Hello Everyone! Finally I have finished My Mirran Cube which is based on Mirrodin/Artifacts.
Nice thing about this is that it is really cheaper to build as I don't have to use the tournament staples (except for a few).
I haven't actually drafted this thing so I am excited how it goes; I will provide updates later.
Hope to hear for some comments.
- More than 50% Artifacts
- Colors are splashable as much as possible, as if colour will almost not matter (ties with colourless theme)
- Pentacolor fixing enables splashes as well as sunburst
- Put in Mirran artifact themes as much as possible (Affinity, Modular, Sunburst, Metalcraft)
- Meant for multiplayer, but duel is also OK.
- Banned list: Mass artifact removal. Artifacts that are too powerful (Jitte, Moxes, Sol Ring), Infect
- Archtypes (Aggro + equipment, Tokens, Combo: there are some infinite combos imbedded about)
- The 16th card in evey pack is either a Myr Servitor or a Cloudpost
White enables artifact recursion, artifact removal, weenies and interaction with equipment.
I am seeking out in the forums for suggestions regarding black's identity.
To give a background, it is very easy to splash a color or even multiple colors with all the penta-fixing.
So it's not really giving identity to specific colors, but putting individual powerful cards in the color.
Cards like the Nim have very little allure, so what themes can be used in black instead?
My initial inclinations are:
1) Stax and sac effects (Disciple of the Vault)
2) Goodstuff (Skinrender etc)
3) Wait for the next artifact bloack or return to Alara (Esper - if the identity remains)
As someone who also has an artifact theme cube myself, I guess I can chime in with black suggestions.
My black themes are based heavily around sacrificing things, as I've found that's one of the more interesting and fun to play themes within black (I've seen it pushed in other cubes as well). I have no idea if it's powerful enough, but my own cube seems to have solid representation from black due to the fact that it gets some powerful & interesting artifact theme cards and just a bunch of generically powerful removal. Drawing from my own cube, here's some suggestions:
Sacrifice enablers are things like: Carrion Feeder (aggro), Priest of Yawgmoth (ramp), Syndicate Trafficker (aggro), Fleshbag Marauder (control), Shadowborn Demon (control), Gate to Phyrexia, and if you want to go really heavy, Smothering Abomination.
To make sacrifice themes work, you need recursion. Helpfully, artifacts are good at recursion: Bloodghast, Skeleton Shard, and Ovalchase Daredevil all come back from the dead indefinitely.
To help sacrifice more, you can also use things like Sly Requisitioner, Pawn of Ulamog, and Smothering Abomination to keep generating cards/dudes to sacrifice.
And for sacrificing payoffs... Skirsdag High Priest, Moriok Rigger, Disciple of the Vault, and Blood Artist love it when you sacrifice things for cheap.
It helps when your themes play into other colors; because I'm based on the Antiquities set specifically I use cards like Argivian Archaeologist and Orcish Mechanics to support the theme in other colors (white resurrects, black sacrifices creatures, and red sacrifices artifacts) but you can easily find sacrifice outlets and engine cards in other colors, whether it's Metallic Mastery/Harness By Force in red or Sun Titan/Auriok Salvagers in white.
I've found it makes the game more interesting than The Rock (efficient green beaters and cheap black removal... which I'll admit is my BG theme) but it also has the potential to do really powerful things like jam early Sundering Titans or Greater Gargadons, swarm the board with white metalcraft guys backed up by Painsmith and Disciple of the Vault, or generate long engines where you overwhelm your opponent with Trading Post, Skeleton Shard, and Unwinding Clock.
Also, I know you're Mirran themed, but oh man is Praetor's Grasp cool in an artifact cube.
Hope that inspires you!
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Wow thank you for your suggestions!! And I even took a peek out of your cube.
I do want to push black tinto the sac/recursion theme, especially when paired with red. I will look at your suggested cards into consideration. Perhaps those are the missihg cards that will push the archtype.
I will have a massive update due to Kaladesh. I will lose a lot of tbe Mirran theme but it will have more artifact interactions, and black gained the most of it IMO.
Thanks again and see you around. It's nice to meet a fellow artifact cuber.