Creature — Vedalken Artificer
Improvise *(Your artifacts can help cast this spell. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for .)
Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
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Bastion Inventor Discussion
1 week ago
Wedge/Shard additions based on our discussion yesterday:
- Sphinx of the Steel Wind
- Teneb, the Harvester
- Queen Marchesa
- Narset, Enlightened Master
- Surrak Dragonclaw
- Blade of the Bloodchief
- Mycosynth Wellspring (too narrow I think)
- Ichor Wellspring (same)
- Trading Post (you said you didnt like it. Im fine to cut it.
- Brago, King Eternal
- Swans of Bryn Argoll
- Thistledown Liege
- Fires of Yavimaya
- Blood Baron of Vizkopa
- Treasury Thrull
- Bounty of the Luxa
- Shattergang Brothers
- Ghave, Guru of Spores
- Derevi, Empyrial Tactician
- Sharuum the Hegemon
- Wall of Omens
- Wall of Essence
- Aerie Mystics
- Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
- Planar Cleansing (maybe Austere Command instead)
- Citadel Siege (doesnt support any particular archetype, not good enough for good stuff)
- Fog Bank
- Guard Gomazoa
- Wall of Frost
- Bastion Inventor (doesnt do enough I dont think, but we can re-evaluate if we take this more in the affinity direction)
- War Tax
- March of the Machines (it doesnt seem like this is what the artefact deck wants to do for now!)
- Courier's Capsule (to me this is just a worse version of Etherium Astrolabe)
- Scepter of Fugue (doesnt really do anything
- Rhonas the Indomitable (Nylea is just better for this archetype I think)
Note: Nothing has been cut yet. Do you agree with them? If not, please let me know which :)
3 weeks ago
Change Log 01/05/17
Added colored artifacts for the Dimir artifact archetype. Thought it would be a good idea to include some Dimir/X artifacts as well for some added variance.
- Executioner's Capsule (artifact removal)
- Scepter of Fugue (cross archetype artifact. could work in punisher?)
- Sharuum the Hegemon (Gives us a reason to splash white)
- Silas Renn, Seeker Adept (good blocker, does stuff when it connects)
- Noxious Gearhulk (bomb)
- Sphinx Sovereign (decent top end, gives orzhov drain a payoff for splashing blue)
- Sphinx Summoner (value fliers. can't say no)
- Tidehollow Strix (this card is probably too shitty... BUT it's a nice rattlesnake in Dimir, which is good in multiplayer, and it's an artifact. Thoughts?)
- Cranial Plating (duh)
- Bident of Thassa (messes with opponents' combat and is an artifact. seems like other decks might want this, which is why i like it)
- Courier's Capsule (it's possible that this card just sucks, but I wanted to cast a wide net)
- Etherium Astrolabe (need sac outlets for Spine etc.)
- Etherium Sculptor (cost reduction)
- Ethersworn Adjudicator (good beater, another reason to splash white)
- Filigree Sages (this actually seems kinda bad now that I think of it. what do you think?)
- Inkwell Leviathan (duh)
- Mask of Riddles (maybe this sucks, but it's a good way to sneak in some damage and get cards while being an artifact)
- Master of Etherium (duh)
- Master Transmuter (duh)
- Sharding Sphinx (good top end)
- Skill Borrower (possible terrible, but could be fun. We need to see if there are enough activated abilities in the archetype to justify this)
- Thopter Foundry (need sac outlets, card is just value. we will not include the combo I don't think)
- Bastion Inventor (seems decent, but maybe a bit underpowered in multiplayer)
- Herald of Anguish (duh)
- Reverse Engineer (draw that rewards artifact decks. maybe too specific? probably better for the cube to just put some other draw in this slot)
- Sly Requisitioner (good way to get value from your sacced artifacts. also lines up nicely against the grave pact deck)
- Whir of Invention (duh)
- Wurmcoil Engine (duh)
- Spine of Ish Sah (duh)
- Solemn Simulacrum (duh)
- Scrap Trawler (duh)
- Treasure Keeper (duh)
- Filigree Familiar (duh)
- Epochrasite (i'm not super sold on this, but I like recurrable creatures in multiplayer, so this seems nice)
- Lodestone Golem (possibly too annoying)
- Scarecrone (duh)
- Foundry Inspector (duh)
- Palladium Myr (duh)
- Trading Post (duh)
- Myr Retriever (duh)
- Ichor Wellspring (duh)
- Mycosynth Wellspring (duh)
- Pristine Talisman (duh)
- Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas (not sure actually whether this is the right tez for this archetype. both of the ones from kaladesh seem spicy. what do you think?)
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I'm a bit worried that this archetype as it is now builds itself too easily. I would prefer to have more cross-pollination among archetypes and less "this card is only good in the artifact deck". There is a risk that having both goblins (which are basically junk cards if no one is in the archetype) and artifacts (many of which are only good in the Dimir archetype) dilute the cube too much, making the less archetype-driven decks worse off due to fewer playables. What do you think?
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
Cool deck, but I would recommend adding more artifacts in order for Bastion Inventor to be cheaper. Just a little bit more.
1 month ago
you can probably cut ruinous path down to 2 or 3, mainboard sorcery speed isn't as relevant. instead, you can have 4x of Grasp of Darkness, etc. if this isn't budget, Fatal Push is great as well. Bastion Inventor is strictly better than barricade breaker, because of hexproof, opponent's can't remove it. standard has so many useful removal spells, that bastion inventor works better. weaker, but harder to remove.
some additional nice cards are
although it is fine staying blue black, IMO adding red may be better, because it opens you up to cards like Unlicensed Disintegration, Pia Nalaar (for unblockable stuff also outlet for useless artifacts), and Maverick Thopterist.
you may want to increase your land count up to 24, maybe cut noxious gearhulk down to 3, lupine protector to 2, and remove a metallic rebuke? you generally want around 24 lands in a deck like this. hope this helps (:
1 month ago
I would also recommend you add Cogworker's Puzzleknot. It is completely out of your colors for it's activated ability, but it instantly gives you two artifacts to improvise with.
You might also want to consider adding Cathar's Shield or Bone Saw since they are drop artifacts like Ornithopter, but can beef up your creatures when you need it late game. On that note, I would take out Renegade Map all together. Not only does it come in tapped, but it's main purpose is to sac it. It doesn't help with Improvise because of what it it's intended to do.
1 month ago
The control match-up has a lot of subtleties that are important. While it's definitely a positive match-up, there's a lot of small decisions to be made. Because I don't know your background as a magic player, I'm going to start with basic concepts for the match-up, some of which you may very well already know, and go from there.
Our game plan basically remains the same.
Drop Artifacts turns 1-3
Play Improvise cards turns 3 on.
Being on the play or on the draw is going to significantly change the pace of the game due to the cost of the control opponents counter spells. For example, on the play, playing a turn 3 Maverick Thopterist is a great play. On the draw, however, it's just asking to get countered by Disallow/Void Shatter. On the draw, I usually will wait until turn 4 to play a Thopterist, even if I had the opportunity to play it turn 3, taking turn 3 to play something that is insignificant or not cast anything at all. This is because of your control opponents game plan. Ideally, they would counter our turn 3 play and then cast Glimmer of Genius turn 4. By declining to cast anything turn 3 it makes them have to decide on turn 4 between countering our play and using their mana inefficiently or letting our threat resolve and casting their Glimmer. This is just one example of how to make the game more awkward for your control opponent. Every time you cast something, it needs to be deliberate. You need to figure out your turns ahead of time and make a game plan. Don't feel too pressured to make the first move, and if they are countering your artifacts, that's a counter spell out of their hand that isn't hitting a Bastion Inventor.
Speaking of Inventor, he is your absolute best chance of winning, and the entire game revolves around resolving him. Not only will Inventor win you games, but the threat of casting him will. What I mean by this is that because of how powerful he is, your opponent must respect that they could lose the game if they are caught without a counter spell in their hand, or by tapping out. This means that as long as you have any amount of pressure, it will be risky for them to remove your creatures in your combat phase, because of the threat of playing an Inventor in your second main phase. For example, even after turn 6 when they have Torrential Gearhulk mana. You can make really "bad" attacks with servos or Thopterists without caring if they drop a Gearhulk to block, because if they do it means they tapped out and you can land an Inventor.
These are your best cards in the match-up, in order of least to most impactful:
Whir of Invention is probably the sixth best card, but you could make an argument for some other cards too. Being able to do this at the end of their turn is great. Never Whir for a vehicle in this match-up, they are not even close to being more valuable than the other artifacts in the above list. Prioritize Key to the City, then Pacification Array, then Inventor's Goggles. The first copy of each of those cards is worth more than a duplicate of any of them, unless you suspect artifact removal from your opponent, then it just depends on the game.
A quick explanation of why these artifacts are so good:
Key to the City is a work horse in this match-up. Once you have one in play, your improvise cards no longer cost a card and you can grind your opponent out of counter spells. As if that wasn't enough, it provides unblockable to Inventors.
Pacification Array makes it very hard for your opponent to touch you. With only Gearhulks (and Dynavolt Tower) as their win condition it's extremely hard to get damage in. And if you run out of improvise cards to tap your Key, Array can do that with it's ability too.
Inventor's Goggles makes all your threats hit harder and make Inventors the size of Gearhulks.
This is my general plan against control:
It depends on what your sideboard looks like and if you suspect they are bringing in more threats after board and if they are playing Dynavolt Tower. But hopefully that should give you a good idea to start with.
I've played against a lot of different control decks with this deck, ranging from rogue Jeskai Fog to Temur Dynavolt Tower and I can assure you that the control match-up is very winnable. I like the idea of Elder Deep-Fiend and I had a few copies in my sideboard at one point too, but too often there just aren't enough targets to emerge with. Dispel is absolutely fantastic and I'd make room for those if you want more to bring in (I used to run 3 side).
I hope you found this information useful, feel free to shoot any more questions my way!
2 months ago
Ceremonious Rejection does sound great at one copy!
The reason I don't like Ballista is because it turns on a lot of removal from our opponents that normally doesn't line up very well (grasp, fatal push, shock). I could see siding in creatures like this for game 2 when they side out their removal though.
Great to hear you like the deck! I actually used to play with Gearseeker Serpent in the early versions of the deck. It was mono blue and looked something like this: Mono Blue Improvise. After that, the deck went through a bunch of changes. I didn't give up on Gearseeker Serpent though. I still played with it in an FNM and a Game Day. One of the biggest problems with it though is that it's pretty terrible to have in your opening hand and overall makes hands that include it harder to keep. With improvise decks, consistency is one of your biggest issues. Cards like Pia Nalaar are mainly in the deck to help consistency, giving you a semblance of battlefield presence and an artifact in one card.
That's a lot of jumbled info to take in, so I'll narrow it down to a few points on why the Serpent doesn't make the cut in my list.
Is it better than any of the payoffs in the current list? I believe that 10 payoffs is the right number in an improvise list, so assuming that's correct, we'd have to shave one or more of them to make room for the Serpent(s), otherwise, our draws get unbalanced and clunky. In this list, the payoffs are 4 Maverick Thopterist, 4 Bastion Inventor, and 2 Whir of Invention. IMO, Serpent is far worse than these. Thopterist provides ramp, pilots, and blockers. Inventor is already a 5/6 most of the time thanks to Inventor's Goggles and has hexproof. And Whir is a centerpiece of the deck.
Could we make room for it by taking out a piece of interaction (i.e. Metallic Rebuke or Battle at the Bridge)? Unlikely. I've liked 6 pieces of interaction, especially with the best deck (Mardu Vehicles) being so aggressive.
This deck is excellent against spot removal. Serpent is not. Think about Unlicensed Disintegration.
We already have access to unblockable with Key to the City, and you'd be surprised how few times the Serpent's ability actually feels good to use. 6-mana is a real cost.
With that said, Serpent can be awesome when it lets you double spell with an improvise card, especially with Metallic Rebuke and Battle at the Bridge. If you really want to play it, I say go for it. I would take out a Whir of Invention or the third copy of Battle at the Bridge/1st copy of Unlicensed Disintegration depending on what your list looks like.
I hope this helps! All in all, I like to play cards that I have fun playing. If you have fun with Gearseeker Serpent I definitely think it could earn a spot in your list.