Bastion Inventor

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Standard Legal
Modern Legal
Frontier Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper Legal

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Aether Revolt Common

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Bastion Inventor

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

TwoIdiots on Baby's First Multiplayer Cube (cards to include?)

1 week ago

CHANGELOG 15/5/17

Wedge/Shard additions based on our discussion yesterday:

Cuts:

Colorless:

Gold:

White:

Blue:

Green:

Note: Nothing has been cut yet. Do you agree with them? If not, please let me know which :)

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TwoIdiots on Baby's First Multiplayer Cube (cards to include?)

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.

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?

FuryOfTheAge on Beefy Bogles

4 weeks ago

Sphinx of the Final Word is far better option than Bastion Inventor I think.

dankmim on Beefy Bogles

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.

emrakulinsmugglers on improvise stuff

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 (:

JerichoDarkstar on artifact improvisation passion

1 month ago

How set are you on keeping this Mono Red? If you dipped into and , you could create a Grixis Improvise deck and run cards like Bastion Inventor and Herald of Anguish.

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.

xenon240z on Whir of Skysovereign

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.

  1. Drop Artifacts turns 1-3

  2. Play Improvise cards turns 3 on.

Sequencing

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.

Generally, saving Metallic Rebukes for Torrential Gearhulks is a good plan. And working towards a turn when you can double spell is better than casting your spells earlier.

Key Cards

These are your best cards in the match-up, in order of least to most impactful:

  1. Inventor's Goggles

  2. Pacification Array

  3. Maverick Thopterist

  4. Key to the City

  5. Bastion Inventor

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.

Sideboard

This is my general plan against control:

-1 Aethersphere Harvester, -1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship, -2 Pia Nalaar, -1 or 2 Battle at the Bridge

+3 Negate/Dispel, +1 Key to the City, +1 or 2 Release the Gremlins/Unlicensed Disintegration

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.

Final Thoughts

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!

xenon240z on Whir of Skysovereign

2 months ago

kts777-

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.

Esdeekay-

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. This deck is excellent against spot removal. Serpent is not. Think about Unlicensed Disintegration.

  4. 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.

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