I tend to shy away from the Gruul guild. There's something about it that intimidates me. Maybe it's the mass amount of creatures, or the lack of space dedicated to the redness of red aggro. Either way, I rarely touch Gruul commanders...until now. When I first saw Svella, Ice Shaper, I thought, "this isn't your typical Gruul commander". While yes, her secondary ability allows us to cast stuff off the top of the library for free (ideally big creatures), I was in awe of her ability to make mana rocks. Artifacts and Gruul don't normally mix, and it's because of that that I knew I had to brew the weirdest theme ever: Gruul Artifacts.

More Mana 

Our goal with Svella is to ramp quickly to cast value cards off the top of our deck, or tp ramp enough to dump mana into some of our spicier pieces. Either way, we need the mana to get there. One way to underestimate Svella is by thinking her mana rock ability is slow. This is incredibly far from the truth. Consistent mana rocks each turn is nothing to sneeze at—however, running extra mana rocks doesn't hurt our cause. Of course we run the staples like Sol Ring, Mana Crypt, and Arcane Signet, but it's Svella who puts the rock in rock and roll. We also run Basalt Monolith, Talisman of Impulse, and Skyclave Relic. Are you getting tired of all the mana rocks? Well, we aren't done yet!

We also run cards that help us generate an intense amount of mana. One such artifact is Blinkmoth Urn. While this piece does give everyone colorless mana, it will definitely benefit us more with our massive amount of artifacts and Svelle's rock-making! Either way, we will be swimming in mana. Our next mass mana generator is Forsaken Monument. I've wanted to do something cool with this piece ever since it was spoiled, and thankfully, it has a place in Svella. It buffs our colorless creatures (spoiler alert), and makes specific mana rocks we run tap for more mana! AND WE LOVE MORE MANA!

Speaking of more mana, while these next few pieces aren't mana rocks, they turn our small rocks into something incredibly powerful! Of course we have to run Nyxbloom Ancient. The beauty behind this creature is that it affects all permanents we control that tap for mana. This turns our Icy Manaliths into Thran Dynamos and our Mana Crypt into a Chromatic Orrery...kinda. Our final piece of intense mana ramp is Mana Reflection. Acting as a less potent Nyxbloom Ancient, we are able to double the mana our permanents tap for. Imagine how intense our turns will be if we have both out! I don't even want to right now, because that's a lot of math and math is for blockers. 

Value Artifacts

Of course, we have to run more than just mana rocks—we're an artifact deck in Gruul! We need some pizazz. With Svella's ability, we can run cards like Mystic Forge and Sensei's Divining Top. I know this seems a bit weird at first, but hear me out. With Svella's second ability, we look at the top four cards of our library. The Top only allows us to look at the top three, and the Forge only lets us look at the top. This, thankfully, adds up. If we have Forge out, then we can see what we could possibly cast for free, same goes for the Top. However, if we don't like any of these, we can reorder them with the Top then exile the top card of our library with the Forge. While this only gives us access to one extra card, that one extra card could be the spicy tech we need to beat face on turn four!

Rings of Brighthearth|| Lithoform Engine

For our next piece of value, let's talk about Rings of Brighthearth and Lithoform Engine. These are two incredibly powerful artifacts that add a lot to this brew. Both can allow us to copy Svella's secondary ability, which gives us another spin at the "cast spells for free" wheel! How intense is that?! However, it should be noted that the Engine's power doesn't stop there. With it, we can copy target permanent spell we control, meaning we can have two Rings, two Illusionist's Bracers, or even two Nyxbloom Ancients! This can make a key difference in the plays we make, making them necessary value for this Gruul artifact deck.

Value Creatures

So we've covered the artifact portion of this deck, but what are about the creatures? If we were in blue, we'd be able to run incredibly few without any issue. However, we are in Gruul and creatures are as to Gruul as counterspells are to blue. We need some "unf"! Two such examples are Reckless Fireweaver and Fathom Fleet Swordjack. These gorgeous creatures allow us to deal wonderful amounts of damage thanks to our artifacts. Sure, Fireweaver might deal incremental damage, but damage is damage. The Swordjack, however, is a force to be reckoned with. The more artifacts we have, the more we burn. Perfect, right?

Next we have our graveyard creatures. Sometimes we're gonna lose some of our more powerful artifacts to some hate. Thankfully, we run a few pieces to help get them back. We run Myr Retriever and Junk Diver which are perfect because when they hit the yard we can return something from the yard. Another graveyard focused creature is Scrap Trawler, however it differs from our other graveyard creatures due to the fact that it's ability triggers when other artifacts hit the yard as well. Repeatable graveyard recursion is incredibly important, so why not run a few pieces, amiright?

Our final value creature is one of my favorite artifact creatures ever: Kuldotha Forgemaster. This is the ultimate tutor in this deck, allowing us to put whatever we tutor straight onto the battlefield. Whether we're looking for one of our big creatures or Mycosynth Lattice or even a Darksteel Forge, Forgemaster is one of those cards that is seriously underplayed in artifact decks. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Punk Rock Gruul by Chase Carroll

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

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Cards

Thran Dynamo

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

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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 your library. Activate this ability only if you control three or more artifacts.

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Sol Ring

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

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Rings of Brighthearth

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Whenever you activate an ability, if it isn't a mana ability, you may pay {2}. If you do, copy that ability. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

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When you cast this spell, draw four cards.
Annihilator 4 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices four permanents.)
When Kozilek, Butcher of Truth is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles their graveyard into their library.

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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 converted mana cost.

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Krark-Clan Ironworks

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Sacrifice an artifact: Add {C}{C}.

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Jaya's Immolating Inferno

Color Identity:R

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(You may cast a legendary sorcery only if you control a legendary creature or planeswalker.)
Jaya's Immolating Inferno deals X damage to each of up to three targets.

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Vandalblast

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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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Trash for Treasure

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice an artifact.
Return target artifact card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Sensei's Divining Top

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{1}: Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order.
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Kuldotha Forgemaster

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

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Manifold Key

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{1}, {T}: Untap another target artifact.
{3}, {T}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn.

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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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Feedback Bolt

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Feedback Bolt deals damage to target player or planeswalker equal to the number of artifacts you control.

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Wheel of Misfortune

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Each player secretly chooses a number 0 or greater, then all players reveal those numbers simultaneously and determine the highest and lowest numbers revealed this way. Wheel of Misfortune deals damage equal to the highest number to each player who chose that number. Each player who didn't choose the lowest number discards their hand, then draws seven cards.

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Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

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When you cast this spell, exile two target permanents.
Indestructible
Whenever Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger attacks, defending player exiles the top twenty cards of their library.

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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 your library.

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Nyxbloom Ancient

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Trample
If you tap a permanent for mana, it produces three times as much of that mana instead.

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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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Snow-Covered Forest

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Skyclave Relic

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Kicker {3}
Indestructible
When Skyclave Relic enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, create two tapped tokens that are copies of Skyclave Relic.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Wheel of Fortune

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Each player discards their hand, then draws seven cards.

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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 converted mana cost.
−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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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 converted mana cost 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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Voltaic Key

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{1}, {T}: Untap target artifact.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

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+2: Ugin, the Spirit Dragon deals 3 damage to any target.
−X: Exile each permanent with converted mana cost X or less that's one or more colors.
−10: You gain 7 life, draw seven cards, then put up to seven permanent cards from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

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When you cast this spell, destroy target permanent.
Indestructible
Annihilator 4 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices four permanents.)
When Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles their graveyard into their library.

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Snow-Covered Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Return of the Wildspeaker

Color Identity:G

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Choose one —
• Draw cards equal to the greatest power among non-Human creatures you control.
• Non-Human creatures you control get +3/+3 until end of turn.

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Ash Barrens

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{T}: Add {C}.
Basic landcycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.)

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Second Harvest

Color Identity:G

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For each token you control, create a token that's a copy of that permanent.

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Prismatic Vista

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Prismatic Vista: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Mana Reflection

Color Identity:G

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If you tap a permanent for mana, it produces twice as much of that mana instead.

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Spire Garden

Color Identity:G,R

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Spire Garden enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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Seedborn Muse

Color Identity:G

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

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Staff of Domination

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{1}: Untap Staff of Domination.
{2}, {T}: You gain 1 life.
{3}, {T}: Untap target creature.
{4}, {T}: Tap target creature.
{5}, {T}: Draw a card.

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Basalt Monolith

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Basalt Monolith doesn't untap during your untap step.
{T}: Add {C}{C}{C}.
{3}: Untap Basalt Monolith.

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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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Jeska's Will

Color Identity:R

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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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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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Walking Ballista

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Walking Ballista enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
{4}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Walking Ballista.
Remove a +1/+1 counter from Walking Ballista: It deals 1 damage to any target.

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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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Reckless Fireweaver

Color Identity:R

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Whenever an artifact enters the battlefield under your control, Reckless Fireweaver deals 1 damage to each opponent.

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Ruination

Color Identity:R

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Destroy all nonbasic lands.

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Svella, Ice Shaper

Color Identity:G,R

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{3}, {T}: Create a colorless snow artifact token named Icy Manalith with "{T}: Add one mana of any color."
{6}{R}{G}, {T}: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may cast a spell from among them without paying its mana cost. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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

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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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Talisman of Impulse

Color Identity:G,R

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

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Illusionist's Bracers

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Whenever an ability of equipped creature is activated, if it isn't a mana ability, copy that ability. You may choose new targets for the copy.
Equip {3}

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Wooded Foothills

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Myr Retriever

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When Myr Retriever dies, return another target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Gamble

Color Identity:R

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, discard a card at random, then shuffle your library.

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Scrap Mastery

Color Identity:R

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Each player exiles all artifact cards from their graveyard, then sacrifices all artifacts they control, then puts all cards they exiled this way onto the battlefield.

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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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Parallel Lives

Color Identity:G

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If an effect would create one or more tokens under your control, it creates twice that many of those tokens instead.

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Forsaken Monument

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Colorless creatures you control get +2/+2.
Whenever you tap a permanent for {C}, add an additional {C}.
Whenever you cast a colorless spell, you gain 2 life.

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Treasure Nabber

Color Identity:R

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Whenever an opponent taps an artifact for mana, gain control of that artifact until the end of your next turn.

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Doubling Season

Color Identity:G

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If an effect would create one or more tokens under your control, it creates twice that many of those tokens instead.
If an effect would put one or more counters on a permanent you control, it puts twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.

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Fathom Fleet Swordjack

Color Identity:R

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Whenever Fathom Fleet Swordjack attacks, it deals damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking equal to the number of artifacts you control.
Encore {5}{R} ({5}{R}, Exile this card from your graveyard: For each opponent, create a token copy that attacks that opponent this turn if able. They gain haste. Sacrifice them at the beginning of the next end step. Activate only as a sorcery.)

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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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Taiga

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)

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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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Kessig Wolf Run

Color Identity:G,R

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{T}: Add {C}.
{X}{R}{G}, {T}: Target creature gets +X/+0 and gains trample until end of turn.

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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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Junk Diver

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Flying
When Junk Diver dies, return another target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Goblin Engineer

Color Identity:R

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When Goblin Engineer enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an artifact card, put it into your graveyard, then shuffle your library.
{R}, {T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Return target artifact card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Mana Crypt

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At the beginning of your upkeep, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, Mana Crypt deals 3 damage to you.
{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Lithoform Engine

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{2}, {T}: Copy target activated or triggered ability you control. You may choose new targets for the copy.
{3}, {T}: Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. You may choose new targets for the copy.
{4}, {T}: Copy target permanent spell you control. (The copy becomes a token.)

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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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Unwinding Clock

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

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Hellkite Tyrant

Color Identity:R

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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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Sylvan Library

Color Identity:G

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At the beginning of your draw step, you may draw two additional cards. If you do, choose two cards in your hand drawn this turn. For each of those cards, pay 4 life or put the card on top of your library.

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Comet Storm

Color Identity:R

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Multikicker {1} (You may pay an additional {1} any number of times as you cast this spell.)
Choose any target, then choose another target for each time this spell was kicked. Comet Storm deals X damage to each of them.

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Beast Within

Color Identity:G

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

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Emrakul, the Promised End

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each card type among cards in your graveyard.
When you cast this spell, you gain control of target opponent during that player's next turn. After that turn, that player takes an extra turn.
Flying, trample, protection from instants

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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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Big Creatures & Alt Win Cons

I haven't forgotten about Svella's secondary ability, don't you worry! While we generate enough mana to cast some of our bigger creatures, ideally it would be great to snag one off the top for free. But what are the big creatures we want to snag off the top? What are our wincons? 
Let's start out with the grosser of the two things: Eldrazi. You know them, you hate them, so we run them. We run four of the infamous Eldrazi Titans, each designed to beat face with their added nasty abilities. Is our goal to exile the top 20 cards of our opponent's library? No, but it definitely doesn't hurt. We originally decided to run every printing of the Titans (sans Aeons torn because banned), however, we ultimately cut Kozilek, the Great Distortion, because his ability felt very passive compared to the other titans. Our goal with these mean meanies is to cast them off the top for free, and swing big and unblockable thanks to Rogue's Passage

Another big creature/win condition is the illustrious Blightsteel Colossus. (Please, stop your booing. I am but a humble monster who couldn't resist running this bad boy.) Blightsteel is player removal incarnate, thanks to the fact that Infect damage still rests at 10 in Commander. Casting a 12 mana instant win creature for 8 mana is definitely the move in this deck. Another big beater that happens to bridge the win con gap is Hellkite Tyrant. I adore this card, which can both be aggressive and passive at the same time. Not only can he swing big in the air, but he can also win us the game if we own 20 or more artifacts! Now while this seems like an insane feat, cards like Illusionist's Bracers, Second Harvest, and Parallel Lives allow us to double the Manaliths Svella creates, since they are tokens. IS THIS SOME SWEET TECH OR WHAT?!?!?!

Lastly, we have our final two win cons: X dumps. Let's be honest...running Eldrazi means we are gonna get either targeted or Chaos Warped. We might not even stumble upon these win cons in a game, and I always like to have a plan B, C, D and E! In this situation, our plan C is X dumps. We tend to generate a lot of mana in this deck (not to brag, but I was able to cast an Ugin on turn 4). We need places for this mana to go. Our main dumps just so happen to be aggro spells: Comet Storm and Jaya's Immolating Inferno. As a burn player, I can't leave well enough alone, and dumping an obscene amount of mana into multi-player target burn spells just seems like the perfect little bit of spice to add to this deck. We may be artifact focused, but that doesn't mean we can't singe a few eyebrows off for 30 mana! 

Infinite Mana

Let's talk about a wombo combo: infinite mana and casting off the top. This combo requires a few pieces in it in order for it to function, but the payoff is definitely worth it. For this interaction, what we need is Svella, Basalt Monolith, Staff of Domination, and Forsaken Monument. When our Forsaken Monument is out, we are able to have our Basalt Monolith tap for four mana rather than three. With three of this mana we can untap the Monolith with itself, having one colorless remain. We can continue this as many times as we need! This convoluted little combo piece allows us to create infinite colorless mana, which we can use for a number of things. We can activate Svella's mana rock ability and then use the Staff of Domination to untap Svella, and then itself! Rinse and repeat. This little combo with the Staff can also allow us to cast essentially everything from our deck!

Hate

We need a little bit of hate for this deck to flourish. ...Or a lot. This section is not for the faint of heart, darling deck builders. I wanna talk about spells that shut down the game, spells that make us win basically by default. Let's start with the lesser of evils: mass land destruction. Yes, we're running Ruination. Now, I know this is regarded largely as being taboo in Commander, but I do have to say that chat really sold me on this card. Many individuals who play Commander tend to rely on nonbasic lands for mana fixing. This was their first mistake. While we too run a handful of non basics, we also have a lot of mana rocks. Can you see where this is heading? Even if we cast Ruination, it won't hurt us nearly as bad as our opponents, essentially stalling them while we cast cards from the top for free to our heart's delight.

Our second piece of hate is what I lovingly refer to as the "slick shutdown". This requires us to run two specific cards and have them both out at the same time. I'm talking about the interaction between Karn, the Great Creator and Mycosynth Lattice. (I know. Pure evil, right?) If you aren't familiar: when these two cards are out at the same time, our opponents cannot activate the abilities of artifacts...which is everything they control now. While shutting out our opponents is definitely a hateful thing to do, it offers another way for us to essentially win if our Edlrazi aren't surfacing or our dragon was bolted to death. Yes these cards are nauseating, but just couldn't resist myself!

Svella, Ice Shaper is without a doubt one of the most interesting legendaries to come out of Gruul in a long time. Having repeatable mana rock generation is not something I expected to come out of this color combination, and yet here I am, absolutely enamored with it! If you had told me I'd be building a Gruul Artifacts deck in commander, I would've thought you a madman. This Svella deck will eventually make its way onto my paper commander stream in the near future. Let's continue to break the mold, deck builders! Until next time, keep mana rocking on!