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Open the Armory
Search your library for an Aura or Equipment card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
2 months ago
Nice. Not sure if you're trying to keep this to a certain budget, but if you like the combos in your description so much as win-conditions, I'd include some stuff to find its components like Enlightened Tutor or maybe even Oswald Fiddlebender or Ring of Three Wishes (I'd replace Open the Armory with any of these). I'd probably change out Valor in Akros for Goldnight Commander. I know, the commander is a creature and thus easier to get rid of, but he's also a Soldier himself and that synergizes better with Myrel's secondary ability. Lastly, Cathars' Crusade; I just can't see a deck like this without one. But you probably have a good reason to not include it.
3 months ago
Kellan, the Fae-Blooded is basically a Open the Armory in the Command Zone (you're allowed to make him skip going into Adventure-exile and instead just return to the C-Zone). This could let you reliably assemble infinitive combo pieces. What's some <=boros combos that requires 1-3 Auras/Equipment + Kellan and no other cards?
The main thing I've thought of myself is Breath of Fury + Captain's Claws-type Equipment/Elemental Mastery/Helm of the Host, but it's pretty janky since it still requires a bunch of conditions, see e.g.: https://commanderspellbook.com/combo/22741/ (Anduril, Flame of the West seems the most promising since you can probably catch out one or two people who don't have flying blockers).
Also this one for (rogue) cEDH: https://www.reddit.com/r/CompetitiveEDH/comments/15s6jq6/kellan_the_faeblooded_birthright_boon_woe/jwkx0lt
3 months ago
My favourite is still Open the Armory because it depicts the Cathar wielding a man-sized crossbow that appears to shoot bear traps. I want a bear trap crossbow :(
4 months ago
5 months ago
Oi! Nice Commander pick, Mardu Knights are my jam.
If you're trying to give the decks some legs via recursion, Reanimator is the only way to go imho. Fortunately & are the perfect colors for that! Here's the Reanimator package that I typically start with if I'm building a deck in that style:
Animate Dead, Dance of the Dead, Necromancy, Reanimate, Entomb, Buried Alive, Final Parting, Phyrexian Reclamation & Sevinne's Reclamation are sick. There are also some pretty spicy loops that can be accomplished with things like Corpse Dance & Dread Return, but we can get into all of that if you decide to run Reanimator as a strategy for this build.
There's also some pretty great card draw options in this color combination that I think will do the deck some good. Necropotence, Black Market Connections, Esper Sentinel, Archivist of Oghma, Dark Confidant & Dark Tutelage all come to mind. Tectonic Reformation could provide some value here too.
I'd also also maybe cut down on some of those lands in favor of some more Mana Rocks. Talisman of Conviction, Talisman of Hierarchy, Springleaf Drum, Fellwar Stone & Chromatic Lantern would be good includes.
Tutors are expensive af, but there are a few nice choices that are very affordable right like Open the Armory, Wishclaw Talisman, Diabolic Intent, Diabolic Tutor, Gamble & Reckless Handling. Vampiric Tutor & Enlightened Tutor were just reprinted a little ago, so they're as cheap as they're going to get right now. I'm pretty sure Vampiric Tutor was like $90 a little bit ago, food for thought. Oh man, Stoneforge Mystic also exist, and is wonderful.
Lastly, a short list of neat Equipments you could consider are Conqueror's Flail, Hammer of Nazahn, Bloodforged Battle-Axe, Heartseeker, Masterwork of Ingenuity & Mask of Memory. I guess Halvar, God of Battle Flip is technically an Equipment card too?
Good luck in refining your list!
5 months ago
Ok, this looks pretty fun. But there's by far not enough ramp. If I see it correctly, you have three mana rocks, and that's all. You really want more than that. The same goes for card draw. If I count all of your tutors, you have like ten cards to give access to more cards from your deck. I realize Nahiri is an insane card draw commander, but adding at least some more actual draw seems important. With Nahiri's Mana Value of 6, Imposing Grandeur can already do quite a lot. I didn't look at your interaction cards, but maybe re-examine for yourself if you have enough.
Besides this basic stuff, Steelshaper's Gift and Open the Armory would be useful additions for your equip plan, and with more than a third of your deck being artifacts, I can't help thinking Chiss-Goria, Forge Tyrant would be great in here.
6 months ago
Balvron Thanks, man! Happy to help, really.
So the core of the / presence in the deck should be devoted to Dorks, Ramp and Tutors so that you can quickly get the deck engine up and running. Getting your commander on the field and geared up as quickly as possible is everything in this new context. Some cheaper options for Tutors are Diabolic Tutor, Profane Tutor, Mastermind's Acquisition and Increasing Ambition. I'd really recommend just biting the bullet and slotting in the more efficient ones like Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Diabolic Intent & Wishclaw Talisman though. Cheaper card draw options like Phyrexian Arena & Dark Tutelage are also pretty solid. Necropotence, Black Market Connections & Dark Confidant are up there, but worth it.
The only thing you need for is for card draw and interaction, with a few key Proliferate pieces that you'll be able to Tutor for when the time is right. Spells like Brainstorm, Ponder, Tolarian Winds, Impulse, Preordain & Serum Visions provide decent gas for cheap. Classics like Counterspell, Delay, Negate, & Dispel protect your game plan. Flux Channeler & Tekuthal, Inquiry Dominus are probably the only Proliferate pieces you'll need, but I'd Throw a Serum Snare in there too. Mystical Tutor, Rhystic Study & Mystic Remora are always nice to have as well.
The few things you'll need for here is to Tutor up gear for your Commander with cards like Enlightened Tutor, Idyllic Tutor, Steelshaper's Gift & Open the Armory, and occasionally control the board with Swords to Plowshares or Path to Exile. I'd also recommend some Stax pieces like Silence, Grand Abolisher, Smothering Tithe, Esper Sentinel, Archivist of Oghma & Drannith Magistrate for good measure, & some more Commander protection with Mother of Runes & Giver of Runes.
6 months ago
Balvron Welcome back to the game! As I'm sure you know, a lot has changed.
So, my personal deck building philosophy these days is to decide how the deck is going to win with specific cards and work backwards from there, filling in the rest of the deck with the means to win with those specific cards (ramp, draw, tutors, etc.)
I'll get straight to the point, I think a better approach would be to use your access to 4 colors to quickly Tutor up gear for Atraxa, Praetors' Voice such as Phyresis, Grafted Exoskeleton and Swiftfoot Boots as the backbone of your infect strategy. Cards like Enlightened Tutor, Steelshaper's Gift & Open the Armory can help with that. There are also a lot of tutors in Black like Diabolic Tutor and Grim Tutor that can get you where you're trying to go.
I'd also Include a high density of mana dorks like Bloom Tender & Llanowar Elves since you're in Green. That, along with a decent number of mana rocks like Sol Ring & Arcane Signet will help you get your commander out in the early game, as well as allow you to cut down on lands to between 29-35, depending on the numbers.
As for proliferation, I'd recommend cards like Flux Channeler, Inexorable Tide, Tekuthal, Inquiry Dominus, Viral Drake & Thrummingbird. There are also control options like Serum Snare, Reject Imperfection & Brokers Confluence.