Scrap Trawler

Scrap Trawler

Artifact Creature — Construct

Whenever Scrap Trawler or another artifact you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return to your hand target artifact card in your graveyard with lesser converted mana cost.

Scrap Trawler Discussion

dingusdingo on Staxing and Taxing: Glissa cEDH Primer

3 weeks ago

You are welcome. I normally get more lukewarm responses from my in-depth analysis, so its refreshing to receive praise. I've taken another look at this bad boy, and here are the specific changes I would make, with a decent budget in mind (ofc Imperial Seal would be a great include but there are cheaper avenues to explore first).

I would advise thinking about the chromatic pieces another way. Its color fixing AND a draw AND metalcraft for , and you get repeat value from Glissa if there is nothing better to grab immediately (if there's a boardwipe, or you aren't getting pieces blown off the board, or you are able to continually snipe dorks/bears/commanders with Ulvenwald + Glissa). Even without Glissa, you've basically made yourself into a 97 card deck. With Glissa, you have a cheap ": draw a card" engine. It turns all your kill spells into cantrips, letting you dig faster to the combo, and grind out games that go longer. It also plays EXTREMELY well with any topdeck tutors, like Vampiric Tutor. I think there's a strong case for inclusion, but I can also see this list is chock-o-block full.

As far as the Sword. Its a nice card, but its mostly only helping you when you're already ahead. If you can't get an attacker to hit a player, you're not getting anything for paying mana to cast + equip. It also requires that you have a creature on board to get the uses out of it, which means you're slowed by casting + summoning sickness if someone else board wipes. Its a delayed slow reusable card, and its a reusable dork killer, both are unreliable for getting the triggers. Compare this to Jitte. Jitte gets triggers off ANY combat damage, and you get far more out of the triggers from Jitte. The -1/-1 until EOT is much better removal, and if something has bigger than 2 toughness you can always hold the counters. The 2 life refuels you when Confidant and other draw effects slurp you into danger range. The card draw is VERY nice, but being unreliable really makes me favor Jitte here. Of course I think the best choice would be Sword of Feast and Famine.

Grim Monolith is going to be outperformed by an elf here. Consider if either is in your opening hand. With an elf, you spend 1 mana on turn 1 to have 3 colored mana on turn 2. With Monolith, you spend 2 mana on turn 2 to have 3 colorless mana on turn 2. Monolith is expensive to untap, and you run no ways to artifically sacrifice Monolith to recur it untapped, or to untap it. You aren't running Monolith for an infinite combo either, which is another reason it is usually slotted.

Swaps

Tree of Tales -> Forest

Vault of Whispers -> Swamp

Grim Monolith -> Llanowar Elves

Mana Web -> Fyndhorn Elves

Sword of Fire and Ice -> Elvish Mystic

Scrap Trawler -> Elves of Deep Shadow

Wurmcoil Engine -> Priest of Titania

Further Looking

I really think Exploration Burgeoning Azusa, Lost but Seeking Ramunap Excavator Wasteland and Ghost Quarter are a very powerful choice for stax. It means you will have to drop slots elsewhere though, which might require some more rethinking or reassembling of the deck. This also opens further lines and slots, such as Crop Rotation into Inventors' Fair to get Crucible of Worlds to replay Inventors' Fair to continue digging up pieces.

I also really think the chromatic + baubles have value here. Turns removal into cantrips, lets you play the longer value game.

I would advise you to investigate artifact based combos. You have artifact recursion in the command zone. If a piece gets blown out, you still have it in reach throughout the whole game until it is exiled. Currently, your combos are enchantment + enchantment and enchantment + artifact. Your combos also suffer from either requiring an untap stap (to get rid of summoning sickness), or causing each opponent to take 1 damage. Simply put, they are not instant wins. You're giving other opponents the ability to draw/play answers to the board and disassemble your win.

v3n0m29 on Staxing and Taxing: Glissa cEDH Primer

3 weeks ago

dingusdingo

Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment on my deck with so many good suggestions. Wasteland is def a card that I plan on adding eventually I just haven't gotten around to it. Smallpox and Innocent Blood have been really good in this deck as both early game dork killers or late game recursion spells. The elf package is interesting thought, but I dont know how well it would fit in this deck but I might add a few at a time and see how it goes. First off I will most likely replace Scrap Trawler with Priest of Titania because I agree Scrap Trawler hasn't been pulling its weight.

The "egg" cards you mentioned were in the deck when I first created it but I eventually removed them for more control pieces. I was thinking of adding one, but I dont think just one would do enough to warrant a spot. If I were to add eggs I would like to add at least three for me to notice their presence. I might try one out in place of Sword of Fire and Ice but I will admit, I love that card even though it might not be that good. Its removal for lower P/T creatures and draws me a card. Thinking about it, I might toss in a Mishra's Bauble or Chromatic Sphere instead of it as a test but well see. Sword of Feast and Famine was actually a card I recently removed because when I was able to untap my lands with it I was never able to capitalize on it. If I do decide to drop Fire and Ice I might add an egg and see how that goes.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to comment on my deck.

dingusdingo on Staxing and Taxing: Glissa cEDH Primer

3 weeks ago

Very nice deck. I have a paper Alesha, Who Smiles at Death list, so I can appreciate another paper non-blue stax deck.

Things I enjoy

Hope of Ghirapur is a very saucy include and is a strong Glissa recursion target

Grim Flayer is like Dark Confidant #2

Tainted Wood and the other tainted lands are EXTREMELY under rated

Ulvenwald Tracker has some crazy strong synergy with Glissa (first strike and deathtouch)

Areas I can see improvement

First, Tree of Tales and Vault of Whispers raise risk while providing extremely marginal benefit (Mox Opal metalcraft). While it is recurrable with Glissa, you risk the chance of things like ETB tapped, get sniped on a land drop on turn 1 or 2, having it turned into a Mountain, or just having it not untap. Having 2 more basics will allow your Crucible of Worlds to be a BEAST with fetchlands and makes games against other stax decks easier. Similarly, you can ease off a touch with the non-standard dual color producers, because its only a two color deck. While these cards are certainly nice, cutting another 2-4 for various utility lands I bet you won't notice a drop in color consistency because of the high fetch density. I would also consider Wasteland and Ghost Quarter, which conveniently work extremely well with Crucible of Worlds in a stax deck. Green also has access to Ramunap Excavator, as well as the highly cancerous Exploration and Burgeoning and Azusa, Lost but Seeking. Blowing up a couple lands a turn makes players scoop pretty fast.

I think you should run the elf squad. Turn 1 elves make mana faster which helps A LOT. Stax decks needs to have strong starts, to get ahead of players so you can bury them with symmetrical and asymmetrical effects. Llanowar Elves Fyndhorn Elves Elvish Mystic Elves of Deep Shadow. I think these will help your consistency and speed. Also consider Priest of Titania. These are also great mid and late game targets for Skullclamp.

Dark Tutelage should be Phyrexian Arena. A 2 color deck shouldn't struggle too much with the extra B in the cost.

Artifact based draw that graveyards itself provides huge incidental value with Glissa. Specifically, Chromatic Star and Chromatic Sphere are worthy of includes. You could even grab Barbed Sextant if you strongly liked the chromatic effects.

Mana Web is a great effect when it goes, but I have personally found this card to be lackluster in color identities that lack White or Blue. It needs supporting cards to make it go, like Winter Orb and Static Orb. Blue and white get the benefit of having further extensions with Hokori, Dust Drinker and Stasis, and I really believe this card belongs mostly in decks.

Smallpox and Innocent Blood are synergy inclusions, but they are rather marginal if drawn later in the game. You could consider swapping one of them into Damnation. I don't think Sickening Dreams is worthwhile if you aren't running a combo to draw 50 cards and kill the table with it.

Tormod's Crypt could be worth running. Ezpz recursion target that you can always pop for value if someone has a creature about to die on the stack. Helps against fish hulk which you think is a bad match up. Also every deck has some way to gas from the GY.

You run some creatures that seem value oriented, but I think should be replaced. Wurmcoil Engine Ravenous Slime Scrap Trawler. I don't think you're getting enough meaningful action on combat for wurmcoil, I think ravenous is pretty marginal at beats as well as GY patrol, and scrap trawler is redundant with your commander and doesn't really advance your game plan.

Similarly, I don't think Sword of Fire and Ice is doing enough. Although Sword of Feast and Famine could be a worthy include.

Lanzo493 on

2 months ago

My brother also has an esper artifact combo deck, although the commander is Sharuum the Hegemon . The commander is a combo piece. He goes infinite with Disciple of the Vault and Sculpting Steel or Phyrexian Metamorph due to how the stack and legendary rules work. Sharuum and Emry, Lurker of the Lock would be good adds in case a key artifact like Scrap Trawler got countered. Or milled. Plus, they're good anyway and it's really useful to have more than 1 combo to rely on. Especially when the combo pieces are interconnected and generally useful anyway. Skullclamp works great with Alela. It's an artifact, and it generates massive draw, even more so with Alela out. Another good infinite combo with Ashnod's Altar , and Krark-Clan Ironworks as well, is the old Thopter Foundry and Sword of the Meek combo.

I'd like to give you a helpful hint regarding Ashnod's Altar . I learned how this worked when Krark-Clan Ironworks was not banned in Modern. When you cast a spell (it's very important that you have a spell that you can actually cast), you have the opportunity to activate mana abilities. What's important to note is that mana abilities don't use the stack and are all done at the same time. Ashnod's Altar has a mana ability. So, you get to sacrifice both myr retriver and Frogmite at the same time, and they enter the graveyard at the same time. Then the abilities of Myr Retriever and Scrap Trawler go on the stack at the same time, allowing you to retrive both the myr, the frog, and 1 extra artifact less than Myr Retriever 's mana cost. If you have Mycosynth Golem out, you can go infinite with just myr retriver and Scrap Trawler returning each other back. Here's the catch though. Remember that bit earlier where I said you can get 1 extra artifact back less than Myr Retriever 's mana cost due to that extra trigger from Scrap Trawler seeing it die? You need to use that to bring something back like Ornithopter . The reason why is it's very important to have a spell that you can cast in order to be able to activate mana abilities without using the stack. That spell needs to be something you can cast, sacrifice, bring back, and recast, such as an artifact creature you can sacrifice to the altar which can be brought back by scrap trawler. Only then can you go infinite. It's a really tricky combo that abuses the fundamentals of the stack and mana abilities, so if you didn't understand my explanation, I'd suggest you look up the KCI combo. If you add Krark-Clan Ironworks to your deck, you'll be able to go infinite with Sol Ring , Spellbook and your other low cost artifacts.

Although, whether or not you go combo heavy is your decision. If your main win con is an artifact combo, then you're playing one of the most abusable, synergistic, resilient combos, and I'd suggest you play all the artifact combos you can.

D4RKMATT3R on Pia's Revolution Turn 3 Kill

2 months ago

I don't see the use in adding white as an extra color for a creature here.

What I would do is remove Leonin Squire , Arid Mesa , Godless Shrine , Plains , and Sacred Foundry . Substitute the creature with one of these: - Trading Post - Skeleton Shard - Fortuitous Find - Myr Retriever , OR - Scrap Trawler

The Arid Mesa , Godless Shrine , Plains , and Sacred Foundry can be traded out for mountains and swamps, as well as: - Cinder Barrens - Canyon Slough (this has Cycling, so would be good for drawing) - Akoum Refuge - Blackcleave Cliffs - Bloodfell Caves - Dragonskull Summit , AND/OR - Buried Ruin , which would give you additional room to return artifacts

KytheonWhitespoon on List of all infinite combos 2.0

3 months ago

Infinite/infinite creature Gavony Unhallowed + Demonmail Hauberk + Scrap Trawler + Ornithopter

Basically you sac the Ornithopter to equip the Demonmail Hauberk to the Gavony Unhallowed , then return the Ornithopter to your hand with Scrap Trawler and do it again and again until the Gavony Unhallowed is super big.

Credit to my fried for finding this.

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