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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
Are you using Garza Zol, Plague Queen for any reason? The new legendary Inalla, Archmage Ritualist is pretty easy to get right now, and taps for effects(and lets you get copies of Trinket Mage and Inspired Sprite to get more draws/artifact search.) Praetor's Grasp is always an amazing card to find something in an opponents deck.
Since you have a combo you want to get out, you might like cards like Whir of Invention, Artificer's Intuition, the more expensive Fabricate to get paradise out, and for getting the Freed from the Real try Drift of Phantasms and Dimir Machinations. You can also run the other transmute's like Dizzy Spell or Clutch of the Undercity etc. to find other things in your deck too.
Racecourse Fury is not especially high on the threat list, so you can have essentially free haste-enable on the cheap.Quicksilver Dagger enables tap+damage+draw a card for cheap. Unscythe, Killer of Kings is a silly card that might find a place.Hematite Talisman and Lapis Lazuli Talisman let you untap other creatures to boot.
I'd lose some of the instant/one-off untaps- they're cheap but only good for one motion, whereas you want to be doing it over and over again. Same with ETB like Breaching Hippocamp. Chain Stasis is fun because you could pay 2 to do it again on another creature, making it 2 - trigger inspired. Tidal Bore can let you get out an extra untap or tap when you're strapped for mana.
Thassa's Ire isn't the most mana-effective option but it's a one-drop that lets you do it over and over again as long as you have mana. You also may want something like Fortuitous Find to bring back things. Recurr is always good! :D
3 months ago
I had a similar solemnity control deck but absolutely after the video I had to try the list and found it way more reliable. Dimir transmutes for 4 but I know what you mean, something like Dimir Machinations or Drift of Phantasms. I ran it when I had just 2 of unlife and solemnity but now Id much rather have the slot free for control. Turn 3 ill always be interacting with the opponent or putting combo pieces down and thats working for me. I absolutely agree about the blue, I originally build the deck around Zur and I just like his flavor but hes disposable, while Glen Elendra Archmage has done work in maybe 2 games so far. Ill play with Glen for a while longer but what I really need is some spicy one off cards
3 months ago
I play a Mikaeus-deck myself and I really like your work. But I think your mana-curve is not really that optimal. I play many ramp cards and only combo-pieces, which allows to make a turn 4 or turn 5 kill, nearly every time. Please also be aware, that Mikaeus gives all your creatures +1/+1, so things like Mindless Automaton don't work, even if you kill them manually, it's stuck with only one +1-counter. If you want to make your deck more consistent and more deadly, take out all cards that don't kill your opponents IMMEDIATELY with Mikaeus. Cards like: Abhorrent Overlord or Dusk Urchins all need preparation time, so think about cutting them. Also cards like Liliana of the Veil don't do anything for your combo in this deck and are better off in a good modern deck (Oh, I wish I had one myself :( ). Here are some cards that I highly recommend to you, in order to combo off faster, and better:
Fume Spitter (I love him but only in my starting hand)
Diabolic Servitude (maybe, but recommend)
Infernal Darkness (maybe, but always worth it)
Sidisi, Undead Vizier (maybe...)
Dread Return (maybe...)
Pentavus (The only 7-drop allowed in this deck)
Grinding Station (you have many artifact creatures then...)
You may ask: "And what shall I cut?"Every Planeswalker, they do nothing for you in this deck. Every damn card that costs 5 mana or more (Only Exceptions are Pentavus and Triskelion) . (Yes, you can also cut Sidisi, Undead Vizier, if you have enough tutors). And everything, that doesn't combo with Mikaeus in a way that doesn't kill all your opponents immediately. Your goal is to win the game as soon as Mikaeus hits the battlefield. Most of the time the disruption can't do anything, because you can combo off in response to that. And to make it as fast as possible, add all mana artifacts known to mankind to your deck. Thran Dynamo, Jet Medallion and so on, and so on. You don't need any removal or any Temporal Extortion or Imp's Mischief and stuff like that. Aim for a turn 4 kill and cut everything that doesn't support your idea. There will be no threats on turn 4 or five that need you to have any special removal.
Hope this helps out.
If you want, I can post a link to my Mikaeus deck. I don't like to do advertisement for my decks, so I do it, if you want to see my idea of a perfect deck.
3 months ago
3 months ago
I love this deck!
You can check out my upgraded version of SaffronOlive's Solemnity combo deck.
3 months ago
What's the budget on this? If low-medium budget, I would definitely cut Zur the Enchanter and Glen Elendra Archmage. You only have 2 blue sources...there's no way you can support triple black, double white, and blue. You can use Dimir Machinations or Beseech the Queen to tutor your pieces instead.
If it's budgetless, should definitely be playing fetchlands.
You can check out my similar competitive Solemnity combo deck.
4 months ago
Since you got 2 places open (At the moment of making this comment) you could consider Aphetto Alchemist and Illusionist's Bracers, togetter they can push infinite artifacts untap, but alone they can still do pretty good, Illusionist's Bracers can do wonders with Oona, Queen of the Fae.
I see you are making this on a budget, and so you don't have any tutors, you could considerate Transmute mechanic in cards like Dimir Infiltrator, Dimir Machinations, Dizzy Spell, Drift of Phantasms and Muddle the Mixture could be really decent in here.
Good luck :)
5 months ago
Are you sure Black Sun's Zenith is better than Dimir Machinations? Many of your best cards cost 3, so you can transmute for card advantage (Necropotence), interaction (Fleshbag Marauder, Hero's Downfall, Toxic Deluge), or a synergystic card (Ashnod's Altar, Buried Alive, Necromancy). Both BSZ and transmuting Dimir Machinations are equally mana intensive, but the great flexibility provided by the transmute ability looks really powerful to me.