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Creature — Human Rogue
When Dimir Informant enters the battlefield, surveil 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest on top of your library in any order.)
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Dimir Informant Discussion
1 day ago
6 days ago
You could have much more better deck $7. You want to take advantage from Surveil, but there only 13 (maybe 17) cards that allows you surveiling. Try to add more surveillance fo example Dimir Informant, Barrier of Bones, Nightveil Sprite or much more.
1 week ago
Why not Millstone? It's in M19, so it's standard legal. Also, I would go with about 2 extra land and more counter spells. Two additional land to power cards like Mill Stone and Surge Mare. To make room, you can cut back a bit on creatures, then add cards like Essence Scatter and Negate.
I disagree that Tempest Djinn has no place in a mill deck-- you need another way to win. However, I don't think your deck needs more creatures. Rather, I think you can trim Wall of Mist and either (both?) Omenspeaker or Dimir Informant.
Oh, a less expensive (money cost, not mana cost) version of Mission Briefing is Flood of Recollection. It's sorcery speed instead of instant speed, but same mana cost and does the same thing. It also only costs pennies.
Cool deck idea! +1 from me!
1 week ago
I've been working on a similar deck so I do have a few ideas. First and foremost Tempest Djinn doesn't belong in a mill deck. As your mono-blue a couple Memorial to Genius can't hurt. Generally Negate and Essence Scatter I'd keep to the sideboard and replace it with a seasoning to taste of your favorite Cancel variant, Syncopate, prison type enchantments,and bounce spells. Speaking of bounce spells I'd look into ones that can target all nonland permanents such as Blink of an Eye first it's always nice to have that option and second this standard is going to have allot of enchantment destruction mainboard in the form of Assassin's Trophy. Mission Briefing is a card to look at setting up your next draw and reusing a spell in your graveyard. You may not be interested but there is a combo involving Drowned Secrets, Naru Meha, Master Wizard, and Release to the Wind. Even without the combo release could be worth looking at if you have a number of ETB effect such as Homarid Explorer or Omenspeaker & Dimir Informant which do decent wall impressions but also help set-up your draws which shouldn't be overlooked.
2 weeks ago
David_H18 - Dimir Informant is less about putting pressure on the opponent and more about having an early decent blocker, and the surveil doesn't hurt. May test out a Nightveil Sprite over one of the Dimir Spybugs.
2 weeks ago
Very interesting deck! Just a thought, but I believe Darkblade Agent would put a lot more pressure on an opponent than Dimir Informant, unless you are just looking for repeatable surveil, in which case Nightveil Sprite would take much less effort, as attacking saves you the bounce card and mana. Really cool idea though, definitely gets an upvote here!
1 month ago
Hey djnewellmit, thanks, lots of good new Elves in the set I'm excited to get to brewing. I've already updated with the first version, it's back to Golgari, but Selesnya with Emmara, Soul of the Accord, Conclave Guildmage with Radiant Destiny and Shalai, Voice of Plenty also has real potential.
Hey joaoguaxinim and vomitpile, thanks for the suggestion. Ochran Assassin is in the sideboard when I get a chance to playtest her this evening/weekend in place of Midnight Reaper; we'll see if her ability is better than Reaper. Reaper may not be an Elf, but it's a powerful card against removal/board wipes cards Elves have problems with and is good if I want to keep the aristocrat strategy. The theoretical decks I'm playtesting against right now are Boros Goblins, Mono Green Midrange and Mono Red Midrange. 1 toughness of Assassin is not good against Goblin Chainwhirler. Reaper survives Chainwhirler's ETB and if Chainwhirler kills any of my 1 toughness creatures like Llanowar Elves I'm drawing a card for each one while also losing 1 life.
Chainwhirler will however help if I want to play undergrowth. It may actually be beneficial to play more 1 toughness creatures who die to Chainwhirler, but realistically going to need more self mill and a low mana cost card/no mana cost sac outlet, to play undergrowth. Glowspore Shaman is a good start, but it's not enough yet. I really like that Secrets of the Mausoleum can tutor for Izoni, Thousand-Eyed or Underrealm Lich depending on how many creatures are in my graveyard. If I can't tutor for either of them then I can possibly get Assassin's Trophy or Vraska, Golgari Queen. Secrets is a good two drop instant tutor payoff to want to play undergrowth, but need more enablers.
I may be over-hyping Beast Whisperer because he's a four drop who without ramp I can't get value the turn I play him. He's also not very good with undergrowth if I choose to play it. With Whisper I want to have in my hand and play Elves to draw cards, but with undergrowth I want to do the opposite. I want to get Elves into the graveyard before they're even cast. If I play undergrowth than Vraska will most likely be my four drop in place of Whisperer since she can be an enabler to get Elves who are on the battlefield into my graveyard while also providing draw.
Surveil is a nice mechanic with undergrowth, but I don't see myself playing Sultai with blue currently because the mana situation is problematic, having only one playable blue dual land, Hinterland Harbor that can make green mana. Chart a Course, Dimir Informant, Nightveil Sprite, Rain of Notions, House Guildmage all seem like good blue undergrowth enablers, but I don't think splashing blue just for some undergrowth enablers is where I want to be. Explore (Jadelight Ranger, Merfolk Branchwalker) is a good green mechanic with undergrowth, but like surveil there's no Elves with explore.