U/W Architect by archgaze on MtGO

Creatures (34)
4 Chief Engineer
4 Grand Architect
1 Hangarback Walker
1 Judge’s Familiar
4 Lodestone Golem
4 Mausoleum Wanderer
3 Myr Superion
2 Renowned Weaponsmith
2 Siren Stormtamer
2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
2 Trinket Mage
4 Walking Ballista
1 Wurmcoil Engine

Non-Creature Spells (4)
1 Basilisk Collar
1 Batterskull
2 Throne of the God-Pharaoh

Lands (22)
1 Academy Ruins
4 Adarkar Wastes
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
3 Hallowed Fountain
6 Island
4 Seachrome Coast

Sideboard (15)
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Dismember
2 Fleetwheel Cruiser
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Mindlock Orb
1 Pithing Needle
1 Relic of Progenitus
3 Spreading Seas
2 Stony Silence


Since Modern has such a large card pool and fairly aggressive ban list, a lot of niche archetypes can be formed to attack certain metagames or catch players off guard. The artifact synergy brought in both Mirrodin blocks has led to some interesting decks, including the U/W Architect deck we’re featuring today, which looks to pump out artifacts and tax the opponent’s mana.

The namesake of this deck is Grand Architect. The powerful 3 mana creature turns each of your blue creatures into powerful mana generators, each representing two colorless mana a turn, with the stipulation that this mana be spent on artifact spells. This deck’s entire strategy is based around this card, putting small blue creatures on the board to pump out big artifacts. This is helped by Chief Engineer, which turns all creatures into Birds of Paradise for artifacts, and Renowned Weaponsmith, which doesn’t play as nicely with this deck’s overall strategy as the other two creatures, but is a powerful mana generator itself nonetheless.

The other small blue creatures in this deck are Judge’s Familiar, Mausoleum Wanderer, and Siren Stormtamer, each of which only cost one mana. The former two are able to tax the opponent’s non-creature spells, while the latter protects this deck’s important creatures, ensuring that spot removal isn’t a concern. The white in this deck is to facilitate Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. The powerful 2 mana creature permanently taxes the opponent’s non-creature spells, which is particularly relevant since the rise of Gifts Storm in Modern.

As for the artifacts this deck is looking to pump out, Lodestone Golem, Myr Superion, and Walking Ballista have more than one copy in this list. Lodestone Golem is a massive nuisance for most decks in Modern that are looking to cast cheap spells. Myr Superion is an incredibly undercosted creature that plays beautifully with all of the artifact enablers mentioned earlier, frequently existing in this deck with no drawback. Walking Ballista has the ability to use any amount of mana that’s available, killing off small creatures while being the perfect curve filler.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Judge’s Familiar

-1 Basilisk Collar

+1 Siren Stormtamer

+1 Wurmcoil Engine


-3 Spreading Seas

-1 Grafdigger’s Cage

-1 Relic of Progenitus

+1 Stony Silence

+3 Rest in Peace

+1 Ceremonious Rejection

This is day 311 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 310 here, where we featured a Standard Ramp deck that plays many exciting new cards from Ixalan to attack the metagame.

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