Mindless Automaton

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom 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
Eternal Masters (EMA) Uncommon
Tempest Remastered (TPR) Rare
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" (TSB) Rare
Exodus (EXO) Rare

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Mindless Automaton

Artifact Creature — Construct

Mindless Automaton enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.

, Discard a card: Put a +1/+1 counter on Mindless Automaton.

Remove two +1/+1 counters from Mindless Automaton: Draw a card.

Mindless Automaton Discussion

rhinoloupe on Shirei's Resurrection

1 month ago

For pure card draw, I'd go with a Mindless Automaton

lagotripha on Need help making deck

1 month ago

The only card in modern I've seen played competitively with morph is Akroma, Angel of Fury in old-school blink decks. Zoetic Cavern sometimes appeared in budget lists.

I'd probably take it in the flicker direction- with hardened scales there you could make use of things like Long Road Home / Otherworldly Journey / Essence Flux to put some threats on the board for cheap. Mindless Automaton would be the kind of thing to look at for value with that. One of the interesting things about manifest is that they don't have to be creatures to be put onto the battlefield with flicker- Sandwurm Convergence is completely possible.

TheHi14312 on Ezuri, the Cheap Claw

2 months ago

Skynock, Mindless Automaton looks really good. I actually had Fungal Sprouting in mind, but decided to go Mycoloth instead, something to kinda act as a way to draw removal away from Ezuri, and create a sh*t load of exp counters

Skynock on Ezuri, the Cheap Claw

2 months ago

Mindless Automaton and Fungal Sprouting are two big ones to add.

Jaecen on Animar, Sec

3 months ago

Card Categorization

I've categorized the cards in your deck here: https://deckstats.net/decks/50753/1215572-animar

The following analysis is based on that categorization. Several cards are in more than one category, so I've categorized them based on their primary or common case. E.g. Ancient Animus is both "Removal" and "+1/+1 Counter Interaction", but you're going to cast it to kill something -- the +1/+1 counter is a nice bonus.

Strategy

There's no explicit or stated goals of the deck, so I can't evaluate the cards against that. If you have a goal, let me know.

The core effect of Animar is to play creatures, which grows Animar. As Animar grows, he helps you play more (and more expensive) creatures. Some notable limitations:

  • Animar only decreases colorless costs
  • Animar only cares about creatures
  • Animar only cares about casting creatures

Animar is cheap to cast and protects himself from most removal (due to his protection from Black and White). Because of this, we can assume that we will get him out early and keep him out long enough for him to provide benefit. We'll build the deck assuming Animar is on the battlefield at all times.

Since Animar reduces the colorless component of creature costs, we'll get the biggest benefit from colorless creatures. As with any unlimited cost reduction effect, we should look for ways to break the free case. The obvious one here is to bounce and recast colorless creatures for free.

Since we're playing all of these (hopefully free) creatures, Animar will grow quickly. Giving Animar good evasion will give us to win on commander damage quickly.

To best abuse Animar, we want:

  • Many creatures across a range of mid to high colorless costs
  • As many of those creatures in our hand as possible
  • An many +1/+1 counters on Animar as soon as possible
  • A means to make Animar unblockable

The easiest way to break Animar is to create an engine that casts colorless creatures and bounces them to your hand as many times as possible during a turn. We'll want ETB/LTB effects on those creatures and cards that care about creatures entering and leaving the battlefield. Additionally, we'll want cards that care about +1/+1 counters on a creature.

Favor creatures over non-creatures, as you get a discount on creatures. Try to keep colored costs to a minimum - avoid double or more colors in a cost.

Abusable Colorless Creatures:

Repeatable Bounce:

Synergies:

Unblockable Enablers:

We'll want to get as many creatures down as quickly as we can. Card draw and other card advantage effects are valuable.

Draw/Card Advantage:

Changes to the Existing Cards

I would consider cutting way down on the amount of ramp. Mana dorks get the deck running early, but they don't have any synergy with the core effects. I suspect that's what was leaving you feeling like you had a dead hand.

Cards that seem particularly problematic:

  • Wild Cantor . Requires a sac for effect. Doesn't get cost reduction. A dork that taps for mana would be better.
  • Tinder Wall . Same as Wild Cantor sans the cost reduction bit.
  • Vivid Creek and Vivid Crag . These both ETB tapped, don't have basic land types, and only provide off-color mana twice. If would strongly consider running Amonkhet cycling duals over these.
  • Ancient Ziggurat . Be careful, as this mana can only be used for casting creature spells. I don't like this land in most decks.
  • Bond Beetle . I have no idea why this is in here. It works once and has very little synergy with the deck. Verdurous Gearhulk would be better, but still not great.
  • Green Sun's Zenith . I think a cheaper card that tutored to hand and then let you cast the card would be better, as you'd get the cost reduction effect and other synergies. No cards come to mind, but there are lots that look at the top X cards and tutor to hand ( Gift of the Gargantuan , etc.).

Azdranax on Unhallowed Be Thy Name

3 months ago

alechodgin23 - Thanks for the upvote and the look. While ordinarily I'd agree with you regarding the card draw options, if you play test this deck several times you'll realize it's not nearly as necessary in this build as normally would be needed, as there are 11 potential tutor options, and with nearly all of the combos in the deck (which are numerous) typically only requiring two or three cards to complete with the commander (usually Mikaeus, a sac outlet, a recurring creature and a combo finishing piece), the six other draw spells and draw engines are more than enough to keep the deck rolling along to combo out very consistently turns 4 through 6. Considering Necropotence , Skullclamp , Mindless Automaton , Grim Haruspex and Midnight Reaper have the potential to draw a large portion of the deck all at once as well, it's very rare that the deck stalls out and fails to find a finishing combo piece with any playable starting hand that can generate enough mana to get Mikaeus on board. I've been tweaking the build for a long time now, and the current iteration is the most consistent I've achieved. I still wouldn't call it cEDH, but it's very consistently finding a finishing combo by turn 6 at the latest, unless you get mana screwed, which is fairly rare as well.

That said, it is somewhat of a glass cannon, which is one of the fun elements of the deck when I play it at my LGS - with interaction, it can definitely be slowed down dramatically, which makes it feel a bit more fair against other "good stuff" builds that can't combo as quickly. In any case, thanks again for the look and happy brewing to you. I'll definitely give your Gisa deck a peek.

hkhssweiss on Mike, the Sacrificial God

4 months ago

Hmm alright Juniperidlis, I see where your coming from. Okay for budget card draw here might be some options you can consider.

For some cheaper ramp cards you can consider cards like:

All these cards should be under $3 USD! Hope that helps!

NoOneOfConsequence on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

4 months ago

Not to beat a dead horse, but I thought I'd bring up Shirei again (and my deck specifically, The Recursion Nightmare), just because I've actually changed it around a fair bit since last time. Workhorse , Harvester of Souls , Heap Doll , Myr Sire , Diabolic Revelation , Homeward Path , Mindslaver , Arcbound Reclaimer , Sorin Markov , Dictate of Erebos , and Coffin Queen are all out in favor of Midnight Reaper , Mausoleum Secrets , Skyscanner , Dusk Legion Zealot , Sensei's Divining Top , Cabal Stronghold , Petrified Field , Burglar Rat , Liliana of the Veil , Sanguine Bond , and Exquisite Blood .

The wincons are stronger, the mana curve is lower (and more balanced), the cabal-tron package is now super-redundant (with Cabal Coffers , Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , Vesuva , Deserted Temple , Petrified Field , Cabal Stronghold , and Expedition Map ), the stax effects are stronger, and the utility spells are cheaper. I'd say the deck has gotten at least 12% better, which, admittedly, goes against what I said ealier about the deck being almost perfect (though, in my defense, I hadn't yet taken a good look at some of the cards they've been printing recently--that's the great thing about Shirei, he only gets better the more worthless black commons they release).

I might take out the sanguine bond + exquisite blood wincon for Desecrated Tomb and Torment of Hailfire . Desecrated Tomb is more value, but obviously not really a wincon unless things are going way too well for me, and Torment of Hailfire isn't nearly as straightforward as Exsanguinate , but they might be better, anyhow.

Also, I still stand by Damnation --especially now that I'm playing Midnight Reaper and Dusk Legion Zealot , my life total is kind of a precious resource--sure, toxic deluge might be worth it anyhow, but it also kills my commander (read: I get my board state back after a damnation), so it's not strictly worse--though, I might consider playing deluge over Oblivion Stone , even though that card is my one way of dealing with problem enchantments, for instance.

Oh, and, I considered adding Pitiless Plunderer , but, again, the list is really tight, and I'd rather have Black Market over him, as I don't need more than one color of mana, the mana from Black Market accumulates, and it triggers whenever anything dies (relevant with Grave Pact ).

There are probably still better Shirei decks out there that still wouldn't qualify him for tier 3, but, frankly, even given a casual glance, tier 3 could easily be split up into multiple tiers (or just not have so many commanders crammed in it, and maybe we add a new bottom tier). I mean, Ghost Council of Orzhova and Ambassador Laquatus probably shouldn't be in the same category as Aminatou, the Fateshifter and Oloro, Ageless Ascetic , for instance. All the same, just in case these somehow weren't already obvious, let me detail a few of the more interesting interactions Shirei has with some of the dorks in this deck:

Mesmeric Fiend has an O-ring trick going on where, if we sacrifice him before his first ability resolves, the second ability triggers and does nothing, then we exile a card from our opponent's hand permanently. Doing that every turn with a sac outlet can be pretty good, and if you do it for long enough, you'll have everyone topdecking. I used to play Brain Maggot in this vein, but later learned that that works differently--it's all wrapped up into one ability, so if he dies before it resolves, during resolution, we take a card, the game sees that it's dead, then we immediately return it to their hand. Not very good, obviously.

Coffin Queen has a slightly different but effectively equivalent O-ring trick--if she's sacrificed before her ability resolves, the ability resolves, but since she's dead, the game doesn't remember her as an object and the delayed trigger of the ability can never happen, so we keep the creature permanently. When Coffin Queen comes back, she is, of course, a new object with a different timestamp.

Oh, and, in case this one wasn't obvious, cards like Mindless Automaton work with Shirei because their power is 1 or less when they enter the graveyard, thus triggering Shirei's ability, and their power doesn't become more than 1 until they've already entered the battlefield, as per layering rules.

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Mindless Automaton occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.14%