Equipment
Equipped creature has haste and shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Equip (: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card enters the battlefield unattached and stays on the battlefield if the creature this card is attached to leaves the battlefield.)
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- Lightning Greaves + Ornithopter
- Elvish Piper + Lightning Greaves
- Blood Artist + Lightning Greaves
- Auriok Steelshaper + Lightning Greaves + Paradise Mantle
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Lightning Greaves Discussion
6 days ago
Hey, nice changes. Boros Signet is an upgrade for Solemn Simulacrum which at 4 CMC is too high for a ramp source. You can abuse Sunforger with Mistveil Plains which is an upgrade for Temple of Triumph .
Some haste enablers to try out:
- Escape Velocity : Wyleth also works with auras and while they're not as reliable as equips there's some exceptions such as auras that can return themselves from your graveyard with escape.
- Lightning Greaves : is worth playing because of it's 0 equip cost. Just equip another creature before you want to add more equips to Wyleth and then when done equip Wyleth with Greaves.
- Ring of Valkas : after giving haste can grow Wyleth on your turn each turn.
The interaction of Puresteel Paladin + Toggo, Goblin Weaponsmith is very good with Wyleth. Toggo creates equipment (Rocks) for free with landfall. Each time a Rock is created it triggers Puresteel to draw. Rocks help or three of them can activate metalcraft and can then 0 equip all Rocks to Wyleth.
Some other cards that could be cut for better options:
- Oblivion Ring
- Return to Dust
- Fires of Invention : only being able to cast spells during your turn is too much a drawback in Commander.
- Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
- Sword of Body and Mind : the worst Sword when opponents have 99 card decks.
- Luminous Broodmoth
- Osgir, the Reconstructor : needs it own dedicated deck as Commander.
- Zirda, the Dawnwaker
1 week ago
Snacrifice I will have to think about Lightning Greaves again. I usually include it or the boots mostly with a view to protecting my commander, but I often forget about the haste, and it certainly is valuable to accelerate attacking with Yuriko. Though I can usually get her out turn two with a one-drop on turn one, it is definitely helpful to equip it to my evasive creatures if I have to recast them in my first main phase after using them with ninjutsu the turn before.
I did have both Tormented Soul and Cloud of Faeries in the deck previously but they got cut when I winnowed down my enabler force. While Cloud of Faeries is free when you cast it on turn you still have to tap the mana, and thus it is harder to recast in the second main after using ninjutsu, though I do like it from ramp in some of my blink decks. You do make a valid point about Tormented Soul giving me better color-fixing in my enabler group, so I will have to consider swapping it back in for either Slither Blade , Mist-Cloaked Herald , or Triton Shorestalker , though the creepy art will probably save the latter. I'm aware of Gudul Lurker but have generally been happy with only eight enablers.
Thanks for the suggestions!
1 week ago
I'm really surprised at the lack of any real options for haste in this deck. Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots (or their cheaper cousin Fleetfeather Sandals , esp. considering how quick Yuriko can come out swinging with them.
Either way Tormented Soul gives you another unblockable 1-drop to help even out the way the deck leans blue(and uses less of your islands you'll want to use for your extra turns), and Gudul Lurker is another 1 drop unblockable. Cloud of Faeries with the mentioned Lightning Greaves means you could theoretically have Yuriko hitting a player turn 2.
1 week ago
Hey there Epicurus, this gives me a TON to think about, thank you! I really like the look of AEther Barrier and Sylvan Safekeeper but the shroud part of safekeeper worries me for of course the same reason as Lightning Greaves , and Aether seems a bit risky with my dorks, and things like Giver/ Mother of Runes , etc. However, Stonewood Invocation , Guardian Augmenter , and Ghostly Prison appeal to me greatly, with Swiftfoot Boots coming a close fourth, and I think all most definitely deserve a spot though I'm struggling a bit with the cuts. (By the way I do have Bastion Protector in the deck). Green Sun's Zenith is kind of dumb yeah, it was originally for my dorks and Dryad Arbor but after arbor got cut I kind of forgot about it, and it definitely needs to get out for sure- yet, the deck needs at least one more unblockable spell and I was thinking about cutting it for Infiltrate . Besides this though, I think I can definitely cut Mammoth Growth for Stonewood (Mammoth is a bit slow, especially if you just drew it and need to play it, and the deck relies on speed), leaving Guardian Augmenter and Ghostly Prison for my top scorers, though there are a ton of others you suggested I have to look into. I'll see what I can cut for those. Thank you very much!
1 week ago
Nice build, very creative. Damn, that was a lot to read through, haha.
My impression is that it doesn't have enough protection. The one card that I see in your maybe board for that which I like is Stonewood Invocation , since it doubles as a pump spell. But I would also like traditional protection cards like Heroic Intervention and Swiftfoot Boots (you wouldn't want Lightning Greaves , since they would prevent you from pumping Rafiq). Some other less standard protection cards might include Sylvan Safekeeper , Bastion Protector , Guardian Augmenter , and Shalai, Voice of Plenty . I would maybe pull from your mana-ramp to make room for at least a couple of these, since your mana curve is so low, and your pump spells are so cheap.
As for the disruption category, if it were my deck, I would do it differently. Blue and white have all of the best tax spells. It would take a novel to list them all, but for this deck I would include Ghostly Prison , Propaganda , Kataki, War's Wage , AEther Barrier and Norn's Annex , as well as artifacts like Crawlspace , Defense Grid , Damping Sphere ... this list could go on forever. And I like that you included Silent Arbiter , which makes me want to recommend using Dueling Grounds as well. Especially if you can fit in that Maze of Ith on your maybe board.
And finally, I'm confused by the inclusion of Green Sun's Zenith . What are you searching for with it? Your big pounder is in the command zone, not your library. Are you tutoring mana dorks with it? It doesn't seem entirely necessary. Maybe you can explain the reason to me that I'm not seeing. Frankly, I'd replace it with another land. You only have 32 of those.
Hope any of that helps. Cheers!
2 weeks ago
Let’s be clear and open this by admitting I’d never considered building a mono-blue deck before now. In fact, I can clearly remember only one in all my years on playing, and we didn’t finish the game (he left for a Killer Instinct tournament). That said, blue forms the backbone of several favorite decks. Those of you who have braved the mono-blue challenge, I salute. Or rather, I salute those of you who didn’t shuffle islands and counterspells together until you had ninety-nine and then threw Talrand, Sky Summoner on top as the world’s most unimaginative cherry.
That lone blue deck I saw? The first spell in the game gets played. Mr. Talrand peers at it, then nods and says “I’ll allow it.” You could see his name appearing in neon at the top of the table’s hit list, and he hadn’t introduced himself or even played a spell yet. This, I think, is what a lot of folk unjustly assume of mono-blue: that attitude, that play style. But at its best, blue is a beautiful game of dancing on the edge, bringing grace and guile to the table beyond anything the other colors can manage.
Blue has enough mass in squelchy things from the deep to square off with anything but the swollest green, and the islandwalk to not bother. Curse of the Swine and Rite of Replication are only two of the many mean, mean things you can do to a board state. Just the knowledge that counters exist leaves blue players resigned to suspicious looks whenever opponents so much as breathe. And yet, for all this power, blue truly outshines the other colors in three areas: draw, artifact manipulation, and control. Let’s talk commanders for these archetypes, shall we? Again, please bear in mind the point isn’t to discuss the competitive but rather to celebrate the thematic. Happily, blue has a bounty of legends loaded with both!
Ah, Blue Sun's Zenith . Only blue can kill with this peculiar species of lunatic kindness. While there isn’t a mono-blue commander that has this exact effect… yet… it highlights the singular relationship blue has with drawing cards. Whether you want to draw or deck, if you like a full hand then look no further.
Tribal is an archetype available to all colors. While I’m trying to steer away from that as a theme, we must talk Azami if we talk draw engines. There are many, many good wizards, and her ladyship is an absolute powerhouse of card advantage. Arcanis the Omnipotent is omnijealous, bitterly sulking in the 99.
For the more political blue players we go once more to Kamigawa. He’s little, group-huggy, and a fantastic choice for those who appreciate the challenge of treating their commander as an afterthought. Besides, nobody resents an extra card until you drop the sphinx. You know the one.
Can’t be countered. No maximum hand size. Whenever your opponent goes noncreature, draw a card. Blink. I hope the Scots are pleased, because Nessie is quite the monster. Seven mana is a lot, but so, so worth it to play this unholy avatar of blue. Give thanks and happy chortles as she pours cards into your endless hand and flickers past everything that isn’t Molten Disaster .
Where Red abuses artifacts the way black abuses… well, everything, blue takes it to full symbiosis, protecting, enhancing, and eating the pancreas of anyone who offends their precious toys. Blue has the tutors, the synergies, the splendiferous Tezzeret the Seeker . If you like artifacts but aren’t quite crazy enough to go full colorless, blue is your in.
In a singleton game, tutors are king. Long live Arcum. Bonus points if you take out somebody’s combo piece with him while taking a break from digging for yours.
Here’s a pancreas eater for you: theft-by-tutor is unorthodox, but undeniably fun. Blue delights in theft and, as anyone who has siblings will tell you, stolen treats taste better. You’ll never appreciate using your own high-powered tin crap half so much as using your opponent’s high-powered tin crap. Stockpile extra turns and go shopping on the opposition’s dime.
You talk blue artifacts, this guy is in the conversation, if not THE conversation. Lord High Wombo Himself is not here because he makes a goon. Lord High Wombo Himself is not even here because he has mightily potent mana sink if you break infinite. Lord High Wombo Himself is here because of that middle line, turning things like Winter Orb from “our” problem to “your” problem, and that’s just the tip of this degenerate iceberg. Go nuts.
When my wife tells me not to break my toys, this is NOT what she means. No other color manages the sheer mind-bogglery of bouncing, tapping, stealing, and otherwise screwing with other people’s toys without breaking them. No other color boasts this heinous plurality of extra turns, to say nothing of counterspells. Control is the glory and the terror of blue: Laboratory Maniac might take the game for you, but it’s control that will get him there.
Blue is the heavyweight champion of yoink, and Memnarch holds the belt. Just be ready for everyone to treat you like a male dog with a full bladder whenever he takes the field, especially if you had your Mycosynth Lattice in the morning.
Honestly, the pay X bit of this is only tangential for me. Blue is all about minimal force, and tapping something whenever you Opt has very interesting applications. After all, the phrase “doesn’t untap during their untap step” is patented in blue ink. I’m not even sure building around this is a good idea, but you have to admit that Ol’ Gadwick is frightening to any command damage chaser who left their Lightning Greaves at home, especially when Dismiss into Dream is lurking.
We all have strong feelings about counterspells, one way or the other. Forbid is a personal favorite. While Baral’s not that special in a vacuum, he offers hellacious support if you really are all about counterspam. He won’t break the game on his own, but the play-style he encourages certainly has potential for other broken things. Like friendships. Or noses.
And, for my personal favorite... I love perpetually affordable commanders. Rock a few token generators and you might go a whole game paying a single blue mana for this marvel. Sacrifice artifacts are suddenly scary, Sacrificing them suddenly isn’t, and your opponents are suddenly scrabbling for exile effects and that wretched bog. Please remember to bring your self-milling kit, a Mirran Spy , a Mycosynth Golem , and a jar for the tears of your enemies (no sense wasting all that blue mana). First prize if you win with the Phyrexian half of Mirrodin Besieged .
That's it for this round. Thoughts and questions are welcome. I hope you enjoyed it, and will come back next week for Black!
Prior Articles: Mono-White
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
For protection, a lot of people would recommend Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots since they are artifacts and can fit in anything! But if you're looking for green protection, I recently discovered the affordable options of Ranger's Guile and Canopy Cover . There's also Asceticism , but people are more likely to target that than to counter Ranger's Guile. Oh Vines of Vastwood is good instant protection too!
There's lots more protection in white, but it's not a colour I'm overly familiar with! Good luck with your build!