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: 5 | 2 COMMENTS | 476 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: 123 | 238 COMMENTS | 27548 VIEWS | IN 71 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 Invention Black...

#1

It's a mixed bag. Unfortunately, Perplex is terrible as a counterspell; those cards that are worth countering in modern are also cards worth discarding your hand to not lose (meaning perplex won't counter them). Muddle the Mixture can protect architect from removal for UU, which has the same effect as losing architect and spending UU to Tutor another into play, which Perplex can't do.
Admittedly, the flaw in this logic is forced discard on turns 1-4 (when this deck cantrips and sets up), which there is plenty of in modern.
The truth is that muddle is the only transmute card that's still playable when not transmuted, meaning it's the best transmute option, but if there were a good 3 drop transmuter I'd definitely prefer it to muddle for the reasons you stated.

June 24, 2017 6:10 p.m.

Said on Tired of the ......

#2

Calm down man, this isn't a philabuster.

June 23, 2017 6:16 p.m.

Said on Tired of the ......

#3

Why the gatewatch is a problem: the same five characters show up on a plane that some other walker has told them is about to experience a massive multi-Versal threat, beat their faces against the threat (exception being kaladesh, which I thought was a great set) and still somehow emerge victorious. No strategy, minimal relevant research, massive damage caused to the plane... and a win.
Every set has been like that since BFZ. Even with return to inistrad where Jace was supposed to be doing detective work, it just turned into "oh yup... it's emrakul alright" and the gatewatch throwing themselves at her. So my big problem with the gatewatch is that they constantly act like headstrong teenagers but win because plot armor.

The problem with jace is that his character has been fluid over the course of magics history. At times he's been competent and powerful (alara and prior), completely incompetent and lacking full control of his powers (post alara), at times young and naive (origins, but this is pardonable because origins), and now he's the background idea guy who pulls plot devices out of his ass and otherwise sits in the background. And each of these switches revolves around critical plot points in the lore (bolas v jace, and jace barely escaping with his mind damaged, sarkahn time traveling/changing history, and jace's re-introduction to the gatewatch). Point is, with so many massive plot developments, jace could have been phased out like Ajani or garruk, but he wasn't. He's ALWAYS here, despite being ravnica's guildpact.
It's like being forced to have a PB&J every time you want a sandwich. PB&J is fine, but a little diversity is NOT too much to ask for.

My biggest problem is Gideon; I won't rant, but he's the worst mono-white walker ive ever seen (lore wise) and we're stuck with him cuz he's invincible. From him and jace stem any of my further personal dislike of the gatewatch... because I'm sick of jace being in every set, and of Gideon neither developing as a character nor dieing for his absolute stubbornness and hubris.

June 16, 2017 3:27 a.m.

Decks

The Minefield: A Modern Artifact Recycler (T3 Win)

Modern DuTogira

SCORE: 123 | 238 COMMENTS | 27549 VIEWS | IN 71 FOLDERS

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

Casual DuTogira

SCORE: 83 | 69 COMMENTS | 7116 VIEWS | IN 25 FOLDERS

Zombies in Kansas (T3 Win)

Modern DuTogira

SCORE: 44 | 99 COMMENTS | 7274 VIEWS | IN 15 FOLDERS

Dad's Perfect Present

Commander / EDH* DuTogira

SCORE: 3 | 24 COMMENTS | 1514 VIEWS | IN 4 FOLDERS

If Form of the Squirrel Were Legal

Modern* DuTogira

SCORE: 5 | 2 COMMENTS | 476 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

The Architect of Oz

Modern DuTogira

SCORE: 39 | 101 COMMENTS | 6333 VIEWS | IN 19 FOLDERS

Invention Black

Modern DuTogira

SCORE: 8 | 8 COMMENTS | 1816 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS

Finished Decks 40
Prototype Decks 21
Drafts 0
Playing since Ravnica: City of Guilds
Points 420
Avg. deck rating 17.35
T/O Rank 523
Helper Rank 934
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern
Good Card Suggestions 103
Venues casual play, FNM Venue
Cards Added/Fixed 1
Last activity 2 days
Joined 2 years