Do you know what modular is? It's good, that's what it is. BOOM! Attention-grabbing intro, check.

This modular keyword originated in Darksteel in 2004 and has now made a reappearance 17 years later in Modern Horizons 2. I've only ever seen one modular deck before (it was a Reyhan, Last of the Abzan/Ravos, Soultender deck piloted by my friend Andrew) and because of its use of green, I chalked modular up as "only good with green". This was a mistake.

Zabaz, the Glimmerwasp is a Boros modular commander with a built-in sacrifice outlet and evasion all for one colorless mana. This doesn't even begin to cover the magic (pun intended) Zabaz does with +1/+1 counters.

When talking about counters in commander, the mind often wanders to blue and green. Zabaz, the Glimmerwasp looks at these preconceived notions and rejects them. Modular not only lives in Boros, but thrives! By playing creatures with modular we can slowly build a reserve of +1/+1 counters, then dump all of those counters on Zabaz so our stingy boy can one-shot our opponents with commander damage. Leave the citronella candles at home, because soon all of the commander community will be buzzing about Zabaz.

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Modular and +1/+1 Counters

I was surprised at how many Modular cards there are—22 legal cards to be exact. This made adding creatures to our list rather easy. Pieces like Arcbound Worker, Arcbound Hybrid, and Arcbound Crusher make up the core base of our deck. They're the framing that give this deck a leg to stand on. We run exactly 17 Modular creatures (including our commander), however, there is more synergy here than meets the eye.

When I began to brew this deck I was struggling to find ways to add +1/+1 counters to our creatures in an optimal way. Sure there are cheap one-time spells we can use, but we want something streamlined, something that can pose an immediate threat. As it turns out, there is a decent bit of counter support in Boros.

Starting out we have Arcbound Shikari, Arcbound Overseer, and Steel Overseer. While yes, some of these are Modular creatures, all of them give all our creatures (be they Modular or plain old artifacts) +1/+1 counters. While Shikari only triggers upon entering the battlefield, both Overseers are repeatable. These counters can make Walking Ballista, Hangarback Walker, and Esper Sentinel annoying and very, very threatening.

Our noncreature spells also provide us a plethora of ways to add +1/+1 counters to creatures. Proliferation is one of my favorite ways to do that. Pieces like Contagion Clasp and Karn's Bastion help further this agenda.

Another way of adding counters is through Unbreakable Formation. This spell has always come in handy for me, as it serves as both protection and a way for us to buff our stuff.

Now, let's say we can't protect our stuff and a board wipe happens to be cast. Worry not! We have an answer for that too in the form of The Ozolith.

I like to view this piece as the charging station for our Modular counters. We store them there until we have a creature we need to place them back on to. You love to see it.

However, our final piece is my absolute favorite: Cathars' Crusade. This enchantment is a powerhouse in any creature-based deck and is an infamous headache-causer (makes the player do way too much math). In the case of Modular, it seems as though the Crusade is a perfect fit to make either one creature or all of them rather large.

Sac Outlets

The goal of the deck is to make things die. I know that sounds a little macabre (after all we're playing Boros not Rakdos), but them's the facts! In order for us to trigger modular, we need our creatures to die. While combat is always an option, we don't want to solely rely on the unreliable. This is where our sac outlets come in. Sometimes we need to force our strategy upon our creatures. Don't worry. It's for the greater good.

Zabaz, the Glimmerwasp is definitely the total package, as they function as a sac outlet. However, I would be remiss as a professional deckbuilder to only run just one! Let's start out with our slower sac outlets (outlets that can only be done once a turn).

While Daretti, Scrap Savant is not the most reliable outlet, his -2 does the job with the bonus of recurring another artifact. Along the same vein we have Goblin Engineer, which is slightly limited as it needs to be tapped.

A more powerful sac outlet lives in the newly printed Breya's Apprentice. This sac outlet is a bit stronger because it allows us to gain some much-needed card advantage (and Boros is always in need of that). Next we have Scrapyard Recombiner, which is just a fun little piece that allows us to tutor for a Construct card after sacrificing an artifact. A good portion of our modular creatures have this creature type, and it doesn't hurt to be able to find even more (plus we can always fail to find in a pinch).

Our last slower sac outlet fits beautifully with the theme of the deck: Throne of Geth. With this piece we can proliferate all the counters on our creatures. Proliferation isn't exactly common in white and red (only five cards to be exact), so this artifact definitely helps.

I consider these next cards to be our stronger pieces because they are repeatable and can be utilized immediately after they enter the battlefield. Since we are an artifact deck, running Krark-Clan Ironworks seems like a power move. This piece turns our artifacts into cold, hard mana which can be used to cast more artifacts or pumped into our X creatures. Either way, I love KCI!

As soon as Arcbound Ravager enters the battlefield we can sacrifice artifacts to put +1/+1 counters on this Beast, making it a fast and flavorful way to trigger modular.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Metal Mosquito Mayhem by Chase Carroll

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

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Commander

Market Price: $272.22

Cards

Arcbound Tracker

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.02

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Menace
Modular 2 (This creature enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
Whenever you cast a spell other than your first spell each turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Tracker.

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Throne of Geth

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{T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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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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Great Furnace

Color Identity:R

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{T}: Add {R}.

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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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Sun Titan

Color Identity:W

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Vigilance
Whenever Sun Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, you may return target permanent card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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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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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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Arcbound Slith

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Whenever Arcbound Slith deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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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.
{R}, {T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Return target artifact card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Arcbound Worker

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Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Goblin Welder

Color Identity:R

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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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Arcane Signet

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

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Darksteel Citadel

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Indestructible
{T}: Add {C}.

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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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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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Battlefield Forge

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}. Battlefield Forge deals 1 damage to you.

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Scrapyard Recombiner

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Modular 2 (This creature enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
{T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Search your library for a Construct card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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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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Daretti, Scrap Savant

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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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Karn's Bastion

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}: Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Arcbound Javelineer

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{T}, Remove X +1/+1 counters from Arcbound Javelineer: It deals X damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Arcbound Slasher

Color Identity:R

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Modular 4 (This creature enters the battlefield with four +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
Riot (This creature enters the battlefield with your choice of an additional +1/+1 counter or haste.)

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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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Axgard Armory

Color Identity:R,W

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Axgard Armory enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W}.
{1}{R}{R}{W}, {T}, Sacrifice Axgard Armory: Search your library for an Aura card and/or an Equipment card, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle.

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Cathars' Crusade

Color Identity:W

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Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

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Contagion Clasp

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When Contagion Clasp enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
{4}, {T}: Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Boros Charm

Color Identity:R,W

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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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Rustvale Bridge

Color Identity:R,W

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Rustvale Bridge enters the battlefield tapped.
Indestructible
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Unbreakable Formation

Color Identity:W

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Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
Addendum — If you cast this spell during your main phase, put a +1/+1 counter on each of those creatures and they gain vigilance until end of turn.

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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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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Wake the Past

Color Identity:R,W

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Return all artifact cards from your graveyard to the battlefield. They gain haste until end of turn.

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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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Arcbound Hybrid

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Haste
Modular 2 (This creature enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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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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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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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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Arcbound Mouser

Color Identity:W

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Lifelink
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Arcbound Crusher

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Trample
Whenever another artifact enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Crusher.
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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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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Abzan Falconer

Color Identity:W

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Outlast {W} ({W}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on this creature. Outlast only as a sorcery.)
Each creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it has flying.

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Skullclamp

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Equipped creature gets +1/-1.
Whenever equipped creature dies, draw two cards.
Equip {1}

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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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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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Arcbound Shikari

Color Identity:R,W

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First strike
When Arcbound Shikari enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on each other artifact creature you control.
Modular 2 (This creature enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Esper Sentinel

Color Identity:W

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Whenever an opponent casts their first noncreature spell each turn, draw a card unless that player pays {X}, where X is Esper Sentinel's power.

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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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Arcbound Whelp

Color Identity:R

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Flying
{R}: Arcbound Whelp gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Modular 2 (This creature enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Power Depot

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Power Depot enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast artifact spells or activate abilities of artifacts.
Modular 1

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Arcbound Reclaimer

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Remove a +1/+1 counter from Arcbound Reclaimer: Put target artifact card from your graveyard on top of your library.
Modular 2 (This creature enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact 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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Needleverge Pathway // Pillarverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $3.26

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Arcbound Prototype

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.01

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Modular 2 (This creature enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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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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Arcbound Overseer

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At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature with modular you control.
Modular 6 (This creature enters the battlefield with six +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Sol Ring

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

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Ichor Wellspring

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When Ichor Wellspring enters the battlefield or is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, draw a card.

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The Ozolith

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Whenever a creature you control leaves the battlefield, if it had counters on it, put those counters on The Ozolith.
At the beginning of combat on your turn, if The Ozolith has counters on it, you may move all counters from The Ozolith onto target creature.

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Zabaz, the Glimmerwasp

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.22

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Modular 1
If a modular triggered ability would put one or more +1/+1 counters on a creature you control, that many plus one +1/+1 counters are put on it instead.
{R}: Destroy target artifact you control.
{W}: Zabaz, the Glimmerwasp gains flying until end of turn.

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Dispatch

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.24

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

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Pia's Revolution

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.28

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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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Arcbound Stinger

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Flying
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Together Forever

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.18

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When Together Forever enters the battlefield, support 2. (Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to two target creatures.)
{1}: Choose target creature with a counter on it. When that creature dies this turn, return that card to its owner's hand.

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Ancient Den

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.57

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Losheel, Clockwork Scholar

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.20

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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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Breya's Apprentice

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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When Breya's Apprentice enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying.
{T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Choose one —
• Exile the top card of your library. Until the end of your next turn, you may play that card.
• Target creature gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

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Clifftop Retreat

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $6.80

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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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Temple of Triumph

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.37

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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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Ruins of Oran-Rief

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Ruins of Oran-Rief enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}. ({C} represents colorless mana.)
{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on target colorless creature that entered the battlefield 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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Scourglass

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $7.13

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{T}, Sacrifice Scourglass: Destroy all permanents except for artifacts and lands. Activate only during your upkeep.

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Arcbound Ravager

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Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager.
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.49

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Flying
Whenever you cast a historic spell, return target creature card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield. (Artifacts, legendaries, and Sagas are historic.)

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Coveted Jewel

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When Coveted Jewel enters the battlefield, draw three cards.
{T}: Add three mana of any one color.
Whenever one or more creatures an opponent controls attack you and aren't blocked, that player draws three cards and gains control of Coveted Jewel. Untap it.

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Thrilling Discovery

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.11

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You gain 2 life. Then you may discard two cards. If you do, draw three cards.

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Swords to Plowshares

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.88

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Exile target creature. Its controller gains life equal to its power.

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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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Chaos Warp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.58

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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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Krark-Clan Ironworks

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

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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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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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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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Jeska's Will

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $18.22

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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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Akroma's Will

Color Identity:W

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Choose one. If you control a commander as you cast this spell, you may choose both.
• Creatures you control gain flying, vigilance, and double strike until end of turn.
• Creatures you control gain lifelink, indestructible, and protection from all colors until end of turn.

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Osgir, the Reconstructor

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.62

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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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Recursion

The one major flaw with modular is that our creatures have to die in order for the +1/+1 counters to be moved. As an anxious Magic player, I really don't like it when my junk dies. To put my worries at ease, I've included this lovely deluxe recursion package! Not only does this alleviate the panic of losing our creatures, it also allows us to continue the beautiful cycle of counter giving.

As an artifact-focused deck, we of course run the standard retrievers such as Junk Diver, Myr Retriever, and Scrap Trawler. However, I don't want to be limited to these one-time-use effects. Let's talk about one of our weirder pieces of recursion: Osgir, the Reconstructor.

This creature is a blast because not only does he create two copies of cards we exiled from the graveyard, but he doubles as a sac outlet as well! Admit having two copies of a Steel Overseer seems way cooler.

Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle and Sun Titan are perfect additions to this list, allowing us to return items with mana value 3 or less into play! Since we run 24 creatures that fit under this category, both of these just seem like the perfect life savers… literally.

As always, our recursion isn't limited to our creature spells. Let me put you on one of my favorite pieces in this list: Wake the Past.

While it does have a rather costly mana value, it gets every artifact we control back into play… with haste! With our sac outlets and Cathars' Crusade out, this is a nightmare for our opponents and a sweet, sweet dream for us.

Our final pieces are enchantments. First we have Together Forever, which allows us to essentially put a protective blanket over all our creatures with counters on them… if we have the mana to pay. Rather than hitting the graveyard, they bounce back to our hand for a quick and easy recast. Since our modular creatures largely fall under 3 mana we can simply recast during our second main phase. It's like they never left at all.

Lastly, we have Pia's Revolution. This is a spell that largely gets a "Wow that's pretty good" whenever I play this in person. Rather than just straight-out recurring the creature, this enchantment puts the lives of our artifacts into our opponents' hands. They must decide: pay the life or let us put it back into our hand. Over the course of games, this damage can add up and some players would rather risk the recast than see their life total dwindle down by a Lightning Bolt.

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This list reminds me of tubbed butter. It's smooth and creamy and spreads so easily on toast . I know that this is a weird way to describe it, but the creation of this list felt like such a smooth process. The theme flows so well (better than I expected) and the is truly a fun experience to play.

This list captures what I love so much about Commander: weird archetypes and optimization. This could be a list that makes an appearance on my paper streams in the near future. Happy brewing!