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Posted on April 24, 2023, 11:06 a.m. by Deezy829

Any tips on how to build around Tetsuo, Imperial Champion? I’ve seen decks that copy spells that give Tetsuo evasion, but I would much prefer a suite of instants and sorceries that has more variety. Also, what are the best high cmc equipments?

ironmindraph says... #2

I've decided to build mine around 2-3 CMC instants/sorceries and equipments for a better consistency and it works pretty well.


Not overkill as other equipment based decks in other color combinations but still very fun! Good luck

April 24, 2023 12:52 p.m.

One thing that might be interesting is Embercleave. The CMC drops during attack, but if you modify how many creatures are attacking, depending on what you have in hand, you might be able to flex around with higher CMC instant / sorcery spells. Might be a little more effort needed, but could be a LOT of fun to pilot. Lots of choices.

April 24, 2023 4:26 p.m.

AWebb says... #4

I was thinking something like Mirror Shield, Ring of Evos Isle, or General's Kabuto with another equipment like Pact Weapon, Hexplate Wallbreaker, or Argentum Armor. Though General's Kabuto might not allow you to put any more equipment onto Tetsuo, I don't really know how that works. You would also have to get rid of the 2/2 rebel on Hexplate Wallbreaker to be able to put it on Tetsuo, and that might be more trouble than it's worth.

April 24, 2023 5:27 p.m.

My understanding is that you would just be equipping it off the 2/2 rebel and onto the other target creature by paying the equip cost...

April 24, 2023 9:57 p.m.

Daveslab2022 says... #6


Why would you have to get rid of the 2/2? You can just activate the equip cost and move it over to Tetsuo.

April 24, 2023 10:07 p.m.

enpc says... #7

running a scryfall search on equipment in your colours with decending CMC, you get the following:


Looking at it this way will give you the most reach in what instants/sorceries you can run. From this, cards which you can get good value on are Embercleave (as mentioend above) and Ramosian Greatsword. Kaldra Compleat and Drach'Nyen don't inherently have a cost reducer built in, but offer good value at higher CMC.

All of the above equipment put you in the range of extra turn spells like Time Warp, with Kaldra even enabling the casting of Nexus of Fate for free. Running a suite of extra turn spells in conjunction with extra combat spells like Relentless Assault, Seize the Day etc. allow you to beat face with your commander (who should be rather high damage) while getting extra swings for free. Ad Nauseam is an interesting card to try, but give that you'll have quite a high CMC deck, the risk to reward profile may not be worth it. That being said, you could build a generally low CMC list with a few high cost equipment and design the whole deck to be a free cast of Ad Naus and then storm out if you wanted something different.

If you are going to go down the high CMC route however, cards like Bludgeon Brawl let you run a bunch of expensive mana rocks like Gilded Lotus and Chromatic Orrery so you hcan go harder on ramp but then can equip your rocks to get good triggers from your commander.

Just some thoughts, hope it helps.

April 25, 2023 9:47 a.m.

AWebb says... #8

Daveslab2022 Im going to be honest with you I'm new to mtg and don't know how some game mechanics work.

April 25, 2023 10:03 p.m.

Daveslab2022 says... #9


That’s okay! We were all new once :)

April 25, 2023 10:07 p.m.

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