Legendary Creature — Human Artificer
When Pia Nalaar enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying.
: Target artifact creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
, Sacrifice an artifact: Target creature can't block this turn.
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Pia Nalaar Discussion
3 days ago
Something I've noticed too. Really liking this new Ixalan story, as it includes both Vraska, Relic Seeker and Jace, Cunning Castaway as actually very well thought out characters, as well as Malcolm and Amelia as lesser characters. However, going backwards from there until SOI, the list of important characters favors female a loot more than male. This is a list of characters who, if memory serves right, were actually mentioned in the story as more than a passing reference, and got a card (I know the rest of Djeru's crop were sorta important, not really, but were mentioned throughout an entire story, but I don't remember their names. Pretty sure they were about even.)
List of 'Important' Characters: Female Show
List of 'Important' Characters: Male Show
Total Female: 14
Total Male: 6
Note I didn't include Djeru or the non-Hazoret gods, because as they did play an important role, they were overshadowed by either Samut or Hazoret. Also not counting repeats (Nissa, Steward of Elements and Nissa, Vital Force) or minor characters (Kari Zev, Skyship Raider, Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun). I also probably missed a few.
Also worth noting that along the note of alienating male players, there is only 1 female villain (Nahiri, the Harbinger) where there are 3 male villains (Nicol Bolas, God-Pharoah, Baral, Chief of Compliance, and Tezzeret the Schemer) which means that 1/14, or 7% of the female characters are villains, where 50% of the male characters are villains.
Again, like you said, not necessarily a bad thing. I'm glad WOTC is trying to expand it's borders. I remember when my EDH league at my FNM was like 6 guys. Now we have an average of 12 a week, many of which are women, and it lets my games be a lot more diverse and more fun.
1 month ago
I know this doesn't go along with the theme of the deck, but for other threats, Inventor's Apprentice or Pia Nalaar are viable options. For more passive damage, Reckless Fireweaver or Quicksmith Rebel could be great additions to the deck.
1 month ago
No, that doesn't work. Everything before the " : " in an activated ability is part of its cost, and you can't use one resource to pay the costs of two activated abilities simultaneously. You have to pay the full cost for each one separately. If you want to activate Bomat Courier then you're going to need to find another artifact to sacrifice to activate Pia Nalaar.
1 month ago
-1 commit//memory (not a good card for the meta)-3 Supreme Will (too slow imo for the meta when you have better options)-2 Unlicensed Disintegration (too slow for the meta, not many targets)-1 Doomfall (too slow in the meta, not what you want to be doing at sorc speed)-1 Transgress the Mind (lack of targets and also, you might as well not run a singleton)-2 Chandra, Flamecaller (too slow for the payoff, win condition maybe, but there's better)-1 Abrade (artifacts have been pushed out of the meta, but it's still good to have a 2)-2 Sweltering Suns (too slow, sorc speed, better options available)-1 Collective Brutality (sorcery speed that needs you to discard cards, by the time you have cards you want to discard this is worthless)
in the main, those are all too slow and won't do what you really need. There's even an argument to be made to get rid of all the Unlicensed Disintegrations but I suppose that's up to you. Replace with:
+1 Magma Spray keeping the 3rd in the side.+1 Essence Scatter great card for the current meta.+2 Censor solid card that gives either card draw or punishes the opponent for playing on curve / multiple cards per turn.+2-3 Kozilek's Return the best board wipe in the format right now against an aggro heavy meta. Instant speed is worth a lot. I lean towards 3 mainboard.+1 Hour of Devastation another great board wipe that at least comes earlier than chandra and can deal with more things.+1 Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh a big win condition for the deck that you should run as a singleton. 4 modes is worth a lot.+3 Harnessed Lightning instant speed removal that combos with your hubs.+2 Hieroglyphic Illumination instant speed flexible card draw.
Your sideboard is too random for my taste. You should look at cards like Pia Nalaar to give yourself multiple blockers in the early game vs aggro strategies that can actually trade well vs mono red. Even a thopter is relevant vs a 2/1. Negate should be in your sideboard, not the main. There's also arguments to be made about putting in Glorybringer, The Locust God and that sort of thing. More wincons that could be more relevant than what you have in the main.
I would be very surprised if Kalitas gave you what you want out of him because you're not running creatures in general for example. You play him, he gets burned or can't block and you lose. What do you think?
1 month ago
@Noctem Everything pretty much. Pia Nalaar makes two bodies to block mono red, so Earthshaker Khenra doesn't invalidate it. Thing in the Ice Flip demands an answer or clocks them when you turn the corner. Flipped version also blocks Hazoret the Fervent in an emergency. They also clock well in the random control mirror. Opponents rarely keep in many kill spells post board. I suppose the only things they aren't that good against are GB and zombies; however, those are two favorable match-ups anyways.
Noctem on My Ex-Wife
1 month ago
So looks like the deck is moving away from black except for a 2 card splash (1 main, 1 side). I think it's a good idea in an aggro heavy format. I do have questions about the sideboard though, namely Pia Nalaar and Thing in the Ice Flip. What matchups are you looking to bring those in against?
2 months ago
Pia Nalaar might be good and Kor duelist is good in Voltron.
2 months ago
Magmatic Chasm is often a better version of Destructive Tampering. I would also recommend cutting down to only 3 Kari Zev, Skyship Raiders, as she is legendary. I don't think your deck benefits enough from the artifact subtheme to be worth your time, so I would recommend swapping the Hope of Ghirapur and Inventor's Apprentice for other 1 and/or 2 drops (Village Messenger Flip is amazing). Pia Nalaar is also somewhat weak in aggro, so you could swap her out for more 2 drops. I would also recommend swapping Aether Chaser out in favor of Thriving Grubs, as it is much better to have the 3/2 than the 2/1 and 1/1 in my opinion.