Fiend Artisan

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Fiend Artisan

Creature — Nightmare

Fiend Artisan gets +1/+1 for each creature card in your graveyard.

, : Sacrifice another creature: Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only at any time you could cast a sorcery.

DreadKhan on Meren of Clan Nel Toth

1 month ago

I usually recommend people try out Diligent Farmhand and Dawntreader Elk as creatures for Meren to reanimate and ramp you because they are sacrificed. This makes these play better than Wood Elves in a lot of situations, but you can certainly run both (I only run 30 lands in my Meren deck, and no mana rocks, I usually end up with a ton of lands by the time the game is done).

If you use creatures that make a bunch of tokens upon entering the battlefield, you might like Demon of Dark Schemes, which can be used as a tiny wipe and as a repeatable source of reanimation? It combos fairly well, using Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar or Pitiless Plunderer, another card very good with the Demon or in Meren in general is Mitotic Slime, which is a ton of bodies for 5 mana. Another solid card in Meren is Callous Bloodmage, a very versatile creature to reanimate for sure, it also doesn't exile your graveyard when it exiles an opponent's. Dauthi Voidwalker is a really good card if you play against people who use a lot of spells, especially powerful ones, the ability is amazing in Meren because the cards that are exiled stay that way even if you recur Voidwalker it can still see all of those exiled cards, including any an opponent's Voidwalker exiled from your opponents. Helm of Possession is a really off-colour ability for Golgari, and you probably can pay the creature. When you want a new creature you can just sac the old one and steal a new one. Midnight Reaper is another Grim Haruspex, not sure how many you necessarily want, but I rarely mind having two out.

I don't love spells in Meren, but I make an exception for Jarad's Orders, Final Parting and Ritual of the Machine. Graveyard tutors are good in Meren, and tutoring cards into hand is also good. Ritual's ability to steal most creatures can really save you if people run certain kinds of decks. Another good tutor to consider is Fiend Artisan, digging out a Sidisi feels pretty good if Meren is out, I can usually recur her right away for a second tutor.

I'm not really sure if your creature count is high enough at 38, but I absolutely adore Lurking Predators, it can put out multiple creatures per cycle for me, which will usually put me ahead quickly. I run 55 creatures IIRC, so technically I should get a creature a little more often than every other spell, which is obviously absurd if someone else can't combo off. It's just hilarious when you pull something like Plaguecrafter or Ravenous Chupacabra.

It's pretty pushed so you might not want to run it, but Protean Hulk can find 6 MV worth of bodies, so it can find Walking Ballista and Mikaeus in one go, which is pretty solid. If you use something like Activated Sleeper you can get an extra 3 MV worth of creature, which can mean a Blood Artist and Carrion Feeder or Viscera Seer to just win on the spot.

If you are using Mazirek, I feel like I have to mention One with the Kami, this very easily goes infinite with Mazirek, giving you infinite deaths and enters as well as infinitely large tokens for something like Altar of Dementia, or even swinging.

Your deck looks great as is, just throwing a few ideas out there for you, hope some are helpful!

lhetrick13 on Beyond the Grave (Abzan)

1 month ago

squiGGhetti - We will see about dropping Fiend Artisan. It was a recent addition as well so have not really felt it out yet. It is the only card that is not a knight in the deck so I would like to see it disappear for that reason but you know how it is...just takes time and games to feel out card combos. A possible replacement would be Acclaimed Contender as it is the only knight that provide a "searching" mechanic that I am aware of. If I do drop it, I would like to keep the creature count high for Collected Company too otherwise that because not as effective and would almost need to drop that :(

squiGGhetti on Beyond the Grave (Abzan)

1 month ago

lhetrick13,

I told you Pyre of Heroes is super good in tribal decks! lol

AHHHHHHHHHH now I get why you like Nameless Inversion so much! I didn't even think about it being a "knigt card."

If you go down to 3 Haakon, Stromgald Scourge you'll have room for that single copy of Knight of the Reliquary, and you can go down to 2 Aether Vials and go up to 3 Pyre of Heroes wink wink

On a serious note, after seeing the way Pyre of Heroes performs, do you intend on keeping Fiend Artisan or maybe using its slots for Pyre of Heroes and finding two more somethings? maybe... Unearth? or... ya know... whatever floats the boat better.

The more you play this deck, I'm certain you will see more weight behind my recomendations. lol I really don't want people to waste 3 years figuring out their decks/sideboards. Even if I only cut off a year, conversations like this are always welcome.

Thank you for finding my Cleric Tempo deck.

GLHF!

P.S. 20 lands, Knight of the Reliquary, and Life from the Loam. Just saying... even one copy of each is stronk.

lhetrick13 on Beyond the Grave (Mardu)

2 months ago

keizerbuns - No problem, I am just happy to get some food for thought so thank you for taking the time to comment!

I had thought of tutor spells but not for this version of the deck. I am not a huge fan of them as they tend to be expensive and take a turn to cast then the next turn to see the benefit but maybe this would be a good chance to procure and try out something like Fiend Artisan. Given the Maddness ability, I will likely have some stuff in the graveyard to give it some durability and you are right that being able to force cards would be nice...

I had considered some graveyard yank spells like Patch Up but decided against it only because it would be tough to find a way to squeeze them in. I do like Unearth for its low cost and Cycling ability if not needed but again, just decided against it.

I do like the idea of Cathartic Pyre for some discard OR if needed removal. That has some merit as I have not quite found the right fit for the discard/draw engine yet. Regarding Dakmor Salvage, I see what you are getting at with Dredge to "search" the deck for what I need. Not crazy about tap lands but the plan would be to discard that land, then use the Dredge ability to bring it back and get cards in the graveyard...I will think on this as it has merit...

Good stuff so thanks again!

JacobAGrossman on Glittering Company

2 months ago

Big update with Dominaria United! King Darien XLVIII makes such a huge difference in the deck. It passively buffs all of my creatures, which is amazing. But, more importantly, it also provides a board where I can Collected Company or Chord of Calling out my Walking Ballista, and it will live. The Ballista is the best choice for the deck anyways, since it works with both Vizier of Remedies and Devoted Druid as well as Heliod, Sun-Crowned. So Ranger-Captain of Eos is back as well to round the whole thing out.

On top of that, I'm trying out something new. Since Melira, Sylvok Outcast will continue to be relevant forever, as infect shifts to poison, I'm thinking about how to sub her out for game 2. If my opponent doesn't have infect or poison, Melira, Sylvok Outcast can start to hinder instead of help. I'll already have Vizier of Remedies and Heliod, Sun-Crowned for the Kitchen Finks combo. So instead of continuing to hurt the Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies combo for game 2, I'm seeing how substituting Fiend Artisan for Melira, Sylvok Outcast will go for now. Seems like a good fit, and could be versatile enough to make sense.

Additionally, Ajani, Sleeper Agent is amazing. A potentially 3 costing planeswalker on the side to Glittering Wish for just can't be beat. And it's also fantastically good

wallisface on Anybody have a card that …

3 months ago

From a competitive modern standpoint, all of the following cards have super-impressed me and felt a lot stronger than they first appear:

Of course, every card is bad in the wrong deck, and these are no exception. Most of these cards do feel like they require more support than the average competitively-played card, but i’ve certainly found them all to pull their weight above-and-beyond what i’d initially expected.

keizerbuns on Graveyard Bash (Bloodbond March Deck)

5 months ago

It could make for a good tutor and a big threat so it might still be worth adding in, but ya unfortunately it doesn't trigger Bloodbond March. I'll try messing around with a few different options and see if Fiend Artisan is a better choice. Thanks kamarupa!

kamarupa on Graveyard Bash (Bloodbond March Deck)

5 months ago

I'd try Fiend Artisan in place of either Briarhorn or Splinterfright. I maybe didn't pay enough attention to wording in my suggestion, tho, as Fiend Artisan doesn't trigger Bloodbond March's "play" ability.

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