Alibou, Ancient Witness is one of the best Boros commanders ever printed. That's right. I said what I said. Bold claim to make in the first sentence of the article, but I am sticking to it. After practicing with them at the helm of both the precon and this week's list, I have no reservations about that claim

Alibou, Ancient Witness is a powerhouse Boros artifact commander. They give other artifact creatures we control haste, allow us to deal noncombat damage when we attack, and allow us to scry as well. Seems like a lot, right? After multiple playtests, I discovered that it's incredibly easy for us to deal immense amounts of damage and essentially stack our deck the more artifacts we tap and attack with. This can lead to incredible game-ending plays and early game lethals. Sounds great, right? Let's get to brewin'.

Noncreature Artifacts

Alibou, Ancient Witness is the best choice to lead a Boros artifact deck due to the fact that they don't distinguish between regular artifacts and artifact creatures. They deal damage equal to our tapped artifacts, which allows us to get value from some lesser-played cheap mana rocks, tokens, and non-token creatures. This lack of discrimination also means we run a crazy number of artifacts (too many for us to detail them all in full). Therefore, for this section, I want to discuss some of the more integral noncreature artifacts of this list.

Let's start out with some of the easiest articles to tap: mana rocks. Our list is abundant in rocks. We've got Sol Ring, Arcane Signet, Thran Dynamo, and Hedron Archive just to name a few. These not only give us mana, but can be tapped even if we don't end up using the mana. They literally add fuel to Alibou, Ancient Witness fire. This is why we also run cards like Gold Myr and Iron Myr. They allow us to either attack or generate mana as we please. Either way, Alibou is happy!

Speaking of making Alibou, Ancient Witness happy, let's showcase two other large pieces that work so well with them it's nauseating. Our first piece is Strionic Resonator, which allows us to copy Alibou's triggered attack ability. Ten damage can turn into 20...you get the idea. Lots of damage and lots of scrying is this deck's bread and butter.

But what if we could scry even more? Well, with Mycosynth Lattice we can! This piece makes everything an artifact. Our creatures, enchantments, even our lands! This makes Alibou, Ancient Witness a laser-focused missile which also translates into lethal for an unsuspecting opponent. While Lattice cannot be conventionally tapped (more on that later), it is still a worthwhile addition to our list.

Lastly, I want to talk about one of the most degenerate pieces of tech we run in this list: Grafted Exoskeleton.

Infect, baby! Alibou, Ancient Witness can be lethal on their own, wheeling and dealing out enough damage to kill opponents within the span of two turns. However, artifact hate exists in the form of Vandalblast and Shattering Spree. Even in our power we are vulnerable. When Grafted Exoskeleton enters the equation, things change. Alibou's noncombat damage ability now turns into infect damage. If you have 10 tapped artifacts, you can kill any player at the table.

Is this an artifact we can tap? No. Does this make opponents both salty and terrified? Yes. Are we still going to run it? Yes.

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Artifact & Non-Artifact Creatures

So we've covered some of the easiest pieces to tap as well as some of the coolest artifacts, but we've only just scratched the surface. That was just sheet metal compared to what we are covering now: artifact creatures. These alongside our mana rocks are some of the easiest ways for us to tap our artifacts to fuel Alibou, Ancient Witness rageful tendencies.

I wouldn't necessarily call Alibou, Ancient Witness a tokens deck, though I'm sure that there could be some token-focused variations in the future. However, we have found space for a few particularly powerful token makers.

Of course we run Hangarback Walker! After all, we run so many mana rocks that at some point we could make a 16/16 (and eventually 16 1/1's). Myr Battlesphere is another token generator that really packs a punch. Those tokens can fuel an extra bit of damage if we tap them as part of the Battlesphere's trigger. Another way to generate Myr is through Myrsmith, which can help further increase this and Alibou, Ancient Witness damage.

However, for our final bits of taken generation, we need to talk about Digsite Engineer. Holy crap, this card is fantastic. I have a greater bit of insight when it comes to this list due to the fact that I've been able to playtest it before writing about it, and I don't have enough good things to say about this piece. Have you ever wanted to make a 27/27 for two mana? Well I have, and I did (all thanks to the Engineer). This guy spits out Construct tokens much like Urza, Lord High Artificer except it's every time we cast an artifact spell (and pay 2 of course) rather than upon entering the battlefield. This is an incredibly potent artifact token generator, and I could not see this list running the same without it.

Tokens are fine and dandy but for the most part, they tend to be rather small. A list that only runs smaller creatures can only be so effective. We need some weight behind us—afterall, the more artifact creatures we attack with (and don't lose during blocks), the more damage Alibou, Ancient Witness can deal this turn and the next.

I've always wanted to do something with Traxos, Scourge of Kroog but his stay-tapped ability made me incredibly hesitant. Who wants a tapped creature? We do! Whether we cast a historic spell or not, this huge Construct still ends up doing work for us when our other artifact creatures attack. Even if he does untap, we are able to manipulate a scary 7/7 in the midst of combat with haste. Yeah. Alibou, Ancient Witness gives other artifact creatures we control haste. Don't forget that! This opens up a huge can of worms for our combat step.

Speaking of worms, we run Wurmcoil Engine (I deserve a pat on the back for that segway). This guy is one of the first creatures that comes to mind when I think "artifact deck," so I felt like we had to run him. The lifelink, deathtouch, and token generation when it dies doesn't hurt either.

We briefly covered Infect earlier…so why not bring it up one more time? I couldn't help myself running this Golem. He's a one-shot kill in Commander. If he makes contact with an opponent, then it's curtains for them. He is difficult to get rid of, and if he's exiled you can make the same move I did and get him back thanks to Karn, the Great Creator.

If you're playing an artifact deck, you're going to want to run Kuldotha Forgemaster. Tutors are a bit hard to come by (and expensive) in white-red, and this card is waaaay more optimal because it puts the artifact onto the battlefield. Just slapping it right out there for everyone to see. If we have Alibou, Ancient Witness out then we also have a hasty Blightsteel. The dream is that much easier to achieve when we have haste and stacking our deck on our side.

Other Ways to Tap

There are some artifacts in our deck that we just can't tap. Mycosynth Lattice, Unwinding Clock, and Blinkmoth Urn are just a few that lack that coveted curvy arrow we need. This doesn't mean it's impossible. We just need to be a bit more creative with how we can force taps in our deck (get to turning horizontal, you lazy artifacts)!

Let's start out strong with a creature I think is shaped like a friend: Lodestone Myr. When we tap an untapped artifact, he gets bigger by 1. This can take care of some of our peskier pieces and also makes our friend a bit thicker.

Another way to help us tap artifacts… untaps artifacts. Let me explain.

Clock of Omens is a pretty good fit for this deck. While it doesn't pump anything like Lodestone Myr, we are able to untap some of our artifacts to possibly tap again. A good way to utilize this would be to untap Mystic Forge so that we can tap it and exile the top card of our library again if we don't like it.

Our final piece of untap tech is Ghirapur Aether Grid. This card makes my red mage brain happy because we get to deal damage. Sure, it's only pings of 1, but that can add up if we're trying to ping a pesky creature to death or deal that final blow to an opponent. Regardless of what the result is, each of these three pieces help us further our tapping agenda. Alibou, Ancient Witness is pleased.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Iron Maiden by Chase Carroll

'Iron Maiden' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Chase Carroll

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Cards

Pia's Revolution

Color Identity:R

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Whenever a nontoken artifact is put into your graveyard from the battlefield, return that card to your hand unless target opponent has Pia's Revolution deal 3 damage to them.

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Inventors' Fair

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At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control three or more artifacts, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}, Sacrifice Inventors' Fair: Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle. Activate only if you control three or more artifacts.

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Mycosynth Lattice

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All permanents are artifacts in addition to their other types.
All cards that aren't on the battlefield, spells, and permanents are colorless.
Players may spend mana as though it were mana of any color.

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Darksteel Forge

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Artifacts you control have indestructible. (Effects that say "destroy" don't destroy them. Artifact creatures with indestructible can't be destroyed by damage.)

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Urza's Tower

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{T}: Add {C}. If you control an Urza's Mine and an Urza's Power-Plant, add {C}{C}{C} instead.

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Osgir, the Reconstructor

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Vigilance
{1}, Sacrifice an artifact: Target creature you control gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
{X}, {T}, Exile an artifact card with mana value X from your graveyard: Create two tokens that are copies of the exiled card. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Hangarback Walker

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Hangarback Walker enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
When Hangarback Walker dies, create a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying for each +1/+1 counter on Hangarback Walker.
{1}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Hangarback Walker.

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Urza's Power Plant

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{T}: Add {C}. If you control an Urza's Mine and an Urza's Tower, add {C}{C} instead.

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Vandalblast

Color Identity:R

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Destroy target artifact you don't control.
Overload {4}{R} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Wear // Tear

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Arcane Signet

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Great Furnace

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{T}: Add {R}.

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War Room

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}, Pay life equal to the number of colors in your commanders' color identity: Draw a card.

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Unwinding Clock

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Untap all artifacts you control during each other player's untap step.

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Blightsteel Colossus

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Trample, infect, indestructible
If Blightsteel Colossus would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, reveal Blightsteel Colossus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead.

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Chaos Warp

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The owner of target permanent shuffles it into their library, then reveals the top card of their library. If it's a permanent card, they put it onto the battlefield.

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Hellkite Tyrant

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Flying, trample
Whenever Hellkite Tyrant deals combat damage to a player, gain control of all artifacts that player controls.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control twenty or more artifacts, you win the game.

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Boros Signet

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{1}, {T}: Add {R}{W}.

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Clifftop Retreat

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Clifftop Retreat enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Plains.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Feldon of the Third Path

Color Identity:R

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{2}{R}, {T}: Create a token that's a copy of target creature card in your graveyard, except it's an artifact in addition to its other types. It gains haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

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Foundry Inspector

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Artifact spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Jeska's Will

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Choose one. If you control a commander as you cast this spell, you may choose both.
• Add {R} for each card in target opponent's hand.
• Exile the top three cards of your library. You may play them this turn.

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Daretti, Scrap Savant

Color Identity:R

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+2: Discard up to two cards, then draw that many cards.
−2: Sacrifice an artifact. If you do, return target artifact card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
−10: You get an emblem with "Whenever an artifact is put into your graveyard from the battlefield, return that card to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step."
Daretti, Scrap Savant can be your commander.

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Platinum Angel

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Flying
You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.

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Lodestone Myr

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Trample
Tap an untapped artifact you control: Lodestone Myr gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Bonders' Enclave

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}: Draw a card. Activate only if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

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Wurmcoil Engine

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Deathtouch, lifelink
When Wurmcoil Engine dies, create a 3/3 colorless Phyrexian Wurm artifact creature token with deathtouch and a 3/3 colorless Phyrexian Wurm artifact creature token with lifelink.

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Blinkmoth Urn

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At the beginning of each player's precombat main phase, if Blinkmoth Urn is untapped, that player adds {C} for each artifact they control.

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Ghirapur Aether Grid

Color Identity:R

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Tap two untapped artifacts you control: Ghirapur Aether Grid deals 1 damage to any target.

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Saheeli's Directive

Color Identity:R

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Improvise (Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for {1}.)
Reveal the top X cards of your library. You may put any number of artifact cards with mana value X or less from among them onto the battlefield. Then put all cards revealed this way that weren't put onto the battlefield into your graveyard.

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Clock of Omens

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Tap two untapped artifacts you control: Untap target artifact.

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Command Tower

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Mycosynth Golem

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Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs {1} less to cast for each artifact you control.)
Artifact creature spells you cast have affinity for artifacts. (They cost {1} less to cast for each artifact you control.)

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Generous Gift

Color Identity:W

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Destroy target permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Elephant creature token.

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Slayers' Stronghold

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{T}: Add {C}.
{R}{W}, {T}: Target creature gets +2/+0 and gains vigilance and haste until end of turn.

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Weatherlight

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Flying
Whenever Weatherlight deals combat damage to a player, look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a historic card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order. (Artifacts, legendaries, and Sagas are historic.)
Crew 3

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Traxos, Scourge of Kroog

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Trample
Traxos, Scourge of Kroog enters the battlefield tapped and doesn't untap during your untap step.
Whenever you cast a historic spell, untap Traxos. (Artifacts, legendaries, and Sagas are historic.)

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Myrsmith

Color Identity:W

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Whenever you cast an artifact spell, you may pay {1}. If you do, create a 1/1 colorless Myr artifact creature token.

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Mountain

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Digsite Engineer

Color Identity:W

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Whenever you cast an artifact spell, you may pay {2}. If you do, create a 0/0 colorless Construct artifact creature token with "This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control."

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Myriad Landscape

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Myriad Landscape enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Myriad Landscape: Search your library for up to two basic land cards that share a land type, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Mystic Forge

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast artifact spells and colorless spells from the top of your library.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Exile the top card of your library.

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Ancient Den

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Metalwork Colossus

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This spell costs {X} less to cast, where X is the total mana value of noncreature artifacts you control.
Sacrifice two artifacts: Return Metalwork Colossus from your graveyard to your hand.

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Temple of Triumph

Color Identity:R,W

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Temple of Triumph enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Triumph enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Shimmer Myr

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Flash
You may cast artifact spells as though they had flash.

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Spectator Seating

Color Identity:R,W

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Spectator Seating enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Loyal Apprentice

Color Identity:R

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Haste
Lieutenant — At the beginning of combat on your turn, if you control your commander, create a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying. That token gains haste until end of turn.

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Hedron Archive

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Hedron Archive: Draw two cards.

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Boros Charm

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.63

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Choose one —
• Boros Charm deals 4 damage to target player or planeswalker.
• Permanents you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
• Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.

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Myr Battlesphere

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When Myr Battlesphere enters the battlefield, create four 1/1 colorless Myr artifact creature tokens.
Whenever Myr Battlesphere attacks, you may tap X untapped Myr you control. If you do, Myr Battlesphere gets +X/+0 until end of turn and deals X damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.

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Sunbaked Canyon

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $20.46

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {R} or {W}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Sunbaked Canyon: Draw a card.

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Darksteel Citadel

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Indestructible
{T}: Add {C}.

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Grafted Exoskeleton

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Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has infect. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
Whenever Grafted Exoskeleton becomes unattached from a permanent, sacrifice that permanent.
Equip {2}

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Scrap Trawler

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Whenever Scrap Trawler or another artifact you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return to your hand target artifact card in your graveyard with lesser mana value.

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Helm of the Host

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At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a token that's a copy of equipped creature, except the token isn't legendary if equipped creature is legendary. That token gains haste.
Equip {5}

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Blasphemous Act

Color Identity:R

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each creature on the battlefield.
Blasphemous Act deals 13 damage to each creature.

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Tomb of the Spirit Dragon

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: You gain 1 life for each colorless creature you control.

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Rebbec, Architect of Ascension

Color Identity:W

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Artifacts you control have protection from each mana value among artifacts you control.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Alibou, Ancient Witness

Color Identity:R,W

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Other artifact creatures you control have haste.
Whenever one or more artifact creatures you control attack, Alibou, Ancient Witness deals X damage to any target and you scry X, where X is the number of tapped artifacts you control.

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Thran Dynamo

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{T}: Add {C}{C}{C}.

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Buried Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Buried Ruin: Return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Smothering Tithe

Color Identity:W

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Whenever an opponent draws a card, that player may pay {2}. If the player doesn't, you create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Gold Myr

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Goblin Welder

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $9.54

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{T}: Choose target artifact a player controls and target artifact card in that player's graveyard. If both targets are still legal as this ability resolves, that player simultaneously sacrifices the artifact and returns the artifact card to the battlefield.

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Rogue's Passage

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn.

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Breath of Fury

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.35

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Enchant creature you control
When enchanted creature deals combat damage to a player, sacrifice it and attach Breath of Fury to a creature you control. If you do, untap all creatures you control and after this phase, there is an additional combat phase.

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Talisman of Conviction

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}. Talisman of Conviction deals 1 damage to you.

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Cleansing Nova

Color Identity:W

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Choose one —
• Destroy all creatures.
• Destroy all artifacts and enchantments.

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

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({T}: Add {R} or {W}.)
As Sacred Foundry enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Karn, the Great Creator

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Activated abilities of artifacts your opponents control can't be activated.
+1: Until your next turn, up to one target noncreature artifact becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its mana value.
−2: You may reveal an artifact card you own from outside the game or choose a face-up artifact card you own in exile. Put that card into your hand.

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Ugin, the Ineffable

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Colorless spells you cast cost {2} less to cast.
+1: Exile the top card of your library face down and look at it. Create a 2/2 colorless Spirit creature token. When that token leaves the battlefield, put the exiled card into your hand.
−3: Destroy target permanent that's one or more colors.

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Strionic Resonator

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{2}, {T}: Copy target triggered ability you control. You may choose new targets for the copy. (A triggered ability uses the words "when," "whenever," or "at.")

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Karn, Scion of Urza

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+1: Reveal the top two cards of your library. An opponent chooses one of them. Put that card into your hand and exile the other with a silver counter on it.
−1: Put a card you own with a silver counter on it from exile into your hand.
−2: Create a 0/0 colorless Construct artifact creature token with "This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control."

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Urza's Mine

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{T}: Add {C}. If you control an Urza's Power-Plant and an Urza's Tower, add {C}{C} instead.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Ethersworn Canonist

Color Identity:W

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Each player who has cast a nonartifact spell this turn can't cast additional nonartifact spells.

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Quicksmith Genius

Color Identity:R

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Whenever an artifact enters the battlefield under your control, you may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.

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Archaeomancer's Map

Color Identity:W

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When Archaeomancer's Map enters the battlefield, search your library for up to two basic Plains cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle.
Whenever a land enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, if that player controls more lands than you, you may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Losheel, Clockwork Scholar

Color Identity:W

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Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to attacking artifact creatures you control.
Whenever one or more artifact creatures enter the battlefield under your control, draw a card. This ability triggers only once each turn.

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Dispatch

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.22

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Tap target creature.
Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, exile that creature.

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Iron Myr

Color Identity:R

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Kuldotha Forgemaster

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{T}, Sacrifice three artifacts: Search your library for an artifact card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Steel Overseer

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{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each artifact creature you control.

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Protection

I was going to leave this section out, however, I felt it could possibly be good to highlight the more defensive pieces of this deck since we are so incredibly aggressive. If we lose some of our creatures, we can be in for a world of hurt.

Starting out strong we have Losheel, Clockwork Scholar. I love this card. Aside from the card draw, he prevents all combat damage that would be dealt to attacking creatures we control. This means our artifacts are safe! No longer will our tokens live in fear of dying on the battlefield! Our next piece of safety equipment lies in Rebbec, Architect of Ascension. She is so cool, essentially giving our pieces protection from almost anything on our battlefield. I mean, sure, we will have to pay attention to our mana value, but I think it's worth it for that extra cushion.

These cards are nice insurance, but it's not like we can actively prevent our opponents from casting spells we don't like, right? Hahaha wrong! We can. Lemme introduce you to Ethersworn Canonist.

This card is the perfect hatebear for artifact decks, shutting our opponents down if they think about casting nonartifact spells. This slows our opponents down in a game where we are incredibly fast-paced, and with Alibou, Ancient Witness out, speed is everything.

The final piece I want to highlight is Darksteel Forge.

This piece functions almost like Losheel, Clockwork Scholar. While the Elephant prevents damage, Darksteel Forge doesn't care if the damage happens or not. If this piece hits our field, it's game over for opponents. Single target and global removal have no effect on us. Annihilation is inevitable and solely depends on how much we feel like swinging.

The MVP

The MVP of this list is definitely not what I'd thought it'd be. I was expecting Mycosynth Golem or even Blightsteel Colossus over what I've selected for you all. Let me explain.

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We need to talk about Saheeli's Directive.

This card is a Genesis Wave, but for artifacts. Yeah, that sounds okay, maybe even good in our list, but why make it the MVP this week? One word: Alibou, Ancient Witness. After many playtests, I've discovered that we can scry obscene amounts with our commander. I've scryed as little as 5 and as much as 27. At that point, we're essentially stacking our deck.

Think about this when paired with Saheeli's Directive. We stack the deck with Alibou, Ancient Witness then cast the Directive, making sure we only get hits into play (with some possible added gravy if we sink even more mana into it). During my previous playtest I was able to put a Mycosynth Lattice and a Darksteel Forge into play, and so much more. Directive is a wonderful card that allows us to cheat things out for free. With Alibou at the helm of our list, we know exactly what we're getting. The deck is literally stacked in our favor.

Commander 2021 has some of the most fun and playable decks out of box to date. The sheer amount of reprinted value is nothing to scoff at, nor are the incredibly potent face and substitute commanders. Picking up product-hover id="235092" and being able to dominate a precon game with one of the substitute commanders brought me an intense amount of joy.

As someone who has never really found a strong connection to Boros, I was surprised to enjoy Lorehold Legacies as much as I have. I even went so far as to build a list on stream, write an article about it, and even purchase what I needed in order to make this deck mine. I feel as though it's safe to say that this run of Commander decks is truly elite. Whether you're piloting my list or not, Alibou is a force to be reckoned with and currently reigns supreme as one of the best Boros commanders printed to date.