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 Sideboard 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
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.
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.