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Artifacts in Magic
Artifacts are a fun and versatile card type; since most are colorless, you can easily rotate them between decks. Except for artifact-creatures, artifacts aren't affected by summoning sickness, so they can tap the turn they arrive, and under their ranks fall equipment spells, which attach to creatures for various boosts.
Of all colors, blue offers the most artifact support—which cards do you need for your deck? These are the top 30 commander-legal artifact supporters in Magic: The Gathering!
30. Steel Overseer
CMC (Converted Mana Cost): 2
As an artifact creature, Overseer works well with other supports, and while his stats start at a mere 1/1, he taps to give all your artifact creatures (including himself) a +1/+1 counter, which a nice aggressive element to an often control-based theme.
29. Padeem, Consul of Innovation
As a legendary creature, Padeem makes a solid choice for a blue artifact commander. His stats are a paltry 1/4, but he gives your artifacts hexproof, preventing opponents from targeting them. Additionally, at the start of your upkeep, Padeem draws if you control the artifact with or tied for the highest cost on the field.
28. Mycosynth Lattice
Lattice has some interesting effects, like making all permanents artifacts in addition to their other types. This lets basically everything qualify for your artifact supports, perfect for utilizing the artifact-based improvise and affinity abilities.
Lattice also makes permanents, spells, and cards not on the field colorless while letting players spend mana as though it were any color, so you get a bit of group-hug and color-fixing in it.
27. Darksteel Forge
At a hefty nine mana, you should try to gimmick Forge onto the field with cards that can play artifacts for free. But it offers an amazing defense, giving all your artifacts (including itself) indestructible. Combo with Lattice to make all your permanents indestructible, giving a board state few can overcome.
26. Mox Opal
Opal costs zero and taps for one mana of any color. That's some great color-fixing that doesn't expend your land play, but you need to control at least three artifacts to do so.
Counting itself, that means you need two more; remember that easily-created tokens like treasure, thopters, and food can help meet the criteria.
25. Daretti, Scrap Savant
Mix a little red in your deck and you can use this planeswalker, who can even be your commander. Daretti's +2 lets you discard up to two cards to draw as many, which is great for prepping for his -2, which lets you sacrifice an artifact to return one from your graveyard to the field, an amazing way to get things like Darksteel Forge out.
Rarely will you build up to -10, but if it happens, Daretti gives you an emblem that revives your destroyed artifact at the end step.
24. Mechanized Production
Production enchants an artifact you control; put it on a non-legendary one, as it creates a token copy of that artifact at your upkeep. This is a great way to get multiple mana-rocks, equipments, or artifact-creatures, and Production also gives a potential win condition, winning at your upkeep if you control eight or more artifacts with the same name.
Notable, these artifacts don't have to be the ones Production is copying, so you could duplicate Sol Rings but win simply by amassing enough treasure tokens.
23. Transmute Artifact
Transmute sacrifices an artifact to play one with equal or lesser cost from your deck. You can also tutor one that costs more, but you'll have to pay the difference with additional mana. Simply put, this is a handy tutor that also stocks your graveyard with artifacts to recover.
22. Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth costs a whopping eleven mana by default, but he's a respectable 4/5 and has affinity for artifacts, discounting his price by one per artifact you control (meaning he's free with 11 or more).
Better yet, he also gives your other artifact creatures affinity, helping field staples like "Blightsteel Colossus".
21. Silas Renn, Seeker Adept
Thanks to his partner trait, you can use both Silas and another partner as commanders, and he gives access to blue and black, two popular EDH colors. More than that, he's a 2/2 with deathtouch, and when he deals combat damage to a player, Silas lets you cast an artifact from your graveyard that turn.
This works well for self-sacrificing cards like "Wayfarer's Bauble", ensuring Silas always has a valid target to recover.
20. Darksteel Citadel/Seat of the Synod
Both of these are lands that also count as artifacts, empowering your artifact-based cards. Citadel only gives colorless mana but is indestructible, while Synod can provide blue like a regular island. Blue is generally best for artifact decks, but other colors also have artifact-lands as listed below:
- White: Ancient Den
- Red: Great Furnace
- Green: Tree of Tales
- Black: Vault of Whispers
19. Thada Adel, Acquisitor
Using Thada really depends on facing blue players, as her islandwalk makes her unblockable to anyone who controls an island. But blue's pretty popular in commander, and when Thada hits a player for combat damage, she lets you search for and exile an artifact from their deck, letting you play it until end of turn.
Not only is this great for stealing "Sol Ring", it lets you peek at your opponent's entire deck. You can even exile a card even you don't plan on casting, just to make sure it can't be used against you.
18. Trinket, Tribute, Trophy, and Treasure Mage
Each of these creatures is a 2/2 who searches an artifact of a certain cost from your deck on entry. Their decent stats and wizard synergy further contribute to their usefulness; here's a quick rundown of each's tutor:
- Trinket: Artifact costing one mana or less
- Tribute: Artifact costing two
- Trophy: Artifact costing three
- Treasure: Artifact costing six or more
Like the three-cost sorcery "Divination", Thoughtcast simply draws two cards. However, its affinity for artifacts can drastically reduce its cost (by one per artifact you control), possibly down to one blue! Essential for any artifact build, Thoughtcast is also one of today's cheapest cards, costing less than one dollar!
16. Tezzeret the Seeker/Tezzeret, Artifice Master
Both these Tezzerets are artifact-supporting planeswalkers. Seeker has four starting loyalty and can use +1 to untap up to two artifacts, great for mana-providing cards like "Gilded Lotus". His -X is also useful for searching artifacts of cost X from your deck.
Master starts with five loyalty and can use +1 to create a 1/1 thopter token with flying. These count as artifacts, which helps his +0, which either draws one card or two if you control at least three artifacts. His ultimate -9 also provides a powerful emblem that lets you play any permanent from your deck at your end step.
15. Kuldotha Forgemaster
As an artifact creature, Forgemaster himself qualifies for many of your deck's supports. His stats are a decent 3/5, but by tapping and sacrificing three of your artifacts, Forgemaster will play any one from your deck for free.
So toss easily-obtained relics like treasure and thopter tokens to field your strongest artifact creatures. Equip with "Lightning Greaves" for haste and to get swinging immediately.
14. Master Transmuter
Transmuter is basically a cheaper, altered version of Forgemaster. She's an artifact creature, weak at 1/2, but by tapping and spending one blue, she can bounce an artifact you control to its owner's hand (possibly herself) to play any artifact from your hand for free.
Not only is this useful for fielding high-cost spells, it can bounce your artifacts in response to a removal, giving defensive potential as well.
13. Enlightened Tutor/Fabricate
Both of these are sorceries great for finding whatever you need. For one mana, Enlightened Tutor moves any artifact or enchantment to the top of your deck. Fabricate costs three and can only search artifacts, but adds the chosen card directly to hand.
12. Copy Artifact/Mirrormade
True to its name, Copy Artifact simply copies any artifact on the field (except it's also an enchantment). Mirrormade costs a little more, but can replicate any artifact or enchantment. Both excellent in commander, letting you mimic high-cost spells from other players at a big discount.
11. Phyrexian Metamorph
Similar to our last cards, Metamorph will copy any artifact or creature on the field, except it's also an artifact. Also, you can either spend four mana on it, or three and two life, and since the three are colorless, you don't need specific colors to play Metamorph (although your EDH commander needs a blue color identity to include it).
10. Argivian Restoration
Restoration simply returns an artifact from your graveyard to the field. After some self-milling, this is an amazing way to play high-cast artifacts at a discount, or recover a key relic that was destroyed.
9. Karn, the Great Creator
Karn himself isn't an artifact, but he's a rare colorless planeswalker with an impressive starting loyalty of five. His +1 makes up to one artifact a creature with power and toughness equal to its CMC until your next turn. Interesting, but usually -2 is what you're after, which tutors an artifact from outside the game (your sideboard) or in exile to your hand.
Both zones are normally hard to access, making Karn's reusable access to them impressive. And his passive effect prevents opponents from using activated abilities of their own artifacts, devastating against equipment spells and mana rocks.
8. Emry, Lurker of the Loch
Emry isn't an artifact, but her cost decreases by one per artifact you control, meaning she can be as cheap as one blue. Her stats are a puny 1/2, but she has the useful wizard and merfolk subtypes, and when she enters the field, she mills four cards. This empowers her tap effect, which lets you cast one artifact from your graveyard each turn.
7. Lodestone Golem
Golem is an artifact creature, qualifying for other suppports, and he's got impressive 5/3 stats. More than that, he makes all non-artifact spells cost one more mana. This includes yours, but your deck will hardly care while opponents have to deal with increased costs on most of their cards.
6. Urza, Lord High Artificer
One of the best commander choices for artifact decks, Urza's own starts are a mere 1/4, but on entry, he creates a 0/0 artifact token that gets +1/+1 per artifact you control (including itself).
This means Urza makes a surprisingly competent beatstick, and he's also amazing with ramp, as he lets you tap an untapped artifact you control (including the one he created) for one blue. He also lets you pay five mana to shuffle your library, exile the top card, and play it for free until the end of your turn.
5. Etherium Sculptor
Sculptor is a cheap 1/2 artifact creature who makes your artifacts cost one less. It's as simple as that, an amazing discount you can start using immediately since you don't have to wait for summoning sickness to fade.
Metalworker himself is an artifact, and while weak at 1/2, he can tap and reveal any number of artifacts in your hand to add two colorless for each. Combined with your lands, this provides enough resources for nearly any spell, giving a major ramp engine.
3. Academy Ruins
Ruins only taps for colorless, but it can also tap and spend two (including a blue) to return an artifact from your graveyard to the top of your deck, great for recovering relics you need.
2. Glimmervoid/Spire of Industry
Glimmervoid works great for multi-color artifact decks, tapping for one mana of any type. However, you sacrifice it at your end step if you don't control any artifacts.
For a safer alternative, Spire of Industry can always tap for colorless, but can tap and pay one life for any color if you control at least three artifacts.
1. Mishra's Workshop
Workshop gives an amazing three mana, though you can only use it on artifacts. But that's an incredible amount from a land that enters untapped and ready to use, making it crucial to fast advantage. Just know you'll probably have to proxy it due to its insane price.
Equipment Supports in Magic
Today we focused mostly on blue's generic artifact supports, but for equipment-specific boosts, white has more options. No matter your preference towards them, artifacts remain a popular card type since most fit in any deck, but for now, vote for your favorite supports and I'll see you at our next MTG countdown!
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