Steelshaper's Gift

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

Steelshaper's Gift

Sorcery

Search your library for an Equipment card, reveal that card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

AstroAA on Choosing Equipment-based Card Draw in …

2 weeks ago

Greetings folks of the forums.

I come to you today asking for opinions in regards to card draw in mono-white. In particular, for my Giada, Font of Hope tribal angel deck found here: [EDH] Giada's Angel Harem

Now, specifically, I'm trying to decide between an equipment-based piece of card draw that is tutorable with Steelshaper's Gift, Open the Armory, and Stoneforge Mystic. Currently my options are Sword of Fire and Ice, Mask of Memory, Rogue's Gloves, and Infiltration Lens. However, if others exist that do similar effects I'd be open to considering them.

I really like Sword of Fire and Ice due to the added protection it gives to whatever creature in two removal-heavy colors. It also gives an added ping which can be useful in taking out hatebears and dorks.

I like Infiltration Lens because we can attach it to large creatures and force our opponents to block. However, at the same time, it's dependent on our opponents actually blocking, and since most of the creatures in this deck have flying I'm not sure how often it'd actually draw us cards.

I like Mask of Memory due to it being able to draw two cards, however, you also lose a card by being forced to discard a card. You cycle through your deck faster, but at the same time you lose a bit of card advantage at the same time since you have to discard.

I like Rogue's Gloves because it's arguably the most simple of them all - deal combat damage to a player, draw a card. However, it's four mana for this effect, and for one more mana Sword of Fire and Ice adds a lot more utility.

Which card should I go with? In addition, what card should I cut?

Local_Hethen on Rafiq, The One Hit Wonder

3 months ago

I also have a Rafiq deck and my pods will absolutely remove him asap if they can.

I do see some protection for him but not much in the way of tutoring for your protective abilities or spells. It looks like you rely more on your draw abilities but that leaves too much to chance in my opinion. Enlightened Tutor, Steelshaper's Gift, Wargate, or something to just find what you need.

I would also drop the Colossus Hammer for Eldrazi Conscription.

Think about Steel of the Godhead, Shield of the Oversoul, and Favor of the Overbeing.

Azoth2099 on [KFC] Kaalia Friended Chickens

8 months ago

jameswarlord

Hey man! Good to hear from you, nice job refining this list so far!

Yeah, Avacyn, Angel of Hope is stupid expensive lol, she probably always will be just because of how awesome she is. Proxy it in the meantime? Hell, I'd proxy an Ancient Copper Dragon too, they both win games.

Concerning Burning-Rune Demon: This card tends to get cut from a lot of decks that aren't running winning lines for it. Personally, my Kaalia of the Vast list also includes Dockside Extortionist, Corpse Dance & Disciple of the Vault, which enables Burning-Rune Demon to grab Razaketh, the Foulblooded & Reanimate to enable either a same-turn win or a next-turn win by generating infinite Treasures (and infinite Life via Children of Korlis) and nuking the board. It's also really good in Reanimator lists that are running the aforementioned pieces, as well as cards like Animate Dead, Necromancy, Buried Alive, Victimize & Karmic Guide to accelerate sheer board value if you don't want to run combos like that. If you apply it creatively, it essentially acts as an uncounterable Intuition in the deck, but for no mana cost & at Sorcery speed. Not the worst...

Concerning catching Ws: the #1 thing that's going to snag you wins here is making sure that you capitalize on the Commander's value as quickly as possible, as well as making sure that your deck doesn't necessarily need it's Commander on the field to dominate. You need more ramp and card draw, simply. I'd add the following ASAP:

Ramp: Culling the Weak, Dark Ritual, Burnt Offering, Cabal Ritual, Pyretic Ritual, Desperate Ritual, Seething Song, Talisman of Indulgence, Talisman of Hierarchy, Talisman of Conviction, Fellwar Stone Lotho, Corrupt Shirriff, & Deep Gnome Terramancer

Draw/Tutors: Archivist of Oghma, Moon-Blessed Cleric, Tectonic Reformation, Diabolic Intent, Gamble, Grim Tutor, Idyllic Tutor, Steelshaper's Gift & Sarkhan's Triumph.

Also, I know you've stated that you are trying to stay withing certain budget constraints, but Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor & Enlightened Tutor have seen recent reprints, and are cheaper right now than they will be in the future. Just something to consider.

All of these will help you get on and stay on! Let me know what you think.

Azoth2099 on Oloro Esper Lifegain EDH

9 months ago

DurzoBlint13

Hey man!

Oloro, Ageless Ascetic is one of those Commanders I've always suspected could be busted, but never extensively brewed. That being said, I still gathered some data on him...

Firstly, you need more Mana sources. Being a 6-drop is a big deal nowadays, & you're gonna need way more Rocks & possibly a few Rituals as well if you want to get him out on time. I'd recommend running 10+ Rocks - all of your Guild Signets and Talismans plus a few more, and a handful of Instant-speed Rituals like Dark Ritual & Cabal Ritual. You'll need as much Mana available to draw cards with, which we'll get to in this next paragraph.

Secondly, I'd recommend some low-cost Lifegain Spells that will scale with the activity of both you & your opponents like Archivist of Oghma, Blood Artist, Deathgreeter, Leonin Elder, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, Profane Memento, Ashes of the Abhorrent & Spectrum Sentinel. All of these will draw you a bunch of cards as long as your Commander is on the field. Prism Ring & Tablet of the Guilds would likely do a lot of work here as well. Sedgemoor Witch could be a great value engine here, too. Things that allow you to devote your floating Mana to your Commander's triggered ability without having to necessarily pay Mana for each Lifegain trigger OR wait for your own upkeep to draw cards are solid gold here.

Thirdly, once you resolve your chunky 6-drop Commander, you need to protect it! Your entire deck engine relies too heavily on Oloro, Ageless Ascetic's presence to allow him to be easily removed. Lightning Greaves & Swiftfoot Boots are non-negotiable imo. Along with a few ways to Tutor them up, like Steelshaper's Gift & Enlightened Tutor.

It might end up being quite a bit faster than a typical midrange deck, though, as you'll be drawing a ton of cards per turn cycle on your way to your combo win.

Cheers!

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Nahiri, Forged in Fury

1 year ago

Ok, this looks pretty fun. But there's by far not enough ramp. If I see it correctly, you have three mana rocks, and that's all. You really want more than that. The same goes for card draw. If I count all of your tutors, you have like ten cards to give access to more cards from your deck. I realize Nahiri is an insane card draw commander, but adding at least some more actual draw seems important. With Nahiri's Mana Value of 6, Imposing Grandeur can already do quite a lot. I didn't look at your interaction cards, but maybe re-examine for yourself if you have enough.

Besides this basic stuff, Steelshaper's Gift and Open the Armory would be useful additions for your equip plan, and with more than a third of your deck being artifacts, I can't help thinking Chiss-Goria, Forge Tyrant would be great in here.

Azoth2099 on Green/Black toxic/proliferate need recommendations

1 year ago

Balvron Thanks, man! Happy to help, really.

So the core of the / presence in the deck should be devoted to Dorks, Ramp and Tutors so that you can quickly get the deck engine up and running. Getting your commander on the field and geared up as quickly as possible is everything in this new context. Some cheaper options for Tutors are Diabolic Tutor, Profane Tutor, Mastermind's Acquisition and Increasing Ambition. I'd really recommend just biting the bullet and slotting in the more efficient ones like Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Diabolic Intent & Wishclaw Talisman though. Cheaper card draw options like Phyrexian Arena & Dark Tutelage are also pretty solid. Necropotence, Black Market Connections & Dark Confidant are up there, but worth it.

The only thing you need for is for card draw and interaction, with a few key Proliferate pieces that you'll be able to Tutor for when the time is right. Spells like Brainstorm, Ponder, Tolarian Winds, Impulse, Preordain & Serum Visions provide decent gas for cheap. Classics like Counterspell, Delay, Negate, & Dispel protect your game plan. Flux Channeler & Tekuthal, Inquiry Dominus are probably the only Proliferate pieces you'll need, but I'd Throw a Serum Snare in there too. Mystical Tutor, Rhystic Study & Mystic Remora are always nice to have as well.

The few things you'll need for here is to Tutor up gear for your Commander with cards like Enlightened Tutor, Idyllic Tutor, Steelshaper's Gift & Open the Armory, and occasionally control the board with Swords to Plowshares or Path to Exile. I'd also recommend some Stax pieces like Silence, Grand Abolisher, Smothering Tithe, Esper Sentinel, Archivist of Oghma & Drannith Magistrate for good measure, & some more Commander protection with Mother of Runes & Giver of Runes.

Some good pieces of gear to retrieve slap on could be Swiftfoot Boots, Mask of Memory, Conqueror's Flail, Bone Sabres & Mask of the Schemer, for example.

Azoth2099 on Green/Black toxic/proliferate need recommendations

1 year ago

Balvron Welcome back to the game! As I'm sure you know, a lot has changed.

So, my personal deck building philosophy these days is to decide how the deck is going to win with specific cards and work backwards from there, filling in the rest of the deck with the means to win with those specific cards (ramp, draw, tutors, etc.)

I'll get straight to the point, I think a better approach would be to use your access to 4 colors to quickly Tutor up gear for Atraxa, Praetors' Voice such as Phyresis, Grafted Exoskeleton and Swiftfoot Boots as the backbone of your infect strategy. Cards like Enlightened Tutor, Steelshaper's Gift & Open the Armory can help with that. There are also a lot of tutors in Black like Diabolic Tutor and Grim Tutor that can get you where you're trying to go.

I'd also Include a high density of mana dorks like Bloom Tender & Llanowar Elves since you're in Green. That, along with a decent number of mana rocks like Sol Ring & Arcane Signet will help you get your commander out in the early game, as well as allow you to cut down on lands to between 29-35, depending on the numbers.

Blue cantrips like Ponder, Brainstorm & Preordain are great. Enchantments or Artifacts like Dark Tutelage, Phyrexian Arena & Scroll Rack could also work here.

As for proliferation, I'd recommend cards like Flux Channeler, Inexorable Tide, Tekuthal, Inquiry Dominus, Viral Drake & Thrummingbird. There are also control options like Serum Snare, Reject Imperfection & Brokers Confluence.

Strionic Resonator & Lithoform Engine might pass playtesting, but maybe not idk!

Cheers!

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