Mindless Automaton

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters Uncommon
Tempest Remastered Rare
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" Rare
Exodus 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

Rikente on Alesha, Who Luls at Death

6 days ago

No sweat UnleashedHavok, always willing to provide a different perspective. My Buried Alive piles really depend on the board and my mood. If I want to be goofy I'll get Crypt Champion, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, and Anger, using the Crypt Champion + Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip interaction I mention in my primer. If I need to respond to the board, I choose one of my myriad toolbox answers and then usually fun value cards such as Gonti, Lord of Luxury or Stoneforge Mystic. If I have Living Death in hand I'll grab Anarchist, Mindless Automaton, and Golgari Thug and I'll go all in on the reanimation plan.

This right here is exactly why I love this deck so much. There are always so many options, and I rarely get the same pile twice. I feel like this is the best way to really embrace the singleton nature of EDH.

foxboy93 on Alesha, who smiles at death

1 week ago

I have begun to think of replacing Tymna the Weaver with Mindless Automaton for myself. Automaton can fuel itself, discarding cards to help get cards in the grave, then also grabbing a card. With Cathars' Crusade (in my deck), Mindless would get bigger without having done anything and can easily begin to draw cards more and more.

The reason I don't overly enjoy Disk or Magus of Disk, is because it can really set yourself back. My deck can go into a token beat down or go more into a control sort of thing, where I don't really care if my creatures die if I got an Artist or Cutthroat out, and I get extra value if Pawn of Ulamog is out, meaning even if a board wipe occurs, I'm not without creatures. As well, I can then recover, using the Scions to sac and get mana to recast things like Alesha.

Pudding_Pop on Alesha, who smiles at death

1 week ago

Beio53, I was actually answering to foxboy93. It was the only comment at the time, and I honestly didn't expect another. I've never posted a decklist before, and while I know the magic community is pretty nice, I didn't thought that people would go out of their way to provide such helpful comments. So thanks to you! I do really like your version of the deck as well.

I update the deck. Magus of the Disk is one of my favourite suggestion of yours. I didn't know that card. It's a much better fit than nev's disk here. I also add Stern Constable and Mindless Automaton and made a few other changes that improves the deck in the meta it'll be playing in. I think my friend will have a good time with it!

Beio53 on Alesha, who smiles at death

1 week ago

Hi Pudding_PopFirst of all I really like your Agro style of attack with this deck. And making this to teach someone with in mind, I think it's straightforward enough to not confuse anyone so good on you! foxboy93 is right in most of his suggestions though as far as dealing with artifacts and enchantments as well as discard/draw fuel. Mindless Automaton in particular is an unbelievable card in my own Alesha, Who Smiles at Death deck, it does more work than almost any other card. Also, Magus of the Disk is a creature form of the disk that can be recurred with Alesha and is cheap money wise. But I don't see a whole lot of creature removal from your actual creatures, which is a huge opportunity with Alesha. I'd really recommend some cheap creatures like Bone Shredder or Ghitu Slinger, but also since you have more attacking synergy here, there are some cool force blocking cards that would definitely help you keep the board clear. Invasion Plans has almost no downside for an Agro deck like yours since you'll likely be tapped out anyway, and you can ram Tajic, Blade of the Legion into any difficult creatures. Brutal Hordechief does the same thing and drains your opponents when you attack, but you have to pay for the force block. Stern Constable will also help you discard important creatures and tap down blockers or annoying creatures, and at 1 mana, it's a game changing turn 1 play. If you'd like I'm updating my Alesha deck now if you wanna take a look at it, it's more controlling and "deathy" haha but your Agro is something I've considered making mine for a while now. Alesha's smiling ear to ear

foxboy93 on Alesha, who smiles at death

1 week ago

Its not a bad build for a beginner, however there are some cards I personally don't like, in my many times of testing

Ankle Shanker - Its not a BAD card, but if you reanimate, it doesn't trigger his ability, cause he was never declared as an attacker. Otherwise, its an ok card, but a card like Master of Cruelties would be better and provide a game winning play.

Burnished Hart - With a low curve, Sad Robot is better in the long run. Sure this guy gets you lands, but you are better off running more Signets or mana ramp

Ponyback Brigade - I'm not saying its a bad card, but for the mana you are paying, you aren't getting much value. I'd run something with more utility, like Knight-Captain of Eos, which synergizes with the deck but ALSO creates tokens for blocking or helps to fog the field if someone goes wide. Mogg War Marshal, Noosegraf Mob are other inexpensive (money wise) cards that make tokens as well

Rakka Mar - Other than being recurable, this doesn't really provide you much advantage. a 2/2 that makes a 3/1 isn't overly fantastic.

Behind the Scenes - While it is good, there are much better things you can run. The only creature you don't really want dying is Alesha, so focus more on cards that keep her alive or swing in without issues.

Impact Tremors - Less effective than Purphoros, God of the Forge (though a better "budget" card), I don't see alot of "abuse" you get from it. In my version of the deck, I have at least 9 token producers, two of which are on attack only so I get more value from them. I recommend either going more tokens, or focus more on things of yours dying, like Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat and Falkenrath Noble to start draining life from the opponents.

Mana base is what it comes to for a budget deck. Can't really comment on it too much

One thing that shuts down an Alesha/any ETB focused deck, is cards like Torpor Orb and Hushwing Gryff. While these may or may not be in your meta, having the answers to them is key. Wear / Tear, Disenchant are two artifact AND enchantment removal, and inexpensive (money wise), helping you turn off other strategies or things that are hindering your plan or can slow down people.

Personally I'd remove Mardu Banner, and instead include Fellwar Stone, if nothing else. This gives you another signet like effect, and is low enough CMC to help you get to where you need to go. Non-budget I'd get a Chromatic Lantern as an upgrade

I'd change Day of Judgment to Wrath of God. Personally the anti-regen can really hinder people like Ezuri, Renegade Leader or people who play Asceticism.

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Cards I'd consider adding:

Goblin Bombardment - A combo with Karmic Guide and Reveillark, allowing for infinite damage to kill everyone.

Murderous Redcap - With another sac outlet, this and Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit goes infinite, dealing damage to everyone.

Sadistic Hypnotist/Mind Slash - Both of these cards, while can only be used at sorcery speed, can help to disrupt players hands and can help to take them off of cards, without overly affecting your board, depending on whats going on.

Mindless Automaton - Personally I like card draw guys you can use more than once. Mindless Automaton can fuel discard effects, while also adding to the card draw. Even if you reanimate him, he gets blocked, you get to draw a card. Other card draw effects I'd consider are Phyrexian Arena, Greed, Smuggler's Copter ect.

Open the Armory/Steelshaper's Gift - Both help you to get much needed equipment out. Non budget version would be Enlightened Tutor, Stoneforge Mystic ect. Tutors are very much needed to get cards you need, but with enough card draw you can easily offset the loss of "I need X Card" to "I can draw multiple cards and dig into it", or use Viscera Seer to begin scrying to it.

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As noted, the deck seems fine as a whole, but there are some cards I'd change for more consistency. I will link my deck below for reference. I personally really like my current build, and just need to work on tweaking it as I try new things and see what works and what doesn't. Hope this helps!

Foxboy93's Alesha, Who Smiles at Death: "We Are Negan"

GS10 on Alesha EDH

3 months ago

Aren't Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit and Cathars' Crusade worthy to include? Since they add some redundancy they make the combo with Murderous Redcap more consistent, besides with Pentavus and Phyrexian Altar the Crusade makes for infinite counters, even infinite tokens and mana with Ashnod's Altar instead and "infinite" card draw with Mindless Automaton. The synergy is definitely there. I had never thought of Pentavus and Mindless Automaton before, but now I think I'll add them to my own Alesha deck too!

Great list! Upvoted ;)

Opifex on Alesha, Who Smiles At Killing Folks

3 months ago

I have a Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim reanimator deck, she might be a good addition if you can handle the life gain via sacrifice anyway. I use it as a combat trick and to avoid exile as much as possible, as well as a way to round out my mana. My Conjurer's Closet plus Whip of Erebos combo could work. I find discard and draw very helpful from Mindless Automaton.

Jay3401 on cEDH: Mazirek Combo-Control

4 months ago

If you create infinite mana with woodfall primus and phyrexian altar you can end the game with a big Exsanguinate. Also Crystalline Crawler and Workhorse can make a ton of mana. Mindless Automaton can also make you draw a lot of cards.

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