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Dimir Charm Discussion
1 week ago
OK round 2 of advice.
In general, run more creatures if possible. They can be reanimated, can block, be sacrificed, can be tutored with Worldly Tutor, and count in the graveyard for a variety of cards. Take something like Shriekmaw or Nekrataal over Doomblade, it's going to help you more in the long run I think. Also get some guys that blow up artifacts/enchantments like Reclamation Sage. You don't want to have to scoop to a Rest in Peace
Life's Finale makes Living Death better for your opponents. I get that you want to try and reanimate their creatures, but I feel like the theme isn't being supported enough for this card to be worth it over a cheaper board wipe. I only count 3 cards that can reanimate creatures from other graveyards. In my opinion you should either cut Life's Finale, or push the reanimation theme more. If you need another cheaper board wipe try Black Sun's Zenith or Crux of Fate. Actually board wipes in general are better in edh so try to run more of those and less spot removal, since your deck doesn't tend to have much of a board presence early on and stuff being dead is good for you anyway. Since Recurring Nightmare is banned in edh, you can cut that and try some other reanimation spells like Animate Dead, Corpse Dance, or Shallow Grave instead.
I don't like Quicksilver Amulet, your dudes just aren't fat enough for this to be worth running over something that ramps you or fills up your graveyard. Besides, you want stuff in your yard, not your hand. Alternatively, get some bigger dudes in your deck so it's worth it.
When it comes to card advantage in EDH, you usually want to try for engine-type cards over one shot effects (unless those one-shots are really strong). To me it feels like you are thinking too small, running one-shot effects like Pilfered Plans that only draw a card or 2. Get some value trains going! Fortunately, you are in blue and black, the value kings. For drawing/looting, consider spells like Phyrexian Arena, Skullclamp, Rhystic Study, Mind Unbound (potentially dangerous but hey you have a Laboratory Maniac), Monastery Siege, Unfulfilled Desires, Compulsion, and Magus of the Bazaar. For one shot draw: Fact or Fiction, Recurring Insight, or Stroke of Genius are good options for refilling.
Also more dredge cards would be excellent. Stinkweed Imp, Golgari Grave-Troll, Golgari Thug, and Life from the Loam are all great engines for your deck. If you do include Life from the Loam that enables retrace cards like Raven's Crime (not great, but is decent in 1v1s and is an avenue for self-discard) and Worm Harvest (pretty good alt-wincon after a big self-mill, or just use them as fodder for sac engines). Dredge in general is an awesome effect for a deck like this. It can replace ANY draw, not just the one at the beginning of your turn. This gets kind of ridiculous with something like Compulsion in play: "1U, mill 6 if a Stinkweed Imp is in your hand".
I see a small token subtheme, but it's not really where I think it should be. You have a few cards like AEther Mutation and Saproling Symbiosis, but they are pretty unreliable. I do like Awakening Zone though. I would add more creature based token generators like Ant Queen, Myr Battlesphere, Deranged Hermit, Hornet Queen, or Avenger of Zendikar. Notice that these are great to reanimate or exile with Mr. Mime, as well as feeding the other token strategies you want in this deck.
Here are some other cards that would be great in your deck:
- Jarad's Orders - Demonic Tutor and Entomb together, what's not to like?
- Lim-Duls Vault - no idea how to spell this, look it up. Basically it's a more controllable Tunnel Vision at the cost of life and the cards dont go to the yard
- Mindslicer - this card wrecks blue decks, trust me my friend from college plays it and just makes the table his bitch
- Corpse Connoisseur - Entomb on a stick, we take those
- Acidic Slime - must run in green decks
- Westvale Abbey Flip - get it before it gets too expensive
Cards I would cut starting off:
- AEther Mutation - slow, and not really worth it
- Saproling Symbiosis - relies on you already having a board state, this is the definition of a win-more card
- Tempt with Discovery - 4 mana for one land is not worth it, you don't have any lands that are that important to fetch, so if nobody takes the offer this is basically a bad Explosive Vegetation
- Progenitor Mimic - fun ability, but maybe not where you want to be (your call)
- Dimir Charm - there are better things you can be doing with 2 mana
- Rise of the Dark Realms - I know I recommended it before but it honestly just seems like a more expensive Living Death since you're only really focused on self-mill. It is fun and splashy though.
- Abrupt Decay - there is a lot of stuff in edh that costs more than 3 mana, you are going to find this decent at best and completely useless at worst
That should be enough for now
1 month ago
Kaos_Kitty Thank you for the suggestions! I completely forgot about the Silence combo. I had looked at Atarka's Command before, but I'll reevaluate it and see if it can make the cut. Extirpate sounds like fun because of Dimir Charm's mill ability. Hide/Seek doesn't seem that great, because people usually have more than one win con and multiple copies of it, but it still could be good! Thanks again!
1 month ago
1 month ago
You need to focus more on your Cipher. For that, we need more unblockable creatures, such as Gudul Lurker, Triton Shorestalker, or Dimir Infiltrator. I would take out the Dimir Charms or Haunter of Nightveil and put some of these guys in. If you are going to mill, mill hard. More Paranoid Delusions. Whispering Madness would also fit really nice in here if you wanted to go the discard/mill route.
Merfolk Spy would also be a nice sideboard choice in my opinion considering who you would use it against.
2 months ago
2 months ago
2 months ago
Very interesting deck! I think that the focus on spellcasting is very interesting. My suggestion would be double down on Rise from the Tides as your main method of victory. If you wanted to do that you would want to get rid of as many non-instant or sorcery cards as possible.
To that effect, I suggest getting rid of Cemetery Reaper. Maybe you'll want to get rid of Diregraf Captain, I'm not sure. You'd want to add self-mill cards to help get as many instant or sorcery cards into your graveyard as possible. Suggestions for this route would be:
- Pieces of the Puzzle - I even have some of these.
- Dimir Charm - A multi-use spell that can counter spells, destroy cards, or mill
- Thought Scour - Mills 2 and draws 1 for
- Feast or Famine - Destroys a creature and gives you a 2/2 zombie
Another option you could do would be to double-down on Madness. Gisa's Bidding and From Under the Floorboards are both good cards that get a lot better when Madness is used. I suggest adding Careful Study as an enabler in this case. Horrifying Revelation could also be used. If you're considering taking one of the two out I suggest taking Bidding out first.
2 months ago
The deck :Improved lantern?. What I did to improve on it was to add cards like Second Sight and Dimir Charm. basically I thought the deck was not consistent enough about getting early info about the top card of the enemy deck. That is the area I aimed to improve and want more thoughts on how to improve this and other aspects of the deck.