Creature — Kor Artificer
When Stoneforge Mystic enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an Equipment card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
, : You may put an Equipment card from your hand onto the battlefield.
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Stoneforge Mystic Discussion
4 days ago
Dang this deck is smooth. I playtested it once vs my Grixis Delver. I don't think I played either side of the matchup correctly, but this deck beat my turn 1 Delver. I agree that this will be maddening to learn to pilot. But it seems powerful enough.
My current concern is that Nimble Obstructionist isn't good enough. Although it's expensive, a 4th Snap seems like it would be much better. The Tappedout pricing of decks is always an over-estimate. Just by tcgplayer mass entry you can get the deck for $410. If you are okay with worse condition cards or get cards from facebook instead, I bet you could get the deck with 4 snaps for under $400. Maybe even less. I've had amazing luck with facebook trading/buying. You can almost always get 15% less than tcg low per condition when buying cards on facebook.
But for this meta, it's hard to say how the deck would line up. It looks like Thing in the Ice Flip is your best or only out to a lot of decks. For example, I think you win if you flip Thing against Hollow One, but lose otherwise.
But sadly, I agree that Esper doesn't have what it takes in this meta. BUT I wouldn't be surprised to see a Stoneforge Mystic unban at some point, which could make Esper stoneblade a deck. I'll probably play Esper or Jeskai delver post-unbanning if it happens. Only problem for me is that Sword of Fire and Ice is so expensive, and it'd be an auto-include I think.
6 days ago
Now we have jace, can I get Stoneforge Mystic unbanned so I can shift the 200 copies I foolishly bought before the no ban modern?
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Before I go over Scroll Rack, Weathered Wayfarer is my favorite one drop creature in the game. It fixes mana, I run it with Desert of the True, Secluded Steppe, Blasted Landscape, and Drifting Meadow in my mono-white (Hokori, Dust Drinker), and it puts in serious card draw. Consider running a couple more cycling lands, but you don't need them. I always ran Mistveil Plains to bottom the cycling lands, and fetch them out again. Weathered Wayfarer became ": Draw a card." which is really powerful on a two drop that can fetch out Kor Haven, Maze of Ith, Buried Ruin, Inventors' Fair, Sequestered Stash, Inkmoth Nexus, etc.
Now onto the Scroll Rack point. Land Tax is a combo, yes, but Weathered Wayfarer is too. So is Sword of the Animist, so is Stonehewer Giant, occasionally Eternal Dragon is. And that's not including constant shuffling effects, think of Steelshaper's Gift, Open the Armory, Tithe, Enlightened Tutor, Knight of the White Orchid, Stoneforge Mystic, Recruiter of the Guard, Thalia's Lancers, Oblation can be (I guess Path to Exile technically could be), Field of Ruin, Expedition Map, Inventors' Fair, Myriad Landscape, and all of the other effects you could run if you wanted two, like the good fetches, Arid Mesa, Windswept Heath, Flooded Strand, and Marsh Flats.
Not even including all of those, you run so much shuffle, plenty of which are every turn, that though you might not need Land Tax, Scroll Rack would do you wonders, and in testing, it works so much more than you give credit for. (I just ran the deck with one less plains)
1 week ago
I would drop the Stoneforge Mystic in favor of something that does more for your deck. Something like Torgaar, Famine Incarnate, (just an example, you could add something else) because your deck only has two targetable equipment's, and while both are good, if you draw Mystic and you already have the two equipment's either in hand or on board you are just playing a two mana do-nothing creature. Something that either gives you sacrifice outlets or a card that gives you stuff to sacrifice would be much better here.
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Eternal Dragon is a card that does a handful of small, helpful things, relying on the utility it offers than raw power:
- It's a tutor for a Basic if I'm missing a land drop. Never disappointing to see it in the opening hand.
- It's a tutor for Mistveil Plains.
- Provides an inconsequential shuffle effect to refresh my library for Sensei's Divining Top.
- It's a 5/5 flier in a pinch. Great base body for Equipment.
Eternal Dragon is an underwhelming creature by today's standards, but it does just enough for me to keep it around.
What you should be scared of is Stoneforge Mystic being unbanned in Modern, and the price spikes that will result from it. I've had this nagging feeling that this unban is close. And if it happens, Sword of Fire and Ice will be the first Sword on everyone's radar and can easily jump past $100 from hype alone.
Regardless, WotC has been gun-shy with powerful Equipment since New Phyrexia. The likelihood of a reprint making the Swords' prices tank is minuscule. Their power level from a Standard perspective is so high it causes nosebleeds and strong, efficient Equipment are problematic in Limited environments. It's hard to see the Swords be reprinted outside of another Masters set, which won't affect their prices that much anyway.
Buying the Swords now seems very low-risk IMO. At worst, their prices hover around the same value for the foreseeable future. At best, they explode from Modern hype.
Mana Crypt is an overglorified second Sol Ring, and can be substituted with pretty much any good mana rock. It's one of those cards that you use it if you have it and not worth the money to acquire one unless you really want it.
Rafiq of the Many is a pretty powerful Voltron option. He's a 3-turn clock with just the exalted trigger, and doesn't need much more to tighten that clock. Green and Blue open up access to stronger ramp, countermagic, card draw, and a plethora of other utility cards.