Vedalken Archmage

Creature — Vedalken Wizard

Whenever you cast an artifact spell, draw a card.

WalbenQuakeblade on Jhoira cEDH

2 months ago

Doomshlang I can see the concept behind Teferi's Ageless Insight however for it to work you have to have Jhoira on the field. Vedalken Archmage works almost as a second Jhoira in the list. As most of our historic spells are Artifacts this allows for Archmage to trigger on most spells we cast.

You're welcome for the Eruth tech. She has been an absolute powerhouse in the list since she has been printed. She is so effective coupled with Jhoira on board that not running Thassa's Oracle was unthinkable.

Basalt Monolith actually has been in the list from the very beginning even without Basalt rings combo; which has actually never been in the list. Monolith is simply in the list because for 3 mana we get 3 mana, and in some instances with cost reducers we get 3 mana for less. Just another efficient artifact in the list until something better comes along.

All in all this list has had many many changes over the years. From Dramatic Scepter lines to only having Aetherflux as a win condition. Slowly over the years the list has become more and more refined with changes becoming more and more difficult to make. I'm sure over the next year though something will come out that is a perfect fit for the list or a strictly better version of something in the list, that's what happened with Witching Well being taken out in favor of Mnemonic Sphere.

Thanks again for checking out the list!

Doomshlang on Jhoira cEDH

2 months ago

Would you consider Teferi's Ageless Insight as a strict upgrade to Vedalken Archmage, since it's basically just an historic version of it? I've been playing a pretty jank more-like-cheerios version of cEDH Jhoira but I've been trying to get the list less fragile, and I've found it a bit more consistent overall.

I never even thought of running Eluth, I'm definitely stealing that idea!

I was also wondering if Basalt Monolith being in the deck still is a holdover from a basalt rings mana combo or if I'm just missing an interaction it currently could have? Overall, sweet list, love seeing everyone's take on Jhoira lists!

KBK7101 on Kotori's Artifact Build 1.0

3 months ago

I wasn't terribly excited for the Kotori precon deck, but after I finally got around to reading the Neon Dynasty story (after watching the AMAZING trailer for the set), I'm pretty much determined to have a Future/Artifacts vs. Past/Enchantments set of decks featuring Kotori and Satsuki, the Living Lore. The upgrades you've added here look pretty great but I'm wondering what the ideal amount of vehicles would be for a Kotori deck. Maybe 15 or so? Any more than that and you'd probably be adding in some pretty mediocre ones... I'm not sure. Thoughts?

As for some recommendations, Vedalken Archmage is great if you want more card draw. Padeem, Consul of Innovation or Rebbec, Architect of Ascension are both great for protection.

KBK7101 on In Defence of Halcyon [Primer]

3 months ago

Very well thought out primer. Was really surprised to see that it was your first! The background and fonts look nice, too. Could never figure out how to get that to work properly. The deck looks great. I'm always glad to see another Rebbec/Glacian deck pop up on here. I do have a lot of recommendations and insight from the games I've played with my own Rebbec/Glacian deck.

(Side note before I get distracted - Blind Obedience has mono white color identity. The black in the reminder text does NOT count towards it's color identity.)

Cards I'd definitely recommend -

Mycosynth Lattice - Turns ALL permanents into artifacts. Perfect for Glacian. I know you said that you're mainly a budget player and that this card is in the "upgrades and future" tab, but this one shoudl definitely be near the top of that list. It's INSANELY good in this deck. Such a high price tag, though. :\ Smothering Tithe is in the same boat.

Liquimetal Torque and Liquimetal Coating - Both provide instant speed protection with Rebbec. Someone tries to cast Doom Blade on her or Glacian (or anyone else)? Tap either of these and they can become an artifact and gain Rebbec's protection.

A few more removal spells would probably be a good idea as well, it's something that my own deck struggles with as well. Dispatch is great. Dispeller's Capsule is removal and also an artifact. Duplicant and Steel Hellkite are both removal that also fill the missing 6 CMC slot in your mana curve.

There are a few tutors in that aren't super overpriced that might be worth looking into. Idyllic Tutor can help find Mechanized Production or Mirrodin Besieged. Fabricate can let you search for any artifact. Any of the artifact mage cards like Trinket Mage, Tribute Mage and Trophy Mage are also worth mentioning. They're a bit limited but they should all be relatively cheap. Another great one I've gotten a lot of use out of is Arcum Dagsson. You can sacrifice an artifact at instant speed to search up another one. Sac a myr token for Darksteel Forge? Oh yes. It also serves as protection with Rebbec as you can sac an artifact to search up one with a specific CMC (er... MV. Never gonna get used to that) that you may happen to need protection from at the time. He serves a similar role to Master Transmuter who I see in the maybeboard.

A special shout out goes to Geode Golem. With the enough artifacts and the protection that Rebbec gives, it should be pretty easy to get him to connect so you can cast Glacian for FREE!

If you wanted to go the "turn all my artifacts sideways at people" route, cards like Sakashima's Will and Masterful Replication work wonders with creatures like Filigree Attendant or Darksteel Juggernaut and Shambling Suit. On the other hand, Rise and Shine from MH2 just animates and tosses counters on things. Much simpler and can achieve the same result of smashed face! I have an Urza, Lord High Artificer deck that focuses on this exact gameplan.

Vedalken Archmage and Endless Atlas are two great card draw engines. One with the Machine is also great but you need something big on the field to really capitalize on it. I see that you have Esper Sentinel in the maybeboard and I can't for the life of me figure out why I didn't add it into my own deck. I just buylisted it a week or two ago. :(

I think that's all I have for now. I've linked my deck below. Feel free to check it out and see if any other ideas pop out at you from there. I'm excited for Kamigawa Neon Dynasty as it seems to have a pretty good artifact theme going on but I have a feeling that The Brother's War set at the end of the year is gonna be HUGE for Rebbec/Glacian!

Rebbec and Glacian - Thran Ingenuity (v1.85)

Commander / EDH KBK7101


legendofa on List of all infinite combos 2.0

10 months ago

Vedalken Archmage + Words of Wind + Sol Ring creates an infinite bounce loop for all opponents' permanents. With Archmage and WoW on the field, cast Sol Ring. In reaction to the Archmage's trigger, tap Sol Ring for and use one of those to pay for WoW's bounce effect. Return Sol Ring and use the other to recast it.

zobster on Breaking Arjun

1 year ago

Trying to work something out with cards like Vedalken Archmage or cards like that possibly to not worry about losing the card in your hand when you play a spell.

Ferpie on Low budget Esper Artifacts

1 year ago

I actually researched for A LOT of possible cards, I just can't realize wich path I should follow: control or creature focused. Since my intention isn't having a graveyard populated with artifacts (maybe with spells I used to control my opponent) I think Mirrodin Besieged doesn't fit, and Sai, Master Thopterist (as Academy Ruins ) don't match my intended budget.

To be fair: I gave it more thought and decided to focus more on control, so Ornithopter and Signal Pest are kind of redundant to add. Although, RIDDLE SMITH and Vedalken Archmage seem like viable drawing options besides Reverse Engineer . But there's a problem: Scourglass . That would make Riddle Smith and Vedalken Archmage a waste. Besides the fact that they're not artifacts so they don't benefit from my bonuses (both the +1/+1 and the casting reduction cost).

I ended up with a new version of the deck, I just can't decide what should I drop so I can get 3 Shimmer Myr and 3 or 4 Dispatch into the deck:

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