Oswald Fiddlebender

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl 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
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Rules Q&A

Oswald Fiddlebender

Legendary Creature — Gnome Artificer

Magical Tinkering, , Sacrifice an artifact: Search your library for an artifact card with converted mana cost/mana value equal to 1 plus the sacrificed artifact's converted mana cost/mana value, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only as a sorcery.

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Yesterday on I'm looking for cards like …

6 months ago

As a deckbuilding challenge, I'm trying to build a deck that includes viable lines for every one of the Birthing Pod-like cards.

Are there any that I've missed?

Also I guess these, too.

I'm not looking for things like Reshape, where I can control the mana value of the chosen permanent by paying extra.

Thanks in advance!

Worx on Competitive Captain Sisay (Proven)

7 months ago

MstrCpr Thanks mate. It's been in the works a VERY long time and has won many many tournaments.

The Paradox Engine ban was at first a disaster, but now, I can still win turn 5-6 virtually all the time, and IF I get a good draw, then I can still win turn 4! ;)

I haven't made any notes for a long time and I really should update...

But to answer your questions regarding Vivien, Monsters' Advocate, Ashaya, Soul of the Wild, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, and Eight-and-a-Half-Tails;

Let's just say that I am constantly tossing up whether to include Akroma's Memorial or not due to it's mana cost and the introduction of Crashing Drawbridge. I deliberately stay away from mana costs of non-creatures of higher than 4 so Gaddock Teeg is not an issue. So having a planeswalker of Vivien, with a cost of 5 with no real instant win - I just can't see it's value. Same with Ugin - just an overkill and horrendous cost of 8.

Ashaya is just to expensive for what it does. I mean I used to ALWAYS run the combo Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Kamahl, Fist of Krosa for win in removing opponents lands. But I also have a lot of wincons now so I just want to keep the mana costs down.

Eight Tails was a card I used to run, but I found I rarely needed it in Tournaments and if you are doing it only for removing opponents lands, then the above said Elesh Norn/Kamahl wins hands down.

The latest iteration and what I am working on is to ensure I can get the 'haste' out easily, ie Oswald Fiddlebender with artifact tutor so I can get Thousand-Year Elixir out, and then I can again remove Akroma's Memorial, and put back in Masako the Humorless

The deck has undergone a LOT of changes over the years, but still kicks butt and is VERY reliable. (I did sell some cards - mainly lands and foils - kicking myself over selling my foils of Selvala, Heart of the Wilds) So hat's why the lands don't seem 'stable'.

Thanks for commenting and the appreciation.

GregariousG on Gonna Need A Bigger Playmat | *Primer*

8 months ago

To Profet93,

Thanks for stopping by! Sensei's Divining Top is a good suggestion. I think I went through a phase where most of my decks had SDT and didn’t use it properly. As for Rip Apart, it has been good enough. Rip Apart has the flexibility that I want in my removal. However, it is sorcery speed and doesn’t have a colorless cost. I’m willing to swap this with something else for testing purposes.

I don't see too much draw, removal or wipes in your deck. I take it you're going for full on synergy and relying on the table to take out threats when needed? Not to say you don't have removal or draw, just seems on the lighter side. What are your thoughts?

My philosophy on board wipes is this; I’m the aggro/mid-range player and they can boardwipe me. If I need to wipe the board as the aggro player, I’m already behind, as it is. As well, there is no efficient way to tutor a board wipe in Naya. I play board wipes in combo or control decks. However, I do have Ugin, the Spirit Dragon to acts as a board wipe if I need it.

As for draw effects, I think this deck has more than you might think. Though it doesn’t have instants that draw, this deck has plenty of tutoring and recycling. Chromatic Sphere, Chromatic Star, Ichor Wellspring, and Soul-Guide Lantern are my cheaper draw cards. Esper Sentinel acts as a artifact-based Mystic Remora and Solemn Simulacrum ramps and draws a card. More importantly, all of these cards are recurrable. Goblin Engineer tutoring Ichor Wellspring steps up a strong draw engine. Same with Goblin Welder. Each of the above artifacts are great targets for recycling loops. Remember, I can also use Oswald Fiddlebender to tutor for a draw based artifact.

As for removal, I can see your point. I can add more instant speed removal. However, there is removal in the deck. Alibou, Ancient Witness pings any target based on the number of tapped artifacts, which is plenty most of the time. Same story with Terror of the Peaks, which pings when a creature enters the battlefield. Meteor Golem is a catch- all removal that is cheated most of the time. I find myself leaning most on Walking Ballista to mow down the field. If I were to swap Rip Apart, I think i would add Nature's Claim, Force of Vigor, Abrade, and/or Dromoka's Command (because of instant speed +1/+1). I’m looking at this more than creature removal because this deck loves to force bad blocks. This deck shuffles counters so much that it makes blocking a nightmare.

TriusMalarky on Weakest Mono Color

8 months ago

Honestly . . .

| Idk which mono blue someone did, but the theme of the deck was making | everyone else draw their deck in like, 10-15 turns.

You're playing a very specific subset of EDH. Incredibly casual, incredibly low power. Of course, that's fine, nothing wrong with playing what you find fun, but . . .

That's an environment in which you cannot compare notes. It's a specific friend group, with a specific meta, it is quite literally impossible to compare anything in your group to anyone elses group.

Yes, White is by far the weakest mono color -- for reasons already explained above. It becomes entirely unviable in mid-to-high power EDH, and only becomes worth using again when you get into cEDH where Oswald Fiddlebender and Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle helm artifact based decks with a few white cards splashed in.

The list goes as follows: Blue, Black, Red, Green, White. Blue entirely because of a set of about 6 cards that together cost $300, Black because of a set of 4 cards, 3 of which are tutors, that cost $842, Red almost entirely because of Dockside Extortionist at $70.

Given your implied budget, "Eventually I was forced to build Zurgo Helmsmasher voltron deck that i turned into a Kaalia deck because voltron stuff is expensive as shit, even compared to the good angels, demons and dragons", I doubt you'd have played with most of those(also the time line means Dockside and FoN and Guardianship were not available, and prices on specific cards may have been cheaper) meaning you definitely would not have been anywhere close to the environments in which white would actually show up as worse than other colors.

plakjekaas on Fiddlebending

10 months ago

Ancient Den not being a spell is mostly so that it counts towards your land drops per turn, and doesn't trigger a Sai, Master Thopterist for example. For the purpose of Oswald Fiddlebender it is still an artifact with mana value and can be sacrificed to get an artifact that costs .

Niko9 on Fiddlebending

10 months ago

I'm trying to put together a new EDH deck that uses a lot of combat tricks and non-infinite combos, and I wanted to see if anyone had any ideas whether this worked or not.

Can I use Oswald Fiddlebender on an artifact land like Ancient Den to get phyrexian dreadnaught into play? I'll still have to get around Dready's sac etb, but I will have ways in the deck to do that. I just wasn't sure because of the "this is not a spell" clause on ancient den.

Is it just similar to using Green Sun's Zenith on Dryad Arbor ?

TriusMalarky on Favorite Cube-Card

11 months ago

A lot of the boring stuff, actually -- Riftwing Cloudskate, Ravenous Chupacabra, etc. Just cards that are cool but not quite good enough for, say, Modern.

I'm really enjoying Keskit, the Flesh Sculptor and Fain, the Broker in my cube as part of my artifact-aristocrat theme. They make Ichor Wellspring and Mycosynth Wellspring pretty good. Pair with Oswald Fiddlebender and a couple other tools like Servo Schematic, Implement of Malice, and the all-powerful Deadly Dispute for ALL THE ARTIFACT VALUE!!

Niko9 on Galea Equip Me

11 months ago

Unbeliebette :) I'm still just thinking about it right now. I'll probably go through a few ideas before I figure out what I'm actually doing, because that's how it always goes. Right now, it's just a pile or random cards :) But your artifact section especially gave me a lot of ideas and Mystic Forge is one I didn't know, and it looks like an absolute must include.

Glad that leonin seems like a fit. It's a really cool card and such a unique effect. There's also a pretty convoluted combo with Lightning Greaves or other 0 equip costs like Shuko Paradise Mantle Puresteel Paladin and Crackdown Construct It becomes a 4 mana infinite creature and being able to do it at instant speed with leonin shikari is pretty good. It can be really hard to get the pieces, but because it's an all artifact combo something like Oswald Fiddlebender can get it together.

I also wonder if things like Mother of Runes or Giver of Runes might be good to let your equipped creatures attack without any worry of blocks. I haven't played this type of deck yet, so not really sure what is good or not, just something that came to mind. You probably have a much better idea of what works :)

Anyways, again, such an excellent deck! Have a good one today!

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