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Cube Masters Series | Building The Cube | Artifacts

Philosophy of Artifacts

The Artifacts in the Cube should offer strong mana fixing for midrange/control decks, without leaving other strategies redundant.

Removal and utility cards for all strategies should be available.


Strengths

Mana fixing and mana ramp
Equipment
Removal for Permanents

Weaknesses

Situational cards (equipment, utility cards)
Vulnerable to Artifact destruction

UPDATED 22 FEBRUARY

Artifacts (45)

Mana artifacts
Black lotus
Mox Diamond
Chrome Mox
Mox emerald
Mox jet
Mox pearl
Mox ruby
Mox sapphire
Coalition relic
Mana Crypt
Mana vault
Sol ring
Amarillary Sphere

Equipment
Bonesplitter
Loxodon warhammer
Grafted Wargear
Sword of fire and ice
Sword of light and shadow
Sword of Body and Mind
Sword of Feast and Famine
Skullclamp
Lightning Greaves
Umezewa's Jitte

Creatures
Wurmcoil Engine
Duplicant
Razermane Masticore
Molten-tail Masticore
Solemn simulacrum
Myr Battlesphere
Lodestone Golem

Utility
Aether vial
Engineered explosives
Cursed scroll
Smokestack
Tanglewire
Nevinyrral's disk
Oblivion stone
Phyrexian processor
Scroll rack
Sensei's divining top
Mimic Vat
Memory Jar
Ratchet Bomb
Chimeric Mass
Maze of Ith






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Perhaps replace 2 of the Masticores with Juggernaut and Duplicant? Also Sphere of the Suns could be a good enabler for multicoloured strategies.

I actually like this suggestion a ton - there's no Squee in red, so 2 Masticores might be too much - isn't Molten-tail Masticore just too busted to drop though?

 

Sphere of the Suns might be better than Expedition Map, as there aren't any REALLY busted lands to fetch in this 360.


Paul Hodgson said:

Perhaps replace 2 of the Masticores with Juggernaut and Duplicant? Also Sphere of the Suns could be a good enabler for multicoloured strategies.

Lodestone Golem feels fairly out of place. there isn't mutch support for a heavy artifact strategy. Would need stuff like Karn and Staff of Domination, Metalworker, Memnarch, Sundering Titan.

 

I think three masticores is way too many. Without many ways of breaking there upkeep cost, they aren't all that exciting, and just punish aggro decks.

 

I would definitely add Chrome Mox, certainly over Mox Diamond. Also remember that power and cheap artifact acceleration usually will aid control and combo decks more than aggro.

 

Also I'm pretty sure Maze of Ith was not an artifact last time I checked :-)

Agree with cutting Lodestone - he's a good agro card, but Juggernaut does this job too.

 

Agree with the Mox change!

 

I count Maze of Ith as an artifact, as it doesn't make mana.


sokeeffe said:

Lodestone Golem feels fairly out of place. there isn't mutch support for a heavy artifact strategy. Would need stuff like Karn and Staff of Domination, Metalworker, Memnarch, Sundering Titan.

 

I think three masticores is way too many. Without many ways of breaking there upkeep cost, they aren't all that exciting, and just punish aggro decks.

 

I would definitely add Chrome Mox, certainly over Mox Diamond. Also remember that power and cheap artifact acceleration usually will aid control and combo decks more than aggro.

 

Also I'm pretty sure Maze of Ith was not an artifact last time I checked :-)

Will there be enough support for a storm deck? If no, then memory jar should prob be cut.

 

Will all/most of the planeswalkers make it in? If so, Contagion Clasp is pretty hot. (also I LOVE this card)

There's no space for storm in a 360, but I don't think this justifies taking out Jar - it is completely and utterly busted even outside of storm!

 

Planeswalkers that are in:

Jace x 2

Sarkhan x2

Garruk

Lliliana

Ajani Vengeant

Elspeth x 2

Gideon

Koth

Chandra Nalaar

 

Clasp just might be good enough! I'll have a look at how many other cards use counters - that would seal the deal!


Dan Barrett said:

Will there be enough support for a storm deck? If no, then memory jar should prob be cut.

 

Will all/most of the planeswalkers make it in? If so, Contagion Clasp is pretty hot. (also I LOVE this card)

Probably an oversight, but Jitte!

 

Lodestone Golem is actually an extremely general card. Aggro can drop it when they are ahead on board, and delay a wrath. Control can drop it when their opponent is slow and keep them playing only one spell a turn. If you can make it asymmetrical, great, but it really doesn't have to be. It's always asymmetrical because one of you has a 5/3, anyway :)

 

I think that Masticores are all worthwhile, and your heavy reanimation theme in black works well with them (except for Molten-Tail, which is really for aggro and excellent anyway). If you have to cut one for Duplicant, probably the original is the first to go.

 

I'd fit in Mana Crypt as well- just so unfair. It's better than the land fetch artifacts, IMO.

 

Oversights on both Jitte and Mana Crypt!!

I'm disgusted with myself!! Argh! :)

Adjusted accordingly.
What's the rationale behind cutting signets but leaving behind the more broken fast mana?
Any thoughts on Lightning Greaves as opposed to one of the swords, or maybe bonehoard?
Ooops, I totally agree on Lodestone Golem. I was getting it confused with Lodestone Myr!

Thea Steele said:

Probably an oversight, but Jitte!

 

Lodestone Golem is actually an extremely general card. Aggro can drop it when they are ahead on board, and delay a wrath. Control can drop it when their opponent is slow and keep them playing only one spell a turn. If you can make it asymmetrical, great, but it really doesn't have to be. It's always asymmetrical because one of you has a 5/3, anyway :)

 

 

I like all the masticores and lodestone golem, I wouldnt cut those. Lightning greaves should be in as its one of the best cards for midrange/aggro against BU control. Triskelion has been underwhelming me recently, so i cut it. Would rather have duplicant by a significant margin.

 

Ive onlt had phyrexian revoker in for like 1 draft, but in that draft he was surprisingly good, and given that your cube is powered and mine isnt its probably better in yours. 

 

I might cut lotus petal, I really dont like it without comboing out.

 

As a general point, ill have a look through my cube later and see if I can see anything you have obviously missed.

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