Implement of Examination
Sacrifice Implement of Examination: Draw a card.
When Implement of Examination is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, draw a card.
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Implement of Examination Discussion
5 days ago
Im gonna suggest a couple small edits.
First I would make room for Metallic Rebuke. This is the best hard counter spell for your deck. You can easily tap down an artifact that you aren't using to help with the mana cost, servo schematic is the option I'm thinking of.
Second, you should increase your planeswalker count. Tezzeret the Schemer is great in this deck because he gives you artifacts and works wonderfully with most of the deck.
The implement would be great late game but think of what you could do with 3 mana. You can play an artifact that doesn't progress your board or you can play tezzeret's touch, scrap trawler, Tezzeret's Simulacrum, Metallic Rebuke, Battle at the Bridge.... You get it. I know that the extra draw is great, especially if you use the sacrifice ability on your opponents turn, but for 4 mana you could also play Glimmer of Genius which plays much much better. Or even Anticipate which is almost as good.
1 week ago
1 week ago
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I'm definitely going to make some substitutions here.... Note that I am working with a limited selection at the moment.
I think I am going to add a couple Weaponcraft Enthusiast, and remove two Pacification Array. I also like to tez touch servo schematic, so when it dies, I get a servo, and can drop it again for yet another servo. So, I might not add any new sac outlets just yet. Good advice, tho. I can't afford Heart of Kiran right now, thanks to the copter ban.
I really like Harsh Scrutiny, but when would you sideboard in that card instead of removal cards?
I don't have any more Tez's, except for a Tezzeret, Master of Metal. I am thinking of taking one Herald of Anguish out and replacing it with this version of Tez. The artifact nuke could definitely give a much needed alternative win condition.
I think I will keep a couple Negate in the sideboard, and will look to see if I have a Lost Legacy. I haven't had any trouble with Reverse Engineer yet, but the scry of Glimmer of Genius is potentially very helpful. Glimmer seems like it's worth a shot.
1 week ago
deck right now looks pretty solid, well done. personally i'd replace one or two of the Pacification Array because having a lot out at one time uses up too much mana having to pay each time you need to just tap a creature. i think Implement of Examination could be a nice replacement. it will add even more card draw to your deck so that you can find your heralds just that much faster. plus if you have a herald out, the implement is a good target to sac anyway.
3 weeks ago
If you like the card, i'm not going to be the one to tell you not to use it. it just means that you need to find cards that you will be ok with sacrificing to it that also help out with the rest of the deck. With that said:
Servo Schematic is a great card to sac. it's also a good target for Tezzeret's Touch, because if destroyed, it will die, go to graveyard, produce a token, then get returned to your hand to be played again for another token. then if you sac it, you get the benefit from Ironclad Revolutionary and ANOTHER servo token when it goes into the grave a second time.
Implement of Examination is another card that wouldn't be too bad to sacrifice. while not being as good as the schematic, an extra card for your troubles is better than nothing.
Treasure Keeper wouldn't be the first card i would choose to sac because of it already being a 3/3 body, however it is also a viable target, and if you can get out a Scrap Trawler before you do so, then it makes the pain lessen as you can return an artifact with cmc 3 or less from the grave to your hand.
speaking of which, Scrap Trawler is fantastic with cards that require sacing artifacts to work. especially when you have a wide range of cmc costs. for instance, its possible to go from a Treasure Keeper to an Implement of Examination sacing it to draw 2 cards, grab a Servo Schematic, then when that dies, you can grab a 1 mana artifact. (im currently running Hope of Ghirapur, and when that dies go get an Ornithopter back. its a little broken, though it might take a turn or two to go through the cycle.
Dukhara Peafowl is exactly as bad as you think it is btw haha. it might have its moment once in a while, but its nothing fancy.
Dhund Operative on the other hand is actually not a bad card. a reliable 3/2 deathtouch for 2 mana is nothing to sneeze at. if you can make it work with him, then i say go for it. he makes your opponent have to think twice about turning is bigger creatures sideways as the deathtouch will obviously just gobble them up.
i've also found that Bastion Inventor just doesn't do enough to be worth it, and was one of the first cards i cut when i changed up the deck. Do you agree or did i just miss something in him? i mean i cut him so early i never really got the chance to use him, so i could have been mistaken.
1 month ago
I'm so glad someone else had the same idea. I have something similar although I went U/R instead. I find that blue brings good sideboard options in Metallic Rebuke and Negate. Something I really want to play around with is Efficient Construction as well. For other red options I really enjoy Pia's Revolution and Shock. I could see an argument for a black splash because of Tezzeret's Touch or Scrapheap Scrounger, although scrounger is a bit of a non-bo with trawler. In blue you could also get really could draw spells like Reverse Engineer. (An argument could even be made for Implement of Examination??). Another interesting piece to consider is Hope of Ghirapur since you dont have any one drops.
1 month ago
What he said. :-)
Seriously, I considered other options like Anticipate and Implement of Examination and the black Puzzleknot was the best of the bunch. The 2 CMC is what does it. With the discounts from the Heralds and Inspectors, it usually is "pay 1 or 0, pay one life, draw a card, get a discount of 2 on Metalwork Colossus." No downside.