Tuesday Night Takeover

Frodo Determined Hero Equipment Brewed EDH!

I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me.

Art: Frodo, Determined Hero by Magali Villeneuve

Frodo, Determined Hero is a very fun mono-white commander who really cares about and likes cheap equipment, and are deck is absolutely packed to the brim with them! We can use Frodo to easily grab equipment that has high equip cost but low mana cost to make him huge and evasive and make every game a twenty-one health game!

The Deck:

Frodo Voltron!

Commander (1)
Frodo, Determined Hero

Creatures (14)
Giver of Runes
Mother of Runes
Archivist of Oghma
Knight of the White Orchid
Puresteel Paladin
Relic Seeker
Sram, Senior Edificer
Stoneforge Mystic
Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist
Danitha Capashen, Paragon
Halvar, God of Battle
Indomitable Archangel
Danitha, Benalia’s Hope
Stonehewer Giant

Spells (10)
Enlightened Tutor
Path to Exile
Swords to Plowshares
Open the Armory
Flawless Maneuver
Generous Gift
Remember the Fallen
Promise of Loyalty

Artifacts (37)
Commander’s Plate
Sol Ring
Colossus Hammer
Hero’s Blade
Hero’s Heirloom
Lightning Greaves
Mask of Avacyn
Ogre’s Cleaver
Robe of Stars
Surestrike Trident
Sword of Hours
Sword of the Animist
Thran Power Suit
Trailblazer’s Boots
Umezawa’s Jitte
Anduril, Flame of the West
Bilbo’s Ring
Bitterthorn, Nissa’s Animus
Darksteel Plate
Forebear’s Blade
Loxodon Warhammer
Maul of the Skyclaves
Mithril Coat
Quietus Spike
Sword of Body and Mind
Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Forge and Frontier
Sword of Hearth and Home
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Once and Future
Sword of Sinew and Steel
Sword of Truth and Justice
Sword of War and Peace

Enchantments (4)
Sigarda’s Aid
All That Glitters
Forge Anew
Mantle of the Ancients
Lands (34)
Buried Ruin
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Emeria, the Sky Ruin
Inventors’ Fair
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
27 Plains
The Mycosynth Gardens
War Room

Why Frodo, Determined Hero?

The main reason we chose Frodo is that he cares about cheap equipment and there is a crazy amount of that we can play early and begin to put onto Frodo for free. Frodo on ETB / Attack is basically an activated Puresteel Paladin and allows us to easily make Frodo absolutely Huge! Frodo also has the added benefit of having all damage to him prevented when it is your turn which makes combat very easy and allows us to not be afraid when attacking! Frodo being in Mono-White allows us to play some evasive / protection spells as additional ways to protect Frodo! Frodo reduces games to 21 health since we typically win through commander damage!

Deck Overview:

One of the biggest benefits of Frodo is how low all of our mana costs are so it is very easy for us to cast a bunch of spells and have a substantial creature in Frodo before turn 5!

Our creature package is very small compared to most decks, this is due to the fact that Frodo is the most important creature in our deck. All of our creatures are a great supporting cast to Frodo and help us further the equipment gameplan! Giver of Runes and Mother of Runes are great ways to protect Frodo from targeted removal! Archivist of Oghma is a great way to draw cards which is something that is not easy to do in Mono-White and since it triggers on opponents searching their library it can trigger pretty often! Danitha Capashen, Paragon and Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist and Puresteel Paladin are both great ways for us to reduce costs / cheat equipment on to creatures. Both of these cards are great and can be used in Lieu of Frodo if he cannot be cast for some reason! Indomitable Archangel is super easy for us to trigger metalcraft and giving our artifacts shroud is an invaluable effect, one you land Archangel the game swings heavily within your favor! For some of our artifact tutors we have equipment search staples in Stoneforge Mystic and Stonehewer Giant both of these help us cheat equipments into play as well. The last creature I want to highlight is Halvar, God of Battle // Sword of the Realms who is great in every way whether you cast them as a creature for the double strike or as an equipment for the Vigilance and buff this card is great and impactful every time it is on the field!

Our spell package is very basic and includes a little bit of destruction some protection and a bunch of ways to tutor artifacts. Enlightened Tutor and Open the Armory are two low cost ways that we can tutor for equipment that we need! Reprieve and Flawless Maneuver are both great ways to protect our permanents. Reprieve is great when someone spends a ton of mana on a spell or is about to cast a problematic spell such as an overloaded Cyclonic Rift drawing a card is an amazing effect as well since we do not draw a ton of cards in mono-white. Since we typically only care about Frodo, Promise of Loyalty is great since we can save Frodo and wipe the board for our opponents! Generous Gift is one of the best pieces of permanent removal we have in our deck and can be used in a pinch as needed!

Since we are an equipment deck our artifacts are the heart and soul of our deck and we have an absolute ton of them! We are playing basically every sword we can and when even 2 or 3 of these swords are equipped on Frodo the effects can get very out of hand! The best swords in the deck are Sword of Body and Mind and Sword of Feast and Famine. Since Frodo allows us to freely equip there are some large equipment costs that we don’t have to pay and we can get the benefits from like Ogre's Cleaver and Colossus Hammer we can pay the cost to equip these as needed but we are typically cheating them onto Frodo. The biggest benefit of our artifact package is that every single equipment we can cast is able to be cheated on by Frodo because of this we can really keep any hand that has two plains and any equipment and by turn 3 or 4 have 2 or 3 equipment on Frodo. Equipment like Thran Power Suit and Nettlecyst are two equipment that get out of hand very quickly since they count the number of artifacts, in testing I have been able to use these to get +7/+7 on the 6th turn of the game. We have many ways to make Frodo indestructible such as Darksteel Plate and Mithril Coat. Andúril, Flame of the West is another amazing equipment that continuously adds value for every turn that it is on the field! There are too many great artifacts to highlight but our artifact package is very easy to put on to the battlefield and continuously cheat them onto Frodo!

Our enchantment package is small but all of the enchantments have a really big impact on the game! Sigarda's Aid allows us to attach an incoming equipment to Frodo for free and is great on turn 1 or any stage of the game! All That Glitters is the only Aura in the deck but is basically just another copy of nettlecyst! Mantle of the Ancients is the main way that we can recover from artifact destruction and can help us rebuild almost instantly! Forge Anew is an amazing card in this deck allowing us to recur equipment, lets us equip at instant speed and gives a 0 cost equip once per turn. All of our enchantments allow us to cheat more equipment and get Frodo bigger and bigger!

Our land base is pretty basic consisting mostly of plains, but we do have Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is great in really any mono color deck and lets a produce an unfair amount of mana! The Mycosynth Gardens allows us to copy any one of our equipments I found one of the best targets is Thran Power Suit or Nettlecyst. Inventors' Fair is a great artifact tutor that is very easy to activate in this deck!

Strengths of the Deck:

  • 21 Health Games
  • Frodo can be cast very early and get in chip commander damage in the early turns
  • Many ways to protect Frodo

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Frodo is the main attacker / threat in our deck if killed a ton or targeted a ton can be bad if we cannot cast him
  • Weak to Artifact Destruction
  • Not a ton of interaction

Deck Stats:

Sample Hands:

Main Win Conditions:

We are not really packing any infinite combos in our deck we almost always win the game through attacking with Frodo / Commander damage! Our main backup creature is Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist since they can put a bunch of equipment onto our creatures on combat and is great in situations when Frodo isn’t available!


In Conclusion Frodo is a ton of fun to play and pilot and is a little bit of a different take on a Voltron / Equipment style deck and allows us to play equipment’s that you don’t typically see in a lot of other decks! Frodo is also a very simple deck so would be great for a newer player who is just starting to get into the wild world of EDH! Frodo reduces games to 21 health since we typically win through commander damage!

Thanks for reading to the end!