Hi, very, very new to MTG. Got the Exquisite Inventions Commander deck. Have played it many times now. Did a Goog search for and upgrade to it. Got a page on WoTC. There are a LOT of "upgrade this deck" postings, web pages and advice. It there some advice that is better than other? I figured that WoTC would be good advice and it was not "keep 5 cards and rebuild the rest of the deck," yes I've seen that now more often than not. WoTC advice was to replace about 7 cards. I do not want to rebuild my deck, I can't afford that right now. Where do you go for Upgrade Deck advice?
Thanks from a total Newbie.
The big question re: upgrading the deck is, what do you want to do with it? Saheeli II is a very powerful and versatile commander who can be built around in a variety of different ways, since artifacts are themselves so versatile. You can just strengthen the deck in general by swapping out a few less optimal cards for some better ones, or you can fine-tune it around a specific strategy.
Either way, since you will still be focusing on artifacts, I strongly recommend including Jhoira, Weatherlight Commander. Card draw is usually a good thing.
I generally start with EDHRecs.com - I look at what other people are adding to their decks. If you look at Saheeli's page, most of the cards are already in the deck, as most people keep the list fairly stock. So what stands out as major additions to the deck?
Storm the Vault: This card is a great one since it ties into BOTH strategies Saheeli supports - it rewards you for going wide with tokens by generating treasure, and the treasure (and eventually, the flipped Vault of Catlacan) help you power out ridiculous high-cost bombs. I'd imagine it's the single best investment you can find for the deck.
Sai, Master Thopterist and Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain - I lump them in together because they are both "payoffs" for casting artifact spells. Saheeli generally rewards casting ONE BIG GIANT card instead of lots of small ones, but both strategies work and are great and these two cards can be a big reason why.
Commander's Sphere is a fine rock. For 3 drop rocks, I also like Darksteel Ingot and Coalition Relic. For 2 drop rocks, there's also Mind Stone and the cycle of diamonds from Mirage.
I like Sphere, Relic, and Chromatic Lantern just fine, but tend to prefer them in 3 CMC decks with 5+ CMC commanders. I think they're a bad fit for Saheeli, the Gifted specifically because you really want to ramp her out ASAP and because you rarely want to sacrifice your artifacts.
Mind Stone should already be in the base deck, but yeah in this case Fire Diamond and Sapphire Diamond are also worth a look although I personally find them worse than Fellwar Stone (enters untapped), Coldsteel Heart (a "diamond" that is whatever you want) and Everflowing Chalice (sick with Saheeli's second ability - a good curve could mean easily powering this out with 4-5 counters on turn four or five). You can also cut lands (possibly going down to 36) if you add enough 1, 2, and 3-mana rocks.
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