Skullclamp

Skullclamp

Artifact — Equipment

Equipped creature gets +1/-1.

Whenever equipped creature dies (is put into the graveyard from the battlefield), draw two cards.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Skullclamp Discussion

Profet93 on It's Tough to be Xenagod

5 days ago

I saw your deck cycle, throwing more at you....

Reflecting Pool - I feel this is better in tricolor decks where there is more versatility. Having 2 of the same when you sometimes need another color isn't always ideal. That being said, given your dorks/ramp, I doubt it has whiffed on you before. Still curious

Urza's Saga - For sol ring and shadowspear? Would suck if you already drew into them. I dont think you have enough targets to make it viable, how often has it whiffed? I feel if you added Sensei's Divining top, it would be more viable.

Wheel of Fortune - Seriously considering this in my build. How do you know when to and not to play it? Would love some advice on that. Xenagos lists draw through combat damage or through targeting a high power creature you control. Having draw that is not reliant upon maintaining a creature on board

Suggestions......

Bonders' Enclave - While colorless making dork casting more difficult, the potential for draw might be worth it

Dread Statuary - While same issue above, having a man land has been very helpful for me. Making it a 8 power with commander, then casting draw spell is nice.

Castle Garenbrig - Similar issue to above, but helps ramp out 5 of your creatures more quickly. Might be worth it

Skullclamp - Draw, power booster and makes your late game dorks into draw engines. I've almost always been happy to see this card. Not to mention that if you equip pre-combat, they have to decide whether they want to remove it to prevent you from drawing. But many times (meta dependent), people are hesitant to use removal on a threat that might not be coming to them. #politics

Rancor - Turns 1/1 --> 3/1 --> 6 power with commander. Recurs itself, provides trample. Not needed, but nice to have. Often times, I cast selvala, rancor onto it, go to combat, pump, no swing --> main phase 2, use the haste + pump to cast big spell (greater good, riskhar's etc....)

Heroic Intervention - Most important suggestion, super useful. Dont sleep on it.

Your list is pretty tuned, so its hard to recommend any cuts

hoosteen on Revised Rin & Seri

6 days ago

IMO, as a removal spell, Decimate is neither an instant or low-mana. It can certainly do a lot of damage to the board state, but I would much rather have a Beast Within, Generous Gift, or perhaps a Swords to Plowshares or a Path to Exile.

I think you might be going a little heavy on the ramp. In a green three color deck, especially if you have all your shock and fetch lands, having three signets and three talismans is probably overkill.

Given that Rhythm of the Wild is under the ProtectMyBalls category, I'm assuming you're mostly using it for the can't be countered effect. In which case, I would consider how many of your creatures you think opponents are going to actually counter. Take a look through your list of creatures, then list all the ones you yourself would counter if an opponent played it. Then think if its really worth making those not counterable instead of some other card. While there may be a few which you don't want to be counterable, also consider the order these cards need to be played and that you will need Rhythm of the Wild out before you play your big stuff. IMO the chances are too slim.

I think the most glaring change I would make is adding some more card draw. There is very little if any explicit card draw in this deck. Given that your commander makes 1/1's left and right, consider a Skullclamp. Also, IMO Esper Sentinel belongs in any white deck. Since you're making tokens very often, a Welcoming Vampire would work well here, and also an Idol of Oblivion.

Looks like the vast majority of your Good Boys And Good Girls are actually girls and not many boys. Is that intentional? Or are the cats in MTG just generally better or more abundant than the dogs?

Otherwise, be on the lookout for the usefulness of Second Harvest. I've personally removed that from at least one of my decks since I think its kinda a "win-more" card. For it to be actually really valuable you already need to have at least a few tokens out. But, I've definitely drawn that card when I don't have any tokens out and its screwed me over. Granted, your deck makes tokens quite easily, so this might be a good card for this deck. Just something to maybe watch out for.

Lastly, take a look at your deck's average CMC. Its relatively low but you might be able to trim it down a bit. It might help to consider the CMC of a given card vs the CMC of your commander. In general, I like to make that comparison since in-game, if I have a card in my hand that is 4 CMC and my commander is 4 CMC, I am more likely to play my commander, then next turn I want to either play something 5 CMC or multiple lesser CMCs. Also, at the beginning of the game, you want to increase the chances that you're drawing cards which you can play before your commander, otherwise you have wasted turns at the beginning.

Dazard on Dealing with politics as an …

2 weeks ago

I studied all your comments carefully. THANKS for all the good advices. I usually dropped as much cards as i possibly could in order to gain maximum profit out of my commander. i always established a nice card draw engine Welcoming Vampire, Idol of Oblivion, Skullclamp... so i usually never ran out of hand cards...- BUT i will definitely play a little more patient and reserved next time and not show off my threats immediately. That was kinda dump i guess ;P

also i spread my "love" too much in the beginning instead of going in for the kill one by one. So that's another thing i must change in my playstyle.

Can't wait for the next edh session to see how things will turn out.

Y'all have a nice weekend!

FelixCarter on You'll be Najello after I'm done with you

2 weeks ago

Cryptolith Rite, Nature's Will, Druids' Repository, and [Bear Umbra] will give repeatable combats. Nature's Will is a bit expensive, so keep Song of Freyalise instead. You can remove Battle for Bretagard, Goblin War Drums, and Mask of Avacyn to use the other three enchantments if repeatable combats is your goal. Otherwise, here are some other great additions:

Cathars' Crusade will make HUGE creatures very quickly. Brave the Sands gives the vigilance needed to take advantage of Cryptolith Rite or have blockers. Impact Tremors will cause lots of pain over time. Raiders' Spoils card draw on steroids. Something you are SORELY lacking.

Kaya, Geist Hunter a great addition that will mostly be used for her -2 ability. Rhythm of the Wild is a good card to be replaced since most of your creatures will be tokens, anyways. If you don't go with Kaya, Cathars' Crusade would probably be a better replacement for Rhythm of the Wild.

Trollbred Guardian and Hamza, Guardian of Arashin requires +1/+1 counters but you don't have very many +1/+1 counters in the deck to take advantage of this. You can remove them and instead use Mindblade Render and Oakhame Adversary for card draw. You need card draw.

Replace Mardu Shadowspear with Brutal Hordechief

Usher of the Fallen and Imperious Perfect are fairly underwhelming. Imperious Perfect is a little better, but I'd at least replace Usher of the Fallen with Rhys the Redeemed. Honestly, I'd use Ogre Battledriver over Imperious Perfect.

Rubblebelt Raiders is nice, but Champion of Lambholt will make your creatures unlockable just as fast.

Tuya Bearclaw and Hamletback Goliath get big, but they can be chumped VERY easily. Lovisa Coldeyes will buff all your tokens that are harder to chump. You could maybe keep the Hamletback Giant, but Zurgo Helmsmasher or Samut, Voice of Dissent is a good choice in your deck if you decide not to.

Blaring Captain and Blaring Recruiter are also very underwhelming. Chief of the Edge can easily replace the captain, and the recruit can be replaced be literally anything (my vote would be for Impact Tremors if you haven't added it already).

You have A LOT of mana ramp in your deck, but your lacking card draw and removal. I'd maybe remove the Diamonds and add two or three mana rocks that tap for one of any color. That'll give your deck 10-11 forms of mana ramp. If you add three, that'll give room for two forms of card draw. Reconnaissance Mission, Bident of Thassa, Skullclamp, and Vanquisher's Banner are great options.

Instead of Fracture, I recommend Despark. Mortify is a better Murder but can also be upgraded by switching to Utter End.

Replace Warped Landscape with Secluded Courtyard.

Be aware that you're sitting at only 30 lands. If you find your have a mana-base problem, I'd take out Radha, Heir to Keld, Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip, or ANY of the previously discussed cards and add 3-5 lands. Out of the lands you should also add, I recommend Savage Lands, Arcane Sanctum, Crumbling Necropolis, Jungle Shrine, Nomad Outpost, Mystic Monastery, Path of Ancestry, and Unclaimed Territory.

Guerric on Faeries

3 weeks ago

Hi Switchfox! I've played Alela in brawl quite a bit, have long pondered building her in commander, and have a lot of experience with both faeries and token decks, so I think I can be of help here. I think the low cmc focus is great, especially as it will let you cast artifacts and enchantments while keeping mana open for control pieces, and I also think you are exercising good judgment in terms of your low creature count, as artifacts and enchantments will do your most work here! I also think the land count is good.

What I'd personally recommend cutting are the anthem effects like Intangible Virtue and the like. I used to play lots of these cards and found them underwhelming, and after testing in token decks I usually end up cutting almost all of them. The problem with them is that they raise your threat level incrementally, and keep your opponents' attention on you. In the meantime, they shut off great cards like Skullclamp as well as Welcoming Vampire and Mentor of the Meek, which would be good additional draw engines here. Instead, I find it far more impactful to win out of nowhere with Coat of Arms, which I can tutor out at instant speed with Whir of Invention, or Jazal Goldmane, who can be fetched with Search for Glory, or Mirror Entity, which can be grabbed with Recruiter of the Guard or any black tutor.

I am guessing you have a lot of pillow-fort elements here because they are enchantments and synergize with your theme, and you may be in a meta with a lot of aggro coming your way and don't want to always waste your tokens chump blocking. Still, I'd personally replace No Mercy with Sphere of Safety, which is the best pillow-fort card there is, and then use the money you save to pick up a strong universal tutor like Demonic Tutor, Diabolic Intent, or Grim Tutor.

Personally I'd also add Norn's Annex to replace Settle the Wreckage, which will add to your artifact count and give you another strong pillow-fort element that won't ramp your opponents and will be more permanent. I tried Settle in so many decks on account of fondness of it from when it was in standard and I never like it in EDH. You might be thinking of using Settle to ramp yourself by exiling your own tokens and that can work, but personally I found it less significantly helpful than I had hoped for.

jojikush on How do I reach these keeeds?

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the suggestions Davinoth! The casting cost for Scalpelexis is a little high so I can't really justify it without having a mill sub-theme. I appreciate that Infiltration Lens would basically serve as a secondary Skullclamp, so I will try to find space for it. I've never seen Raven Guild Master - love the Kev Walker art on that one.

Dazard on Daddy Eddy

3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback!

I finally had the time to play with this within a 4 player group and i managed to place a good 2nd. i got boardwiped three times and always clawed my way back into having the most dominant army on the table rather fast thanks to card draw. But after quickly amassing a horde of vampires i fell really short in the politics department, where i seemed to be "the bad guy" from round one. And it's hard to argue with that, if you have a bunch of guys out who are basically all about "killing stuff" and "getting stronger". :D Nevertheless, i had a blast with this deck, always being a deadly threat to my opponents. i guess i takes some practice as well in negotiating on the table just like you need to know your cards.

i took out Door of Destinies and replaced it with Shared Animosity. the door is just to slow for this deck, while shared animosity can instantly boost your vamps as soon it hits the table.

I also took out Falkenrath Gorger and Stromkirk Condemned, i am not down the discard/madness road, so these two won't really support my general strategy. Instead i added Skymarcher Aspirant, which is just another one drop with flying and Pitiless Pontiff to give me another sacrificer, especially to guarantee to get some use out of Skullclamp, just in case my vampire tokens are being buffed by some other effects.

And Bolas's Citadel is now in, just to see how it will turn out. I figured that with so many low mana spells in this deck, paying some life here and there in order to cast them won't be a big deal for my lief counter, especially in a deck that has lifelink.

Still not sure which one of the "big guys" i should be running constantly and which ones belong to the sideboard.

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