LSV’s Deck of the Day – Pioneer Running with Scissors

I’ve always had a soft spot for Ensoul Artifact, ever since my team played it at Pro Tour Origins. This Pioneer version has access to some new tricks, and the deck is a blast to play.

Running With Scissors

4 Bomat Courier
3 Emry, Lurker of the Loch
4 Gingerbrute
1 Hope of Ghirapur
2 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Skilled Animator
4 Stonecoil Serpent
2 The Royal Scions
4 Shrapnel Blast
2 Stubborn Denial
2 Wild Slash
3 Ghostfire Blade
4 Ensoul Artifact
4 Darksteel Citadel
2 Island (335)
3 Mutavault
4 Shivan Reef
2 Spire of Industry
4 Spirebluff Canal
2 Steam Vents

2 Stubborn Denial
1 The Royal Scions
1 Wild Slash
2 Aethersphere Harvester
3 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Karn, Scion of Urza
2 Metallic Rebuke
2 Mystical Dispute

Gameplan: Use Ensoul Artifact or Skilled Animator to make one of your artifacts a 5/5, then smash the opponent. Use Shrapnel Blast to finish things off or Emry if the game goes long.

Key Cards:

Ensoul Artifact / Skilled Animator – Making your artifacts enormous is how this deck races the opposition, and these are by far your most important cards.

Emry, Lurker of the Loch – Emry is an incredibly powerful card, and she lets you go toe-to-toe with most decks even if they stop you from cheesing them out with Ensoul.

Shrapnel Blast – This and Wild Slash are your only removal spells (though Phyrexian Revoker can interact as well), though you usually want to point Shrapnel Blast at the opponent’s face.

Tips and Tricks

  • Where you put Ensoul matters quite a bit.
    • It’s a little slower on Darksteel Citadel, but it is indestructible if you’re worried about removal.
    • On Stonecoil Serpent, it keeps the +1/+1 counters (I battled a Ghalta with a particularly large Serpent once), and the abilities are pretty good too.
    • Bomat Courier is the weakest target, though it can let Bomat attack against smaller boards and rack up more cards.
    • Gingerbrute is the best lategame, as it’s almost always unblockable. Likewise, Hope of Ghirapur is a flier.
  • Ghostfire Blade can equip onto Mutavault nicely, and games do come down to this sometimes.
  • With Emry out, you often want to chump or trade with Stonecoil Serpent to cast it at a larger size. Also with Emry, you can potentially lock opponents out with Hope of Ghirapur.

This deck has been a lot of fun to play, and Pioneer is in a great place right now.

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