Storage Matrix

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ninth Edition (9ED) Rare
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Rare
Urza's Destiny (UDS) Rare

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Storage Matrix

Artifact

As long as Storage Matrix is untapped, each player chooses artifact, creature, or land during his or her untap step. That player can untap only permanents of the chosen type this step.

Storage Matrix Discussion

ShreddedByCrows on Linvala Stax, Vannifar‘s worst Nightmare

1 week ago

Hey there!

Nice brew, neat idea to counter those clunky and annoying Vannifars!

As smne who played Mono-W Stax for a while, with the amazing Hokori, Dust Drinker at the helm, I'll share with you what thoughts inspire me your sweet Linvala decklist.

(Even if it has already been pointed out before, I wanna say that I also love the Urborg combo. It's unexpectable and freakin' gud!)

Let's start by the beginning: mana fixation. Extraplanar Lens is insane in every monocolored archetype, so it's a quite logic inclusion you made here. Nonetheless, I suggest you to go for Snow-covered lands to synergize better with it - that way you won't give a lift to your opponents playing white.

Pearl Medallion and Sol Ring are basics, nothing really worth to say about it. Thran Dynamo and Worn Powerstone are more debatable. I don't know what is your budget issue, but if you want a competitve list, Mana Crypt , Mana Vault , Grim Monolith , Mind Stone , Everflowing Chalice etc. are all better options. Dynamo and Powerstone aren't bad cards, but they just come after those ones if you really do need a solid ''ramp'' package.

Opal Palace feels badly slow and ineffective in a monocolored stax deck. You won't win the game by taking up the board with your creatures armed of a little +1/+1 counter.

You have notable exclusions in your lands for a mono-white. Eiganjo Castle is the first card that comes through mind. Buried Ruin also is a recursive tool you should consider, even over Inventors' Fair . If you manage to find one, Ancient Tomb has its place there replacing Temple of the False God .

At its final shape, my Hokori decklist was running a powerful Crucible of Worlds package including Wasteland , Strip Mine , Dust Bowl , Flagstones of Trokair , Lotus Vale and City of Traitors . I was up to 39 lands, not counting Maze of Ith .

Now let's jump straight into your gameplan!

So... you're planning to focus your eyes on ruining Vannifar's day. To help with this strategy of being the nasty ''combo killer'' guy, I think you should put in some additional pieces of disruption.

That said, I don't know which Vannifar's version(s) your playgroup perform with. If it's a Thornbite Staff / Intruder Alarm one, things would be easier to calm down and you won't need such a heavy stax package - you'll need more single-target/multi-target removals though. And if it's the other one, certainly the most popular now (and also the most powerful/absurd), based on many shenanigans around the creatures Vannifar brings to the table, you'll need more stax support.

One of the very best cards you could add to stop all those creature-centered combos is Humility . This card is broken, this card is stupid. It even disables etb abilities. The only way your opponent has to go through is to destroy it with a creatureless source / or with a ''casting'' effect (like Ulamog has).

Single-handly, Humility tears apart most of the competitive Vannifar lists. However, based on the fact that it is still fragile to enchantments/permanents removals, you'll have to build a defensive shield for your stuff. Vannifar lists often keep a strong package of cheap permanents' removals in their pocket (like Beast Within for example), so you'll need to play carefully.

There's a lot of different ways you can head in order to reinforce your permanents' presence on the battlefield. A pretty simple and most of the time effective, despite of its ccm, you already included is Avacyn, Angel of Hope . I think you still lack a way to cheat her casting cost out to make her a stable and destructive power house.

Stax ''enchantment'' strategy is imo one of the most viable and solid strategy. With Academy Rector (amazing alongside your High Market ), you'll be able to search the exact piece you need to lock the game in your favor.

Notable stax exclusions :

Other cards to consider :

A bunch of meta depending stax tools :

Cards I'd cut from your list :

  • Martyr's Bond > Slow and unreliable on this brew. As you're not sacrificing any kind of permanent on your own, you'll struggle to get any value out of it outside of a lost political blast deflagrating when the game should already be over. Unless you add in some cards like World Queller , it defenitly doesn't deserve a slot imo.

  • Norn's Annex > 4 life + 3 mana for a worse Ghostly Prison . And I wouldn't even play Ghostly Prison there.

  • Bishop of Rebirth > a lot of people seems to give love to this card recently. However, I personally think it is just a bad inclusion. You spend 5 mana on a understated body and you have to wait a whole turn before getting value out of it IF you are in the researched scenario. There will be times where you have Boots or Greaves on board and this will be an insane mini-Sun Titan, but the situation is too rare to justify its presence.

  • Sublime Archangel > No real interest here. Good creature but doesn't provide anything for the stax strategy.

  • Gift of Immortality / True Conviction > weird ''win con'' heavily situational cards based on creatures. There is some logic behind Gift, but it's just too much of a unreliable idea. True Conviction has nothing to do here... it's 6 mana spend to lose the control on the game. If you're searching for card advantage and a bit of healing, go for the brand new Dawn of Hope (also is a good mana sink).

  • Rout > There are plenty better aoe in W. Wrath of God , Sunscour , Fumigate , Day of Judgment , End Hostilities , etc. If you want the instant option, just run Vedalken Orrery .

  • Blackblade Reforged > intersting alternative win con. Feels slow nonetheless.

  • Emeria Shepherd > too slow for my liking.

  • Whispersilk Cloak > can't understand what this does in a deck full of flyiers and tapping effects.

Finally, as you want to challenge Vannifar, which is a blue deck, you'll need something to deal with the classical Cyclonic Rift . Teferi's Protection is a good solution (and it could also protects you form a lot of various situations / removals / etc.), but I'm sure you can find a lot of other response.

I hope you'll find useful ideas in this comment. Thanks a lot for sharing this, it reminds me good times. Keep up the good work, keep up brewing!

Funkydiscogod on Does this deck have a ...

3 months ago

In Modern, you can use Clock of Omens, Trinisphere and land destruction to achieve similar results, if you keep them down to a few lands.

I remember hearing somewhere that there were some viable modern brews that included Hokori, Dust Drinker.

If you're maximizing the Clock's ability, you might as well run other cards that care about being tapped, like Storage Matrix, Howling Mine, Blinkmoth Urn.

ellie-is on No Creatures Allowed

4 months ago

@lagotripha: Hey, thanks, I'll be sure to check out that list! I'm purposefully avoiding Night of Souls' Betrayal, though, because I can't play worms with that around (and they're kind of my only real wincon).

Storage Matrix seems really fun! I'll try to make room for it, since this deck doesn't have to worry about untapping only lands.

Languish is nice, but I'm not even running four mutilates yet, so I probably don't need eight haha. Though maybe I could try to go up to four, it's a great card.

Spiteful Visions and Triskaidekaphobia seem a bit risky, though, since I'm already drawing cards and causing loss of life to myself, so I feel like they could backfire more often than not.

Thanks for the comment!

lagotripha on No Creatures Allowed

4 months ago

Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox is my big list of modern-tested mono black tools. Night of Souls' Betrayal is cheap now, but a powerhouse in multiplayer, and Storage Matrix is a simlar decent disruption tool. Languish lets you play 8 mutilates. Spiteful Visions helps stop people comboing out and keep answers in hand. Triskaidekaphobia can be fun with multiple people messing with life totals.

Cippo on Karn Stax

5 months ago

Wouldn't Thorn of Amethyst hit you harder than anyone else?

You run a lot of rocks so Winter Orb would be more asymmetrical in your favor. You only have 2 instants so Defense Grid would be in your favor too.

You might like Storage Matrix. Almost all your creatures being artifacts means you only ever have to choose between lands and artifacts, if you have enough rocks then the choice becomes obvious. Meanwhile everyone else is dealing with split resources.

Keep on taxing those color playing fools, you're doing good work.

BodhiQL on

5 months ago

SladeLeStrange As a commander, at least for this deck, she isn't very good. She costs 6 mana, and 3 of it has to be Black. This is important because with a Winter Orb or similar effect in play, most of my mana comes from Artifacts, which usually just makes colorless. Whisper, Blood Liturgist is the commander only because he synergies with my main combo, allowing me to reanimate Necrotic Ooze with Phyrexian Devourer and Triskelion in the graveyard to win. Visara the Dreadful isn't played in the deck because she's slow, but also can only kill one creature per turn rotation. Magus of the Abyss can kill a creature from each of my opponents field, to compare. She also gets shut down by Static Orb or Storage Matrix, whereas Whisper, Blood Liturgist doesn't care, as he only needs to tap once to win. Visara is just too slow and doesn't do enough.

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