Icy Manipulator

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Icy Manipulator

Artifact

, : Tap target artifact, creature, or land.

jarncards on WALL STALL

2 months ago

If you're dead set on Celestial Convergence, Axis of Mortality, Mirror Universe, or the much worse Soul Conduit are probably entirely essential to your gameplan. They are also searchable with your signature spell

Moat, Magus of the Moat, and Blazing Archon, Mystic Barrier and Ensnaring Bridge are also good ideas for your pillow fort. Ghostly Prison is nice, but these effects are always better when multiplied. Windborn Muse and Norn's Annex are also good ones.

Cosmic Intervention and similar spells are probably good ideas too.

Relic Barrier and Icy Manipulator are best friends with Winter Orb and Static Orb

Solemnity instakills

Ferropede?

Nyx-Fleece Ram is better than some of your walls, Daxos, Blessed by the Sun probably is too.

Dusk / Dawn is your best board wipe in my opinion. Also reanimates almost every card in your deck.

Renounce and Zuran Orb are good ideas to dodge mass removal or suddenly gain the life you need to win.

Add Reprieve. it is temporary, but it will allow you to dodge a counter, or you could use it to bounce your own about-to-be-countered spell back to your hand before the counter resolves.

Elixir of Immortality? might help against mill. not great though.

The One Ring costs life if you need it to draw, but pro everything is probably more than worth it, and the extra cards are likely to be as well.

wozislightning on Elsa but She Can't Let it Go

5 months ago

This deck looks quite fun! Icy Manipulator Is basically another crown in the deck if you desire more of that effect. Dismiss into Dream also seems like a fun way to turn your tap effects into "murder mode". Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset also seems quite versatile. Citadel Siege also might be nuts depending on what you're up against. Good luck & happy brewing!

Siosilvar on Colorshift Land Control

5 months ago

Color denial on its own isn't a win condition, it's just disruption, and you need something else going on to make the single-land deniers playable. Blood Moon shuts off multiple lands and Spreading Seas replaces itself, so that's why those are the ones that get play.

But that said... Contaminated Ground and Pooling Venom can be win conditions, if you use them as repeatable shocks in combination with Hidden Strings, Fatestitcher, or Icy Manipulator to force your opponents to use them even when they don't want to. There's a brew from about 5 years ago I have bookmarked that does that: For Assholes Only

Another idea I've had is a mostly-blue deck that denies the first few lands until resolving an Isochron Scepter with Boomerang imprinted to keep them stuck at 2 Islands forever. The final win condition is just Cephalid Constable and Venser, Shaper Savant beatdown.

TheOfficialCreator on Stax for salt

1 year ago

Lodestone Golem, Cursed Totem, Sphere of Resistance, Chalice of the Void, Thorn of Amethyst, Trinisphere (the Totem does shut down Lord High Artificer just fyi)

Icy Manipulator, Relic Barrier, and Pacification Array can tap your orbs and spheres to make sure you aren't locked down by them as well (this is really only relevant if you aren't running Lord High Artificer as your commander).

Kazierts on Bant Stoic Control [Budget/Casual]

3 years ago

There's a reason why there aren't more creatures with vigilance besides the angel, it's because there's no need for them. I'll use the creatures you suggested as an example. Let's say I play either Alert Heedbonder or Tajuru Pathwarden. What do any of the these do to help develop my strategy? Nothing, especially the Heedbonder. The Pathwarden at the very least is big, but that's about it. Nether of them help to keep my opponent's creatures tapped. Taranika, Akroan Veteran I actually stopped to think about a little bit. However, it basically works the same way as the others. Sure she can untap my creatures and maybe grow some of them a little bit, which is important to know as a lot of the creatures wouldn't receive that big of a buff, but there's someone else that can also "untap" while also being an Engine. Soulherder. It doesn't technically untap but effectively is the same thing. To wrap up this point about vigilance, the only creatures that would benefit from having it would be the Bounding Krasis and Icefall Regent. Another thing to mention is Evolutionary Leap, which can turn useless tapped creatures into something more useful.

Icy Manipulator is an interesting one, but is kinda mana intensive due to the mana cost. Thankfully, I found other cards with similar effects, like Pacification Array. While I think the deck has sufficient tapping effects, this is something that caught my attention enough to make me want to playtest it.

Thanks for the opinion and suggestions!

Flooremoji on Spreading Algae Deck

3 years ago

I have seen that combo floating around for a while, (and even tried to make it work myself) but in general it's pretty meh. Urborg is a okay card by itself, (not amazing but okay) but when you add in mostly dead tutors outside of your combo you end up with a ton of bad draws. Spreading Algae however is increddibly weak unless you play against a deck that went turn one swamp and didn't Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek Algae away. I can even see scenarios where they don't take Algae because it's so underwhelming. At the end of the day, the combo gives your opponents fetch lands the ability to tap for mana and gives you a 1 mana LD spell. Unless you add in somthing that can force them to tap their land (Icy Manipulator maybe? That makes an already bad two card combo a worse three card one) it's just a 'this land can't tap for mana spell' but worse since when they need it they can sac the land for the mana. Devoting card slots to dead cards and tutors for LD is really bad, some decks will have already devoloped their board by the time you start Algaeing their lands. Even worse, if they start stockpiling fetchs (that can now tap for black mana) algae is useless because they can crack in response to algae and it will fizzle and not return, preventing you from locking most decks out of black mana.

Basically you have to play 1 card that is dead in most matchups and 1 okay card, it's mostly limited to Golgari colors, it dosen't win you the game (far from it in fact), and isn't consistent enough to just 'stumble' upon without devoting slots to tutors for again, a combo thats rather underwhelming.

All that said, it's certainly a fun little combo that I would love to see do something.

ClockworkSwordfish on Bant Stoic Control [Budget/Casual]

3 years ago

Since you're completely built around Stoic Angel, I'm surprised you aren't running more creatures with Vigilance! After all, her drawback applies to you too, meaning you can swing with a vigilant army turn after turn and save your one untap for a mana dork or whatever. There are plenty of solid budget options, including Alert Heedbonder, Tajuru Pathwarden and Taranika, Akroan Veteran. Of course, you can also just staple Vigilance onto your whole crew with something like Brave the Sands or the humble Serra's Blessing!

The other thing to consider is having a repeatable, reliable tapping effect. Bounding Krasis and Icefall Regent can tap a creature... once. But maybe something nastier shows up later - then you'd be better served by something like Icy Manipulator. Having more cards that can tap a creature on demand than just the mana-intensive Verity Circle is likely to keep your opponent down once the Angel is in play.

MagicMarc on

3 years ago

You need to decide what you want the deck to do before you can start cutting cards. Without knowing your build goal, you will not be able to know where to cut.

What do you wan this deck to do? Examples/ideas:

Is this deck mainly aggro? then keep the big monsters and the ramp. Cut the little creatures that are not mana dorks or cost reduction.
Is this deck mid-range good stuff? then cut creatures until you get 14-18, And add interaction cards to stop or negate your opponent's plays.
Is this a combo deck of some kind? For example; Is it built around Icy Manipulator + Voltaic Key for it's control? then get rid of the other stuff that is not part of that game plan.
Or is it going to cheat stuff out with Amulet and bridge? Then get rid of the icys and keys and focus on cheating big fat bombs out early.
Is it a toolbox deck? then cut your bombs and strong cards to 1 copy each and add more tutors to the deck.
These are just a tiny sample of archetypes, I am just showing how you can decide what kind of deck this is. Once you do, a lot of the cuts may become obvious depending on what you want for the deck.


But there are some cuts you should do no matter what goal you have:

-3 Fabricate (You already have 4 tinkers and 2 tezzerets), -1 Black Vise (Without support for it only 1 copy of this is just an annoyance when it shows up in your hand or is in play), -1 Paradox Engine (This is a freaking amazing card but it does not do a lot for this particular deck) , -1 Winter Orb (Like vise, without support it is not that useful with 1 copy), -1 Colossus of Akros (You have better big bombs already), -4 Etched Champion (this is a vanilla 2/2 most of the time and is probably the worst creature in your list), -4 Ornithopter (These are okay with the other cards in your deck but you will ramp into big stuff so fast they are just not too useful), -4 Welding Jar (at the very least cut it down to 2 since it synergizes with Academy Ruins. But Academy Ruins, Tinker, and Tezzeret the Seeker do the same thing kind of as this already. Id cut all of them to the maybeboard and see how it plays).
In a vacuum, none of these cards are bad by themselves. But none of these cards help you reach your goals for the deck. And only having 1 of something has a very low chance of seeing play. So if it does see play, it needs to do big things for you.

For your lands, they are another resource for the deck. So I would suggest filling in your land base with support cards. Stuff like;

+3 Buried Ruin (if you dont want to get more academy ruins), +2 Rogue's Passage (they don't hurt and can let you win off the back of one of your big creatures), +2 Arch of Orazca (really, slots of any land that gives card advantage), +5 more Islands or so, whatever gets you to 20-22 lands. If you dont want any of the other non-island cards, just add islands.

Your deck has very little interaction and I would suggest adding some to the deck. There are hundreds of options but I would look to add stuff that is similar to any of the following cards:

Spine of Ish Sah, Unstable Obelisk, or Meteor Golem. These cards synergize with academy ruins and buried ruin and can be Tinker targets when you need them. Just 1 or 2 copies of cards like these in the deck you can tutor for. Once you bring one of them online, you can keep bringing them back repeatedly to destroy your opponent's game state.

Then you need instant speed answers you can use to respond to what your opponent's do. Interaction is important and you will lose games just because you didnt have a Disenchant in your hand. Add copies of stuff like Scour from Existence, Titan's Presence, Not of This World or even repeatable stuff like Capsize or similar.


tl;dr
I am not saying you have to do any of the things I suggested. But you do need to decide what you want to do with the deck, cut cards, and add land and add interaction to the deck or it may just stay a hot mess like it is now.

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