Commander 2018 Exquisite Invention Review and Upgrade

Last year, there was a calling for a Red/Blue thopter queen. We were given Breya, Etherium Shaper; many were happy but she ended up being a very combo heavy commander. Now we have Saheeli, the Gifted who may yet wear the crown of thopter queen and Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer might take the title of token king?Let’s take a look at the official decklist

Exquisite Invention
Designer: Wizards of the Coast
Commander (1)
Saheeli, the Gifted

Lands (38)
Buried Ruin
Command Tower
Darksteel Citadel
Forge of Heroes
Foundry of the Consuls
Great Furnace
Highland Lake
15 Island
Izzet Boilerworks
Izzet Guildgate
12 Mountain
Seat of the Synod
Swiftwater Cliffs
Creatures (27)
Etherium Sculptor
Chief of the Foundry
Pilgrim’s Eye
Thopter Engineer
Whirler Rogue
Darksteel Juggernaut
Maverick Thopterist
Psychosis Crawler
Duplicant
Scuttling Doom Engine
Sharding Sphinx
Soul of New Phyrexia
Steel Hellkite
Thopter Assembly
Hellkite Igniter
Myr Battlesphere
Bosh, Iron Golem
Inkwell Leviathan
Loyal Apprentice
Tawnos, Urza’s Apprentice
Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor
Loyal Drake
Treasure Nabber
Vedalken Humiliator
Geode Golem
Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer
Ancient Stone Idol

Instants and Sorceries (11)
Saheeli’s Directive
Echo Storm
Into the Roil
Magmaquake
Chaos Warp
Thirst for Knowledge
Aether Gale
Reverse Engineer
Tidings
Saheeli’s Artistry
Blasphemous Act

Other Spells (23)
Retrofitter Foundry
Enchanter’s Bane
Endless Atlas
Coveted Jewel
Thopter Spy Network
Scrabbling Claws
Sol Ring
Izzet Signet
Mind Stone
Prismatic Lens
Swiftfoot Boots
Commander’s Sphere
Magnifying Glass
Mimic Vat
Unstable Obelisk
Vessel of Endless Rest
Worn Powerstone
Hedron Archive
Prototype Portal
Unwinding Clock
Blinkmoth Urn
Mirrorworks
Dreamstone Hedron

Right out of the gates this deck look like it can hold its own. The synergy between two of the potential commanders is great and the third has synergies with artifact activated abilities. Saheeli, the Gifted makes artifact tokens and discounts spells for the number of artifacts you control. Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer cares about tokens in general and makes artifact tokens. Tawnos, Urza’s Apprentice is a hasty Rings of Brighthearth so he has the highest potential for combos. The overall theme of artifacts seems exceptionally strong. This deck looks like it will be very good out of the box. If you are looking to build a Red/Blue artifact deck I think this is a good buy. As always if you don’t want the full deck just pick up the singles you need. Now let’s look as some upgrades.

First let’s talk fast mana. It can be a sore subject with some, but fast mana is something that is needed in my meta.

Now I want some focus on tokens.

Next let’s look at some protection for our artifacts.

Finally, let’s look at some of the ways we will return artifacts to play from the graveyard and put them into play from the library as well or dig them out of the deck.

Artifacts, Artifacts Everywhere
Designer: Andy Bentley
Commander (1)
Saheeli, the Gifted

Lands (36)
Buried Ruin
Command Tower
Darksteel Citadel
Great Furnace
Seat of the Synod
Spire of Industry
Academy Ruins
Inventor’s Fair
17 Island
11 Mountain
Creatures (24)
Etherium Sculptor
Chief of the Foundry
Pilgrim’s Eye
Thopter Engineer
Whirler Rogue
Maverick Thopterist
Sharding Sphinx
Myr Battlesphere
Pia Nalaar
Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Loyal Apprentice
Scrap Trawler
Master of Etherium
Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer
Sai, Master Thopterist
Myr Sire
Kuldotha Forgemaster
Iron Myr
Silver Myr
Wurmcoil Engine
Goblin Welder
Padeem, Consul of Innovation
Hangarback Walker
Golden Guardian

Instants and Sorceries (12)
Vandal Blast
Saheeli’s Directive
Echo Storm
Brainstorm
Blue Sun’s Zenith
Cyclonic Rift
Chaos Warp
Rite of Replication
Time Reversal
Stroke of Genius
One with the Machine
Commit // Memory

Other Spells (27)
Sol Ring
Izzet Signet
Commander’s Sphere
Mimic Vat
Worn Powerstone
Hedron Archive
Unwinding clock
Mirror Works
Darksteel Forge
Retrofitter Foundry
Myr Turbine
Titan Forge
Paradox Engine
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Thran Dynamo
Sword of the Animist
Vedalken Orrery
Temple Bell
Myr Matrix
Efficient Construction
Thopter Spy Network
Daretti, Scrap Savant
Tezzeret, Artifice Master
Tezzeret, the Seeker
Karn, Scion of Urza
Saheeli, Rai

As always this is how I would build the deck, feel free to use the list or pieces of the list or just build a commander from the ground up. Feedback in the comments is always welcome!