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Creature — Faerie Artificer
Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, create a token that's a copy of that creature except it's an artifact in addition to its other types. Then exile all other tokens created with Faerie Artisans.
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Faerie Artisans Discussion
1 month ago
-1Gilded Lotus... extra turns are better.
-1Spellskite... boots and phasing are better.
-1Mirage Mirror... stealing is better.
-1Evacuation... you don't want to bounce stolen creatures.
...and maybe there's room for Blade of Selves?
1 month ago
and consider replacing with: Spellstutter Sprite, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Nightveil Sprite, Nightshade Stinger, Mistbind Clique, Latchkey Faerie, Knacksaw Clique, Inspired Sprite, Glen Elendra Archmage, Fencer Clique, Faerie Trickery, Faerie Impostor, Faerie Artisans, Cloud of Faeries
2 months ago
Love this deck! I've had the idea to do something like this ever since I saw the card. Unfortunately, my number of idea far outweighs my available funds, so I don't expect I'll be actually doing it.
You could consider throwing in a Coat of Arms, to make your swing with Brudiclad hurt a lot more (since all the copied tokens will share a creature type with each other). Alternatively, if you need more token producers, a Sharding Sphinx would probably be a good addition.
Other ideas (but they depend on what you feel you need for the deck):
Ixidron might be a fun add as it turns all your opponent's creatures into 2/2s letting your tokens run amok (although note it will also turn Brudiclad face-down, so it would be best to drop Brudiclad after Ixidron)
3 months ago
I think your deck looks fine. Some of the best cards in your deck are Duelist's Heritage, Faerie Artisans, and Birthing Pod. Duelist's Heritage is like a better propoganda in my opinion, because it still incentives your opponents to attack elsewhere because they get more damage in and they think it was their idea. Faerie Artisans is fantastic because a ton of creatures in EDH have valuable ETB triggers, and also produces value outside of your GWU colors. Birthing Pod is the probably the best card in an optimized deck. I've seen a BUG deck built around it, and a cEDH deck built around it and Blood Moon. I've also seen the top voted Derevi decks on tappedout use Birthing Pod and Yisan Wandering Bard, so it's extremely popular. I think it's because those pilots have early stax pieces and ramp pieces like Arbor Elf, Ethersworn Canonist, etc. So if you're considering making your deck more competitive, I would add tutors/protection for Birthing Pod, and more 1-drop elves that can also make Derevi triggers by attacking, but I think your ramp pieces are fine. It's a good thing that you're pretty much done setting up with ramp pieces at turn 2.
I know you're concerned about more hatebears and stax, but I think Derevi is the commander that can properly pull it off. Derevi can be reliably cast for four mana and not be countered, and you already have some counterspells to stop any board wipes so you would've have to replace many cards to protect them. I still didn't have the stax theme in my Derevi deck for the aforementioned reasons, and because Winter Orb is not permitted in the casual EDH social contract haha, so I wouldn't be the person to talk to for that. And by glancing at your deck, I don't think Mirror Entity is good, but I do think Loyal Drake and Aven Mindcensor are good. Mirror Entity is fine because Derevi can pull off big mana plays and favors a wide combat strategy, but creature has to already deal damage for Derevi to trigger, so all the Derevi-supported mana can't go through Mirror Entity like I assume you want it to. Aven Mindcensor is great for obvious reasons and is evasive. Loyal Drake is a practically a Phyrexian Arena but on a body, and favors a commander that can be reliably cast I like the touch of graveyard hate you put in with Scavenging Ooze, so I thought I should also mention Remorseful Cleric which is evasive. Also consider Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive, especially if you're including the 1-drop elves. I don't see the value in having Opposition because the commander can be reliably cast. I think Sigil Tracer is also a weaker card, because although you can always cast a wizard (Derevi), it only supports 14 spells, and only 6 spells if you take away counterspells and board wipes. Bident of Thassa is fantastic in your deck, especially because it clears the combat map. Your manabase looks fine too, and I thought I should mention Tolaria West, Saltcrusted Steppe, and Calciform Pools, because mana storage in Derevi is great. I hope this helps!
4 months ago
This is a really cool idea for a deck.
May I suggest Mechanized Production and Faerie Artisans for extra creation of artifact tokens. Personally, I find Faerie Artisans fun because you get your opponent's stuff and if you can duplicate the tokens you get to keep them. I bet you have already considered this, but Saheeli Rai could be good even for just her -2. Rootborn Defenses could be good since it can protect your big artifact creatures from board wipes and removal. You could also play Curse of Opulence, Confirm Suspicions, Brass's Bounty, Revel in Riches and/or Spell Swindle as cards that make tokens that are already artifacts.
I hope my suggestions are helpful and sorry if I suggest any cards that are already in the deck I tried to double check them. :)
5 months 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.
5 months ago
Just gonna throw out a bunch of suggestions you may have already considered.
5 months ago
Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer sucks with Myr Battlesphere cuz its a etb and there is no trigger for the token. Scuttling Doom Engine and Ancient Stone Idol would be better with a sac outlet like Ashnod's Altar, and this artefact can help you sac thopters for mana. With Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer and if you can create a lot of tokens, I would recommend Master of Etherium