who is this fine gentleman you ask, why he is


Flava flave is well known for 2 things, being a hype man/rapper and wearing gigantic clocks around his neck with gold chains


Naturally, mishra is one of the oldest characters in magic, and thus has some serious FLAVAA! He also looooves clocks, he has many in his collection, such as Unwinding Clock and Clock of Omens, and if played right, it works like clockwork!

he even has books written about him! His color wedge and artifact-themed ability on his card just was a flavor win for magic, and although the ability was quite obviously bad in singleton, i knew that it could be broken and my research confirmed my suspicion

The deck Wins via artifact-central storm in conjunction with storm spells to win via Mind's Desire, Tendrils of Agony, Aetherflux Reservoirand Brain Freeze, as well as Disciple of the Vault and Reckless Fireweaver

this is done though making the plethora of 1cmc artifacts targetable by Salvaging Station cost zero, and through multiple cantrip artifacts to draw multiple cards, cards like Vedalken Archmage, Future Sight or Null Profusion to cast as many free artifacts per turn as possible while looting though the deck

Mishra doesnt need that many lands due to his ability to cast more than half of the deck for 0-1 using cost reduction like Etherium Sculptor, Cloud Key and Blood Funnel to make the quarter of the deck that is a 1cmc artifact cost 0, and stacking these can even make cards like Mycosynth Lattice cost zero

So now you see he can cast lots of spells with not even a drop of mana, imagine what he could do with all of that free mana, especially when you have even more mana by untapping lands with Clock of Omens or Unwinding Clock, or maybe use an activated artifact ability that draws you cards, gives you mana, or does all sorts of things!

The possibilities are endless, and the clockwork automaton mishra commands is a bit hard to be in tbe cockpit of, but dang if it aint fun, and its my favorite FLAVAAAAA BOYYY


Mmm, death, now thats a flavor

His ability can also be broken with countermagic, and he can ignore the downsides to cards such as Possibility Storm in which you use mishra to search for the artifact shuffled by pstorm and get 2 for 1 artifacts. Casting a Sol Ring and get a free Darksteel Citadel? Yes please!

It also makes your artifact spells uncounterable, so you can enjoy the benefits of Blood Funnel,Planar Chaos, ice caves or Nether Void if i could afford one :( lol


sometimes infinite/high spike storm damage just doesnt finish games reliably, for this, mishra has Altar of the BroodF, Brain Freeze, and Ghoulcaller's Bell to mill opponents. Alternatively, i can delve into my sideboard to win via library exile/infect with Bitter Ordeal and Blightsteel Colossus respectively

Note: I used to run colossus in mainboard, and I still would if were not banned in my playgroup, i won with it a few times and we agreed that we would much rather actually play fun edh games where I win with finesse rather than cheating in colossus with a tutor and winning the game before my friends get a chance to play, but I always slide him and the black tutors in versus competitive circles

Anyways according to sources like edhrec, tappedout, mtgsalvation and other magic based web communities, mishra has 2 builds, stax and storm. After testing stax without free counterspells like Force of Will Yawgmoth's Will Nether Void, The Abyss, and all my tutors in other decks, i found it to be oppressive yet fragile and when i switched to storm i liked it way more and this is what clocks FLAVA FLAAAAAVE has gotten so far

The deck is certainly not easy to pilot effectively, and so the gameplan may be invisible without testing out the deck and assembling artifact combos, and I still need to trim the decklist so any help is appreciated!



What does Mishra do for this deck that couldn't be better done by another Grixis commander?

August 17, 2017 10:27 p.m.

Hes not optimal, but he makes artifacts uncounterable. For example, you cast Darksteel Forge with mishra and Possibility Storm out, you shuffle away forge to PS trigger, possibility storm into anything.. let's say Mycosynth Lattice, n then trigger mishra and search for forge and play it for free. Ive now cast 1 spell and gotten 2 storm count while negating the downside of Possibility Storm.

Am opponent casts Counterspell in response to lattice, sure it ressolves and lattice goes to graveyard.


Mishra is still out and his ability resolves naming lattice, searching it from the gy and playing it anyway.

Same goes for Blood Funnel, my spells cost 2 less and i allow them to be countered by funnel, then tutor them to battlefield for free uncounterable.

This is a storm variant, there is a control variant that runs Planar Chaos and Nether Void, but he is not knowm to be one of the GOOD grixis commanders

August 17, 2017 11:02 p.m.

Huh. Interesting, I've never thought about that. Coolio!

August 18, 2017 7:35 p.m.

Philoctetes says... #4

Oh my god this deck is insanity! Very cool, I've never seen anything like this.

I'm not familiar with how it gold fishes or anything, but is 23 true lands enough? I mean I see the Mana Crypt, Mox Diamond, Mox Opal etc but it seems like some large percentage of games you would struggle to get to 2 3 and 4 mana for your enabling spells? Maybe I'm just wrong though!

September 6, 2017 1:46 p.m.

Yes and no

Generally, you can keep a 1-2 land hand since 33% of the deck is 1 mana artifacts, most of which cantrip/draw me cards, so i use the many "eggs" to draw into more lands

That being said, the deck is a work in progress, which is why i tagged it as needing help! More lands probably would be safer i just dont know what to cut

September 6, 2017 2:35 p.m.

But thanks! I love grixis and artifacts, so I thought id brew a "bad" commander in an attempt to make them good, so far im happy with the results :) gotta thin it out a bit for more lands in the future,

I often find myself with a cost reducer like Etherium Sculptor out which allows me to cast most of my artifacts for free, so mana isnt usually an issue when i can cast nearly half of my deck for free to build storm count, but I need the mana to be able to cast cost reduction, so ill have to trim it

September 6, 2017 2:43 p.m.

Philoctetes says... #7

Fair enough - I might gold fish this a few times to actually be able to provide feedback! It's the type of deck that's hard to comment on without really getting under the hood.

September 6, 2017 3:02 p.m.

It's a bit clunky at times, but generally the engines you need for storm are a cost reducer like Herald of Kozilek, Etherium Sculptor or Cloud Key plus a draw engine such as Vedalken Archmage , Null Profusion, Future Sight or Necropotence, or a recursion engine like Salvaging Station

This usually allows me to storm out by spamming 1cmc artifacts for 0 and drawing a card for each artifact i play, then playing more free artifacts until I draw into a Tendrils of Agony, Aetherflux Reservoir or Reckless Fireweaver and play enough artifacts for lethal damage

Also, theres a sneaky infinite combo here with Saheeli Rai's -2 and Mycosynth Lattice, where i can make infinite copies of saheeli which is infinite damage with fireweaver and/or Disciple of the Vault :)

But in order to set all of these up, I simply cast a cantrip on turn 1 such as Sensei's Divining Top Ghoulcaller's Bell, Codex Shredder, Shadowblood Egg or Chromatic Star and use the cantrip to draw into more cantrips or a wincon/any of the engines i mentioned

Salvaging Station is actually a beast for card draw here, since it allows me to reanimate any of said cantrips once per turn and potentially many more times (creature death, untapping it)

September 6, 2017 4:20 p.m.

NovianArgent says... #9

Also, theres a sneaky infinite combo here with Saheeli Rai's -2 and Mycosynth Lattice, where i can make infinite copies of saheeli which is infinite damage with fireweaver and/or Disciple of the Vault :)

So what about the Planeswalker unique rule? or do you just need them to ETB?, forgive me for asking but im inknowledgeable on this particular strategy.

September 6, 2017 11:13 p.m.


Legend ruke changes nothing tbh.

When the token enters with max loyalty, sac her, -2 her token to make another token, repeat.

September 6, 2017 11:21 p.m.


September 6, 2017 11:49 p.m.

NovianArgent says... #12

I Figured it might be something like that. but I wasnt sure.

September 7, 2017 2:03 a.m.

Well there you go :)

September 7, 2017 5:55 a.m.

Livingham says... #14

Can't the opponent wait for the Mishra trigger to leave the stack before countering your spell?

September 12, 2017 11:16 a.m.

Yes they can, you are correct

However you can completely ignore, or at least bypass this this via self-counter engines like Blood Funnel, and if I had the money, mishra's signature card Nether Void

I used to run many more of these when he was the stax variant such as Nullstone Gargoyle, Planar Chaos, Ice Cave and Guile, but the storm variant cares more about storm count than artifacts actually resolving

September 12, 2017 2:35 p.m.

Tolmoxo says... #16

I absolutely love this deck, I fancy myself a grixis player and this deck hits the money. I run a jeleva storm deck myself with combat tricks and turns and storming off with eye of the storm but this is a wholey different brew and I love it. +1. you earned it.

September 14, 2017 9:16 p.m.

Thanks :)

I too am a huge grixis fan, with a hint of jund

I got jeleva back when she was printed cuz i loved the mill theme but after playing the precon i discovered that i love wheels (Wheel of Fortune) and so i fell in love with nekusar and tuned him instead, i still have lions eye diamond and the black tutors/blue counters like force, demonic/vamp/mystical tutor, even an Imperial Seal but i only own one and they're in my nekusar list

I built this as a more casual grixis list because my new edh playgroup is a lot more casual than my previous ones,

Without nether void the stax variant could barely take on casual beatdown, so i built storm now that Aetherflux Reservoir has amazing synergy with Salvaging Station packages like lantern control and eggs, and im really happy with the results even without swapping in all my tutors and mana rocks, its super jank and fun/challenging while also not half bad, being classed as tier 3 on the tier forum page.

May the flavor be with you!

September 14, 2017 10:18 p.m.

I just wanted to point out that EDH doesn't get a sideboard, but I love the deck idea!

October 13, 2017 6:41 p.m.


you're absolutely right.

im weird in that I use sideboard for my edh decks as a kind of "super maybeboard". what i mean is, the sideboard is maybeboard cards that i either cant find a cut for, are great but too situational, or i dont run in certain playgroups, for example, Blightsteel Colossus is a no-brainer, but i only run it in my tier 1 budgetless playgroup, the playgroup i usually play this with is far more casual, so i dont run regular staples like Demonic Tutor because i dont need them, and i usually play better commanders in higher end playgroups

in the case of stuff like Feldon of the Third Path, Crawlspace and Wurmcoil Engine, they are good enough to run but i can't find room for them, and i already need to make some cuts to get more lands, but this deck is very difficult to tune due to its rubix cube playstyle :(

sorry if that's confusing, but the sideboard is kind of a second maybeboard in most of my decks, or in some cases its more of 1v1 sideboards in the case that i dont play multiplayer

October 15, 2017 2:17 p.m.

Kingcrim88 says... #20

I upvoted just for the name

November 11, 2017 6:19 p.m.


works for me

thanks, i thought it was clever, since he is one of the highest flavor legendaries and he favors clockwork :D

November 11, 2017 6:29 p.m.

Legend06 says... #22

Ya know what? I've been playing magic for a very long time... This is by far, one of the most interesting uses for Mishra I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing this. Definite +1 from me. anyhow, Karn, Silver Golem is what I would recommend. Him plus lattice is extremely annoying

November 13, 2017 1:18 a.m.

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