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Deranged Assistant Discussion
1 week ago
Deranged Assistant is my favorite card. I don't collect playsets, because I'd never thought of it before, but I also wouldn't mind if I had 20 more copies of it. Or foils. Especially foils.
Hm...I think I probably would collect tokens (Saprolings especially) if I had a very active LGS. I have a friend with every Wolf token, and it's pretty intimidating.
1 month ago
1 month ago
I really like Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir. Limiting your opponents to sorcery speed is very powerful -- not only do you not have to worry about other players' spells on your turn, but you can also counter other players' spells without interference. Flash is also really nice -- so much so that I recommend Leyline of Anticipation or Vedalken Orrery. Another great wizard is Glen Elendra Archmage. It's great for preventing your opponents from stopping your win, and just for slowing them down.
I don't like Deranged Assistant because there is a chance you'll mill Laboratory Maniac. Realmwright, Sage of Epityr, and Dakra Mystic seem pretty ineffective. How well does Psychosis Crawler work as a win condition?
I also have an Azami deck: Amazing Azami.
2 months ago
landofMordor, currently, I don't have dorks put in, because they tend to die from board wipes, so that's why Deranged Assistant doesn't make the list. As for Oreskos Explorer, he is just a good Lay of the Land effect, but not actually ramp.
3 months ago
3 months ago
Hey friend. Just a couple suggestions to build on the good idea you've got going.
First, I'd cut down to 60 cards. 60 gives more consistency, since the probabilities will be higher that you draw your good spells.
I'd add in cards like Wreath of Geists, Strength from the Fallen, and Nighthowler for added grave synergy. I'd find slots for these by taking out Nissa, Pit Keeper, Ghoultree, a few Profaners, and maybe the Wayfinder. My reason being that you don't need to bounce their creatures if you can smash through with massive creatures.
Finally, I'd think about reducing your sorceries, since your deck wants as many creatures as possible in the grave. Deranged Assistant, Thought Scour, Nyx Weaver, etc. There are some creatures who have low CMC but also have Trample, which will help get damage through when they're buffed by your auras. I'd also recommend those (search T/O for recommendations)
Hope that helps! Let me know if I can help any more! Good luck brewing.
3 months ago
5 months ago
Hey Peanut3181 thanks for the comments.
I agree, it's possible, but it's not really working. I'm building (separately) a prototype of this deck, which I'll import. I'm re-evaluating each card for it's 1) Mana Production value and 2) It's storm count interaction. I feel without the Storm there is not enough consistent win-con. Trying to figure out which ones are the best, haven't done a full analysis yet. It feels like Ignite Memories is good, and Grape Shot. Mind's Desire is kind of interesting too.
Any idea which one, or which couple I should be running? There all Sorcery. Grapeshot feels like it may not have enough power to eliminate all opponents in 1 shot, where Ignite Memories has some potential? I do play spells which is why Mind's Desire can be a big concerning.
Once I have my analysis done I'll update it. Removing a bunch of creatures, and only using combos and synergy that also aid in my storm counts as well. I'm going to get the red ramping Mana Geyser and probably Seething Song in there too.
Another issue I'm having with the deck is with getting going. I'm used to my Kaalia of the Vast where I'm setup on turn 2, 3, 4 and winning on turn 6. Playing Melek, Izzet Paragon I feel like turn 9 I'm still waiting and somewhat defenseless. I've had some success defending with Cyclonic Rift and Snap with some flashback and copy early on, but I feel it needs to ramp faster.
I think this is because of your recommendation that I need more drawing, but not sure which way to go, Visions of Beyond, Gitaxian Probe or larger draws. I'm going to pull a list to list comparison with your build and see which ones I'm missing. Telling Time maybe?
What's your opinion on Izzet Charm, I find it nice because it's modular, but a few games now none of the modes helped me in so many situations. Scrub it?
Sensei's Divining Top has been great at utilizing Melek, Izzet Paragon once he is out, but what other good options are there? Deranged Assistant was kind of like hmm because he helps with mana production, but the isn't that awesome, would be better.
Any other ways to keep my top decking going smoothly?