Smitten Swordmaster

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Smitten Swordmaster

Creature — Human Knight

Lifelink


(You may cast Smitten Swordmaster from exile if you sent it on an adventure.)


Curry Favor

Sorcery — Adventure

You gain X life and each opponent loses X life, where X is the number of Knights you control.


(You may cast Curry Favor for from anywhere that you have the permission to cast this, then exile it on an adventure instead of putting it into your graveyard. When you have not chosen to cast Curry Favor, this card is treated only as Smitten Swordmaster in whatever zone it is in.)

(Example scenarios for Curry Favor: You may cast this off of Melek, Izzet Paragon. You may not target this with Snapcaster Mage. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben increases the cost of this. Electrodominance requires X=1. If your opponent owns this and you cast it, only you may cast Smitten Swordmaster when it goes on an adventure. You may cast this from a cascade spell if the spell has a cost greater than Smitten Swordmaster's cost.)

Skysurfer on Night Knight

3 months ago

Barrow Witches feel like they would be way to slow for too little value and would probably be better if they were replaced by Knight Exemplar, more Smitten Swordmaster or Knight of the Ebon Legion, Unearth, or Benalish Marshal. If you wanted to be spic maybe Wintermoor Commander, Shadowspear or Guardian of Faith are interesting options. I would also cut 1-2 lands because off 22 you will usually consistently hit 3-4 land without hard flooding. Stoneforge Masterwork is also kind of 50/50 and might be worth cutting 2-3 of them because its rather slow and half the time I think you would rather have more knights instead. Hope this helps

lhetrick13 on For Honor and Glory!!!

10 months ago

wallisface - You have a point about Silverblade Paladin. He replaced Kinsbaile Cavalier based on your suggestion that Kinsbaile Cavalier was lackluster for a 4 CMC. I will play with taking him out and replacing him and although I do like Mirran Crusader for his excellent states and double protection, I have lost most all my ability to gain life with this deck so was thinking maybe swapping Silverblade Paladin for Fiendslayer Paladin to get some lifelink back into the deck. Taking out Knights' Charge, Smitten Swordmaster, and Knight of Meadowgrain make every life point count!

Good point about the lands. I updated them with a recent change when I added back in the Wilt-Leaf elves and Knight of the Reliquary but did not look at them again after their removal. I will take a look at the lands again based on your suggestions and see if I can get something to better suit my current needs.

Thanks again!

lhetrick13 on For Honor and Glory!!!

10 months ago

Question for Viewers - A few individuals recommended that I add additional creatures to the deck and/or increase the variability of the creatures in the deck. I have been playing with those suggestions by dropping 3xKnights' Charge and reducing the number of non-essential knights and adding in a few knights listed on the Maybe Board. While doing so I have come across a revelation - I have a total of only of only 7 black creatures in the deck with 2xMurderous Rider, 3xSmitten Swordmaster, and 2xKnight of the Ebon Legion...is it worth keeping black in the deck for these 7 cards (ignoring the fact that I have edited this deck heavily over the last few weeks and not updated my mana accordingly)? Removing them would allow me to easily add in a number of knights from my Maybe Board and clean up my mana by only have two colors instead of three, but I just wanted to hear anyone's thoughts on that.

Allan-Chefa- on Prophecy of the Knights \,,/

11 months ago

In place of the 4x Lightning Helix will be put the 4x Aether Vial. My idea was to do something more Burn but aggro will be much better and most aggros are just creatures in MD. 4x Lightning Bolt and 4x Smitten Swordmaster will be left to finish but the 2x Rem Karolus, Stalwart Slayer I will exchange for 2x Adeline, Resplendent Cathar. I will look for side against Blood Moon and other enchantments. Thank you!

Allan-Chefa- on Prophecy of the Knights \,,/

11 months ago

Hello! Everlasting Torment what a card! I didn't remember her the only problem is that my knights lose indestructible too... I'll leave it aside and put it in place of the History of Benalia "it's the only card I'm wanting to change in the MD combo well with Smitten Swordmaster but it only bursts in the sixth turn ". A friend recommended me to remove Lightning Bolt and Lightning Helix and add Aether Vial but the deck will slow down and lose removals.

DeckResource on Vito, Lifesucker

1 year ago

Hey, figured I would return the favor and drop a comment on your Vito deck here, I also see a couple of cards that I had in my initial list that I took out that I thought I'd share my thinking on in case it's helpful!

I was initially running both Corrupt and Consume Spirit in my Vito build but ended up taking them out because they seemed to be taking up room without having the ability to put a lot of pressure on the entire board or close out the game in a pass. On the one hand they are attractive options because they allow you to potentially kill off a single player who might have a problematic board state but they would have to have low life or you would have to have a lot of mana to pull it off. I chose to run Exsanguinate instead as it has huge synergy off Vito by hitting every player, playing it for x = 5 returns 15 life to you and deals a total of 30 damage to group, with 20 focused on a single player. It is, admittedly, like $7 right now so if that's a barrier you could consider Blood Tithe, it won't win you the game but 4 mana for 9 life and 18 damage to the board is a decent trade or Smitten Swordmaster might be workable for big value if you fancy taking a knight tribal bend to your creature list, I think they're like $0.25 each.

If the X cost, single targets are appealing to you a bigger ramp package might be helpful which can be tough since Crypt Ghast is apparently $10 these days. For one shot mana Bubbling Muck can be helpful and is maybe $2, Crypt of Agadeem could work after a board wipe for like $4. Maybe...Phyrexian Reclamation x Burnished Hart and/or Wild-Field Scarecrow, has some synergy with other cards too. Ramp in Mono Black is tough on a budget!

Other thought was you have a lot of targeted removal in sorceries, there are always a million options for creature removal in black but you are limited in ability to leverage them if you can't cast at instant speed to respond to an attacker or to remove a combo from the board on another player's turn. Maybe consider Doomblade, Victim of Night, or Tragic Slip as low cost alternatives!

Good luck with the build!

TheVectornaut on red and black

1 year ago

I second the idea of cutting down to just 60 cards in 2 colors. Then, I'd try to identify the main gameplan you like to follow when playing the deck. That will inform any cuts, additions, and other revisions you make down the line.

The first archetype that jumps out at me is definitely knights. They are often Mardu () these days, but just Rakdos () should work just fine for casual play. You already have Belle of the Brawl , Barrow Witches , Charity Extractor , Embereth Paladin . Locthwain Paladin , Garna, the Bloodflame , Ogre Errant , Raging Redcap , and Tentative Connection which can definitely fit such a style. Most of the lower cost creatures and spells wouldn't be that bad either. I'll list some cards from the modern card pool under $5 that I think could be strong additions to such a deck.
Ashenmoor Liege , Bloodcrazed Paladin , Cavalier of Flame , Cavalier of Night , Champion of Dusk , Elite Headhunter , Embereth Shieldbreaker , Foulmire Knight , Hanweir Lancer , Hero of Oxid Ridge , Knight of the Ebon Legion , Kulrath Knight , Midnight Reaper , Murderous Rider , Olivia, Mobilized for War , Stormfist Crusader , and Weaselback Redcap are all knight creatures with various effects, costs, and price points that I see as playable. For more general knight synergy, Blacklance Paragon , Fervent Champion , Joust , Sigiled Sword of Valeron , Tournament Grounds , and my favorite, Smitten Swordmaster are options too. Toss in some solid removal like Lightning Bolt , Terminate , or Bedevil and you have the recipe for a strong tribal aggro deck.

The other major archetype I see being possible here is some sort of angel/dragon/demon big stuff deck. The problem is that such a deck is likely to be much slower, making it tougher to keep up in 1v1 games. Plus, a lot of those cards are legendary, so they tend to come with a hefty real-world price tag. Still, I've seen Kaalia of the Vast do some very scary stuff in casual. Such a deck would support your larger creatures as well as spells like Cauldron Dance and Victimize .

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