Karn. The OG. The Karnfather. A keystone of the Modern format. Patron Saint of Urzatron players. Truly an iconic card and a beloved character.

As part of Magic's first big serialized storyline, Karn, Silver Golem safeguarded pieces of Urza's Legacy so eventually Urza's champion, Gerrard Capashen, could put them together to create the Legacy Weapon and destroy Yawgmoth, saving the day from the Phyrexian invasion into Dominaria. In the process, Urza Planeswalker, Gerrard, and Karn all perished.

Or so we thought! In the epilogue, it was revealed that Urza's Planeswalker spark transferred to Karn, who became a Planeswalker in his own right and leapt away. In the time that followed, Karn created powerful artifacts like Mirari, and helped forge entire planes like Mirrodin. Unfortunately, his carelessness also allowed some Phyrexian glistening oil into Mirrodin, which served to corrupt the plane over a huge chunk of time until it turned into New Phyrexia. Karn's current mission is to stamp out the Phyrexian corruption from the entire multiverse.

When it comes to Karn Liberated's Planeswalker deck, I wanted to focus on Mirrodin-related content specifically—since he invented the plane and since Karn Liberated specifically comes from the 2nd Mirrodin Block. And what artifact creatures are big in Mirrodin? Golems, and of course Myr.

I like where this is headed.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Karn Liberated by Andy Hurst

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

Created By: Andy Hurst



Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $85.74


Voltaic Construct

Market Price: $0.77

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{2}: Untap target artifact creature.

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Shimmer Myr

Market Price: $0.22

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You may cast artifact spells as though they had flash.

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Skeleton Shard

Color Identity:B

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{3}, {T} or {B}, {T}: Return target artifact creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Golem Artisan

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{2}: Target artifact creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
{2}: Target artifact creature gains your choice of flying, trample, or haste until end of turn.

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Urza's Mine

Market Price: $1.09

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

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Crystal Golem

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At the beginning of your end step, Crystal Golem phases out. (While it's phased out, it's treated as though it doesn't exist. It phases in before you untap during your next untap step.)

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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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Foundry Inspector

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

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Myr Galvanizer

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Other Myr creatures you control get +1/+1.
{1}, {T}: Untap each other Myr you control.

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Shrine of Loyal Legions

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At the beginning of your upkeep or whenever you cast a white spell, put a charge counter on Shrine of Loyal Legions.
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice Shrine of Loyal Legions: Create a 1/1 colorless Phyrexian Myr artifact creature token for each charge counter on Shrine of Loyal Legions.

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Myr Battlesphere

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

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Karn Liberated

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+4: Target player exiles a card from their hand.
−3: Exile target permanent.
−14: Restart the game, leaving in exile all non-Aura permanent cards exiled with Karn Liberated. Then put those cards onto the battlefield under your control.

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Perilous Myr

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When Perilous Myr dies, it deals 2 damage to any target.

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Basalt Golem

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Basalt Golem can't be blocked by artifact creatures.
Whenever Basalt Golem becomes blocked by a creature, that creature's controller sacrifices it at end of combat. If the player does, they create a 0/2 colorless Wall artifact creature token with defender.

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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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Codex Shredder

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{T}: Target player mills a card. (They put the top card of their library into their graveyard.)
{5}, {T}, Sacrifice Codex Shredder: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.40

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Urza's Tower

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

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Myr Sire

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When Myr Sire dies, create a 1/1 colorless Phyrexian Myr artifact creature token.

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{1}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Chronomaton.

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Pit Trap

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{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Pit Trap: Destroy target attacking creature without flying. It can't be regenerated.

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Golden Guardian

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{2}: Golden Guardian fights another target creature you control. When Golden Guardian dies this turn, return it to the battlefield transformed under your control.

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Urza's Tome

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{3}, {T}: Draw a card. Then discard a card unless you exile a historic card from your graveyard. (Artifacts, legendaries, and Sagas are historic.)

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Lodestone Myr

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

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Crystal Ball

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{1}, {T}: Scry 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

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Igneous Golem

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{2}: Igneous Golem gains trample until end of turn.

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Patagia Golem

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{3}: Patagia Golem gains flying until end of turn.

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Market Price: $2.26

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{T}: Add {C}.

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Skeleton Key

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Equipped creature has skulk. (It can't be blocked by creatures with greater power.)
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.
Equip {2}

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Welding Jar

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Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

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Urza's Power Plant

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

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Isolation Cell

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Whenever an opponent casts a creature spell, that player loses 2 life unless they pay {2}.

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Phyrexian Colossus

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Phyrexian Colossus doesn't untap during your untap step.
Pay 8 life: Untap Phyrexian Colossus.
Phyrexian Colossus can't be blocked except by three or more creatures.

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Scrabbling Claws

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Sacrifice Scrabbling Claws: Exile target card from a graveyard. Draw a card.

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Myr Enforcer

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Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs {1} less to cast for each artifact you control.)

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Market Price: $0.12

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Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black Phyrexian Germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +3/+1 and has haste.
Equip {2}

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Everflowing Chalice

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Multikicker {2}
Everflowing Chalice enters the battlefield with a charge counter on it for each time it was kicked.
{T}: Add {C} for each charge counter on Everflowing Chalice.

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Lead Golem

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Whenever Lead Golem attacks, it doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.

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Meteor Golem

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When Meteor Golem enters the battlefield, destroy target nonland permanent an opponent controls.

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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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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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The Game Plan

We use our artifact creatures and fast mana to create a board state the opponent can't beat. Obviously the dream scenario is the ol' Modern special: Urza Lands on Turns one, two, and three that allow for a speedy Karn Liberated to wreck shop. And if we don't have Karn Liberated, maybe Myr Battlesphere or Premodern beater Phyrexian Colossus can take the reins.

However, with only two copies of each Urza land and no ways to tutor them, we can't rely on that game plan like we would playing a Tron deck. We've got Everflowing Chalice and Basalt Monolith to generate some quick mana, and Foundry Inspector for some discounts that'll add up fast.

Some of our creatures are a little goofy—some of the old Golems from Mirage/Visions have aged more like milk than wine. But they come out a little quicker, get great buffs from pseudo-Lord Golem Artisan, and their various little other abilities help get damage in, even if they're not the most efficient threats.

Similarly, some of the Myr are rather unimpressive on their own—I think that was the point for that entire species. But they can still provide a ton of value. Perilous Myr is a superb blocker. Myr Sire spreads the board out, and Myr Galvanizer makes them better threats that can play offense and defense. Myr Enforcer provides some beef. All things considered, these Myr are fantastic contributors to our early game.

The spells are almost all Artifacts. Because Karn Liberated is colorless, I didn't want any colored spells in the deck—I almost succeeded. I caved and included Dismember, because you can cast it with only colorless mana. Phyrexian mana seemed applicable to Karn Liberated struggle on New Phyrexia, making it a mechanical and flavorful win. And it gives this deck a way to kill creatures, which makes it one of the most valuable cards in the whole deck!

The Rares

The Myr Galvanizer BFF. The base rate on ol' Lodestone Myr doesn't pass the eye test, but trample is incredible. Sometimes our various Golems might not be impressive enough to get through, but they can always be fuel for a big hit with Lodestone Myr. As can our huge spread of Myr from Myr Sire or Shrine of Loyal Legions. And the threat of activation is so potent we can make sure combats are sculpted in our favor.

What a weird card! It'll be difficult to trigger this, I can't lie. But, there will be games where that's ok. A 4/4 for four will hold the fort in a huge chunk of matchups we might face in these PW decks. And even though it would likely require that we 2-for-0 ourselves, the resulting Golem factory will be hard to beat.

You probably know this best from various Cube shenanigans. Our opponents will know this as That F***ing Card I Hate. This thing spreads the board out, providing us a dangerous threat. And it combos perfectly with the Urza Lands, if we happen to draw them. Keep in mind we're not required to tap any other Myr if we don't want to.

In the days where you could play 4x Tinker in Standard, this monster was pretty much the best thing to find. My how the times have changed! But we're playing Manifold Key to recreate the old synergy with Voltaic Key (and we have Voltaic Construct as well), so the Phyrexian Colossus can untap somewhat consistently, and it still attacks with the best of them. Although it hasn't aged in a superior fashion, it's still a fine beater.

Unsung Hero

We're not playing a Historic theme per se, but all our cards are artifacts, so we get all the benefits of Urza's Tome by default. And since there'll be a limited number of things we care about recurring via Myr Retriever or Skeleton Shard, we can use the Phyrexian Colossus as a strong draw engine. And Karn Liberated should be making the most out of Urza's old stuff—he has pieces of Urza's soul within him!