Voltaic Key

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Printings View all

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

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Voltaic Key

Artifact

, : Untap target artifact.

Voltaic Key Discussion

Drakorya on Is Urza's Blueprints a Good ...

1 week ago

I feel like there's probably two types of deck that Urza's Blueprints could be good in: big mana decks that lack alot of good card draw (like mono-green Azusa, Lost but Seeking ), or decks that look to use/abuse activated abilities of artifacts with cards like Rings of Brighthearth and Voltaic Key .

I think the card could really shine if you can take advantage of not having to pay mana into it's activation cost, by either untapping it repeatedly or copying the ability. But it would lead to alot of feel-bad moments when you devote 12 mana into it just for it to eat a removal spell. You could try to cheat on the costs with cards like Mairsil, the Pretender or Myr Welder .

Gprinziv on In-work Voltron

2 weeks ago

Return to Dust
Revoke Existence
Forsake the Worldly
^ The above 3 are all pretty much better than disenchant because they exile. Choose one or maybe all 3.

For removal, there are a lot of good Oblivion Ring style effects. You might want Gideon's Intervention to stop problematic commanders and the like as well.

Inventors' Fair is anothe good land you could use. Also grab an Ancient Den and Darksteel Citadel as well to maximize artifact synergies. Refurbish , Emeria, The Sky Ruin , and Open the Vaults can also let you get things out of your graveyard.

Don't forget key tutors like Enlightened Tutor and Open the Armory

Reya is probably too expensive. Sun Titan is better.
Cut Heavenly Blademaster, you don't have enough creatures to take advantage of her.
Kemba, Kha Regent would be a more appropriate one because she generates tokens as blockers and swarmers if neede.
I'm not huge on Nahiri, the Lithomancer . 5 mana to not really get a lot done but make a 1/1 and equip it once. Similarly, Ajani Goldmane doesn't seem to do a lot in your deck. I think walkers like Ugin, the Ineffable and Elspeth, Sun's Champion might just straight up be better fits. You want to capitalize on that artifact synergy.
If you absolutely need something expensive and threatening, Zetalpa, Primal Dawn or Heliod, God of the Sun are good options with baked-in indestructible.

as for artifacts and equipment, I don't think you're gonna get a lot out of Voltaic Servant or Voltaic Key . It might be better to put in other cards here. Etched Champion comes to mind.

Land Tax and Smothering Tithe may also be very big includes. The second generates artifacts for anything that needs them as well as makes lots of mana or slows your opponents down considerably. Both are good for you.

Finally, you have some fun infinite mana generation in there but... what does it do? You've got no real payoff for abusing Basalt Monolith. There's no way to chain or bounce things, no aetherflux resrvoir, etc. Maybe instead of Doubling Cube , you run more linear ramp like Sword of the Animist , Explorer's Scope , or Land Tax

Profet93 on The War Room: A Proper Norin Primer

3 weeks ago

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enpc on Esper vault

1 month ago

You can swap Voltaic Key out for Manifold Key . The only benefit theat voltaic gives is that it can target itself (for stuff like Rings of Brighthearth ). Manifold can give you an unblockable beater in a pinch.

I have also found that Vault of the Archangel is decnet as well. Granted you don't have a high creature count however stuff like Saheeli can abuse it. You could also consider Retrofitter Foundry - it's just good value.

JollyJoker on Godo ComboStax

1 month ago

This has Voltaic Key but not Manifold Key while the the official primer seems to have it the other way around. Is there a reason to have only one?

SideBae on Assuming Direct Control

1 month ago

Hey! I got a few suggestions... feel free to ignore any/all of them.

  1. There're some good mana rocks I think you missed. Mana Vault is awesome, although it can be ~$30 these days. Basalt Monolith is Grim Monolith 's little brother, and if you end up running either of them Voltaic Key or Manifold Key become their own Sol Ring s. Sculpting Steel and Phyrexian Metamorph are very powerful when they copy something like your Sol Ring or Thran Dynamo .

  2. If you have access to it, you should run Cyclonic Rift . Blue doesn't have many options for universal boardwipes, but the Rift is certainly a good one. It's especially good if you pair it with Windfall , which I think you should also be running. If you want to take this all the way, you can run Narset, Parter of Veils , too.

  3. Liquimetal Coating is good, since you can use it instead of Memnarch 's first ability. If you choose to run Karn, the Great Creator , you can turn off/nuke lands with the coating, too. Also Mycosynth Lattice .

  4. Training Grounds is pretty good with Memnarch .

  5. Depending on how many artifacts you end up with in your final list, you may find Lodestone Golem to be helpful.

  6. Dramatic Reversal on a Isochron Scepter can let you steal all permanents permanently... so that's a thought.

  7. If you want to keep with the 'stealing creatures' theme, in addition to your Control Magic you could use Sower of Temptation and/or Vedalken Shackles . I've found both to be useful.

  8. I love that you're running Ponder , Preordain and Brainstorm . You should consider some mass-draw spells in addition to the cantrips: things like Treasure Cruise , Dig Through Time and Fact or Fiction are all good at refilling your hand. In terms of permanent-based card-advantage, Staff of Nin is a card I've always really liked.

Right. That's all I got. Good luck!

Rocketman988 on Primer: Kozilek Great Distortion of the Boardstate

1 month ago

You mentioned being impressed with Manifold Key when testing, but Voltaic Key is still in the list. Did the self untap of Voltaic Key win out or is the change just not reflected in the list?

zwells3 on Arcane Encyclopedia or Arcane Signet?

2 months ago

Mirari is generally a slow, overcosted artifact mainly used to sink extra mana into and it does not gain you card advantage in any meaningful way. Arcane Encyclopedia is similar in that it is mainly useful if you happen to have a bunch of generic mana sitting around, but even then it is not repeatable unless you have a Voltaic Key etcc. Arcane Signet is nothing at all like the other two cards you are considering in its place. It is a 2 CMC colour producing rock. If you're asking which of these is "best" it almost certainly the signet.

In reading some of your comments, the encyclopedia's "repeated use" is certainly outmatched by Rhystic Study , Mystic Remora , Necropotence , Sylvan Library , Phyrexian Arena , Dark Confidant etc. You're right in that it is colourless and can be activated at instant speed, though I would say that Sensei's Divining Top does this much better.

The upkeep cost of Mystic Remora is pennies compared to its taxing effect on your opponents. Also, you have multiple turns before it costs even the same amount as the encyclopedia.

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Voltaic Key occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

Blue: 0.4%

Red: 0.2%