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Akiri+Thrasios: Affinity Midrange

Commander / EDH

nomoreeightbit


Description

This is a new type of deck I'm trying out. The deck has two main plans of victory. Plan A is to play a bunch of artifacts, swing with Akiri, and pump excess mana into Thrasios. This is what I would call the "fair" game plan. Plan B is the much more fun plan, however. The deck runs one main infinite combo: Rings of Brighthearth+Basalt Monolith. This gives infinite colorless, which we pump into Thrasios, cast our deck, then win with Laboratory Maniac or Blue Sun's Zenith everyone out. Other all-stars in the deck are Heartstone and Training Grounds, allowing us to cycle through with Thrasios much faster. Suggestions are greatly appreciated! If you do have a suggestion, please suggest what to cut as well.

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Scorprix says... #1

I feel like Quietus Spike is unnecessary as I assume you will probably be winning with commander damage rather than regular damage, so the life cut doesn't matter that much, or would at least be better off as a Cranial Plating for instant lethal or Sword of Fire and Ice for card draw and evasion.

January 3, 2017 8:42 p.m.

nomoreeightbit says... #2

I actually can't run Cranial Plating, sad as it is, because of the black activation cost. I would run Sword of Fire and Ice, but I don't have one and would rather get other pricey cards right now, like Grim Monolith. I do agree that Quietus Spike is able to be cut, but it sometimes sets up someone to be killed by other players, so for now I'll include it.

January 4, 2017 5:36 a.m.

Scorprix says... #3

Oh haha I forgot about the Black on Plating. When was the last time somebody payed that cost? Like 2004?

January 4, 2017 9:04 p.m.

DiamondFlavor says... #4

I feel like you're very susceptible to stuff like Creeping Corrosion or Bane of Progress ruining your day, or even just a well timed Into the Core or Return to Dust crippling your combo. You could try running a small counterspell package just to protect your combo, or stuff like Boros Charm to protect your board.

You can make room by cutting the worst of your artifacts, like Honor-Worn Shaku. Also think you can cut Illusionist's Bracers. It really only interacts with Thrasios and I don't think that synergy is nearly good enough to justify the slot.

Alternatively, you could add in Aphetto Alchemist. With most mana rocks he's already better than the mana Myr, and he can combo out with Illusionist's Bracers and any rock or Rings of Brighthearth and Thran Dynamo or Gilded Lotus. So basically he's just a super solid redundancy to what you already run here.

January 7, 2017 8:42 p.m.

nomoreeightbit says... #5

I really like both of your additions. I like Honor-Worn Shaku because Akiri and Thrasios are almost never going to be tapped, so it's usually a 3 mana artifact that makes 3 mana, which is pretty good in my book. Other than Boros Charm and the new card, what other cards give indestructible to all your artifacts? Excluding Darksteel Forge.

January 7, 2017 9:12 p.m.

nomoreeightbit says... #6

Alternatively, what are some good counterspells to run if I'm only running a few?

January 7, 2017 9:15 p.m.

KeelHaul10 says... #7

I don't see how rings and monolith generate infinite mane. The rings specify a non-mana ability, you can't copy it's +3 generic

January 8, 2017 3:45 a.m.

nomoreeightbit says... #8

Here's how it works:

Tap Monolith for 3 mana

Pay 3 mana, put the untap ability on the stack

Rings triggers, you may pay 2 to copy it

You pay 2, untap Monolith

Tap Monolith for 3

Original untap resolves

Tap Monolith for 3

You now have 6 mana. Every time you repeat this process, you profit 1 mana.

January 8, 2017 9:50 a.m.

KeelHaul10 says... #10

nomoreeightbit ahh because mana abilities don't use the stack, that's genius, mate!

January 8, 2017 2:28 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.30
Folders EDH
Top rank #38 on 2017-01-08
Views 987

Revision 14 (4 weeks ago)

+1 Land Equilibrium maybe

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