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Sacrifice an artifact. If you do, search your library for an artifact card. If that card's converted mana cost is less than or equal to the sacrificed artifact's converted mana cost, put it onto the battlefield. If it's greater, you may pay , where X is the difference. If you do, put it onto the battlefield. If you don't, put it into its owner's graveyard. Then shuffle your library.
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Transmute Artifact Discussion
1 day ago
1 month ago
Ok, I'm gonna lead with I am actually wanting to give you good advice to make this deck more competitive and to preform better in a full CEDH meta. You don't have to listen or take it but some of your card slots could be much more efficient.
Disallow, Diabolic Tutor and Stroke of Genius are generally not considered for competitive because there are far better choices. Path to Exile ramps your opponents which is the worst thing you can do in the game pretty much, giving them a 3/3 creature is better almost always. Pongify and Rapid Hybridization should be better in most cases, those along with Reality Shift Toxic Deluge Swords to Plowshares Gilded Drake is generally enough to keep the creatures at bay. 3 mana for any counterspell is too much in CEDH just hands down. Spell Pierce or Mental Misstep would do you better 90% of the time. With Spell Pierce on turn 2 if its in your hand and all you have on the board is 2 lands then you can play a mana rock such as Talisman of Dominance and still have mana to counter something in the early game. In CEDH games are decided by 1 or 2 mana.
Thrasios/tyman is considered a fast combo deck which generally means that Counterspell is too slow being 2 blue. Usually they run the 1 drop counters Swan Song, Spell Pierce Mental Misstep Pact of Negation Force of Will and Mana Drain and call it good with those. Sometimes they include a Delay as well. Being a fast combo deck also generally means you don't bother with any stacks pieces. Torpor Orb probably works well against your opponents but its a slot that could get you closer to your combo that only moderately hurts some decks and since your not running other stacks pieces its just not going add any consistency to your deck. Without it you could put in a Trinket Mage and Trophy Mage both of which would get you combo pieces.
If your running Transmute Artifact I don't think you should need Reshape. It is a good tutor but I generally think Whir of Invention is more useful. If you sac a 1 drop artifact to Reshape to go get Aetherflux Reservoir it cost 2 blue, a saced artifact, and 3 colorless mana. To get Aetherflux Reservoir with Whir of Invention it costs 3 blue and 4 colorless that your non mana artifacts can tap to pay for. I think the possibility of a very slight cost increase is worth the instant speed and not having to sac a rock. I would not run all 3 however.
Beyond all of this advice the most improtant thing you should do is take out Walking Ballista whats the point? Once you have infinite mana you should win with thrasios.
1 month ago
2 months ago
In your deck I think Serra Ascendant is a must play. Umezawa's Jitte is also great with proliferate and it quickly ends the game with any infect creature...I'm missing an Inkmoth Nexus though! Contagion Clasp is a cheap removal for mana dorks and untility creatures like Dark Confidant, Goblin Welder, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben...whatever is annoying at the moment.
My personal preference is definitely more artifacts in order to make Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas a reliable draw engine (and he can also make inkmoth nexus a 5/5 flying infect). He is simply too good to be not played if you already have the colours in the deck.
Instead of Merciless Eviction I would use Cataclysm in your deck. Once that resolves and if Atraxa is on the board it's very hard to fight against a clock with increasing infect counters. In general I would say your build is cool but could need a bit more focus. There's quite a lot of "ok" stuff in the deck that doesn't do much for the overall strategy. You basically need cheap infect creatures to poison every opponent early, then a solid proliferate engine and stuff to protect it and as plan B you have some goodstuff creatures that either help in pumping up the small infect creatures to go for a kill in the late game or even win the game by normal damage. You just need to judge every card and throw everything out that does not do enough for your plan.
I play Atraxa as STAX for several reasons...
The number of good tutors is extremely high in these 4 colours (this is my choice, although there are more):
black: Imperial Seal, Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor
white: Enlightened Tutor, Academy Rector
blue: Fabricate, Transmute Artifact, Muddle the Mixture
green: Crop Rotation
Atraxa's triggered ability can win the game when everything else is locked down. With proliferate you can keep up a Tangle Wire as long as you want, Smokestack gets big really fast and all the while you can collect counters on a planeswalker with an ulimate that ends the game. The result is an almost creatureless build with lots of global creature hate like Humility, Cursed Totem, Torpor Orb, Porphyry Nodes...
I'm not a fan of too many planeswalkers because not all planeswalkers are good enough. You absolutely don't want to have an opening hand with cards with cmc 4+ and most walkers cost that much...by playing too many you have a high chance of getting hands filled with 2 or more cards that can only be played with extraordinary acceleration and if someone counters your first mana rock you are completely fucked and out of the game for several turns.
If you want you can have a look at my Atraxa list here:
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3 months ago
Ok, I still have a few comments/questions about what you guyz have said:
I know Imperial Recruiter is a good creature tutor, but the only relevant combo piece it could get is a Phantasmal Image, since the other ones have a greater power... It would have been a no brainer if I had more creatures in the list, but for now it will not make the cut. Maybe it will get tested later on, but not now.
This deck is not a 1vs1 deck, it is a multiplayer one, designed to play in 4 players pod, so I don't see Lightning Storm and Master the Way as viable cards in here. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth has been suggested couple times now, so I will look towards the inclusion. At first, I did not thaught about him because I wanted to have a low average CMC (at 2.16 for now) with a lot of cheap interaction spells. The more it has been suggested, the more I started thinking, and the more I wanted to include it in. The thing is, I need to have ways to play with it without my commander, because I will not cast Kozilek a lot, it would be there to recycle back my entire graveyard, and like it has been mentionned before, it would let me get infinite tokens once I have infinite mana through infinite cycling with the commander, winning with damage. I simply don't know what to remove for it yet.
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth will definitely come in as soon as I know what to remove. Cutting the Ashnod + Clamp combo seems the way to free 2 slots, since those are dead cards outside of combo... For now I will remove those two to include Kozilek, Butcher of Truth and Transmute Artifact. But I would simply like to know how Blood Moon affects my High Tide plan? I run quite a lot of basics, so it would not affect me a lot... And I think it would be pretty good against 3+ colors decks?
3 months ago
I'm in agreement with the Eldrazi Titan plan a lot too.
The insects that Locust God is making have haste. Once you get infinite mana a million hasty 1/1's is more than enough of a wincon by itself.
What exactly does Ashnod's Altar do here? If it's only to combo with Skullclamp I'd take it out, that's a 2 artifact combo in a deck with limited tutors, and the combo only works after you play Locust God at six mana. Infinite mana should be the goal of combos here, since that's an automatic win.
3 months ago
I see the biggest problem in the mana costs of the locust god. That's 6 mana and it won't stay in play long. Of course, you can play it again for 6 mana but you will have to play this thing and go into any sort of combo in the same turn, which requires even more mana.
You should think about how you can even survive so long and that's the deck then. If this card works at all it's probably in a shell with 20 or more counterspells ranging from 0 to a Maximum of 2 or 3 mana and a shitoad of mana artifacts (maybe with Paradoxical Outcome). I would not rely on the creatures alone though because there are numerous methods to disable these tokens or prevent them from attacking or dealing damage. Something like Impact Tremors or Purphoros, God of the Forge would help.
Phyrexian Altar and Ashnod's Altar would make a three card combo with Skullclamp and the locust god. Tezzeret the Seeker , Trinket Mage, Fabricate, Trophy Mage, Intuition, Long-Term Plans, Transmute Artifact and Academy Ruins are must plays then. You'll need every GOOD tutor and there aren't too many in these colours. Of course my suggestions are not a complete list but you have to keep mana efficiency in mind.
3 months ago
Ah, I see you've switched to a full Paradox Engine build as well! Very nice.
I've been testing the Engine build since its release and have these findings:
More counters are helpful with Arcum now, more than ever, because one tap from him wins the game now by pulling Paradox Engine. Any spell means you untap, grab Citanul Flute, and then start spamming 0 drops to tutor out more artifacts. You can generate infinite mana by collecting Rings of Brighthearth + Basalt Monolith + Staff of Domination and just draw your library, cast Walking Ballista and win that way (or you can gain arbitrarily large amounts of mana by using Junk Diver + Myr Retriever loops with a Basalt Monolith/Grim Monolith/Mana Vault out using Paradox Engine). Because you run both Rings, Monolith, and Staff, there is no good reason for your opponents to exile Paradox Engine as you'll just assemble another winning combo (as if they let you pull Paradox Engine with Arcum so they can exile it, there's no way to stop you from untapping at least once. As active player, you get priority to cast a spell once an ability resolves on your turn, meaning that if you tap Arcum, you 100% get to untap at least once so you can grab Rings/Monolith/Staff and play the deck like you did last year). The lynchpin to hit is Arcum, which means if they stop him from tapping even once in a game, you'll have a hard time. I upped my counter package to 9, which gives me a comfortable amount to protect Arcum with as I go for the win.
The best counters I think you're not running are: Swan Song, Turn Aside (you're not running counters to police the board, you run them to stop people from preventing your win. Generally speaking, 90% of the time you'd cast a counter would be to protect Arcum anyway. Or counter a Doomsday, I guess, but mostly the former lol). Pact of Negation is now perfect for Arcum because you don't have to protect him for 2-3 turns, you only need to protect him for 1. Even Negate and Arcane Denial are worth a look, though you might also like Stoic Rebuttal.
Isochron Scepter and Dramatic Reversal are no longer needed now that you have the combination of both in a single card, honestly. Also, because you run Citanul Flute and 0 drops, you no longer need Myr Turbine as well. Glint Nest Crane isn't a good option for a creature slot, I'd recommend removing it (if you want draw and are in a competitive meta, Mystic Remora and Rhystic Study will draw you more cards and won't bottom your counters or Power Artifact).
My deck is still listed here if you want to compare card choices, etc.: Arcum's Asylum
You'll notice that I dropped Darksteel Forge + Lattice + Disk as well as Possessed Portal. I actually haven't missed them since the printing of Paradox Engine, lol.