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As an additional cost to play Reshape, sacrifice an artifact.
Search your library for an artifact card with converted mana cost X or less and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
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3 weeks ago
Windfall is quite excellent especially when you're dumping your hand early on. It's good hand disruption and allows us to cycle through our deck more quickly.
I don't run Mind Over Matter anymore simply because there are better cards that can be played in place of it. I don't think it is a terrible combo piece, but it tends to be unsafe or difficult to cast and rots in our hand. There are times where you can certainly just slam it down and win on turn 4, but overall I think it is secondary to Paradox Engine.
Whir of Invention and Reshape are certainly both great inclusions, personally I might cut Reshape because I have found that it tends to be overly redundant with the other 3 artifact tutors. However, I have not made up my mind yet.
I used to play Extraplanar Lens, but found it to be too slow most of the time.
I really don't like steal effects and find them to be unnecessary most of the time. If I were to run a card that steals creatures it'd probably be Gilded Drake because of its efficiency. Paying 5 for either Treachery or Vedalken Shackles is just too risky in my opinion.
3 weeks ago
Thanks for your comment on Competitive Azami - Wizards and Losing Friends I think this is one of the decks I looked at while building my Azami list. Yeah I feel like I'm running too many wizards. I had noticed most lists run under 20. I just wasn't sure which ones to cut until recently after I did some play testing. How does Windfall do in your list? I was originally thinking about it but most of the decks I looked at it didn't run it. I was also wondering why no Mind Over Matter or Extraplanar Lens in your list?
I think I need to at least add Whir of Invention, and Reshape to my list. What are your thoughts on Treachery and Vedalken Shackles to steal problem creatures? I don't think my meta I play in calls for all the cheap counter spells effects you run though. What other cards would you recommend me add to my list?
1 month ago
Love that fact you trying something different with Riku. I haven't played with much of the new stuff. Going to just rattle off some stuff I think would be great for the deck: Aether Vial, Skullclamp, Duplicant, Reshape when you pay x and and then copy it with an affect, the copy spell will be what you paid for x as well. Fabricate, Treasure Mage, Birthing Pod, Tezzeret the Seeker also I'd say you are a little light on mana. To use Riku effectivly you need lots of mana especially since he will most likely be removed often from the board. I would say you would want minimum 40 lands as well as around 15 mana excel cards. Kodama's Reach and Cultivate to me are go to cards in edh. as far as artifact mana though not synergistic with Riku I would look at: Basalt Monolith Worn PowerstoneHedron Archive Thran Dynamo Gilded Lotus Prismatic Geoscope. Also when playing with an artifact deck I like to untap them for some fun: Voltaic Key, Aphetto Alchemist, Clock of Omens oh wow just found this card! Paradox Engine Also if you want to go ham with mana especially with that paradox engine in play my favorite mana artifact is Doubling Cube
1 month ago
@PookandPie: Thank you for the feedback! Very informative!
Rhystic Study: I was unsure about this card because it wasn't an artifact and it draws a lot of hate, but on the plus side it triggers twice off of Knowledge Pool. I'll give it a shot in place of Mind's Eye.
Back to Basics: It wouldn't work with how much I rely on my utility lands. Academy Ruins is too good in here to play this card. In regards to the hatebears, I'm thinking of trying out Basilisk Collar with Walking Ballista to up my removal.
1 month ago
Cards to consider:
Rhystic Study. Why run something like Mind's Eye when you're in blue and have access to Rhystic Study or Mystic Remora? Study can significantly slow opponents down if they're smart, or they'll give you tons of cards if they're not. Either way is a massive win for you.
Back to Basics. I know you're not big on stax, but this particular card would slow down combo and hate bears decks (you know, the one running cards that heavily impact your general strategy that, conveniently, also come down before you may have counter spell mana ready like Gaddock Teeg, Hokori, Dust Drinker, Phyrexian Revoker, Kataki, War's Wage, either copy of Thalia, Thorn of Amethyst, etc.). Just a brief thought, anyway. It's an all-star in my Arcum deck, in any event.
Reshape: Cheapest artifact tutor I can recommend for you since you just run a variety of combo pieces. Consistency is important. On that note;
Tezzeret the Seeker : Finds any artifact cmc 4 or less the turn he comes in, can mana ramp the turn after, and his ultimate is fairly reasonable to close out a game and can be used the following turn. All of his modes are good for your deck.
As for your maybes:
Unstable Obelisk is good. Actually, I'd strongly recommend it since you're already light on removal and might need a way to eliminate a Gaddock Teeg or some other troublesome creature.
Clever Impersonator is okay. If an opponent grabs it off of Knowledge Pool it shouldn't affect you any more than if they grabbed Phyrexian Metamorph, honestly. Most of your creatures and artifacts won't really aid an opposing deck's strategy all that well so I wouldn't worry too much about it if you want to slot it in, just be aware that it may happen if someone grabs it off of your KNowledge Pool.
Reshape: lol, see above. It being useless off of Knowledge Pool is irrelevant; tutors are almost always good and, "It's bad with one card that this tutor finds in my 99 card deck" isn't exactly reason to not run it. You won't always have Knowledge Pool every game, firstly, you won't hit this card every time you play Knowledge Pool (you have a little over 3% chance to hit the card with 87 cards left in your library), your opponents won't benefit from it if it is exiled via Knowledge Pool, etc.. If you like it, put a ring on it and run it.
Pulse of the Grid/Thopter Spy Network: No. Not when Rhystic Study and Mystic Remora exist. I'd place Reshape and Tezz over these too.
Hope this helps.
1 month ago
From my experience of playing eggs terrarion is just a cantrip along with most of my deck. It just feels like you aren't taking full advantage of synergies inherit in eggs. You mention not being to competitive but you are running incredibly powerful cards already. Like having those spellbombs is impossible for me because you have to pay colored mana to draw while there are eggs that you can just sac and then draw a card (you already have free sac outlets).
The salvaging station combo that you have right now is weak because you don't immediately win and it is basically recurring 2 one mana artifacts which in the end it just draws you 2 cards so you might as well put in a draw spell because it will be cheaper and you pay colored mana for the spellbombs anyways.
Trinket Mage doesn't make you win and you have no interaction that you can grab with it is a tutor this is what it should be doing. Right now it just hits a cantrip which you have to sac. You don't have any significant combos with something like Sensei's Divining Top(though I guess you might have Quicksmith Genius now which is one of the best things you can grab with it. Something like Trophy Mage will grab Scrap Trawler which is one of your wincons.
If Reshape is being used for Lotus Bloom it basically amounts to a ritual effect because it is just a gain one mana of any color. The only other use of Lotus Bloom is to Goblin Welder it. Which might in itself be good enough.
You aren't taking advantage of all of the shuffle effects in your deck. You aren't running Brainstorm. It is basically a draw 3 and make 2 of the cards in your hand go away. The reason I think Fact or Fiction is bad is because your opponent will give you the worse possible hand. You might as well play Impulse or something of the sort like Ponder. These offer a much greater flexibility. You might even be able to play Ad Nauseam which can effectively let you draw 15 cards without killing yourself.
You should put in some fast mana of course then your deck would become a lot more competitive.
1 month ago
I have purposely left out all of the mana positive rocks bar Sol Ring to bring the decks power level down to a more acceptable stage for my play group. I don't want people to feel like they can't compete because of my ramp.
Clock of Omens and Voltaic Key are currently in the deck as they combo with Salvaging Station and Sensei's Divining Top as card draw engines to set up for the kill turns. Trinket Mage searches for a good chunk of the deck, so I don't know why you considered it a dead card??? Reshape is in the deck as a way to cheat Lotus Bloom into play. A well known trick which made modern eggs so powerful.
This deck isn't meant to be 100% competitive. Although some of the card choices may make it feel that way. I assure you everything is here for a reason.