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Artifact — Equipment
Equipped creature gets +1/+0.
Equip (0) ((0): Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)
slasherturtle on Equip Me Daddy
3 months ago
This will be long, probably.
The first thing I notice is your land base. It's pretty important for this deck to reliably get Jor out on turn 2 consistently, and you may be a bit short on lands for that. To that point, you also want to limit lands that tap for colorless or enter tapped to only the ones you absolutely need. While the lands that tap for both and enter tapped (like Alpine Meadow or Sacred Peaks) are nice for fixing, they are slow and ultimately it's up to you whether to run those or not. The biggest one that pokes out to me is Reliquary Tower. Not only does it only tap for colorless, I'm also not sure you're going to be drawing enough cards for it to be any better than a basic Plains or Mountain. I'd keep an eye out for Slayers' Stronghold and Sandstone Bridge in playtesting, depending on how often they go off they might also be worse than a basic. All in all though, land base is pretty good, you just need more. Maybe 2-3 more of each basic to get started and tweak from there.
I really like the amount of nonland cards that grab you lands you have (like Wayfarer's Bauble and Navigation Orb). They're better than Evolving Wilds and cheaper than fetch lands, but if you ever do get the chance to pack some fetches in here, I think you could take one or two of those out and replace them with some more equipment or creatures that like them. You can also never go wrong with adding a Solemn Simulacrum.
I really like almost all of your nonland cards and can think of very few cards I'd want to swap for better alternatives, but I think some are pretty safe cuts if you're trying to trim down to 100 cards.
Some of your Living Weapon cards are really expensive and don't do much other than make an equipped creature, but their cost is so high that you should already have enough to trigger Jor by the time you can even cast them. Others just feel like they won't impact the board enough to warrant a spot in the 99. The ones that stick out to me are:
Mortarpod, which takes up a 2 drop spot and conflicts with casting Jor
- Sickleslicer, which just feels a bit underwhelming
- Skinwing, which feels exceptionally steeply priced, even for an equipment that grants flying
Strandwalker, which is also very steep
There are also some cards which I think either hurt more than they help or don't do you much at all:
Prophetic Prism doesn't offer you any ramp and takes up a 2-drop spot. As someone with a 2-drop commander, you want to minimize the amount of other 2CMC cards in the deck because they get really awkward, especially in the first four turns. Turn two you're forced to choose between playing your 2-drop and your commander, and then turn 3 you have to decide between whichever you didn't choose and whatever good 3-drops you may have access to. It fucks up your whole curve.
- Shuko equips for free but basically does nothing else after that. The same is true for Leather Armor. It may or may not be worth it, up to you.
- Invulnerability may be slightly overcosted with buyback and you may be better running retroactive protection like Norn's Annex or Ghostly Prison.
- Keen-Eared Sentry may not do as much as it seems. Having Hexproof is nice and makes you feel safe, but I ran Aegis of the Gods in Azor for years and it almost never saved me from anything, not only because having hexproof isn't as strong as it seems but also because people will want to kill it very quickly if they do need to target you.
- I love the amount of repeatable combat effects in this deck, but they are worse than nothing if you don't have a board state that can take advantage of it. Some of those slots may be better used on other equipment or cards that care about them. If I were to cut any, it'd probably be Relentless Assault because it's not repeatable like Akki Battle Squad, Aurelia, and Waves of Aggression. This may also apply to Response / Resurgence since you can't fetch it with Sunforger and it's other half isn't super great.
- As wonderful as Lightning Greaves is for commander protection, it also prevents you from being able to attach any more auras or equipment to whichever creature it's attached to due to Shroud and I tend to not recommend it in Voltron decks. It's also a 2-drop. That one is just personal choice though.
- You may have one or two too many cards that reduce the cost of your artifacts. Yours are all so cheap and you may find yourself better off having something that draws you cards or cares about equipment than a card that only helps if you're trying to cast expensive artifacts. Since it's easy to kill and doesn't do much else, Starnheim Courser may at least be worth a cut, if not also Jhoira's Familiar due to mana cost alone.
- Quietus Spike and Scytheclaw have the same effect, which also isn't good enough to win the game on it's own since the damage cut happens after you deal damage, meaning you can literally never kill someone off of that trigger alone unless you leave them with exactly one life. Since Scytheclaw at least has Living Weapon, you may want to consider cutting Quietus Spike.
- Sword of Feast and Famine is good, but it isn't insane. If you don't already have one it's probably not worth spending 50 bucks on.
- The Ward you get from Amulet of Safekeeping in your Maybeboard might not be worth making all of your living weapon and Assemble the Legion tokens weaker.
- I love Assemble the Legion so much. It is one of my favorite cards in Magic. It may be my favorite enchantment period. It is also balls ass slow, expensive to cast, and doesn't synergize with your strategy. That one is up to you. I'd run it just because I like it, but it'd be the first card I cut if I needed to trim some fat.
- Mask of Immolation gives you an equipped creature, but it doesn't do much else for 2 mana. If it equipped for free it'd be different, but it's equip cost isn't cheap given how weak it's effect is. It's also a 2 drop.
- Toggo, Goblin Weaponsmith is much better when you can throw his rocks, which you don't want to do in this deck because you want to keep them attached to things for Jor - meaning you're spending three mana for a guy who gives you one equipment that does nothing a turn.
- Leonin Shikari isn't something I'd say you should take out immediately, but you should keep an eye on it during playtesting. If you find you aren't taking advantage of her ability enough, cut her and replace her with something that isn't a 2-drop.
- Wrath of God may be better than Vanquish the Horde. That's just my opinion though.
All in all, what you keep and what you cut is up to you, this is just what sticks out to me personally. The closer you get to 100, the better. If you're able to cut it down to at least 104 or 105, try just playing without 4 or 5 of the cards you aren't sure about and playtest from there, then use those 4 or 5 as your maybeboard. Also this deck is really cool and I like it a lot.
JacobAGrossman on Some Light Clerical Work
7 months ago
The original combo with Daru Spiritualist is to use something like Shaman en-Kor or Shuko to target it infinite times for infinity x 0 mana. Then you sack it with the Starlit Sanctum to gain infinite life. Could be a fun infinite combo to include in the deck, and fits right along with your theme and goals of the deck :D
Niko9 on Syr Gwyn, Hero of Smashvale
8 months ago
Looks like a really fun deck, because yep, who doesn't love equips and knights? I've actually been thinking about a deck like this since eldraine and this seems like a really nice build.
What do you think about Crackdown Construct? With your 0 equips on knights it can go infinite. I've usually seen it done with Shuko but the fact that your commander can do it might be good. Also works with Lightning Greaves which can also be a killer with Leonin Shikari that can effectively give your whole board shroud or not shroud whenever you want.
And it may just be a personal fav of mine, but I do really like Sejiri Shelter Flip as a land, a spell to save your creatures from removal, or as a way to get your big voltron creature straight through blockers.
Just a few odd thoughts I had, and I like this list : )
carpecanum on frog 1.1
10 months ago
Broken Fall can absolutely be activated on an opponent's turn.
Shuko works the same as Lightning Greaves for your combo.
Most "Frogs" are usually too weak to attack consistently. Chameleon Colossus and Changeling Titan are pretty big frogs. Vigor or Bubble Matrix means you can attack with anything without being squished by a big blocker
Niko9 on Armory Automaton usefulness?
11 months ago
Just an odd thought, but Kazuul's Toll Collector could ininite-pump something like Crackdown Construct. I have used this combo in a deck with Shuko to activate equip infinite times, but Toll Collector would totally work too. Extra good with Leonin Shikari which can also make Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots into instant speed protection for your whole board.
I like the deck : ) I'm just throwing out some ideas I've had fun with in equip decks, but yeah, they are so awesome to play. Nice one!
Niko9 on Dealing with politics as an …
1 year ago
As a fellow aggro EDH player, I feel you on this. Technically speaking, aggro is at a disadvantage in commander because you have to deal 120 damage and most cards are printed to be efficient in a, you have to deal 20 damage, game. It makes aggro for the sake of aggro very difficult, and especially so if the politics are against you. Honestly, I think this is a misplay by your opponents, but again, I love aggro, so I'm a tid bias : ) But it is the case, a lot of the times, that decks that are the most impacted by aggro are also the ones who are killers in the late game, so by three players ganging up on you, they are actually just all helping the one of them who has the best late game. I can see why your creatures attacking makes you seem like a threat, but at the same time, players have to respect that you are the one who is keeping other decks in check, and by targeting you they are actually playing to whoever has the best late game deck.
But I digress. Aggro players just get a bad rap, you know? A lot of the time I feel like it eventually leads to there being no aggro players in a group, and then turtling strategies just run wild.
As far as the deck though, I would suggest to maybe play into combo in the late game. Having pressure early can be great, but you will always struggle to hit enough damage, and sometimes having a back up win with something like Crackdown Construct and Shuko can be great. Especially with cards like Leonin Shikari and Lightning Greaves and Rogue's Passage to give haste, pump at instant speed, and get through. I think that's how I would go honestly, something like equipment combo for the end game. That way you can use things like Mask of Memory and Quietus Spike in the early game to gain advantage, and artifacts and equipments can be easy to tutor in your colors.
Also, with all the lifegain you have (and extort which is always awesome) you could definitely run Necropotence for card advantage and maybe Lolth, Spider Queen for advantage and also to ult if anyone boardwipes you. Aggro decks in general can run planeswalkers with a little more versatility, just because you should be the one with blockers.
So, I don't know. Your deck looks great to me, and I do think that getting ganged up on is a bit unfair. Anyone who plays an aggro deck will tell you that it's always a matter of running up hill as it is. I just think that your group might be surprised if they changed up their playstyle for a few games, to get a perspective on who is winning games where they politic against you, and compare it to when they don't.
OLucas on Budget Sultai Tormod combos
1 year ago
Added the cephalid breakfast self-mill combo with Cephalid Aristocrat, Cephalid Illusionist and Shuko. With Gaea's Blessing in the deck and Tormod, the Desecrator on the battlefield that's infinite zombies. Also added Memory's Journey as a way to shuffle Gaea's Blessing if its in the graveyard from drawing and discarding/casting.
Grafted Wargear and Lightning Greaves also serve the same function of Shuko in the combo. The greaves should definitedly be added for mtgo since it's cheap there.
4rclyte on Wyleth Voltron
1 year ago
Dualcaster Mage, Fists of Flame, Blazing Sunsteel, Boros Garrison, Terramorphic Expanse
Shuko, Shadowspear, Fighter Class, Sacred Foundry, Sundown Pass.
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