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Just the Artifacts, Ma’am

And here I am again begging for even more feedback!  We’ve gotten a lot feedback on the last three questions, and again we appreciate it muchly!  But now we’re asking for artifacts.  Comment below and give us an artifact!  We don’t care if it’s brown, silver, multicolored, creature or bauble, just tell us why you picked it.  I think you know the drill by now.

Again, no repeats and nothing from Unglued or Unhinged (sorry Chaos Confetti fans) are allowed, but whatever else is fair game.  We’ve really loved all the picks and explanations from the other questions, so we can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

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35 Comments

  1. Jars
    September 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    BOOOONE SAWWWW

    no reason.

    • TapThisKillThat
      September 23, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      BONE SAW IS READY!!!!

  2. Ben Ahrendt
    September 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Hmmmm…I’d have to say Gruul War Plow, just for the good memories. It’s served me really well in my Stonebrow Commander deck and I love how amazing the art and flavor text are.

  3. Jace Beleren
    September 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Sundial of the Infinite

    Because it does everything and nothing. and it sounds AWESOME!

  4. Matt Eruantien Law
    September 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    1/1 Blinkmoth Artifact Creature with Flying and Infect. has won me many a game.

    • September 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      Actually, that’s Inkmoth Nexus, which is a land. Got something else for us?

  5. Jake
    September 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Trusty Machete

    Whenever you go off the beaten trail its a good idea to have a machete that you can put your trust in

    • Jake
      September 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

      In all truth trusty machete is one of the memorable artifacts for me beccause it was the first equipment I tried to pair with stoneforge mystic before any of the swords came out. Even though it is not as good as bonesplitter it is still a decent card.

  6. Ryan
    September 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Stuffy Doll. It’s the portrait of a creature that has taken abuse far beyond what could be expected by any reasonable creature, yet it continues to hurt itself, if only to spite your enemies. Make it a pariah and it will still struggle onwards through the pain. Make it realize how guilty its conscience is and it will cause instant death. The chuckles it elicits from your enemies soon fade as it raises its Valor punishes them for their audacity in trying to alpha strike you. Even after all crumbles to dust, there it stands, daring someone to come mess with it. It is the greatest artifact ever.
    tl;dr: I have a massive hard-on for Stuffy Doll.

  7. Phil Bohn
    September 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Skullclamp. It’s so good for costing so little, and makes token decks (in either EDH or in 60-card) absolutely awesome engines of card draw. Sure it can be busted, but in controlled doses, the high you get off of it is awesome (I promise I’m not high).

  8. Josh McCurley
    September 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Chaos Orb. I still remember the thrill I got when I traded for it so many years ago. I miss it. :(

  9. Andrew Babcock
    September 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Sharuum the Hegemon because she lives in Jack Lacroix’s sick fantasy life… Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  10. Myke Okuhara
    September 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Rod of Ruin. So named because it ruins the reputation of anyone playing it. Remember to tip your waitress, I’ll be here all week.

  11. nolander
    September 21, 2011 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    loxodon warhammer! after getting whooped week after week by this card against my old endboss at the local game shop I put it in my deck. The next week we went to time. Sick.

  12. Daniel Adams
    September 21, 2011 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Damn you Mister Beleren, Stealing my Sundial>

    So in it’s stead I will have to select Ice Cauldron.

    It is no secret that I am a fan of huge blocks of text on old cards, I love the blank looks people give me when I play certain cards, and as giant walls of text that scream kill me go, Ice Cauldron is the best. It’s also not a bad card to boot either, especially in EDH with some of the more ridiculously costed cards, you can play them a couple of turns early. I have also used this to protect cards in my hand from targeted discard. The card really is rather good and people that have played with me again and again, still have to ask me what it does.

    On a side note look at that art! It has almost no relevance to the card except the fact that there is a cauldron made of ice in the art, however this doesn’t make the witch dangling the rat over said cauldron any less bad-ass

  13. Banzai_Tree
    September 21, 2011 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    Sensei’s Divining Top

    Because my hatred for this card burns like a thousand suns.

  14. Dirk Pijnenburg
    September 21, 2011 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Mindslaver

    There’s something I really like about standing up from your seat and walking over to stand behind an opponent and lean over him to take control.
    (also fun seeing someone else do this, even to myself!)

  15. Greg (MadStorkMSU)
    September 21, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Isochron Scepter

    I love this card. It is so versatile, as it allows you to continually replay and instant that costs 2 or less. I tend to use it to allow me to replay instants that “define” my deck (e.g. False Cure or Fling), but it can do so much more. You can be a total jerk and put an Orim’s Chant or Counterspell on the sceptor. You could also put a split card on and pay only 2 mana for either half at instant speed. I would say a reusable instant speed Research//Development (I suggest casting the Development half) is pretty good.

  16. September 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Pithing Needle.

    Couldn’t think of that many artifacts off the top of my head that I played a lot. A year or so ago I was using Goblin Guide to note down cards my opponents were going to draw, and then naming them with Pithing Needle before they played them. A handy way to deal with Planeswalkers for mono-red without using up burn spells and attack phases

  17. Dylan
    September 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Voltaic Key
    Artifacts have awesome tap abilities? Who knew! Use this.

  18. TapThisKillThat
    September 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Wurmcoil Engine

    Artifact Titan :) deathtouch and lifelink 6/6 can’t beat it :)

    you kill him and his two 3/3 buddies come after you.

  19. Austin
    September 22, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Semblance Anvil
    I have tried to make this card work so many times. Memories.
    Don’t try it.
    sigh

    • TapThisKillThat
      September 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      worry not! i have a semblance anvil deck that is captain’d by Grand architect and has all the artifact goodies that you can play for litte (or most of the time no)mana :) A 4 mana wurmcoil engine on turn 3…..or sooner :)

  20. Chris
    September 22, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Booby Trap

    First of all, I can say the word ‘booby’ and it is not something that has me taken to Human Resources immediately. I do have trouble not snickering when I say it, though.

    I built a Booby (heh) Trap deck when Tempest was Standard legal and man, what a hoot. I had lots of ways to peek at your deck or put cards on top of it. It was always cool to play Booby (heh) Trap and then name a card I knew you had at least 4 of in your deck and then just wait it out. Fun times! Now, with Copy Artifact AND Phyrexian Metamorph, I could probably play LOTS of Boobies…er…umm.. Booby Traps.

  21. Samuel Sedgman
    September 22, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Lightning Greaves, because it is an iconic artifact turned EDH staple, all the while being a pair of boots.

  22. Phenox1707
    September 22, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Knowledge Pool! Because it’s like a Mana Pool, only smarter. Lol.

    Naw, just kidding. I just looooove the wacky interactions that this causes. =)

  23. Magnor Criol
    September 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Prophetic Prism. It’s such an awesome little utility artifact for so many decks – color fixing and card draw in one reasonably-priced package. It’s not winning the game for you or anything, but it’s fantastic function for its price.

  24. Jfd
    September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Sol Ring. My Beta Sol Ring (which was a gift from my awesome wife) is one of my favorite cards.

    • Magnor Criol
      September 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      First turn. Set into motion “Realms Befitting My Majesty” getting two Islands.

      Play Island for the turn.

      Tap Island for mana. Cast Sol Ring.

      Tap Sol Ring for mana. Cast second Sol Ring.

      Tap second Sol Ring for mana. Cast Isochron Scepter imprinting Counterspell.

      Pass the turn.

  25. PottsRox
    September 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Locket of Yesterdays, because when I first started it was my first build idea, but I was never able to make it work. I wonder if it was because I never really got more than two or three of the same card.

  26. Jose Lorenzo de Jesus
    September 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

    T’was the first ever artifact I ever got to play, and like many of us, when I was just starting to play magic, I thought gaining life was the second best thing (first best thing of course is winning).

  27. Jamoes
    September 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Scourglass

    Because it’s always fun to watch your friends reactions when your flash it out before the end of their turn :-D

  28. September 23, 2011 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Woo! Did all of you answer all the questions? The cut off is Friday night, and we still have some ties on the Deck List Poll! Better hurry!

  29. thewachman (Mr. Suitcase on MTGCast)
    September 23, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Black Lotus

    I passed this pick 1 pack 1 in my last cube draft for Time Vault and that was a mistake. Here I’m making up for it.

  30. SkeetWo
    September 26, 2011 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Crucible of Worlds
    Works great with Strip Mine, Evolving Wilds/Terramorphic Expanse, or any repeating sac lands.

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