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Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient

Post #1 by Valdarith » Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:39 am

[deck=Kurkesh v1.0]
Commander (1)
1 Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient

Creatures (17)
1 Goblin Welder
1 Walking Atlas
1 Myr Retriever
1 Burnished Hart
1 Junk Diver
1 Solemn Simulacrum
1 Mindless Automaton
1 Hoarding Dragon
1 Thopter Squadron
1 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Hoard-Smelter Dragon
1 Steel Hellkite
1 Triskelion
1 Myr Battlesphere
1 Grim Poppet
1 Pentavus
1 Triskelavus

Non-creature Artifacts (35)
1 Astral Cornucopia
1 Everflowing Chalice
1 Orochi Hatchery
1 Codex Shredder
1 Expedition Map
1 Sol Ring
1 Voltaic Key
1 Wayfarer's Bauble
1 Armillary Sphere
1 Contagion Clasp
1 Ichor Wellspring
1 Mind Stone
1 Mycosynth Wellspring
1 Throne of Geth
1 Ashnod's Altar
1 Basalt Monolith
1 Hammer of Purphoros
1 Jalum Tome
1 Unstable Obelisk
1 Barrin's Codex
1 Lux Cannon
1 Nevinyrral's Disk
1 Clock of Omens
1 Unwinding Clock
1 Serrated Arrows
1 Skyship Weatherlight
1 Trading Post
1 Blinkmoth Urn
1 Gilded Lotus
1 Ring of Three Wishes
1 Caged Sun
1 Contagion Engine
1 Dreamstone Hedron
1 Spine of Ish Sah
1 Darksteel Forge

Red spells (9)
1 Vandalblast
1 Magmaquake
1 Mizzium Mortars
1 Starstorm
1 Chaos Warp
1 Daretti, Scrap Savant
1 Koth of the Hammer
1 Volcanic Offering
1 Blasphemous Act

Lands (38)
1 Blasted Landscape
1 Buried Ruin
1 Darksteel Citadel
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Forgotten Cave
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Great Furnace
1 Kher Keep
1 Mystifying Maze
1 Phyrexia's Core
1 Reliquary Tower
1 Smoldering Crater
1 Strip Mine
1 Temple of the False God
1 Terrain Generator
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Thespian's Stage
1 Tomb of the Spirit Dragon
1 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
19 Mountain
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Cards to add to deck (as acquired)
[cards]Kuldotha Forgemaster
Hellkite Tyrant
Hellkite Igniter
Sensei's Divining Top
Scroll Rack
Crucible of Worlds
Rings of Brighthearth
Predator, Flagship
Mindslaver
Mycosynth Lattice
Planar Portal
Braid of Fire
Vesuva[/cards]


1) I went with a proliferate theme in the deck. Contagion Engine in particular gets out of hand really fast with Kurkesh on the field. Proliferating Mindless Automaton or Thopter Squadron gets a bit silly. I could go really deep and play Inkmoth Nexus I suppose.
2) There's a small Valakut theme going on with Vesuva and Thespian's Stage being able to copy it and make incoming Mountains do massive damage.
3) There's an interesting interaction with Mycosynth Lattice, Kurkesh, and the red creatures and lands. Since the lattice makes everything artifacts, I can copy activations from things like Buried Ruin, Strip Mine, Hoard-Smelter Dragon, and Rimescale Dragon. Cute, but worth noting.
4) Also note Mycosynth Lattice + Vandalblast or Hellkite Tyrant. Evil.
5) Braid of Fire seems REALLY strong in this deck, especially with the proliferate theme.
6) Kurkesh + Magistrate's Scepter + a recursion engine is a hard lock in multiplayer and of course there's Mindslaver to take control of multiple opponents! EDIT: I decided to take Scepter out of the deck because it seems lame.
7) Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse are in the deck for when I eventually acquire Top, Crucible, and Scroll Rack. I'll also want to put in red fetches if we're being persnickety.

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[deck=Kurkesh MTGO 10-Ticket Special!!!]
Commander (1)
1 Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient

Creatures (18)
1 Toymaker
1 Walking Atlas
1 Burnished Hart
1 Goblin Replica
1 Myr Propagator
1 Mindless Automaton
1 Voltaic Construct
1 Kuldotha Forgemaster
1 Hoarding Dragon
1 Thopter Squadron
1 Hoard-Smelter Dragon
1 Steel Hellkite
1 Triskelion
1 Thopter Assembly
1 Grim Poppet
1 Hellkite Igniter
1 Pentavus
1 Triskelavus

Artifacts (39)
1 Astral Cornucopia
1 Orochi Hatchery
1 Everflowing Chalice
1 Lodestone Bauble
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Codex Shredder
1 Conjurer's Bauble
1 Expedition Map
1 Mana Vault
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Scrabbling Claws
1 Skullclamp
1 Voltaic Key
1 Wayfarer's Bauble
1 Armillary Sphere
1 Contagion Clasp
1 Liquimetal Coating
1 Culling Scales
1 Throne of Geth
1 Basalt Monolith
1 Hammer of Purphoros
1 Mimic Vat
1 Rings of Brighthearth
1 Barrin's Codex
1 Clock of Omens
1 Lux Cannon
1 Nevinyrral's Disk
1 Skyship Weatherlight
1 Trading Post
1 Unwinding Clock
1 Blinkmoth Urn
1 Gilded Lotus
1 Predator, Flagship
1 Ring of Three Wishes
1 Caged Sun
1 Contagion Engine
1 Planar Portal
1 Spine of Ish Sah
1 Darksteel Forge

Red spells (4)
1 Vandalblast
1 Magmaquake
1 Starstorm
1 Blasphemous Act

Lands (38)
1 Buried Ruin
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Great Furnace
1 Kher Keep
1 Mystifying Maze
1 Phyrexia's Core
1 Reliquary Tower
1 Terrain Generator
1 Thespian's Stage
1 Urza's Mine
1 Urza's Power Plant
1 Urza's Tower
1 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
25 Mountain
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Post #2 by Valdarith » Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:48 am

Just realized I should probably be running the Urza lands.
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Post #3 by Kaitscralt » Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:55 pm

Looks fun but I feel like there has got to be some more exciting artifact creatures for you to mess around with
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Post #4 by Valdarith » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:15 pm

I feel the same way. Need to do more searching on magiccards.info to find some good ones. Right now I'm a bit light on creatures.
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Post #5 by Valdarith » Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:59 pm

Some creatures to consider:

[cards]Deal Broker
Goblin Replica
Grim Poppet
Myr Propagator
Scarecrone
Triskelavus
Toymaker
Voltaic Construct
Walking Atlas[/cards]

Toymaker + Voltaic Construct + Basalt Monolith = :munch:

Other cards to consider:

[cards]Culling Scales
Astral Cornucopia
Blinkmoth Urn
Dreamstone Hedron
Extraplanar Lens
Gilded Lotus
Mana Vault
Sol Ring
Thran Dynamo[/cards]

Mana rocks seem necessary here because it looks like the deck is so mana hungry. You can't copy the mana abilities with Kurkesh, but you CAN copy abilities that untap the rocks. :sherlock:
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Post #6 by BrainsickHater » Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:50 am

What about Darksteel Forge + Nevinyrral's Disk? Kuldotha Forgemaster + Kurkesh can fetch them both at once.

If you can think of more two-card combos like that, I think those are really strong with Kurkesh. He can turn all artifact-based tutors (planar portal, Forgemaster, etc.) into double tutor. Another one that comes to mind is Basalt Monolith + Rings of Brighthearth.

I think you definitely want Gilded Lotus, since it + Volatic Key + Kurkesh is infinite.

You also probs want Goblin Welder.

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Post #7 by Valdarith » Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:36 am

Forge and Disk are already in the deck, as are Basalt Monolith and Rings of Brighthearth. :)

Definitely want Goblin Welder.
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Post #8 by Valdarith » Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:29 am

If I'm going to run Valakut and Mimic Vat I may as well run Sad Robot.
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Post #9 by BrainsickHater » Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:42 am

Sry for the redundant suggestions, I skimmed through quickly :/

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Post #10 by Valdarith » Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:25 pm

Made some changes. Took out the Scrying Sheets and Snow-Covered Mountains for now. Will invest in those later. Added a lot of the cards I mentioned earlier and took out some of the low impact cards that were in the deck.
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Post #11 by Valdarith » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:31 am

Kurkesh is currently not working as intended on MTGO (surprise, surprise). His ability doesn't trigger when you activate artifact abilities that require you to sacrifice the artifact. Just FYI.
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Post #12 by Valdarith » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:10 am

Bumped for my transitional list.
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Post #13 by DarthStabber » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:56 am

What about volt charge?

It's an extra proliferate, and it can come as a cheap surprise.
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Post #14 by Valdarith » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:51 pm

It just doesn't have quite enough impact. There's also times when you just don't have anything with counters on the board! Lots of artifact sweepers in EDH. :)

I have actually only piloted this deck a few times. It can get a bit durdly in multiplayer games and no one likes watching their opponent durdle for 5 minutes, and there are a lot of times where I can't help but do that to get the engine going. Just a heads up to anyone wanting to try this deck. You might need a few reps to really get comfortable with it.
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