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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
You may cast Aura and Equipment spells as though they had flash.
Whenever an Equipment enters the battlefield under your control, you may attach it to target creature you control.
1 month ago
Hi there, welcome to Tappedout and Isshin brewing. I saw your deck and thought I'd offer some suggestions. By the looks of your deck, you have an emphasis on utilizing equipment, but your creatures don't really support that too well.
I think it could be helpful to first determine if you want to have more of an emphasis on the equipment aspect, or go more creature heavy and open up more attack trigger shenangians that Isshin is capable of. A few general suggestions off the top:
If you do decide to go more of the equipment route, I think it could be helpful to add stuff like Puresteel Paladin, Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist, or Sigarda's Aid, depending on your budget. Equipments can be mana intensive to cast, then equip. These types of effects can help you get around those Equip costs.
I think you could drop (most) of the equipments, and instead go more creature heavy. Myriad creatures like Hammers of Moradin and Elturel Survivors are great in Isshin, since Myriad gets an additional trigger from him. Myriad creatures are all fairly budget friendly, with the exception of Battle Angels of Tyr
The other great thing about Myriad and other effects that create creature tokens that enter tapped and attacking, is that you can combine them with enter the battlefield group slug damage like Impact Tremors and Witty Roastmaster. Additionally, Devilish Valet can be a serious beater that can outright kill opponents depending on how many creature tokens you pump out on your attack swings.
I hope these suggestions are a helpful starting point. I'd be happy to offer some additional feedback if you would like it. Isshin is one of my favorite commanders of the past year, so you're in for a fun time.
1 month ago
2 months ago
I do have Sterling Grove on the list, Greater Auramancy wasn't originally here, but a judge told me I could still attach Ellivere's enchantments to a creature with shroud, so for about a week I thought that was a cool interaction until another judge corrected them haha. It's on the list mainly just to see what it plays like, but I expect it to be removed after a game or two for the reason you mentioned. I'll either replace it with Sigarda's Aid or Jukai Naturalist just because I may want still want another aura target.
For sure, if there's one thing Ellivere wants to do it is load someone up on auras lol. I find this strategy more fun now that there's significantly more enchantment recursion than there was even like 5 6 years ago.
If you have any other thoughts or end up building Gylwain let me know I'd love to check it out!
2 months ago
Totally understandable regarding not running the Siona infinite combo. I had her as the Commander for an Auras/Enchantment deck that featured the combo. I eventually moved on from the deck because I felt like I was racing for the combo each time, & it lacked the contemporary tech to go a bit wider.
Lol that's one of the simultaneously cool and tough things about running Enchantment/Auras decks is that there's a plethora of cool options to pick from. It can be a bit overwhelming, but def lends to meta-tuning. I think as you play the deck more you'll get a feel for which Auras are your all-stars and which end up becoming kinda lackluster.
I ran Sigarda's Aid in an Auras deck with Mazzy, Truesword Paladin as the commander. The deck featured a lot of super cheap 1-2 cmc Auras that could turn into combat tricks for my creatures, or anything beefy around the table that I knew was going to hit one of my opponents. Running Flickering Ward with Sigarda's Aid and at least one Enchantress effect on board felt great.
Greater Auramancy is good, but it kinda non-bos with stacking additional Auras on your creatures, if that's something you care about. Idk if you've seen Sterling Grove? It's fairly similar to Greater Auramancy, but has some additional utility in being able to tutor up another enchantment if needed.
I'll continue play-testing the decks I've brewed up. Ellivere's art is definitely cooler that Gylwain's lol. I think I'm leaning a bit more towards Gylwain because my meta tends to go wider, & I think his play pattern encourages more of that, & shifts emphasis off loading up your deck with Auras.
2 months ago
Ahhh Crow_Umbra thank you so much for the detailed feedback, it means a lot! Spirit Mantle was a hard cut, because I have so many cheap enchantments I decided to go with Unquestioned Authority because the extra card draw can help you really stack up attackers before swinging, but you're right that I do have a pretty decent suite of card draw already... Ideally I'd want both haha.
Sigarda's Aid is strong but the deck is so chock full of goodies it feels almost lackluster. Did you feel it was really helpful in mitigating spot removal/utilizing your own removal? I've been trying to figure out if I want to keep Greater Auramancy and this might be a replacement option.
Lastly, there's definitely a few combos you can run with Ellivere, but my playgroup doesn't do infinite combos so I avoid them when building, probably to the detriment of my primer.
Also I am definitely biased, but I'd say give Ellivere a try! Like I mentioned, I just built the deck because I loved the artwork of their card, and then when I played it it was so much stronger/more consistent than I expected.
2 months ago
Solid deck and fun primer! I've been on the fence to build either Ellivere or Gylwain, Casting Director. G/W Auras was one of my first favorite decks when I first started playing 10 years ago, and Aura Voltron was subsequently the first commander deck I put together via Tuvasa the Sunlit.
I'm a little surprised Spirit Mantle is in your Maybe-Board, but I can see how Benevolent Blessing has a functional similarity, and has benefit of having Flash. If anything, I think Spirit Mantle could replace Unquestioned Authority, esp since you tend to draw from Ellivere quite a bit.
Similarly, I think Sigarda's Aid could be helpful in moving it over from your Maybe-Board. In one of my last Aura decks, it let me turn some of those Aggro Auras into combat tricks, or the removal stuff like Kenrith's Transformation into instant speed shenanigans.
My last rec is that you do have a potential combo option with Siona, Captain of the Pyleas and Shielded by Faith. Only hang up is that you need either a haste enabler like Concordant Crossroads or Crashing Drawbridge to give the tokens haste, or Altar of the Brood to negate the need for haste. It's a combo option, but your deck might not need it if the Aggro is already working well for you.
Either way, nice build and keep up the primer writing!
3 months ago
Hello there! Made a few tweaks to this deck and thought I'd respond to some comments while I'm at it.
mlequesne: Yep, Tenza, Godo's Maul is a great equipment card for this deck and I use to run it in here. Looking at it again though, it's a pretty beefy buff & trample is definitely clutch. I might swap the cheap but slow Bloodforged Battle-Axe out for it and give it another shot.
Bobthebirdman: Regarding your comment around the various swords protection and ensuing chunkiness, it's exactly why I'm not running any WR equipment or Lightning Greaves - they're a non-bo with the sword cycle and I am stubbornly adamant on running all 10, just because I want to.
GeminiSpartanX: Toggo is a great idea! Landfall is typically pure gas & getting literal rocks (lol) that sit there buffing Akiri seems decent. Side bonus, I'm adding Dockside Extortionist + Treasure Nabber so he kind of sneaks nicely into my goblin rocks/value suite. Good food for thought! As for Sigarda's Aid, yeah. I know. Awesome card and prior to running Ardenn as Akiri's partner, SA was important utility in this deck, mainly for the free equips. Cuts are getting tricky though and I found that the flash factor wasn't super necessary, so I swapped it out (side note - the big downside to voltron decks is that everyone knows what you're trying to do here & if SA is on the table, folks will keep those counterspells at the ready, thwarting any instant speed equip & kill shenans). Lastly, Mithril Coat is definitely an upgrade to Darksteel Plate here, it's in!
4 months ago
If you're open to Universes Beyond cards, I'd suggest replacing Naomi, Pillar of Order with Frodo, Determined Hero. You don't really have a high enough concentration of Enchantments for Naomi to trigger consistently enough. Frodo also has an ETB and on attack trigger, which would allow him to cheat those Equip costs.
Although your build is budget, a few more expensive (and off-Samurai theme) upgrades to consider are Forge Anew, Sigarda's Aid (excellent for cheating equip costs), Leonin Shikari, and Puresteel Paladin. Puresteel Paladin is getting a reprint in Commander Masters, so it should hopefully go down in price a bit.