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Standard Artifact Budget U/B (Dimir)




Hey all, this is my deck that centers around artifacts, cards that love artifacts and uses Marionette Master as the main win condition. This is a budget build and not super competitive but it's very fun to play and great for new players to understand different interactions.

The release of Ixalan has brought treasure tokens which fit perfectly into this deck. Between Tezzeret's etherium cells and treasure tokens, when Marionette Master hits the board we can sacrifice the tokens (dealing damage with each one) and ramp into the next spell or activate Herald of Anguish's ability and kill your opponent in one big explosion of metal.

I don't feel that a full explanation of the deck is necessary since it's pretty straight forward. Make artifacts, get marionette master as a 4/6, each artifact that is sacrificed/destroyed deals 4 damage and becomes deadly very quickly.

Things to watch out for: Marionette Master is amazing once it's out, but getting there can be tricky. Remember that when you choose to add +1/+1 counters with fabricate that your opponent can respond to it and kill her in response. This means that red is very dangerous since Abrade, Lightning Strike and Harnessed Lightning are all popular spells.

Suggestions and ideas are always welcome. Thanks for reading!


My first ever Gameday and this deck was a blast to play! However, my record was 0-2-1 haha...

Mardu Vehicles...holy crap. Very powerful deck that was pretty consistently awesome. BG counters were brutal. Aetherworks Marvel deck was really interesting to play against and I appreciated how fun it was. Now that I know my current meta better, I'm going to make changes to accompany that.

I'm updating the deck with some changes. Cards I'm now considering even more after learning the Standard meta: Metalwork Colossus, Aethersphere Harvester, Bastion Inventor and probably some others that I will post.

I'm going to play around with some changes and I will update after testing. Cheers!


LonelyAndroid7 says... #1

I've been playtesting this and it seems a little slow. Are there alternate win conditions that i'm missing?

January 19, 2017 12:34 p.m.

FullmetalWes says... #2

Thanks for playtesting! It's meant to be slow, have answers with spot removal and wide removal and as soon as Marionette Master is in play you can start sacking artifacts. Your opponent will lose 4 life per artifact which is amazing with Tezzeret the Schemer's first ability and things like Renegade Map or puzzleknots. Alternate wincon would be Tezzeret's Touch beatdown and Tezzeret's ultimate. Any suggestions?

January 19, 2017 1:52 p.m.

TheHolmcross says... #3

I feel like there are a couple popular decks that will go over the top of this, like G/B Aggro.

January 24, 2017 1:46 p.m.

FullmetalWes says... #4

@TheHolmcross Yeah they might, which is why I mainboard plenty of removal, but I'm really not sure what I should do to make this better. Maybe Herald of Anguish?

January 24, 2017 3:11 p.m.

TheHolmcross says... #5

My UB deck doesn't run as many artifacts, but I still have 3 Herald of Anguish main. You could swing a playset. Making Fatal Push a playset would be great since you have a lot of free sac outlets. Maybe also consider Metalwork Colossus, since you have so many noncreature artifacts.

January 24, 2017 6:56 p.m.

FullmetalWes says... #6

Thanks for the suggestions! @TheHolmcross

January 25, 2017 9:38 a.m.

Wiggyman says... #7

Weaponcraft Enthusiast would be good in this deck.

January 26, 2017 3:23 p.m.

FullmetalWes says... #8

@Wiggyman I like Weaponcraft Enthusiast a lot but since I run Yahenni's Expertise I feel like it might be counter-productive...but at the same time if I have him out there with his two servos + Marionette Master then Yahenni's Expertise my opponent may lose creatures and take at least 8 damage. I'll play around with it. Thank you!

January 26, 2017 3:41 p.m.

Naj187 says... #9

Bastion Inventor seems pretty amazing against control. Dodges Fatal Push and Grasp of Darkness.

January 27, 2017 4:46 p.m.

FullmetalWes says... #10

@Naj187 I really love improvise and hexproof, so he's a strong possibility. I think you're right with him for sideboard.

January 30, 2017 1:20 p.m.

sandoval1 says... #11

I don't really see Spire of Industry good in this deck. But Blighted Fen or Mirrorpool sound better to control the field.

January 31, 2017 8 p.m.

FullmetalWes says... #12

@sandoval1 Spire of Industry is actually very important for mana fixing. If you notice, I have a few cards that use double mana symbols which can cause issues if you don't properly fix, for example imagine I have Yahenni's Expertise and Reverse Engineer in my hand, the chances of having the right mana will be rough with just basic lands.

February 2, 2017 9:37 a.m.

sandoval1 says... #13

yea but you fix that bye using Renegade Map and Terrarion bye getting your colors fast and you can add 2 Prophetic Prism it can help you draw and change color.

February 2, 2017 2:25 p.m.

FullmetalWes says... #14

@sandoval1 Yeah true. I'm going to play around with what you suggested and other utility lands and see what I can do. Thank you for the ideas!

February 2, 2017 2:28 p.m.

Not a bad build. My current standard deck, Dimir Aetherborn Fun is rather similar to this build, but I try to focus more on getting servos out instead of just any artifacts. 1/1 blockers that count as artifacts are, in my mind, better. Try playing around with some Syndicate Traffickers to get Marionette Master to trigger more often.

February 7, 2017 3:38 p.m.

FullmetalWes says... #16

Thanks for the suggestion Riclamin_Silentread! I agree servos make great artifacts since they can block and serve as an artifact, but the big reason I didn't want to use them was because I was running 2-3 Yahenni's Expertise and that seems very counterproductive. I'm going to make a different UB build to play with that utilizes more aggro style with artifacts, test that, and see which style I like more. Thanks!

February 8, 2017 11:08 p.m.

Even with Yahenni's Expertise, the Marionette Master would still trigger from the servos dying. It's a great end-game if you have around 4-5 servos on the field. That translates to 16-20 damage to your opponent.

February 9, 2017 9:28 a.m.

FullmetalWes says... #18

@Riclamin_Silentread Very true, but normally I want to play the expertise on turn 4-5 to clear my opponents board and the Marionette Master doesn't come out till turn 6 normally. If I wanted to play master on turn 6 then expertise wouldn't be until turn 7 and the card will probably a lot less of an impact by then. I'll totally play around with it and see which is more consistent/effective.

February 9, 2017 11:59 a.m.

Let me know how it goes for you!

February 10, 2017 12:57 p.m.

Charley007 says... #20


I think it is a good and a fun deck. I personnally would play Drowned Catacomb 4x so you would have more choice for mana and play a counter spell in side instead ofLay Bare the Heart.

October 2, 2017 11:38 p.m.

Charley007 says... #21

and sorry for double post,But I guess you could try a destroy land on ixalan Field of Ruin and Yahenni's Expertise even Ifnir Deadlands could possibly be good to put counter so with your dude you could make -4 to a creature indestructible for exemple.

October 2, 2017 11:49 p.m.

FullmetalWes says... #22

@Charley007 Thanks for your comments! This deck hadn't been updated in quite a while so I have done so now.

October 3, 2017 9:50 a.m.

nintendoluk says... #23

Is there a special reason you don't use Siren Stormtamer or Lookout's Dispersal?

October 19, 2017 10:46 a.m.

FullmetalWes says... #24

@nintendoluk Neither of those cards fit the theme of this deck at all. Although, Siren Stormtamer is a great card in just about any deck.

October 19, 2017 11:25 a.m.

If the focus is artifacts maybe consider adding a playset of deadeye plunderers

December 4, 2017 12:16 a.m.

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This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.38
Tokens 1/1 Servo, Tezzeret, Etherium Cell
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Top rank #26 on 2017-02-12
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