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Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient
Legendary Creature — Ogre Spirit
Whenever you activate an ability of an artifact, if it isn't a mana ability, you may pay R. If you do, copy that ability. You may choose new targets for the copy.
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Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient Discussion
1 week ago
Also, Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient makes an incredible mono-red artifact commander.
2 weeks ago
Reverie42, thank you for the comment and suggestions! I actually had Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient in the decklist until recently, but I found that most of the time I didn't even think about him or would get depressed when I'd draw him. He is likely better suited as a commander, I agree, but I really prefer the flexibility Daretti, Scrap Savant provides. Plus, like you said, his ultimate is badass. I have way too much fun playing with him as my commander to even consider a different card. If I did choose to mix things up at some point, though, I'd actually probably take my artifacts and change colors to a Sydri, Galvanic Genius deck, but Daretti still has my heart these days.
Thanks for the props on Colossus! I actually think he's a pretty cool dude. I threw him in after buying him for my Animar, Soul of Elements deck I used to have, and he has stuck in Daretti ever since then. As for Feldon of the Third Path, you might be surprised to hear I didn't think much of him when I played him either. I think I replaced him with Scarecrone, and while I'm not exactly in love with that card, I still think I like it more. Heart of Kiran's inclusion in the current list is the product of procuring one and wanting to try it out. It's okay, but I'm planning to replace it in the next wave of revisions.
Kurkesh and Feldon also go against my current plan to include as few non-artifact creatures as humanly possible in this deck, unless I deem them absolutely necessary. That way I can maximize the artifact shenanigans.
3 weeks ago
So, this may be a little out of scope, but have you considered using Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient as your commander?
The top-end of Daretti where you have an emblem and you've recast him is amazing. But I found that without the emblem, using his -2 to get a little extra value out of artifacts was almost always worse than just being able to play R to copy triggered abilities. Stuff like Basalt Monolith, Planar Bridge and Contagion Engine go from "great" to "absurdly broken" and you can easily slot in Lux Cannon and/or Magistrate's Scepter.
At the very least, if you're just looking to mix things up at some point, it's probably something you could mess around with pretty effectively changing only a handful of cards while running this as your main list.
Also, cheers for Colossus of Akros. It's such a great card that seems really underplayed in EDH relative to its power.
2 months ago
yavimaya_eldred, That doesn't work. All the creatures being searched by Hulk need to have their CMC add up to 6. My first thought was Kiki-Jiki too, but so far there's no 1 CMC creature that combos with him. The bigger problem is that there are very few ways to recur Hulk's trigger in Green or Red without returning it to hand and recasting.
Here's the best I can come up with:
With a sac outlet: first Hulk grabs Feldon of the Third Path + Quirion Ranger + Crimson Mage, to get a second Hulk, return a forest to untap Feldon, sac Hulk to grab Burning-Tree Emissary and Treasonous Ogre, use the and 3 life Feldon a third Hulk, grab Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Kiki copies Quirion Ranger, return another Forest to untap Feldon again, 9 life for a fourth Hulk that grabs Zealous Conscripts.
Total cost: , 12 life, 2 forests in play, a sac outlet, Hulk and 7 other card slots devoted to the combo.
Not nearly as elegant as the combos I posted above.
As far as mono-green goes, I think your best bet is to play Hulk in decks that were planning on comboing out with Umbral Mantle, Staff of Domination, or Sword of the Paruns already, and then just use him as a surefire way to grab the creatures you need once you have one of them out.
Liquidbeaver, How exactly does sacing your own lands break stax?
For comparison, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Krenko, Mob Boss, and Zada, Hedron Grinder are all T3 generals, and all of them are capable of combo-ing out by turn five or six. Hell even Grenzo, Havoc Raiser, Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient, and Feldon of the Third Path are T3, ad they're just value generals. I think Ib is fine where he is.
3 months ago
Voltron3030 Thanks :) about Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient, I played it for a while, but I prefer Rings of Brighthearth because cost less and an artifact is easier to recover from the gravyard and harder to remove.
3 months ago
That's a nasty decklist for sure. If you like combo-ing, you might consider Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient. If you run it with The Chain Veil, you can get three uses of Daretti a turn, even more if you can throw Voltaic Key and Clock of Omens into the mix. There's lots of other fun things to do with Kurkesh too.
4 months ago
I'm going to suggest you change this completely, here it goes! :)
But a weakness is many do not untap...but wait! Artifacts like Magewright's Stone, Voltaic Construct, Thousand-Year Elixir, Clock of Omens, Voltaic Key, etc. do just that. More fun though can be had with Threaten effects that you can use either on opponents' stuff or to untap your own. Interactive decks few!
And there's lots of fun utility golems to abuse. Ancestral Statue can bounce a big guy who attacked and just recast cheaply due to Rakdos' ability. Solemn Simulacrum is a staple. Beast of Burden takes advantage of token decks. Glass Golem's art looks wicked ;). Precursor Golem can add in some 1-shot draw spells like Crimson Wisps to draw a ton if lucky. Sundering Titan for fun control.
Feldon of the Third Path, Daretti, Scrap Servant, Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient, Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer, Tuktuk the Explorer, and Urabrask the Hidden are all legendaries that play nicely with a theme like this I think.
So keep your burn/damage to activate Rakdos' ability, add some haste enabler like Fervor so your golems can attack upon entering, include fun enchantments like Blood Mist, Flameshadow Conjuring, and Mana Echoes.