Quote from daviusminimus »Hey
Final point - the forum / page should be called Blue Steel. It's what people know the deck as, and I tried to do a search for it. Obviously, I didn't find it! Was lucky to spot Grand Architect post at all!
Quote from streetMage »Quote from Ulka »Im more excited about that Trophy Mage as it gives us another trinket package for sideboarding from Veldaken shackles, Crucible of worlds, filigree Familiar, and Sculpting Steel.Don't for get any Sword of X&Y..
Quote from Ulka »Im more excited about that Trophy Mage as it gives us another trinket package for sideboarding from Veldaken shackles, Crucible of worlds, filigree Familiar, and Sculpting Steel.
Quote from Gunford »After testing Ulka's U/B version, I was inspired to try my own version of a Grand Architect deck and ended up with this U/W list.
Ulka's DeckMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards
Creatures4 Hangarback Walker4 Mausoleum Wanderer4 Glint-Nest Crane3 Chief Engineer3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben3 Spellskite4 Grand Architect2 Phyrexian Metamorph4 Lodestone GolemArtifacts1 Æther Spellbomb2 Mortarpod1 Sword of Fire and Ice1 Sword of Light and Shadow1 Sword of Feast and Famine1 BatterskullLands4 Flooded Strand2 Polluted Delta3 Hallowed Fountain2 Prairie Stream5 Island1 Plains1 Academy Ruins1 Darksteel Citadel2 Ghost Quarter1 Moorland HauntSideboard1 Trinket Mage1 Basilisk Collar1 Engineered Explosives1 Grafdigger's Cage1 Pithing Needle1 Relic of Progenitus2 Disenchant3 Path to Exile1 Burrenton Forge-Tender2 Vedalken Shackles1 Mindlock Orb
There are couple of things I'd like to highlight:
A common theme of most Grand Architect decks seems to be the mana disruption via Lodestone Golem.To expand on this theme, I added Mausleum Wanderer and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben (main reason for the white splash) to the list.
Not only do these cards disrupt, they can also help to protect the Grand Architect and also fit nicely in the curve.
Mausleum Wanderer works very well with both Grand Architect and the equipments, since his power increases with both of them (excluding Mortarpod), making actually relevant in the late game (a big upgrade to Jugde's Familiar).
Thalia does not have the best synergies with the deck (non-blue creature for Grand Architect, increasing equipment mana cost), the drawbacks are not that bad, since we gain more than enough mana to cast our artifacts with our engine. So far, her disruption is effective enough to earn a spot in a U/w list, since she buys us a lot of time against very fast decks.
I mainly used the swords as equipment, since they allow our creatures to be protected from certain colors and make any creature a threat, especially the flying ones.This can be particullary useful in a grindy match, though the Sword of Feast and Famine has been the least impressive one.
I think the swords are more playable compared to the past, where Kolaghan's Command and/or Abrupt Decay were more popular.
Batterskull has also been performing well.
Glint-Nest Crane has been amazing so far, whether on turn 2 or t7, it has been overperforming so far. This creature helps us to find our equipment, disruption, blocks, attacks with/without a sword, it has been almost always fantastic. I think every list can play at least 3 copies of it.
Myr Superion has not been added to the list, since I don't like it being stuck in my hand. I don't really like running Etherium Sculptor and using only Grand Architect and Chief Engineer as a possible mana source seems to risky for me. Even in Ulka's U/B version, it got stuck in my hand multiple times. (Though casting multiple copies on T2 with Heartless Summoning feels great)
The sideboard is still a mess, but the mainboard is pretty much solid. For now, Æther Spellbomb, the second Phyrexian Metamorph and Sword of Feast and Famine are my current flexible spots in my mainboard. I haven't tested Smuggler's Copter or Spell Queller yet, but the it's always a struggle to find space in the list.
So far, the list has been great. The matches I lost always felt winnable, or at least not completely hopeless, which motivated to write this post. Hope it can be of some use.
P.S.: During my testing, I noticed in a match against a Doran/Assault Formation deck that a U/g version can actually make good use of the enchantment, since most creatures are x/3.
Here is a quick decklist with the idea:
Ulka's DeckMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards
Creatures4 Hangarback Walker3 Noble Hierarch2 Birds of Paradise4 Glint-Nest Crane4 Chief Engineer3 Spellskite3 Myr Superion4 Grand Architect2 Tireless Tracker2 Phyrexian Metamorph4 Lodestone Golem2 Verdurous Gearhulk2 Assault Formation1 Sword of Light and ShadowLands4 Misty Rainforest2 Polluted Delta3 Breeding Pool4 Botanical Sanctum5 Island1 Forest1 Darksteel CitadelSideboard2 Trinket Mage1 Æther Spellbomb1 Elixier of Immortality1 Engineered Explosives1 Grafdigger's Cage2 Pithing Needle1 Relic of Progenitus2 Seal of Primordium2 Vedalken Shackles2 Filigree Familiar
In the only test match against Mardu Nahiri (2-0 win), Assault Formation has been great. I would like to include Sidisi's Faithful and another Assault Formation in the list, but I don't know what to change. Maybe drop Lodestone Golem for a more aggressive approach?
Quote from Ace1 »Quote from streetMage »Quote from VariousBoots »I'm going to leave this here just in case y'all haven't seen it yet.
Edit: Apparently it hasn't been added to mtgSalvation yet. Spoiler can be found here.Etherium Sculptor just does it alot better for this deck...hes blue for Grand Architect and costs less.Quote from VariousBoots »But what if you had both? I haven't walked through the lines of play yet but I feel like it could be good
I think the card is ok but in the end won't make the cut. The effect is good but another 3 mana enabler isn't what we are looking for. Grand architect gives 2 mana right away instead of one AND acts as a lord. For 3 mana i would expect a lot more utility. The thing is if we play that guy we have to cut something. It isn't better than any of our current enabler, meaning we'd have to cut some threats. Doing this would dilute our threat density and we don't want to be doing that.
Quote from streetMage »Quote from VariousBoots »I'm going to leave this here just in case y'all haven't seen it yet.
Edit: Apparently it hasn't been added to mtgSalvation yet. Spoiler can be found here.Etherium Sculptor just does it alot better for this deck...hes blue for Grand Architect and costs less.
Quote from VariousBoots »I'm going to leave this here just in case y'all haven't seen it yet.
Edit: Apparently it hasn't been added to mtgSalvation yet. Spoiler can be found here.
Quote from VariousBoots »But what if you had both? I haven't walked through the lines of play yet but I feel like it could be good