Artifact — Equipment
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.
: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control.
Equip (: : Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)
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|Commander 2016 (C16)||Uncommon|
|Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2)||Uncommon|
|Fifth Dawn (5DN)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Cranial Plating occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.08%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
Cranial Plating Discussion
5 days ago
Thank you for your suggestions!
I was trying to build a sort of midrange deck with a lot of card-draw and the ability to win by equipping Cranial Plating at instant speed or by attacking and pumping with Master of Etherium and a big board of robots.
Given that without Opal it's very difficult to "win quickly" I decided not to include Pests and Skirges.
One of the biggest problems of Affinity is that it runs out of gas very quickly and, trying to go for the long run, the deck really needed a lot of card draw. In order to do so I decided to put Rebuke and Remand to buy some time while digging for useful cards.
I really like the idea to ditch Ensoul Artifact: the enchantment has proven not very useful (if not an outright useless 2 for 1).
2 weeks ago
Hey, nice start and budget version of Alela.
Bident of Thassa is a very good budget card with lots of flying tokens. Bident with attacking Faeries can get you far ahead in a game with card draw and gives you resiliency to come back from board wipes. Diabolic Tutor is a budget tutor that can tutor for Bident. Oona's Blackguard is a two drop Faerie who has a good combat damage ability since there's many other Rogue Faeries in your deck. Rootborn Defenses protects all your creatures from a board wipe that destroys and you get free Faerie token.
For voltron Cranial Plating is a reason to go more artifacts than enchantments with Alela. Plating can be a busted card for voltron because you can keep equipping it to your Faeries. Seat of the Synod, Vault of Whispers and Darksteel Citadel are budget artifact lands that count for Plating. Two drop mana rocks are good with Alela such as Orzhov Signet, Azorius Signet, Dimir Signet, Mind Stone, Prismatic Lens, etc. Two drop mana rocks help to cast Alela turn three and the faster you can get Alela onto the battlefield the better your Faerie army will be. Paradoxical Outcome and Rebuild are budget mass bounce effects for artifacts and Outcome includes enchantments as well as draws you a card for each permanent you bounce. Bounce artifacts and cast them again to create more tokens.
Good luck with your deck.
4 weeks ago
I would cut out one or more of the following as an emphasis: artifacts, enchantments, faeries, or tokens. Personally, I think artifacts is the weakest theme as of right now. Cards like Cranial Plating, Trading Post, Efficient Construction, and Witching Well don't do a whole lot (possibly Thopter Spy Network too). As a result of taking artifacts largely out, Emry, Luker of the Loch becomes pretty useless.
Your planeswalkers are interesting. They all play into the token theme very well.
Some cards I find are underwhelming: Daxos's Torment, Faerie Trickery, Whitewater Naiads, Harvestguard Alseids, Grim Guardian, Doomwake Giant, Agent of Erebos (I can see why you might play him), and Windfall.
There are some cards that are really good but could be easily cut such as Anointed Procession if you wanted to bring the price down.
3 months ago
Skittles isn't a bad commander, however he's more Voltron than aggro. And while he's a strong infect card, there aren't many others in mono black. So that means that while he only has to do 10 damage per player, if you do say 8 infect damage and then get starved out of being able to play him, it's much harder for the rest of your deck to follow up on the work done. Not to mention he is very telegraphing of your strategy.
3 months ago
3 months ago
Add: Metallic Mimic , Adaptive Automaton , Foundry Inspector , Scion of Oona , Grand Architect , Hushbringer , Rankle, Master of Pranks , Emry, Lurker of the Loch . Shinechaser , Cranial Plating , Throne of the God-Pharaoh , Notorious Throng .
Control: Utter End , Anguished Unmaking , Cyclonic Rift , Damnation , Swords to Plowshares , Path to Exile , Fate Forgotten , Return to Dust , Disallow , Despark , Generous Gift , Reality Shift , Supreme Verdict , Stolen by the Fae , Vindicate .
3 months ago
Hey, good job for your first Commander deck. Nice Tezzeret the Seeker :)
When on a budget for the manabase it's better to rely on basic lands and dual lands that have interaction with basic lands. These can replace dual lands that will always ETB (enter the battlefield) tapped such as Azorius Guildgate and Dismal Backwater . The Guildgates and Life lands are not better than a basic land.
Lands within the budget to consider adding:
- Caves of Koilos
- Spire of Industry
- Arcane Sanctum
- Ash Barrens
- Sunken Hollow
- Prairie Stream
- Port Town
- Choked Estuary
- Buried Ruin
Land to consider cutting:
- Azorius Guildgate
- Dimir Guildgate
- Dismal Backwater
- Scoured Barrens
- Tranquil Cove
- Jwar Isle Refuge
- Vivid Creek
- Dimir Aqueduct
- Temple of Deceit
- Temple of Silence
I see too many creatures that don't interact with Alela. Nonartifact/enchantment creatures don't have much interaction with Alela. My advice is cut a lot of these creatures for more artifacts, artifact creatures and enchantments. You have Tezzeret that's a good reason to expand on artifacts.
Lots of mana rocks are good with Alela because they can be used to make ramp to play her faster and then after she's on the battlefield they can create Faeries. I see you have the Signets already which is great, but consider more budget mana rocks?
Three drop mana rocks such as Coalition Relic which you have are fine, but if you can replace a three drop mana rock such as Obelisk of Esper , Mana Geode with a one or two drop mana rock then this will help your deck.
Consider cutting the creature base down to only a few? Keep: Strix, Architect, Shimmer Myr, Simulacrum, Assembly, Master, Seer, Rider, Titan? Can then replace the other creatures with more artifacts/enchantments to make more interaction with Alela.
Cards within the budget to consider adding:
- Etherium Sculptor
- Foundry Inspector
- Silver Myr
- Sai, Master Thopterist
- Bident of Thassa
- Throne of the God-Pharaoh
- Cranial Plating
- Mirrodin Besieged
- Scrap Trawler
- Junk Diver
- Sharuum the Hegemon
- Nihil Spellbomb
- Wayfarer's Bauble
- Conjurer's Bauble
- Manifold Key
Etherium Sculptor and Foundry Inspector are good as low mana cost artifacts that reduce the mana cost of all other artifacts you cast. CMC artifacts are free for you to cast with one of these on the battlefield which can help to chain cast artifacts and make a lot of Faeries. Casting two drop mana rocks for is also good. Sai, Master Thopterist and Mirrodin Besieged are three drops that any artifact you cast after creates an artifact creature token.
If you're wanting to attack with a large Faerie/Thopter army then Bident of Thassa and Cranial Plating are cards that you want. Bident can be busted repeatable draw with attacking flying creatures. Cranial is good to equip to Alela since she has flying and the damage she does to a player is Commander damage. Throne of the God-Pharaoh is a deceptively powerful two drop artifact with Faeries. The life loss this can do will add up fast since it's repeatable at your end step making all your opponents lose life not just one.
Good luck with your deck.