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Artifact Creature — Myr
When Myr Retriever is put into a graveyard from play, return another target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
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Myr Retriever Discussion
2 days ago
I used to pla heartless together with Myr Retriever and had to have it early on as well.
In black there is also Shred Memory that can help find heartless
1 week ago
Hm. Under the radar suggestions for artifact synergy...I have an Oloro, Ageless Ascetic deck that I've geared toward artifacts (no pun intended) and here's what I've learned from piloting that deck:
Recursion is easily available in Black for any artifact creatures, such as Phyrexian Reclamation, Unburial Rites, etc. Artifacts are also good at recurring themselves, like through Scrap Trawler and Myr Retriever. So I wouldn't worry too much about recursion in Esper colors. Furthermore, you've got insane tutors in your colors, from Sphinx Summoner to Thalia's Lancers to Djeru, With Eyes Open...and since you're in the best flicker colors, you can use Conjurer's Closet, Ghostly Flicker, etc to re-use those abilities and other ETB abilities like Sharuum's or Filigree Angel.
I really love playing Chief Engineer and Inspiring Statuary for hidden little mana advantages. You could also go Thopter "tribal" with Sharding Sphinx, Thopter Spy Network, Efficient Construction, etc. All of that kinda lends itself to an "artifact aristocrat" deck of sorts, but other synergies just depend on how you want to build the deck. However, if you get a list put together, I'd be glad to take a look!
My comments lean away from combo, since that's not my playstyle, but you can also build using the aforementioned infinite combos.
1 week ago
Ok, I went ahead and changed out the Tezzeret the Schemer for Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas as well as dropping Myr Retriever for Tamiyo's Journal instead of Kuldotha Forgemaster since I think the journal fits better overall. In terms of cost the deck is expensive but I figure if I buy the singles I need over time and acquire the cheaper cards sooner it wont be so bad. Thank you for the advice and help!
2 weeks ago
Altar of the Brood, Heartless Summoning, 2xMyr Retriever combo is pretty much mandatory. Throw in cards like Sands of Delirium, Sadistic Sacrament and Haunting Echoes. Other than that, though not monoblack, splash blue and get a couple of Sphinx's Tutelage going. There's so many low-cost draw cards in black and a lot of control too like Bile Blight, Go for the Throat and Flaying Tendrils.
3 weeks ago
Pia Nalaar is chronically underwhelming in Commander format. Unfortunately, there simply aren't enough ways to abuse one thopter token that will have an adequate effect on a game of commander. But, two thopters... now that's pretty insane.
cough Breya, Etherium Shaper cough
I would highly recommend reconstructing this deck into a Tiny Leaders deck. Very similar formats, and Pia's thopter goes much further with only 25 life to start. (I believe that's the starting life total, I don't recall exactly)
However, if you do insist on keeping this a commander deck, I'd throw in a healthy amount of dredge and artifact graveyard shenanigans. A couple notable cards to that end include Grinding Station and Mesmeric Orb. Additionally, if you don't switch the commander to Daretti, Scrap Savant, (who is extremely good as a commander) then add a healthy amount of artifact reanimation, namely Scarecrone, Lifeline, Trash for Treasure, etc. I'd also add some good token generators, i.e. Myr Battlesphere, Myr Turbine, and Thopter Assembly (which I see you already have). Add as many token generators as you can, primarily because they fuel other cards, such as Ashnod's Altar and Krark-Clan Ironworks, which can help you lay down your larger creatures. Then, you reanimate them, get the tokens again, and repeat the process. They also provide handy blockers and fuel pia's second ability. (Metalworker and Quicksilver Amulet work as well to lay down cards like Blightsteel, but worker is a bit pricey.) Speaking of ol' BS, having Warstorm Surge otb when blightsteel enters one-shots an opponent. Just fyi ;)
As for some just generally good cards for this style of deck, I'd recommend Inventors' Fair, Kuldotha Forgemaster, Hedron Archive, Blinkmoth Urn, Voltaic Construct, and Myr Retriever are all great cards. For more synergistic artifact suggestions, I'd take a look at some Karn, Silver Golem EDH lists and some Daretti, Scrap Savant EDH lists. A deck with Pia at at the head would run a lot of the same cards and work similarly to those, I'd imagine. I've never seen anyone try to use Pia in EDH before, so bravo, good sir, exploring new territory. Good luck with the deck!
1 month ago
mahdik, Thanks again for the help. Here's what I've decided to do so far:
Dark Depths is fun but not necessary
Mishra's Helix is so awesome, I've loved this card for a long time but also not necessary for this deck.
1 month ago
I would cut Myriad Landscape and Buried Ruin as one comes in tapped and cost 2 to activate and Ruin is really just a bad replacement for Junk Diver or Myr Retriever. Atleast thoughs are creatures and trigger your Pact and can get you back Expedition Map for better land drops.
I would also stay away from Mike because the owner gets the creature back so you don't want that if your planning on nabbing an opponents playthings.
1 month ago
Heartless Summoning + Myr Retriever is clever. Buried Ruin might be a nice land alternative, for another option at returning an Artifact, as would Aether Hub for when you need the or that you can't seem to get.