The deck is oriented as an aggro-combo deck for a meta without infinite combo's. Tymna provides card advantage to go along with all of the creatures in the deck, while Akiri can generate some heavy beats as well as being a two drop creature for Tymna to draw off of on turn 3.
Play out early ramp and depending on your hand and your opponent's board decide if you want to aim for a turn 3 Tymna with preferably two draws on the turn you play her. If not, continue setting up your board for the mid-game.
Main goal is to get one of the engines going:
- Tymna, as mentioned can be a great engine if your creatures can get through earlier and you're not as fearful for board wipes
- Recursion + Sac Outlet + Pay-off
End-game - Finish your opponent off through:
- Recursion engines + Marionette Master / Reckless Fireweaver
- Burn spells (Fiery Confluence, Price of Progress, Moltensteel Dragon)
- Beats facilitated by Akiri, Karn, Steel Overseer or Cranial Plating
- Inkmoth Nexus fueled by Cranial Plating / Arcbound Ravager
Athreos, God of Passage + Pia's Revolution : for artifact creatures this essentially means a target opponent needs to pay six to stop you from recurring artifact creatures (life totals dwindle quickly with this deck, so this becomes effective rapidly).
Scrap Trawler : the deck has a lot of good trawler sequences. Useful for this is also Scrapheap Scrounger which can recur itself.
Phyrexian Scriptures : given most of the (valuable) creatures are artifacts in this deck, this is quite close to a one-sided board wipe. In addition you can use this to make Marionette Master an artifact (allowing you to also move counters through Arcbound Ravager). Hex Parasite can allow you to do this turn after turn.
Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle + Restoration Specialist + self-sacrifing artifact / artifact + sac outlet - you can loop these (as artifact will trigger Teshar, returning the specialist to the battlefield, which you can then sac to return the artifact to your hand. This goes infinite with Lotus Petal, and with other creatures for as long as you have mana.
Marionette Master + boosters : Cranial Plating works best for this, but Sword of Fire and Ice or even Skullclamp / Angel of Invention can help out here.
Short list of cards that I have considered, but are not (yet) in the list:
• Daretti, Scrap Savant
• Cabal Paladin
• Greater Gargadon
• Flayer Husk
• Krark-Clan Ironworks
• Ichor Wellspring
• Magus of the Moon
• Nihil Spellbomb
• Restoration Gearsmith
• Fortuitous Find
• Sword of War and Peace
• Pia and Kiran Nalaar
• Springleaf Drum
• Cut // Ribbons
• Swords to Plowshares
• Shizo, Death’s Storehouse