Ensoul Artifact is a very interesting Enchantment for artifacts. For only 1U, it makes the enchanted artifact a creature with base power and toughness 5/5 in addition to its other types. The most notable thing about this card is the fact that it actually mentions the word “base” in its rules text. This means that its power and toughness can be affected in ways that many other cards that make artifacts into creatures cannot.
I can see this card being fairly good, actually. I think the best use for this card is to slap it on a Darksteel Citadel, which is an indestructible artifact land that becomes a 5/5 indestructible creature. Or you can slap this on an Ornithopter. Getting a 5/5 flyer for 1U, as Ornithopter costs 0 to play, is fairly good, as well. So in M15 Limited, this card already has its uses. Making Phyrexian Revoker into a 5/5 is definitely good, also.
Also, it seems like I say this about a lot of cards in Core Sets, but it definitely is viable in Commander. There are a ton of artifacts in Commander, and turning a problem artifact into a creature, then using creature based removal on it or board-wiping is definitely a viable option.
Someone on Mythic Spoiler, Gustavo Lyra, came up with a potential list built around this card:
(Steam Vents was originally included in the list, but replaced with Temple of Epiphany due to Steam Vents being now rotated out of Standard.)
This is a potentially very fast deck. You use Generator Servant‘s ability to give your other Generator Servants, Illusory Angels and Phyrexian Revokers haste. Even though Illusory Angel can only be cast if you’ve cast another spell during that turn, since Ornithopter is a 0-drop, it has good synergy in this deck. A 4/4 flyer for 3 mana is really good. Heliod’s Pilgrim seeks out an Ensoul Artifact or Retraction Helix when it hits the board.
Ensoul Artifact is obviously the big card in the deck, making your artifacts like the Ornithopter, Revoker, and even your Springleaf Drum into 5/5 creatures. Shrapnel Blast is a card that you sacrifice an artifact to deal 5 damage to a target creature or player, and with how fast this deck can hit, that can likely be lethal damage. Retraction Helix exists to help save your Ensoul Artifact if the creature would otherwise be destroyed or you want to put it on a new target. Springleaf Drum helps you mana fix by tapping down a creature you control, and that effect is unaffected by summoning sickness, plus it can become a 5/5 creature itself that can still use its ability.
Peel from Reality, an instant reprinted from Avacyn Restored in Magic 2015, helps you save your creatures while also un-summoning an opponent’s creature. Fated Infatuation is an amazing card in this deck. It’s an instant for UUU (triple Blue) that allows you to make a copy of a target creature you control, which means that you can copy one of your 5/5 artifact creatures, while also having it gain all of that artifact’s abilities. Also, if it’s your turn you get to Scry 2, which is always good.
The mana base is America colors (red, white, and blue), with the White in the deck for the Heliod’s Pilgrim. Kudos to Gustavo for creating this list, as it looks quite viable.
Anyhow, I am a huge fan of Ensoul Artifact. How about you?
– Elspeth for the Win