Contraband Kingpin

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Standard Legal
Frontier Legal

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Kaladesh Uncommon

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Contraband Kingpin

Creature — Rogue

Lifelink

Whenever an artifact enters the battlefield under your control, scry 1.

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Contraband Kingpin Discussion

Zaueski on Improvise One's Anguish

19 hours ago

Contraband Kingpin seems like the better option to me, it bricks any non flying aggro creature and that lifegain can do wonders to prolong your life. Whereas Merchant's Dockhand can't block anything effectively.

Zaueski on Improvise One's Anguish

1 day ago

PTB is entirely dependent on their hand, which is always changing. LL however guarantees you can hit the card you want to hit, it also gives you far more information. Knowing the general plan of their deck helps you plan out your plays a million times better. Your deck is not designed to hit delirium and without the second line 3 mana for one card is really really bad. Then by the time you have delirium there's just better plays in general that can affect the board and actually save you, unlike this 3 mana do nothing card.

The Schematic is bad because nothing other than Herald of Anguish can trigger its second ability. Paying 2 mana for a single servo and a worthless artifact is bad, just because you're an improvise deck doesn't mean you should play bad cards to have an extra improvise target.

Merchant's Dockhand is decent, and can provide some late game value. It lives through Liliana, the Last Hope which is huge for it. That activation cost is huge though and can only function in the late game. So if you like 1 mana 1/2 play it, but don't expect to rely on that activation happening consistently. Contraband Kingpin is just a better filter method and I would never put more than 2 copies of the MD in a deck.

Zaueski on Improvise One's Anguish

1 day ago

Servo Schematic is still a bad card, I strongly recommend putting in Scrap Trawler in its place. The recursion afforded by ST is definitely not to be underestimated.

Pick the Brain is also still a really bad card. If you're worried about combos then Lost Legacy is a far better option, if you want to slow down creatures then you can use more Grasp of Darkness or Harsh Scrutiny. If you just want value discard then you already have Transgress the Mind and you could get Collective Brutality pretty easily. Pick the Brain is not what you want to be playing on turn 3 ever. Against aggro it pretty much confirms your death, against control they'll just Negate it. Against midrange you might hit one useful card but you'll never have Delirium that early and late game everything but control will have a pretty much empty hand, and Control will just counter it. Trust me, Pick the Brain is a bad card.

Contraband Kingpin is really good here, being able to scry your deck basically is insane. It'd take cutting some good cards but this deck really wants it.

So here's what I would cut and then add:

4x Servo Schematics for 3x Scrap Trawlers and 1xContraband Kingpin

4x Pick the Brain for 1x Grasp of Darkness, 2x Collective Defiance, and 1x Tezzeret the Schemer

1x Cathar's Shield and 1x Reverse Engineer for 2x Contraband Kingpins bringing that count up to 3.

Zaueski on Improvise One's Anguish

5 days ago

Hmm, well there are a few things I think you could do to upgrade this list.

  1. Implement of Malice or Implement of Examination is definitely worth another look, the synergy with Improvise and possible sideboarded Fatal Pushes is pretty good. And its definitely better than Pick the Brain. At least try testing before you discount.

  2. Scrap Trawler allows you to play the better control spells (like Flaying Tendrils or Yahenni's Expertise) and keep a decent board presence afterwards. I strongly recommend upping the quality of removal and this guy lets you do that.

  3. I am not a fan of Servo Schematic here, making 1/1s and being an artifact just isn't good enough especially since your only method of getting a second Servo is through Herald of Anguish. This is probably the slot where I would add the Scrap Trawlers in but failing that consider Contraband Kingpin. I like the Trawler slightly more, but Kingpin is still an amazing card that can help stave off aggro.

  4. Cut down Hope of Ghirapur to one or two or just leave it in the sideboard, its really bad against half the decks and I think only viable in a combo shell to protect you while you go off. You can try to leave a couple copies in but it feels like a cut.

Delta-117 on Mechanized Summonings

1 week ago

Have you considered Contraband Kingpin instead of Shielded Aether Thief? By the way, I also believe Pore Over the Pages would be more useful than Reverse Engineer.

OminousRex on Thopter/Sword In Standard (Aether Revolt)

2 weeks ago

Also, if you can squeeze in Thraben Inspector, they would produce 2 servos when Thraben dies and Clue is sac'ed if Hidden Stockpile is out. Clue would also trigger Contraband Kingpin scry ability.

divinagon on Baral Control

2 weeks ago

It seems like a good deck, but it seems like it's also trying to do 2 different things at once. On the U/B aspect of it, you're trying to play more of a control matchup, but on the W/B side you seem to want to rush your opponent. My suggestion would be to maybe make 2 separate decks that way you don't have problems with what you draw and when. Still like the deck, and it's really nice seeing Contraband Kingpin being used. To be honest, it was probably my favorite Kaladesh uncommon multicolor.

Delta-117 on Dimir Control - AER

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the suggestions Zaueski. I suppose I will try cutting the Torrential Gearhulks. I want to include them but I was also trying to include enough artifacts for Tezzeret the Seeker , and Herald of Anguish while still trying to have instants for the gearhulks. I might try a separate version of this deck that does still use them but yeah I need less sorceries more instants next time.

As for Contraband Kingpin I will include them for sure. I already was thinking about 3 and I think that's what I will go with.

Yeah thanks for reminding me about that card , Metallic Rebuke. I just forgot about that one, but it certainly will go in over Disallow. Thanks for pointing that one out.

Baral, Chief of Compliance, just like I said about Torrential Gearhulk I think I will just leave for another version of the deck caring less about artifacts. I like the card and I know I probably will use him for edh at least, but I'm going to try too include him in standard somewhere's too.

Hope of Ghirapur, as for now I'm going to leave out I think, but I'm keeping it in the maybeboard until sometime after Aether Revolt releases until I know better whether to use it.

Herald of Anguish looks sweet and I'm going to try to get 1-2 prerelease foils of this card probably. As for Metallurgic Summonings I do admit I have literally been cramming in almost every control deck I can make on here, it's because I do have 4 of them and I'm not entirely sure where I can use them, but I do know I want to find a place. Perhaps that place might be frontier instead?

One last thing anyways, what do you think about the inclusion of Liliana, the Last Hope? I had her in this list obviously first of all because of Yahenni's Expertise, along with spells like Battle at the Bridge, and Tezzeret the Schemer's -2 ability being able to help kill creatures off. However i'm not sure if it's worth it, but I also was considering Heart of Kiran, but in a deck like this I'm really unsure about doing that, and even less so if I take out Liliana, the Last Hope. However should Liliana, the Last Hope remain or at the least be cut down?

Anyways thanks for all of your suggestions!

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