DuTogira The Cyclic Artificer

I am Blue/White

I should start by saying that I am more than willing to help other users with their modern or commander brews, as those are the two formats I follow and of which I have a significant amount of knowledge. Do not ask me for help if you want someone to help you "refine" an already competitive and established deck archetype. I have no interest in fine tuning T1 decks and turning modern/commander into a "solved" format. Rather, I wish to make new decks which can compete with these T1 decks to diversify the meta and promote the uniquely diverse nature of both aforementioned formats.

I am a Johnny with just a dash of Nuts & Bolts Spike. If I am not playing an original deck which I built myself, then I am not having fun. Playing all the T1 decks that others have built and refined just feels monotonous to me. But that doesn't mean I won't try to make every single deck I build as competitive as possible, and I am borderline obsessive about playing things in their proper sequences.
My favorite card hands down is because he is a massively versatile card. He can combine with Pili-Pala for infinite mana, can be used in a midrange strategy with Myr Superion for good old beats, or used with other blue creatures to play a slow game abusing expensive artifacts/artifact abilities. He's just the whole package, but only if you play artifacts, and I LOVE artifacts.
I play Hearthstone in addition to MTG, and plan on being active on the Hearthstone sub-portion of TappedOut. My user-name is still DuTogira.
I love the Modern format, because it allows for a surprising amount of innovation, more so than any other format in my opinion. It's cheaper than standard, remains completely unsolved unlike Legacy, and is far more skill based than Commander/EDH.
Artifact decks -specifically, SMALL artifact decks- hold a special place in my heart, as they are extremely reliable, versatile -and with the right cards- recyclable. Except for EGGS. I hate EGGS!!!
Form of the Squirrel and I would unban it in modern, as that is my favorite format.

If Form of the Squirrel Were Legal

Modern* DuTogira

SCORE: 6 | 2 COMMENTS | 517 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER


is my idea of what a modern deck would look like with that card.
My Current project is

Invention Black

Modern DuTogira

SCORE: 7 | 6 COMMENTS | 1728 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS


and my pride and joy would have to be:

The Minefield: A Modern Artifact Recycler (T3 Win)

Modern DuTogira

SCORE: 125 | 238 COMMENTS | 28558 VIEWS | IN 72 FOLDERS


I plan to take the world by storm with The Minefield, or some variant of it (such as Invention Black) to prove that in the Modern format, an innovative mind is far more valuable than a large paycheck to buy a thousand dollar control deck. Ironically... Invention Black is something of a thousand dollar combo deck... so maybe I need to rethink my philosophy. Oh well, live and learn eh? At least my wins will come with a very confused facial expression from my opponents.

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Said on Strongest HUB...

#1

Scavenging Ooze is a niche card that exiles at instant speed, gains life, and can block if necessary. There are definitely cards that perform each individual function far better, but none that perform all three and fill that niche as well as scooze. In the case of deathgorge scavenger, it can't hate cards out of the yard at instant speed, and can't eat more than one card per turn. While it's technically more mana efficient than scooze, having mana sinks in your deck isn't a bad thing, because there will ALWAYS be games that go long where you have nothing better to do with your mana. Scooze is a Swiss Army knife. It's not great at anything, but it's good enough at a lot of things to be worth having.
Did I mention scooze is instant speed and can eat more than one card per turn? Yeah that's a big + for scooze. The more utility the better. Scooze is just a better Swiss Army knife than deathgorger

October 19, 2017 6:58 p.m.

Said on MS: The Race ......

#2

If I had to guess (based on new jace's mindset and ideologies), that's exactly what's gonna happen. I'm curious to see whether he sort of absorbs both personalities and becomes a more mature and developed version of both personas, or whether WotC ends up turning him into smeagol

October 19, 2017 1:32 p.m.

Said on MS: The Race ......

#3

Also, just dawned on me that jace got his memory back after falling through a plot hole and hitting his head too hard. Real funny WotC

October 19, 2017 3:09 a.m.

Said on MS: The Race ......

#4

I feel like WotC is slipping. That "Jace hits head, gets memory back" bit was DEFINITELY cliche and a waste of potential. On top of that, the writing was still lacking in explaining how this sort of convergence of main characters happened. Huatli, tishana, jace, vraska, and vona I can handle. The last race explained their convergence well enough. Angrath though? He literally shows up for two seconds with no explanation of how he managed to follow this band on a three day treck wherein the group is following a magic compass, but he also has literally no reason to be there in this story. He doesn't DO anything. It's just kind of a "oh yeah, and angrath was there lol" moment.
Also, if kumena made it to orazca first, how did he do so without the compass? Why was he able to locate orazca on his own when tishana (a much older and wiser Merfolk) couldn't?
This story just felt kinda lazily done, or perhaps rushed? Either way, I really hope the story quality doesn't flip back to its old mediocrity as quickly as Jace recovered his memory. I was starting to think we had a good thing going.

October 19, 2017 2:06 a.m.

Said on Strongest HUB...

#5

I'm assuming you aren't actually asking which deck IS the most dominant (mtgtop8.com), but are rather asking which T1 deck has the highest density of high power, high potential cards to take off with the release of Ixalan.
To that end I'd say Death's Shadow Aggro, as Chart A Course is a powerful draw engine which is easily activated by the deck, and has an incredibly high density of high power cards as it stands. Otherwise, maybe Merfolk finally sees that push into T1?

October 12, 2017 11:48 p.m.

Said on MS: The Race ......

#6

This story has been handled better than most of the gatewatch stories in that each individual smash cut seemed better developed. I'm not a fan of the constant change of perspective as a theme, but I wouldn't call today's story a flop or anything. It was still well written.
My only gripe is that Huatli is still a Mary Sue. She has NO flaws, and is the only remaining main character as such.

October 12, 2017 10:02 p.m.

Said on The Writing in ......

#7

Don't get me wrong, the fact that a certain level of development needs to happen in such a short span of time definitely is a challenge for the writers, and I've been complaining about the stories since Zendikar, but I'll go to bat for the new Ixalan story team. They are doing a fantastic job. Yes, Amonkhet was garbage, so was kaladesh, so was innistrad (although it had its moments), so was zendikar. And yes, as we get closer to present day, the stories kept getting worse (HOU was almost unbearable).
Ixalan seems to be marking a change for the better though. My only advice is keep reading. If the stories start going bad again... maybe it's time we vorthos' found a new hobby. But if story writing continues at the quality level that Ixalan has been on so far, I'll be one happy reader.

October 10, 2017 10:28 p.m.

I'd ship jace + vraska at this point (pun not intended). As long as it doesn't turn into a cliche love triangle conflict with liliana.
I absolutely love vraska's character. I think she may be my new favorite character.

October 4, 2017 1:15 p.m.

Decks

The Minefield: A Modern Artifact Recycler (T3 Win)

Modern DuTogira

SCORE: 125 | 238 COMMENTS | 28558 VIEWS | IN 72 FOLDERS

THE HELL KINDA SQUIRREL DECK IS THAT!?!?!?

Casual DuTogira

SCORE: 83 | 69 COMMENTS | 7392 VIEWS | IN 25 FOLDERS

Zombies in Kansas (T3 Win)

Modern DuTogira

SCORE: 44 | 99 COMMENTS | 7403 VIEWS | IN 14 FOLDERS

Dad's Perfect Present

Commander / EDH* DuTogira

SCORE: 3 | 24 COMMENTS | 1560 VIEWS | IN 4 FOLDERS

If Form of the Squirrel Were Legal

Modern* DuTogira

SCORE: 6 | 2 COMMENTS | 517 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

The Architect of Oz

Modern DuTogira

SCORE: 40 | 101 COMMENTS | 6521 VIEWS | IN 19 FOLDERS

Invention Black

Modern DuTogira

SCORE: 9 | 9 COMMENTS | 2036 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS

A Polished Vision

Commander / EDH DuTogira

SCORE: 1 | 4 COMMENTS | 417 VIEWS

Finished Decks 42
Prototype Decks 20
Drafts 0
Playing since Ravnica: City of Guilds
Points 1555
Avg. deck rating 17.70
T/O Rank 99
Helper Rank 135
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern
Good Card Suggestions 125
Venues casual play, FNM Venue
Cards Added/Fixed 1
Last activity 2 days
Joined 3 years