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Mechanize Your Clues, WIN!

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A Standard Mechanized Production Clue / Control deck. This is an all-in deck (i.e. I really only want to win via Mechanized Production, but I guess I'd take a win via creature attack if I had to). Please make suggestions.

I try to have approximately equal distribution of card 'types' in my decks, and it works out like this here: Of the 36 non-land cards, 13 are control cards, 12 are creatures, and 11 are essentially solely Clue generation/Mechanized Production.

I'm considering looking for a better creature to fill the slot of Byway Courier. I know he helps with Clue generation, but may be willing to give that up for something else in green oo blue (preferably a creature).

Also, the sideboard was thrown together quickly, so help me out there too.

EDIT: Just swapped out Byway Courier for Graf Mole.


Went 2-1 on Game Day with this deck. Slow, but fun to play when it worked.


CloudThumper says... #1

Amusing idea... I would look at the enchantments Ongoing Investigation and Ulvenwald Mysteries. I think Bant colors would help, as Thraben Inspector, Bygone Bishop, and Expose Evil are cheap ways to get more clues.

January 25, 2017 2:24 p.m.

Hamster2558 says... #2

I agree with CloudThumper. You should make it bant. If you add white you can also put in Sigarda's Aid and flash in Mechanized Production at the opponent's end step to guarantee the win.

January 25, 2017 3:09 p.m.

Snivy__ says... #3

Dude, wheres your [Lumbering Falls] and your [Botanical Sanctum]s? Make sure to have the dual lads because they really help

January 25, 2017 4:13 p.m.

Snivy__ says... #4

wow you should totally use Heroic Intervention for the hexproof.

January 25, 2017 4:15 p.m.

The5lacker says... #5

I'm seeing no Tamiyo's Journal to help ensure you actually get your Mechanized Productions. Also Trail of Evidence would be a good idea given your high spell count.

January 25, 2017 6:04 p.m.

If you're running mechanized production,

You'll want something to do with all those clues

If you like when you play your spells for nothin,

Inspiring Statuary is for you!

drops mic

January 25, 2017 8:36 p.m.

Thanks for the comments so far everyone!

thecakeisalie42, I was considering Inspiring Statuary, as it's in my Maybeboard, but am hesitant about adding it because it feels like it will slow me down initially, plus, I plan on having to use Clues to draw cards to get to the Mech Pro, so I don't anticipate having a bunch out just doing nothing. I will consider it thought, thanks!

Hey The5lacker, I think Tamiyo's Journal is just too slow/expensive, but I will consider it for my SB in case I'm playing against a slow deck.

Snivy__, yeah I will probably throw some dual lands in, but again, I don't want them slowing me down. I will probably just add 4 Sanctum's.

CloudThumper and Hamster2558, yes BANT colors would be cool. I was actually considering just blue and white at first. My issue with going BANT colors is that I don't want to loose the control cards from blue or any Clue cards from green if I add white. Seems like the deck would be too diluted/not focused enough. Not sure, maybe just for a different version of this deck. Thanks for the suggestion!

January 26, 2017 7:46 a.m.

trixster87 says... #8

you should rename it, " Here's a Clue: I win!"

January 26, 2017 8:21 a.m.

Ghosty says... #9

Hey, what about Lifecraft Awakening?

January 26, 2017 8:26 a.m.

Aleboth93 says... #10

Graf Mole instead of Byway Courier, the lifegain can save your game! :)By the way, the deck looks good, it can be funny to play it!

January 26, 2017 8:52 a.m.

sobektheblack says... #11

You should use Metallic Rebuke as a counterspell since you can use your clues to make it cheaper, also I am using the statues in my clue deck to power out stuff and have Reverse Engineer as a card draw. And if you really want to go ham the statues could give you a "free" Ulamog cast

January 26, 2017 8:56 a.m.

Good suggestion Aleboth93! I made the swap of Byway Courier for Graf Mole.

Cool idea Ghosty, I hadn't even seen Lifecraft Awakening yet!

trixster87, or maybe rename it "Here's a Clue: F*CK YOU!" haha! ;)

January 26, 2017 9:05 a.m.

andylkell says... #13

I second Inspiring Sanctuary and Reverse Engineer. Once you get sanctuary out, all your spells get cheaper (mostly just costing colored mana) so you're able to clue faster and control better to stay alive. So much so that you can cast Mechanized Production while leaving counter mana up.

January 26, 2017 11:21 a.m.

@andylkell, thecakeisalie42, I agree that Inspiring Sanctuary would definitely be a good addition. @BubbleMatrix2357, don't forget, it also acts as fuel for all the cards that it gave Improvise to. It's also great because it essentially makes all your Clue Tokens mana rocks and they still can draw you cards.

@Hamster2558 I really, REALLY like the idea of using Sigarda's Aid to flash in the win-con on their End Step. You can even have 7 clues when you do it. The only problem is that Sigarda's Aid only helps THAT particular combo. It doesn't contribute anything else to the deck as it currently stands.

@sobektheblack The only reason I would advise against Metallic Rebuke is that it doesn't work well in late game. That and it only contributes in countering creatures. With his deck, I don't think creatures are going to necessarily be a problem with interrupting his win-con. They can't kill the clues that way. He'll be stopping more removal and counter spells, which Negate is perfect for. Plus, if he uses Inspiring Sanctuary, he can counter for only.

January 26, 2017 11:44 a.m.

sobektheblack says... #15

@JericoDarkstar Metallic does counter more than creatures and in some ways it is worse in the late game but it can also drain resources from your opponent so that they may not be able to drop their bombs. I'm using as more utility in the first match and can side board out to more specific counter

January 26, 2017 11:55 a.m.

sobektheblack says... #16

BubbleMatrix2357 just a heads up that lifecraft only hits artifacts as I definitely tried to use it on a creature during pre-release and found it a little less useful

January 26, 2017 noon

@sobektheblack Yeah, I love Metallic Rebuke a lot. It's very useful, and does a whole lot more work than most people expect.

I just think that in his particular deck, Negate does basically the same thing since creatures aren't as big of a threat. He should stopping non-creature spells more in general. Because Rebuke is most useful during early game, and his deck takes a while to get off the ground, it could hurt him more than help.

I see it the same way you do, just in reverse. I think Negate should be in MainBoard to stop removal of his wincon, and Rebuke in SB against decks that run heavy creatures.

January 26, 2017 1:03 p.m.

Keos027 says... #18

I know cracking clue is the opposite of what you want, but sometimes, you might need to do it. I've found that Angelic Purge was pretty good in a clue deck. Especially if you get Graf Mole and or Tireless Tracker on the battlefield as it triggers the saccing of a clue. Of course, this is if you go bant.

January 26, 2017 2:53 p.m.

ParadoxSg says... #19

Just splash white, if for nothing besides the Thraben Inspector. Too much value for one mana

January 27, 2017 4:45 a.m.

ZaulEnTaro says... #20

I'm trying a similar deck but with white as well (Clues Win the Game). Thraben Inspector and Bygone Bishop are great for Clue generation. I'm also using Verdurous Gearhulk as my best-case Mechanized Production target for the extra +1/+1 counters.

January 27, 2017 2:19 p.m.


Oh man, I didn't even think about using Verdurous Gearhulk with Mechanized Production.

O_O Das iz crazy!

I know you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket, but I would love to keep giving the first Gearhulk +1/+1 counters and make it as tall as a building!

January 27, 2017 2:23 p.m.

Wino says... #22

Nice Deck! I tested it against my Between anguished flames and metallic works and it'seems very powerful and it's an easy way to win! Great job!

January 27, 2017 7:53 p.m.

Thanks Wino!

January 27, 2017 8:20 p.m.

ShadowFX88 says... #24

have you though about putting Baral's Expertise in here. it can be good to bounce not just your opponents cards but maybe your own if you need another ETB and you can cast your mechanized Production for free or whatever you happen to have in your hand. I have been playing around with this same win con in a combination of different colors. Blue is a must, but white is good for easy clue generation for cheap, green is great with using second harvest on the trigger of your 4th clue ETB from mechproduction to double to 8 prior to the check for win. I do agree that Bant does spread the deck thin but maybe just for the Thraben Inspector wouldn't be a bad idea. My buddies are suggesting going black/blue for a more aggressive approach.

January 27, 2017 9:52 p.m.

Thanks ShadowFX88! Interesting idea going black/blue, I guess slower Clue production, but more removal. Do they or you have a deck up?

January 27, 2017 10:27 p.m.

Adamaro says... #26

Please note that I solely play EDH/Commander, and that I just accidentally stumbled across this deck (I liked the name!).

I was recently looking through the AER spoilers for my EDH decks and found some interesting cards that may help you out. Since you're trying to win with an enchantment and 6 artifacts, some board wipes would be good! You may need to add in a color though.

Battle at the Bridge seems halfway decent with clue tokens, as you can tap them for mana to help pay for this spell.

Lastly, Yahenni's Expertise offers a board wipe, and a free spell. Both are black, but offer a lot of control. I hope this helps a little bit. Good luck on your deck!

January 28, 2017 9:16 a.m.

ShadowFX88 says... #27

I don't have a Black/Blue version built yet, still thinking about it.

January 28, 2017 1:15 p.m.

yodakota says... #28

There's a blue card that counters a spell and investigates 3 times

January 30, 2017 8:19 a.m.

goteamglenn says... #29

yodakota, the name of the card is Confirm Suspicions.

January 30, 2017 11:21 p.m.

quarteroy says... #30

Just stumbled across your deck, I Had made one of my own when the first sent came out. Might help you with some ideas Killer clues

January 31, 2017 5:12 p.m.

hamiam says... #31

Awesome +1

February 1, 2017 1:31 a.m.

Va1kyrie says... #32

Have you considered Evolving Wilds for fixing your mana base?

February 1, 2017 2:49 p.m.

itsbuzzi says... #33

I have created two clue decks but I have them private. Here are the lists: Creature deck and: Control Deck

February 1, 2017 6:24 p.m.

itsbuzzi says... #34

February 1, 2017 6:25 p.m.

itsbuzzi says... #35

Blue's Clues Control Blue's Clues (Creatures) You can use things from here. Similar to yours.

February 1, 2017 6:27 p.m.

Thanks for the suggestions itsbuzzi!

February 1, 2017 8:45 p.m.

elonth says... #37

really should go bant so you get access to Thraben Inspector Open the Armory to tutor for your win con.

February 1, 2017 10:52 p.m.

itsbuzzi says... #38

No Problem. Hope my ideas could help.

February 2, 2017 5:24 p.m.

dikkus_khan says... #39

+1 because it is

February 5, 2017 7:14 p.m.

Panzerforge says... #40

Ongoing Investigation combined with skulking creatures can generate a lot of clues in a short time, since you don't care how much damage you're actually doing.

February 10, 2017 4:20 a.m.

Aris_Feldon says... #41

I would recommend putting in some fleeting memories and inspiring stauries

February 27, 2017 8:44 p.m.

Fishguru21 says... #42

This is definitely on my build list. Love mechanized production decks

March 15, 2017 1:42 a.m.

sobektheblack says... #43

So what does everyone think of splashing red for Glorious End to force a win

April 24, 2017 11:41 a.m.

elonth says... #44

not worth the risk. If your opponent has instant speed artifact/enchantment destruction they just blow it up during your upkeep or in response to your glorious end and you lose.

April 24, 2017 10:44 p.m.

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