Meet Karn, the Great Creator from War of the Spark
This week, Michael and Patrick review, among other things, the results from last week’s Modern MOCS.
The most impressive innovation — and there were a boatload of innovations — is around Karn, the Great Creator.
Karn, the Great Creator gets Mycosynth Lattice
BY FAR the most important interaction for Modern is Karn’s [-2 ability]…
[-2]: You may choose an artifact card you own from outside the game or in exile, reveal that card, and put it into your hand.
This ability lets Karn play “toolbox”. You can get all kinds of stuff, from Wurmcoil Engine (a giant, lifelink, monster to attack with), Walking Ballista (a threat, and an answer), or any number of so-called “Silver Bullets”.
It is also a two-card combo.
Remember Mycosynth Lattice?
Don’t worry, neither did we. Well, Patrick did because he helped design it way back when he was at WotC.
Mycosynth Lattice works with all three of Karn’s abilities.
Of course, as an artifact that presumably lives in your sideboard… Karn can go fetch it. But once it’s in play?
Because Mycosynth Lattice turns all permanents into artifacts, it becomes a one-two punch with Karn’s static ability.
Activated abilities of artifacts your opponents control can’t be activated.
Your opponent will not be able to activate their lands — now artifacts — meaning they can’t tap for mana. This is a two-card Armageddon lock combo!
Liquimetal Coating: A Faster Mycosynth Lattice?
Believe it or not, WotC R&D thought Liquimetal Coating “might be a problem” back when it was about to hit Standard play. Liquimetal Coating could quickly enable some of its set’s signature interactions, and certainly turn on the specialized removal of the day.
How about now?
Well Mycosynth Lattice costs six. You might not have the mana to immediately go Karn into Lattice into Armageddon combo. Liquimetal Coating isn’t a full-on Armageddon, but it can certainly play Stone Rain machine gun.
Liquimetal Coating can turn the opponent’s lands — one at a time — into artifacts. Then we can combine with Karn’s last as-yet-unmentioned (in this blog post) ability:
[+1]: Until your next turn, up to one target noncreature artifact becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost.
Land: You are now an artifact!
Artifact [Land]: You are now a 0/0 Artifact Creature!
Conclusion? Karn, the Great Creator has already upended Modern. Both Patrick and Michael are excited to brew with this card in other decks than green-based Ramp. Colorless, it can go into many other strategies.
And poor Affinity… Karn doesn’t even need to spend loyalty to mess that once-storied strategy up.
- Narset, Parter of Veils messes up Jace, the Mind Sculptor
- Teferi, Time Raveler punks Ancestral Vision (and any other suspend nonsense)
- … and a Standard PTQ, too!
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