Angel of Invention
Creature — Angel
Flying, vigilance, lifelink
Fabricate 2 (When this creature enters the battlefield, put two +1/+1 counters on it, or create two 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature tokens.)
Other creatures you control get +1/+1
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Angel of Invention occurrence in decks from the last year
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Angel of Invention Discussion
2 months ago
Angel of Invention can be a 4/3 flying vigilant lifelinker who buffs everything. Or a 2/1 flying vigilant lifelinker who brings along a 2/2 and a 2/2 for a total of 6 points of power. You can play both easily.
If you go for Prime Speaker Vannifar you untap with them. Play any 2 drop for ETB. Sacrifice it to Vannifar to get Krasis. Krasis untaps Vannifar and you tap Vannifar again sacrificing Krasis. Krasis gets Hippo and Hippo untaps Vannifar. You sac hippo to Vanifar and get a 5 drop.
Giving people control of stuff is not a thing that happens in competative magic at all really so it isnt an actual concern. It is worth having some removal as creatures tho. Reflector Mage is a solid target as it gives you a lot of tempo.
Why do you think Inverter being given to you is an issue? For one its banned. Secondly it being donated doesnt do anything.
2 months ago
Thank you, LeaPlath so much!!! Finally, some real help! I think Angel of Invention is good, but Prowling Serpopard for 2 mana less has the same P/T, unless I want to sacrifice or somehow use some servo tokens. I'll definitely run one of Tithe Taker and some of Eldritch Evolution. Felidar Guardian isn't legal in Pioneer.
How does "Bounding Krasis and Hippo let you turn any 2 drop into a 5 drop in a single turn."? They don't tap or untap lands.
I'm thinking about adding bounce cards for the off chance that someone puts something into my control, which destroys many combos, and on top of that they count as delayers and making the enemy re-use his manabase if he wants to cast it again.
And, I have a dumb question to ask. Does Yorion exile any non-land permanent until the opponent's endstep and then returns it? What's the point of running Yorion?
TriusMalarky a toolbox deck isn't supposed to work perfectly. It is just an archetype that very few people play especially in pioneer. If it were the best, it would actually be a deck that is used on youtube.
And, if I'm not mistaken, Neoform is almost as good as Birthing Pod, but it's not a repeatedly usable artifact, which makes Birthing Pod something that would be banned (too good for playing with!) as it only costs -life and 1 mana.
And what's the fun in magic if you don't make new decks? I know that combos are very popular, but I would rather play without them or try to ruin someone's chance of using an infinite combo or limited combo on me. If I can ruin their combos, that means that I can actually have a chance of winning when facing combo decks. For instance, if I bounced inverter before it entered my control.
2 months ago
So I linked Birthing Pod as an example of a good toolbox deck to give you an idea of what makes a toolbox deck works. The elements are a solid gameplan without the engine card. An engine that generates a lot of advantage in cards or mana. And having cards to attack hand, board and graveyard tied to other useful effects.
As someone who plays a lot of Eldrazi in Modern and Legacy TKS is a great but in Piomeer you have to consider the cost to it. It requires you to either play suboptimal lands of which there are only enemy versions (Pain Duals), the Amonkhet Sac a Desert lands which also ping you to use coloured, wastes which is basically adding an extra colour. The cost is a lot for a single card. You cant even use a mana dork for it. And I didnt say anything about Sylvan. You need to develop your mana and its an OK card for that. The other cards mentioned pull your deck in a very diffrent direction away from tutor. Playing stuff to turn off counter spells isn't so hot when you are playing the role of the control deck. The others are low impact or also pull you aggro not control when your engine uses 5+ mana to get started. Rites wants you to flood the board with creatures etc.
So if you wanna play Vannifer you actually have hit upon some very good cards for the deck. Knight, Prince, etc. Mirror Image is OK but a bit more situational.
Bounding Krasis and Hippo let you turn any 2 drop into a 5 drop in a single turn. Siege Rhino pushes you from bant to 4c so your manabase needs to be red hot but is powerful beater and has a decent etb.
This is the sort of deck where your snakey friend can work as a 1 of. As can Tithe Taker as a useful effect that leaves a body behind.
You run 1 drop mana dorks and maybe some sylvans to help make turn 3 Vannifar.
Other cards to consider Scavenging Ooze. Hostage Taker, Sin Collector if you go black. Voice of Resurgence is a 2 cost who punishes counterspells and leaves a body behind. Felidar Guardian flickers creatures and land for mana. Renegade Rallier pods in off a 2 drop and revives any 2 drop in gy. Eldritch Evolution or Chord of Calling adds an extra form of toolbox and Collected Company gives advantage if built around a little more. If you diversify your card base to run useful enchantment creatures/artifact creatures and run fetches etc Traverse the Ulvenwald can also be useful and it then gives you access to non pod cards like Walking Ballista.
For Mardu toolbox I dont see a solid engine unless you are talking Wishclaw + Skybind. It would be neat to see a Lurrus of the Dream-Den / Open the Armory type toolbox with access to stuff like Mire's Grasp and the associated draw engines. But that suffers from some power issues.
3 months ago
fatalzintomyum Oh wow. I totally forgot about Iona, Shield of Emeria. That's a great suggestion because we effective way to lock out our opponent on turn 4. It wouldn't deal with the board at the moment, but preventing almost any further action could often win the game on the spot. If I were aiming to make the deck as competitive as possible, I'd probably cut Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Zetalpa, Primal Dawn, and 1 Angel of Invention. For a 3 and 3 split. Honestly, 4 Iona isn't out of the question. However, since I am trying to play this among fellow budget friends. I'd rather not hard lock them out of the game if possible. Unless, they anger me of course. Then I'll need a playset. >:D
I agree Modern is likely outside the power level for God-Pharaoh's Gift or at least in this shell. Unfortunately, I typically play Modern with my group so I wanted to essentially upgrade a Pioneer deck. I'm making that attempt, but that might be the final conclusion.
Balaam__ Ya... I agree the main weakness of this deck is just how easy it is to side board in both artifact and graveyard hate against it. To be perfectly honest, I don't think there's a perfect solution. For Leyline of the Void the best answer I currently have access to is Deputy of Detention or Brazen Borrower, but like you said that's only a temporary solution. I agree counterspells are the best potential solution for artifact hate. Essentially, becoming a jank UW Control with a GPG. I could see playing Dovin's Veto, Aether Gust, and Spell Pierce. Or maybe even some lesser used ones like Hindering Light/Keep Safe or Hypnotic Sprite. If I had the budget Force of Negation. What would you suggest?
4 months ago
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death was one of the first generals I built a commander deck around and I've been tuning mine ever since.
Replacements I would make
- Replace Dolmen Gate with Reconnaissance since it costs 1 less and also can untap your creatures after damage has been dealt to give them pseudo-vigilance.
- Replace Angel of Invention with Marionette Master since if you get infinite ETBs on marionette master, you can sac the infinite tokens to deal infinite damage.
Other cards I might suggest
- Add Moriok Replica is the best card I have in my Alesha deck, it can draw you so many cards every turn.
- Add Panharmonicon/Flameshadow Conjuring so you can get double ETB triggers.
- Add Torch Fiend and Kami of Ancient Law for repeatable artifact/enchantment removal.
- Add Remorseful Cleric for repeatable graveyard hate.
- Add Magus of the Disk for a repeatable board wipe.
- Add Yahenni, Undying Partisan since he's a free sac outlet that can draw you cards and can also be recurred using Alesha.
Combos I might suggest
- Add Reveillark/Sun Titan + Karmic Guide + a sac outlet + a creature with an ETB trigger like Murderous Redcap = infinite ETBs.
- Add Vesperlark + Felidar Guardian + a sac outlet = infinite sacrifices.
- Add Sun Titan + Gift of Immortality + a sac outlet = infinite sacrifices.
- Add Zealous Conscripts + Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker = infinite hasty pirates.
Cards I recommend ditching:
- Remove Carrion Grub Its basically 4 mana for 4 cards milled, that isn't worth it.
- Remove Sunforger You only have 6 legal Sunforger targets, it isn't worth it to keep it in.
- Remove Dictate of Erebos You don't need this if you can just get a Ravenous Chupacabra out and keep recurring it.
- Remove Mindclaw Shaman This was a card that I found didn't do much when I played it, there are alot of other creatures with better ETB effects.
- Remove Relic Seeker There isn't much of a need to fetch a piece of equipment since you only have Sunforger, Sword of the Animist, and Skullclamp.
Feel Free to check out my RBW Alesha's Beautiful Smile combo deck for ideas.
6 months ago
thanks for your comment and suggestion! I'm aware of that Kiki combo, I'm just not sure if it's worth running Village Bell-Ringer only for that combo.
Felidar Guardian has some more synergy because it can also blink other creatures for value (Angel of Invention, Dockside Extortionist, Karmic Guide to just name a few), meaning it's not only good in combo context, but also without Kiki. The Bell-Ringer would only serve as giving the team Vigilance for one turn or create surprise blockers, and I'm not sure that is worth a spot :)
8 months ago
I used to play a lot more of the ETB trigger cards, but cut them for more of the Toolbox theme. But I know where you're coming from. Since Mardu is very good at both tokens and aggro, you can be really selective with the few you use for your aggro suite...I would focus on ones that do something along with the tokens or make really good tokens. Corpse Knight, Angel of Invention, Sling-Gang Lieutenant, Ogre Battledriver, and Priest of the Blood Rite are some examples I can think of. Resolute Blademaster + Mirror Entity is one of my common win-cons if I have to go aggro and overwhelm the board with my somewhat tiny creatures.
You can easy accidentally slide or purposely build into full-on Aristocrats, which along with the ETB damage also deals leaving the battlefield damage with more of the Sir Konrad effects like Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist and more cheap, efficient token makers.
Being conscious of yard-filling cards is always a trick. I would run at least 10 that can get cards from your hand and deck into your graveyard, and a few sacrifice outlets (another 5 or so) to get them off the board. Of course, having extra reanimation is a great idea to get at those things you dumped in case someone neutralizes your commander. I will never get tired of recommending Perpetual Timepiece, since it both mills and saves your good things from exile. Mire Triton has also been impressive recently.
Some of my choices for places to look for cuts (if you're struggling) include Marchesa's Decree, Leave/Chance, Batwing Brume, Sands of Delirium, Quietus Spike, and Raving Dead. Don't feel pressured if any of these are pet cards that you think work really well, they are just my picks for ones we can find replacements to work better for your deck.