I have a confession to make. It's a little embarrassing, given this should have been rectified years—nay, decades—ago. But alas, I've never gotten around to it and it's been haunting me.

I've never summoned Kaldra.

I've been eligible to do such a thing for almost 17 years, and I've spent an enormous chunk of my Magic playing time in casual multiplayer games. You'd think I'd have unlocked that achievement forever ago. But I never did it.

It's time.

There are several planeswalkers that incentivize working with artifacts, and a few more that mention equipment, but equipment are tricky to play with when we don't have access to the broken rares. If we don't have creatures around, the equipment do nothing. Literal empty suits.

WotC has clearly realized this as the years have gone by. Living Weapon was a huge hit when it debuted, and they've made keywordless Living Weapons consistently recently. The mini-cycle from Core Set 2020 like Ancestral Blade and the recent cycle of Kaldheim equipment allow us to always have a body along to wear the fancy stuff, as long as we can pay for it.

Saheeli, Sublime Artificer seemed like the natural home for Kaldra (and some equipment in general). No matter what kind of equipment we've got access to, Saheeli, Sublime Artificer will ensure there'll be someone around to wear it.

Let's see what we can find in the armory:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Saheeli, Sublime Artificer by Andy Hurst

'Saheeli, Sublime Artificer' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $40.61

Cards

Mask of Memory

Market Price: $0.33

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Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw two cards. If you do, discard a card.
Equip {1} ({1}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

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Shield of Kaldra

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Equipment named Sword of Kaldra, Shield of Kaldra, and Helm of Kaldra have indestructible.
Equipped creature has indestructible. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)
Equip {4}

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Blazing Torch

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Equipped creature can't be blocked by Vampires or Zombies.
Equipped creature has "{T}, Sacrifice Blazing Torch: Blazing Torch deals 2 damage to any target."
Equip {1} ({1}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

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Saheeli, Sublime Artificer

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.35

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token.
−2: Target artifact you control becomes a copy of another target artifact or creature you control until end of turn, except it's an artifact in addition to its other types.

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Vial of Dragonfire

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{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Vial of Dragonfire: It deals 2 damage to target creature.

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Heart-Piercer Bow

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Whenever equipped creature attacks, Heart-Piercer Bow deals 1 damage to target creature defending player controls.
Equip {1} ({1}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

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Scholar of Stars

Color Identity:U

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When Scholar of Stars enters the battlefield, if you control an artifact, draw a card.

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Sword of Kaldra

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Equipped creature gets +5/+5.
Whenever equipped creature deals damage to a creature, exile that creature. (Exile it only if it's still on the battlefield.)
Equip {4} ({4}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card enters the battlefield unattached and stays on the battlefield if the creature leaves.)

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Artificer's Epiphany

Color Identity:U

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Draw two cards. If you control no artifacts, discard a card.

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Reclusive Artificer

Color Identity:R,U

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Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)
When Reclusive Artificer enters the battlefield, you may have it deal damage to target creature equal to the number of artifacts you control.

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Deadeye Quartermaster

Color Identity:U

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When Deadeye Quartermaster enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an Equipment or Vehicle card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Sickleslicer

Market Price: $0.07

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Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black Phyrexian Germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +2/+2.
Equip {4}

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Kazuul's Toll Collector

Color Identity:R

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{0}: Attach target Equipment you control to Kazuul's Toll Collector. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Vulshok Battlemaster

Color Identity:R

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Haste
When Vulshok Battlemaster enters the battlefield, attach all Equipment on the battlefield to it. (Control of the Equipment doesn't change.)

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Saheeli's Silverwing

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Flying
When Saheeli's Silverwing enters the battlefield, look at the top card of target opponent's library.

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Dalakos, Crafter of Wonders

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Spend this mana only to cast artifact spells or activate abilities of artifacts.
Equipped creatures you control have flying and haste.

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Great Furnace

Color Identity:R

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Welding Sparks

Color Identity:R

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Welding Sparks deals X damage to target creature, where X is 3 plus the number of artifacts you control.

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Champion of the Flame

Color Identity:R

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Trample
Champion of the Flame gets +2/+2 for each Aura and Equipment attached to it.

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Thought Prison

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Imprint — When Thought Prison enters the battlefield, you may have target player reveal their hand. If you do, choose a nonland card from it and exile that card.
Whenever a player casts a spell that shares a color or mana value with the exiled card, Thought Prison deals 2 damage to that player.

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Mantle of Tides

Color Identity:U

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Equipped creature gets +1/+2.
Whenever you draw your second card each turn, attach Mantle of Tides to target creature you control.
Equip {3} ({3}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

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Reckless Fireweaver

Color Identity:R

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Whenever an artifact enters the battlefield under your control, Reckless Fireweaver deals 1 damage to each opponent.

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Riddlesmith

Color Identity:U

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Whenever you cast an artifact spell, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

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Farsight Mask

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Whenever a source an opponent controls deals damage to you, if Farsight Mask is untapped, you may draw a card.

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Renowned Weaponsmith

Color Identity:U

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Spend this mana only to cast artifact spells or activate abilities of artifacts.
{U}, {T}: Search your library for a card named Heart-Piercer Bow or Vial of Dragonfire, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Argivian Restoration

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Return target artifact card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Mask of Immolation

Color Identity:R

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When Mask of Immolation enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token, then attach Mask of Immolation to it.
Equipped creature has "Sacrifice this creature: It deals 1 damage to any target."
Equip {2} ({2}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

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Helm of Kaldra

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Equipped creature has first strike, trample, and haste.
{1}: If you control Equipment named Helm of Kaldra, Sword of Kaldra, and Shield of Kaldra, create Kaldra, a legendary 4/4 colorless Avatar creature token. Attach those Equipment to it.
Equip {2}

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Moonlit Scavengers

Color Identity:U

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When Moonlit Scavengers enters the battlefield, if you control an artifact or enchantment, return target creature an opponent controls to its owner's hand.

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Animating Faerie // Bring to Life

Color Identity:U

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Valduk, Keeper of the Flame

Color Identity:R

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At the beginning of combat on your turn, for each Aura and Equipment attached to Valduk, Keeper of the Flame, create a 3/1 red Elemental creature token with trample and haste. Exile those tokens at the beginning of the next end step.

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Strandwalker

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Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black Phyrexian Germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +2/+4 and has reach.
Equip {4}

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Sequestered Stash

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}, Sacrifice Sequestered Stash: Mill five cards. Then you may put an artifact card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Goblin Gaveleer

Color Identity:R

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Trample
Goblin Gaveleer gets +2/+0 for each Equipment attached to it.

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Urza's Armor

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If a source would deal damage to you, prevent 1 of that damage.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Flayer Husk

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Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black Phyrexian Germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +1/+1.
Equip {2}

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The Game Plan

Assemble Kaldra of course! That's the whole raison d'etre for the deck! We're tryna smash with a fabled legendary token that's big and beefy. However, Plan B is to get the most out of our other assortment of equipment and the goobers that benefit from them.

Some of our early drop creatures are a little goofy, but I assure you they'll be taken much more seriously when wearing equipment. Champion of the Flame and Goblin Gaveleer go from zero to hero just by putting on various pants, proving that clothes do make the man (/goblin). Valduk, Keeper of the Flame is a consistent threat, while Riddlesmith and Reckless Fireweaver triggers are additional incentives to playing as many equipment as possible. Renowned Weaponsmith can tutor up either of its specific artifacts, but it's the Renowned Weaponsmith mana-producing abilities that earn it a slot, especially where our Living Weapons and their pricier equip costs are concerned.

As we get to the mid-game, we've got some real heavy hitters. Deadeye Quartermaster can search up whichever Kaldra piece suits our needs, Reclusive Artificer does its best Flametongue Kavu impression, and Moonlit Scavengers acts like a Man-o'-War that hit the gym. Plus, we'll be able to start suiting up our creatures more consistently, turning random doofuses into game changers.

The removal here isn't the best, but the Reclusive Artificer and Welding Sparks can remove most anything in this kind of deck. Past that, we're looking to be aggressive with our creatures to hit the opponent's life total with quicker pressure or massive, equipped bruisers.

Rares

(Remember, because this Planeswalker is uncommon, we get five rares instead of the usual four.)

Along with Saheeli, Sublime Artificer natural powers, Dalakos, Crafter of Wonders was a significant inspiration behind the direction of the deck. An extra Sol Ring is nothing to sneeze at, even if we're only spending it on our equipment—they're often hungry mana sinks. And the evasion provided is clutch—imagine suiting up our Champion of the Flame with a Sword of Kaldra and all of a sudden Dalakos, Crafter of Wonders gets us in for 8 in the air out of nowhere.

A five-mana 2/2 is a horrible rate. However, our equipment often costs a pretty penny to attach, and it isn't out of the question that we'd have multiple equipment hanging out on a board all alone. In that case, Vulshok Battlemaster rate turns into a steal—it can just pile it all on and go to town on a hasted body.

After Darksteel came out, another Kaldra piece fueled anticipation at my game store (and, I assume, the community in general) about what the Helm of Kaldra was going to do. After finally seeing it, we were stunned at how cool assembling Kaldra would be. Alas, I was too busy trading for tournament staples when I should have been having fun bringing the noise, and then Return to Dust came out and ruined everything. The Helm of Kaldra was exciting, and I hope they do more to reference cards coming in the future. In an age where the Magic community really goes bananas for speculation and anticipation, such things would only be more potent.

I can't ever remember a card before this that referenced a card yet to be printed, and as mentioned above, that was really cool. Indestructible is a powerful ability to bestow, and would look great with Valduk, Keeper of the Flame—especially if we can't assemble the holy trinity.

+5/+5 is A LOT. I think we forget that sometimes, but most equipment that's stood the test of time, like the various Swords of X&Y and so forth, give something in the neighborhood of +2/+2. And those cards are extremely strong. +5/+5 is a massive bonus, and on any creature with evasion (paging Dalakos, Crafter of Wonders), that enhancement can end the game in short order. Also remember that anyone who gets stabbed or sliced by the Sword of Kaldra gets banished to the nether world (exiled), and that can be important too.

Unsung Hero

Dalakos, Crafter of Wonders) and Renowned Weaponsmith are in the deck because they generate mana we can use to equip our creatures. This is valuable because the equip costs can often be prohibitive and onerous.

The Kazuul's Toll Collector bypasses all that. Imagine a sequence where we can go Turn 3 Kazuul's Toll Collector into Turn 4 Sword of Kaldra, equip for the 0, and start smashing. Odds are good we'll be vastly ahead in that game. And we're not restricted to only activating this once per turn—we can pile that equipment on! If we land Kazuul's Toll Collector early in a game, we'll have an almost unstoppable combatant.