4 Emry, Lurker of the Loch2 Sai, Master Thopterist4 Urza, Lord High Artificer2 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer4 Snow-Covered Island1 Snow-Covered Mountain1 Snow-Covered Plains1 Breeding Pool4 Flooded Strand1 Prismatic Vista1 Sacred Foundry4 Scalding Tarn1 Steam Vents4 Engineered Explosives4 Mishra’s Bauble1 Witching Well4 Jeskai Ascendancy1 Nexus of Fate4 Paradoxical Outcome4 Mox Amber4 Mox Opal4 Arcum’s Astrolabe, Sideboard:1 Pithing Needle2 Blood Moon2 Disdainful Stroke3 Galvanic Blast2 Mystical Dispute1 Weather the Storm4 Oko, Thief of Crowns. That leads us to Urza’s last ability: “5: Shuffle your library, then exile the top card. Some builds include ways to win the same turn (Nexus, Ascendancy), but many pilots have decided that there’s no need; their opponents are too … While the activation cost is steep, getting to search your deck for any artifact is a powerful ability to have on a land. Goblin Engineer will often start by fetching Sword of the Meek, since you don’t care if it ends up in your graveyard, anyway. You can set this up by making tons of mana, playing most of your deck, and casting Engineered Explosives for zero to destroy all your own artifacts. With or without Jeskai Ascendancy (we’ll get to the distinctions between the major builds in a little bit), the deck is looking to stick a Sai or a Saheeli and use Paradoxical Outcome to draw an absurd number of cards and generate an absurd on-board advantage. (yellow line is cumulative - everything until 0.45$ 2. It allows churning through the deck even faster, albeit being less consistent than other versions. Let’s keep the Mox train rolling. *Editor’s Note: Arcum’s Astrolabe was banned in Modern on July 13, 2020. As you’re “going off,” you’ll likely make more mana that you can easily spend, which will let you chain your Outcomes into more Outcomes, each time picking up and recasting Saheeli for another enormous Construct until you can make a massive attack. Urza, Lord High Artificer is a powerful card that will shape Modern for months to come. Mox Opal is a constant in every artifact strategy, and Urza is no different. (Be careful not to cast Explosives for three, or you’ll destroy your own Emry and stop the loop.) This will trigger Sword of the Meek to return from the graveyard and attach to the Thopter. You can reach us via twitter, mail or reddit. Check. Until end of turn, you may play that card without paying its mana cost.”. An alternative twist might be Jeskai Ascendancy as an engine card. You can generate infinite mana, and all your creatures get +1/+1 for each iteration of the loop. Urza Breach contains multiple combos, but the primary one involves Grinding Station, Scrap Trawler, Sword of the Meek, and Memnite. Oko pulls double duty in this deck by turning your random artifacts into 3/3’s or by answering your opponents’ threats. The ability to “spin” Urza for even more artifacts can keep the chain going even longer. Cast Memnite and trigger Sword. First, we have the token makers: Sai, Master Thoperist; Saheeli, Sublime Artificer; and Mirrodin Besieged. Urza Ascendancy The next deck to make waves was the pure combo version. This loop will generate one Thopter, one life, and one blue mana every time you go through it. Meanwhile, you can loop Engineered Explosives to destroy most of your opponents’ blockers and clear the way for an attack. The ability to help power out extra artifacts (and even Urza himself) is incredibly valuable. As the name suggests, this is simply a midrange deck with no combos that uses Urza as a value engine. Jeskai Ascendancy allows this Urza variant to go infinite with Emry, Lurker of the Loch and any zero-mana artifact. This puts you back at the beginning of the loop that repeats to mill out you… Not quite a Mox, and not quite Mishra’s Bauble, but this little snowball fills an important role by both drawing a card and filtering mana. Check. You might think this deck looks similar to the Paradoxical Urza decks, and you’d be right. Teferi, Time Raveler. You can cast Cryptic Command to tap all of your opponent’s creatures and bounce your own Mystic Sanctuary every turn to put Cryptic Command back on top of your library. Let’s take a look at some lists. Whirza decks are quite happy about this pick-up. This is a slam dunk. There are four popular and commonly accepted Urza archetypes: Paradoxical Urza, Whirza, Urza Ascendancy, and Urza Midrange. 15.29$ 1. Again, if we build our Urza decks with a bunch of utility artifacts, we’ll be able to make a lot of blue mana. Jeskai Ascendancy allows this Urza variant to go infinite with Emry, Lurker of the Loch and any zero-mana artifact. It’s worth noting that Whir is an instant, so you can use it to play around or force any potential counters. Just be wary that, unlike Whir of Invention, Inventors’ Fair doesn’t put the artifact into play; you still have to cast it and hope it resolves. If you want to draw an extra card every turn with Mishra’s Bauble, cast a Mox from the graveyard as a free ramp spell, or looping Engineered Explosives against creature decks, Emry can do it all! “When Urza, Lord High Artificer enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 colorless Construct artifact creature token with ‘This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control.’”. It allows the Urza player to churn through the deck to find more cheap artifacts or one of the win conditions: Nexus of Fate. By casting Nexus, they can rinse and repeat all over again. If you have two copies of either Mox Opal or Mox Amber, you can loot as many times as you want (and you don’t have to loot, if you come close to running out of cards). Draws a card for free? So, we want to build an Urza deck with an abundance of artifacts to power up all three of his abilities. When Emry, Lurker of the Loch was printed, players quickly realized that she went infinite looping legendary Moxen with Jeskai Ascendancy in play: every Mox cast via Emry triggers Ascendancy, then replaces the current version, which in turn can be recast an arbitrary number of times. Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan may be behind us, but Modern is still on many…, We all have dreams about Magic from time to time - doing well in a…, Many of you may know me from my previous work on both Grixis and Mardu….