Ghirapur AEther Grid
Tap two untapped artifacts you control: Ghirapur AEther Grid deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
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Ghirapur AEther Grid Discussion
4 weeks ago
You may want to add both a Darksteel Forge and a Siege Modification as a mean to protect and animate your vehicles. There is also Ghirapur AEther Grid from the Magic Origins set that could find a home here. Other than that, deck seems solid!
1 month ago
Focusing the deck around the mill strategy does seem practical. But, I must warn that you should also become concerned of Leyline of sanctity as a result as it will prevent Hedron Crab's effect. However, since Altar of the Brood doesn't target it should get around this. In this case the points you provide for Simian Spirit Guide do seem practical, the ability to perform a surprise "1 Mana" counter does seem rather appealing. Although, in this case you may wish to invest in some ability to cast it in the event you may require a chump blocker but I think you would be able to do without.
As for the sideboard, I would normally recommend Fracturing Gust vs. Affinity or Artifacts but it seems your landfall mana will be used to make the combo function and incapable of achieving acceleration. Thus, 2x Disenchant will work perfectly as it targets enchantments, such as Ghirapur AEther Grid. 2x Stony Silence will also be a boon as it will force affinity to side in their own enchantment hate, they will automatically assume you have it anyways.
For Leyline of Sanctity I would recommend it as a 3 of. I'm unsure how much discard you see in your meta, but a playset is usually excessive for sideboard. My personal rule of thumb is: 3x if you want to see it, 4x if you want to play multiples.
The deck also seems a bit light on Creature hate, thus, 2x Path to Exile should help you out against aggro lists that go big rather than wide. You could also consider Condemn as the mill strategy wouldn't care about life! This is a far better removal spell in this case than Path to Exile as it keeps your opponents off curve if they are short mana.
Better yet, due to the creature light nature of your deck you could get away with having some board wipes in your side, naturally Supreme Verdict as you could hold onto your combo until after you've cleared away all their elves of goblins.
I hope that this helps you with your sideboard! If your meta has any specific decks that are prevalent then I'd recommend finding a good hate card to fill the rest of your sideboard. Grand Abolisher seems like a solid choice vs. Control. If you've got any questions, just let me know!
1 month ago
I think Prototype Portal would be pretty busted for this deck. You could have it produce artifact lands or Sol Rings for nothing, make it a draw/burn engine with Pyrite Spellbomb, piss off your opponents with multiple Tangle Wire, or dump Sphere of Resistance after Sphere of Resistance making everything unplayable since the sphere's don't increase the cost of the activated ability and win through Ghirapur AEther Grid or your opponent's decking themselves by having a smaller library than yours. Even signets are fair game since it would be two mana to dump a colorless instant-speed Rampant Growth. The artifact spam will also make smokestacks work more disgustingly to your advantage as well as the aforementioned Ghirapur AEther Grid.
1 month ago
After careful consideration:
Ghirapur AEther Grid (re-added)
Have been added to the mix. The Welder has been an all star in other artifact decks I have, like Breya. The mentality here is to weld something like an artifact land or essentially something I don't need contextually in favour of any stax card that may have been removed or countered. Similarly, Slobad is something I'm trying; sac'ing an artifact that may be hurting me more than opponents only to protect what I want seems worthy of tester slot. Almost makes me want to tinker with King Macar, the Gold-Cursed.
Magus is essentially a sideboard card whenever I'm dealing with token decks. It doesn't really put up enough to warrant a mainboard 99.
2 months ago
Ghirapur AEther Grid will help you abuse your orbs if your deck wants that.
Mother of Runes -- 'nuff said there
Cataclysm is great because it will likely lock down all opponents for the rest of the game.
Gonti, Lord of Luxury is pretty fun with Alesha
Victimize is great recursion.
Overall, nice deck!! +1
2 months ago
entheogeneral I consider Affinity a favorable matchup mostly due to Lingering Souls and cheap removal. Pre board you have access to sweepers, GQ's and Stony Silence which makes the odds even better. The biggest concern is pre board is Ghirapur AEther Grid and Blood Moon.
2 months ago
Thanks for the feedback!
As far as splashing goes, it may seem cute but the cost is actually almost nothing; because the deck wants more than 4 Borderposts and more than 4 fetches but is primarily 2-color, it has a bunch of off-color sources available whether it uses them or not. The deck also has Mox Opal to provide off-colors, so at the end of the day we've got 13 red sources (could be moved around to be white sources instead) and the only cost is swapping 1 basic swamp for 1 basic mountain.
That said, I'm not convinced that Blood Moon or Ghirapur AEther Grid are the best sideboard options available and there could definitely be better options that don't require red. My gut instinct is that I'd rather have AEther Grid because it's also useful against decks without Stony like Affinity, Infect, or Elves; Mechanized Production seems great with Thopter-Sword though, and I would likely try it in a SB plan to shift focus to that combo.
2 months ago
I tried playtesting this deck and it felt...weird. It didn't output much offensive pressure, and it seemed to have too few proper stax cards to survive as a control deck.
(Obviously you just built it so it needs some tuning, of course.)
Have you taken a look at some of the Gisela stax/control decks on this site? They might help you find some more cards.
Leonin Shikari seems strange here. Might be a cuttable card.
What's your meta like? It's easier to tailor a hate package once you know your opponents' decks :)