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Dampening Pulse Discussion
1 month ago
In today's meta, you're most likely to be against Saheeli or mardu vehicles/ballista. I think in order to beat them, you MUST have an answer for Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Heart of Kiran or + combo. As our color suggest, our best option is to add either To the Slaughter/Ruinous Path in our main board together with plenty more removal like Fatal Push and Grasp of Darkness. It would also be helpful to add some Dampening Pulse in your sideboard against Saheeli decks since you reduce Felidar Guardian's power to 0. Same goes with thopter tokens produced by Whirler Virtuoso (which in my opinion is a very big problem since these pesky copters will chump block you or... be their source of aggro).
With regards to playing against control, you will badly need recursion. I think Minister of Inquiries is a good choice if you are against slower decks. But since you are dealing with meta decks who are fast and infinite based, I think removal should be heavy and milling/discarding comes 2nd.
1 month ago
Good grief, I drew so many cards. I love this deck so much right now.
Round 1 (b/g constrictor) -- went to a draw in 3.
Round 2 (4c saheeli) -- Dominated the combo with Dampening Pulse, feels nice.
Round 3 (b/g constrictor) -- was crushed in 2 quickly as I drew lands and kept on 5 with no counter spells in hand.
7 months ago
Perhaps the best card for tapping creatures down in standard is Chilling Grasp. Cast it during their upkeep to tap two creatures, have them be tapped for the rest of their turn, your turn, their next turn, your next turn, and then they finally untap.
I would recommend getting rid of all creatures that don't tap out things.
With control decks, I often find that big flying creatures do the trick for me. Fortunately, Eldritch Moon brought blue one. Geralf's Masterpiece is about as big as you are going to get.
With all decks in standard right now, what I would recommend doing is see how you would do against Spell Queller and make any changes based on that.
As far as sideboards go, here is what I would do:
Ceremonious Rejection shuts down artifact decks which seems like an important thing to do with the possibility of R/W aggro vehicles.
Dampening Pulse is good against aggro decks that focus on having a lot of creatures.
Insidious Will is a good spell that gives you options. You can counter, re-direct, and copy.
Negate is just another counterspell.
7 months ago
Sweet deck! I didn't realize how interesting Yasova was to me until I started thinking of ways to use her ability better.
I see you have Willbreaker, letting you keep the creatures you temporarily steal. Some other options for keeping these creatures past the end of the turn could be Conjurer's Closet, Deadeye Navigator, Synod Sanctum, Cold Storage, Nephalia Smuggler, and Ghostly Flicker, which all return creatures back under your control without you having to return them to their owners.
With Glaring Spotlight, you can steal your opponents' creatures that have hexproof. To steal your opponents' noncreature artifacts, try turning them into creatures with options like Toymaker and Titania's Song, and to steal your opponents' noncreature lands, try turning them into creatures with Lifespark Spellbomb or Quirion Druid.
If you don't want to give the creatures back after you've stolen them, you can use sacrifice effect cards to get rid of them for profit. Some powerful sacrifice engines include Ashnod's Altar, Culling Dais, Barrin, Master Wizard, Bloodshot Cyclops, Jalira, Master Polymorphist, Profaner of the Dead, Scourge of Skola Vale, Evolutionary Leap, Goblin Bombardment, Perilous Forays, Shivan Harvest, Momentous Fall, High Market, Life's Legacy, and Primal Growth.
You can also make opponents' creatures easier to steal by increasing Yasova's power, with any of these or other boosting cards: Kessig Wolf Run, Ceta Disciple, Llanowar Augur, Moonveil Dragon, Ursapine, Wolfir Silverheart, Bonesplitter, Hero's Blade, O-Naginata, Ring of Kalonia, Sai of the Shinobi, Shuko, Sigil of Distinction, Silver-Inlaid Dagger, Sword of the Chosen, Boar Umbra, Briar Shield, Elephant Guide, Exoskeletal Armor, Forced Adaptation, Giant Spectacle, Goblin War Paint, Inferno Fist, Madcap Skills, Moldervine Cloak, Mythic Proportions, Quest for the Gemblades, Rancor, Seal of Strength, Shape of the Wiitigo, Spectral Flight, Spider Umbra, Taste for Mayhem, Volcanic Strength, Wurmweaver Coil, Blossoming Defense, Brute Force, Giant Growth, Groundswell, Invigorate, Might of Oaks, Mutagenic Growth, Prey's Vengeance, Strength of the Tajuru, Wax/Wane, Blessings of Nature, Elven Rite, Give / Take, Increasing Savagery, Phytoburst, Reckless Charge, and Soul's Might
8 months ago
Well, this deck is pseudo-budget (I don't buy any cards for it) and I don't own Snap or Rift (it's a shame because it is a staple, yeah, I know). I don't have Omniscience, either, and I don't think I want it in a storm deck: maybe it'll be better in a 'big spells' build with something like Insurrection and Expropriate maindeck. I also try to avoid any particular combos, especially the ones that someone already assembled in my playgroup, and Laboratory Maniac + Enter the Infinite + Divination was exactly how my friend won last time.
8 months ago
I run a Mizzix deck similar to yours, and I noticed that you lack a combo that I find pretty powerful. Enter the Infinite with Omniscience is pretty much game. I run it so I have Laboratory Maniac on the field so I can draw myself out the easy way, but that is just me. Snapcaster Mage and Cyclonic Rift are definite musts here, perhaps getting rid of Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs and Pore Over the Pages. I don't really think Dampening Pulse is really necessary here either.
9 months ago
I dropped Pacifisms and Myth Realizeds, and switched Dampening Pulse with Dragonlord Ojutai. I didn't realize the anti-synergy between Starfield and Myth, so I'm glad you pointed that out! I tweaked a few other numbers and brought Narset Transcendent in. I think this definitely looks better, but I'm still looking for advice!