MTG: Top 20 One Drop Artifacts

MTG: Top 20 One Drop Artifacts

Taking a look at the best one drop artifacts of all time!

Artifacts are possibly the most powerful type of cards in all of MTG. Black Lotus and the moxes are all part of this genre, as well as many other amazing cards. This list is all about those powerful and useful artifacts that you can drop on the first turn for only one mana. There are many amazing cards on this list and some that just barely didn’t make it, so if your pick didn’t make it, please feel free to comment and let me know! Let’s take a look into these powerful cards and see just why they’re the best!

#20 Chromatic Star

Here’s a card that gives you the colored mana you need. It’s useful for decks that are five colors and doesn’t just give you mana. You also get to draw a card! That’s just a little bonus for you.

#19 Feldon’s Cane

This is one of the first MTG cards I ever owned. A kid on the school bus gave it to me and I thought it was awesome. I didn’t understand what it was, but it was awesome. Anyway, as it turns out, this card is awesome. It saves you from being milled at least once. Also, there are a few ways to combo with it. It’s a nice card for only one mana, and that’s why it made the list!

#18 Shuko

Well, this card may seem like an odd choice to some, but think about it. This card can be used for a few combos that require you to make something the target of a spell or ability an infinite number of times. There are several combos for infinit life with this card. And I guess it’s nice to have a card that can give something +1/+0 for only one mana and can be moved around on the field.

#17 Meek Stone

This card is for all those decks that revovle around swarming your opponent with little 1/1’s. It makes it so that big creatures don’t untap. It’s pretty powerful and appeared most recently in Seventh Edition. So, really not that recently at all! However, this card will likely see a reprinting in the near future. You can build a deck around it.

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Brad, posted this comment on Jun 30th, 2009

Cursed scroll is an amazing card… if used in the right deck. Go look up the deck list for the original RDW (red deck wins). I think it was about 1996. Cursed scoll was an amazing utility card in that deck because the goal was to ramp all your cards out in the first few turns getting as much damage as you could in the early game, and then fireblast your oponent for the win. By this time, if the opponent wasn’t dead you still had a reloadable shock every turn to send the last few damage points straight to the dome (because by this point you were in top deck mode so there really is no guessing- you have a mountain, you say mountain and boom, 2 damage). If you drew a bolt, bolt em. if not, reveal it and shock ‘em. Great in that circumstance and still useful in the right deck (not really useful in elves because they can draw alot of cards, or hold cards back for combat tricks).

Another comment I need to make is on the cnadelabre of tawnos… it is a mono artifact that can only be used once a turn, so it is not easy to go “infinite”, although it is quite useful paired with say library of alexandria, mishra’s factory or mishra’s workshop.

Sol Ring>Mana vault because you didn’t have to pay to untap it… sol ring has always been restricted. Mana vault only became restricted due to cards like tinker.

Also, why did you include grindstone and not phrexian dreadnought? Grindstone is only good in a dedicated millstone deck. Well the dreadnought is only good in illusionary mask deck that brings him out for free, and is obviously quite popular since the mask still sells on ebay for $100+ and the dreadnoughts run $25-30 apiece.

I have been playing/following magic from unlimited-current in one form or another. If you would like any input on future articles let me know if I can help. I like checking in on your site periodically because it offers a fresh perspective on magic that I haven’t seen in awhile (i.e. it’s fun and not so totally serious that you can’t put your own perspective on it from a casual standpoint).


Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Jul 1st, 2009

Thanks so much for your comments! I really appreciate it. As for why I didn’t put Phyrexian Dreadnought on the list, this list was for non creature artifacts only. Phyrexian Dreadnought does make an appearance on my top 40 one drop creatures list. and i’d love criticism on any of my articles, or just some casual comments.

oh, and never ever look at my top 50 land article. it’s terrible! i have no idea what i was thinking when i wrote it. i want to redo the whole thing but haven’t had the time or the drive to do so. everything else i’ve written i feel pretty confident about. there are minor changes here and there i still want to make. however, most every list is in tip top shape.

feel free to take a look at the others. and thanks again for reading!

Mike1229, posted this comment on Jul 1st, 2009

Id switch the last two. lol but that would make me too picky ;)
Good stuff again! and Brad seems like a pretty cool guy!

christian, posted this comment on Jul 7th, 2009

cursed scroll plus relentless rats :D

Zach, posted this comment on Sep 6th, 2009

Well I think one of the most simple and easiest ways to use Cursed Scroll is to not use its ability until you’re out of cards in your hand, so that when its your draw step, you have one card in your hand, then tap 3 mana during your main phase and name the only card in your hand, which the opponent will have to pick, which = an easy 2 life lost, and then you can play that card on your second main phase.

RSSR, posted this comment on Feb 23rd, 2010

Why is Cursed Scroll good? Card advantage and an effective source of colorless damage. Most often, the decks that played with Cursed Scroll went through their hand (Sligh) without regard to conserving cards for future use. With a scroll on the table, and no cards in hand just waiting to be replenished at your next draw step or simply holding a land in hand for the scroll, you have a reliable way to do the last 2-4 points of damage to win the game, and of course it gets around almost every \”Protection from….\” or CoP that your opponent or his creatures can try to hose you with.

Your opponent can\’t counter this form of damage (outside of a Stifle, Voidslime, Trickbind or what have you, or without destroying your Scroll(s)), and since all you\’re really doing is revealing a card in your hand to do the damage, its a re-useable Shock that you never have to discard.

I\’d even go as far as to say if this was reprinted in today\’s game, it\’s efficient and versatile enough to see play in a variety of decks.

As far as your analysis of Candelabra Of Tawnos. Utterly wrong. Look up mono artifacts. Actually don\’t. It used to be a keyword for artifacts that needed to tap to activate their abilities.

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Feb 23rd, 2010

i realize that candelabra of tawnos taps. that’s why i said it’s only useful for going infinite because just tapping to untap lands to get an extra mana or two here and there is useless. you have to go infinite with it using something that untaps artifacts for some kind of mana based activation cost.

J.C., posted this comment on Jul 12th, 2011

Meh. Cursed Scroll provide RED with colorless damage. Quite good. I disagree with a good number of positions and a couple of cards. Sol Ring should be #1. Liars Pendulum is awful and has no business here. Black Vise should be in the Top Ten. It’s certainly WAY more powerful than Executioner’s Capsule and Library of Leng. The same is true for Sensei’s Divining Top. A simple rule of thumb: If a card appears in a good number of decks in the environments in which it’s legal, it’s a good card.

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Jul 12th, 2011

agreed. i wrote this a long time ago when i was still learning what made certain cards good. i might redo this eventually, but it’d be a rainy day project among many of my other old and pretty inaccurate article

Latensi, posted this comment on Oct 11th, 2011

I could understand the fail with the Candelabra, but The Pendulum DOES NOT allow you to draw a card every turn. You should learn the cards before trying to lie in such ways…

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