Aviation Pioneer


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Common

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Aviation Pioneer

Creature — Human Artificer

When Aviation Pioneer enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 colourless Thopter artifact creature token with flying.

Aviation Pioneer Discussion

Mesacrazybeast on Ephara

2 months ago

Familiar's Ruse would be a cool counterspell in this deck, better than Mana Leak. I knew there was a counterspell that returned a creature to your hand!

Clayton was talking about Stonecloaker, which would be an awesome include in this deck. Interesting to note that it can return itself so you can keep replaying this over and over and exiling cards from graveyards.

Deputy of Acquittals, Quickling, Whitemane Lion, and Restoration Angel all seem like good additions to the deck. I think you'd want to add more creatures with abusable enters the battlefield effects, though. Mulldrifter and Cloudblazer are both decent card draw and would be nice to pick up and use again. Deadeye Navigator would also be amazing with Mulldrifter and Cloudblazer.

If you want cheap cards to cast (also $$ wise) that make a token when they enter the battlefield, Aviation Pioneer and Seller of Songbirds both make 1/1 fliers. There are a lot of creatures that make tokens when they enter the battlefield, but these creatures are the least mana cost, make tokens with evasion, cost pennies, and can come back from Bishop of Rebirth. Sun Titan would probably be rad in this deck. As would Deadeye Navigator.

Cards like Momentary Blink are cool because you can use them in response to a targeted removal spell. Your creature will leave the battlefield and return as a new instance, one that is not being targeted by the removal, fizzling their spell. Deadeye Navigator's effect is similar, BTW, another reason it's so good.

Feltrix on Esper Arcane Demons

4 months ago

Maybe try Aviation Pioneer. At least that gives you two different creature names right when you play it. Also, I would switch the Tocatli Honor Guards for Ravenous Chupacabra or something. The guard is really a sideboard card and definitely shouldn't be a four of. The Chupacabra is good in most matchups and provides some nice removal to stop you from getting run over.

venomhydra on Artifact Midrange V.2

5 months ago

I really like the synergy that Fountain of Renewal has with the shocklands. Really innovative. I feel as if you don't need Diamond Mare, as you gain enough life from the fountain. I would take them out for Aviation Pioneer.

JtheBoy on Tezzeret's Artifacts

6 months ago

I think Mox Amber would also be a perfect include in this deck. I did not include this as I do not have the card at this time and all the deck I have posted on Tappedout I also have on paper. If I was to include Mox Amber I would be as a two off. I would cut one Sorcerous Spyglass and one Aviation Pioneer or just let both Skilled Animator's go. What would you change if you was to include Mox Amber BillTheSloth?

mousebreaker on

7 months ago

FSims81 Thanks for your comment. Aviation Pioneer is certainly a card worth considering, my obvious point of comparison is Pia Nalaar so 3 CMC is not a completely bad deal. Initially they do the same, 3 mana, two bodies and the power difference is not relevant. My reasons for not including it are the following.

Maybe i'm completely wrong and the two bodies are enough reason to play this agains an Aggro meta, but thats another discussion.

Again, thanks for your input.

FSims81 on

7 months ago

So I love the Detection Tower in dealing with hexproof that no one wants to deal with. With your desire to see additional thopter makers, do you see any room for Aviation Pioneer use? Or do you consider the 2 too high a cost for a 1/2 and 1/1?

FSims81 on MonoBlue Mill

7 months ago

Update: Have you play tested this? I just ran this through the play test feature here. Turn 2 Wall of Mist and then I didn't see another creature until turn 9. Patient Rebuilding and Psychic Corrosion were out, but I can't see them being too helpful if you only have one blocker from turn 2 until turn 9.

You might want to drop the Befuddle for some additional cheap to cast creature. Maybe something like Aviation Pioneer that grants you a two creatures for one swing? I'm sure there are better creature options, just thinking in terms of you getting defense out there

DarthVirulence on

8 months ago

So, I love Negate a LOT but it's rotating out in October and I'm trying reeally hard to steer clear of those cards right now. That said, I think in the sideboard it should be alright.

Sai, Master Thopterist SHOULD work well in place of Aviation Pioneer since I have a lot of artifacts in the deck but I need to test it before I can really say anything and... to test it I need to actually own the card.

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