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Look at the top three cards of target player's library. Remove any number of those cards from the game, then put the rest back in any order.
Transmute (1)(Black)(Black) ((1)(Black)(Black), Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
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Dimir Machinations Discussion
1 month ago
I've run more than a few heartless summoning decks in my time. My retriever isn't reliable enough as a solo win condition (In my opinion. Its different in a kark-clan ironworks deck).
I highly reccomend a backup ramp/beatdown plan. Wurmcoil Engine and Thragtusk hit like trucks and do wonders when you need to stabilize. To back that up cards which encourage you to discard as a cost mean that dead combo cards don't clog up your hand Collective Brutality is nuts, but Molten-Tail Masticore and similar less popular options can be very powerful. In this plan Pentad Prism is invaluable. Sometimes you just don't draw summoning, so getting 4/5 drops turn 3 anyway is incredibly valuable. This would involve swaping out Treasured Find, glissa and weaver to make space.
If you don't feel like beatdown backup plans, how about secondary combos? Scrap Trawler and Workshop Assistant are almost cheap enough, and when you aren't comboing they're at least worth Mishra's Bauble recursions. These would sit in similar slots.
If none of these appeal, then look at maindecking Shred Memory in place of nyx weaver and posssibly Dimir Machinations in place of a glissa, with one of the altars swapped for a Grim Haruspex (which has the benifit of letting you search out bontu's or pulse.)
2 months ago
The main cards to add for this effect would be:
Triskelion and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed for the most straightforward combo, and the Buried Alive you have to put them in, preferably with Rune-Scarred Demon. You recur the Demon fetching Vindicate, then bring the Mikaeus/Triskelion Combo out by sacing the Demon. This means Buried Alive can win the game with the commander as a one card combo. Phantasmagorian can be used if you end up with any number of the combo pieces in hand.
Other cards to add include Imperial Seal, Grim Tutor, Diabolic Intent, Culling the Weak, Dimir Machinations, Corpse Connoisseur, Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Memnite, Shield Sphere, Ornithopter, Grim Monolith, Phyrexian Walker, Chrome Mox, Lotus Petal, Defense Grid, Dark Confidant, etc.
Cards you can drop:
3 months ago
Maybe more tutors + Angel's Grace to combo off of Near-Death experience.
Insidious Dreams might be a great set-up card for you if you can protect your top deck from manipulation. The usual tutors (expensive and inexpensive alike) might all have a role to play, too.
- Dimir Machinations to fetch Solemnity or Unlife, for example.
- Vampiric Tutor
- Grim Tutor
- Cruel Tutor
- Mastermind's Acquisition
- Dark Petition
- Liliana Vess
- Rune-Scarred Demon
- Sidisi, Undead Vizier
- Razaketh, the Foulblooded
- Enlightened Tutor
- Academy Rector
If you want to play pillow-fort or "Abzan Prison" (or "Junk Prison"), which might also be a good name for the deck, you really want to assemble your defense as quickly as possible, so the more prison effects and tutors the better. You might be able to cut down on some creatures that don't advance your plan. That is to say, play creatures that tax like either Thalia, or provide a Banisher Priest or Shriekmaw effect).
I love the white counter-spells, but you're not really sitting in the control seat in this deck because you want people to be unable to interact with you, so trim everything that doesn't make you invincible or remove a threat. Think cards like Anguished Unmaking and Hero's Downfall.
Have fun brewing!
3 months ago
This looks like an interesting spin on the 8-Rack deck. I'm not sure if you considered Brain Maggot or Sin Collector but I could see both fitting your deck, maybe instead of Thought-Knot Seer since it's presence means you need to be able to make colourless mana...
Another consideration is the tutor effect Transmute, particularly Dimir Machinations as it lets you tutor for Maralen of the Mornsong or mess up your opponents draws, also Shred Memory as a sideboard option against graveyard decks or tutor for a 2CMC utility card.
My last thought is replacing Thoughtseize, don't get me wrong, I love the card, but in a rack style deck the plan is to empty your opponents hand. In it's place I'd suggest Blackmail, Mire's Toll or Funeral Charm, the first two can hit lands, unlike most discard and the last is an instant so can be played after your opponent draws. The risk with Thoughtseize is the hit to your own life, when you don't really want to be blocking with any of your toolbox creatures.
Still this looks fun, so have a +1 and I hope my comments are helpful.
3 months ago
Sweet commander and idea.
I'd love to play this w/ non-budget tutors, too.
Have fun - I dig this list a lot.
4 months ago
For a combo deck, I'd recommend to go all-in on the combo, so including cheap tutors like Shred Memory is helpful, because it tutors all of the combo pieces (the actual effect is negligible). Cabal Ritual is another card that helps ramp into your combo so you can play it sooner.
For cuts I'd recommend Murder and Diabolic Tutor for Cabal Ritual and Shred Memory. The former two are rather inefficient at what you want to do. Wight of Precinct Six and Dimir Machinations could also be cut for draw power (Wight is win-moar, because you're already milling out your opponent with this combo).
Hope this helps!
4 months ago
Hi murmer! Nice deck! Here's my $0.02!
First off, love the Paradox Haze idea! So I'll start with tutors to get in out asap!
Drift of Phantasms, Open the Armory, Mastermind's Acquisition, Dimir Machinations and Perplex. I know Zur can tutor for it, but sometimes he's not available and you'll really need it in your hand. Also they can grab other things like Necropotence and such.
I really like Twilight Prophet here. Nice include!
Nice deck! Hope some of this helps!
4 months ago
Cauldron of Souls and Erratic Portal might also be good here to abuse ETB triggers. You have a lot of tutor options, too, outside of Rune-Scarred Demon like Razaketh, the Foulblooded, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Mastermind's Acquisition, Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Grim Tutor, Dimir Machinations, Dark Petition, and more fringy options like Spoils of the Vault.