Dimir Machinations


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV) Uncommon

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Dimir Machinations


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

lagotripha on Heartless Retrieving

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.)

SynergyBuild on Whisper, Blood Liturgist EDH: To Make an Omelette

2 months ago

This deck I feel can be made into a powerful combo deck, by abusing Grave Titan effects with Thornbite Staff, and a few other comboes as well.

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.

Some cards I'd just say to look at, but not definitely include are as goes: Toxic Deluge (The best board wipe in the game), Read the Bones, Night's Whisper, Withering Boon, Sign in Blood, etc.

Cards you can drop:

Skirsdag High Priest

Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Kokusho, the Evening Star

Noosegraf Mob

Overseer of the Damned

Skirk Ridge Exhumer

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Vindictive Lich

Malicious Affliction

Revel in Riches

Phyrexian Arena

Black Market

Call the Bloodline

Dictate of Erebos

Grave Pact

Ancient Craving

chadsansing on Not sure what to call it, so I'll take suggestions

3 months ago

Maybe more tutors + Angel's Grace to combo off of Near-Death experience.

You can also do something like Solemnity + Force Bubble in these colors. Phyrexian Unlife is good with Solemnity, too, especially with something like Karmic Justice or Greater Auramancy on the field.

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.

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.

Finally consider a few wipes, especially tricky ones like Black Sun's Zenith, Settle the Wreckage, Rout, and Comeuppance. See also Arena of the Ancients, Crackdown, and Juntu Stakes.

Have fun brewing!

Darth_Savage on maralan taxes

3 months ago

Hi Minimiz,

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.

chadsansing on Charitable Emo

3 months ago

Sweet commander and idea.

I'd love to play this w/ non-budget tutors, too.

On a budget, Razaketh's Rite is another tutor that might be good here, as well as Dimir Machinations (for Unlife or Solemnity), Spoils of the Vault, and Insidious Dreams ($3 okay?).

Have fun - I dig this list a lot.

Triton on Library......Where?!

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.

Also, card draw like Night's Whisper and Sign in Blood are very nice to help draw into combo pieces.

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).

Depending on your budget, I'd recommend Cabal Coffers for more ramp and maybe Bitter Ordeal for more ways to mill out your opponent.

Hope this helps!

Suns_Champion on Zurpkeeper

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.

Speaking of Perplex, I see you have no counterspells. Maybe that's on purpose, but Counterspell, Muddle the Mixture, and Swan Song might be good.

You lack instant speed interaction. I know Zur can tutor for removal but that can often be too slow. Anguished Unmaking, Mortify, Swords to Plowshares, Utter End could all be considered.

I really like Twilight Prophet here. Nice include!

Nice deck! Hope some of this helps!

chadsansing on Erebos, God of Ima Take Your Life

4 months ago

Maybe a Sheoldred, the Whispering One for value along with more sacrifice enablers like Disciple of Bolas or Vampiric Rites to get value off of Whip and Reclamation?

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.

Happy brewing!

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