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Tezzeret the Seeker
Legendary Planeswalker — Tezzeret
+1: Untap up to two target artifacts.
-X: Search your library for an artifact card with converted mana cost X or less and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
-5: Artifacts you control become artifact creatures with base power and toughness 5/5 until end of turn.
2 months ago
I started playing with the first Portal, kinda. That was the first set I got cards from. I spent the next few years off and on, getting bits and pieces of collections from people who were leaving the game or offloading bulk commons and uncommons. (I managed to get both Pardic Firecat and Diligent Farmhand and had no idea what Burst meant. I thought it was some action, like untapping, that the rules later dropped.) I started digging in a little deeper in Time Spiral block, then really jumped in with Alara. Since then, I've been either in deep or sitting out.
Favorite block is Alara. It was the one that I really got in with (if you missed that two sentences ago). I usually prefer multicolor builds to monocolor builds, and I wasn't in for most of Apocalypse and Ravnica. It has a unique and deep setting insert Return to Alara screed here. And the cards are just cool: Maelstrom Archangel, Godsire (Secretly pandering to the OP? Never!), Progenitus, Wall of Denial, Conflux, Sphinx of the Steel Wind, Lich Lord of Unx... Add in stuff like Ad Nauseam, the Cascade mechanic, and Noble Hierarch, and the introductions of Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Sarkhan Vol, Tezzeret the Seeker, and Elspeth, Knight-Errant, and it had something for everyone. Planeswalkers were still brand new, and colored artifacts were a shocking and semi-controversial twist.
I don't like the one-set model. I understand that the three-set model and even two-set model had general dropoff after the first set, but the current model is too much, too fast. The mechanics are underdeveloped and unsupported. (In agreement with "it's always been that way" doesn't make it a good thing. I'm still waiting for Provoke to come back.) The planes are either shallow, limited in scope, or "open for exploration when we return" which may or may not happen.
The biggest and most disappointing change for me, though, is the official website. It used to have multiple articles a week: Making Magic, Savor the Flavor, From the Lab, Building on a Budget, Arcana, Card of the Day, theme weeks, it was all fun. Now, it's a couple of third-party articles, occasional short stories for the lore, and a bunch of promotion and self-advertising.
With my "it was better in my day" out of the way, I think the fundamentals of the game are in good shape. Aside from some cosmetic differences and minor rules updates, it's still the same game I was playing fifteen years ago, and there's a lot to be said for that. Sure, there's been some power and complexity creep, but aside from a couple of high-profile missteps that aren't totally without precedent (Urza block -> Mirrodin Affinity -> Zendikar Caw-Blade -> Throne of Eldraine/Ikoria), it's been well controlled compared to other popular TCGs. A deck from five, ten, twenty years ago can still find a home at least at the casual tables.
3 months ago
Interesting--I can see how Blood Funnel leaves us more vulnerable to disruption than our other stax pieces.
I've swapped Void Mirror for Dockside, which also lets me swap Pyroblast for Fierce Guardianship. I also removed the flash subtheme, swapping Shimmer Myr for Metalworker and Emergence Zone for Mishra's Workshop. The additional ramp is almost always useful, whereas flash is game state-dependent; if I wanted to play at flash speed I'd want more than just the two flash enablers, though that's probably meta-dependent. I also swapped an Island for Seat of the Synod, which lets us grab a blue source with Tezzeret the Seeker's -0. Finally, I removed Karn, the Great Creator for Cyclonic Rift, which feels more flexible than Karn's narrow stax static.
Mycosynth Lattice and Vandalblast is undeniably cute--honestly I'd keep it for that reason alone, it's just fun to pull off--but if we think of it as an 11cmc two card wincon I think it's worth running in a deck that 1. usually needs at least three cards to win and 2. can't draw cards particularly well. My meta is fairly high-powered but there's only one other combo player so the lack of card draw here can really hurt (I hope that Brothers' War and Commander Legends 2 give us more of that); especially with the extra ramp it can be helpful to force a scoop by blowing up the world.
Speaking of card draw, it might be worth considering Jeska's Will. We're not particularly hungry for red mana, of course, but it can fuel our artifacts and at least I'm hurting for draw fairly often.
What do you think about Imperial Seal vs Gamble? I'm torn on whether taking the card directly to hand is worth potentially discarding a crucial combo piece when we have an unrestricted option. We paint a target on our back when we tutor in combo so the sorcery speed on Seal really hurts but this deck wants to have Sensei's Divining Top out fairly often, which might mitigate the downside.
It's a shame I haven't the room for Deflecting Swat but I'm glad you found it, the card is imo still underrated.
Serious thanks for putting this list together. This is the first combo list that's really spoken to me and I'm having a ton of fun piloting it. Coming from linear, proactive lists like Kaalia of the Vast and Nekusar, the Mindrazer it's a breath of fresh air to have so many real decisions to make every turn.
3 months ago
I think if you’re focusing on a strategy involving artifact equipment like that, it’s essential for you to have ways of tutoring up the pieces that you want. Fabricate or Trophy Mage are great budget options for finding swords, or if you have the money, Tezzeret the Seeker is always a fun planeswalker ally.
3 months ago
4 months ago
I recommend cutting some wincons (7 is a lot).
Not sure what should go in its place. Foundry Inspector can help make the combo cheaper (6+2 = 8 mana is pretty expensive). I tried to think of more tutors/dig like maybe The Antiquities War or Tezzeret the Seeker but they didn't seem to fit the deck.
4 months ago
I think you should cut: Brutalizer Exarch, Conduit of Ruin, Frost Titan, Giant Adephage, Myr Battlesphere, Oblivion Sower, Pelakka Wurm, Phyrexian Ingester, Rashmi, Eternities Crafter, Rattleclaw Mystic, Sagu Mauler, Simic Sky Swallower, Sphinx Ambassador, Stalking Vengeance, Tornado Elemental, Plasm Capture, Pandemonium, Sunken Hope, Tezzeret the Seeker, Chromatic Lantern, Darksteel Ingot, Disaster Radius, Explosive Vegetation, Heat Shimmer, Rude Awakening, and Spelltwine. As for lands, I do think you should replace: Izzet Boilerworks, Spawning Bed, and Temple of the False God.
I think you should add: Temur Sabertooth, Genesis Ultimatum, Etali, Primal Storm, Skyshroud Claim, Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Chaos Warp, Klauth, Unrivaled Ancient, Terror of the Peaks, Kodama of the East Tree, Reclamation Sage, Kogla, the Titan Ape, Consecrated Sphinx, Selvala, Heart of the Wilds, Wood Elves, Ilharg, the Raze-Boar, Diluvian Primordial, Prime Speaker Zegana, Release to the Wind, Return of the Wildspeaker, Nature's Lore, Three Visits, Garruk's Uprising, Guardian Project, Unnatural Growth, and Arcane Signet.
If you are able to find more slots, I think you should consider: Hullbreaker Horror, Thryx, the Sudden Storm (dependent on count of spells with 5 cmc or more), Soothsaying, Mulldrifter, Beast Whisperer (dependent on final count of creatures), Rishkar's Expertise, Turntimber Symbiosis Flip, See the Unwritten, Balefire Dragon, Scourge of the Throne, Bane of Progress (I feel like you do not have a ton of high value artifacts or enchantments that would cause this to cripple you), Momir Vig, Simic Visionary, and Genesis Storm.
4 months ago
6 months ago
Tezzeret the Seeker would probably be in the top 3. Don't forget you're playing a 4 player game, no matter if it's your commander, the planeswalker will still die if it looks threatening. Searching out your combo artifacts (The Chain Veil ahum ahum) directly into play is probably a lot better than protecting a value engine that proved itself in 1v1 formats and usually falls short in multiplayer.
Teferi, Master of Time would be silly too, the only planeswalker that does scale better with multiplayer formats