Aberrant Researcher

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Uncommon

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Aberrant Researcher

Creature — Human Insect

Flying

At the beginning of your upkeep, put the top card of your library into your graveyard. If it's an instant or sorcery card, transform Aberrant Researcher.

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Aberrant Researcher Discussion

JibJig on Sacrifice

1 month ago

CREATURES

Cards I'd cut:

Aberrant Researcher  Flip - There are better options to throw cards into your own graveyard. Examples include Sultai Ascendancy or Search for azcanta which will later let you Anticipate each turn.

Accursed Witch  Flip - Curses alienate one player and make them hate you. You don't want people to hate you in EDH. Also curses aren't very good to begin with.

Ashling, the Extinguisher - 4 mana with no evasion makes it very unlikely this critter will actually connect with players. I recommend cutting it for a better force-sacrifice effect like Innocent Blood.

Bloodbriar - It's selfish (it only gives itself +1/+1 counters) and it has zero evasion. Not worth it. I recommend Reyhan, Last of the Abzan in its stead; it has the same CMC and lets you move around +1/+1 counters all day.

Briarbridge Patrol - Not very good. Tireless Tracker is so much better. Replace the creature-searching with Evolutionary Leap or if you want to spend $75 Survival of the Fittest is amazing.

Centaur Rootcaster - Same reason as Ashling. Get rid of it. Wood Elves and Sakura-Tribe Elder instead.

Deadeye Plunderers - You only have two artifacts in the deck.

Demon of Wailing Agonies - Slow. Especially when your commander has CMC 6.

Gatekeeper of Malakir - BBB cost is really hard to get sometimes in BUG colors.

Glissa, the Traitor - Slow. She's neat and a good blocker but it doesn't matter because you only have two artifacts.

Greater Harvester - Same reason as the Gatekeeper. Run Smothering Abomination instead.

Labyrinth Guardian - This critter adds nothing to your strategy.

Magus of the Mirror - I've killed people with their own Magus. Also the same problem as the curses; it alienates one person. Also Tree of Perdition exists.

Marrow Chomper - Too slow.

Mortician Beetle - Selfish. Swap with Fleshbag Marauder and Slum Reaper.

Patron of the Nezumi - Not enough rats to make it worth it. Effect is meh.

Phylactery Lich - Same reason as Gatekeeper. Also you only have two artifacts.

Savra, Queen of the Golgari - She does nothing on her own; she needs other things to do her work which isn't good.

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant - Just run Grave Titan instead.

Skullmulcher - Consider Soul of the Harvest instead. Both are good but you might need more gas than Skullmulcher can give you.

Utopia Mycon - Too slow.

I'll add more comments when I get more time to look over the next few categories.

PonchoLibre on Perfected Swarm

2 months ago

yetiz, if I were picking replacements I would probably grab Thought Courier over Augur of Bolas. The reason being that Augur of Bolas only grabs instants and sorceries while Thought Courier offers more filter. Another option would be Runechanter's Pike.

The reason that Aberrant Researcher  Flip is still there is largely lore based.

yetiz on Perfected Swarm

2 months ago

would Augur of Bolas make a good replacement for Aberrant Researcher  Flip?

PonchoLibre on Perfected Swarm

3 months ago

Thanks TrueTribal for the suggestions! Went ahead and added the suggestions, took out Aberrant Researcher  Flip because it wasnt holding its own weight.

chadsansing on Izzet of the guilds?

4 months ago

Cool commander and theme - nice list!

Some cards that came to mind that might be helpful to test:

Happy brewing!

cnlmoore on Turbo Horrors

6 months ago

How about Aberrant Researcher  Flip? It works with the style of your deck and the flip horror won't get wiped by Thing in the Ice  Flip.

Saint_Charles_VII on dont even try me

7 months ago

Spell Pierce, Mana Leak and Rune Snag are generally good, pretty cheap counterspells you could use.

I would recommend replacing Aberrant Researcher  Flip with Delver of Secrets if you don't mind the jump in price. Otherwise, you might want to just drop it as its cost is a little high for its impact.

You might want to drop Baral's Expertise as you rarely want to cast a card with it at sorcery speed and without that benefit, it isn't very good.

Going down a couple Rise from the Tides wouldn't hurt as you don't really need to cast it multiple times and drawing it early is just a dead card.

Scourge of Fleets is similar, so you might want to drop it entirely or go down to one.

I also recommend dropping Turn Aside, Supplant Form and Just the Wind.

Adding more Thing in the Ice  Flip would be good if you have some.

You want to drop down to 24 or so islands.

This should get you to around 60 cards.

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