Karn, Silver Golem

Karn, Silver Golem

Legendary Artifact Creature — Golem

Whenever Karn, Silver Golem blocks or becomes blocked, it gets -4/+4 until end of turn.

: Target noncreature artifact becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost until end of turn.

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Legacy Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Custom Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Casual Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Unformat Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Karn, Silver Golem occurrence in decks from the last year

Karn, Silver Golem Discussion

griffstick on Tergrid's Orthophobia

1 month ago

Karn, Silver Golem for when they dont have creatures to sac you turn there artifact into one

loricatuslupus on The Beast and the Harlot

2 months ago

I am confused by this deck, for I do not understand its purpose. To start with, you have some some demons - big, expensive demons - and a small amount of ramp to help get them out eventually but I don't see any real synergy or payoff beyond Liliana's Contract. Many of these, as well as cards like Severed Strands, have abilities that require sacrificing other creatures but you have almost no token producers to make fodder and your other creatures seem to have been chosen to be useful when they're still alive. I would think about adding in more cheap things, preferably with a death trigger (low CMC is good for Citadel too) and maybe even Grave Pact effects if you take this further. These could replace things like Gifted Aetherborn (you have no vampire synergy and if you just want Deathtouch Foulmire Knight does that and more). Might be worth checking out some of the Rakdos Sacrifice staples such as Demon's Disciple, Village Rites and Archfiend's Vessel. Not having Rune-Scarred Demon is pretty strange too. Finally I think some of your other spells can just be upgraded: for the same price as Murder you could have Hero's Downfall/Murderous Rider or one more gives you the excellent Eat to Extinction; In Garruk's Wake is so expensive you'll usually wish you had a straight Damnation or Kindred Dominance while Beacon of Unrest gives you some more options and is reusable when compared to other spells. I wouldn't bother with Desecrated Tomb at all - design is great but at the end of the day it costs three and the return on it is a singular 1/1 when you resurrect something. This will not win you a game of commander. On the subject of reanimation, if that's one of your main lines then graveyard stockers such as Buried Alive are vital. While I quite like the look of the deck I would think about which aspects you like about it most (controlling opponents, value sacrifice, reanimation, casting big demons etc) and focus on just two or three of these. This will make your deck increasingly consistent and harder to disrupt as you'll have more redundancy. Hope that helps!

Oh and don't play Karn. You need him in the 99 to access that sideboard (which doesn't exist in EDH, so check with playgroup before you play that btw) and even then you'll probably only ever get one activation. If those cards are strong enough to be in your deck, and I see none which combo with with the rest of it beyond being good like the swords, then make room for them there. Do you honestly think that any opponent will allow you to untap with a Karn after they see you fetch Mycosynth Lattice? No, they'll kill him and leave you with a card that does absolutely nothing for you as you have no "artifacts matters" strategies and in fact might benefit them by being able to tap lands for other colours, something of no use to you in mono-black. I run him in a Karn, Silver Golem deck that is specifically focussed on artifacts but even there it's all about the static and I only play him when I think he'll survive. The "sideboard" he can fetch is the set of Kaldra pieces and Argentum Armor for flavour which I mainly keep on hand to swap out for the harsher stax cards.

sure_fire on Super Friends, Competitive

4 months ago

I just got back into MTG after a long hiatus. I was editing / updating my walker deck. I decided to check out other decks to see what others are doing and ran across yours, nice deck. My deck runs; Doubling Season into play, Turn it into a artifact with Liquimetal Coating, animate it with Karn, Silver Golem , cast Spitting Image and retrace it (how many times you wish) the start casting your Walkers that are very loyal. I've never seen anyone run this combo with walkers, been running this combo for 8-10 years now.

PhotogenicParasympathetic on Serial Killer [Primer Included]

5 months ago

Huh. I hadn't thought about Karn, Silver Golem. That's not a bad idea at all, and worst case when there's nothing to use his ability on, he's still going to be an above-average blocker. I'm hesitant because he does cost 5 mana, and at that rate I do want a card that's a bit more guaranteed, but given that black struggles with artifact removal, he may be worth the risk of occasionally having an expensive defender. I'll see if I can test him out soon.

gdm1989 on Serial Killer [Primer Included]

5 months ago

Then how about Karn, Silver Golem seeing how you have spine of ish sah you can turn it into a monster to block creatures, not to mention turning troublesome artifacts into creatures that toshiro can kill. I think they may be a reason why you're not using him. Some of the instants from the latest zendikar set have some useful effects or be used for lands as well as far as creatures go I don't know if there are anything else or I could be missing something

enpc on Isochron scepter and dramatic reversal …

5 months ago

Monomanamaniac: Unfortunately because you are casting spells, it does mean that dramatic scepter is suseptible to both ability hate but also storm hate, which has gotten me a few times before. But in a vacuum, it's one of the more compact combos.

I think the thing which makes it so strong is that it's such a low cost to entry on the combo - you only need 4 mana available to play and activate scepter which is super low. I used to run Tooth and Nail for Deadeye Navigator / Palinchron (with a bit of Rune-Scarred Demon enabling) in a Damia, Sage of Stone list which was good, but you always had to generate so much mana to so you could combo out with counterspell backup. With Scepter, a Mana Vault or Grim Monolith basically pays for the combo by itself and makes you mana positive.

The other thing I like with the combo is that there are replaceable pieces for it. I run the combo in my Thrasios, Triton Hero deck (alsongside Tymna) and I have Sigil Tracer who with Thrasios lets you copy Reversal on the stack. You can also use Nivix Guildmage or Izzet Guildmage in this role. But I was even toying with hte idea of using Isochron Scepter + Vitalize + Karn, Silver Golem as a janky combo in Selvala, Explorer Returned. I know it's not a great combo but it shows how you can adapt it so easily.

_Angrathar_ on Arcum

6 months ago

I used to play this guy back in the day. He has quite a few degenerate combos.

  1. Darksteel Forge + Mycosynth Lattice + Nevinyrral's Disk will let you contantly blow up everyone else's permanents (Including Lands) every turn.

  2. Mindslaver + Academy Ruins + Myr Turbine lets you take a player's turn over and over again. You can sacrifice a myr from Myr Turbine and put Mindslaver into play (using Arcum's ability). Then you use Mindslaver to take someone's turn. Use Academy Ruins to put Mindslaver on top of your library and just sacrifice a myr next turn using Arcum, before you draw, when you can use your Myr Turbine again.

  3. Grand Architect + Pili-Pala + 1 Blue Mana = Infinite Mana

  4. Mycosynth Lattice + Karn, Silver Golem lets you destroy lands for 1 colorless mana each

mtgApprentice21 on H͟E̤̜̓̓ͬ͟ ̟̯͟C̸̙̻̙͂O͓̻͓̹̱Mͦ̾ͫ҉̬̘͕E͔͐͗̋͊̓̚S̮͖ͨ͌ͭ̏̃͊

7 months ago

Woah... just imagine if Karn, Silver Golem was in the deck. Chunky artifacts + Darksteel Forge with creature-Karn becomes "I have blockers for days." Mycosynth Lattice turns him into an Armageddon, it turns Forge into "Vandalblast? What Vandalblast?" Lattice also turns Unwinding Clock into a creatureless Seedborn Muse, turns Clock of Omens into "Tap any 2 things: untap a thing," lets Sculpting Steel copy anything, lets Mirage Mirror copy planeswalkers (which Rings of Brighthearth combos will let you abuse completely), lets KCI turn your whole board into a resource, and lets you use Nevy's Disk to hold everyone's board state hostage. Disk and forge are also ridiculous. Drop the Lattice on top of that two-card combo and everyone gets up and walks away.

Other cards I would highly reccomend: Cloud Key, Crucible of Worlds, Temple of the False God, Ghirapur Orrery, Vedalken Orrery, Helm of the Host, Prowler's Helm, Whispersilk Cloak, Library of Leng, Venser's Journal, Aetherflux Reservoir, Staff of Domination, Thran Temporal Gateway, Aetherworks Marvel, Arch of Orazca.

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