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Untap Those Artifacts - Brian Baker (8/29/2010)

If you’re like me, you enjoy building decks. If you’re really like me, you really get your creative juices flowing when there are new cards to be had. If you’re very much like me, well, that’s just creepy.

New sets always make me want to build new decks, and Magic 2011 is no exception. This is even though I’m currently studying for the infamous Bar Exam, which is taking up the vast, vast majority of my time and attention. A few cards have come to my attention, and I wanted to consider building a deck around them. Namely, the cards were the oh-so-synergistic Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
(an old favorite) and Steel Overseer
Steel Overseer
Steel OverseerSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
R
Number:
214
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each artifact creature you control.
. I could just make a deck with some great artifacts from Magic’s past (think Masticore
Masticore
MasticoreSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may choose and discard a card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Masticore.2: Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.2: Regenerate Masticore.
and friends), and if that is the route you want to take, all the more power to you. What I thought I would do this time, however, was something a little different.

Wizards has been focused on new player acquisition as of late, and all signs point to their approach being a success. Magic seems alive and well, and multiple store owners have told me that they have seen rather remarkable increases in player numbers over the last several months. One of the most important aspects to consider when entering Magic, however, is that the game has been around for a while and is only getting older, making acquiring substantial sets of past cards more difficult and expensive. So for this deck, I am only using cards from Magic 2011 or as far back as Zendikar. So, put another way, this does not include cards from Magic 2010 or before. While this deck won’t be necessarily budget-minded, I’ll definitely stay away from the big-money cards. After putting the deck together, I’ll discuss options for an expanded card pool.

Let’s get right to it.

4:Steel Overseer
Steel Overseer
Steel OverseerSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
R
Number:
214
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each artifact creature you control.

4:Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.


So what other artifact creatures do we have to go through? Let’s see (list is in mana cost order):

Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
(0) – What it lacks in power (which we can get around with the Overseer) it makes up for in evasion and literally the lowest cost available.
Hedron Scrabbler
Hedron Scrabbler
Hedron ScrabblerSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
C
Number:
204
Artist:
Jason Felix
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Hedron Scrabbler gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
(2) – The Scrabbler is probably not the best choice, unless we can really take advantage of its pumping.
Runed Servitor
Runed Servitor
Runed ServitorSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
U
Number:
224
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Runed Servitor is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, each player draws a card.
(2) – Servitor is solid, with a decent bear-ish body and built-in cantrip if it dies (although the opponent(s) benefit as well).
Walking Atlas
Walking Atlas
Walking AtlasSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.
(2) – This guy allows you to get ahead on land, but you need to be drawing enough to make it worthwhile. Otherwise, he isn’t really worth consideration. As a side note, we could do a Hedron Scrabbler
Hedron Scrabbler
Hedron ScrabblerSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
C
Number:
204
Artist:
Jason Felix
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Hedron Scrabbler gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
& Rover subtheme with this if we wanted to, but I don’t know that that is really the best option.
Gargoyle Sentinel
Gargoyle Sentinel
Gargoyle SentinelSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyle
Rarity:
U
Number:
207
Artist:
Drew Baker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Defender (This creature can't attack.) {3}: Until end of turn, Gargoyle Sentinel loses defender and gains flying.
(3) – This is what I like to see; the body size for cost is great and the evasion can be really important.
Pilgrim’s Eye (3) – Aha! An artifact creature with evasion that fetches a land card right away; it seems solid. Artifacts are apparently really good at flying these days.
Reinforced Bulwark
Reinforced Bulwark
Reinforced BulwarkSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
223
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Defender {T}: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to you this turn.
(3) – At the same slot as the Gargoyle, this one really doesn’t seem to do enough. It’s too bad it can’t prevent damage to creatures.
Stonework Puma
Stonework Puma
Stonework PumaSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Ally
Rarity:
C
Number:
207
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
(3) – Do we want to do an ally theme? If we don’t, out this goes.
Hedron Rover
Hedron Rover
Hedron RoverSet: Worldwake
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Jason Felix
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Hedron Rover gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
(4) – This is certainly better than the Scrabbler, but probably not good enough.
Juggernaut
Juggernaut
JuggernautSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Must attack each turn if possible. Can't be blocked by walls.
(4) – Yet more evasion is here, but in a particularly unique way. I’m noticing a trend with decent power/toughness to cost and evasion, and I like it.
Lodestone Golem
Lodestone Golem
Lodestone GolemSet: Worldwake
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Nonartifact spells cost {1} more to cast.
(4) – This has the same body and cost as a Juggernaut
Juggernaut
JuggernautSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Must attack each turn if possible. Can't be blocked by walls.
, but without the evasion or the wall-dodging capabilities. The Lodestone should be considered for any deck heavy on the artifacts. This is a rare, but not a particularly expensive one, and while this deck isn’t meant to be a budget-breaker, a few other rares are certainly acceptable.
Stone Golem
Stone Golem
Stone GolemSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
(5) – Five mana for a four/four seems pretty good, but unspectacular.
Enatu Golem
Enatu Golem
Enatu GolemSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
217
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
When Enatu Golem is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you gain 4 life.
(6) – This is decidedly eh, especially for the cost.
Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
(7) – This is great, but it’s mythic (these days). As such, I will abstain (but see the section later about adding higher rarities to the deck).

As it stands, we’ve got a solid base with really efficient cost-to-size creatures that mostly have flying or wall-rolling. Let’s look at how the creature base breaks down by cost so far:

3:Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

4:Steel Overseer
Steel Overseer
Steel OverseerSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
R
Number:
214
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each artifact creature you control.

3:Runed Servitor
Runed Servitor
Runed ServitorSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
U
Number:
224
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Runed Servitor is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, each player draws a card.

3:Gargoyle Sentinel
Gargoyle Sentinel
Gargoyle SentinelSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyle
Rarity:
U
Number:
207
Artist:
Drew Baker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Defender (This creature can't attack.) {3}: Until end of turn, Gargoyle Sentinel loses defender and gains flying.

3:Pilgrim’s Eye
2:Juggernaut
Juggernaut
JuggernautSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Must attack each turn if possible. Can't be blocked by walls.

2:Lodestone Golem
Lodestone Golem
Lodestone GolemSet: Worldwake
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Nonartifact spells cost {1} more to cast.

4:Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.


That gives us 24 creature cards, with all but the set of Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
s costing four or less. Now, let’s take a look at support cards. These are the cards in the subject sets that allow us to get more mileage out of the Steel Overseer
Steel Overseer
Steel OverseerSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
R
Number:
214
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each artifact creature you control.
:

Crab Umbra
Crab Umbra
Crab UmbraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Enchant creature {2}{U}: Untap enchanted creature. Totem armor (If enchanted creature would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and destroy this Aura.)
– Allows for untapping and protects the Overseer from destruction.
Merfolk Skyscout
Merfolk Skyscout
Merfolk SkyscoutSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Scout
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Merfolk Skyscout attacks or blocks, untap target permanent.
– Evasion and untapping? Sounds good.
Quest for Renewal
Quest for Renewal
Quest for RenewalSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
Whenever a creature you control becomes tapped, you may put a quest counter on Quest for Renewal. As long as there are four or more quest counters on Quest for Renewal, untap all creatures you control during each other player's untap step.
– Mwahahaha. I will be tapping my creatures, and I would like to untap them more. This seems good.
Reality Spasm
Reality Spasm
Reality SpasmSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
81
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Choose one — Tap X target permanents; or untap X target permanents.
– While this does have the benefit of tapping down potential attackers/blockers if necessary, I’m not sure that this is really what I want, since unlike the others so far, this is a one-shot.
Tideforce Elemental
Tideforce Elemental
Tideforce ElementalSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
41
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{U}, {T}: You may tap or untap another target creature. Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may untap Tideforce Elemental.
– Better than Reality Spasm
Reality Spasm
Reality SpasmSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
81
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Choose one — Tap X target permanents; or untap X target permanents.
, but is it good enough?
Twitch
Twitch
TwitchSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Tap or untap target artifact, creature, or land.Draw a card.
– Another one-shot, but at least this one has a cantrip.
Veteran’s Reflexes
Reflexes
ReflexesSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Steve White
Text:
Enchanted creature gains first strike.
– This effect is probably too small, and notice the otherwise lack of white here.
Voltaic Key
Voltaic Key
Voltaic KeySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
314
Artist:
Henry G. Higgenbotham
Text:
1, T: Untap target artifact.
– Hey look, it’s an artifact that does exactly what we want, cheaply!

Here are cards that interact directly with +1/+1 counters:

Ajani Goldmane
Ajani Goldmane
Ajani GoldmaneSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Ajani
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
+1: You gain 2 life. -1: Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control. Those creatures gain vigilance until end of turn. -6: Put a white Avatar creature token into play with "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to your life total."
– So good, but so mythic.
Blade of the Bloodchief
Blade of the Bloodchief
Blade of the BloodchiefSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature. If equipped creature is a Vampire, put two +1/+1 counters on it instead. Equip {1}
– Wow, I almost forgot about this card. Having this equipped to the Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
makes killing X/1 creatures a snap, and gets an A+ for combo potential.
Feral Contest
Feral Contest
Feral ContestSet: Worldwake
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control. Another target creature blocks it this turn if able.
– Um, no, thanks. We just aren’t hard-up enough to need this.
Mark of Mutiny
Mark of Mutiny
Mark of MutinySet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Text:
Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Put a +1/+1 counter on it and untap it. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
– While this has some versatility, it’s probably not enough to justify going into red.
Oran-Rief, the Vastwood – I included this just to be thorough, but notice the lack of green creatures in the deck.
Primal Cocoon
Primal Cocoon
Primal CocoonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on enchanted creature. When enchanted creature attacks or blocks, sacrifice Primal Cocoon.
– Slap this on a Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
for good times.
Quest for the Gemblades
Quest for the Gemblades
Quest for the GembladesSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a creature, you may put a quest counter on Quest for the Gemblades. Remove a quest counter from Quest for the Gemblades and sacrifice it: Put four +1/+1 counters on target creature.
– While four counters is really good, and the cost is also good, it isn’t repeatable. I really like it, but probably not enough.
Strength of the Tajuru
Strength of the Tajuru
Strength of the TajuruSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Multikicker {1} (You may pay an additional {1} any number of times as you cast this spell.) Choose target creature, then choose another target creature for each time Strength of the Tajuru was kicked. Put X +1/+1 counters on each of them.
– This is so good for the late game, acting as a pseudo-fireball for more damage to the face than they were counting on.

From this, it looks like blue and green are the best support colors for the deck. I’m mourning the loss of Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
in the core set right now, but we’ve still got lots of great stuff to chose from. While the deck seems pretty reliant on Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
, if need be, don’t forget that the other artifact creatures should be getting pretty huge themselves, and there is always just the option of running the opponent over with your machine army. Let’s solidify the support cards now:

2:Quest for Renewal
Quest for Renewal
Quest for RenewalSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
Whenever a creature you control becomes tapped, you may put a quest counter on Quest for Renewal. As long as there are four or more quest counters on Quest for Renewal, untap all creatures you control during each other player's untap step.

3:Voltaic Key
Voltaic Key
Voltaic KeySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
314
Artist:
Henry G. Higgenbotham
Text:
1, T: Untap target artifact.

3:Blade of the Bloodchief
Blade of the Bloodchief
Blade of the BloodchiefSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature. If equipped creature is a Vampire, put two +1/+1 counters on it instead. Equip {1}

2:Primal Cocoon
Primal Cocoon
Primal CocoonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on enchanted creature. When enchanted creature attacks or blocks, sacrifice Primal Cocoon.

1:Strength of the Tajuru
Strength of the Tajuru
Strength of the TajuruSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Multikicker {1} (You may pay an additional {1} any number of times as you cast this spell.) Choose target creature, then choose another target creature for each time Strength of the Tajuru was kicked. Put X +1/+1 counters on each of them.


Yes, that’s right, I cut the blue. By the end of consideration I was really only wanting the Skyscout, and it’s double blue cost seemed a little silly. With that settled, there’s just one other thing:

2:Nature’s Spiral

Because the Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
s are so important to the deck working the way it’s supposed to, they will probably die. Nature’s Spiral can effectively serve as Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
s numbers 5 and 6 if they do, or they can get back another crucial piece of the deck. Everything in the deck but the singleton Strength of the Tajuru
Strength of the Tajuru
Strength of the TajuruSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Multikicker {1} (You may pay an additional {1} any number of times as you cast this spell.) Choose target creature, then choose another target creature for each time Strength of the Tajuru was kicked. Put X +1/+1 counters on each of them.
and the Nature’s Spirals themselves is a permanent, so this can do a lot.

Here’s the completed deck:

Land (23):
23:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


Creatures (24):
3:Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

4:Steel Overseer
Steel Overseer
Steel OverseerSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
R
Number:
214
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each artifact creature you control.

3:Runed Servitor
Runed Servitor
Runed ServitorSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
U
Number:
224
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Runed Servitor is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, each player draws a card.

3:Gargoyle Sentinel
Gargoyle Sentinel
Gargoyle SentinelSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyle
Rarity:
U
Number:
207
Artist:
Drew Baker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Defender (This creature can't attack.) {3}: Until end of turn, Gargoyle Sentinel loses defender and gains flying.

3:Pilgrim’s Eye
2:Juggernaut
Juggernaut
JuggernautSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Must attack each turn if possible. Can't be blocked by walls.

2:Lodestone Golem
Lodestone Golem
Lodestone GolemSet: Worldwake
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Nonartifact spells cost {1} more to cast.

4:Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.


Non-Creature Spells (13):
3:Voltaic Key
Voltaic Key
Voltaic KeySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
314
Artist:
Henry G. Higgenbotham
Text:
1, T: Untap target artifact.

3:Blade of the Bloodchief
Blade of the Bloodchief
Blade of the BloodchiefSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature. If equipped creature is a Vampire, put two +1/+1 counters on it instead. Equip {1}

2:Quest for Renewal
Quest for Renewal
Quest for RenewalSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
Whenever a creature you control becomes tapped, you may put a quest counter on Quest for Renewal. As long as there are four or more quest counters on Quest for Renewal, untap all creatures you control during each other player's untap step.

2:Primal Cocoon
Primal Cocoon
Primal CocoonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on enchanted creature. When enchanted creature attacks or blocks, sacrifice Primal Cocoon.

2:Nature’s Spiral
1:Strength of the Tajuru
Strength of the Tajuru
Strength of the TajuruSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Multikicker {1} (You may pay an additional {1} any number of times as you cast this spell.) Choose target creature, then choose another target creature for each time Strength of the Tajuru was kicked. Put X +1/+1 counters on each of them.


Looking at the deck, there is a very strong sense of synergy here. The Overseer is capable of elevating your creatures to incredible sizes very quickly thanks to the untapping effects. Those creatures usually have flying, making them must-deal-with yet quite replaceable threats. If you get out a Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
, it can easily dominate with a Blade of the Bloodchief
Blade of the Bloodchief
Blade of the BloodchiefSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature. If equipped creature is a Vampire, put two +1/+1 counters on it instead. Equip {1}
or Primal Cocoon
Primal Cocoon
Primal CocoonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on enchanted creature. When enchanted creature attacks or blocks, sacrifice Primal Cocoon.
. Heaven help the opponent if you get out an Overseer and Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
with any other enabler, especially a Blade!

If you want to add more expensive cards to the deck and are looking further back than Zendikar, there are several options. Tezzeret works wonders at untapping your Overseers and tutoring for your key components. Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
, mentioned earlier, gives you yet more evasion and literally must be dealt with. Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.
s can help power out your larger artifacts. The Esper plane of Alara block brings a whole new level to this deck, including the combo-licious Master Transmuter
Master Transmuter
Master TransmuterSet: Conflux
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U, T, Return an artifact you control to its owner's hand: You may put an artifact card from your hand into play.
, who excels at resetting and protecting your Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
. Lorwyn and especially Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
have plenty of +1/+1 counter effects.

Hopefully, even more than creating a fun yet unexpectedly powerful deck, this helps you try to think about other synergies beyond the obvious rares and mythics in the new set. As a general rule, if you think of something new and fun, don’t rest until you’ve actually had a chance to put it to the test- your deck will probably be an interesting surprise, and not just for you!


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