Tuesday Night Takeover

Brewed EDH: Syr Gwn’s Knighttime Surprise

These knights must have a lot of arms to carry all this equipment!

Art: Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale by Lie Setiawan

Welcome back to another Brewed EDH deck!

Syr Gwyn is an electric Knights equipment deck, she is basically a puresteel paladin and a built in Phyrexian Arena in the command zone. Syr Gwyn is in the perfect colors for knights and allows us to play all of the best knights cards with a very strong equipment package! Syr Gwyn is a top tier knights commander while her build may feel a little narrow she is a ton of fun!

The Deck:


Commander (1)
Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale

Creatures (23)
Fervent Champion
Student of Warfare
Knight of Dusk’s Shadow
Lizard Blades
Puresteel Paladin
Relic Seeker
Sram, Senior Edificer
Stoneforge Mystic
Acclaimed Contender
Akiri, Fearless Voyager
Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist
Danitha Capashen, Paragon
Knight Exemplar
Mirran Crusader
Silverblade Paladin
Armored Skyhunter
Aryel, Knight of Windgrace
Halvar, God of Battle
Hero of Bladehold
Kinsbaile Cavalier
Danitha, Benalia’s Hope
Stonehewer Giant
Godo, Bandit Warlord

Artifacts (25)
Colossus Hammer
Vorpal Sword
Blackblade Reforged
Lightning Greaves
Surestrike Trident
Swiftfoot Boots
Sword of the Animist
Thran Power Suit
Chromatic Lantern
Darksteel Plate
Herald’s Horn
Loxodon Warhammer
Maul of the Skyclaves
Sigiled Sword of Valeron
Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Sinew and Steel
Sword of Vengeance
Sword of War and Peace
The Reaver Cleaver
Grafted Exoskeleton
Hammer of Nazahn
Helm of the Host
Kaldra Compleat

Enchantments (5)
Sigarda’s Aid
Fighter Class
Aggravated Assault
Knights’ Charge
Mantle of the Ancients
Lands (34)
Axgard Armory
Battlefield Forge
Blood Crypt
Bojuka Bog
Cavern of Souls
Clifftop Retreat
Command Tower
Dragonskull Summit
Godless Shrine
Isolated Chapel
Luxury Suite
Nomad Outpost
Path of Ancestry
Plaza of Heroes
Sacred Foundry
Secluded Courtyard
Slayers’ Stronghold
Temple of Malice
Temple of Silence
Temple of Triumph
Tournament Grounds
Unclaimed Territory
Urza’s Saga
Vault of Champions
Vault of the Archangel

Why Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale?

There are an ungodly amount of Equipment commanders but Syr Gwyn separates herself with card draw and knights tribal. Knights are a well supported and costed tribe, there is a a lot of support for equipment built into knights and Syr Gwyn enhances that support greatly. Swinging early and often with some added card draw is one of the main reasons we chose Syr Gwyn. Cards like Knights' Charge give the knights tribe an extra leg up compared to other equipment commanders!

Deck Overview:

Syr Gwyn is a strong equipment / knights deck that stays on tribe and even has combo potential in a color combo not known for infinite combos.We also have a really strong search package utilizing Steelshaper's Gift, Enlightened Tutor, Stonehewer Giant and Stoneforge Mystic. Our knights have a lot of base abilites that stats that make them powerful even without equipment like Mirran Crusader but if you throw a sword or another equipment on a creature like that and you very quickly can become a threat. Some of our other best knights include Hero of Bladehold, Kinsbaile Cavalierand Danitha, Benalia's Hope just to name a few. Another card I want to highlight is Halvar, God of Battle // Sword of the Realms which is an absolute bomb in Syr Gwyn. Not only does Syr Gwyn allow for free equipment we have other ways to make it free like Puresteel Paladin. Some of the equipment / auras in our deck are absolute bombs once they hit the field such as Mantle of the Ancients and Embercleave. We are able to play and recur our equipment frequently, we can make even the most small knight in to a force to be reckoned with. Since we are in Mardu we also play format staples like Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile. Akroma's Will and Master Warcraft which allows us to manipulate combat in our favor throwing an opponents creature directly into a Colossus Hammer. We also have some good combo potential with Godo, Bandit Warlord + Helm of the Host to create infinite hasty Godo’s. Are other combo is Aggravated Assault + Sword of Feast and Famine for Infinite combats. We may not be the quickest deck we do have some powerful early game creatures like Student of Warfare but once we get going they are going to have a quite a time trying to stop us. Overall I think this deck is a fun multi-faceted deck that can end games quickly.

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Powerful Tribe with lots of support
  • Free and low costed equipment gives us easy stat buffs to turn the game
  • Strong even without equipment

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Weak against spellslingers/combo decks
  • Not a true voltron deck need multiple creatures
  • Weak against artifact and creature destruction

Deck Stats:

Sample Hands:

Main Win Conditions:

Besides just attacking our main combo way to win is Godo, Bandit Warlord + Helm of the Host. A secondary combo is Sword of Feast and Famine + Aggravated Assault.


In conclusion Syr Gwyn is a really fun multi-facted deck with great attack / combo potential. There are a lot of really fun cards to mess around with. Syr Gwyn can quickly become out of hand for your opponents to deal with, attack early and often and assemble those combos!

Thanks for reading to the end!