Tezzeret the Seeker is a bit of an odd duck. He doesn't defend himself terribly well, and he's aged rather poorly since other artifact-involved Planeswalkers like Dack Fayden and Daretti, Scrap Savant have taken his place in the pecking order for Cube lists or Eternal formats. But he had a chunk of time where he saw almost immediate success. In the old Extended format of Pro Tour Berlin—a tournament dominated by a green Elves combo deck—Kenny Oberg's Tezzerator combo deck featured the Tezzeret the Seeker himself, backed up by a bunch of hate cards primed to take down the whole event. Until GOAT candidate LSV surprisingly beat him in a tough matchup en route to his PT victory.

Shortly thereafter, Tezzeret the Seeker was seen as a Vintage staple. It could set up the Voltaic Key/Time Vault combo, and pitched to Force of Will in a pinch. Eventually, times changed and the OG fell victim to the same kind of power creep that's been kicking around a lot more recently. But his history of competitive play has focused around the flexibility of tutor targets and assembly of combo pieces. That seems like a fine starting point.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Tezzeret the Seeker by Andy Hurst

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

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $100.20

Cards

Thirst for Knowledge

Color Identity:U

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Draw three cards. Then discard two cards unless you discard an artifact card.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Clock of Omens

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Tap two untapped artifacts you control: Untap target artifact.

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Vedalken Engineer

Color Identity:U

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{T}: Add two mana of any one color. Spend this mana only to cast artifact spells or activate abilities of artifacts.

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Treasure Keeper

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When Treasure Keeper dies, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card with mana value 3 or less. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost. Put all revealed cards not cast this way on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Chromatic Sphere

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{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color. Draw a card.

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Grinding Station

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{T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Target player mills three cards.
Whenever an artifact enters the battlefield, you may untap Grinding Station.

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Memnite

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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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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Crown of Empires

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{3}, {T}: Tap target creature. Gain control of that creature instead if you control artifacts named Scepter of Empires and Throne of Empires.

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Aether Spellbomb

Color Identity:U

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{U}, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
{1}, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.

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Seat of the Synod

Color Identity:U

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(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.)
{T}: Add {U}.

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Steel Wall

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Defender (This creature can't attack.)

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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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Tezzeret the Seeker

Color Identity:U

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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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Spire Golem

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Affinity for Islands (This spell costs {1} less to cast for each Island you control.)
Flying

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Etherium Sculptor

Color Identity:U

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

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Welding Jar

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Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

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Dross Scorpion

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Whenever Dross Scorpion or another artifact creature dies, you may untap target artifact.

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Sequestered Stash

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}, Sacrifice Sequestered Stash: Mill five cards. Then you may put an artifact card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Terrarion

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Terrarion enters the battlefield tapped.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Terrarion: Add two mana in any combination of colors.
When Terrarion is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, draw a card.

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Darksteel Citadel

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Indestructible
{T}: Add {C}.

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Krark-Clan Ironworks

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

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Salvaging Station

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{T}: Return target noncreature artifact card with mana value 1 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Whenever a creature dies, you may untap Salvaging Station.

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Blasting Station

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{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to any target.
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, you may untap Blasting Station.

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Ornithopter

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Flying

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Chromatic Star

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{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Chromatic Star: Add one mana of any color.
When Chromatic Star is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, draw a card.

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Summoning Station

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{T}: Create a 2/2 colorless Pincher creature token.
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may untap Summoning Station.

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Trinket Mage

Color Identity:U

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When Trinket Mage enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an artifact card with mana value 1 or less, reveal that card, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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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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Web of Inertia

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At the beginning of combat on each opponent's turn, that player may exile a card from their graveyard. If the player doesn't, creatures they control can't attack you this turn.

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Scepter of Empires

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{T}: Scepter of Empires deals 1 damage to target player or planeswalker. It deals 3 damage instead if you control artifacts named Crown of Empires and Throne of Empires.

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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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Conjurer's Bauble

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{T}, Sacrifice Conjurer's Bauble: Put up to one target card from your graveyard on the bottom of your library. Draw a card.

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Watchful Automaton

Color Identity:U

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{2}{U}: Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Crackdown Construct

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Whenever you activate an ability of an artifact or creature that isn't a mana ability, Crackdown Construct gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Filigree Familiar

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When Filigree Familiar enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life.
When Filigree Familiar dies, draw a card.

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Assert Authority

Color Identity:U

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Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs {1} less to cast for each artifact you control.)
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Throne of Empires

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{1}, {T}: Create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token. Create five of those tokens instead if you control artifacts named Crown of Empires and Scepter of Empires.

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The Game Plan

Assemble some wacky combos that will either dominate the game or straight up lock the opponent out of it. We've got all four of the Fifth Dawn Stations, which work together when they're all in play. We've got all three of the jewels of Empires from the Core Set that act similarly to the Urzatron Lands—producing an effect, and then a much larger effect if all three are in play together.

To make things a bit more complicated, we've got many of the pieces that allowed the Krark-Clan Ironworks deck to be a contender in Modern (except for the expensive and Mythic Mox Opal, of course). This'll let us loop some mana and cards, and dig through the deck for other combo pieces.

We can incorporate Dross Scorpion and Clock of Omens to start getting more activations, especially once the Ironworks enters the mix and we can rack up untapping triggers.

Our Holiness, the Trinket Mage himself has a little package for us. Memnite, Ornithopter, and Steel Wall provide some fine blockers and extra bodies. And the Welding Jar, Tormod's Crypt, Aether Spellbomb, and Conjurer's Bauble package can help out in a variety of situations as well.

Our biggest concern is running out of cards, so place a premium on things like Thirst for Knowledge and Ichor Wellspring. With the Ichor Wellspring specifically, keep that in mind when Scrap Trawler joins the mix.

The Rares

The goal of this guy—as its time as a Modern contender taught us—is to keep gas in the tank and keep the cards flowing when we're going wild with our various activations. With Welding Jar as a zero-mana artifact that can easily be recurred, Scrap Trawler can be well protected over a series of turns. Eventually, we'll hope to generate a ton of mana through Krark-Clan Ironworks and various Ichor Wellspring/Chromatic Star shenanigans, and we can do something valuable with that mana and those cards.

Would we be playing this if we didn't get the bonus from all three pieces? Of course not. But the point of this deck is that it's greater than the sum of its parts! And if we have all three pieces in place, we're going to go hog wild. Bolting opponents every turn, stealing their creatures, and creating a wall of bodies will all but lock the game up for us. Keep in mind that 2/3 of our combos are still playable (although not great) if we don't have the full package assembled.

Great with our Scrap Trawler antics, this thing can help us loop something like a Chromatic Star and an Ornithopter very effectively, or help us draw a bunch of cards with Aether Spellbomb or Conjurer's Bauble.

At seven mana, the cost to get this thing in play is high. It won't be easy. But once we've resolved it, I predict it'll churn out a lot of Pincher tokens. Untapping when an artifact dies isn't a terribly tough trigger for us to figure out. It's a powerful victory condition in this deck.

Unsung Hero

A deck like this mostly wants two things: finding combo pieces, and time to get them online and active. Treasure Keeper offers both. Sort of a reverse Bloodbraid where we only get the cascade trigger when it dies, the Treasure Keeper is also an attractive sacrifice option when the KCI is cooking. And a 3/3 body for four isn't an ideal set of stats, but it's far from the worst, and it should be able to trade for something.