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Ad Nauseam Discussion
13 hours ago
19 hours ago
I agree with Gaddock Teeg not being tier 2. I've argued this before, and I think tw0handt0uch is right (and frankly presented a better argument than me). Teeg is a card I constantly think about cutting in my own Karador list-- at this point the only thing it really does is give GSZ another thing to hit if I don't want a dork, Saffi, Caustic Caterpillar or Rec Sage. When the top decks mostly only run Ad Nauseam as their only cmc>=4 card, Teeg is probably one of the worst hatebears available and it's not exciting to run him in the command zone compared to Sisay, who fetches for far better things each turn like Linvala, Thalia, and Kataki.
On the note of Selesnya commanders, I think it's worth paying attention to whether Saffi becomes considerably stronger with Renegade Rallier. As I've noted before, it's unique in that it's a combo piece tutorable with Summoner's Pact and Green Sun's Zenith and can win the game with Greater Good (which is unique as a sac outlet in that it's tutorable with Idyllic Tutor) if you have two cards in hand plus Altar of Dementia and Mana Crypt still in your deck. Recently Saffi was dropped down from t2 to t3, which I don't think was wrong (although I advocated more for Teeg being the GW commandee to take the plunge), but Saffi should have now gotten considerably more consistent and could become a contender for t2 again.
3 days ago
Bigred77: Grapeshot is actually a pretty good option for this deck. It has some utility as a removal spell and can win the game with infinite storm. I was just thinking of adding walking ballista as my backup finisher to reservoir since it also works as a creature removal spell of sorts and costs nothing to Ad Nauseam. Either grapeshot or ballista will end up in the deck when I make my next revision, which is soon. I will also likely add LED and some other powerful cards to the mix to try and max out this deck before I write a true primer
4 days ago
fair enough. I'm keeping Street Wraith in, though ;-) dropped Strip Mine for Preordain since there is plenty of land searching available (I have a Three Visits) and colorless mana is not super useful to have T1-4. and I think Arbor Elf is better than Elves of Deep Shadow given I can get access to or or , vs. just . I have playtested 5 games so far and Ad Nauseam has yet to come into play, so until I lose because I Ad Nauseam into Street Wraith, I want to keep it. it's free, recurrable draw.
4 days ago
rinbloch, I definetely like that you are not all in on the Saheeli Rai combo (I've experimented with that in a control shell for modern like the old twin decks but it didn't quite have enough punch).
As for your deck, you can't interact with your opponent too much especially if they themselves are on some combo deck (Living End, Scapeshift, Ad Nauseam etc.) but you already have some lifegain which preboards you against burn, provided you get a fast vial you have the edge on control, and could stabilize relatively easily against some combo decks. I think this is one of those decks that you are going to have really good or really bad match ups and then the match will be decided by sideboarding.
TLDR: I don't think it's tier 1 but depending on your sideboard I think you could do fine.
6 days ago
- -1 Street Wraith (5 CMC)
- -1 Call to the Netherworld (mostly useful to recur Street Wraith, though it can target Notion Thief, Dark Confidant and Leovold, Emissary of Trest if I ever allow him in the graveyard)
- -1 Dark Petition (5 CMC)
- -1 Time Spiral (6 CMC and I probably have enough wheels already)
- +1 High Tide (just because...I only cut it to make a slot for Timetwister)
- +1 Perplex (3 CMC that hits most cards of interest, e.g. Doomsday, Necropotence, 3 wheel effects(
- +1 Nix (stops Force of Will and Pact of Negation, which feels significant if shooting for a T3/4 win)
- +1 Cruel Bargain (3 CMC that nets me 4 cards...could be useful in a Doomsday pile where my life total is no longer interesting)
1 week ago
I'd say Ad Nauseam is definitely the best choice if you're looking to stay in the combo business.
1 week ago
I see what you are saying. I guess what I meant by "more risky" was that you can recover if gamble goes poorly but you are out of the game if consultation goes wrong. Theres also a chance of exiling all of your FC outlets. I have even exiled so many cards I decked myself before I could play the combo out in my hand so the 7% is really not accurate.
As for gamble, why make that assumption? Using gamble when you have a small hand full of relevant pieces is simply a poor play. It is best used when you have plenty of cards in hand (like turn 1 or 2) when you are way more likely to have 5-7 cards. Its also one of the best possible cards in hand after a big Ad Nauseam.
Also, I wasn't saying gamble was better than consultation. I was simply wondering why angelforge would pass up a 1 mana demonic tutor effect even with the chance it backfires in a color scheme that lacks as many enablers than some other fast combo decks like FC Tazri for instance.