Basalt Monolith Combos

What’s better than a mana rock that can untap itself? Well infinite mana for one, but they aren’t able to untap themselves on your untap step so it’s balanced right? Well let’s put them together with somethings and see what happens. Out of the mana rocks that can untap themselves Grim Monolith is more mana efficient as a 2 cost artifact but the other option cheaper and better in several ways. Basalt Monolith is the other one, and due to it’s reprinting and the lower untap cost it’s much more versatile in the combos with it. So, let’s begin shall we.

We’re going straight for the infinite mana combos, all we need is our friendly mana rock and something to increase the mana it generates, We’re going with Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy as the lowest mana cost option for the combo.

Card Name: Basalt Monolith. Mana Cost: {3}. Card Oracle Text: Basalt Monolith doesn't untap during your untap step.{T}: Add {C}{C}{C}.{3}: Untap Basalt Monolith.
Card Name: Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy. Mana Cost: {G}{U}. Card Oracle Text: Whenever you tap a nonland permanent for mana, add one mana of any type that permanent produced.{5}{G}{U}: Look at the top five cards of your library. You may put a non-Human creature card from among them onto the battlefield. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.. Power/Toughness: 2/2
  • Basalt Monolith and Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy on board
  • Tap Basalt Monolith for 4 mana thanks to Kinnan
  • Untap Basalt Monolith for 3 mana
  • Net 1 mana and repeat for infinite colourless mana

As straightforward as it gets to tap for mana and untap with a static ability increasing the amount of mana Basalt Monolith makes. Doing this combo can also be done with cards such as Mana Reflection and Nybloom Ancient but Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy is a significantly lower mana cost option that you can sink a good chunk of the mana into.

Card Name: Mana Reflection. Mana Cost: {4}{G}{G}. Card Oracle Text: If you tap a permanent for mana, it produces twice as much of that mana instead.
Card Name: Nyxbloom Ancient. Mana Cost: {4}{G}{G}{G}. Card Oracle Text: TrampleIf you tap a permanent for mana, it produces three times as much of that mana instead.. Power/Toughness: 5/5
Card Name: Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy. Mana Cost: {G}{U}. Card Oracle Text: Whenever you tap a nonland permanent for mana, add one mana of any type that permanent produced.{5}{G}{U}: Look at the top five cards of your library. You may put a non-Human creature card from among them onto the battlefield. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.. Power/Toughness: 2/2

There was actually a combo piece for Basalt Monolith ever since the Antiquities set. The name of the other piece goes by Power Artifact which reduces the cost of the enchanted artifacts activated abilities cost by 2 mana. So this would be how they would play out together:

Card Name: Basalt Monolith. Mana Cost: {3}. Card Oracle Text: Basalt Monolith doesn't untap during your untap step.{T}: Add {C}{C}{C}.{3}: Untap Basalt Monolith.
Card Name: Power Artifact. Mana Cost: {U}{U}. Card Oracle Text: Enchant artifactEnchanted artifact's activated abilities cost {2} less to activate. This effect can't reduce the amount of mana an ability costs to activate to less than one mana.
  • Basalt Monolith on board
  • Enchant Basalt Monolith with Power Artifact
  • Tap Basalt Monolith for 3 mana
  • Untap Basalt Monolith for 1 mana thanks to Power Artifacts cost reduction
  • Net 2 mana and repeat for infinite colourless mana

This can be done with a more modern card than Power Artifact now thanks to the Legendary Boros Companion Zirda, the Dawnwaker which also reduces the cost of non-mana activated abilities by 2, so in this case the untapping part. These combos thus far all work as well with Grim Monolith but these next ones only work thanks to Basalt Monolith both tapping and untapping for 3 mana.

Card Name: Zirda, the Dawnwaker. Mana Cost: {1}{R/W}{R/W}. Card Oracle Text: Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has an activated ability. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may cast it once from outside the game.)Abilities you activate that aren't mana abilities cost {2} less to activate. This effect can't reduce the mana in that cost to less than one mana.{1}, {T}: Target creature can't block this turn.. Power/Toughness: 3/3

There’s a card that if you play then you may as well add Basalt Monolith to the deck as well and that’s the activated ability copying artifact Rings of Brighthearth . While that may be self explanatory let’s go through it for the numbers sake.

Card Name: Rings of Brighthearth. Mana Cost: {3}. Card Oracle Text: Whenever you activate an ability, if it isn't a mana ability, you may pay {2}. If you do, copy that ability. You may choose new targets for the copy.
Card Name: Basalt Monolith. Mana Cost: {3}. Card Oracle Text: Basalt Monolith doesn't untap during your untap step.{T}: Add {C}{C}{C}.{3}: Untap Basalt Monolith.
  • Basalt Monolith and Rings of Brighthearth on board
  • Tap Basalt Monolith for 3 mana
  • Activate Basalt Monolith’s untap ability for 3 mana
  • Rings of Brighthearth trigger, pay 2 to copy the untap ability.
  • Resolve the copied trigger and untap Basalt Monolith
  • Tap Basalt Monolith for 3 mana, resolve untap ability and untap Basalt Monolith
  • Net 1 mana and repeat for infinite colourless.

The math here is two 3 cost artifacts, 3 mana to untap, 2 mana to copy. Since Basalt Monolith taps for 3 that pays for it’s untap so you would just need 6 mana for both artifacts and 2 mana to copy the untap and start the combo in one turn. You could also use Basalt Monolith to play Rings of Brighthearth, in that case you will need the 3 mana to untap and 2 mana to copy the unta next turn. This is a strong options as they are both colourless artifacts that can fit in any deck, the strength of Rings of Brighthearth is impressive in itself as many may know.

So we’ve done some infinite mana combos, what else can we do? We can make use of the fact it taps and untaps for free. How? Well let’s take a look at Mesmeric Orb.

Card Name: Mesmeric Orb. Mana Cost: {2}. Card Oracle Text: Whenever a permanent becomes untapped, that permanent's controller puts the top card of their library into their graveyard.
  • Basalt Monolith and Mesmeric Orb on board
  • Tap Basalt Monolith for 3 mana
  • Untap Basalt Monolith for 3 mana
  • Trigger Mesmeric Orb, put the top card of your library into your graveyard.
  • Repeat to mill your deck
Card Name: Thassa's Oracle. Mana Cost: {U}{U}. Card Oracle Text: When Thassa's Oracle enters the battlefield, look at the top X cards of your library, where X is your devotion to blue. Put up to one of them on top of your library and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order. If X is greater than or equal to the number of cards in your library, you win the game. (Each {U} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to blue.). Power/Toughness: 1/3
Card Name: Laboratory Maniac. Mana Cost: {2}{U}. Card Oracle Text: If you would draw a card while your library has no cards in it, you win the game instead.. Power/Toughness: 2/2
Card Name: Syr Konrad, the Grim. Mana Cost: {3}{B}{B}. Card Oracle Text: Whenever another creature dies, or a creature card is put into a graveyard from anywhere other than the battlefield, or a creature card leaves your graveyard, Syr Konrad, the Grim deals 1 damage to each opponent.{1}{B}: Each player puts the top card of their library into their graveyard.. Power/Toughness: 5/4

What to do once you’ve milled your deck? Play Thassa’s Oracle or draw a card with Jace, Wielder of Mysteries or Laboratory Maniac in play. Maybe you’re running a Syr Konrad, the Grim deck and have Kozilek, Butcher of Truth or Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre in your deck so you can trigger Syr Konrad and deal 1 damage to each opponents til they’re all gone. Perhaps you’re running Psychic Spiral even who knows, this is a powerful combo that can slot in all sorts of self mill strategy decks.

I’m going to finish with a more casual but nonetheless effective combat combo with Wake Thrasher.

Card Name: Wake Thrasher. Mana Cost: {2}{U}. Card Oracle Text: Whenever a permanent you control becomes untapped, Wake Thrasher gets +1/+1 until end of turn.. Power/Toughness: 1/1
  • Basalt Monolith and Wake Thrasher on board
  • Swing with Wake Thrasher
  • Tap Basalt Monolith for 3 mana
  • Untap Basalt Monolith for 3 mana, trigger Wake Thrasher
  • Wake Thrasher gets +1/+1 until end of turn
  • Repeat for a incredibly large Wake Thrasher
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It’s the small things that go infinite that makes things satisfying. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little combo with this quite abusable mana rock. Whether being used in a combo, getting ahead by 3 mana next turn, or untapping it to store unused mana this artifact should not be underestimated.

Article by Cascade.Cascade

The editor-in-chief and creator of Command Beacon. They started playing Magic during the Scars of Mirrodin block and hasn’t been able to stop since.

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Basalt Monolith + Forsaken Monument

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