Golem's Heart

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Scars of Mirrodin (SOM) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Golem's Heart

Artifact

Whenever a player casts an artifact spell, you may gain 1 life.

Golem's Heart Discussion

FenrisBurgess on Urza Cheerios

4 months ago

I find some of these choices pretty questionable.

Let's go through what you're obviously trying to do.

  • Golem's Heart gives you one life for one spell cast. I don't see know this helping much unless you are going straight for the Aetherflux Reservoir win-con. Even still, it's not very valuable. Staff of the Mind Magus isn't much better either.
  • Zuran Orb seems like a good choice if you are really going for that Reservoir.
  • I think you need to keep in mind you're playing a multiplayer format and the win-con itself isn't really a win-con unless you can gain stupid amounts of life (not something you're going to be able to do effectively in mono-blue), because you won't survive after paying 50 life to kill one player.

Next is your mana.

  • You honestly don't need Command Tower , you only use Blue. It counts as a non-basic land and is subject to more removal.
  • You have a lot of vanilla 0-drops. These are good as mana rocks if you have Urza out, and entirely useless if you don't (the moxen are fine). Look for more 1-drops that generate value.
  • Guild Globe is a mana fixer that gives slight card advantage. Since you're running mono-blue, this thing is only valuable for the one time draw and possibly sac with the ironworks.
  • Silver Myr is an alright option if you happen to need mana and are without Urza, but Palladium Myr is a more solid option.

This deck is lacking in control spells.

  • I see 2 counters and one of them is very conditional. I don't see your cruiser surviving long enough to actually do anything.

  • Since you're going for tokens, you should seek out more token generators. Look into myrs and station cycle.

  • In addition, you can also go for flicker or blink in order to spam Urza's Constructs.

  • I don't see why you would ever want Magosi, the Waterveil in a deck like this, especially without anything that grants Flash. That's just asking for death.

I won't suggest any cards because I'm not you, so I don't know what you want to put in here, but this deck seems all over the place and I think the reason you're "getting hated out of games" is due to this fact.

  • The most important thing of all, though...

  • Why is this called Cheerios?

DemonDragonJ on Why Has WotC Changed How ...

5 months ago

The original “lucky charms” ( Ivory Cup , Iron Star , and so forth), as well as the Darksteel lucky charms ( Kraken's Eye , Wurm's Tooth , and so forth) triggered whenever any player cast a spell of the appropriate color, and both Paradise Plume and Golem's Heart followed that example, as well. However, the staves from Magic 2014 triggered only when their controller cast a spell of the appropriate color, and Diamond Mare from Magic 2019 followed that example, as well.

Now, with diamond knight from Magic 2020 following the later example, it is now clear to me that WotC does not wish for lucky charms to trigger when their controllers’ opponents cast spells, but I feel that that severely limits their power.

What does everyone else say about this? Why did WotC make this change, and does it annoy you?

oberien on Metalworks V2

8 months ago

I liked the v1 list and played it at two FNMs. However I didn't find it complex enough being used to Hardened Scales, KCI and Amulet Titan (and Amulet Bloom back in the day). I love the solve the puzzle aspect of decks. The old version felt more like a "cheat 10/10 into play and beat the enemy down" with the infinite loop feeling more like a backup. The new list above seems to focus more on infinite loops, which satisfies my inner MTG player :)

I took the above list to the FNM with slight modifications and went 1-1-1 (could have been 2-0-1 if I knew the deck better). I didn't have any Conjurer's Bauble so I replaced them with Akroma's Memorial , Ghirapur AEther Grid and Karn, Scion of Urza . I really enjoyed playing the deck and slowly discovering more and more ways to win the game :) For those interested, I went for this sideboard: 3 Nature's Claim , 2 Dismember , 2 Abrade , 2 Firespout , 1 Engineered Explosives , 2 Nihil Spellbomb , 1 Grafdigger's Cage , 1 Sun Droplet , 1 Sorcerous Spyglass .

Infinite Combos

General loop: Metalwork Colossus (MC) and Scrap Trawler (ST) on the battlefield, at least {3} mana reduction on the battlefield (e.g. 1 Semblance Anvil and 1 Cloud Key ) and enough CMC for MC, a Metalwork Colossus in the graveyard (GY). Sacrifice MC and ST to the MC in the GY. ST-trigger of MC gets back ST, ST-Trigger of ST gets back any {0}, {1} or {2} mana artifact. Play MC and ST for free. We're back to the beginning but have an additional artifact in hand and increased the storm count.

Another possible loop if artifact reduction is only at {2} is to not sacrifice ST, but only MC and the {2}-mana artifact, ST-trigger of MC get back that artifact, play both. If artifact reduction is only at {1}, it's possible to draw some cards with Conjurer's Bauble (until there are no more artifacts in the GY) or to include Chromatic Star and draw infinite cards. There must always be enough non-creature artifact CMC on the battlefield to cast MC for free.

Infinite Card Draw: Get back Elsewhere Flask and play it (-> draw), then sacrifice it to get it back again in the next iteration. If there's a sac-outlet on the battlefield, it's possible to get back any egg and sacrifice it to the sac-outlet before sacrificing MC and ST to MC in the GY.
Infinite Damage: With Ghirapur AEther Grid in play, just do the most simple version of the loop and tap both to-be-sacrificed artifacts to grid before sacrificing them, dealing one damage. Without grid sac the Mortarpod token for 1 damage, sac Mortarpod and MC to the MC in the GY, ST-trigger of MC gets back Mortarpod . Rinse and repeat.
Infinite Mana: Tap Mind Stone for {1}. Sac MC and Mind Stone to the MC in the GY. ST-Trigger of MC gets back Mind Stone . Rinse and repeat.

Card analysis

I'd like to go through some cards:

  • Arcbound Ravager : I really like this addition. I was missing a sacrifice outlet to get the second Metalwork Colossus into graveyard before. Arcbound Ravager being fetchable with Sanctum of Ugin is just amazing and allowed me to go off in two games in the FNM which I otherwise couldn't have.
  • Grinding Station : I'm not sure about this card in general. I've previously played some variations of Krark-Less Ironworks lists ( Semblance Anvil and Grinding Station ). I see this card in this deck mainly for 3 reasons. (1) Milling the opponent with the infinite combo, (2) using it as a sac-outlet, (3) milling yourself to get a Metalwork Colossus into your graveyard when you already have one on the field to start the combo.
    I don't see the reason for (1), as we already have infinite card draw (eggs) and infinite damage ( Ghirapur AEther Grid or Mortarpod ).
    For (2) I find Arcbound Ravager better, as it can be fetched for with Sanctum of Ugin and doesn't need to be tapped (even though you can respond to the untap-trigger of Grinding Station by tapping it whenever an artifact ETB).
    For (3) I can't really judge that yet, as I didn't really try it out yet. I usually don't have problems finding the second Metalwork Colossus among Ancient Stirrings and Sanctum of Ugin . In longer matchups Inventors' Fair can also be used, even though I didn't need to crack any fairs so far. It might help against Blood Moon .
  • Mortarpod : This is the easiest and cheapest go-to infinite damage card. Even if drawn without a loop, it's still one damage that can take out a Snapcaster Mage to slow down the clock of an opponent ifneedbe.
  • Akroma's Memorial : I personally love this card in this deck. I've added it to the old version, and I also have it in my current deck. First, given {2} to {3} mana reduction, it's pretty easy to cast. It triggers Sanctum of Ugin letting you fetch Metalwork Colossus . If you have it deployed, and have any mana reduction on the field, MC is already free. Nobody expects this card. It adds another sort-of wincon. You can win with this card out of the blue. While I think it may be somewhat a win-more card, it has already won me several games single-handedly. I was able to fly over my opponent's elves. Giving Vigilance, it allowed me to attack with two MC against Spirits, which needed to block one, which left them without lethal and put me into a better spot. I just love this card.
  • Ghirapur AEther Grid : I think this card deserves to be a one-of in the deck. Against creature-based decks, it enables easy removal of the creatures. Control decks can barely do anything once it's deployed. And otherwise it still allows an infinite damage combo if Mortarpod has been exiled.

These are some cards, which may be good, but I don't see their effectiveness quite yet:

  • Greater Gargadon : As an earlier post suggested, this is a possible sac-outlet and threat. The problem is that we usually want artifacts on the battlefield to make Metalwork Colossus cheaper. Additionally, if we're able to get to 10 artifacts, we most likely already have a win condition.
  • Karn, Scion of Urza : I'm very unsure about this card. It gives us card-draw, but I don't think that's important in the current decklist. The only real reason for it I can think of is for the super-large token when we have lots of artifacts in play. But for that it might be too slow. It might help in grindy matchups, but in those MUs we'd just like to combo off anyway. And against control MUs it's not needed as this deck already has an amazing control matchup.
  • Salvage Titan : This card might be worth investigating, but I'm unsure if it goes well with the other ideas of the deck. We don't necessarily want to sacrifice 3 artifacts for a 6/4.
  • Silent Arbiter : This might be good against creature-heavy matchups and go-wide strategies.
  • Torpor Orb : Unsure if there are enough MUs which this card is good in.
  • Sun Droplet / Golem's Heart / Dragon's Claw : These might help against burn / fast strategies. May also help agaist phoenix decks.
  • Ratchet Bomb : Cheap (probably free) boardwipe. Helps against chomp blockers and tokens. Probably shouldn't be cracked for {2} :)
  • Engineered Explosives : Also possibly cheap boardwipe and a one-answers-all type card. Especially useful with Prophetic Prism .

Mana Base

I'm not sure about the landbase. I prefer utility lands over the Aether Hub s. I think that the old mana base fits better. This is probably mainly because I still like having Prophetic Prism over Elsewhere Flask . I haven't tested a lot with the landbase yet, so I'm not sure what the correct way of handling this is.
I often times lose against the deck itself just due to only drawing lands / having no lands. I'm not sure if this is just plain misfortune or if the number of lands is hard to balance between having enough lands on the starting hand and not flooding.

Weaknesses

Matchups

  • Through the Breach / Nahiri, the Harbinger : Alchemist's Vial completely shuts them off. Therefore, this MU is amazing.
  • Control: The Control MU is probably one of the best out there. Always remember having a sacrifice outlet for any Metalwork Colossus on the battlefield, be it Phyrexia's Core or a Metalwork Colossus in the graveyard. Whenever they try to exile one from the battlefield, get back one from the graveyard and get the otherwise exiled one in the graveyard.
    I even won two out of two games against Legacy Miracles (low sample rate, but we both felt like the MU is highly favoured for Metalworks Combo)
  • Very fast creature decks: This deck seems to always just be one turn too slow for very fast creature based MUs. In fact I lost 4/4 games against Sliver.

I don't have a lot of matchup data so far, and the above are mainly just estimates and gut feeling playing the matchup.

Please leave feedback on my observations so far, I really love this deck and it feels like it still has potential.

jld592 on Metalworks V2

8 months ago

Loving the deck and just proxied it up. It goldfishes pretty consistently to go infinite between turns 4 and 6.

My biggest issue is that I keep running into the situation where I play a colossus on turn 4, sac sanctum, get either a second colossus or the ravager, then I'm left with maybe 1-3 draws hoping to hit gas. This leaves me setting up the combo turn 5 and going off turn 6.

I also have a few sideboard ideas: Golem's Heart , Lodestone Golem , and Ward of Bones , and I'd love to hear your thoughts. I doubt ward of bones fits, but its at least interesting.

GoblinsBeatElves on $10 Blue Artifact Storm

1 year ago

Ah, that’s true. Probably would just be better to stick with Paradoxical Outcome then. Oh, and by the way: Golem's Heart could be an interesting prospect. Helps you gain life for your aetherflux kill

ThallionDarkshine on

2 years ago

This deck looks pretty sweet, and I like the idea of buffing two commanders at once with all of your equipments, but in my opinion there are a bunch of cards that are simply out of place in this particular list.

Misplaced Cards

First, all the 0-cost equipments are great in something like Sram, where they all cycle with your commander on the field. However, giving something +0/+3 and vigilance isn't really impactful enough to run, even with it giving Akiri +1/+0.

Second, all of the equipments that slowly give the creature +1/+1 counters over time are too slow in my opinion. Voltron decks are effective because they pressure opponents very quickly, giving them only a small window to deal with your commander before they die. In addition, Ring of Kalonia and Ring of Thune don't really fit with your commanders, as both of the commanders that they give counters to already have the abilities they provide.

Next, there are a bunch of equipments that don't really fit with your commanders. Both Blade of Selves and Illusionist's Bracers don't do anything with just them on the field.

Finally, you have several artifact-support cards that in my opinion are fairly low impact. Golem's Heart and Lifesmith take up a slot in your deck simply to gain you a few points of life here and there.

Card Suggestions

I'm sorry if this analysis has been fairly destructive so far, but here's something more constructive with some great cards that should definitely be found in equipment-focused decks.

First, some equipments. For some great ramp that initially doubles as an equipment to buff Tana, Dowsing Dagger buffs up something and then flips into a gilded lotus on a land. Hammer of Nazahn protects one of your commanders from removal and also makes your first equips of all your equipments essentially free. Loxodon Warhammer is a source of trample and lifegain for equipment decks. This last one is more of a fun inclusion than anything, but Bloodforged Battle-Axe promises some hilarious shenanigans as you attempt to make as many axes as possible.

Next, there are some insanely powerful equipment support cards that would be great in this deck. You already are running Sram, but Puresteel Paladin is another copy of this effect with further upside by making your equip costs free. Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith is a great equipment tutor, and if you add his hammer, he should definitely join the party as well. Sun Titan is an incredibly strong piece of recursion, bringing back a lot of your equipments or support permanents.

Finally, with your intense focus on equipments, the deck is a bit lacking in removal. While most of this should be standard, you definitely want to include some sort of land destruction, since Maze of Ith or the new Spires of Orazca can really stop voltron decks in their tracks.

Hope this wasn't overly critical, and helps you improve the list!

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