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By: CheshirePlaysGames, Albert Caynes
May 11 2019 12:47pm

What's up, let's talk about a combo deck that is near and dear to my heart that is actually really cool and really fun. Now I do say all the time that Commander is all about the experience and having fun for the table, not at the cost of the table. I might have broken the rules here, but it was to make a point of just how powerful Bolas's Citadel is. It.  Is. BONKERS.


Now, you can play this with any commander you really want so when it comes to a blue black commander it doesn't matter that much to be honest there are ways that you can probably make this a lot better with a different commander but we're not going to rely on the commander. As you may know, my philosophy is don't build around the commander, build around your cards and this is no different. So, Bolas's Citadel is three colourless and three black mana, you can look at the top card of your library at any time and you can play the top card of your library by paying life equal to its converted mana cost. But that's not all, you can tap and sacrifice ten non-land permanents and each opponent loses ten life.

Now I hear you saying “how do I break it, what are you talking about?” well here comes the combo! Aetherflux Reservoir is an artifact for four colourless mana and reads “whenever you cast a spell you gain one life for each spell you cast this turn. Pay fifty life and Aetherflux Reservoir deals 50 damage to target creature or player. You're probably asking me how this is going to work because you're paying life for your cards! Well, that's fine we'll get there in a second but first we need to know some combos.

Sensei's Divining Top

What is the main combo? Sensei's Divining Top of course, for one mana you get this artifact but you can pay one and look at the top three cards of your library and put them back in any order. Super good for clearing lands to the bottom of a three stack. You can also tap it and draw a card and then put this back on top of your deck, then play it due to (Bolas's Citadel) for a single life, negate that loss of life by Aetherflux Reservoir, do it again and gain two, again for three, again for four... Stop me if you've heard this one. Do it again for five and just keep on going until you have enough life to safely kill everyone at the table.

So by now you have likely thought about a weakness if we don't snag the Sensei's Divining Top? How are we going to stop things like potential issues with lands being on top of the deck? We've got the Contraband Kingpin. Kingpin is real cool, he's a lifelink one four for one blue and one black. Whenever an artifact enters the battlefield under your control, scry one. I know that's not terribly exciting but it can stop land gluts and let you keep going on your combo should you not have your Sensei's Divining Top for some reason. You can also play Retract, this is one blue to return all artifacts to their owner's hand to help us drop a whole mess back down and scry a heap as a last resort, so be very careful with this because it will bounce your mana rocks and (Bolas's Citadel) but also all of your eggs, so you should net a bunch of cards.

Lotus Petal

Speaking of mana rocks, we're playing Lotus Petal, Mox Amber, Lotus Bloom, Sol Ring, Fellwar Stone, Thought Vessel, Sky Diamond, Dimir Signet, Darksteel Ingot, and Thran Dynamo and if you're playing artifacts, you HAVE to run Paradox Engine because if we are playing life, we may as well play a whole bunch of mana rocks so that we can tap generate a whole bunch of mana for no good reason at all. 

However, we're playing eggs because they're cheap at around one mana and they have effects tied on to them, the best one for this deck is clearly drawing cards. Nihil Spellbomb, Scrabbling Claws, Mind Stone, Metalspinner's Puzzleknot, Prophetic Prism, Ichor Wellspring, and Commander's Sphere are among the eggs that do that for us.

Rhystic Tutor

And so now you're probably wondering how you're going to get combo pieces in your grubby little hands so you can combo off or put one directly into play? Well in your hand you can play the worst of the old tutors, Rhystic Tutor which is just bad, let's be honest. For two colourless and one black, you can search your library for any card and put it in your hand unless an opponent pays two mana. Mystical Tutor of course is a single blue to go get an instant or sorcery and put it on top of your deck. We have Demonic Tutor because a straight up to hand tutor is great and it gets anything. Fabricate gets us any artifact top our hand and can be handy at two colourless and one blue. And Liliana Vess gets a card to the top of the library to help combo with Bolas's Citadel.

Now that we've got some of the hand search out of the way, we need some straight into play tutors for some of our combo pieces. Tezzeret the Seeker has a minus X loyalty, search your library for an artifact with converted mana cost of X and put it into play, meaning this straight up hits Aetherflux Reservoir. Whir of Invention, probably the most busted tutor in this deck because we can cast it at the end of the turn and grab Bolas's Citadel, not to mention it has improvise, so it costs less for each artifact we tap down. And we are also running Kuldotha Forgemaster that allows us to sac three of our artifacts to search of any artifact in our deck and chuck it into play. 

So how are we going to handle the fact if we don't win why are our combo and we need to find a different way let's say that somebody has a thousand life that's fine so we are running Mechanized Production we're running a Darksteel Ingot and a Darksteel Citadel because they're indestructible of course so your opponent has to really kill the Enchantment to actually get it off the field otherwise you're just going to keep replicating it and eventually win.

We're also playing good old Trent Reznor Psychic Corrosion so whenever you draw a card each opponent puts the top two cards of their library into their discard pile and you're probably wondering how this is going to work how are we going to draw cards? Well that's where Riddlesmith comes in, whenever you cast an artifact card you can draw a card if you do, discard a card so Riddler allows us to just basically combo off and draw a whole bunch of cards when we're playing artifacts for free anyway, right?

If we panic, and I'm sorry because you can you can really just use this as a combo without the a whole Aetherflux Reservoir combo, good old panic button Doomsday stacks. Doomsday is a trial by fire combo and the stacks can work various ways depending on if you need protection, have something in play that will draw you a card right away ETC. I suggest you look up Doomsday stack primers to get a good feel for them and how they work. Vedalken Orrery allows us to play non land cards whenever you could play an instant and Unwinding Clock untaps all of our artifacts during each opponents turns means I'm going to win whenever I want to win and there's NOTHING you can do to stop me really.

Tezzeret Master of the Bridge

Tezzeret Master of the Bridge

1 Aetherflux Reservoir
1 Azor's Gateway Flip
1 Bolas's Citadel
1 Chromatic Sphere
1 Commander's Sphere
1 Darksteel Ingot
1 Dimir Signet
1 Expedition Map
1 Fellwar Stone
1 Ichor Wellspring
1 Krark-Clan Ironworks
1 Lotus Bloom
1 Lotus Petal
1 Metalspinner's Puzzleknot
1 Mind Stone
1 Mox Amber
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Oblivion Stone
1 Paradox Engine
1 Prophetic Prism
1 Scrabbling Claws
1 Sculpting Steel
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Sky Diamond
1 Sol Ring
1 Thought Vessel
1 Thran Dynamo
1 Treasure Map Flip
1 Unwinding Clock
1 Vedalken Orrery

1 Brainstorm
1 Cyclonic Rift
1 Evacuation
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Retract
1 Swan Song
1 Whir of Invention

1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Buried Ruin
1 Cephalid Coliseum
1 Command Tower
1 Coral Atoll
1 Darksteel Citadel
1 Darkwater Catacombs
1 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Drowned Catacomb
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Exotic Orchard
1 Fetid Pools
1 Inventors' Fair
4 Island
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Morphic Pool
1 Polluted Delta
1 Reflecting Pool
1 River of Tears
1 Seat of the Synod
1 Spire of Industry
1 Strip Mine
1 Sunken Hollow
2 Swamp
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Tolaria West
1 Underground River
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Vault of Whispers
1 Watery Grave

1 Mechanized Production
1 Psychic Corrosion

1 Liliana Vess
1 Tezzeret the Seeker

1 Contraband Kingpin
1 Etherium Sculptor
1 Foundry Inspector
1 Junk Diver
1 Kuldotha Forgemaster
1 Laboratory Maniac
1 Myr Retriever
1 Padeem, Consul of Innovation
1 Riddlesmith
1 Scrap Trawler
1 Silas Renn, Seeker Adept
1 Solemn Simulacrum
1 Trinket Mage
1 Trophy Mage
1 Vedalken Engineer

1 Compulsive Research
1 Damnation
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Doomsday
1 Fabricate
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Ponder
1 Rhystic Tutor
1 Windfall

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this deck tech let me know what you think down below, this deck is SUPER gross and I haven't even added the grossest cards to it like Mana Vault and Reshape, but I know that (Bolas's Citadel:WAR) is on the CRC's watchlist because Phyrexian mana on this type of artifact is super gross.