Four Commanders For Artifacts
While you've been busy learning where the best spots are during CommandFest 2022, exploring the fish format, or getting a migraine as you keep track of 50 different kinds of counters, I've been busy diving deep into the world of obscure commander pairings. and are both running under the radar as artifact commanders, as are and .
Artifact decks are like a good garlic sauce: when it's well-crafted, such a sauce has flexibility in infinite recipes, each of which emphasize different ingredient combinations. Come to think of it, that might be a good way of describing a lot of Magic archetypes. The issue with having just a good garlic sauce on its own, though, is that you have to figure out what to match it with. When you encounter an artifact deck in the wild, it can be the same thing you've seen a million times, or it can be a savory mix of cards that stands out from the crowd. For this reason, artifacts in Commander are easy to brew and easy to break, making them a standout among archetypes.
Today, the two EDH lists we're looking at today are aggressive creature-based artifact decks. Neither of them are running blue, forgoing support and combo cards likeand . However, with the utility of Mardu aristocrats and the wide array of +1/+1 counter synergy available, both decks work hard. Sophina and Wernog allow us to Investigate often, gathering many Clue tokens to profit from. Akiri and Reyhan want lots of artifacts in play and for creatures with +1/+1 counters to die. Hmm, I wonder what archetype that fits? Anyone like Mirrodin?
We'll begin by looking at best friends Sophina and Wernog.
Sophina and Wernog are an unassuming pair. Sophina's attack trigger isn't game-breaking, and Wernog often turns into. However, together they net us a lot of Clues, and having multiple artifact tokens around is a sound strategy. The deck wants us to have lots of artifacts sitting around, to either count towards large payoffs or to sacrifice for incremental benefit. The deck can snowball quickly once it gets a good payoff out.
Early game, we want to see some key support pieces. Wernog will often be our first play, and getting other artifact token producers out will help our game.is an absolute powerhouse, starts getting us filthy rich, and works nicely with our easy-to-play commanders. keeps us from eating all of our artifacts, and easily turns into a win condition. The praises of have been sung many times, and our little Assembly-worker kicks the deck into high gear.
Getting Sophina in play allows us to take off even further. Amassing multiple Clue tokens lets our sacrifice outlets take off, withand being the highlights. Our big creature threats , , and close the game out with plenty of tokens in play. Ideally, our support is in place enough by the time Sophina hits the battlefield that she only needs to attack a few times before the game is solidly in our favor. finds a happy home here as well.
The deck has the ability to go tall or wide, depending on what pieces we draw. Ideally, we can recuperate sacrificed Clues fast enough thatand both can shine. Our utility cards let us keep a hold on the game, with canny opponents realizing how powerful is, while and keep us in control of the board.
Sophina and Wernog want lots of artifacts and have multiple payoffs to sacrificing and acquiring them. Our Akiri/Reyhan list narrows in the sacrifice theme with a classic artifact strategy: Modular. In all honesty, I just wanted to partnerand .
Here's our list:
Arcbound to Succeed
This deck goes all in for Modular. Reyhan's ability doubles counters when combined with it, makingever the threat. With the number of colorless creatures we're running, fixing the deck often doesn't matter much. Akiri hits the ground running, and often our commanders alone can win the game for us. Early on, it's key to assemble Modular creatures, with being a great draw. Gathering +1/+1 counter and death trigger synergy is also important, with building threats and letting us recur. In particular, lets us hunt for early on.
The strategy here is straightforward aggro. As we get our Modular creatures in play, we find creative ways to sacrifice them and move their counters to others., , and help amass those counters in large numbers, allowing , , and to shine, among others. becomes a surprising win condition in this odd deck with ease.
With, , and , we can wipe the board in advantageous ways to swing to victory. If we lose , can pick up the slack, equipped with to create a huge threat. The deck plays surprisingly quickly and simply, making for an entertaining aggro game unlike many combo-based artifact decks.
These decks both contain payoffs that care about the number of artifacts we play. As of fairly recently, Magic received the boon of more artifact lands, all of which help the decks work well. With this attention on lands, here's our package of cards present in both decks.
Many of these cards provide basic utility while letting us reap the benefits of having artifacts.goes anywhere, but it also boosts . is particularly powerful in these decks as a powerful removal piece, and can be played in any deck that remotely cares about sacrifice. The astounding number of artifact lands we see here creates a core that adds power to our decks. New commanders like and can benefit from structuring their lists around basic artifact synergy.
Well, that's all for now! I hope you enjoyed checking out these fun lists, they were really fun to build and experiment with. Tell me about your artifact decks! I want to know if you lean into mechanics like Modular as hard as I did here. Do you run aInvestigate deck? Do you have any experience with the insanity that running multiple artifact lands can lead to? Reminiscing for Mirrodin block standard? Let me know in the comments and I'll see you next time.