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Metallic Rebuke Discussion
3 days ago
Maybe cut Mishra, Artificer Prodigy and Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain for cantrip artifacts like Chromatic Star and Chromatic Sphere and a playset of Ancient Stirrings? They just don't seem fast enough and are the most color-intensive cards in the deck. Pia Nalaar doesn't seem like it would be better than 4 copies of Sai, Master Thopterist either since you're trying to swarm. Walking Ballista as maybe a 2-of seems powerful as a way of interacting with creatures since you have none otherwise, and maybe even a copy of Emrakul, the Aeons Torn as an instant-ish win condition. This is similar to the more eggs-style KCI decks but isn't focused on the graveyard at all which can be a good way to try and trick the opponent into sideboarding Rest in Peace and Leyline of the Void which won't hurt you at all. On that note, you could add Scrap Trawler and play into the regular KCI gameplan a little more without needing to use Pyrite Spellbomb over and over to win. For the sideboard, I would say counterspells like Metallic Rebuke and Dispel would be a priority, maybe The Antiquities War against slower decks, Ghirapur AEther Grid would help against other creature decks, as well as point removal like Galvanic Blast or Dispatch. Tempered Steel could be sweet but maybe too gimmicky and difficult to play. Graveyard hate like Rest in Peace and Relic of Progenitus would be fine if you don't add the graveyard angle in at all. Basically, all of the sideboard options that other artifact decks use are open to this one! Overall, I think building in a real, solid turn-you-play-it win condition like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is the first thing to do since this deck looks like it's just planning on swarming with thopters, which is a solid plan and it can go infinite with multiple Myr Retrievers on the board and a Krark-Clan Ironworks, but without backup could fall short with the amount of board wipes in modern that can kill everything in the deck before you can actually attack. Good luck, I'm currently turning my Affinity deck into something similar to this and got a few ideas from your list!
1 week ago
3 weeks ago
I don't know that you need Reverse Engineer at it's high cmc cost. Skilled Animator is a good proxy for the older Ensoul Artifact, and having a few 5/5 artefact creatures about might not be a bad idea. I would consider dropping 1 Metallic Rebukefor Tezzeret, Cruel Machinist
1 month ago
Hey, interesting ideas. If you're right--I think you are about Bolas/Scarab midrange and red aggro still dominating Standard until rotation--why do you think that combining Tezzeret with Teferi is a winning strategy? Goblin Chainwhirler will be a part of both these dominating decks and Tezzeret gets wrecked by him.
I just don't think Tezzeret interacts well with Teferi. He seems really good with Karn, but not Teferi. Both Teferi and Tezzeret are the same CMC and Teferi is so much better for control. Two five drop Planeswalkers is not what control wants especially since Teferi is a control engine by himself without needing other cards (artifacts). If you think red aggro is still going to dominate then that's another reason not to play Tezzeret because this adds another five drop to the mana curve who's quite bad when facing Chainwhirler.
I suggest as a way to fight both these possible dominating decks--instead of adding Tezzeret--bring back Approach of the Second Sun. Play more Seal Away, Cast Out and Ixalan's Binding. Chainwhirler is keeping green at bay until post rotation making playing these enchantments safer. They're quite good at stopping Bolas and Scarab because enchantment removal is nonexistent in these decks. Post rotation could be much different and Reclamation Sage could wreck Azorius with lots of removal that's enchantments, but until rotation I think you're safe.
Tezzeret is the most interesting card in your deck. You have the right ideas with using Treasure Map Flip and Fountain of Renewal with Tezzeret, but he wants a much more dedicated artifact strategy. This way you can consistently 0 him the turn he's played. Having a 5 loyalty Planeswalker and drawing two cards is good. Much better than a having a 1/1 flier and a 6 loyalty Planeswalker.
Dimir seems good with Tezzeret with more artifacts like Metalspinner's Puzzleknot, Sorcerous Spyglass, Walking Ballista, Fountain, Map. Cards that care about artifacts like Herald of Anguish, Tezzeret the Schemer, Sai, Master Thopterist, Contraband Kingpin, Metallic Rebuke, Battle at the Bridge and Karn. The problem is that Dimir is already occupied in Standard until rotation with midrange. There's no reason to play Dimir competitively with artifacts until rotation since midrange with Scarab is already proven to be dominate.
Dimir is a guild in Guilds of Ravnica--Azorius is not. Dimir will have support in the set and the entire current Dimir midrange deck except Contempt rotates out of Standard. This leaves an empty spot for a new Dimir strategy which hopefully the mana curve of Fountain/Map/Sai/Karn/Tezzeret can fill. Post rotation Azorius with removal as enchantments might be vulnerable to Reclamation Sage; if this is the case so will an artifact strategy with Tezzeret. Tezzeret is a great card to brew around for post rotation, but I think until rotation too many cards outmatch him.
1 month ago
2 months ago
Oh shoot, I didn't notice that you asked for sideboard help lol. Well, here goes:
The first thing to consider when making a sideboard is what matchups you're bad against; aggro is the obvious one, so that should come first on your list of hate cards to look for. Next you should ask yourself what decks you typically run into at your LGS (or wherever you play) and look for hate cards against those decks. Finally, fill the rest of your sideboard out with the "staples" such as Negate or Dispel. I actually usually do this first, then consider the other things after (that's the lazy way out, but it works if you need a sideboard quickly). Here's what I would recommend running in any blue deck:
Another thing you should try to do when building a sideboard is find cards that help out your game plan as well as shore up your matchups; for example, a Collected Company deck would play Thrashing Brontodon over Naturalize because it contributes to the deck's gameplan (winning through beats and making value with CoCo) whereas Naturalize doesn't. In your deck, it can be as simple as a spell that draws a card along with its effect, or it can be a cheap (or expensive) artifact that you can play for free (or for cheap) with your cost-reducers.
Of course, during all these steps you need to keep in mind the limitations of your deck and the colors it's in. Blue is particularly bad at removing creatures and artifacts/enchantments and dealing with graveyards.
Now that that's been said, here's a list of some generally good budget sideboard cards that I compiled:
Steel Sabotage for Affinity and other artifact decks.
Ceremonious Rejection is a solid counterspell for Tron, Eldrazi, and Affinity.
Gigadrowse is my favorite card to play in blue combo decks as it can tap creatures in the aggro matchup and tap down lands in the control matchup, allowing you to combo off the next turn without any chance of getting disrupted.
Ratchet Bomb is another good catch-all for permanents you can't normally deal with in blue. Pretty neat in this deck since you can play it for free. (It's under a dollar if you really search for it)
Witchbane Orb helps against targeted discard and stuff.
Dragon's Claw is great in the red matchup, even helps you gain life for the Aetherflux kill.
Now some cards that I think would work well in your deck as well as in the sideboard:
Engulf the Shore since you have Inspiring Statuary, it's probably easy to cast it for just 1-2 mana. In fact, I think it warrants a spot in the main if you run into aggro a lot. Might need more statuaries so you can cast it consistently, though.
Baral's Expertise because it can deal with creatures and cast Paradoxical Outcome (if you think about it it's a Paradoxical Outcome that bounces 3 things for 1 extra mana) and Statuary helps cast it, however it's in the same situation as Engulf.
Silent Arbiter is a bit too heavy on the wallet for this deck, but I thought you could maybe consider it.
After you make a rough draft of your sideboard, you need to do one more thing: ask yourself what cards your opponents will bring in against you and think of cards that will counter those cards. This part is tough, as you'll have to think of all the possibilities and cut some of your other sb cards, but it'll benefit you in the long run.
The way I learned how to make sideboards was by looking at similar decks to the ones I was building and taking notes from their sideboards. Doing that would help you out in the long term, too.
Sorry my answer was a bit late, hopefully this helps :D
2 months ago
Here's my recommendations:
I forgot about Prowess.
3 months ago
Metallic Rebuke is in essence a Spell Pierce as it almost always costs us U to play because of improvise. I used to run Spell Pierce in the side but often times it's worse then Negate or just flat out keeping in Metallic Rebuke.