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|Commander (2016 Edition)||Common|
|Scars of Mirrodin||Uncommon|
|Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret||Common|
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Creature — Human Wizard
When Trinket Mage enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an artifact card with converted mana cost 1 or less, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
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Trinket Mage Discussion
2 days ago
I built Brago way back when he first came out and have seen him go from fun bounce house to cutthroat stax. It's super interesting when a commander has a ton of range like that.
I think if you're looking for fun you need to set it up so you still have powerful effects, just not ones that are super oppressive. Make your ETBs be in the mid to high CMC range, and have them be powerful effects that don't make the game suck for the other players. All of the following are super good without being oppressive; Angel of Serenity, Trophy Mage, Lavinia of the Tenth, Stonehorn Dignitary, Nevermaker, Spine of Ish Sah, Act of Authority, Sun Titan, Luminate Primordial, Resolute Archangel, Recruiter of the Guard, Knight-Captain of Eos, Grasp of Fate, Exclusion Ritual, Reality Acid, and Parallax Wave (personal favorite).
Be sure to include Brago tech like Panharmonicon, Ancestral Knowledge, and Strionic Resonator (if you want it); good mana rocks to make sure you can get your big ETBs and get the most out of each main phase, Gilded Lotus, Thran Dynamo, Sol Ring, Mana Vault, Basalt Monolith, Talisman of Progress, and Trinket Mage (into Sol Ring/Seat of the Synod/Ancient Den/Darksteel Citadel); along with some solid draw to make sure you don't run out of steam, Wall of Omens, Sea Gate Oracle, Ichor Wellspring, Tsabo's Web, Mystic Remora, Rhystic Study, and Jace Beleren (only use the -1).
3 days ago
There are so many ways to play with the colours Atraxa provides and I would say the whatever your plan is, the deck is best when you focus on exactly that strategy instead of doing a bit of this and that.
In our playgroup we have two Atraxa decks at the moment. One player has an infect deck, which means very fast aggro because infect kills with only 10 damage in a 40 life format. His plan is obviously getting a very fast start and dealing a good amount of damage with an infect creature (not necessarily lethal damage, but enough that a player can be killed with 2 or 3 proliferates later). This deck is running no fancy shit with counter meddling and other stuff that does not win the game. Earliest kill is turn 2 with a perfect hand, usually it's turn 3-5.
I play the other Atraxa deck here around and mine (Atraxa's super(un)friendly Stax) is basically creatureless. In my deck I focus on disabling most of what other decks would like to play. Humility, Pendrell Mists, Ensnaring Bridge, Moat, Tangle Wire, Nether Void, Land Equilibrium,...Atraxa's proliferate ability can be used well in this build, as it makes everything better than it already is, but I don't really need her to win. usually I win with planeswalkers (I only play those whose ultimate will really end the game or whose other abilities are really needed in the deck) or with the classic combo Helm of Obedience+Leyline of the Void. My only creatures are Academy Rector, Gilder Bairn, Deepglow Skate, Crystalline Crawler, Lodestone Golem, Trinket Mage, which are basically only additional tutors, powerful utility creatures or stax pieces. This deck doesn't win fast (in terms of making an opponent lose the game), but it can potentially lock down the game starting in turn 1 or 2 and then I have time to find my win options. It often wins by creating a hardlock under which only I can keep playing...you can concede then.
I personally think that slow creature based strategies are far too risky, unless they use a huge lot of disruption in order to deal with control and combo. Playing infect in commander certainly gives you an advantage because most decks are not equiped to play against aggro with only taking 10 damage in total. It's also a lot cheaper to build than a control version. You can focus on green and black and only splash the other two colours for very powerful spells and you don't necessarily need an expensive mana base for that. you would really have to focus on that though...90% infect creatures plus absolutely needed non-infect helpers, enough removal for everything that could shut down creatures/attacking and a lot of cheap or free pump spells.
As for the counterspells you currently use: I would say they are all too expensive. If you don't want to buy Mana Drain and Force of Will you should at least get Spell Pierce, Mana Leak, Arcane Denial, Disallow, Remand, Memory Lapse, maybe Swan Song, Daze, Twincast, Misdirection...reliably getting double blue in a four colour deck is hard enough so if you want to play counters you should choose those that cost only one coloured mana or can be cast for free. Those with double blue should be really worth their effect.
For speed I usually play the standard artifact package with: Sol Ring, Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Grim Monolith, Chrome Mox, Mox Diamond, Mox Opal, Lotus Petal, Voltaic Key, Coalition Relic and the Mirrodin Talismans in the colours I need. In four colour decks Chromatic Lantern is also great. It always depends on your budget though how much artifact speed you can use...some of these are not among the cheapest cards. Btw I don't think doubling season will drop in price anytime soon. There won't be a reprint in a standard legal set so if it comes again it will be in a conspiracy or masters set, of which not so many are opened.
4 days ago
I figured it was just too slow and durdly. That said, I haven't tested it.
Thanks for the feedback!
1 week ago
plusmental Tried to modify the deck and make it UBW.
1 week ago
Kai-Erik, in your current decklist the Bomberman combo or Gemstone Array would solely exist just for the infinite mana possibilities (I guess the array could save you some mana to overlap to another turn), but I don't see how your deck can utilize infinite colourless mana other than infinite thopters from Thopter Foundry, then translating to infinite damage using Breya. If you used Blue Sun's Zenith instead of Sphinx's Revelation, you could use the infinite colourless to mill another player out.
If you want to justify the Bomberman combo, you could always add the spellbombs which are great utility, Pithing Needle, and all of them would be tutored with Trinket Mage, and Auriok Salvagers could just bring them back to hand. Lion's Eye Diamond is much more of a niche card, other than the combo, it's a 0 drop artifact to be eaten by Breya. But these cards are similar to Bitter Ordeal or Disciple of the Vault, where they do very little unless you already have the combo going.
I do think the above would be stronger than the Saheeli Rai + Felidar Guardian combo, as both of those cards alone have very low impact individually. Auriok Salvagers at least have limited tool boxing capability.
1 week ago
-I like Hallowed Moonlighta lot so i put that in maybeboard for a possible UBW!
-When I made this deck I was undecided about putting Ratchet Bomb or Engineered Explosives... Engineered Explosives are a lot better in my opinion because I can tutor them with Trinket Mage and can instantly play them to clear all 1 or 2 (3 if playing with W) permanents.
p.s. I like Ratchet Bomb just because it costs a loooooooot less :D
1 week ago
python2048 thanks for all the great suggestions! I'll add in any of the <$2 cards that you suggested, I was at first hesitant about Karmic Guide since she's quite combo-oriented. However, I believe I do not have any of the other combo pieces that would make her go infinite.
Trinket Mage seems pretty good, I don't know how I would feel about it since Pilgrim's Eye does have more combos. I'll put it into consideration. The main reason I added it in was because I ad a foil one lying around, but it's no problem taking it out haha. Thalia's Lancers would be better if I had more legendaries, as you stated.
I think cutting all the auras would be a good idea, I'll add in Whispersilk Cloak. I completely blanked on that card and was thinking about it today haha.
I agree completely with the mana rocks, I can easily find a place for them in the deck.
As for protection for Brago, I'll consider adding more non-permanent bounce cards, but it does mean that I'll have to readjust some cards, as I enjoy lots of permanents for Mastery of the Unseen and blinking value, but it's no biggie. :)
1 week ago
I play Ephara, God of the Polis as my commander and even though they are kind of different decks, there is a lot of overlap.
A few cards that are under or around $2 that I run and you might get benefit from:
Trinket Mage (you can add Seat of the Synod, Ancient Den, and maybe even Darksteel Citadel to make it worth more than just getting Sol Ring. I have Everflowing Chalice. In this deck, you may also get use from Pithing Needle. With this package, it's probably just better than Pilgrim's Eye.)
If you have Archaeomancer, you probably want Mnemonic Wall and Scrivener as well. These cards make Ghostly Flicker much better. So much so that I run also Displace and Illusionist's Stratagem as well in Ephara.
Ixidron could be interesting in this deck, especially if you add more blink effects outside of Brago.
I don't know how much I like creature auras for Brago. He's already a removal magnet (which is one of the reasons I don't play him as my commander) and I feel like you'd end up just getting two for one'd. Whispersilk Cloak might be a good alternative. You could also add stuff like Cloudshift, Momentary Blink, or maybe even Whitemane Lion to help protect Brago from removal or get additional value. Again, I haven't played this deck and don't know your meta, so this may be irrelevant.
You may want to look at making your mana rocks a turn faster so you can curve into Brago on turn three. You could run Talisman of Progress, Fellwar Stone, or Thought Vessel if you're looking to have your rocks all untap with Brago. They aren't as reliable at fixing as say Darksteel Ingot, but the speed could be worth it.
Here's a link to my Ephara deck if you're interested: