Voltaic Key

Voltaic Key

Artifact

, : Untap target artifact.

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Set Rarity
2011 Core Set (M11) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition (DDE) Uncommon
Urza's Saga (USG) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Legacy Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Limited Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal

Voltaic Key occurrence in decks from the last year

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Voltaic Key Discussion

abby315 on [EDH] Eldrazi Kozilek Deck

3 days ago

I would also cut: Erratic Portal, Lux Cannon, God-Pharaoh's Gift, Planar Bridge, and Titan's Presence as a start. Those are all pretty overcosted for what they're able to do in your deck.

Second, are you focusing on a Voltron-style Commander damage win with Kozilek? I can tell you it doesn't happen very often since he's actually quite vulnerable to removal. I also started with a build that had a lot of unblockable effects, but it turns out that Kozilek isn't the best attacker compared to your other Eldrazi. I'd focus more on using Kozilek for card advantage and digging for your other Eldrazi to win the game.

To that end, I'd take out Trailblazer's Boots and Fireshrieker.

Finally, a few upgrades to consider: Manifold Key is strictly better than Voltaic Key. Platinum Angel and Platinum Emperion are both super helpful and more impactful than Reality Smasher and Sandstone Oracle. Doubling Cube is pretty fun ramp and probably better than Gilded Lotus. Commander's Plate is going to be much better than Whispersilk Cloak, though it's decently expensive rn.

Here's my list that I've been running for a few years, if you want more ideas: Kozi Kozi Commander (Colorless Eldrazi EDH)

Have fun, it's a super fun deck to play with!

LitchOubliette on Commander Staples Cube

3 days ago

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KevinLandonChanning on $2500 cEDH Urza

3 weeks ago

Hey there.. amazing effort on putting all these versions of Urza budget options for us!! Superbly appreciated first of all and the deck is sick.

I notice in this $2500 version that perhaps you forgot to put in the Keys ( Voltaic Key or Manifold Key). It is in all versions of the deck except this one so it looks like an oversight I wanted to inform you of.

Pls let us know if that was intentional or is indeed a core missing piece!

Reznorboy on Ruling Question: Voltaic Key

1 month ago

This has probably been asked before, but I wanted to make sure and tried finding an answer in other places.

If I were to have Wishclaw Talisman and Voltaic Key already on the field, (assuming that Wishclaw Talisman still has 3 Wish Counters on it), and it is my turn, would it be feasible, assuming I have 3 colorless mana open, to activate Wishclaw Talisman's ability by paying the 1 mana, tapping it, and removing the counter, putting the ability on the stack, then activate Voltaic Key in response to the ability, allow it to resolve, untapping Wishclaw Talisman, the searching ability still on the stack, then with the Talisman now untapped, activate the Talisman again, (potentially repeat this if I had enough Voltaic Keys, Wish Counters, and mana) then allow everything to resolve, searching for more than one card and putting more than one in hand?

TriusMalarky on Geneva Format Cards List

1 month ago

dingusdingo yep, it's just creature go wack because that's all that I've had time to do. I plan on working other archetypes in as I find a little more time to research.

Also, I imagined community voting and such being a big part once it got going, but we're not there yet. That's got a bit to do with some of the choices I've made.

Also, on partial cycles, I do want to potentially use manabases as a way to keep some decks in check, but I may just relent soon as it's getting more and more clear that that's hard to do.

Great points, my only argument is "gaah, I need more time".

The power level is supposed to be fairly high, but in a way that supports archetypes and mechanics that aren't able to be powerful in other formats.

I like Voltaic Key, and have a couple other cards I'll be adding for big mana artifact synergy to work with that suggestion. Empty the Warrens looks like a great card.

That said, looking at my removal suite right now Swords is a big outlier. The only other cards that are that efficient only deal with smaller things, so I'll be cutting it and adding Wing Shards.

dingusdingo on Geneva Format Cards List

1 month ago

Here are my thoughts

Don't split the land cycles

It is infinitely easier to say "Oh Geneva has painlands and checklands" rather than "Okay so Dimir has Drowned Catacomb next Boros has Sunbaked Canyon" etc. This is an ease of access point for getting started in the format but also regularly building decks in the format. Having to remember specifically which lands from all the different land cycles go into what color groups will be a huge turn off for most players. I also suggest keeping 5 color cycles for non-land cards intact too; if you have Gold Myr then include the other 4 colors as well.

Include X spells

Aside from giving nice offerings to decks as games go long, it gives you a use for all that ritual style mana ramp in the format.

Focus your ideas for the format

Currently, it seems like Legacy card pool with Pioneer power levels, except the only style of play is "Make synergy then swing creature". When you wanted to make a new format, what prompted you to do so? Is there a certain type of deck you are trying to bring to prominence, or a certain type of deck you don't want to see in the format? I think you should approach from a top-down design, rather than throwing cards at the board and seeing what sticks. It will also help in selling your idea to players, "Hey try my new format, it lets you do X Y and Z different from the other formats!"

Consider the power level you want

Your most well developed themes are madness and lifegain, both stompy builds of medium-low power level. Meanwhile, you have one of the absolute most efficient pieces of removal ever printed with Swords to Plowshares as well as 3 various alternate casting cost creature removal spells. Having hyper efficient creature removal and almost entirely creature based damage to win will create some stale gameplay rather quickly.

Focus on deck archetypes

A healthy metagame has aggro, midrange, and control, the eternal rock-paper-scissors of MTG. Aggro has good match up against control but hard against midrange, midrange is good against aggro and weak to control, and control is good against midrange but weak to aggro. Within that basic rock-paper-scissors, also consider well-known deck archetypes and builds. Some that come to mind are burn, spellslinger, combo, white weenies, tribal, prison, and mill. The format should appeal to Timmies, Johnnies, and Spikes in various ways. If I'm Johnny combo player and the only way to "combo" win is play life gain cards + life gain pay offs + attack with creatures, I'm going to lose interest in the format.

That being said, I highly recommend you get a good splash of cards into the pool for various archetypes before you get into the minutia of what each deck will play, this is currently still barer than bare-bones. Siege Rhino seems like it will be a deck to you right now, but it might not once you get the rest of the format fleshed out.

Play to each color's strengths

This format is currently just creature whack. Green is the creature and ramp color, but is primarily serving to ramp other colors and doesn't have good beaters. Blue is known for drawing and counter magic, of which we see almost none of yet. Look at the colors and think about the keywords that go alongside them, as well as non-creature spells. Red is going to want cards with haste, especially 1 drops, but also a variety of direct damage cards. Blue is going to want a handful more draw cards, probably bounce and countermagic too. Black could benefit from another discard effect beyond Duress, and that opens the door for Megrim to be a deck. Look for perennial keywords like trample, flying, first strike, haste, and even protection from color if you're feeling spicy.

Think about threats and answers

Empty the Warrens is a storm card that could fit well into a creature heavy format without throwing the entire format to Storm but still providing a new deck archetype and varied play for the format. It is a high caliber threat for decks to close games, but there are also tons of answers decks can use to handle it, such as Pyroclasm or Wrath of God or the already in-set Marrow Shards. Thinking about how decks win is crucial to designing the format, but having answers in mind for the threats keeps the format balanced. It will give players a better and more interactive experience, and it will raise the value of sideboarding immensely. Do you have a graveyard based combo for Combo Johnny? Well a Tormod's Crypt sounds like a great include to keep them in check. Lots of big hexproof/shrouded creatures for midrange to fight control? Give control effects to get around them like Chainer's Edict or even just more wrath effects. If you want the format to be dynamic, create threats and create answers.

Find synergies for cards already in the format

Do you want every deck to be a goodstuffs pile? Nobody wants that. Look to cards that are already included and give players deckbuilding choices. For example, you might think that Voltaic Key is an excellent way to get some more mileage from Worn Powerstone, and that inclusion of Voltaic Key will lead you to a few other cards that work well with the pair. Give players options, and think about the things a player will want available to them. Finding cards that nestle in alongside existing cards is an excellent way to start.

MagicMarc on Colorless/Blue Artifact Deck Help!

2 months ago

You need to decide what you want the deck to do before you can start cutting cards. Without knowing your build goal, you will not be able to know where to cut.

What do you wan this deck to do? Examples/ideas:

Is this deck mainly aggro? then keep the big monsters and the ramp. Cut the little creatures that are not mana dorks or cost reduction.
Is this deck mid-range good stuff? then cut creatures until you get 14-18, And add interaction cards to stop or negate your opponent's plays.
Is this a combo deck of some kind? For example; Is it built around Icy Manipulator + Voltaic Key for it's control? then get rid of the other stuff that is not part of that game plan.
Or is it going to cheat stuff out with Amulet and bridge? Then get rid of the icys and keys and focus on cheating big fat bombs out early.
Is it a toolbox deck? then cut your bombs and strong cards to 1 copy each and add more tutors to the deck.
These are just a tiny sample of archetypes, I am just showing how you can decide what kind of deck this is. Once you do, a lot of the cuts may become obvious depending on what you want for the deck.


But there are some cuts you should do no matter what goal you have:

-3 Fabricate (You already have 4 tinkers and 2 tezzerets), -1 Black Vise (Without support for it only 1 copy of this is just an annoyance when it shows up in your hand or is in play), -1 Paradox Engine (This is a freaking amazing card but it does not do a lot for this particular deck) , -1 Winter Orb (Like vise, without support it is not that useful with 1 copy), -1 Colossus of Akros (You have better big bombs already), -4 Etched Champion (this is a vanilla 2/2 most of the time and is probably the worst creature in your list), -4 Ornithopter (These are okay with the other cards in your deck but you will ramp into big stuff so fast they are just not too useful), -4 Welding Jar (at the very least cut it down to 2 since it synergizes with Academy Ruins. But Academy Ruins, Tinker, and Tezzeret the Seeker do the same thing kind of as this already. Id cut all of them to the maybeboard and see how it plays).
In a vacuum, none of these cards are bad by themselves. But none of these cards help you reach your goals for the deck. And only having 1 of something has a very low chance of seeing play. So if it does see play, it needs to do big things for you.

For your lands, they are another resource for the deck. So I would suggest filling in your land base with support cards. Stuff like;

+3 Buried Ruin (if you dont want to get more academy ruins), +2 Rogue's Passage (they don't hurt and can let you win off the back of one of your big creatures), +2 Arch of Orazca (really, slots of any land that gives card advantage), +5 more Islands or so, whatever gets you to 20-22 lands. If you dont want any of the other non-island cards, just add islands.

Your deck has very little interaction and I would suggest adding some to the deck. There are hundreds of options but I would look to add stuff that is similar to any of the following cards:

Spine of Ish Sah, Unstable Obelisk, or Meteor Golem. These cards synergize with academy ruins and buried ruin and can be Tinker targets when you need them. Just 1 or 2 copies of cards like these in the deck you can tutor for. Once you bring one of them online, you can keep bringing them back repeatedly to destroy your opponent's game state.

Then you need instant speed answers you can use to respond to what your opponent's do. Interaction is important and you will lose games just because you didnt have a Disenchant in your hand. Add copies of stuff like Scour from Existence, Titan's Presence, Not of This World or even repeatable stuff like Capsize or similar.


tl;dr
I am not saying you have to do any of the things I suggested. But you do need to decide what you want to do with the deck, cut cards, and add land and add interaction to the deck or it may just stay a hot mess like it is now.

Lanzo493 on Colorless/Blue Artifact Deck Help!

2 months ago

You’ll want about 20 lands for a 60 card deck. If you’re running Sol Ring and Voltaic Key, then I suggest also running 4 Basalt Monolith so you can ramp really hard. Also, Manifold Key is (almost) strictly better than its counterpart.

With all that mana, I’d focus on playing bigger artifacts rather than smaller ones. I’d say focusing at the 6-7 mana area would be best. That’s Wurmcoil Engine, Myr Battlesphere, Steel Hellkite, etc.

The most powerful card you can run is by far Tinker. It’s the best way to get out your huge artifacts like Blightsteel Colossus.

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