Quote from BadMcFadden »Great primer. A few comments/questions:
1) In addition to "why play this over affinity" I think the more prescient question is "why play this over lantern control?" You're an artifact based prison/control deck that usually needs to sit behind an ensnaring bridge to win. My answer to this has always been "because you want to cast Tezz AoB or make thopter tokens". I do not think there is a good competitive edge to this deck over lantern, but perhaps others are aware of what makes Tezz a superior choice in certain situations.
2) Why is Mox Opal important here? I have played the deck without it since day 1 - I am loathe to put money into that card as it is a perennial candidate for banning. But more to the point I have had issues getting metalcraft online for a turn 5 Inventor's Fair activation - nevermind a turn 2/3 opal use. Unless you're playing tonnes of jars/baubles and draw a citadel the odds this is online before turn 3 are extremely low - and once its turn 4+ what exactly do you need the mana for in this deck?
3) Pentad Prism vs Talismans - I was not impressed with prism myself but maybe time will vindicate the masses. I love that with talisman I can still IoK/Push t2, I love that it helps me cast whirs and lilianas when I open coloured+colourless lands, and I love that it insulates me against blood moons and mana denial. Pentad Prism is either fuelling a gamebreaking whir (bridge t3, crucible t3) or else its just a bad inconsistent talisman. DO you actually need t3 whir for 3? If that's your line for a bridge isn't your hand full anyways making it no different from casting spells t3 and then whirring for bridge t4?
4) Damnation. I thought consensus was more along the lines that this is a wasted slot in a bridge deck. It's expensive and clunky and non-bos with the lock that bridge sets. It's not like you can tutor the damnation so the odds you draw it in some situation where you don't have a bridge are actually lower than situations where you're sitting behind a bridge and draw this and cast it for negligible/no value.
Quote from SSJRanulf »The primer seems to imply that Ashiok does something against decks with Leyline of Sanctity. It's worth noting that if the opponent has Leyline Ashiok can't uptick, and thus will never reach her ultimate. She's not the sort of card I'd want to use against Leyline.
Quote from LadenniferJadaniston »@Kunkstar7 specifically Whir of Invention. It helps you hit the UUU cost. Coincidentally people started running Herald of Anguish in the sideboard, and it ramps you 3 mana toward Herald.
If you're not running Whir, the benefit over Talisman is mostly lost.