U/R Improvise by nacatls4life on MtGO

Creatures (29)
3 Aether Chaser
3 Aether Swooper
4 Bomat Courier
2 Freejam Regent
4 Glorybringer
4 Maverick Thopterist
1 Pia Nalaar
4 Walking Ballista
4 Whirler Virtuoso

Non-Creature Spells (7)
1 Abrade
2 Heart of Kiran
4 Inventor’s Goggles

Lands (24)
4 Island
6 Mountain
4 Ramunap Ruins
2 Spire of Industry
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Unclaimed Territory

Sideboard (15)
3 Abrade
1 Heart of Kiran
2 Crook of Condemnation
4 Magma Spray
4 Negate
1 Spell Pierce

Summary

Kaladesh block has certainly shaped Standard since it was released, with Energy decks and Vehicles both spawning archetypes on their own. However, Improvise hasn’t quite done that yet, with decks using the mechanic only on the fringes of the format. The deck we’re featuring today is dedicated to taking advantage of the mechanic by getting aggressive.

Just like with Kaladesh limited, getting 2 mana artifacts or artifact-creators on the table is critical to this strategy. Both Aether Chaser and Aether Swooper have their pros and cons, with Chaser getting in for 2 damage and Swooper having evasion. Both have 1 artifact built into them, but the more energy that you get, the more artifacts they make. Heart of Kiran is another card that fits well into this strategy. It hits hard in the air and is a good artifact for Improvise. Bomat Courier is a powerful 1 mana artifact that gets in not insignificant points or damage while providing more cards in the late game.

As for the actual Improvise cards, this deck plays Freejam Regent and Maverick Thopterist. Freejam Regent is a undercosted 4/4 flyer that demands an answer or it threatens to singlehandedly run away with the game. Maverick Thopterist packs 3 creatures, two of which fly, for just 1 spell, and for as little as 2 mana. Glorybringer may not have Improvise, but it plays very well with this strategy, as it also has flying and can control the opponent’s board while it attacks, an effect this deck is in dire need of.

Walking Ballista is another good card for this strategy, as it can pick off smaller creatures on the board, power out Improvise creatures, and act as a good mana sink in the late game. Whirler Virtuoso has proven itself as one of the best creatures in the format as of late, and the creatures it make can trade with opposition creatures as well as apply the beats. Inventor’s Goggles is, by all accounts, a terrible card. However, it fits perfectly in this strategy, which loves to suit it up on a flyer and get in for more damage, while using the Goggles to pump out Improvise creatures.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Pia Nalaar

-1 Abrade

+2 Lightning Strike

Sideboard

-1 Heart of Kiran

-1 Spell Pierce

+2 Chandra’s Defeat

This is day 302 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 301 here, where we featured a unique Standard deck that looks to use cycling cards and Abandoned Sarcophagus!

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