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I can’t take credit for this combo, as much as I want to. I was the first one to think of it as far as I know, but it’s so simple, I knew someone else had to have come up with it. A way to generate colorless mana for only 2UU and 2 cards. That’s right. I’m talking about:



Grim Monolith
Grim Monolith
Grim MonolithSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Grim Monolith does not untap during your untap phase.T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.4: Untap Grim Monolith.


+

Power Artifact
Power Artifact
Power ArtifactSet: Antiquities
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
The activation cost of target artifact is reduced by 2. If this would reduce target artifact's activation cost below 1, target artifact's activation cost becomes 1. Power Artifact has no effect on artifacts that have no activation cost or whose activation cost is 0.




This combo was perfect to me. I had to build a deck around it. I didn’t care if it was restricted. I needed to rock the build, so I did.



First, let’s take it through the steps I took. It wasn’t even about thinking, even if part of the combo wasn’t Blue, Blue would be in the deck. A deck that relies on card advantage tends to splash Blue, from what I’ve seen. Ok, so we know Blue is in. Then maybe add white for Artifact searchers or maybe added creature control. The rest had to be Blue fetching cards. This is the third build of the deck, as it is still undergoing play testing, but it is still very potent.



Turbo Grim v3



Blue

3x Power Artifact
Power Artifact
Power ArtifactSet: Antiquities
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
The activation cost of target artifact is reduced by 2. If this would reduce target artifact's activation cost below 1, target artifact's activation cost becomes 1. Power Artifact has no effect on artifacts that have no activation cost or whose activation cost is 0.


4x Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.


4x Brainstorm
Brainstorm
BrainstormSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Draw three cards. Then, put any two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.


1x Frantic Search
Frantic Search
Frantic SearchSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Draw two cards, then choose and discard two cards. Untap up to three lands.


3x Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.


1x Meditate
Meditate
MeditateSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Skip your next turn: Draw four cards.


1x Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.


1x Stroke of Genius
Stroke of Genius
Stroke of GeniusSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Target player draws X cards.


1x Tolarian Winds
Tolarian Winds
Tolarian WindsSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Discard your hand, then draw that many cards.


1x Braingeyser
Braingeyser
BraingeyserSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player must draw X cards.


1x 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.


1x Reconstruction
Reconstruction
ReconstructionSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Bring one artifact from your graveyard to your hand.


3x Relearn
Relearn
RelearnSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
93
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Text:
Return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.


1x Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.


1x Tinker
Tinker
TinkerSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
At the time you play Tinker, sacrifice an artifact.Search your library for an artifact card and put that artifact into play. Shuffle your library afterward.


1x Windfall
Windfall
WindfallSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each player discards his or her hand and draws cards equal to the greatest number a player discarded this way.




White

1x Land Tax
Land Tax
Land TaxSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
During your upkeep, if an opponent controls more land than you, you may search your library and remove up to three basic land cards and put them into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.


1x Argivian Find
Argivian Find
Argivian FindSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Return target artifact or enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.


1x Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.


4x Sword to Plowshares



Artifacts

1x Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.


1x Grim Monolith
Grim Monolith
Grim MonolithSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Grim Monolith does not untap during your untap phase.T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.4: Untap Grim Monolith.




Land

4x Ancient Den
Ancient Den
Ancient DenSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
278
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Ancient Den isn't a spell.) T: Add W to your mana pool.


4x Seat of the Synod
Seat of the Synod
Seat of the SynodSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.) T: Add U to your mana pool.


15x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


1x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.






The combo works rather simply. Put Power Artifact
Power Artifact
Power ArtifactSet: Antiquities
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
The activation cost of target artifact is reduced by 2. If this would reduce target artifact's activation cost below 1, target artifact's activation cost becomes 1. Power Artifact has no effect on artifacts that have no activation cost or whose activation cost is 0.
on Grim Monolith
Grim Monolith
Grim MonolithSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Grim Monolith does not untap during your untap phase.T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.4: Untap Grim Monolith.
and it taps for 3 and untaps for 2. Then you have 1 floating if you decide to use it on itself every time. With all this floating mana, you can drop a huge Braingeyser
Braingeyser
BraingeyserSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player must draw X cards.
or Stroke of Genius
Stroke of Genius
Stroke of GeniusSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Target player draws X cards.
straight to the dome. It’s a massive drawing spree, and they’ll get caught up in it.



I tried to utilize even the restricted card drawers as you need every speedy card you can get your hands on. So of course, any power 9 you want to toss in like Time Walk
Time Walk
Time WalkSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Take an extra turn after this one.
, Black Lotus
Black Lotus
Black LotusSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool, then is discarded. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
, any Moxes, obviously acceptable. I frankly do not have the money for that.



It takes a while to get used, but once you know when the key plays are to be made, they will work like clockwork.



Relearn
Relearn
RelearnSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
93
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Text:
Return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.
has proven to be quite a resourceful card. It works remarkably well with restricted cards, or just another card drawer. It may cost 3, which is a little late for fetching used killers, but this has proven to be very effective for me.



I usually overlook this card as it will ditch nice fetch cards, but sometimes it can really help late game. I’ve been debating whether I should drop this for another 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.
, though.



Isochron has been nice with Acc Knowledge, Swords, and Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.
.



The sideboard is pretty good, but not as great as it can be.


SB

4x Aura of Silence
Aura of Silence
Aura of SilenceSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Artifact and enchantment spells cost target opponent an additional 2 to play.Sacrifice Aura of Silence: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.


2x Abeyance
Abeyance
AbeyanceSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Until end of turn, target player cannot play instants, interrupts, sorceries, or abilities requiring an activation cost.Draw a card.


2x Dismantling Blow
Dismantling Blow
Dismantling BlowSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker 2U (You may pay an additional 2U as you play this spell.)Destroy target artifact or enchantment.If you paid the kicker cost, draw two cards.


1x Distorting Wake
Distorting Wake
Distorting WakeSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Return X target nonland permanents to their owners' hands.


2x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.


4x Defense Grid
Defense Grid
Defense GridSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
During each player's turn, spells played by another player cost an additional 3.


It’s fit to the metagame surrounding me, so it deserves a little tweaking. Any suggestions on the deck or any questions, email me.




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