New EDH combos for Artifacts?

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Posted on Jan. 12, 2017, 4:04 a.m. by Temur_Frontier

Okay, so I recently (mostly) brewed a new artifact deck with Silas Renn, Seeker Adept and Akiri, Line-Slinger as commanders. Because of my widespread color identity, I have access to all of the coolest Kaladesh block artifact support cards. I like Vorthos, so this is essentially a flavor deck, but with a pretty surprising punch to it.

So in test play, I discovered a few cool combos. Turns out, having a Quicksmith Spy, Paradox Engine, and a few mana rocks is pretty OP. With the Quicksmith Spy, designate Paradox Engine with the card draw. Draw with the Engine, play a spell with mana rocks, untap all these artifacts, and repeat. Sure, it might not be infinite, but setting it up on turn 8(as I did in test play) and pouring out a dozen permanents (that's about where I got to before I stopped, but by that time my hand was mostly lands so) certainly puts you way ahead of the curve. And it's likely to piss off your friends, as this is a less fucked up version of taking multiple turns over and over, if you're into that. So yeah, even without mana rocks, Quicksmith Spy and Paradox Engine is a pretty sweet combo, I'd say. But with mana rocks, you just pour out cards from your deck onto the field.

Next combo is a more direct finisher that relies on mass life loss for your enemies. As long as you're running a straight artifact deck, if you run into a pairing of Marionette Master and Indomitable Creativity, then you can setup a win that's perhaps more deadly than Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas's Ult. Simply use Indomitable Creativity to wipe some artifacts, deal alot of life loss to your opponents, and receive some artifacts and creatures as a result. Ok, it might only take out one opponent, so it's actually not too great. HOWEVER, if you're so lucky as to have a Blinkmoth Urn on the field (could possibly be achieved with enough lands and mana rocks too), then you're guaranteed to hit every artifact you control. For instance, in test play I've hit 17 artifacts to deal 68 damage. Not bad at all. In another test play, I used Strionic Resonator to copy Marionette Master's Fabricate ability so she'd enter with 7 power. Then played Indomitable Creativity to hit 20 artifacts and generate 140 life loss. In my pseudo-competitive meta, that's usually GG in a 4 player game if I could actually get it off anyway.

So these might not necessarily be game-breaking (I don't play for infinite combos; they're cool to create, but not fun to play with), but these kinds of combos are the sort of complex and weirdly exploitable interactions I live for in EDH. That's why I built this deck. And it's why I built my Jund deck, and my Rashmi deck etc. Anyone else like these wonky combos? Aether Revolt, especially with the massive potential the previous set of Kaladesh setup for it, seems to be a set of crazy combos waiting to be exploited. Anyone else found such combos for EDH?

LittleBlueHero says... #2

Love these amigo.

I am in the same boat I love janky combos that no one sees coming because "I never thought anyone would pull that off" kinda mentality. Infinite combos are boring.

Think I will be able to run these in my Breya deck.

January 12, 2017 2:33 p.m.

jandrobard says... #3

Paradox Engine in general is pretty busted. I need to get one for my Daretti deck...

January 12, 2017 5:57 p.m.

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