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Feldon doing his thing: cheating in (temporary) fatties and abusing ETB effects.

Trying to make this a pseudo-dragon-tribal but it's not mandatory--dragons happen to be particularly good for Feldon's shtick anyway.

The deck could use some extra mana ramp but that pretty much directly correlates to mo' money. Gilded Lotus, Thran Dynamo, Gauntlet of Power, and Extraplanar Lens... one day, maybe. I think City of Shadows would work well with Feldon.

Primary Combos/Interactions:

Untapping/Duplicating Feldon's ability: Thousand-Year Elixir, Puppet Strings, Strionic Resonator, Magewright's Stone, Panharmonicon, Illusionist's Bracers.

I didn't include Rings of Brighthearth due to how expensive the card is and I didn't include Umbral Mantle because I think it costs too much mana. Voltaic Key could be useful but requires other untappers. I'm on the fence about Thornbite Staff. So far what I have has been working swimmingly.

Mana Ramp

Mana ramp is especially important for reusing Feldon's ability. I mean, it's useful for almost every deck, but extra for him. Being mono-colored helps. A Solemn Simulacrum would be a nice creature but it's not budget. Plenty of upgrades can be found in this field but most are out of budget--such as Thran Dynamo, Braid of Fire, Gauntlet of Power, Gilded Lotus, and Extraplanar Lens.

Special note: Sundial of the Infinite allows the tokens to survive past the end of the turn.

Drawing, Discarding, Looting, Rummaging: Burning Inquiry, Cathartic Reunion, Incendiary Command, Dragon Mage, Shattered Perception, Tormenting Voice, Mad Prophet, Wild Guess, Jalum Tome, Combustible Gearhulk.

Artifact Interactions/WankeryGoblin Welder is an all-star because one can sacrifice the doomed Feldon tokens to bring back real artifacts (most artifacts in this deck are quite potent and often draw the ire of other players). Spine of Ish Sah is sac-able for repeated uses.

Hoarding Dragon for repeatable tutoring is delightful. Provides beef, too.

Buried Ruin for a splash of artifact-returning.

Ingot Chewer for getting rid of pesky Torpor orbs and the like. Goblin Welder can destroy artifacts well as long as the opponent's graveyard has less-dangerous artifacts in it.

The Trading Post is especially good in this deck since the tokens can be sacrificed as Artifacts or Creatures, giving a bit of card draw or allowing artifact recursion, or it can put a creature into the graveyard and give a splash of life to boot.

Enter-The-battlefield Effects

Most of these are quite self-explanatory (and the deck is basically built around them). One deserves special mention: Worldgorger Dragon. I can save myself from a board-wipe by resurrecting a token and letting it take the hit. That's pretty much the reason Sarkhan's Triumph is in the deck. I can also untap my stuff with it should the need arise. Perhaps to set up some blockers? Untapped lands on other peoples' turns is always great--especially when it means bringing in another Worldgorger Dragon!

A few creatures steal: Zealous Conscripts and Molten Primordial. The Arcane Lighthouse and Glaring Spotlight help with this (as well as all the direct damage effects).

Several land-destruction options are in the deck: Avalanche Riders, Ravenous Baboons, and Goblin Gardener. Keldon Firebombers seems too bad-mannered. I might side-board it since the card is inexpensive but it's a little gross. orcish settler is far too expensive.

Enchantment removal

The bane of red and black decks everywhere! Chaos Warp is in, and Tyrant of Discord can get lucky. Lux Cannon and Unstable Obelisk aren't great. A Nevinyrral's Disk might be worth including. This deck, and that card, would combo well with a Darksteel Forge and a mycosyhth lattice but that's quite out-of-budget.

Added Value

With a constant stream of creature tokens appearing and dying, cards like Vicious Shadows, Where Ancients Tread, and Warstorm Surge can pile on the damage.

Gratuitous Violence doubles all the burn from the myriad of ETB effects. Another card similar to this may be worth including but most break the bank. Furnace of Rath and Dictate of the Twin Gods aren't so bad. Not sure what would be worth replacing though.

Utvara Hellkite is a real momentum-swinger. There's no shortage of dragons to assist in spawning tokens but even getting that guy out on his own a few turns in a row is a real catastrophe. I don't have a Fervor or Hammer of Purphoros in the deck but I'm not sure hasted tokens spawned from Utvara Hellkite can attack on the turn they're created anyway.

Balefire Dragon is a one-sided board wipe, usually. A genuine all-star.



UnleashedHavok says... #1

This seems like a pretty fun deck as well! I run Feldon in my Alesha, Who Smiles at Death deck, and he is an absolute rock star! I love him. I know that he is out of your price range for an initial build, but Dragonmaster Outcast would definitely be on flavor for this deck and a lot of fun besides.

September 26, 2016 1:24 a.m.

Optimator says... #2

That's a great card! Not too expensive, either. I could see it working its way in to the initial build.

I pulled a Combustible Gearhulk at pre-release so he's gonna go in!

September 26, 2016 8:44 p.m.

Optimator says... #3

Also, pulled a foil Panharmonicon. Should be perfect for this deck!

September 26, 2016 8:50 p.m.

UnleashedHavok says... #4

Fun stuff! I like the Gearhulks, they seem pretty fun. And I am completely, totally jealous of your foil Panharmonicon, congrats! I want one pretty badly for my Alesha, Who Smiles at Death deck, it will do great things for her. I'm glad you like the Dragonmaster Outcast!

September 26, 2016 8:55 p.m.

Optimator says... #5

I'm under the impression they're super-useful for Feldon, but I almost wonder if I have TOO may rummaging and looting effects. Mad Prophet, Rummaging Goblin, Burning Inquiry, Cathartic Reunion, Faithless Looting, Shattered Perception, Tormenting Voice, Wild Guess. I think it's good though.

September 29, 2016 5:34 p.m.

UnleashedHavok says... #6

I think that playing the deck is really the only way to decide what you want to do with it man. I have had decks look great and fun on paper, then be hellishly clunky in play. I think that your creature base is good, and because of Feldon the amount of discard power you have is not concerning. Especially since overall you get to choose what goes into the graveyard with an exception or two. I like that you have both Strionic Resonator and that beautiful foil Panharmonicon. Just in case you are not aware, Illusionist's Bracers does not work with Feldon of the Third Path since it is a mana ability. So if that is why you have it in here, I would suggest replacing it with something else that is more beneficial to the deck.

September 29, 2016 9:18 p.m.

rob_shifflett says... #7


Feldon of the Third Path does not have a mana ability(an ability that produces mana). Therefore, Illusionist's Bracers is an auto-include.

September 29, 2016 9:31 p.m.

Optimator says... #8


September 29, 2016 11:28 p.m.

UnleashedHavok says... #9

I'm confused. Where can I find this ruling? I have read so many times that Illusionist's Bracers cannot be used to copy Alesha, Who Smiles at Death's ability, so I have not used it in that deck.

September 30, 2016 12:28 a.m.

UnleashedHavok that would be because Alesha, Who Smiles at Death's ability is a triggered ability. Triggered abilities use the words At, When, and Whenever whereas activated abilities are "Cost = effect"

And mana abilities are abilities that create mana, not ones that cost mana to use.

September 30, 2016 12:34 a.m.

Because the way the Bracers reads, it says if it is not a mana ability (I understood it to mean that you tap mana to use the ability)...... So I thought that because of that obnoxious text, you could not use Illusionist's Bracers with creatures like Alesha and Feldon where you pay mana for their respective abilities.

September 30, 2016 12:34 a.m.

I think that helps Faceless_Being.... It's still frustrating, but I understand better. Thanks.

September 30, 2016 12:36 a.m.

Optimator says... #13

Built! It's so much fun.

October 2, 2016 5:56 p.m.

Optimator says... #14

Daretti, Scrap Savant needs to get in as soon as possible. He's not even that expensive. All three of his abilities mesh perfectly. He and the Grimoire of the Dead should've been in the initial build once I saw how cheap it was!

October 6, 2016 8:24 p.m.

Silent_Nexus says... #15

I like your deck! Reminds me of my first iteration of my Feldon deck. I think a couple of inclusions that have worked well in playtesting of my deck have been Sequestered Stash and Geier Reach Sanitarium.

October 8, 2016 4:48 p.m.

Optimator says... #16

Indeed! Both are on the short-list for the next round of upgrades. Thank you for the upvote!

October 8, 2016 4:55 p.m.

Atraxa_Daddy says... #17

finally someone who is as stingy as I am!i swear the people at our card shop basically make me look like a peasant. I have like a $200 something dollar main deck..which you would think is expensive, right? WRONG. Dudes I play...minimum of $500 with no foils. I really wish my shop was less competitive.

October 12, 2016 1:08 a.m.

Optimator says... #18

I know how you feel!

October 12, 2016 4:15 a.m.

BalkanDS says... #19

Starke of Rath doesn't work the way you think it does. Since the trigger that is attached to the Starke token is a sacrifice one and not a destroy or exile it won't work. This is because you can't sacrifice a creature you don't control and by the next end step it would be under your opponents control.

October 26, 2016 12:16 a.m.

Optimator says... #20

Oh shit, I dare say you're right. That's a shame.

October 26, 2016 1:38 p.m.

BalkanDS says... #21

The only way it'd work is if in response to the trigger of it going to your opponent, you sac it with an outlet.

October 26, 2016 7:48 p.m.

RamaLama says... #22

Thanks for the comments on my Feldon deck, Optimator.

I noticed that you were unsure about whether Sundial of the Infinite would let you permanently keep the tokens you brought onto the battlefield with Feldon. I only discovered this recently, but you can. The trick is knowing when to tap sundial. You have to wait until your end step when Feldon's sacrifice trigger is put on the stack, then tap Sundial to exile that trigger and end the turn. You go straight to your clean-up step and get to keep your token. The key is waiting until the sac trigger is put on the stack or else you'll have to sacrifice the token at the beginning of the next player's end step.

Looks like a fun deck.

November 21, 2016 7:56 p.m.

Your deck has given me a few ideas for my Kurkesh and his amazing artifacts-o'-death!!! I really like what you did here. +1

November 29, 2016 12:09 p.m.

fifthdawn says... #24

Looks like a lot of fun. Also, I bet you were so happy when they printed Combustible Gearhulk. Tailor made for this build!!

With the Sundial of the Infinite already in the build, have you ever considered adding Last Chance, Final Fortune which are the cheap versions of Warrior's Oath? Also, props for the Magitek reference!

January 11, 2017 4:30 a.m.

Jessassin says... #25

This deck seems really awesome! If Sneak Attack is in your budget range, I'd really recommend it. It's all kinds of broken with Feldon, but it is quite expensive.

January 18, 2017 12:36 p.m.

Jessassin says... #26

This deck seems really awesome! If Sneak Attack is in your budget range, I'd really recommend it. It's all kinds of broken with Feldon, but it is quite expensive.

January 18, 2017 12:36 p.m.

Optimator says... #27

Oh, I know of how well that card works with Feldon. It's been on my wish list since day one.

My decks start at ~$50 (Which typically means no cards over $1) and I slowly upgrade from there. So as you can imagine a card like that is low on the list of priorities, despite it's insane power. I'd generally prefer a whole new budget deck over two monster-upgrades, though I do occasionally splurge. A lot of my most expensive cards were Christmas gifts, such as this deck's Wurmcoil Engine. This deck is running out of upgrades though and Sneak Attack is literally one of the next and last upgrades I can fathom.

I've been tracking Sneak Attack on mtggoldfish for a while, with alerts and everything, and the Eternal Masters version is steadily trending down. If it levels out or starts to uptick I'll snag one but for the moment I'm content obsessing and fantasizing over new decks.

Thanks for the comment though!

January 18, 2017 11:31 p.m.

Beio53 says... #28

Hi Optimator, saw you upvoted my Yasova Dragonclaw deck so I thought I'd take a look at what you have. You were saying you have some problems with ramp, and I run feldon in my Daretti, Scrap Savant deck and my Alesha, Who Smiles at Death deck. Absolutely amazing but daretti in this deck would be absolutely bonkers. Free discard and draw, Goblin Welder ability and eventually immortal artifacts! But for ramp I'd recommend Springleaf Drum, Mycosynth Wellspring, and Soulbright Flamekin. Springleaf is something I pair with 0 drop creatures like Ornithopter on turn 1 for steady COLORED mana, mycosynth works amazingly in sac decks where you can abuse its etb/ltb effects, and soulbright is a little known gem for turning 6 mana into 8 red AND giving trample for some of your larger dragons or eldrazi. All budget includes and far from being overplayed staples. But I like your dragon take on the deck I've always thought dragons and artifacts go hand in hand. Keep it up this one's fun!

February 25, 2017 3:48 p.m.

Pimpraptor98 says... #29

cool deck my dude

May 13, 2017 5:31 p.m.

Optimator says... #30

Thank you, Pimpraptor98!

May 13, 2017 6:21 p.m.

Gadianten says... #31

I like the deck and am tempted to make one my self; if able you might consider adding Staff of Domination for the sheer utility and as a mana dump for the deck.

June 11, 2017 8:43 p.m.

Optimator says... #32

Thank you Gadianten!

June 11, 2017 8:50 p.m.

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