Trading Post Deck with Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
July 27, 2012 | Posted by Dee
I’m having a lot of fun playing Joseph Penney’s Blue/Black (UB) Tezzeret Trading Post deck, which I found on this Starcitygames Decklist Digest. I like cards like Trading Post because it gives you many options.
The artifact has four different abilities. It’s fun for me to try to figure out which ability is the best one to use, depending on the board state and the cards in my hand.
It’s not surprising to see that Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas and Trading Post work well together. Both cards were designed with artifacts in mind.
Tezzeret can find Trading Post with his first ability and his second ability can turn it into a 5/5 creature. Trading Post gives you card advantage by sacrificing the artifacts you find with Tezzeret’s first ability. Also, you can bring back those artifacts from the graveyard by creating a Goat and then sacrificing it.
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|UB Tezzeret Post|
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The deck has a lot of artifacts to take advantage of Tezzeret and Trading Post. Some of them are situational like Torpor Orb. You can afford to play a few of these cards even though they are not good in some matchups because you can turn them into 5/5 creatures with Tezzeret. Also, you can sac them to Trading Post to draw a card.
In the right matchup, these situational cards can win you the game. For example, I played Torpor Orb on turn two in game one against a Naya Pod deck. The artifact weakened a lot of my opponent’s cards.
His Huntmaster of the Fells didn’t give him a 2/2 Wolf and his Blade Splicer became an expensive 1/1. I was able to win easily with the early Torpor Orb.
Ratchet Bomb is a solid card for killing one-mana cards like Birds of Paradise, Diregraf Ghoul, and Rancor. It’s awesome against token decks. It can destroy a flipped Delver right away. It doesn’t target so it can kill hexproof creatures like Geist of Saint Traft and Dungrove Elder.
I like Tumble Magnet in this deck because you can sac it to draw a card with Trading Post after it runs out of charge counters. Then, you can return it back to your hand from the graveyard with Trading Post and recast it.
Pristine Talisman is in the deck to ramp up to six mana for Wurmcoil Engine. Also, the artifact gives you life, which helps you survive the early creature rush of aggro decks. If you don’t need the mana or life gain, you can sac it to Trading Post or turn it into a 5/5 creature with Tezzeret.
Wurmcoil Engine is definitely awesome with Trading Post. If your opponent tries to destroy it with a removal spell like Doom Blade, you can respond by sacrificing it to Trading Post to draw a card or return an artifact from your graveyard to your hand. Then, on the next turn, you can sac one of the Wurm tokens to Trading Post and return Wurmcoil Engine back to your hand.
The 6/6 artifact creature is vulnerable to cards like Vapor Snag and Oblivion Ring but you can fight these cards by responding with a Trading Post activation.
By the way, you can’t use Trading Post’s third ability to sac Wurmcoil Engine and target it with the ability. Here’s what a judge told me, “Targets are chosen before costs are paid. Since Wurmcoil Engine is still on the battlefield, it is not a legal target for the ability.”
While Trading Post is a strong card, it can be kind of slow. You usually need a bunch of turns to really get value out of it. That’s why the deck has removal spells like Go for the Throat and Black Sun’s Zenith. These cards help you reach the late game where Trading Post can shine.
Liliana of the Veil provides removal too while having synergy with Tezzeret and Trading Post. You gain card advantage from these two cards, which nullifies the drawback of Liliana’s discard ability.
Try out this deck and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. If you have sideboarding questions, tell me which decks are in your local metagame and I’ll try to give you sideboard plans for them.