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With the Help of His Robot Friends

Modern Affinity Aggro Artifact Competitive



Deck name: I was making some joke about Signal Pest being the only magic card with the creature type Pest and the origin of Affinity was it making some robot friends. And if you still don't get it, then I just feel old in response.

Deck Tech

There's really not too much to be said about the deck selection. A lot of them are automatic 4-ofs in every Affinity list, but this is the configuration that I've found works best.

  • Etched Champion is just too important in some match ups. Some lists are cutting down to 3, but Affinity is at its core a deck that runs a lot of bad cards to maximize the potential of a few good ones and you want to keep drawing the good ones.

  • Galvanic Blast without some kind of interaction it's too easy to loose to decks like Splinter Twins in game 1, where Affinity is usually at its best. There are a lot of good artifact hate cards, so making sure the deck has decent play against most of the field is important.

  • Memnite while a part of the engine, it's the weakest link as it can't evasively wear Arcbound Ravager counters or carry a Cranial Plating.

  • Thoughtcast don't leave home without it, being able to dump your hand and then refill it is better than any card you could run practically.

  • 3 Glimmervoid and 1 Island - it's important to keep Path to exhile and Ghost Quarter honest at least once.


One of the strongest aspects of Affinity is that it is mainboarding 10+ mana sources that will give any color, so the sideboard can be pretty board.

Having game for the mirror match isn't a bad idea - Ancient Grudge. Dismember - for when some extra removal is needed, though I have been considering Dispatch instead. Dismember doesn't require colored mana, but Dispatch deals cleanly with cards like Kitchen Finks. Galvanic Blast - same as, but this slot is up for grabs. Illness in the Ranks plays double duty against token decks, and it shuts down Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker decks whose primary targets are Pestermite and Deceiver Exarch. Spellskite comes in for any removal heavy decks, Lightning Bolt looks a lot worse with it on the field, which make sure whatever is carrying Cranial Plating is connecting. It can also be used to snag auras. I've been thinking of taking this to 3, since it will then slot in cleanly for Steel Overseer - which is pretty bad against removal heavy decks. Thorn of Amethyst for the more controlling or combo decks. Torpor Orb for the pod decks. And finally Whipflare for anything putting a lot of smaller creatures on the table.


#3 in tournament @ Atomic Empire — Aug. 30, 2013

Match 1 - Esper Control/Midrange?

This deck had a little permission, Blade Splicer and Restoration Angel. Game 1 was won in strong affinity fashion. Game 2 is started to get close with Restoration Angel ambushing my guys and Etched Champion looking awkward across from colorless golums, but a Arcbound Ravager was able to store up enough counters to push a big flyer through.

Match 2 - Naya Pod

Game 1 saw a Vault Skirge that suited up Cranial Plating to go un-removed for a few turns. Game 2 was a close back and forth match. Game 3 saw a quick Kataki, War's Wage against an aggressive draw that had already dumped my hand and was going to back it up with Thoughtcast and I didn't draw into removal quick enough.

Match 3 - Melira Pod

Game 1 went to a double Cranial Plating. Game 2 to mana. So we played out a few more for fun.

Match 4 - UWR Control

I was able to stick and protect an Etched Champion both games.

Did a little more adjustment to the sideboard. Blood Moon just isn't that relevant in a lot of match-ups, and one of the highlights of this deck is all the manlands.

#3 in tournament @ Atomic Empire — May 31, 2013


jackledaman says... #1

Where's Thoughtcast ?????

March 23, 2013 1:30 a.m.

Slycne says... #2

In the maybeboard because I'm indecisive and slightly leaning towards sending burn at people's faces over drawing cards.

Basically it's some degree of Galvanic Blast and Shrapnel Blast vs Thoughtcast and Master of Etherium and also to some extend Welding Jar . What mixture of those 5 is where I'm in contention right now. There's some argument that it could get by with a greedy 4-of Glimmervoid and be able to mix the two colors, but I think somewhere down the line I'll need/want to toss some basics in there which would be better if either red or blue came out ahead.

March 23, 2013 1:40 a.m.

HarrisonHarry says... #3

+1 from me. Check out my affinity deck Micro Machines (Super Aggro)

May 20, 2013 5:46 p.m.

No Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas ? He's killer in Affinity decks!

Replace Glimmervoid with 2x City of Brass , 1x Island , and 1x Swamp . That should solve the Path to Exile /Ghost Quarter issue.

+1 for name and build, btw lol

June 1, 2013 4:38 a.m.

Slycne says... #5

Perhaps in the sideboard, but I think in modern it's better so go on the offensive against control than to try and grind them out. Though I'm in sore need of a better discard than Duress . Most of the time he'd just be a slower Thoughtcast that let's you dig better.

I can see the appeal of smacking someone with a 5/5 Springleaf Drum though.

June 1, 2013 4:51 p.m.

Or turning Inkmoth Nexus into a beast...

Tezzeret is a great tutor and alt win-con. He can go ultimate pretty quick. Also pairs nicely with Tezzeret's Gambit . Good synergy with Poison Counters from Inkmoth, drawing cards, and adding a counter to Tezzeret to go ultimate. Just a thought though.

June 1, 2013 5:16 p.m.

bman5604 says... #7

Tezzeret anything is slow in modern. Going straight stock robots isn't wrong at ll

June 16, 2013 1:03 p.m.

How is he slow? Legacy Affinity decks run him for a reason. He's a potential turn 2 drop and turn 3 ultimate ...

As a 2x of he'd be great, IMO.

June 16, 2013 6:59 p.m.

DarkTutor says... #9

June 18, 2013 9:40 a.m.

Slycne says... #10

bman5604 & aeonstoremyliver Yeah, I think Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas has a distinct advantage in legacy with multiple ways to reliably power him out T2 and stuff like the full suite of artifact lands to start making into 5/5s or to massively ramp up his ult.

DarkTutor While I think it's certainly possible to do some kind of combo shenanigans in a modern artifact shell (that's basically what eggs was), we're just looking to beatdown here. Myr Retriever offers some nice recursion, but it doesn't carry a plating well since it lacks any evasion nor does it offer the on board presence of say a Arcbound Ravager - semi-blanking removal or Steel Overseer - just being a danger to let untap with. Krark-Clan Ironworks just doesn't bring an angle we need, affinity is designed to dump its hand quickly before it would even reach 4 mana.

June 18, 2013 10:21 a.m.

bman5604 says... #11

Never was suggesting him or anything that has his name in it for modern.

June 18, 2013 4 p.m.

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