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.
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Storage Matrix Discussion
11 hours ago
Mana Drain, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Stasis, Static Orb, Winter Orb, Storage Matrix, Back to Basics, Flusterstorm, Arcane Laboratory, Rule of Law, Eidolon of Rhetoric, Spirit of the Labyrinth, Null Rod, Hokori, Dust Drinker, Kataki, War's Wage, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Iona, Shield of Emeria, Aura of Silence, Rising Waters, Stony Silence, Aven Mindcensor, Leonin Arbiter, Crovax, Ascendant Hero, Tangle Wire, Smokestack, Sphere of Resistance, Thorn of Amethyst, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Trinisphere, Torpor Orb, Hushwing Gryff.
I'm sure I'll think of more.
This is all assuming you're budgetless (which I assumed due to the Tabernacle already listed).
4 days ago
Storage Matrix has weird interactions with the orbs and it's not nearly as powerful of a lock.
Metalworker is already out but I'm not 100% sure why that wasn't updated, so staff wouldn't be a good fit here.
With all the lock pieces I haven't needed any more board wipes, and I don't want akiri dying from something like Blasphemous Act.
I had considered decree before but it's hard to find room. And honestly between Defense Grid and Conqueror's Flail and all the lock pieces I haven't worried about trying to fit it in, but I'll keep it in the back of my mind.
Thanks for the suggestions!
4 days ago
Blinkmoth Well turns off Static Orb and Winter Orb during an opponent's end step, letting you untap normally.
What are your thoughts on Storage Matrix?
If you're running MLD, then Decree of Annihilation is worth considering. It's a bit more expensive than other MLD spells, but it's much harder to counter the cycling trigger.
If you're looking for more sweepers, Blasphemous Act is hard to beat for efficiency in most multiplayer games.
Staff of Domination isn't particularly mana-efficient, but it's extremely versatile, and combines with cards like Clock of Omens, Goblin Welder, and Metalworker to produce some interesting effects.
Everflowing Chalice is a mana rock I like in artifact-heavy decks, because it can come down on turn 2 to accelerate out a 4-cost commander, or it can come down on turn 6+ to act as a more expensive Thran Dynamo.
5 days ago
I tried playtesting this deck and it felt...weird. It didn't output much offensive pressure, and it seemed to have too few proper stax cards to survive as a control deck.
(Obviously you just built it so it needs some tuning, of course.)
Have you taken a look at some of the Gisela stax/control decks on this site? They might help you find some more cards.
Leonin Shikari seems strange here. Might be a cuttable card.
What's your meta like? It's easier to tailor a hate package once you know your opponents' decks :)
1 week ago
You almost have another infinite combo...
My new favorite mana rock is Inspiring Statuary, and I think it plays quite nice with most of the artifacts you are using. Notably you can use it to "turn off" Howling Mine after drawing your card from it each turn. That "turn off" trick also works on Winter Orb, Static Orb, and Storage Matrix
2 weeks ago
Sigil of the Empty Throne would compliment your heavy enchantment use. Monastery Siege's Dragons will protect you while slowing down your opponent's answer. You're obviously not running aggro, so Porphyry Nodes can really mess your opponents up. Suppression Field is great on a sideboard against an ability-reliant deck. Defense Grid is good in the sideboard as well. Storage Matrix Can really disturb just about any strategy
1 month ago
When building stax, remember that a lot of stax cards effects go away when the artifact is tapped (e.g Winter Orb, Storage Matrix). These can be turned off by cards like Icy Manipulator and Clock of Omens
When playing Smokestack/Descent into Madness, the easiest way to get out from under it is tokens (specifically Assemble the Legion because it makes an extra token each turn for the extra counter on the stax piece).
2 months ago
Hmmm. Let's get to work! You said you planned to make your friends hate life, so I'm throwing all complaints about "friendly magic" out the window here.
You're missing several important Stax pieces. Static Orb and Storage Matrix are vicious mana denial cards. More notably, they (and Winter Orb) can be turned off using cards like Quicksmith Spy (and the rest of the to-be-revealed cycle). Contamination is a complete lockdown in the right metas. Cataclysm is often a strict upgrade over Armageddon, though you should be playing both. You might consider the infamous smokestacks, but you'd have to playtest them.
Divine Reckoning is a great board wipe in decks like this, because it spares your commander and wipes away token and aggro decks. Toxic Deluge is one of the best board wipes of all time, especially since it's low in cost and modular. In terms of removal, Swords to Plowshares is one of the best options, bar none.
Your landbase isn't complete obviously, but I rarely play below 36-37 lands. Especially in a deck like this, where you plan to lock down mana, you need your land drops consistently. Since you're already playing Sylvan Library, I'd add Land Tax and Abundance to the list (the latter for the combo with Library).
You are in the best tutor colors, and they can find your stax pieces. I would recommend Fabricate, Demonic Tutor, and Enlightened Tutor at the least. You currently have very few targets for Green Sun's Zenith, so it might be cut for a different tutor.
In terms of lands, Aether Hub is very good with Atraxa (along with Tendo Ice Bridge, the Depletion lands, the Vivid lands, Gemstone Mine, etc). In general, my multi-color land bases always include City of Brass, Mana Confluence, Forbidden Orchard, Reflecting Pool, and Exotic Orchard.
You want cards that can make your Stax effects asymmetrical. Unfortunately Prophet of Kruphix is banned, but Seedborn Muse can do a decent impression. Same with the new Paradox Engine (seriously, that card is freaking busted).
You might want some more counterspells. In mana denial decks, Mana Leak can be a hard counter more often than you'd think. Krosan Grip is also an amazing kill spell, and Mystical Tutor finds whatever you need when you need it.
I hope that helps! Happy deckbuilding! :)