Trail of Evidence


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Standard Legal
Frontier Legal

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Shadows over Innistrad Uncommon

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Trail of Evidence


Whenever you cast an instant of sorcery spell, investigate. (Put a colorless Clue artifact token onto the battlefield with ", Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Trail of Evidence Discussion

SlaineTower on Harness the Storm

1 day ago

TheCrimsonGhost Fevered Visions is actually a perfect replacement for Trail of Evidence! It provides burn damage while giving you cards to throw in when you need more

bewarekraken on Mechanized Cluestorm

3 days ago

I'm thinking Jace, Unraveler of Secrets doesn't belong since he has no bodies to protect him unless I put the wall package in.

Trail of Evidence and Sigarda's Aid feel like the most natural inclusions. 19 instants and sorceries might push Trail, but playing Mechanized Production on opponent's EOT feels pretty darn special.

Baral's Expertise could be bonkers too, free Mechanized, Stasis Snare, or Trail. Hell, Baral himself might even fit in here.

icefire033 on Blue's Clues

6 days ago

So, for me, it was more along the lines of we gotta find a Trail of Evidence....I think you may want to consider some countermagic that is a little more robust than Unsubstantiate like Disallow, or Void Shatter, or even Negate. Also, after playing a few matches with the deck, Erdwal Illuminator seemed meh even when it was really working. I feel that the deck also needs more ways to generate clues. Tamiyo's Journal while slow and clunky gives the deck inevitability, especially if you can control the board at the same time. Confirm Suspicions maybe? Magnifying Glass? Maybe some ways to slow down creature-based damage like Jace's Scrutiny or Press for Answers? Also, I think that the manabase needs Evolving Wilds to get the green you need more reliably, to thin your deck, and to synergize nicely with Tracker. All in all, the deck needs some work, but totally +1 for the concept :)

Stelson1 on Mechanized Clue Production!

1 week ago

This looks amazing, might try put together a non-budget version and see what I can come up with.

To your list though I'd definitely drop the Aether Theorist for Anticipate. Its digs deeper and is much faster than theorist. Also it triggers Trail of Evidence. Glimmer of Genius is another dig option as well.

Erdwal Illuminator and Padeem, Consul of Innovation are things you might want to consider as well.

Jace's Scrutiny and Press for Answers I'm not sold on. I get why they are there but they feel way too weak. Take into Custody is much better than both of them. I'd swap the Jace's for Take Into Custody at the least.

Finally you might want to have another Mechanized Production target in the deck since it doesn't need to be attached to the artifact you want 8 copies of. An obvious choice is Torrential Gearhulk but that may be outside of your price range considering its been labelled budget. Maybe Dynavolt Tower? It could get out of hand absurdly quickly when you have 3-4 Towers out and are generating enough energy to bolt off of every instant/sorcery cast. The issue here of course is you start diluting the rest of the deck to fit the towers.

clayperce on Infinite Construct (AER)

1 week ago

Finally catching up on comments ...

oblivion234 and ArmyJM07,
Yep. I've been thinking about making a Temur build ever since this post.

Red also has Artifact hate. No more Smash to Smithereens of course, but IMO Destructive Tampering and Release the Gremlins are quite good, and Gremlin Infestation, Structural Distortion, and Ruinous Gremlin have their uses.

Sounds like a fun deck!

Sorry but neither Aqueous Form nor Artful Dodge are legal in Standard. Plus they have the same problems Slip Through Space does, from this post.

Thanks for the kudos. In actual testing (with 4x Crackdown Construct, 3x Key to the City, and 2x Trail of Evidence), I've seen Inventors' Fair in about 70% of my games, and it's triggered in about 30% of those. That's a far cry from "never" :-D

Less than 26 Lands might work, but I started there (based on this list) and have been happy with it so far.

As an aside, at some point I'm going to test a Clue-heavy build, using Mechanized Production (#Protect_Combo_Pieces #Alt_Wincon) and Tamiyo's Journal (#Find_Combo_Pieces). If I do that, I would likely increase the Investigate effects too (e.g., with Erdwal Illuminator and Confirm Suspicions)

Yeah, that could be fun. I figure half the Internet is already trying to break Saheeli and Guardian though, so I'm gonna stick to Crackdown Construct for now. For ideas on what other people are doing, I recommend checking out the Recent Decks section of the Crackdown Construct page.

Thanks everyone!

JeppeFugl on Handmade by Tezzeret - UB Improvise [AER]

1 week ago

Luffy1369 Thank you very much for the comment and suggestion. Since the banning of Smuggler's Copter and Emrakul, the Promised End, the deck can now play a little slower. That makes room for Transgress the Mind.Heart of Kiran gets crewed by Liliana, the Last Hope or Tezzeret the Schemer.

InfuriatedBrute Thanks for the comment. Yeah I was testing to see if Tezzeret would fit into the generic Metallurgic Summonings I have been running. Now I use Trail of Evidence instead.

jacoby0813 Thanks man! Baral, Chief of Compliance dosn't really work in the deck after i've been testing it :( Yahenni, Undying Partisan looks better in a aggro midrange strategy

Die4Dethklok on Investigating Dovin's Mechanized Productions

1 week ago

Yeah. Consulate Crackdown is a bit scary. I went with the weenies subtheme due to both Bygone Bishop and Spell Queller. I thought that Bygone Bishop would work well instead of Trail of Evidence, and creatures provide a reasonable back up plan to win the game. It just happens to have a spirit subtheme as the best value creatures in standard are spirits. Haha.

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