I was gonna write about this week's commander, but it seems he's disappeared. I wonder where he went. Could it be under Artifact Pieces? What about Weaknesses? Hm, well... it's ok. We can go on without him I suppose. This week's deck tech star is receiving the old border treatment in Time Spiral Remastered: Fblthp, the Lost. Now I'll be honest... I chose this week's commander randomly. I scrolled through Scryfall, saw him and thought, "Hm, he seems neat." After all, this little guy is famous! He's Magic's Golden Boy (move over Jace)! He started as a small art feature in Totally Lost and now has his own card! But how exactly are we gonna build it?

Well, with an odd commander like this, chat and I thought it would be funny to find ways to loop Fblthp, the Lost into one of two winning combos: Aetherflux or Blue Sun's Zenith. This deck was incredibly fun to build, because it allowed me to explore and discover new pieces of tech I never thought I'd run before.

Did I mention we'd also be doing this with zero creatures?

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Creatureless Fblthp by Chase Carroll

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

Created By: Chase Carroll

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Commander

Market Price: $746.74

Cards

Mystical Tutor

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $21.13

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Search your library for an instant or sorcery card, reveal it, then shuffle and put that card on top.

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Fabricate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $8.42

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Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Dramatic Reversal

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.57

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Untap all nonland permanents you control.

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Cloud Key

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As Cloud Key enters the battlefield, choose artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, or sorcery.
Spells you cast of the chosen type cost {1} less to cast.

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Long-Term Plans

Color Identity:U

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Search your library for a card, then shuffle and put that card third from the top.

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Glacial Chasm

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Cumulative upkeep—Pay 2 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
When Glacial Chasm enters the battlefield, sacrifice a land.
Creatures you control can't attack.
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you.

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Sol Ring

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

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Pact of Negation

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell.
At the beginning of your next upkeep, pay {3}{U}{U}. If you don't, you lose the game.

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Echo of Eons

Color Identity:U

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Each player shuffles their hand and graveyard into their library, then draws seven cards.
Flashback {2}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Sapphire Medallion

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

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Back to Basics

Color Identity:U

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Nonbasic lands don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

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Thran Dynamo

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

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Sculpting Steel

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You may have Sculpting Steel enter the battlefield as a copy of any artifact on the battlefield.

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Mana Drain

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell. At the beginning of your next main phase, add an amount of {C} equal to that spell's mana value.

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Narset's Reversal

Color Identity:U

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Copy target instant or sorcery spell, then return it to its owner's hand. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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High Tide

Color Identity:U

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Until end of turn, whenever a player taps an Island for mana, that player adds an additional {U}.

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Mission Briefing

Color Identity:U

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Surveil 2, then choose an instant or sorcery card in your graveyard. You may cast it this turn. If that spell would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead. (To surveil 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest on top of your library in any order.)

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Tezzeret, Artifice Master

Color Identity:U

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+1: Create a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying.
0: Draw a card. If you control three or more artifacts, draw two cards instead.
−9: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your end step, search your library for a permanent card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle."

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Negate

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Illusionist's Gambit

Color Identity:U

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Cast this spell only during the declare blockers step on an opponent's turn.
Remove all attacking creatures from combat and untap them. After this phase, there is an additional combat phase. Each of those creatures attacks that combat if able. They can't attack you or planeswalkers you control that combat.

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Search for Azcanta

Color Identity:U

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard. Then if you have seven or more cards in your graveyard, you may transform Search for Azcanta.

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Force of Will

Color Identity:U

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You may pay 1 life and exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target spell.

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Maze of Ith

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{T}: Untap target attacking creature. Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by that creature this turn.

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Chain of Vapor

Color Identity:U

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Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. Then that permanent's controller may sacrifice a land. If the player does, they may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.

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Engulf the Shore

Color Identity:U

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Return to their owners' hands all creatures with toughness less than or equal to the number of Islands you control.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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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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Reins of Power

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.31

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Untap all creatures you control and all creatures target opponent controls. You and that opponent each gain control of all creatures the other controls until end of turn. Those creatures gain haste until end of turn.

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Aetherspouts

Color Identity:U

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For each attacking creature, its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Frozen Aether

Color Identity:U

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Artifacts, creatures, and lands your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

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Gilded Lotus

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{T}: Add three mana of any one color.

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Curse of the Swine

Color Identity:U

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Exile X target creatures. For each creature exiled this way, its controller creates a 2/2 green Boar creature token.

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Blue Sun's Zenith

Color Identity:U

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Target player draws X cards. Shuffle Blue Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.

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Mox Amber

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{T}: Add one mana of any color among legendary creatures and planeswalkers you control.

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Future Sight

Color Identity:U

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Play with the top card of your library revealed.
You may play lands and cast spells from the top of your library.

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Whir of Invention

Color Identity:U

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Improvise (Your artifacts can help cast this spell. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for {1}.)
Search your library for an artifact card with mana value X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Frantic Search

Color Identity:U

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Draw two cards, then discard two cards. Untap up to three lands.

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Reality Shift

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.14

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Exile target creature. Its controller manifests the top card of their library. (That player puts the top card of their library onto the battlefield face down as a 2/2 creature. If it's a creature card, it can be turned face up any time for its mana cost.)

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Muddle the Mixture

Color Identity:U

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Counter target instant or sorcery spell.
Transmute {1}{U}{U} ({1}{U}{U}, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same mana value as this card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle. Transmute only as a sorcery.)

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Aetherize

Color Identity:U

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Return all attacking creatures to their owner's hand.

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Vedalken Shackles

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You may choose not to untap Vedalken Shackles during your untap step.
{2}, {T}: Gain control of target creature with power less than or equal to the number of Islands you control for as long as Vedalken Shackles remains tapped.

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Cursed Totem

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Activated abilities of creatures can't be activated.

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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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Rhystic Study

Color Identity:U

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Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may draw a card unless that player pays {1}.

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Rapid Hybridization

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.49

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Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated. That creature's controller creates a 3/3 green Frog Lizard creature token.

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Inventors' Fair

Market Price: $6.80

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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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Mana Vault

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Mana Vault doesn't untap during your untap step.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay {4}. If you do, untap Mana Vault.
At the beginning of your draw step, if Mana Vault is tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.
{T}: Add {C}{C}{C}.

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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.
{T}: Draw a card, then put Sensei's Divining Top on top of its owner's library.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $10.18

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's mana value.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Ominous Seas

Color Identity:U

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Whenever you draw a card, put a foreshadow counter on Ominous Seas.
Remove eight foreshadow counters from Ominous Seas: Create an 8/8 blue Kraken creature token.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Halimar Depths

Color Identity:U

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Halimar Depths enters the battlefield tapped.
When Halimar Depths enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order.
{T}: Add {U}.

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Capsize

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.23

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Buyback {3} (You may pay an additional {3} as you cast this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Return target permanent to its owner's hand.

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Disallow

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.71

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Counter target spell, activated ability, or triggered ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.)

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Metallurgic Summonings

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.74

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, create an X/X colorless Construct artifact creature token, where X is that spell's mana value.
{3}{U}{U}, Exile Metallurgic Summonings: Return all instant and sorcery cards from your graveyard to your hand. Activate only if you control six or more artifacts.

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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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Fblthp, the Lost

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.34

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When Fblthp, the Lost enters the battlefield, draw a card. If it entered from your library or was cast from your library, draw two cards instead.
When Fblthp becomes the target of a spell, shuffle Fblthp into its owner's library.

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Commit // Memory

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.61

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Isochron Scepter

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Imprint — When Isochron Scepter enters the battlefield, you may exile an instant card with mana value 2 or less from your hand.
{2}, {T}: You may copy the exiled card. If you do, you may cast the copy without paying its mana cost.

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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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Pendrell Mists

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $16.41

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All creatures have "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice this creature unless you pay {1}."

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Tezzeret the Seeker

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $17.28

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+1: Untap up to two target artifacts.
−X: Search your library for an artifact card with mana value X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.
−5: Artifacts you control become artifact creatures with base power and toughness 5/5 until end of turn.

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Academy Ruins

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $8.94

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{U}, {T}: Put target artifact card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Reshape

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.30

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice an artifact.
Search your library for an artifact card with mana value X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.13

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Proteus Staff

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $9.33

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{2}{U}, {T}: Put target creature on the bottom of its owner's library. That creature's controller reveals cards from the top of their library until they reveal a creature card. The player puts that card onto the battlefield and the rest on the bottom of their library in any order. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Semblance Anvil

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Imprint — When Semblance Anvil enters the battlefield, you may exile a nonland card from your hand.
Spells you cast that share a card type with the exiled card cost {2} less to cast.

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Cyclonic Rift

Color Identity:U

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Return target nonland permanent you don't control to its owner's hand.
Overload {6}{U} (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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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Aetherflux Reservoir

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Whenever you cast a spell, you gain 1 life for each spell you've cast this turn.
Pay 50 life: Aetherflux Reservoir deals 50 damage to any target.

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Reliquary Tower

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You have no maximum hand size.
{T}: Add {C}.

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Overburden

Color Identity:U

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Whenever a player puts a nontoken creature onto the battlefield, that player returns a land they control to its owner's hand.

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Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

Color Identity:U

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If you would draw a card while your library has no cards in it, you win the game instead.
+1: Target player mills two cards. Draw a card.
−8: Draw seven cards. Then if your library has no cards in it, you win the game.

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Propaganda

Color Identity:U

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Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays {2} for each creature they control that's attacking you.

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Creatures Without Creatures

Yeah, that's right. You heard me. No creatures. Is that a risk? YOU BETCHA! When chat proposed this idea I thought they were crazy! However, after reading Proteus Staff text, I began to agree with them. If we had other creatures in the deck, we wouldn't really be able to stack the deck in the way we wanted. The combo wouldn't work. Nothing can be in our way! However, we need creatures in order to defend ourselves from possible attacks. But how are we going to get creatures in a creatureless deck?

Tokens is the answer! Contrary to popular belief, tokens aren't that hard to generate in mono-blue! Oftentimes casting spells or drawing cards can help us make creatures. One such way is Ominous Seas!. Each card drawn equals one step closer towards a huge 8/8! Having an army of huge 8/8 Kraken seems great, right?

What if I told you we can create tokens by casting noncreature spells like instants and sorceries? Then let's talk about the amazing blue enchantments Shark Typhoon and Metallurgic Summonings. These two pieces are bananas good because they create tokens as big as the noncreature spell's converted mana cost! Your sharks have flying and your Construct tokens help you fuel Metallurgic Summonings second mana ability. This deck is chock full of instants and sorceries, and getting them all back for just five mana seems a bit overpowered, right?!

Our final creature spell isn't what you think it is. In fact, we don't make creatures with it at all. In fact, we steal something with it! May I present to you Vedalken Shackles. This card shines in our mono-blue deck. For just two mana we can gain control of a creature with power less than the number of Islands we control! Because of this, we steal one of our opponent's strongest creatures! Emrakul, the Aeons Torn? No problem! What about a Nyxbloom Ancient? THE SKY'S THE LIMIT! Who needs creatures when you have these spells!?

Artifact Pieces

This deck's wincon is contingent on our artifact pieces. Without them we are just fiddling with Fblthp, the Lost (try saying that five times fast). Let's start with our first integral piece: Proteus Staff. With this card we're able to put our only creature, Fblthp, the Lost, onto the bottom of our library. We then reveal our entire library until we hit Fblthp, the Lost and put him into play

A bit underwhelming right? Not at all! The key phrasing on this card allows us to reorder and stack our library any way we want! This is essentially a pretty sick way to tutor in blue! With this we can put to the top any card we need! We can snag that Dramatic Reversal we so desperately need for our next combo piece!

Isochron Scepter and Dramatic Reversal is a cool artifact combo that helps us achieve victory! With this, we are able to untap all our nonland permanents, and if we have enough of our mana rocks out, we can do this infinitely . But how does this help us? Well this leads into one of our two wincons.

Wincon #1 involves another key artifact piece in this deck: Aetherflux Reservoir. Isochron Scepter allows us to cast the spell we Imprint on it. With enough mana rocks out, we can do this infinitely which will trigger our Aetherflux Reservoir. This means infinite life gain which will allow us to pay 50 life for each of our opponents, thus killing them!

But what about wincon #2? This wincon requires Blue Sun's Zenith. Normally we target ourselves with Blue Sun's Zenith for maximum card draw, however, with the infinite mana we can create, we sink it into Blue Sun's Zenith targeting our opponent. Because Blue Sun's Zenith is an instant, we can do this whenever—like at someone's end step so when the turn is passed our opponent immediately dies! Or if we are lucky enough to have Jace, Wielder of Mysteries out, we can target ourselves to win!

Mystic Forge|| Sensei's Divining Top|| Cloud Key

So we've covered the artifacts involved with our main combos. But what about our other artifacts? Of course we run cards like Mystic Forge and Sensei's Divining Top to help us look at and play cards from the top of their library. After all, we can stack our deck with Proteus Staff but casting artifacts off the top and reordering things with Sensei's Divining Top can be incredibly helpful in a pinch!

Our final artifacts of note include Semblance Anvil and Cloud Key. Both of these cards are important for us to run, because they can help us reduce the cost of either our artifacts or our instants! Every little bit of mana helps! Plus they can help us do fun shenanigans when we have Sensei's Divining Top and Mystic Forge out! If we choose artifacts, we can reduce Sensei's Divining Top cost to 0. If we have Mystic Forge out, we can use the top to reorder cards, then draw. Once we draw, we put the Sensei's Divining Top back on top of the library and cast it for free with Mystic Forge. Wash, rinse, repeat! We can very slowly reorder our library and draw whatever we need!

Soft Stacks

Let's be honest. This deck is incredibly unique and susceptible to aggro decks. We can die to an aggressive 2/2. After all, the only creature we run is Fblthp, the Lost. Thankfully, blue has no shortage of ways to prevent us from a quick and painful deck: stacks pieces. Now, I will say that we aren't monsters here at Always Be Brewing! We don't run an obscene amount of stacks pieces. In fact, we run just enough to save our skin!

Speaking of saving our skin, let's talk about bounce spells. We run a lot, but we need to! Combat is a huge weakness of this deck, and thankfully we have many! Cyclonic Rift, Capsize, Aetherize, and Engulf the Shore just to name a few! Bouncing creatures to hands when we are about to take 30 to the face is definitely the move for us. However, we also run some other spicy stacks-y pieces!

Cursed Totem really gets in the way of a lot of opposing commander's abilities. Overburden and Back to Basics are hysterical, because they get in the way of opponents playing and using their lands. Frozen Aether is another mean piece because it acts as a Thalia, Heretic Cathar but in blue! Our final, funny piece of stacks is Pendrell Mists. I personally run this in my Kwain deck, and I find it to be an impactful piece. While it also includes us, we only run one creature in the entire deck, meaning while we pay one mana everyone will have to pay infinitely more to keep their creatures! We're already playing Aetherflux Reservoir so we might as well go all in on the blue good things train, right?

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Weaknesses

I know what you're thinking.

Chase, this is a very weird deck with absolutely zero creatures. Yeah you have wincons, but this deck feels off.

You're 100% right. This deck is bonkers. It's weird, and almost impossible to playtest outside of a meta. Chat had recommended the cEDH route to me regarding Fblthp, the Lost as the commander. However, that just isn't me and my content. I wanted to do something crazy. Deck Building from scratch is about taking risks especially when you don't have a meta to test against.

This deck can struggle against aggressive combat focused decks (I'm looking at you mono-red goblins), however, I wanted to build a deck this week that you take out at a table and say, '"Hey, do y'all want a fun, weird game?'" This deck was brewed to make people say, '"Woah what the heck," and clap and freak out at the counterspell wars or the multiple bounces.

This week's deck was inspired by the concept that you can still have fun without winning (although a win with this deck is possible and even more exciting because it's absolutely crazy)! Try something weird, deckbuilders! Now, where did our commander go?