Raise Your Standards – Kaladesh Artifact Fun

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Hello everyone.  Kaladesh is an amazingly fun set to play with and there are many cards suitable to build a deck around.  This week in Raise Your Standards, I’d like to focus on a few fun decks that utilize some exciting build-around artifacts from Kaladesh.

The first deck I’d like to focus on is built to take advantage of cards with enter the battlefield abilities by abusing the power of Panharmonicon.  This deck was played by MAGICPLAYER59493717 and went 5-0 in a recent Standard League.

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Imagine the fun you can have once you get a Panharmonicon onto the battlefield.  All of your creatures except for one have abilities that trigger upon entering the battlefield which offer you small, incremental ways to gain an advantage over your opponent.  The exception, Eldrazi Displacer, offers you a repeatable way to trigger the enter the battlefield effects of your other creatures, which can allow those small, incremental advantages to snowball into major advantages that can allow you to take over the game completely and dominate your opponent.

Also, that snowball effect can really get out of hand if you manage to get more than one Panharmonicon‘s in play.  Imagine a scenario where you have 2 Panharmonicon‘s, an Eldrazi Displacer, and a Drowner of Hope in play.  You now have access to an infinite amount of enter the battlefield effects.  While it’s probably not likely to happen often, when you do manage to get this combo to happen, I guarantee you it’ll feel pretty amazing.

 

The next deck I’d like to go over with you is built around harnessing the incredible power of Aetherworks Marvel.  This is another deck that went 5-0 in the Competitive Standard Constructed League and was played by Bone55.

R/G Aetherworks Marvel

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This deck attempts to harness the power of Energy to activate the Aetherworks Marvel and drop a massive creature or planeswalker onto the battlefield for ‘free’.  And everyone knows that getting something for free is never a bad thing.

The thing I like most about this version of a deck that utilized Aetherworks Marvel is that even if you whiff when you activate the Aetherworks Marvel, if you happen to draw one of your big threats you have the capability of actually casting the card from your hand.  It also uses creatures and spells that are only two colors, so the mana base is fairly straightforward and easy to use.  With only two colors, you should usually find sources that offer both types of the mana you need within a few turns if they’re not in your opening hand.  As you can see though, the deck does include one Island in the event you need to cast any of your counter magic from your sideboard, but this one land doesn’t majorly negatively affect things.

 

The final deck I’d like to discuss this week was created by Chris Lansdell and features the card Aetherflux Reservoir.  I have a soft spot in my heart for cards that offer an alternate way to win, so when I saw Aetherflux Reservoir I was very excited.  Let’s look at the deck.

Mono-White Reservoir

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By itself, Aetherflux Reservoir has the capability of gaining you the fifty life needed to use to deal fifty points of damage to your opponent, however most of the other decks I’ve seen using the Reservoir do so by attempting to play numerous spells in a turn.  This deck has the ability to do that, but it also leans on creatures with lifelink to do some of the heavy lifting needed to get that fifty life.

The best way to gain a lot of life each turn is to equip your Aerial Responder with a Stitcher’s Graft.  That way you’re gaining at least five points of life each time it attacks, and the penalty of the Graft is completely negated by the Responder’s vigilance.  And, if your opponent happens to attack, you can block with the Graft equipped Responder to gain five additional points of life.

Many people find it amusing that Aetherflux Reservoir can deal fifty points of damage to a target creature.  If you’ve ever gone up against a deck that plays Sigarda, Heron’s Grace, you’ll be very thankful that it has that option.

I also like that the sideboard for this deck includes a copy of Felidar Sovereign.  It’s a nice backup in case you cant get over the hump to reach the fifty life needed to deal the fifty points of damage to your opponent and it offers you another alternate win condition.  I haven’t had a chance to play this deck, but I’m hoping to play it soon because it looks like a blast to play.

 

Well, that’s all of the time I have to discuss Standard decks this week.  Please sound off in the comments if you have a deck you’d like to see featured in this column, or feel free to contact me directly at mikelikes@mtgdecktechs.com .  Kaladesh has a whole host of cards that would be exciting to build decks around (I’m especially excited to build around the Modules – Animation Module, Decoction Module, and Fabrication Module).  Let me know what you’re looking forward to building around.  I’ll see you next week.

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Mike Likes

Mike started playing Magic back in 1994, but gave it up at the end of 1995. He came back to the game during the Lorwyn block and has been playing ever since. Around this time, he opened and ran his own comic & game store, while also raising his newborn daughter. After 8 years, he sold his business and moved to Wisconsin with his wife and daughter. With the debut of Kaladesh, his entire family became regular Magic players. He now has hopes of competing alongside his wife and daughter at a Grand Prix or similar event in the future. #MTGDad

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