Quote from Sir Chris »If upbeatness was my scum tell that'd be rather tragic. I have a lot of sugar in me, so that's probably a sugar tell. Sugar mafia confirmed.
Quote from HungerGY hate can also stop them from getting counters on PA which most builds seem to be playing. If they get two counters on a PA it's probably game.
Quote from RhinneThe bighest problem i see now is a deck with a heavy artifact hate plan, since i dont run lynxes and most of my sb is dedicated to problem decks and stick fodder, i dont really have a plan B in case the scepter is useless.
I have considered a gifst pack, but im not sure.
Quote from ValkyriesDoes someone have a decklist to share for the 5 color version? I'm curious what the changes are.
Quote from StaxxorAnyone tried squeezing 1-2 equipments with 1-2 steelshaper's gift in the non-lynx with scepter version? I was thinking maybe pike or basilisk collar since they're cheap to cast/use and can flip the creature war? I also hate playing lynxes!
Quote from HomelandZecurityAnother Kitty-hater, eh? What am I going to do with all you outlaws!
Anyway, Equipment is good, but my worry would be that if you go down that road, you are starting to really get into Midrange-land, and if you go there, you're going to be competing with Jund, U/W Aggro variants, POD, and a variety of other decks. Basically, if you aren't better than U/W Blade type decks, it's not worth the slots. Snapcaster with a Sword is much less scary than Restoration Angel with a Sword.
However, I do think it's worth testing. For starters, I'd only run Basilisk collar if you have at LEAST 3-4 Grim Lavamancers and/or Cunning Sparkmages. Beyond that, the Collar doesn't help you race nearly enough, and the Deathtouch isn't all that useful. You're still going to lose the Geist if they block it.
I'd probably go with a 1/1/1 split, being 1 Steelshaper's Gift, 1 SoWAP, and 1 SOFAF. I'd also recommend adding a land (23), and maybe another large threat, like 2-3 Restoration Angels or Vendilion Cliques.
SoWAP is your way to beat other WUR decks, and also just race since you don't have Lynx. SoFAF helps against Pod, Jund, and Control/Combo, while also letting you cast your spells in addition to using your Scepters.
Swords are sweet, but keep in mind that if you commit to them too much, all your high-impact cards outside of Delver/Geist are vulnerable to Artifact hate in Games 2/3. If your opponent draws just 1 Ancient Grudge to your Scepter/Steelshaper/Snapcaster draw, you basically just lose.