Creature — Human Wizard
, : Target player draws a card, then exiles a card from their hand. If a creature card is exiled this way, that player creates a token that's a copy of that card.
When Arcane Artisan leaves the battlefield, exile all tokens created with it at the beginning of the next end step.
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Arcane Artisan Discussion
4 days ago
Driemer84: Honestly, I've pulled off several victories with Lightning Runner. I only have to have 4 attacking copies and it goes infinite (which is surprisingly easy here). Also, some of my favorite art ever, haha.
I have a Grim Monolith, Mana Vault, and Chrome Mox sitting around, but honestly I hadn't thought they'd fit super well here. Grim Monolith and Mana Vault are "one use" artifacts most of the time, and this deck wants to be able to use mana from its rocks multiple times rather than once in a large burst. Meanwhile, I don't want to sacrifice the card advantage from Chrome Mox, especially in a deck with a relatively high colorless percentage.
Arcane Artisan has been AMAZING. Sneak Attack a bit less so, honestly? But I've paired it with Helm of the Host in the past to do some really silly things, and it helps me get copiable creatures out early so I can clone them with token-making effects (which usually wins the game if I have a couple other tokens to replicate into copies of them.
Thank you both!!
5 days ago
Flow88: Thank you! I agree, it's been fantastic and enjoyable so far.
I considered Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker here, but the issue was that he can only copy creatures I already control, and I wanted my copy effects to either A) copy any creature on the battlefield or B) not force me to pay casting cost (ie Arcane Artisan). I still might add him though, haha, when I figure out what I can cut from here.
(And if you like the deck, you're welcome to +1 it!)
Best wishes to you as well! :)
6 days ago
Oh! A bunch of comments to respond to!
TheRedGoat: Honestly? I wouldn't trust EDHRec as far as I could throw them. I don't have much faith in their advice, haha. But for what it's worth, you may be right about Young Pyromancer, although she's so cheap in terms of mana that (for now) I think she's worth it.
I feel like making a deck that makes a token clone of an opponent's creature, then replicates that token tenfold is reasonably viable? I am running a few goodstuff creatures myself, to clone with Arcane Artisan or what-have-you, but of the cloning options you list, I think God-Pharaoh's Gift is the only one I'm interested in (and even then, 7 mana is pretty steep). I generally don't want to pay the mana costs of my huge creatures if I can avoid it. I have been considering Feldon of the Third Path, but I don't currently have good ways to put stuff into my GY from my hand...Still, I should find space for him. Blade of Selves doesn't create tokens that work with Brudiclad, and Goblin Bombardment has far too small of an effect.
Thank you for your suggestions!
Kishe: Exactly - I've selected effects that create token copies of ANY creature whenever possible, rather than just mine (this is one major change from the original list from Casey4321). The goal is to not steal opponents' creatures, but to clone them and replicate the clone many, many times. I'm trying to handle the inevitable board wipes with counterspells, though, since I am in blue after all haha.
WanderingSpirit: Thank you for your kind words! I considered Dark Depths, but honestly I don't have any ways to make non-legendary copies outside of Helm of the Host unfortunately. Still, now I want to make a deck specifically to abuse that haha.
el_mao: Huh. Why? Both of those kill my entire token horde, while only giving me one large token (which I then cannot replicate).
Thank you all for your help (and +1s)!
1 week ago
Rzepkanut: It's not hyper competitive, and doesn't do much other than ramp in the first few turns. That being said, it's VICIOUS once it gets going, and plays enough countermagic to reasonably get to the late-game.
Not to mention that in testing, it's been EXTREMELY fun, haha. I get to do a bunch of really silly Timmy/Johnny things, and it often comes out of nowhere. I controlled 4 tokens and Brudiclad, then cast Karn, Scion of Urza and used his -2. Suddenly, once I moved to combat, I had six 7/7 Constructs, and swung for an immediate victory. This was on turn 5 (curving off of a Saheeli, the Gifted). It's a bit inconsistent and janky, but it does WORK. I'd highly recommend from my experiences so far!
I used to run a Trostani deck, actually! I really do miss the Populate for this deck, but in many ways my commander is a mass Populate every turn, plus makes tokens. It's really strange, and not many UR decks run like this. I love it. I will say that I'm nervous about not having enough mana to cast Desolation Twin, and all of my methods of cheating it don't cast, unfortunately.
In terms of necessary cards? Hmmmm. There are a few cards I'd describe as "musts": Arcane Artisan, Combat Celebrant, Faerie Artisans, Helm of the Host, Karn, Scion of Urza, Mimic Vat, Reef Worm, Saheeli, the Gifted, and Sharding Sphinx, maybe? But honestly, the only thing I'd say is a "must" is to have a good balance of cards that MAKE scary tokens, cards that make token copies of things, scary things to make copies OF, and cards that make a bunch of small tokens. That balance is tricky, and I'm still tweaking it ;)
TLDR, though, I'd highly recommend trying him at least. Some of the most fun I've had in years.
1 week ago
elgosu1337 Yeah they're pretty reasonable things to cut I suppose, the only ones I have doubts removing are Vraska, It that Betrays and Confirm Suspicions. Vraska because although it does only produce 1 token both her + and smaller - do create some form of token, and her - can also get rid of pesky artifacts, creatures or enchantments. I've added It that Betrays for those reasons you mentioned along with its potential with Arcane Artisan , and finally removing Confirm Suspicions means removing a counter spell, and I'm hesitant to do so. Obviously my opinion can be changed though hence why I'm asking for help.
1 week ago
Just gonna throw out a bunch of suggestions you may have already considered.
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
SufferFromEDHD Thanks for sharing your list! This one is more of a budget build so I didn't include things like Blightsteel Colossus and Metalworker. I agree that Arcane Artisan should probably be in here.
Which creatures seem out of place to you? I tried to include creatures that would either generate more tokens, or win when Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer makes all your tokens a copy of them.