Creature — Human Artificer
Whenever you cast an artifact spell, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.
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1 month ago
Here are some things I like about my silas deck (or cards i would include if i was blue/black instead of blue/black red and therefore had the room) and that might consider including as well.
If you give silas double strike like with Fireshrieker or Grappling Hook he deals damage twice, giving you two triggers of his ability. (Alsowhen combined with deathtouch, silas will survive most combats)
I'm a pretty big fan of Aqueous Form to help let your commander get through.
Mindslaver is pretty gross when you can repeatedly recur it.
Here's a link to my copy if your interested. Vial Renn Affinity
2 months ago
I'd suggest 4 copies of Spellbook, it's also worth knowing that this style of deck is an established archetype, normally using Retract or Hurkyl's Recall to combo alongside 0 cost artifacts (equipment mostly) which trigger draw effects on cards like Puresteel Paladin, Sram, Senior Edificer or Riddlesmith. I run a deck that does this myself (shameless plug Cheap & Cherio) and it works ok...
The issue I see with your deck is the setup time and the fact that 17 land, even allowing for cost reduction might not be enough. The "Cherios" (cheery 0) decks work because so many of the artifacts cost 0 to play, to reach the same scenario you need Semblance Anvil, which is an extra weakness.
4 months ago
punchdrinkcry: I think we just have very different strategies for our lists :) Your list looks fine, it's just different than mine. I feel that artifacts can give more draw, because of Vedalken Archmage, Riddlesmith, and the like. Furthermore, my list is less reliant on a single card (you seem to die to Krosan Grip), has less reliance on color-fixing (since most costs are colorless), and allows some control elements (like Lodestone Golem). Conversely, yours may be more explosive.
4 months ago
punchdrinkcry: To be honest, that's something of a sore point.
Ancestral Statue is 100% vital to an Animar deck - singlehandedly pushes Animar to infinite counters - but I originally built this deck without remembering that Cloudstone Curio says "nonartifact". The deck works fine anyway - free spells are great - but I just can't rely on the Cloudstone engine.
However, I find that without Aluren, Cloudstone can be a bit disappointing anyway (because if you're bouncing colored creatures, you're limited by the amount of colored mana you possess).
I'm trying to decide if I should just cut Cloudstone Curio, or add more spells like Cloud of Faeries, Endless One, Eldrazi Mimic, etc that play well with it (but don't work well with Riddlesmith or Vedalken Archmage). Thoughts?
4 months ago
Thanks for the advice Pyranem!
So I did some testing with your suggestions, and here's what I discovered:
Manamorphose helps storm, but doesn't do anything with Paradoxical Outcome, so it's not quite as good as I wanted it to be. I kept thinking I've seen it be better, but then remembered that's when Pyromancer Ascension is online.
Finally, I really wanted to like Riddlesmith since it would simplify my manabase, but compared to Contraband Kingpin it leads to me losing card advantage. I'll explain. In testing, pitching a card to Riddlesmith allowed me to churn through my deck and find answers, while also allowing me to actually have the answer in hand when I needed it. But, it has the downside of needing a card to pitch. The land scenario you mentioned is really uncommon, since the combo frequently goes off T4 - so I end up having to pitch other cards. With Contraband Kingpin I still have a body in play and the cards in hand while I search, so I can keep the scry train rolling. A small difference perhaps, but noticeable.
Anyway, thanks for the input I really do appreciate it.
4 months ago
Contraband Kingpin has a great body, but if you wanted to go more all-in on the strategy, then Riddlesmith is almost always better, since it helps you exchange the lands in your hand for more artifacts. The only problem is that it can't block for you during the early game, so it's really a matter of preference. Mirran Spy could work in conjunction with Paradise Mantle, but that's iffy. You should probably run something to kill an opponent's Chalice of the Void in the sideboard, like Steel Sabotage (which can also be fetched with Merchant Scroll, so that your deck doesn't get shut down. Have you considered running Manamorphose? You already have 8 possible green/red mana sources, and it's pretty much one of the best cards for any sort of storm deck, regardless that it's not an artifact. Anyways, I really like the deck!.
5 months ago
zeusbad yeah I already thought about including her too since i already run Trinket Mage but I just can't decide on something to cut for her.
Imo it should definetely be a creature that I'd be exchanging her with, I don't hvae a lot to choose from this section though.
Sphinx Summoner and Ethersworn Adjudicator are already on their way out and I consider cutting Deadeye Navigator for Blightsteel Colossus and Riddlesmith for Phyrexian Metamorph and I need the rest of the creatures for combos except for Brago, King Eternal, Trinket Mage, Baleful Strix and Scarecrone. With Deadeye gone, Brago will become my new value egnine so I don't want to cut him. So we have Baleful Strix and Scarecrone which I can better abuse than the Trophy Mage and at last Trinket Mage.
I don't know, what'd you exchange him with?
5 months ago
I have tested Scrap Trawler and it is pretty darn amazing and doing great work..I completely removed trading post and have not looked back ever since. Other cards I'm currently testing and highly recommend is: