Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs (1) less to play for each artifact you control.)
Draw two cards.
|Have (2)||, metalmagic|
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|Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2)||Common|
|Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret (DDF)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Thoughtcast occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.04%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
1 week ago
I'm doing a janky budget build that isn't entirely different, and I'm surprised at how well Syndicate Trafficker plays. A 3/1 will trade with a lot, 2 mana is fine for 3 power, and his ability can really screw up blockers, while he also is growing. I'm not saying he's a good enough card for your level, mostly curious if you think he's reasonable for a lower tier deck of this type.
2 weeks ago
Atemsis is very neat. I like the way you organized your list.
You might consider these cards: Coalition Relic (can get Atemsis out on turn 4), Urza's Incubator , Muddle the Mixture (finds either piece of dramatic scepter), Spellseeker (finds Muddle), Rush of Knowledge , Assert Authority , Thoughtcast , Concentrate , Vedalken Mastermind , AEthersnipe , River Serpent , Lay Claim , Striped Riverwinder , Floodwaters , Windcaller Aven , New Perspectives
4 months ago
4 months ago
Alright, let's get back in the field.
Lords and Anthems
A longtime staple for tribes, dating all the way back to Zombie Master , and almost every tribe wants them. Since you're looking to put a lot of 'Crows on board, Lords of course buff them, and enables your ability to close a game without depending on commander damage. Some come with bells and whistles, and depending on what build you want, not all of these will make the cut. Anthems help with this as well, but vanilla Anthems won't give you the same mileage as a Lord. Nevertheless, it's worth considering everything at your disposal.
Adaptive Automaton - A standard Lord that mixes with any tribe, and maybe not ideal for Reaper, Lords are just good in general
Brass Herald - A little costly, but a recruiter and Lord in one is a nice option; I would only be comfortable recommending this if your creature count is high
Metallic Mimic - A de facto Lord, and is prime for ETB abuse
Etchings of the Chosen - Making your general hard to deal with should always be welcome
Radiant Destiny - I think Vigilance is a little too vanilla to make the cut in EDH, but it's worth considering
Shared Triumph - As far as Anthems go, this one is sold mostly by its appealing mana cost
Door of Destinies - Given that you will cast a lot of Scarecrows, Door will put in work
Cover of Darkness - I think Cover is a little too Voltron-ish for King, but it's an option
Kindred Boon - Mostly just protection for King and at least is worth considering
Steely Resolve - Tribe-wide Shroud seems very good for any tribe that can use it
That Which Was Taken - Protection for anything, plus synergizes with Artifact support
Drawing is strange in EDH. Not everything good is usable here since you still want to find synergy, but there are plenty of options, and most of them will serve you well on a budget.
Deep Analysis - Its initial cost can be rough, but Flashback is great,
Dig Through Time - Given how long EDH games can go, Dig usually has plenty of Delve fodder to be affordable
Distant Melody - A decent choice for any EDH tribal
Thoughtcast - Solid in anything Artifacts
Greed - It's an option
Mind Stone - Doubles over as a mana rock, but its draw ability is mainly what you want for late game
Thopter Spy Network - Generates fodder and enables draws, and while maybe not great, is nice nonetheless
Tutors and the Like
Consistency in function is crucial to your deck, and depending on who all you play with, the tempo of games could afford you time for otherwise less ideal options.
Scheming Symmetry - Better with more people at the table, but is an option
Planar Portal - Maybe a little costly, but it tutors anything and is a personal favorite
Planar Bridge - Even more costly than Portal, but can just churn a permanent out of the deck
Saheeli's Directive - Costly, but powerful, plus it gives a little extra utility to Artifacts that you don't immediately have use for or don't tap
I'm no expert in juggling lands for multicolor EDH, but there are some solid good stuff lands for such a format. This is probably where most of your attention is going to go because Shocks, Fetches, and the like are outside your budget, leaving you working with more strict cards. I'm including transforming cards because the Land forms are mostly what will concern you, although keep in mind their original forms should provide some utility as well.
Arch of Orazca - A colorless land can suck, but one that can keep cards in hand is worth noting
Command Tower - Don't question it
Glimmervoid - Staple for Artifact EDH
Mirrodin's Core - Super budget and requires some planning, but is flexible
Opal Palace - Decent fixing, plus it softens the pain of casting your general for the sixth time in a game
Path of Ancestry Color fixing with perks for casting your general
What to Ditch
This is where I start to fall off, since I've only ever built Voltron and Superfriends EDH decks. But I do have solid overall advice for deck building, period: consider what cards bring to the table. If you find that a card doesn't quite work well, look for something to better get this machine working. Try to get as much synergy out of your cards as possible, so things with linear and okay-ish function may not be worth keeping. Always test and see what happens. A lot of things that are good on paper don't iron out in practice, and likewise things that don't iron out on paper are great in practice.
Hopefully this all helps you find your way with the deck. Of course, since I'm no expert in this field, feel free to do further research for tips and cards. There are plenty of other King EDH decks on TappedOut, and people love to build things differently, so there likely are going to be things I've missed that someone else considers a no-brainer inclusion. Additionally, utilize Google and MTGSalvation for more ideas. Lastly, deckcycling puts it on the front page for people to see, and possibly give you a hand. There's a lot of room to build here, and there are likewise a lot of people who can advise you.
5 months ago
5 months ago
The wraths won't buy you time if you can't cast them in time. Maybe if you had some ramp - the first two creatures I suggest don't bounce anything back to your hand. For the AVG CMC here, you probably need 2 more lands to avoid missing a land-drop.
Quicksilver Fountain would be very janky here, but it might be useful. Depends on the meta. I'd suggest playtesting with it (or a proxy if in paper) in place of Spreading Seas and see how it compares. One very slight function would that lands that got counters after a Blood Moon hit would turn back into islands for you, which would grant you some license to incorporate more non-basics.
Halimar Depths will speed things up here. Slow-lands like Tranquil Expanse are pure junk and only for the most budget-tight decks. Halimar Depths isn't that. It's a utility you build into your mana-base. You have more spells at 4CMC or more than you have less, and an AVG CMC of almost 4. You'll likely have turns you won't have enough mana to cast anything anyway, so Halimar Depths won't slow you down. Also, it can help with Devastation Tide , which is kind of important given that Serum Visions cantrips before it scrys. Besides, I only suggested you add 1 copy. You probably won't even notice it's there.
My rule of thumb for draw card is the same as it is for tokens - as close as possible to a 1 draw or token per 1 mana spent. So Chart a Course is darn good, provided you can meet the conditional. And in trying to meet that conditional, you'll probably be helping your deck out anyway, because those early bodies will be more effective at keeping you in the game on turns 1-4 than 2 Remands and 3 Vapor Snags. Following my rule of thumb, Divination is considerably better than Jace's Ingenuity - costing 1.33 mana per draw vs 1.66. The artifact route also offers a nice draw card spell in Thoughtcast , but you already said you don't want to go that route. The other draw card that's a great deal in mono-blue is Visions of Beyond . And while you do have 3x Search for Azcanta Flip, that seems too slow to work in the long run. Also, I'm generally not a fan of cantrips, as they're essentially just deck thinning, and very few decks are reliable enough to have open slots to thin with. Finally, I don't see any major advantage to instant-speed draw card spells. Sorcery is the common speed for draw-card.
6 months ago
Cards I run in affinity that could help you here:
Master of Etherium : would be a 5/5 then get the +whatever/+whatever, plus pump your team
Karn, Scion of Urza : Can either be card draw or create tokens that when enchanted become at least 6/6's
Springleaf Drum : Especially w/ Memnite , can make insane starts by going Ornithopter , Ornithopter , Memnite , land, Springleaf Drum Springleaf Drum , Signal Pest . Just allows for more explosive nut draws.
Memnite : See above.
Cranial Plating : Easy to make your stuff huge quick.
Inventors' Fair : Keep your life high and be able to tutor for specific artifacts
Blinkmoth Nexus : Another artifact land
Cards you should consider cutting:
Tezzeret the Schemer : Inefficient removal, and the ult will never happen.
This is just my 2 cents, I hope you take these into considerati