Skullclamp

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Uncommon
Commander Anthology (CM1) Uncommon
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon
Commander 2015 (C15) Uncommon
Commander 2014 (C14) Uncommon
Vintage Masters (VMA) Uncommon
MTG: Commander (CMD) Uncommon
From the Vault: Exiled (V09) Mythic Rare
Darksteel (DST) Uncommon

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Skullclamp

Artifact — Equipment

Equipped creature gets +1/-1.

Whenever equipped creature dies, draw two cards.

Equip

Skullclamp Discussion

Strike_Rouge on KOTH FLING (Oathbreaker wins)

1 day ago

rocksteady No problem! It's an interesting concept for sure.

One thing I spaced on was draw power and tutors. Mono-Red burn decks always have an issue here. The best I could suggest are:

Draws/Tutors:

Faithless Looting ; If you have Crucible of Worlds in play, you can discard a mountain or two after drawing your cards and then play it from the greaveyard.

Gamble ; the card name could not be more direct to the point, but given what we have to work with, it's one of the best tutors in this color.

Cathartic Reunion ; more Crucible shenanigans to be had here. Still good even without it in play.

Magus of the Wheel ; a slower Wheel of Fortune , but a more affordable one, too.

Wheel of Fate ; a slower Magus of the Wheel , and not my personal favorite due to its speed, but it's an option nonetheless.

Reforge the Soul ; a higher CMC Wheel of Fortune .

Wheel of Fortune ; The OG. Only recommended if you have the cash to blow on this thing.

Illuminated Folio ; I'm iffy here, but I'll throw it out, anyway. The only concern with this card is its initial investment and the odds of having mostly land and not enough Red cards in your hand.

Molten Psyche ; more of a hand refresher, but useful nonetheless, as that kind of effect is a burn deck's best friend.

Teferi's Puzzle Box ; not necesserily draw power, but definitely a hand refresher every turn. It keeps opponents frequently mixed up while giving you greater odds of finding anything that isn't a Mountain.

Browbeat ; almost a guaranteed draw because nobody wants to take 5 damage in this format (unless they have lifegain)

Dragon Mage ; a pricer card in terms of CMC, but getting a wheel effect every time you swing successfully is great.

Knollspine Dragon ; another mana-demanding creature initially, but it has a wheel ETB trigger and high p/t to boot.

Skullclamp ; make a Mountain a creature, equip Skullclamp, sac it, draw, repeat.

Scrying Sheets ; only do this if you're up to replacing all of your normal Mountains with Snow-Covered versions.

Chandra Ablaze ; her -2 is Windfall . This Chandra is sorta mana-intensive, but a lot of others seem to like her a lot.

Mind's Eye ; a higher initial investment, but it has a solid effect.

Seer's Sundial ; great for a deck dependent on always playing land.

Journeyer's Kite ; Repeatable land search. Perfect for the deck.

Planar Portal ; CMC-intensive af, but otherwise, it's a repeatable Demonic Tutor .

Mikokoro, Center of the Sea ; gives everyone draw power, but still produces mana when you need it.

Crystal Ball ; a cheaper (money-wise) Sensei's Divining Top .

Misc:

Extraplanar Lens ; if you change your Mountains to the snow-covered versions, you will want this. You're going to be sacrificing your lands a lot, so the further those can go in mana production, the better.

Kher Keep ; mostly for defense.

Side Notes:

  • I don't recommend necessarily all of these, rather, browse through them and see which ones you like.

  • Try not to add too many utility lands. I only suggested the two I did because chances are, you could get away with 2-3 non-Mountain lands, but I wouldn't push your luck.

  • Your duplication spells can also be used to either counter Counterspell effects and/or duplicate opponent's draw/tutor spells. Try to keep that in mind in your games.

olivebagel on Varina, The Baddest Lich in the Game.

2 days ago

Looks like you've got it down quite a bit. I generally try to knock off high CMC cards first, and cards that you look at and go "this card is great if I can get this to happen at the same time" like what Grave Pact was in this list before you cut it.

I think Skullclamp wont be as good in this list as you want it to be. Raving Dead 's effect is cool, but you will struggle most likely to get that off, and it doesn't help dig to your combo finishes any more than a zombie token would. Undead Alchemist also doesn't do enough to pressure a win, and turns off combat damage for you.

Those would be my cuts. I really like the other 99 right now, but those three all feel meh to me.

SideBae on Tymaret, the Duke of Death

2 days ago

So the first card that comes to mind is Mindslicer . In Rakdos decks, you can typically tune your 99 to make you the king of top-decks; this is part of the reason reanimating Sire Of Insanity is such a brutal play in decks like Xantcha, Sleeper Agent .

You're likely to be sacrificing a whole butt-ton of creatures. I advise ways to exploit your guys dying: Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact come readily to mind. Skullclamp is pretty busted if you're going to be sacrificing creatures anyways, and its especially good seeing as you're running Gravecrawler already.

Zombies is one of the oldest archetypes, and thus it has access to a LOT of tribal effects. Cemetery Reaper , Death Baron , Zombie Master , Undead Warchief , Lord of the Accursed and Lord of the Undead are all good ways to pump your team and/or give them extra abilities. (Depending on the meta, you may want to run Bad Moon as well.) Call to the Grave is really good if you can tune the deck to have 2 or fewer non-zombie creatures. Dark Salvation and Liliana's Mastery are both viable cards in this deck. Graveborn Muse is another good card draw engine next to Phyrexian Arena , which I see you're already running. Unholy Grotto gives you a measure of recursion over your zombies. Noxious Ghoul also comes to mind, as does Withered Wretch as a form of one-sided graveyard hate.

One common issue I've seen in a lot of EDH decks is the prevalence of 1-for-1 instant and sorceries. In a majority of EDH games, you're going to have 2-3 opponents, rather than just one; this means you are facing roughly 2-3 times as many cards as you yourself have access to. Cards like Dreadbore and Terminate are good in 1-on-1 formats like Modern, but in EDH I have frequently found them to just not be good enough. I advise you run cards like Fire Covenant , Ashes to Ashes , Volcanic Fallout or Toxic Deluge instead. These have the potential to take out several creatures at the cost of one card, leaving you up that many cards over your opponents.

On a related note, since most games of EDH are decided by card advantage, anything you can do to draw cards will always be welcome. Ambition's Cost , Night's Whisper and the like are good ways to refill your hand. Wheel of Fortune is another good card, but it's about $100 now, so... consider carefully. Light Up the Stage is another one to consider. While Rakdos is good at topdecking, managing to draw extra cards means it is more likely to hit.

Black has access to many great tutor effects. You may want to consider running Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor if you're able to get ahold of the cards. Gamble is a good red tutor.

Looting effects tend to be very good in zombie decks, which have access to graveyard recursion. Faithless Looting is essentially card advantage in your deck, because you can discard things like Gravecrawler at no cost. Similarly, I advise running a bigger reanimation package (supplementing your Animate Dead ) to get back fatties your opponents may have killed or you may have discarded. Reanimate , and Necromancy are good cards -- if you want to get spicy, Dance of the Dead is a card most people have never played against before, mostly because it isn't nearly as good as the other three. But I figured I'd mention it. Also, a bigger reanimation package means things like Entomb or Buried Alive become exponentially better.

With regard to planeswalkers, Liliana, Death's Majesty is a good card for any zombie deck.

With regard to your lands: I don't think Blighted Fen is very good, and Temple of the False God should be replaced with Ancient Tomb if at all possible. If you want good utility lands that can kill pesky creatures, I advise Blast Zone . If you are able, I advise running Bloodstained Mire and/or the off-color fetches in order to grab your Blood Crypt or Smoldering Marsh . These fetches are in effect extra dual lands.

If you have a lot of recursion, which I see you do in things like Phyrexian Reclamation , you may have luck with pox-style cards. Pox is one of the most brutal cards to resolve in EDH, and Smallpox and Innocent Blood also can be played to great effect. Note that these get around hexproof, shroud and indestructible.

Depending on how hateful your meta is, you may want to consider some pretty mean red cards. Changing your land base slightly will give you access to Blood Moon , Magus of the Moon and Ruination , while Price of Glory will make people think twice about casting counter-magic. If your meta is as blue-heavy as mine, Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast are also fine considerations. If you end up running a lot of lord effects, you may want to consider Pyroclasm or Anger of the Gods , as your guys won't die if they're big enough. Possibility Storm is a good way to disrupt combo players -- I should know, as I play Storm in cEDH.

Because black has literally only one card designed to destroy artifacts ( Gate to Phyrexia ), red is a welcome addition to the team. By Force is a favorite of mine, but Shattering Spree , Vandalblast and Shatterstorm are also good ideas.

Rocks are great in EDH, especially if they're only 1 or 2 mana. I advise Talisman of Indulgence to replace Rakdos Locket and Mind Stone to replace Commander's Sphere . Coldsteel Heart is good as well, though it enters tapped, just like Charcoal Diamond and Fire Diamond . Thought Vessel is also worth considering.

Good luck with deck building!

multimedia on A Smile a Day Keeps Death Away (Alesha Primer)

3 days ago

Hey, your deck is great, but where's Command Tower ? Nice primer lots of work went into, it's well organized and written :)

Upgrades to consider:

Enlightened Tutor has many powerful cards that it can tutor for especially a sac outlet, Skullclamp or Reconnaissance . Cruel Celebrant is another aristocrat. Selfless Spirit is a nice support creature with Alesha and Lark. Palace Jailer can be reanimated by Alesha, gives you the monarch (your end step draw) and can exile an opponent's creature; that's a lot of interaction for a four drop. Yahenni, Undying Partisan is a fantastic sac outlet in Commander because board wipes are going to happen with multiple opponents. He's also a another creature sac outlet which is important with Alesha. Only currently having Seer as the only creature sac outlet is risky.


I don't think Ravos, Soultender is worth playing he's another five drop and his recursion is worse compared to Lark and Guide's reanimation who are also five drops. Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord is lackluster compared to all the other reanimation here because many creatures you want to reanimate have high CMCs which doesn't play well with his -X ability. Out of all the four drops Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice doesn't do much. It's nice that she can be reanimated by Alesha, but why would you choose to reanimate her out of all the other creatures? I don't think she's worth playing for that reason. Twilight Prophet has a powerful ability, but only if you have the city's blessing which without a token strategy is slow. I'm not a fan of Phyrexian Arena in Commander it's too slow. I think you're much better off getting draw from creatures with Alesha especially with Skullclamp . Good luck with your deck.

Last_Laugh on Edgar, my Daddy, Edgar

6 days ago

Run Reconnaissance . This card allows you to attack with everyone safely (yes, even that 0/1, why not), untap each creature at the most opportune time for pseudo vigilance, and still deal combat damage in most situations.

Untaps to avoid bad blockers (obvious face value of the card), it untaps after first strike damage but before normal combat damage is dealt (great for getting +1+1 counters from Drana, Liberator of Malakir to your whole team and busted with Stromkirk Captain), and it even untaps after normal combat damage is dealt due to the creature being an 'attacking' creature until the end of combat step ends (you untap in the middle of this step). Shared Animosity also 100% deserves a spot here. I'd replace Cathar's Crusade and Door of Destinies. They do nothing when they come down, cost a ton of mana in aggro, and they require gas to get them to do anything. Coat of Arms is also pretty ballsy.

This combination of full tilt aggro with everyone available to block makes Sorin, Solemn Visitor 's +1 really good here (Note, 'until your next turn') and it more than offsets a few of my next suggestions.

As far as the decks inherent card draw weakness goes, get Skullclamp in here, then consider Dark Prophecy , Greed , Herald's Horn , and Twilight Prophet . Protecting your board also prevents topdeck mode... run Boros Charm (and Teferi's Protection assuming you got the precon).

Anyways, feel free to check out my list for inspiration, it's one of the top rated Edgar lists on the entire site. There's also over 130 comments worth of feedback and suggestions to sift through for ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks is appreciated. Edgar's Dega Vampires

Inkmoth on Nath All In Discard WAR

1 week ago
All around, you have a pretty solid deck that's very resilient, but in your post, you wanted to regard it as a cEDH deck. Unfortunately, to qualify it as a cEDH deck perse, you'd have to go more along this route: Nath of the STAX-Leaf | cEDH | Primer.

Now, this isn't my attempt to be harsh, just to inform. I had a harsh reality when I, in my head thought that my Teysa deck was cEDH when I was horribly wrong and all I had was a modular/cluttered combo deck.

Your deck is in no way bad, I just believe some people have misconceptions over what cEDH is. What I can do for you without radically changing the deck is give you a better card suggestion for some slots and what that slot is trying to do.

  1. Eyeblight's Ending -> Snuff Out : Free is always better. Also a prevalent motif in cEDH

  2. Blightsoil Druid -> Heart Warden : Same cost this one can draw in a pinch

  3. Phyrexian Arena -> Necropotence : See more of your deck

There's a bunch of other cards I think you should include, but I don't want you to have to revamp your whole deck, so here are my suggestions:

  1. Beast Whisperer
  2. Priest of Titania
  3. Earthcraft
  4. Nature's Claim
  5. Skullclamp
  6. Dismember
  7. Ezuri, Renegade Leader

thewitchhunter on EDH - Vampires

1 week ago

You could consider some of those cheaper Vampires, as you want to cast Suckers as soon as the game starts to trigger Edgar's Eminence ability.

Some that are not mentioned earlier: Blood Artist Tithe Drinker (Extort!)

Mana fixing duals like Painlands ( Battlefield Forge ) or Temples ( Temple of Malice ). Shocklands ( Blood Crypt ) are good too but already a little more expensive.

Also some ramp would be great: Sol Ring Chromatic Lantern Fellwar Stone Signets

Instant/Sorcery: Utter End Anguished Unmaking Vindicate Boros Charm Merciless Eviction Teferi's Protection (Is included in the C17 Edgar Markov deck, so you may have one. Cheaper alternatives: Ghostway or Eerie Interlude . But as these exile and return and not phase your stuff out like Teferi's Protection , you'll lose your tokens with these. And no, none of those will trigger Edgar when theys return, as they are not cast.)

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Skullclamp occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.26%

White: 0.9%

Black: 0.6%

Red: 0.78%

Green: 0.3%

Blue: 0.16%

Golgari: 0.88%

W/B (Orzhov): 1.31%

GW (Selesnya): 1.11%

Rakdos: 0.32%

U/R (Izzet): 0.59%

BRG (Jund): 1.15%

BGW (Abzan, Junk): 3.52%

RBW (Mardu): 0.94%