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Curator of Mysteries
Creature — Sphinx
Whenever you cycle or discard another card, scry 1.
Cycling (, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
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Curator of Mysteries Discussion
2 weeks ago
I'm planning to build Chromium too, and I've been looking at the cards from Amonkhet that do things "whenever you cycle or discard a card," like Archfiend of Ifnir, Curator of Mysteries, Drake Haven, and Shadowstorm Vizier. (There are otherse too, but imo these are the best ones) That way you can capitalize off of every discard.
1 month ago
Curator of Mysteries (link doesn't work for some reason)
Leaning towards blue seems to open up some pretty strong options.
2 months ago
I would suggest adding the Aether Swoopers the Goldfish deck had back in. This way you have more artifact options for Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp. To make room for this card I would suggest cutting Nimble Obstructionist or Curator of Mysteries. The reason I suggest these as potential cut options is to help reduce the mana cost of duck to make cards like Storm Fleet Aerialist be able to be played with the raid trigger easier and allow you to get more creatures on the board faster so Favorable Winds has more impact.
Best of luck with the deck.
2 months ago
3 months ago
Changes in April 2018: finally took out Rise from the Tides as the alternative finisher. These decks are all meant to feel and play like a properly built deck, and having cards that work against each other makes the deck feel awkward and less fun (bad interaction with delve). The same problem would occur with Cryptic Serpent. One option is to ditch the Treasure Cruise, but delve is an important part of our hedron exile strategy, and losing it will cripple the deck.
So at this point we need a new finisher, and a new card that lets us do something on turn one.
I like the Curator of Mysteries for both. He introduces cycle, is a sphinx, and the deck could use a flier. He is very in theme for blue. He can be cycled on turn one if needed. He already has synergy with Jalum Tome.
Only having two Curator of Mysteries makes it nearly impossible to cycle him, there is too much lost by discarding half of your alternative win condition. Instead, I prefer 4 copies.
I considered only 2 copies and a replacement for Quicken. The Quicken replacement should either cycle or discard for synergy with the sphinx. A consideration was Striped Riverwinder; he adds another late game option with artwork people either love or hate (I like it). Opt, Peek and Twisted Image were all considerations, but they don't have synergy with the Curator. I like Hapless Researcher or Careful Study. They have synergy, help the early game, provide another discard option, and have good art on theme.
Ultimately, I did the following:
Playtesting is still in progress, but this worked OK so far against the other decks. (playtesting blue takes the longest, because of the character of the deck).
4 months ago
The best way to speed the process up is one drop spells like Opt, Thought Scour, Vapor Snag, Piracy Charm, Gigadrowse and everyone's favourite Serum Visions. You want to take advantage of having spells in your graveyard, so playing cheap one drops helps.
You also need to think about how your deck functions without your enablers (Baral/Homunculus) in the same way the decks which run Baral and Goblin Electromancer do, the most expensive spells they cast are normally four mana and have storm... I think you need an alternative wincon, maybe Thing in the Ice Flip or Curator of Mysteries as more traditional finishers, possibly Nivmagus Elemental since the cast trigger would still take effect...
4 months ago
Yeah Vile Manifestation and Key to the City worked well when the deck was all cyclers. Striped Riverwinder Curator of Mysteries Lurching Rotbeast at 4 each and then all the spells to go with it. This made it easy to hit enough creatures for God Pharoahs gift and then the vile manifestation was a beating. With all that stuff maybe hes just a decent blocker for 2 mana. Plus you can cycle at instant speed, or use the key, to mess with combat.