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Consuming Aberration's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your opponents' graveyards.
Whenever you cast a spell, each opponent reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a land card, then puts those cards into his or her graveyard.
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Consuming Aberration Discussion
1 day ago
5 days ago
Well, you basically had me design a Nicol Bolas deck here. Thanks for getting my mind going. I may not have come up with what you are looking for, but something here might at least give you some ideas. The good news is, you pretty much have a blank slate to work with.
Now, as far as what you have here, I'll suggest some things that might give the deck a bit of focus. You've already got pricy cards here so I'm not taking budget into consideration.
This is the advice I would want to receive if I were building a Nicol Bolas deck:
A. There is kind of no such thing as a casual Nicol Bolas deck. He is an intimidating commander, and as such, you are starting the game with a huge target on your forehead on turn 0. If you want to play Grixis casual, I'd go for a less scary commander like Gwendlyn Di Corci (who has natural synergy in this deck as well), Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge, Nekusar, the Mindrazer, Sedris, the Traitor King, Tetsuo Umezawa, or Thraximundar.
B. Obviously if you plan on getting a commander into play, you'll want some major ramp and mana fixing, and people are going to be fighting hard to keep you from getting it. You've already got fetches and shocks to help you fix. Filters like Sunken Ruins, Graven Cairns, and Cascade Bluffs will help you hit all those double symbols.
Thawing Glaciers is one of my favorite, favorite lands. It sucks basic lands out of your deck so you aren't topdecking them late-game (deck-thinning is the next best thing to extra draws), and it taps for mana with Urborg and Chromatic Lantern.
While slow, Evolving Wilds, Terramorphic Expanse, Grixis Panorama and Myriad Landscape all have their uses (again--99 cards is a lot. Thin that deck.) Nicol Bolas is less about speed and more about late-game lockdown, so you can afford a tapped land here and there.
Jhessian Zombies, Shoreline Ranger, Chartooth Cougar, Igneous Pouncer, and Twisted Abomination will grab you your shock lands early in the game, or help--you guessed it--deck-thin later. I wouldn't run all of these, but a couple of them can help you set up your deck faster, and can come in handy for some reanimator plays I'll talk about in a bit.
I am also a fan of Armillary Sphere for its--wait for it--deck-thinning properties.
Liliana of the Dark Realms really wants to join your superfriends, especially with shock lands and Urborg.
C. Let's look at Nicol Bolas and what he does. What do you want to do with that discard? You've got some fun options, but remember that in EDH, cards often don't stay in graveyards for very long. You can snatch those cards out of their graveyards and essentially play other people's decks along with your own, or you can exile them so people won't get them back, because they will if you don't do something about it.
I personally like getting graveyards nice and fat and then using Rise of the Dark Realms as a grand finale. It gives you Liliana Vess' ult ability without having to actually roll her up. You've got blue counterspells to protect it, and a little Boseiju, Who Shelters All never hurt anyone.
My favorite graveyard party cards in Grixis include Diluvian Primordial, Reanimate, Puppeteer Clique, Dimir Doppelganger, Animate Dead, Spellweaver Volute, Back from the Brink, Chainer, Dementia Master, Beacon of Unrest, Coffin Queen, Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni, Nezumi Graverobber, Wrexial, the Risen Deep (thanks, Urborg!), Bone Dancer, and Scion of Darkness, to name a few. I'm also interested in seeing whether Ghastly Conscription is going to have a home in EDH.
Another option is to exile the cards you are making your opponents discard in the hopes of breaking their decks beyond repair. Bojuka Bog, Planar Void, Nihil Spellbomb, Tormod's Crypt, Rakdos Charm, Suffer the Past, Ravenous Trap, Crypt Incursion, Leyline of the Void, Hedonist's Trove, Relic of Progenitus, Agent of Erebos, Burn Away, and Grip of Amnesia (the recursion killer) all work toward this end, though you by no means need all of them to melt people's decks to oblivion. A good end-game strategy for this approach could be Living End or Living Death.
D. Now, to up your discard and your superfriends game. You do have this tagged as a discard deck, and you might as well build around your commander, because if you just want to build Grixis you might as well go with someone you'll actually get some use out of.
Keeping that in mind, Nicol Bolas on his own does not a discard deck make.
Tar Fiend and Sadistic Hypnotist are a blast with token producers like Ghoulcaller Gisa which, and can serve as handy sac outlets for three of my favorite cards in black--Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos, and Butcher of Malakir.
Elkin Lair is a fun disruption card that can force your opponents to make some tough decisions, and has the potential to be a combo breaker. It essentially says, "Either play this card this turn or you lose it."
Reforge the Soul goes beautifully with your Mystical Tutor and can create some serious disruption. It can also make you some friends if other players are getting crummy draws. Robber Fly and Shocker can have similar effects.
Noxious Toad, Screeching Buzzard, Siren of the Silent Song, Thoughtrender Lamia, Pain Magnification, Alley Grifters, Cackling Fiend, and Ashen-Skin Zubera all help you gain straight up card advantage.
Jagged Poppet is hilarious.
In Grixis you get all the specters. Liliana's Specter, Blizzard Specter, Doomsday Specter, Guul Draz Specter, Scythe Specter, Needle Specter, Entropic Specter, Blazing Specter, Sedraxis Specter and Shimian Specter all seem to have a home here. (Sure, Shimian isn't going to find cards with the same name, but's that doesn't mean you can't gain some intelligence about your opponents and give their deck a little shuffle in the process. Not a bad way to screw up someone's Vampiric Tutor or Enlightened Tutor, or shuffle that Sensei's Divining Top they just put on top of their library).
Painful Quandary can wreak havoc against Narset decks)
Bloodhusk Ritualist is a mini Bolas in her own right.
I think a little splash of mill helps make Grixis discard go the extra mile. It doesn't take much. A Mindcrank and an Altar of the Brood go a long way. And can you say Consuming Aberration or Malignus with Ghoulcaller Gisa? I can.
E. Now, for your superfriends theme. I don't think it seems like a terribly strong idea personally, but I could be persuaded otherwise.
Sudden Spoiling works great in a superfriends deck, and really any deck with black, but in this case it can save your walkers at critical moments. And lots of board wipes.
Darkness. Nobody expects the Black Fog.
Chandra, the Firebrand really wants to be in here. She is blue's best friend. Sarkhan the Mad is a no brainer, especially if you are running Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos, and Butcher of Malakir. Pairs well with Dragonmaster Outcast.
The Chain Veil, obviously.
The dreaded Omniscience.
F. Lastly, a few other friends of Nicol Bolas:
Anyway, I'm interested in seeing how you develop this. Your idea for a Nicol Bolas politics deck seems interesting--Marchesa, the Black Rose is who I usually associate with Grixis politics, and she is a total nightmare of course.
1 week ago
1 week ago
You need Consuming Aberration, Mind Sculpt, and Grindclock. I ran blue/black mill for a long time and was successful a lot. Also you might want Traumatize. Trade Millstone for Grindclock. Trade Dimir Guildmage for Consuming Aberration. Then trade Mind Funeral for Traumatize. Happy to help! :D
1 week ago
So, if you really like the mill deck type, and the Consuming Aberration i Suggest you come back with the Phenax, God of Deception as you said they have some REALLY cool interactions. Overall i would add Wall of Frost instead of Fog Bank because they mill more w/ Phenax and are really annoying. i would Surely drop 1 Hedron Crab or more if you are happy with a Control/Stall game with a late game Finisher. Some Survivability cards sure wouldn't hurt, as well as some counterspells like Countersquall just as an option, Murderous Cut would be quite quite nice. Thought Scour is a good draw engine and mill your opponent for 2 ( or yourself if needed ). Versitile is what i would call decks like this. if you wnat the AGGRESSIVE Mill, Snapcaster Mage is a Must, since you don't loose tempo, you recast your super important spells like Glimpse the Unthinkable and Overall board presence. Hope i could give you some insight+1 Nice deck, love MILL
1 week ago
If you're worried about the effectiveness of Archive Trap, add Ghost Quarter to your lands. It's a surefire way of casting your Trap for , though it also pushes you back in the mana race a little. Or you could splash white for Path to Exile (that way, not only would you have better removal AND extra trap triggers at your service, you'd also have access to Rest in Peace as sideboard tech, which is better than Leyline. Oh, and enchantment hate - plenty of it). Be aware that going 3-color requires a whole lot of mana fixing, and is sometimes not worth the hassle. Only testing can tell how benefitial it is to you.
The reason I told you to run 4x Leyline of the Void is that you absolutely want them in your opening hand. If you have to wait till turn 4 to play it, there's a good chance all the milling you've done up to that point will have been for naught (for example, imagine if you cast a turn 1 Hedron Crab, turn 2 Glimpse the Unthinkable and turn 3 Mind Funeral... and then, just before you get to the 4 mana needed for Leyline of the Void, the opponent plays Elixir of Immortality. Bummer).
As for your other sideboard cards... I feel Countersquall should be in the main (in place of some of those Archive Traps. It's a powerful card, but you won't be casting it all the time and you don't want too many of it in your hand. 2 traps is the sweet spot, but 3 might be fine). Consuming Aberration is a lot better than Nemesis of Reason (it triggers whenever you cast a spell, so you don't even need to attack with it!). That leaves 3 slots, which you should fill with other meta hate cards - Torpor Orb, Spellskite and Fulminator Mage are the first ones that come to mind. They all serve multiple purposes and can shut down several popular Modern decks.
|Power / Toughness||*/*|
|Avg. draft pick||3.4|
|Avg. cube pick||2.52|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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- Consuming Aberration + Phenax, God of Deception + Traumatize
- Consuming Aberration + Phenax, God of Deception
- Consuming Aberration + Jace, Memory Adept
- Consuming Aberration + Devour Flesh
- Breaking + Consuming Aberration
- Jace, Memory Adept + Consuming Aberration
- Loxodon Warhammer + Consuming Aberration
- Consuming Aberration + Spell Rupture
- Consuming Aberration + Essence Harvest
- Consuming Aberration + Sands of Delirium
- Consuming Aberration + Keening Stone
- Consuming Aberration + Mind Funeral
- Consuming Aberration + Hedron Crab
- Phenax, God of Deception + Consuming Aberration
- Consuming Aberration + Jace, Memory Adept + Phenax, God of Deception
- Consuming Aberration + Rite of Replication
- Consuming Aberration + Mind Grind
- Aqueous Form + Consuming Aberration
- Consuming Aberration + Duskmantle Guildmage
- Consuming Aberration + Loxodon Warhammer
- Consuming Aberration + Glimpse the Unthinkable
- Consuming Aberration + Devour Flesh + Dying Wish
- Artful Dodge + Consuming Aberration
- Consuming Aberration + Nighthowler + Phenax, God of Deception
- Consuming Aberration + Aqueous Form
- Consuming Aberration + Rogue's Passage
- Aqueous Form + Consuming Aberration + Wight of Precinct Six
- Consuming Aberration + Lazav, Dimir Mastermind
- Consuming Aberration + Mind Funeral + Quicken
- Consuming Aberration + Essence Harvest + Quicken
- Consuming Aberration + Dying Wish + Rite of Consumption
- Consuming Aberration + Tormented Thoughts
- Consuming Aberration + Glimpse the Unthinkable + Twincast
- Archive Trap + Consuming Aberration + Twincast
- Consuming Aberration + Wight of Precinct Six
- Consuming Aberration + Nemesis of Reason + Phenax, God of Deception
- Consuming Aberration + Phenax, God of Deception + Undead Alchemist
- Consuming Aberration + Wall of Reverence
- Consuming Aberration + Swiftfoot Boots
- Consuming Aberration + Trepanation Blade
- Consuming Aberration + Duskmantle Guildmage + Phenax, God of Deception
- Consuming Aberration + Infinite Reflection + Phenax, God of Deception
- Consuming Aberration + Phenax, God of Deception + Rings of Brighthearth
- Altar of Dementia + Consuming Aberration + Duskmantle Guildmage
- Consuming Aberration + Mortivore
- Consuming Aberration + Paranoid Delusions
- Consuming Aberration + Mind Funeral + Twincast
- Consuming Aberration + Stolen Identity
- Cloud of Faeries + Consuming Aberration + Equilibrium
- Consuming Aberration + Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker
- Consuming Aberration + Mindcrank
- Consuming Aberration + Mind Sculpt
- Consuming Aberration + Glimpse the Unthinkable + Phenax, God of Deception
- Consuming Aberration + Invisible Stalker + Midnight Recovery
- Consuming Aberration + Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar
- Consuming Aberration + Phenax, God of Deception + Triton Tactics
- Altar of Dementia + Consuming Aberration
- Consuming Aberration + Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker + Nemesis of Reason