Mindless Automaton

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper 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.

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Mindless Automaton Discussion

GopherKing on EZ Ezuri

4 weeks ago

I only do combos in cEDH, where it's commonplace. In regular edh I try to avoid them. I often cut them from my decks if I end up running one by accident. I find them to be a very boring way to win 90% of the time.

As for Bred for the Hunt, draw is good, but in this case I don't like it just because you draw per creature with counters attacking. With Ezuri you pile a ton of counters on one guy, so BftH wont draw a lot of cards. It will usually only replace itself the first turn, and take another before you actually net cards. Just not good enough to me. On top of that, I already have a lot of very efficient draw engines. Cold-Eyed Selkie, Fathom Mage, and Mindless Automaton all draw cards based on counters too, except they scale with the number of counters. If I ran multiple ways to distribute counters across my whole board it might be worth it, but I don't, so it's not. Thanks for the suggestion though!

GopherKing on +1ing the Field

1 month ago

Okay, you asked me for advice, so here goes. Hope it's not too harsh. ;D

I'm just gonna start with creatures for now.

Advocate of the Beast seems super out of place, you don't have a single beast in the deck, so unless I'm missing something...

Same thing for Arcum Dagsson. You don't have a single artifact creature in the deck, and your only way to make them is Cultivator of Blades. If you can't reliably activate him he's just a really inefficient 2/2. Also, I assume you were going to use him to find Gonti's Aether Heart, but honestly, I don't think you have enough artifact/energy support to make that worthwhile either. If you cut Gonti's heart, you might as well also cut your other energy cards.

Hermit Druid is only good if your a heavy graveyard deck or are using him to combo, so I'd cut him.

Simic Guildmage is neat utility, but it's painfully inefficient. 2 mana to move a single counter. No thank you. But that's just me.

Also you have two Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix.

Some very very good creatures I would suggest instead:

Whirler Rogue: 3 exp + unblockable? Oh yeah. Also is a rogue for Notorious Throng.

Mindless Automaton, Cold-Eyed Selkie and Etched Oracle are great for drawing cards.

Triskelion and Walking Ballista are great for winning games when combat is inconvenient.

Deranged Hermit: 5 mana for 5 exp is a good rate.

Shrieking Drake is an MVP. Any unspent blue mana? Convert it into experience at a 1:1 ratio.

zingzang on Mikaeus, the Broken EDH

4 months ago

I play a Mikaeus-deck myself and I really like your work. But I think your mana-curve is not really that optimal. I play many ramp cards and only combo-pieces, which allows to make a turn 4 or turn 5 kill, nearly every time. Please also be aware, that Mikaeus gives all your creatures +1/+1, so things like Mindless Automaton don't work, even if you kill them manually, it's stuck with only one +1-counter. If you want to make your deck more consistent and more deadly, take out all cards that don't kill your opponents IMMEDIATELY with Mikaeus. Cards like: Abhorrent Overlord or Dusk Urchins all need preparation time, so think about cutting them. Also cards like Liliana of the Veil don't do anything for your combo in this deck and are better off in a good modern deck (Oh, I wish I had one myself :( ). Here are some cards that I highly recommend to you, in order to combo off faster, and better:

Retribution of the Ancients

Fume Spitter (I love him but only in my starting hand)

Blood Artist

Blood Bairn

Zulaport Cutthroat

Devouring Swarm

Bloodthrone Vampire

Diabolic Servitude (maybe, but recommend)

Falkenrath Noble

Altar of Dementia

Altar of the Brood

Phyrexian Ghoul

Chainbreaker

Infernal Darkness (maybe, but always worth it)

Sidisi, Undead Vizier (maybe...)

Diabolic Intent

Dread Return (maybe...)

Pentavus (The only 7-drop allowed in this deck)

Nantuko Husk

Grim Haruspex

Grinding Station (you have many artifact creatures then...)

Wingrattle Scarecrow

Spincrusher

Lingering Tormentor

Skinrender

Some nice ways to tutor are:Dimir Machinations and Shred Memory. They get you all the combo pieces.

You may ask: "And what shall I cut?"Every Planeswalker, they do nothing for you in this deck. Every damn card that costs 5 mana or more (Only Exceptions are Pentavus and Triskelion) . (Yes, you can also cut Sidisi, Undead Vizier, if you have enough tutors). And everything, that doesn't combo with Mikaeus in a way that doesn't kill all your opponents immediately. Your goal is to win the game as soon as Mikaeus hits the battlefield. Most of the time the disruption can't do anything, because you can combo off in response to that. And to make it as fast as possible, add all mana artifacts known to mankind to your deck. Thran Dynamo, Jet Medallion and so on, and so on. You don't need any removal or any Temporal Extortion or Imp's Mischief and stuff like that. Aim for a turn 4 kill and cut everything that doesn't support your idea. There will be no threats on turn 4 or five that need you to have any special removal.

Hope this helps out.

If you want, I can post a link to my Mikaeus deck. I don't like to do advertisement for my decks, so I do it, if you want to see my idea of a perfect deck.

Cheers,ZZ

Draakeragon on Shirei's Discount Hospice for the Mostly Dead

4 months ago

Pilgrim's Eye

Good land ramp

Mindless Automaton

Remove two counters and it's a power 1 or less creature that draws you a card!

Viscera Seer

Scry is almost carddraw!

Unhallowed Pact

Protection for your commander.

Westvale Abbey

Good land to add

Skirsdag High Priest

Makes daemons. Nice right?

Perilous Myr

Kill creatures!

Tattered Mummy

Makes people think twice

Abhorrent Overlord

you have a lot of black symbols

I think you might need more carddraw.I recommend 6-8 drawcards

Phyrexian Arena

one of the better draws

Underworld Connections

draws you a card every turn

Greed

multiple per turn if you're feeling it.

Bontu's Monument

Drain a lot of people so you can fuel your carddraw

Jet Medallion

Black

Charcoal Diamond

Mana rock.

Sol Ring

Auto include

Commander's Sphere

If you have too much mana, carddraw!

Ogre Slumlord

a really annoying card for your opponent.

Myr Sire

Free token every turn?

Wake the Dead

Bring creatures back. then kill them, them bring them back!

Dance of the Dead

bring big creatures back!

Altar's Reap

You like killing your own things right?

Staff of Nin

You can kill your own creatures and get carddraw

CaptSillva on Marchesa the Undying

5 months ago

Here are a few cards you could consider for this deck Deathbringer Thoctar, Mindless Automaton, Triskelion, Walking Ballista, Cauldron of Souls, Puppeteer Clique, and Murderous Redcap.

All of these cards synergize very well with either your commander or Mikaeus, the Unhallowed.

evncrbch on Willing Sacrifice

5 months ago

Airdraken - I have thought of Pentavus. Didn't make the list the first time around, but could be something to test if I feel like something isn't as strong as I want it to be. Crop Rotation is just a card I forgot about, probably will find its way in here. Haven't had enough time to test Animation Module yet, so stay tuned. As for Ulvenwald Mysteries and any other card with the text "nontoken creature", I feel like I don't get enough value off of it. I feel like I sacrifice tokens too often to get enough value off of those cards to run them in the list. Mindless Automaton isn't bad per se, but I feel like this list has enough effects to keep the hand full or generate pseudo-card advantage. Crystalline Crawler could be a solid include to some lists, but I haven't really felt the need for further fixing. Eldrazi Monument is definitely a solid card, so maybe it's worth a slot. I'll have to see if I can fit it. Ordeal of Nylea feels too weak for me. I think there are other cards that are more significant that I would like to run before that. Attrition is a solid removal option, but I think I may try Retribution of the Ancients before Attrition. Swarmyard is a good add-in for later, but at the time I felt like the ~$10 could be better spent on other cards.

Airdraken on Willing Sacrifice

5 months ago

Awesome list. I'm currently trying to make my own. and forgot to look at others lists on here before buying! Oops!

Have you thought about Pentavus ? Also i'm thinking of trying Tetravus. too doing a similar thing but only at end of turn.

Crop Rotation to find any specific land and sacs.

Animation Module How has the testing for that been going?

Have you given consideration to Ulvenwald Mysteries ? So for every non token creature that dies you'll get a clue. so you get a (2) sac clue draw a card. When you sacrifice the clue you get a 1/1. I haven't had a chance to play but

Also Mindless Automaton Could be more card draw dependent on how many counters you're getting with Mazirek. Crystalline Crawler is of the similar route but for mana.

Eldrazi Monument ?

Ordeal of Nylea i think is also super interesting. providing +1/+1 counters, a sacrifice and ramp. Attrition Golgari Germination

Swarmyard

zorsmobile on Counter Culture

6 months ago

I really enjoyed having Pemmin's Aura in my Vorel deck, since it could protect him but also make him go off in a nasty way. Also found Mindless Automaton as a powerful draw engine, but Novijen Sages, Myojin of Seeing Winds, Sage of Fables, or any of the other many +1/+1 draw engines are good too

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