Creature — Human Artificer
When Skilled Animator enters the battlefield, target artifact you control becomes an artifact creature with base power and toughness 5/5 for as long as Skilled Animator remains on the battlefield.
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|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Skilled Animator Discussion
2 months ago
Given the recent change to the companion mechanic, I've taken Lurrus of the Dream-Den out of the sideboard and simply put in 2 copies of the card into the maindeck, seeing as its ability still hits every permanent in the deck other than Skilled Animator, which is also back as a 2-of.
2 months ago
Hallowed Fountain and Glacial Fortress can easily be replaced in order to make the deck more budget friendly. If you want to be more aggressive, you can swap out Lurrus of the Dream-Den from the sideboard and slot in 4 Skilled Animator. If anyone has any constructive criticism I'd definitely like to hear it :)
4 months ago
I love it, Kiran_M! It's difficult enough to play an artifact deck I believe, although I see that Ensoul Artifact and Skilled Animator can make a pretty good deck out of small Thopters and other Artifacts. It's a good thing that Artifacts are usually colorless, because three colors is hard to do.
5 months ago
ZendikariWol I'm not sure you're reading all of the text involved in Fragile. Mox Iridium also triggers when targeted by creatures, planeswalkers, etc. Not just spells. i.e., you want to trigger it by making something more useful out of it--playing Animating Faerie, Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas, or Skilled Animator, or something cheaper so that you break even or actually gain mana out of the transaction. Use an Icy Manipulator or Unbender Tine to give yourself free mana, once per round (because if you do it more than once, you break it), on your opponents' turns or on your own turn.
Fragile also triggers this way. An opponent can kill it even without something that specifically targets artifacts--you're looking too specifically at cards that target only artifacts. A Brazen Borrower can kill it if it's played in response to you targeting it with a spell or creature. Or for that matter, a Pestermite can tap it, in response to its owner targeting it to try to get its use out of it, and before even that tapping resolves, it dies. Really, anything can kill it--even an opponent's Icy Manipulator, in response to whatever the first spell/ability that targeted it was. Your opponent doesn't need to cast two spells to kill it. They only need to target it with anything in response to you targeting it. BUT you want to target it in order to make use of its ability. Therein lies the risk/reward. Flickering it, as you pointed out, might be the best way to go infinite with it; you spend two mana, flicker it, generate two mana, and when it re-enters the battlefield, it forgets that it had been targeted before. You can use Venser, the Sojourner, Aminatou, the Fateshifter, Skybind, and Brago, King Eternal to cheat mana out of it this way, perhaps more cards than just that. Like I said, I'm sure one can find a way to go infinite off of it, which is why it's important that it's fragile.
Although, like I said, since it's a zero-mana artifact, it probably won't be used for what it's designed for--it'll probably just be one of the 99 in a storm deck or a cheerios deck, simply by virtue of being a zero-mana artifact spell.
7 months ago
1 year ago
In order to have multiple copies of helm of the host, you need 3 pieces:
Helm of the Host : Simple. There is only 1 card that suit this role.
A "turn an artifact into creature" card. There are tons of these in different colors, but most are blue:
- Animate Artifact
- Ensoul Artifact
- Karn, Silver Golem
- Karn, the Great Creator
- Karn's Touch
- Lifecraft Awakening
- Skilled Animator
- Sydri, Galvanic Genius
- Tezzeret the Schemer
- Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
- Tezzeret's Touch
- Xenic Poltergeist
An "except is not legendary"/"maintain name" clone:
There are some cards that suits the role 2, but don't let you equip the clone. For example: March of the Machines
Conclussion: It's not easy to get it, but possible. It get's lot easier when you add a 4th role as Mirror Gallery letting any clone be of use.
1 year ago
If you are choosing to play Skilled Animator , I would play some one drop artifact spells. That way on turn three you can play the animator and swing with a 5/5. I would drop the Dimir Locket and add something like Fountain of Renewal or something close to that. Also I would drop Thought Collapse all together. A creature that might help you out and is pretty cheap $ is Traxos, Scourge of Kroog