Artifact Creature — Shapeshifter
Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
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Universal Automaton occurrence in decks from the last year
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Universal Automaton Discussion
2 months ago
Cool deck! i really like tribal decks, and knights have decent support in pauper.
however, there are some ipmrovements to make. i'd cut Knight of New Benalia, for a strictly better knight Daring Skyjek. or maybe a Benalish Cavalry, if you don't want a 3/1. also you might consider cutting thraben inspector for Changeling Outcast or maybe even a Universal Automaton if you a 1-drop knight.
also, you definitely need more interaction in the mainboard. maybe something like Disfigure, Mire's Grasp or Last Gasp, Unmake, Oblivion Ring, or even Grasp of Darkness (though that might be too hard to cast).Celestial Flare, Chainer's Edict, Diabolic Edict, and Pharika's Libation could also work. You could also add more Journey to Nowhere in the main, and move the Cast Down to the mainboard.
other than that a cool deck!
2 months ago
So, more testing and I'm really happy with how consistent the deck is thanks to the infinitude of mana rocks. I think the only question I need to answer now is if I'm happy with my dragons or if I want some cheap "dragons" (Universal Automaton, Fire-Belly Changeling, Taurean Mauler) instead. They're cheap enough that I can cast multiple of them the turn after casting Lathliss, getting twice the tokens, but they're also pretty useless in combat and don't even get haste from Dragon Tempest (not that they'd be hitting for any real damage anyway). But the 5/5 token might make up for that. Though then there's also the flavor issue. A nice compromise would be Dragon Hatchling, Dragon Egg and Sarkhan's Whelp. But they're still tiny and useless. But whe Lathliss is giving out mass buffs, they're additional bodies to get those buffs. Gah. Decisions, decisions!
I'm gonna give a try to playtesting with a few cheaper dragons and see how much of a difference it makes. Maybe take out Bogardan Hellkite and other expensive dragons to lower the mana curve a little.
(also I'd of course love to have Slumbering Dragon but $$$)
4 months ago
4 months ago
I find party decks intriguing, and this deck is no exception. Creatures with changeling, such as Universal Automaton, go great in this deck, as they count as rogues, clerics, warriors, and wizards so they can be any piece of the party. I would also add a tad bit more removal, maybe Deadly Alliance and some classic removal, Path to Exile, Scour from Existence, etc and maybe a wrath or 2.
5 months ago
Avaricious Dragon is amazing. I personally wouldn't run Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge in a deck with only 4 artifacts, even as a one-of. Sarkhan's Whelp or Dragon Egg are half-decent if you really want a 3-drop, though if it's just about cheap to cast dragons, there's also Taurean Mauler and Fire-Belly Changeling.
Universal Automaton could do a passable budget impression of Slumbering Dragon too if you want to make sure you have lots of cards to trigger Dragon Tempest and Scourge of Valkas. Since it costs colorless, you can cast it t1 with Zhalfirin Void and cast it for free with Dragonlord's Servant after you play a dragon tempest or scourge of valkas.
I personally ran Pyroclasm instead of Anger of the Gods in my deck because it doesn't kill the servants, but that's a matter of personal preference. I also like Magma Jet over Draconic Roar as the scry can be really relevant and with a deck like this you're usually dealing enough damage all at once late game that those 3 points of damage early on don't matter so much. You do lose out on flavor points, though.
I hope at least some of that helps!
5 months ago
Birthing Boughs could be useful, it turns into a 4 mana fact or fiction + leave behind a dude
Myriad Landscape is a very, very, very slight form of ramp, maybe worth it
Wayfarer's Bauble is again, very, very, very slight ramp.
Universal Automaton is now a 1 mana 1/1 sphinx, not a bad idea
Archetype of Imagination grants your board flying, evasion is always good
Dreamscape Artist is the only other bit of blue land ramp I can find
6 months ago
Aurochs are my absolute favorite tribe and I am so glad you made a pauper deck to show off their burly might!
The newer card Universal Automaton seems like a great one drop addition to get the aurochs rolling!
6 months ago
At first glance I thought this was lovely jank, but this is actually kinda crazy with all the lords and anthems. It's like slivers without the slivers (and it's actually the Gemhide Sliver you have that made me realize that lol). It would definitely be fun to pilot, and it's pretty fair to boot so no complaining when you win. ;^)
One thing I would recommend is adding in a lot more ramp through rocks. Your lands are good, but you really need to be able accelerate your mana in order to be able to consistently put your lads out on the field. Perhaps you could take out some of your more innocuous changelings like Impostor of the Sixth Pride, Universal Automaton, and Woodland Changeling in favor of more mana rocks, because realistically you probably don't want to be drawing a basic changeling that doesn't do much on its own. You'd probably much rather draw something like a Sol Ring, or even a Fellwar Stone since you're running 5 colors anyway (you would still need more than just these 2). You'll also probably want more stack interaction through counterspells or cards like Veil of Summer just to make sure your important spells and your commander actually make it onto the field. You might get one game where people underestimate the value you can get out of your commander, but after that people probably aren't going to let you play him without some resistance.
Also, allow me to introduce something potentially degenerate yet fair into this deck that might make it pretty fun if you can build around it. Haakon, Stromgald Scourge, if you were to somehow work out a way of consistently finding him, discarding him, and then protecting him, could make this deck very silly lol. Haakon, Stromgald Scourge + Nameless Inversion itself is a pretty good combo, but imagine recurring everything in your deck constantly with a bunch of ETB lol triggers going off every time you do it. If you could streamline that and protect your important combo pieces people wouldn't know if they should hate you because of the unfair value you're getting, or love you because of the nonsense you've managed to pull off. JUST an idea.
I really do love this deck. I had never considered changelings with Reaper King, I don't know why. You've inspired me. :^)