Sai, Master Thopterist
Legendary Creature — Human Artificer
Whenever you cast an artifact spell, create a 1/1 colourless Thopter artifact creature token with flying.
, Sacrifice two artifacts: Draw a card.
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Sai, Master Thopterist Discussion
5 hours ago
Not sure why it is saying Sai, Master Thopterist is illegal.....
1 day ago
So, I love Negate a LOT but it's rotating out in October and I'm trying reeally hard to steer clear of those cards right now. That said, I think in the sideboard it should be alright.
Sai, Master Thopterist SHOULD work well in place of Aviation Pioneer since I have a lot of artifacts in the deck but I need to test it before I can really say anything and... to test it I need to actually own the card.
2 days ago
Oh yes, Sorcerous Spyglass can be awesome in your deck. I think you could easily mainboard it to spy your op hand and shut down some powerfull stuffs.
Also I would love to see Sai, Master Thopterist in action from your maybeboard, but I don't think you deck get enough value out of it.
3 days ago
Hey, interesting ideas. If you're right--I think you are about Bolas/Scarab midrange and red aggro still dominating Standard until rotation--why do you think that combining Tezzeret with Teferi is a winning strategy? Goblin Chainwhirler will be a part of both these dominating decks and Tezzeret gets wrecked by him.
I just don't think Tezzeret interacts well with Teferi. He seems really good with Karn, but not Teferi. Both Teferi and Tezzeret are the same CMC and Teferi is so much better for control. Two five drop Planeswalkers is not what control wants especially since Teferi is a control engine by himself without needing other cards (artifacts). If you think red aggro is still going to dominate then that's another reason not to play Tezzeret because this adds another five drop to the mana curve who's quite bad when facing Chainwhirler.
I suggest as a way to fight both these possible dominating decks--instead of adding Tezzeret--bring back Approach of the Second Sun. Play more Seal Away, Cast Out and Ixalan's Binding. Chainwhirler is keeping green at bay until post rotation making playing these enchantments safer. They're quite good at stopping Bolas and Scarab because enchantment removal is nonexistent in these decks. Post rotation could be much different and Reclamation Sage could wreck Azorius with lots of removal that's enchantments, but until rotation I think you're safe.
Tezzeret is the most interesting card in your deck. You have the right ideas with using Treasure Map Flip and Fountain of Renewal with Tezzeret, but he wants a much more dedicated artifact strategy. This way you can consistently 0 him the turn he's played. Having a 5 loyalty Planeswalker and drawing two cards is good. Much better than a having a 1/1 flier and a 6 loyalty Planeswalker.
Dimir seems good with Tezzeret with more artifacts like Metalspinner's Puzzleknot, Sorcerous Spyglass, Walking Ballista, Fountain, Map. Cards that care about artifacts like Herald of Anguish, Tezzeret the Schemer, Sai, Master Thopterist, Contraband Kingpin, Metallic Rebuke, Battle at the Bridge and Karn. The problem is that Dimir is already occupied in Standard until rotation with midrange. There's no reason to play Dimir competitively with artifacts until rotation since midrange with Scarab is already proven to be dominate.
Dimir is a guild in Guilds of Ravnica--Azorius is not. Dimir will have support in the set and the entire current Dimir midrange deck except Contempt rotates out of Standard. This leaves an empty spot for a new Dimir strategy which hopefully the mana curve of Fountain/Map/Sai/Karn/Tezzeret can fill. Post rotation Azorius with removal as enchantments might be vulnerable to Reclamation Sage; if this is the case so will an artifact strategy with Tezzeret. Tezzeret is a great card to brew around for post rotation, but I think until rotation too many cards outmatch him.
4 days ago
If you're going to use Sai, Master Thopterist, maybe consider adding a Mishra's Self-Replicator for ALL the swarming fun? Also Helm of the Host might be worth considering as you could clone either your Sai OR the Animators and have an army of little/big artifacts to beat down your enemy with.
Also Metamorphic Alteration works swimmingly with lots of little creatures as you can either use it to match an opponent's threat, laugh as your 1/1 thopter is now a 5/5 of its own, or turn your opponent's Torrential Gearhulk into a 1/1 thopter.
4 days ago
The title says black/blue artifacts but currently looks more like a control deck that hopes to get artifacts at some point. In the current iteration, Sai, Master Thopterist is pretty useless because you don't really have any artifacts to cast and make use of its ability.
Even just a few of those in the deck will give you some artifacts to make use of. - Helm of the Host + Mishra's Self-Replicator + Sai, Master Thopterist is a decent backbone to pair with both Tezzeret and Karn AND they can be made even strong with your Antiquities War or Skilled Animator
Hope that helps! :) Good luck!