Careful Study


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Odyssey (ODY) Common

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Careful Study


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Careful Study Discussion

MegaMatt13 on The Scarab God Not all Zomb. Casual.

1 month ago

Hey, saw your comment on my deck and wanted to check out your deck. Nice deck :)

My only suggestion would to be to consider cards like Careful Study, Monastery Siege, Compulsive Research, and Thirst for Knowledge. They really help dig into your deck and throw exactly what you want into your graveyard. Maybe get rid of Ponder and Preordain?

Also consider Ravenous Chupacabra as a great reanimation target. Hope this helps!

Saharez on Inalla, She Who Combos EDH

1 month ago

I don't know if you allready tested it, but Cloudstone Curio is a nice piece in budget Inalla.

It get's increasingly more powerful with cost reducers so as Sapphire Medallion, Jet Medallion, Urza's Incubator and Herald’s Horn.

I found Sedraxis Alchemist to be a great piece of interaction aswell.

That would be a subtheme in your gameplan.

On topic, you should add some effects such as Careful Study, Faithless Looting, Frantic Search aswell to get some of your reanimation targets into the graveyard.

On the topic of reanimation Dance of the Dead is a nice alternative to Animate Dead, I would play both to make sure I didn't get in trouble losing either of them, especially since they are solid cards on their own.

PookandPie on You can't cast that

1 month ago

This deck is extremely slow, from the looks of it. 4.10 average mana cost with only 4 pieces of acceleration means you're going to spend a lot of turns playing lands, passing, and doing nothing.

If you're wanting to mess with opponent's strategies, then I recommend these cards:

Aven Mindcensor. He's absurdly good vs combo and he's really cheap to buy right now- before his reprint he was a $10+ card, and now he's less than a dollar. Pick some up, he's good in this format vs Demonic Tutor and fetch lands.

Linvala, Keeper of Silence. Shuts off mana dorks and powerful activated abilities alike. Slows opponents down and will force many decks to scramble to come up with a way to get rid of her in order to play out their strategy.

Thalia, Heretic Cathar. Slows opponents down a little bit if they run as many nonbasics as you, but also shuts off haste effectively by bringing their hasted creatures in tapped.

Hushwing Gryff. Effective second copy of that 2 mana Ixalan guy with the same ability. If you don't like opponents abusing ETBs, may as well go all the way with it.

Aura of Silence is one of the best pieces of artifact/echantment hate. Opponents get taxed like crazy and they have to play around it- it's a strong card.

Rhystic Study- either you draw a boat load of cards or everyone else gets slowed down to one turn behind curve. Either way, you win.

Anguished Unmaking is one of the best removal spells you could be casting in your colors.

So, I'm just going to list off some cards I don't like or view as suboptimal. Problem is, I don't know what cards are your placeholders and which are not (I'm assuming Sensei Golden Tail is a placeholder):

Bright Reprisal is terrible. Swords to Plowshares exiles the creature at any time for only 1 mana. Sure, it doesn't draw a card, but paying 4 more mana just to draw a card isn't a good exchange anyway.

Sphere of Safety. It's 5 mana and you don't run enough enchantments to make it overbearing for, say, an Elf deck to just swing through. A lot of the time this is going to be an overcost Ghostly Prison, and you probably should have just board wiped those creatures away anyway. Day of Judgment is one mana less and gets rid of the problems right then and right there.

A lot of your counters, but especially Fall of the Gavel. Swan Song hits 3 major card types for only 1 mana and 2/2 birds are worthless in a 40 life format, but even something like Arcane Denial would be a better choice. 5 life isn't worth paying that much for the spell.

There are more, but I can stop there for now, because I don't see a coherent theme or goal to the deck. You run Paradox Engine, but only 4 whole mana rocks. You're not running Sol Ring so I imagine this is for Duel Commander, but this deck is entirely too slow for Duel Commander. Paradox Engine needs creatures that tap to do something or artifacts that tap for mana to truly be abused, and as it stands this deck is not set up to really use either. Running Isochron Scepter with only 4 cards that can go on it is also problematic, and even if you ran Dramatic Reversal you might not have the ability to abuse it either since you run so few mana rocks.

Consider running 10-12 mana rocks, and lower your overall curve. Blazing Archon looks great on paper, but he is easily removed and by the time you could plainly cast him on turn 8-9, you're already going to be dead if you're playing against decks of any reasonable speed. Same goes for Avacyn and Iona. If you want to run all of these big creatures, consider adopting some kind of reanimation sub theme to bypass their egregious mana costs (Entomb, Careful Study, Frantic Search and Reanimate, Animate Dead, Dance of the Dead, etc.).

If you want to play the control deck, you'll need a win condition that comes down and is capable of killing 1-3 people (if multiplayer, but like I said I have no way of knowing which format this is for because you mana costs are way too high for Duel but you're not running Sol Ring). You can use specific creatures that can come down and kill opponents (using Master Transmuter to drop out a Blightsteel Colossus with counter spell backup can be handy), or you can use infinite combos like Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood or Thopter Foundry + Sword of the Meek + Ashnod's Altar. You could also run enough mana rocks that Dramatic Reversal + Scepter give you infinite mana, so you can churn out a huge Blue Sun's Zenith to kill an opponent, or something. The world is truly your oyster.

Hopefully this helps. I know it's a lot to read lol.

TKDbeast on UG Madness

1 month ago

I like it!

I'm no pauper expert, but for the sake of Brainstorming ideas, have you tried: Kumena's Speaker, Delver of Secrets  Flip, Careful Study, Nimble Mongoose, Cunning Survivor, or Obsessive Search?

Gattison on

2 months ago

also, Careful Study leaves you with no card advantage. you are plus 0 cards after casting it. It's a hand filter, deck-digger

eyes2sky on

2 months ago

Careful Study might make the's a pauper staple. (im going to make an honarble mentions list below the Power-TripsBUT wait, this is draw and not a maybe no

elfric on Breya, Doom Shaper

2 months ago

so i scroll down to write my comment about Cathartic Reunion to see there has been someone telling the same. imo the only upside is the dig 3. but having it countered is really really bad. there are Careful Study or the recent Chart a Course that seem better on average.

i'd like to hear about your experiences with the manabase. i see its budget, 4 color and your have some heavy costed cards. is it playble/smooth/...? i never did some stretch like that but maybe it works because of the rocks?! is there any key to observe while playing lands/fetches about land-prioprities?

thank you and have a good evening XD

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