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Inkmoth and startlingly consistent! Like no deck I've seen before.

September 17, 2020 1:01 a.m.

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I'm actually just excited that Wylie Beckert is getting some work. He's new to the game but I love his art.

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September 14, 2020 10:06 p.m.

DragonSliver9001, I'm saying I wouldn't be upset about this card if it had a color, because that's a pretty significant limiter in EDH, but instead this is a huge colorless swiss army knife that every single deck has access to.

September 9, 2020 2:03 p.m.

Well DragonSliver9001, colorless cards usually do things that any color can do, worse than any color can do them. Flooremoji described it better than I could, with a certain caviat:

enpc, Flooremoji, I still think that Lithoform Engine is a good card, in the specific power level and context of my metagame, and for some reason most of my decks make good use of the first and second abilities (the third is kind of overpriced). But this card is not as good as I first thought. I just happen to have a bunch of decks that make oddly good use of it.

Gidgetimer, 1-10, I'll concede, is not a perfect way of communicating power level, but over time I think it's collected a pretty consistent definition.

September 9, 2020 9:22 a.m.

Okay, based on the response so far... I think either 1) I may have lowballed the average power level of a commander deck, 2) this site, being frequented mostly by deeply enfranchised players, isn't representative of it, or 3) it's some specific trait of my meta that this card is nuts in. Maybe we just play with an uncommon amount of activated and triggered abilities. I dunno.

But I really do think that the barrier for entry with this card is the ability to cast a 4-mana artifact and not generate any value with it that turn. If you've gotten your hands on a Rings of Brighthearth, clearly you're past that point, but for players of 5-7 EDH like me, that is entirely an option, and activating this card even twice is a lot of value.

September 9, 2020 1 a.m.

I hate that Lithoform Engine goes into 80% of EDH decks below power level 8. It's so stupidly universal, why not put it in? Does your commander have an activated ability or care about instants, sorceries, tokens, or generating value by doubling your spells? Congratulations, you account for roughly 90% of the commander format.

This card would slot very comfortably into five of my seven paper decks (Roon of the Hidden Realm, Sisay, Weatherlight Captain, Ezuri, Claw of Progress, Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge, with Chainer, Nightmare Adept, and Korvold, Fae-Cursed King being the exceptions). It slots comfortably into four out of my best friend's four decks (Golos, Tireless Pilgrim, Meren of Clan Nel Toth, The Ur-Dragon, and Olivia Voldaren).

This card is not nutso bonkers silly powerful. It is, however, so versatile that as long as your deck can spend 4 mana on an artifact that does nothing immediately (which most EDH decks can at some point in the game), you should probably be running this card. I don't like cards like this at all. The strokes it paints in are just too broad, which is a shame because this card would be a massively cool proof of concept for a new deck I want to make, Double Masters: helmed by Riku of Two Reflections and sporting only cards which have a 2 on them or interact somehow with 2. It's a shame that this card isn't cool and is instead just very, very good.

Sorry if this is a rant but I am annoyed; I love this card as a johnny, because I want to maximize it, but the floor is so broadly applicable that it's useless to do so, and it'll probably be prohibitively expensive anyway- we love being a Magic-playing college student- because of its broad strength.

September 8, 2020 11:19 p.m.

Guys. Take a look at my headcanon on the last page. Not gonna say I nailed it but I got Nahiri down pretty solidly: a villain driven by rage against her failures.

Pretty proud of that one, guys.

September 3, 2020 10:26 a.m.

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