Mortarpod

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
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Uncommon
Mirrodin Besieged (MBS) Uncommon
Mirrodin Besieged: Phyrexia (MBP) Uncommon

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Tokens

Mortarpod

Artifact — Equipment

Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, put a 0/0 black Germ creature token onto the battlefield, then attach this to it.)

Equipped creature gets +0/+1 and has "Sacrifice this creature: This creature deals 1 damage to target creature or player."

Equip

Mortarpod Discussion

Tzefick on Marius, Quartermaster

3 weeks ago

Cool idea. A weak stand alone but powerful in an equipment heavy deck.

The flavor seems a bit off to me though.

A quartermaster is usually someone who looks after a unit, of mostly soldiers, rationalizing supplies and raising morale. This looks more like a combo of a forger and an instructor/teacher.

The first ability basically says, the more creatures you have, the easier it is to train them to use weapons. This would hardly be the case. To me it would make more sense if the cost reduction was flat or if it scaled off his own power. Then you could consider how to grant him power naturally or if that's the synergy you require outside help for.

The second ability is... kinda awkward and definitely busted.

It goes infinite with Mortarpod (or Mask of Immolation straight away on first tap. The germ is the second creature, making the equip cost on the original Equipment, equip on the germ, tap, sac, rinse repeat.

That alone would advice some sort of mana cost associated with copying in the first place.

Second of all, copying all non-token equipments on the creature seems a bit broken when he also reduces the cost of equipping (no other artifact is capable of being attached to a creature). However that may be what you intend for him to do, so as long as we fix the previous issue with being too easy to combo out with, it could function.

I would very much like for Equipment to be better (especially for EDH) but this seems a bit too far as it is.

There's another problem with copying en masse, for cards like Sword of X and Y . Suddenly your entire board has protection from everything and get really big.

As long as you have just a few creatures, most equip costs becomes 0 - I believe there is a reason why WotC haven't made anything yet that reduces equip costs in general by more than ( Auriok Steelshaper ). Removing the equip cost on equipment makes them very powerful, especially if you can equip at instant speed .

Some equipment generates tokens on entry, like all the Living Weapon variants and Ancestral Blade , Mask of Immolation , and Wolfrider's Saddle . It goes infinite very quickly, making this more of a combo piece than a way to improve equipments in general.

I think it would be better if this guy had less power built in him.

Wiggyman on See That 1/1? That's Actually Blightsteel Colossus

1 month ago

onehitterquiter: Thanks for the suggestions! I've tried each of those lands in previous versions of the deck, and I've found that either I need the blue mana more for counterspells or I need untapped lands. My strategy when playing this deck is often to sit back, do things at instant speed, and wait until everyone is tapped out in the very late game. At that point, I usually have a small creature or something to sacrifice, so Chimeric Coils , Guardian Idol , Chimeric Mass , Mortarpod , Flayer Husk , and Fountain of Ichor wouldn't fit with how I play the deck. I think Abstruse Interference isn't a good fit for a similar reason. The counterspell aspect of it isn't good enough to justify a spot in the deck.

All that being said, I think Lazotep Plating and Callous Dismissal are worth a look, so thanks for those!

Denial048 on Can you respond March of ...

3 months ago

When you play Mortarpod , it will enter as a creature due to March of the Machines , so even though it will create the Germ token, it wont ever attach to the Germ.

So no, you cannot Sac the Germ.

Caerwyn on The "M" Deck

3 months ago

This is a fun little deckbuilding constraint.

I did a Gatherer search, and found there are a couple different sacrifice outlets you can use. Here are the best ones from that list:

MyFETTish on The "M" Deck

3 months ago

Murderous Redcap really needs a sack oulet. Mortarpod is an option so far, but I am not sure if it is the only option at this point. It is kind of Mana heavy to be equipped constantly

oberien on Metalworks V2

6 months ago

I liked the v1 list and played it at two FNMs. However I didn't find it complex enough being used to Hardened Scales, KCI and Amulet Titan (and Amulet Bloom back in the day). I love the solve the puzzle aspect of decks. The old version felt more like a "cheat 10/10 into play and beat the enemy down" with the infinite loop feeling more like a backup. The new list above seems to focus more on infinite loops, which satisfies my inner MTG player :)

I took the above list to the FNM with slight modifications and went 1-1-1 (could have been 2-0-1 if I knew the deck better). I didn't have any Conjurer's Bauble so I replaced them with Akroma's Memorial , Ghirapur AEther Grid and Karn, Scion of Urza . I really enjoyed playing the deck and slowly discovering more and more ways to win the game :) For those interested, I went for this sideboard: 3 Nature's Claim , 2 Dismember , 2 Abrade , 2 Firespout , 1 Engineered Explosives , 2 Nihil Spellbomb , 1 Grafdigger's Cage , 1 Sun Droplet , 1 Sorcerous Spyglass .

Infinite Combos

General loop: Metalwork Colossus (MC) and Scrap Trawler (ST) on the battlefield, at least {3} mana reduction on the battlefield (e.g. 1 Semblance Anvil and 1 Cloud Key ) and enough CMC for MC, a Metalwork Colossus in the graveyard (GY). Sacrifice MC and ST to the MC in the GY. ST-trigger of MC gets back ST, ST-Trigger of ST gets back any {0}, {1} or {2} mana artifact. Play MC and ST for free. We're back to the beginning but have an additional artifact in hand and increased the storm count.

Another possible loop if artifact reduction is only at {2} is to not sacrifice ST, but only MC and the {2}-mana artifact, ST-trigger of MC get back that artifact, play both. If artifact reduction is only at {1}, it's possible to draw some cards with Conjurer's Bauble (until there are no more artifacts in the GY) or to include Chromatic Star and draw infinite cards. There must always be enough non-creature artifact CMC on the battlefield to cast MC for free.

Infinite Card Draw: Get back Elsewhere Flask and play it (-> draw), then sacrifice it to get it back again in the next iteration. If there's a sac-outlet on the battlefield, it's possible to get back any egg and sacrifice it to the sac-outlet before sacrificing MC and ST to MC in the GY.
Infinite Damage: With Ghirapur AEther Grid in play, just do the most simple version of the loop and tap both to-be-sacrificed artifacts to grid before sacrificing them, dealing one damage. Without grid sac the Mortarpod token for 1 damage, sac Mortarpod and MC to the MC in the GY, ST-trigger of MC gets back Mortarpod . Rinse and repeat.
Infinite Mana: Tap Mind Stone for {1}. Sac MC and Mind Stone to the MC in the GY. ST-Trigger of MC gets back Mind Stone . Rinse and repeat.

Card analysis

I'd like to go through some cards:

  • Arcbound Ravager : I really like this addition. I was missing a sacrifice outlet to get the second Metalwork Colossus into graveyard before. Arcbound Ravager being fetchable with Sanctum of Ugin is just amazing and allowed me to go off in two games in the FNM which I otherwise couldn't have.
  • Grinding Station : I'm not sure about this card in general. I've previously played some variations of Krark-Less Ironworks lists ( Semblance Anvil and Grinding Station ). I see this card in this deck mainly for 3 reasons. (1) Milling the opponent with the infinite combo, (2) using it as a sac-outlet, (3) milling yourself to get a Metalwork Colossus into your graveyard when you already have one on the field to start the combo.
    I don't see the reason for (1), as we already have infinite card draw (eggs) and infinite damage ( Ghirapur AEther Grid or Mortarpod ).
    For (2) I find Arcbound Ravager better, as it can be fetched for with Sanctum of Ugin and doesn't need to be tapped (even though you can respond to the untap-trigger of Grinding Station by tapping it whenever an artifact ETB).
    For (3) I can't really judge that yet, as I didn't really try it out yet. I usually don't have problems finding the second Metalwork Colossus among Ancient Stirrings and Sanctum of Ugin . In longer matchups Inventors' Fair can also be used, even though I didn't need to crack any fairs so far. It might help against Blood Moon .
  • Mortarpod : This is the easiest and cheapest go-to infinite damage card. Even if drawn without a loop, it's still one damage that can take out a Snapcaster Mage to slow down the clock of an opponent ifneedbe.
  • Akroma's Memorial : I personally love this card in this deck. I've added it to the old version, and I also have it in my current deck. First, given {2} to {3} mana reduction, it's pretty easy to cast. It triggers Sanctum of Ugin letting you fetch Metalwork Colossus . If you have it deployed, and have any mana reduction on the field, MC is already free. Nobody expects this card. It adds another sort-of wincon. You can win with this card out of the blue. While I think it may be somewhat a win-more card, it has already won me several games single-handedly. I was able to fly over my opponent's elves. Giving Vigilance, it allowed me to attack with two MC against Spirits, which needed to block one, which left them without lethal and put me into a better spot. I just love this card.
  • Ghirapur AEther Grid : I think this card deserves to be a one-of in the deck. Against creature-based decks, it enables easy removal of the creatures. Control decks can barely do anything once it's deployed. And otherwise it still allows an infinite damage combo if Mortarpod has been exiled.

These are some cards, which may be good, but I don't see their effectiveness quite yet:

  • Greater Gargadon : As an earlier post suggested, this is a possible sac-outlet and threat. The problem is that we usually want artifacts on the battlefield to make Metalwork Colossus cheaper. Additionally, if we're able to get to 10 artifacts, we most likely already have a win condition.
  • Karn, Scion of Urza : I'm very unsure about this card. It gives us card-draw, but I don't think that's important in the current decklist. The only real reason for it I can think of is for the super-large token when we have lots of artifacts in play. But for that it might be too slow. It might help in grindy matchups, but in those MUs we'd just like to combo off anyway. And against control MUs it's not needed as this deck already has an amazing control matchup.
  • Salvage Titan : This card might be worth investigating, but I'm unsure if it goes well with the other ideas of the deck. We don't necessarily want to sacrifice 3 artifacts for a 6/4.
  • Silent Arbiter : This might be good against creature-heavy matchups and go-wide strategies.
  • Torpor Orb : Unsure if there are enough MUs which this card is good in.
  • Sun Droplet / Golem's Heart / Dragon's Claw : These might help against burn / fast strategies. May also help agaist phoenix decks.
  • Ratchet Bomb : Cheap (probably free) boardwipe. Helps against chomp blockers and tokens. Probably shouldn't be cracked for {2} :)
  • Engineered Explosives : Also possibly cheap boardwipe and a one-answers-all type card. Especially useful with Prophetic Prism .

Mana Base

I'm not sure about the landbase. I prefer utility lands over the Aether Hub s. I think that the old mana base fits better. This is probably mainly because I still like having Prophetic Prism over Elsewhere Flask . I haven't tested a lot with the landbase yet, so I'm not sure what the correct way of handling this is.
I often times lose against the deck itself just due to only drawing lands / having no lands. I'm not sure if this is just plain misfortune or if the number of lands is hard to balance between having enough lands on the starting hand and not flooding.

Weaknesses

Matchups

  • Through the Breach / Nahiri, the Harbinger : Alchemist's Vial completely shuts them off. Therefore, this MU is amazing.
  • Control: The Control MU is probably one of the best out there. Always remember having a sacrifice outlet for any Metalwork Colossus on the battlefield, be it Phyrexia's Core or a Metalwork Colossus in the graveyard. Whenever they try to exile one from the battlefield, get back one from the graveyard and get the otherwise exiled one in the graveyard.
    I even won two out of two games against Legacy Miracles (low sample rate, but we both felt like the MU is highly favoured for Metalworks Combo)
  • Very fast creature decks: This deck seems to always just be one turn too slow for very fast creature based MUs. In fact I lost 4/4 games against Sliver.

I don't have a lot of matchup data so far, and the above are mainly just estimates and gut feeling playing the matchup.

Please leave feedback on my observations so far, I really love this deck and it feels like it still has potential.

RedYeard on Metalworks V2

7 months ago

I played your V1 version and loved it and was excited to see a faster variant. I took this to FNM last night and went 2-1 but all loses were very close. Unfortunately I couldn't find any Grinding Station so subbed in extra an Phyrexia's Core and Mortarpod which both work as sacking outlets but I REALLY missed the milling win-con. I won primarily with infinite Mortarpod but one game was with Ghirapur AEther Grid .

I consistently side boarded in Nature's Claim but found my opponents were not bringing in real hate like Damping Sphere or Stony Silence instead opting for targeted artifact destruction or graveyard hate.

By game 3 opponents were consistently going after my Anvils and blowing up combo pieces but I started holding pieces and dumping all in one turn shrinking the opportunity to hate on them. Once I got any kind of redundancy in Anvils or Keys it was difficult for the opponent to deal with. I would even say I preferred two keys rather than one Anvil if the game was going slow.

The games I lost were always due to having my combo pieces in play getting destroyed before I had full protection then land flooding out.

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