Diminishing Returns


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual 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
Eternal Masters (EMA) Rare
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Rare
Alliances (ALL) Rare

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Diminishing Returns


Each player shuffles his or her hand and graveyard into his or her library. You exil the top ten cards of your library. Then each player draws up to seven cards.

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Diminishing Returns Discussion

Chompythebeast on Crosis, Wheelin' and Dealin' (Sneaky Nekusar)

1 month ago

Cut ideas:

For Crosis's Catacombs and Crumbling Necropolis:

Commander's Sphere

Fellwar Stone

For Time Spiral, Exsanguinate & Torment of Hailfire :

Diminishing Returns

Whirlpool Warrior

Whip of Erebos or Thought Vessel

Daedalus19876 on The Ten Plagues: Locust God EDH | *PRIMER*

2 months ago

Agieryna: That is the primary reason, yes :) Two other reasons, however - I want to be able to interact with certain abilities (notably the cycling of Decree of Annihilation and the activated ability of Aetherflux Reservoir), and I want a card with a jackal on it in the deck (I'm an unashamed furry).

rkjunior: Absolutely. It's simply the best wheel in the game. I'd probably cut Time Reversal, Diminishing Returns, or Mystic Remora for it.

rkjunior: Yeah, the high mana cost, high blue devotion, and summoning sickness ruin the card for me in this build :( At least Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind does something when not able to tap, and still goes infinite with Mind Over Matter.

weiman: Will do! :)

Daedalus19876 on The Ten Plagues: Locust God EDH | *PRIMER*

2 months ago

RingoDingo92: Thanks, man! If you have any questions about how it works, or what I could improve in the description, let me know :) with regards to Training Grounds, I don't actually use The Locust God's loot ability very often. If I do, it's almost always with infinite mana, so the cost reduction doesn't matter much to me. I just think it's a weak ability, even for UR :(

pauldiamond64: I draw into it very easily with my wheels, however, and I want to immediately win if I resolve it. It's not my only path to victory by a long shot, but it's one of my 7 primary win conditions (which will be expounded upon when I update the description). And 5 mana is a lot when I intend to win T4 on average with this deck.

TheLitchKing: Thanks! I actually intend to upgrade that primer later this evening; stay tuned! ;) The things that turns me off of Whir of Invention is the high blue cost :(

Klancik: The summoning sickness is a big deal, though. Several of my win-cons intend to storm off in one huge combo turn, and I can't do that with her unless I give her haste :( I do want to include her, but Diminishing Returns has proven itself many times...

mumuxx1234567890: I might do that! Thanks haha.

fgator5220: I'll take a look once I work through this terrible backlog of decks to review, lol!

Klancik on The Ten Plagues: Locust God EDH | *PRIMER*

2 months ago

Daedalus19876: Would Diminishing Returns be a good one to take out for Nin, the Pain Artist? She's two less mana with her only downside being no haste. Exiling ten cards from the deck isn't too big of a downside in EDH but still a downside.

buildingadeck on Dralnu DD

2 months ago

I didn't see Grim Monolith and Mox Diamond. Your list is a little harder to read in its current layout. My bad.

Catalyst Stone is much less applicable than Sapphire Medallion in my experience. We aren't always able to Paradox Dralnu, so reducing the cost of more of your deck is better.

As for JVP and Snapcaster, I think you made the right choice swapping JVP for MD. As for snappy, I would consider Notion Thief. Diminishing Returns or Whispering Madness can replace Rhystic Study. I would consider Praetor's Grasp and Spell Pierce depending on your meta. I've really liked Pull from Tomorrow in my list.

In regard to land cuts, I think you get to add more spells.

buildingadeck on $750 Storm Jeleva

2 months ago

Is Diminishing Returns good for you? How many times has it screwed you? I was thinking about it in my Dralnu list, and was unsure.

zn.tportlock on The Eighth Plague on the Third Hour

3 months ago

Love it! Maybe Mana Vault, Windfall, Diminishing Returns, Inner Fire, Desperate Ritual, Pyretic Ritual, Seething Song, Rite of Flame, Trinket Mage and an expensive manabase would be nice if you had all the money in the world haha :P would potentially remove some counterspells to accommodate

VincentVonVeltschmerz on

3 months ago

+Gravitational Shift: comeon dood

+Favorable Winds: prevents comboing out with Skullclamp but I still think its worth

Vivisection => Time Reversal: A lot of things can replace Vivisection, why play a bad Harmonize?

Dragonrage => something else (idk Arcane Denial?): Okay it's cute that you can cast x-cost instant draws with it, though you can't attack with those 1/1s, or kill someone with Cmdr dmg, but being a bad Trumpet Blast on the baseline I don't think this will make the cut. Could be wrong though

Think you might need one more Elixir of Immortality effect. Maybe one of Day's Undoing, Diminishing Returns, Learn from the Past, or Psychic Spiral for dat nostalgia

I also think you need at least one more Spellbook effect. One of Library of Leng, Venser's Journal, or Spellbook itself

Lastly I think more acceleration is probably need. 6cmc is up there and I imagine people will be hesitant to let you untap with him. Not to mention the number of X-cost draws that will reward you for having lots of mana

Sidenote, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Curiosity is going to anger me. A lot.

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