Artifact Creature — Scarecrow
(2), Untap: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
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- Grand Architect + Pili-Pala
- Grand Architect + Pili-Pala + Profane Command
- Grand Architect + Pili-Pala + Staff of Domination
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Pili-Pala occurrence in decks from the last year
Latest Decks as Commander
3 weeks ago
Thanks for the suggestions! I agree, Ponder would be great, but for right now, it's a bit too expensive for me to justify grabbing a playset. Brainstorm sounds like a nice pick as well, but I don't know if this deck could handle a slower mana base. I could possibly use Vortex Elemental (and maybe I could be fine with a few Evolving Wilds) to make Brainstorm good in the deck. Pili-Pala infinite mana is pretty cool, but I would need some other pieces in the deck to make it worth using (mana activated card draw engine into Walking Ballista).
Since all of the important draws to get in the deck are creatures, I feel like Incubation / Incongruity could work out really well.
3 weeks ago
If you need added consistency then add Ponder. I would say add Brainstorm but Brainstorm is not really that good unless you are running some way to shuffle the deck reliably, which is typically fetch lands (It is worth it to slot in a set of Terramorphic Expanse and a set of Evolving Wilds to make Brainstorm good on a budget if you do not mind a mana base that is a bit slower). Also, keep in mind the infinite mana combo with Grant Architect and Pili-Pala.
3 months ago
3 months ago
So it has been a few months, what changed? Well, I removed a bunch of my creatures, such as Pili-Pala, Grand Architect, and Memnarch because I felt as though the creatures themselves didn't do much other than be good searchers, as the stax pieces lock down the board. I also removed a lot of the nonessential utility lands and added Back to Basics, something I felt was necessary to stop multicolored decks. I also added in a whole bunch more instants to counter everything that I could think of, and added in an infinite draw combo with Future Sight, Sensei's Divining Top, and either Sai, Master Thopterist and Urza, Lord High Artificer or Etherium Sculptor. I wanted to trim out the unnecessary infinite combos and make it easier to dig or wheel or search for the few that I have. Also, Codex Shredder was added, as it is the final win condition within the deck if your table asks you to prove it out once you have infinite mana. You generate infinite mana, then draw out your deck, then mill out your opponent with codex shredder.
3 months ago
Cards I own, but are in other decks so I will proxy them in this deck: Basalt Monolith, Capsize, Chief of the Foundry, Curse of the Swine, Cyclonic Rift, Darksteel Citadel, Darksteel Juggernaut, Deadeye Quartermaster, Foundry Inspector, Gilded Lotus, Grand Architect, Hangarback Walker, Helm of the Host, Isochron Scepter, Master of Etherium, Meteor Golem, Myriad Landscape, Phyrexia's Core, Pili-Pala, Renowned Weaponsmith, Sol Ring, Solemn Simulacrum, Seat of the Synod, Staff of Nin, Steel Hellkite, Swiftfoot Boots, Thopter Spy Network, Trinket Mage, Vedalken Orrery, Whirler Rogue, Wurmcoil Engine
4 months ago
Want to jank up the Nooze Combos? Get yourself some Pili-Pala action! Goes infinite with anything that taps for 2 mana (mana abilities so there is not even a time to respond for your opponents while the Ooze becomes a perpetuum mobile) and can mill your entire library with either Millikin or Deranged Assistant and from there you should be able to go infinite.
4 months ago
Hey Balaam, this is a neat combo deck! I have never seen a competitive deck utilizing Grand Architect and Pili-Pala. I think this build has a lot of potential. I have some initial comments for your consideration:
First of all, in Modern, I would argue that there are 3 primary deck archetypes, based on the amount of turns it takes for a deck to get going: Aggro decks lead with lots of damage potential in the early turns and often expect to win by turns 3-5. I frequently play against a friend who has a green stompy deck, and that deck deals over 20 damage by turn 4 consistently via mana ramping and powerful creatures. I like to use that example as a good benchmark for deck building. Midrange decks rely on counterspells, disruption, and removal to allow the deck to develop and secure a turn 4-6 victory. Control decks utilize similar tactics but have a longer gameplan, and stall until sealing the deal after turn 6 with large creatures or one/two-hit kill spells.
I think this deck falls under the midrange category, since you are trying to keep your mana costs low and execute your combo as fast as possible. The problem I see in this build is that if you don’t pull off the combo by turn 3, you have no blockers on the field, and you are relying on reactive counterspells to protect you until you can pull off the combo. Thus you will have an inherent problem against very fast aggro decks. Another issue is that the mana curve of this deck is a tad bit too high. You are running 0 1-drops, so on turn 1 you will always have a wasted turn. Furthermore, most competitive Modern decks rarely miss a land-drop and avoid lands that come into play tapped (unless the lands are very necessary). I think Tolaria West is too slow for that reason. Although it is useful for transmute, you are running plenty of other transmute cards and you should be able to pull off your combo without slowing down your mana development.
To remedy these issues, first I suggest swapping out the Tolaria Wests for Polluted Delta. Fetchlands help search for Watery Grave when necessary and help thin and shuffle the deck, so it’s more likely you’ll get your combo pieces.
(more comments to follow...)
5 months ago
Your lack of proper wincon might net you a lot of hate at the table. You can Armageddon and Winter Orb all day, but if you don't have some method of breaking parity and killing the table, ultimately all you're doing is dragging out the game and not making much progress. Maybe that's your goal though.. to just make everyone suffer and regret playing the game, and if that's the case more power to you! Perhaps your friends deserve such a fate. :^) But I would recommend adding in some general wincons to actually end everyone's misery and let them know you came to win instead of just making them dread a 2 hour game where nobody wins lol.
Infinite mana combos like Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter and Grand Architect + Pili-Pala plus X cost targeted draw spells like Blue Sun's Zenith and Stroke of Genius make for either humorous yet fair ways of milling an opponent to death in one turn, or milling yourself with pieces like Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, Laboratory Maniac, and Thassa's Oracle to just straight up win the game. If you wanted to push your budget there's also the dirty Grindstone + Painter's Servant combo to, again, mill people to death. Then, after all that, you'd want to add in artifact tutors to fetch your filthy combo pieces and close the game out before people begin to complain about your gloriously oppressive board state. Cards like Fabricate, Tezzeret the Seeker, and Whir of Invention would do nicely. You could also run Muddle the Mixture as a flex card that could either be used to keep your opponents from getting to use their toys, or to again fetch your combo pieces i.e. Isochron, Pili-Pala, Thassa's Oracle, Painter's Servant if you wanted, etc. I'd be more than happy to help optimize this deck in budget if you wanted. :^) Just let me know.