Puppet Strings

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage 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
Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition (DDE) Uncommon
Tempest (TMP) Uncommon

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Puppet Strings

Artifact

(2), Tap: You may tap or untap target creature.

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Puppet Strings Discussion

Pheardemons on Missing You...*Current*

1 month ago

Magewright's Stone, Puppet Strings, and Staff of Domination because you want to be able to use the commander's ability as much as possible. Also, those are going to be huge targets once people realize what is happening. You'll want as much redundancy as possible.

For extra ramp, you could play Extraplanar Lens. To be a cuckhold and not give the benefit to anyone else you could play Snow covered mountains instead of regular ones.

Also, I think you could play some different big red stuff. Avatar of Slaughter could be hugely beneficial for you. Since you have to sacrifice him, you are the only one that gets the double strike benefit. Excruciator just to bypass any Fogs in your meta. Utvara Hellkite seems extremely beneficial because it will give you a dragon just for attacking. Plus, you already play multiple dragons. Spitebellows just seems funny here. It will always deal 6 damage to something! Furyborn Hellkite I feel like you could use if you made the deck a little different. Anything to deal one damage, to get a 12/12 flying for three mana. Hellkite Igniter seems good here, since you play an artifact subtheme. Hellkite Charger for the win. Scourge of the Throne for the same reason as Hellkite Igniter. Ryusei, the Falling Star for board wipes. Thundermaw Hellkite to tap all flying creatures so your attacks can get through. Akroma, Angel of Fury because she can just be a powerhouse. Combustible Gearhulk actually seems like a win-win for your deck. Neheb, the Eternal seems like he could benefit you with extra mana mainphase two. Conquering Manticore and Zealous Conscripts for similar reasons. Dragon Mage if you need a new hand. Combat Celebrant seems good here. Goblin Dark-Dwellers could be a possibility. Heartless Hidetsugu, dude yes!

I mainly searched for power, so I'm sure there are other creatures to look up with good ETB effects. After doing that search for you I realized that I like Feldon as a commander. Hope you don't mind if I make him based on your deck XD.

griz024 on Merieke Ri Berit Sleeper OP

3 months ago

Rupture Spire is awful. It slows you down by alot. Even Evolving Wilds is faster.

Conjurer's Closet is a free deadeye activation every endstep.

Fatestitcher and Aphetto Alchemist let you untap meriekei b4 her teigger resolves meaning you can steal 2 creatures a turn. Puppet Strings and Thousand-Year Elixir can do this as well

Here is a link to a post explaining how this works:

http://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/magic-fundamentals/magic-rulings/magic-rulings-archives/296857-merieke-ri-berit-the-stack

Wicked_N_Irish on Krenko and Kiki-Jiki's Goblin Horde

5 months ago

Mobile Garrison is a decent untap for Krenko. Puppet Strings and Sword of the Paruns also allow you to pump out more goblins with Krenko.

Zillabrony13 on That'll be one Zirilian dollars, please.

6 months ago

Here are some general recommendations to make your deck better.

Mind's Eye, Oracle's Vault, Mask of Memory, Sensei's Divining Top, Forgotten Cave, Hazoret's Monument, Runehorn Hellkite, Skyline Despot. YOU. NEED. CARD. DRAW.

Hazoret's Favor. Keeps your dragons from being exiled via sacrificing them, the sac trigger can be avoided using the same cards that avoid the exile trigger, it gives your more power on board, and gives a dragon haste if you hardcasted it or cheated it in with Belbe's Portal. Run this.

Hanweir Battlements. Replace Hall of the Bandit Lord with this. The battlements enters untapped, costs R to give a creature Haste instead of 3 life, and can produce colorless mana without having to pay life.

Thornbite Staff. Replace Puppet Strings with this. The staff costs 1 less to play, equips automatically to Zirilan when he ETBs since he's a Viashino Shaman, and the staff untaps him whenever any creature on the field dies for any reason.

Elixir of Immortality. A way to recover resources after a board wipe.

Feldon of the Third Path. "Revive" dead dragons that you sacrificed or dragons that were destroyed. Another way to recover from a board wipe.

VesuvanDoppelbanger on Entropolis

6 months ago

This looks like fun, +1.

How do you plan on untapping your commander? A few options might be Freed from the Real, Pemmin's Aura, Puppet Strings, and Thousand-Year Elixir.

evncrbch on Yisan's Elvish Sing-Along - $75 budget EDH

6 months ago

Jandor's Saddlebags, Thousand-Year Elixir, Puppet Strings, and/or Staff of Domination to allow you to use Yisan's ability more than once per turn?

Snacrifice on Poor Wauki(<15$)

7 months ago

Thanks Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor!

And yes it is tough, but it's part of the reason I tried to make these decks. I don't want to keep it just under 15$, I want each card to be well, super budget and cheap. I'm very much of the opinion that you can make fun, interesting decks without immediately jumping into the big kid budget pool:P Which generally means foregoing some options that would make more sense. That and forcing yourself outside the Sol Ring/Demonic Tutor in every deck mold is refreshing IMO.

Puppet Strings is in another budget deck I have on here and I somehow completely forgot about it, thank you!

What I went for with this deck was not so much just to punish with minor amounts of damage, but to add things like Fang Skulkin to make the ping damage into -1/-1 counters, or Witch's Mist, Gorgon's Head, Onyx Mage, and other deathtouch/wither/infect givers to give the pingers a way to kill with the lightest amount of damage. The goal is to ping all their creatures down, then whap them to death with Wauki or anything else really until they're dead.

I am a bit light on protection and recurr-and that's mostly just a budget restriction problem(sadly, Mask of Avacyn has been fluctuating, so I haven't been able to keep it in a lot of these decks). I've been toying about adding Endbringer's Revel since it's a cheaper($ wise at least) way to recur, since I can remove enemies so easily I might give it a try.

I like a lot of your suggestions, but almost all of them are too expensive for the deck's budget :(

Remember to upvote if you liked it though!

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Poor Wauki(<15$)

7 months ago

Interesting, I like your budget approach...but trying to keep cards under 30 cents is tough haha. Also, I think this deck may struggle to do enough damage in a commander game as ping effects generally don't do much in the format unless Vhati il-Dal is involved.

However, here are some suggestions I found. Stab Wound would be a good additional creature shrinker (for later ping-ing) and incremental life loss.

Since you run a lot of enchantments which punish opponents for blocking, the "Provoke" mechanic may interest you. Cards like Crested Craghorn or Goblin Grappler are options if you can keep them alive (sadly provoke is mainly a green mechanic). Breaker of Armies and Nemesis Mask also have similar effects.

Or you could look for further tap/untap permanents type cards. Endbringer is an option though it would require some more colorless mana (Wastes are cheap), it also is 50 cents. Goblin Archaeologist could provide more artifact removal. Puppet Strings will alow you to tap or untap at will.

I think your deck may want some sort of reanimation to it as that is what black does best, and I suspect your little guys will die rather frequently. Phyrexian Reclamation would be a nice addition to provide a pit of reanimation though it is 50 cents. Betrayal of Flesh doubles as removal and reanimation at instant speed.

Curse of Death's Hold would make pinging stuff to death easier, but again, it is 50 cents.

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