All permanents are artifacts in addition to their other types.
All cards that aren't on the battlefield, spells, and permanents are colourless.
Players may spend mana as though it were mana of any colour.
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- Basalt Monolith + Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient + Mycosynth Lattice
- March of the Machines + Mycosynth Lattice
- Darksteel Forge + Mycosynth Lattice + Nevinyrral's Disk
- Energy Flux + Mycosynth Lattice
- Aura of Silence + Mycosynth Lattice
- Mycosynth Lattice + Saheeli, the Gifted + Tawnos, Urza's Apprentice
- Mycosynth Lattice + Rings of Brighthearth + Saheeli, the Gifted
- Basalt Monolith + Dross Scorpion + Dross Scorpion + Ethersworn Adjudicator + Mycosynth Lattice
- Mycosynth Lattice + Shatter
- Academy Ruins + Filigree Sages + Mycosynth Lattice
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Mycosynth Lattice Discussion
1 week ago
With everything but the Colossus in play, use Karn, Silver Golem to make Monkey Cage a creature and equip Nim Deathmantle to it. Play Metalwork Colossus which will be free to cast. When sacking the cage pay the cost for Nim Deathmantle to bring back the cage. It will return but not be a creature so the Deahtmantle falls off. You'll get 11 monkeys. Sac Metalwork Colossus then sac 2 monkeys to return it to your hand. Use Karn to make the cage a creature again then sac 2 monkeys and equip the Deathmantle. Then play the Colossus again. Sac 2 monkeys to pay for the Deathmantle trigger to bring the cage back. Then loop as many times at you want. You should net 5 monkeys and mana each time through.
I think that's all right...
1 week ago
Let’s be clear and open this by admitting I’d never considered building a mono-blue deck before now. In fact, I can clearly remember only one in all my years on playing, and we didn’t finish the game (he left for a Killer Instinct tournament). That said, blue forms the backbone of several favorite decks. Those of you who have braved the mono-blue challenge, I salute. Or rather, I salute those of you who didn’t shuffle islands and counterspells together until you had ninety-nine and then threw Talrand, Sky Summoner on top as the world’s most unimaginative cherry.
That lone blue deck I saw? The first spell in the game gets played. Mr. Talrand peers at it, then nods and says “I’ll allow it.” You could see his name appearing in neon at the top of the table’s hit list, and he hadn’t introduced himself or even played a spell yet. This, I think, is what a lot of folk unjustly assume of mono-blue: that attitude, that play style. But at its best, blue is a beautiful game of dancing on the edge, bringing grace and guile to the table beyond anything the other colors can manage.
Blue has enough mass in squelchy things from the deep to square off with anything but the swollest green, and the islandwalk to not bother. Curse of the Swine and Rite of Replication are only two of the many mean, mean things you can do to a board state. Just the knowledge that counters exist leaves blue players resigned to suspicious looks whenever opponents so much as breathe. And yet, for all this power, blue truly outshines the other colors in three areas: draw, artifact manipulation, and control. Let’s talk commanders for these archetypes, shall we? Again, please bear in mind the point isn’t to discuss the competitive but rather to celebrate the thematic. Happily, blue has a bounty of legends loaded with both!
Ah, Blue Sun's Zenith . Only blue can kill with this peculiar species of lunatic kindness. While there isn’t a mono-blue commander that has this exact effect… yet… it highlights the singular relationship blue has with drawing cards. Whether you want to draw or deck, if you like a full hand then look no further.
Tribal is an archetype available to all colors. While I’m trying to steer away from that as a theme, we must talk Azami if we talk draw engines. There are many, many good wizards, and her ladyship is an absolute powerhouse of card advantage. Arcanis the Omnipotent is omnijealous, bitterly sulking in the 99.
For the more political blue players we go once more to Kamigawa. He’s little, group-huggy, and a fantastic choice for those who appreciate the challenge of treating their commander as an afterthought. Besides, nobody resents an extra card until you drop the sphinx. You know the one.
Can’t be countered. No maximum hand size. Whenever your opponent goes noncreature, draw a card. Blink. I hope the Scots are pleased, because Nessie is quite the monster. Seven mana is a lot, but so, so worth it to play this unholy avatar of blue. Give thanks and happy chortles as she pours cards into your endless hand and flickers past everything that isn’t Molten Disaster .
Where Red abuses artifacts the way black abuses… well, everything, blue takes it to full symbiosis, protecting, enhancing, and eating the pancreas of anyone who offends their precious toys. Blue has the tutors, the synergies, the splendiferous Tezzeret the Seeker . If you like artifacts but aren’t quite crazy enough to go full colorless, blue is your in.
In a singleton game, tutors are king. Long live Arcum. Bonus points if you take out somebody’s combo piece with him while taking a break from digging for yours.
Here’s a pancreas eater for you: theft-by-tutor is unorthodox, but undeniably fun. Blue delights in theft and, as anyone who has siblings will tell you, stolen treats taste better. You’ll never appreciate using your own high-powered tin crap half so much as using your opponent’s high-powered tin crap. Stockpile extra turns and go shopping on the opposition’s dime.
You talk blue artifacts, this guy is in the conversation, if not THE conversation. Lord High Wombo Himself is not here because he makes a goon. Lord High Wombo Himself is not even here because he has mightily potent mana sink if you break infinite. Lord High Wombo Himself is here because of that middle line, turning things like Winter Orb from “our” problem to “your” problem, and that’s just the tip of this degenerate iceberg. Go nuts.
When my wife tells me not to break my toys, this is NOT what she means. No other color manages the sheer mind-bogglery of bouncing, tapping, stealing, and otherwise screwing with other people’s toys without breaking them. No other color boasts this heinous plurality of extra turns, to say nothing of counterspells. Control is the glory and the terror of blue: Laboratory Maniac might take the game for you, but it’s control that will get him there.
Blue is the heavyweight champion of yoink, and Memnarch holds the belt. Just be ready for everyone to treat you like a male dog with a full bladder whenever he takes the field, especially if you had your Mycosynth Lattice in the morning.
Honestly, the pay X bit of this is only tangential for me. Blue is all about minimal force, and tapping something whenever you Opt has very interesting applications. After all, the phrase “doesn’t untap during their untap step” is patented in blue ink. I’m not even sure building around this is a good idea, but you have to admit that Ol’ Gadwick is frightening to any command damage chaser who left their Lightning Greaves at home, especially when Dismiss into Dream is lurking.
We all have strong feelings about counterspells, one way or the other. Forbid is a personal favorite. While Baral’s not that special in a vacuum, he offers hellacious support if you really are all about counterspam. He won’t break the game on his own, but the play-style he encourages certainly has potential for other broken things. Like friendships. Or noses.
And, for my personal favorite... I love perpetually affordable commanders. Rock a few token generators and you might go a whole game paying a single blue mana for this marvel. Sacrifice artifacts are suddenly scary, Sacrificing them suddenly isn’t, and your opponents are suddenly scrabbling for exile effects and that wretched bog. Please remember to bring your self-milling kit, a Mirran Spy , a Mycosynth Golem , and a jar for the tears of your enemies (no sense wasting all that blue mana). First prize if you win with the Phyrexian half of Mirrodin Besieged .
That's it for this round. Thoughts and questions are welcome. I hope you enjoyed it, and will come back next week for Black!
Prior Articles: Mono-White
2 weeks ago
Sorry been super busy.
Ramble I get it’s a moot point by now, but Allosaurus Shepherd does not make Mystic Repeal uncounterable. All spells are colorless thanks to Mycosynth Lattice .
Also I know the challenge was to reasonably assemble a lock. I have, at one point in time, played exactly that lock initiated by Open the Vaults in a Sharuum the Hegemon deck (minus the Rest in Peace ). What I found is that nobody likes being beaten to death by 32/32’s worth of power every turn, so they tend to just fold when you pull it off, and it’s easy to hate out. I don’t expect to lock a cEDH deck out of the game, ever. They’re designed not to be locked out. So the closest we can get is an amalgam of unlikely cards that can be played semi-casually and converted to a lock reasonably, which my lock can.
I don’t particularly appreciate being dismissed as “putting all permanents ever into play” when you explicitly challenged the collective site to a mental gymnastics competition, to which I did in fact put considerable effort.
2 weeks ago
So just to get the facts straight, do I understand correctly that you had in play:
A few goblins
And handed an opponent your Nikya of the Old Ways
And none of your opponents were using either green or red and still broke the lock?
I am trying to go at it from an empty board, which is probably too big of a handicap, but assuming there's stuff in play, Felidar Cub was a sufficient suggestion for that. I understand that if you have Krenko, my Nikya is not going to die in combat from you, but that's where other players could come in to enable the Abolish .
2 weeks ago
I've brushed up on my rules knowledge about layers, but the reason why that lock seems to work in the end, is not intuitive at all. That's a great one to start with, I guess. Breaking out of it would require any kind of mana, which is seemingly impossible to generate when you can't cast noncreature spells, can't use mana rocks in play, can't access lands, and can't use green or red. Gold Myr and its kin, or Blood Pet already in play can let you cast spells, but no Spirit guides, no Dryad Arbor , no Lotus Cobra , no rituals or fast mana, I haven't found a way to break the lock from scratch after it has been established, at least with Nikya of the Old Ways still under my control. An esper deck would need to deal with this on the stack, have bigger creatures or bigger mana value noncreature permanents in play to win the beatdown, or shuffle up for the next game. Although, one could chumpblock the Mycosynth Lattice (or something else with more than 5 power) with Nikya of the Old Ways in combat, and use Abolish afterwards, assuming combat is the way you'd win the game after locking the table.
2 weeks ago
If I get that setup, you’re done playing. Unless there’s a creature you can figure out how to cast for 0 mana in gruul with an etb that destroys artifacts/enchantments. Although I could just add a Darksteel Forge before casting March of the Machines and force you to exile now.