Dimir Machinations

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Ravnica: City of Guilds Uncommon

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Dimir Machinations

Sorcery

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

escesare on Solemn Solemnity

1 week ago

I would definitely cut blue and use Dimir Machinations or Beseech the Queen to tutor instead of awkwardly splashing two copies of Zur.

I also highly recommend Dark Confidant and/or Phyrexian Arena, which combo with Unlife.

You can check out my upgraded version of SaffronOlive's Solemnity combo deck.

escesare on Asleep in the Deep

1 week ago

I love this deck!

This is Modern, where all the other aggro/combo decks win by turn 4. This combo is slow by comparison, so Phyrexian Unlife is very useful and even creates a hard lock with the primary card.

Would definitely cut blue and use Dimir Machinations or Beseech the Queen to tutor instead.

I also highly recommend Dark Confidant and/or Phyrexian Arena, which combo with Unlife.

You can check out my upgraded version of SaffronOlive's Solemnity combo deck.

escesare on Persistant pains

1 week 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.

Would also definitely recommend Phyrexian Arena and Dark Confidants depending on budget.

If it's budgetless, should definitely be playing fetchlands.

You can check out my similar competitive Solemnity combo deck.

010101nature on Oona, Queen of Vehicles

1 week 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 :)

Emzed on The Scarab God, Grave Defiler

1 month 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.

precociousapprentice on STOP FOCUSING ME

1 month ago

Im like your deck. It has similar elements to mine, but is much more budget conscious. I like both Traitor's Roar and Serene Master, and may playtest both in my deck, just to see how they play. I have multiple deathtouch creatures that are parallel to what Serene Master does, so that is a cheap alternative that may work nicely, since Serene Master will likely stick around, and deathtouch creatures don't always stick around after a fight. I like it, and it may be a nice upgrade. I get a lot of mileage out of Delirium and Backlash, so Traitor's Roar may be another nice addition. I use a Wishboard with both Death Wish and Burning Wish, so it may go in the Wishboard instead of the maindeck.

As for suggestions, for budget tutors, check out Transmute cards such as Shred Memory, Dimir Machinations, and Dimir House Guard. They work great for cheap tutors that also have another use. If you haven't, check out my Queen Marchesa deck. It is pretty similar to yours.

VesuvanDoppelbanger on Meren the Confused Commander

1 month ago

The 'transmute' tutors work well. Brainspoil, Shred Memory, and Dimir Machinations are all uncounterable (save for Stifle and the like.

Sjorpha on Demonic Acid

2 months ago

Exist2Cease Thank you for your very constructive comments and for actually understanding what the deck does as opposed to some other commentators! (archived)

I really like the idea of Copy Enchantment, I was actually not aware of that card. Will try it for sure.

I personally have seen good results with both Brain Maggot and Hypnotic Siren, I can be very handy to have a 1 mana enchantment to bounce a Reality Acid on turn 4 after playing Cloudstone Curio on turn 3. I actually use the creature stealing effect quite often on turn 5 after playing a Semblance Anvil.

I'm torn on replacing the Maggot, the upside of Brain Maggot is that it is an enchantment and a creature, the higher the enchantment count the more consistently we can get a bounce engine going. That has to be factored in when choosing cards. For example let's say we are down to topdecks and have a Cloudstone Curio something we wish to bounce, which is a pretty common scenario. We just need to draw another enchantment to get restarted. On the other hand IOK and Thoughtseize are great 1-drops, but the way I see it they are way worse topdecks in this deck.

Also keep in mind that Enchantment creatures are the best cards to exile under Anvil, reducing their count is a consistency loss for the cost reduction plan.

Dimir Machinations is an interesting suggestion, it's true that being able to search for any 3 drop is very attractive.

Trophy Mage has a couple nice things going for it though. It's an extra body to chump block with, but more importantly it cost's one mana after playing Semblance Anvil(exiling an enchantment creature), and also it can be bounced back to your hand with Cloudstone Curio, so it can fetch the cloudstone, then bounce and fetch something else. I also like having a decent creature count in this deck for chumping and attacking and equipping swords. Those are the reasons I went with it.

So to sum up, you want to add some raw power in terms of card choice, but the costs for that is a reduction in enchantment and creature count. That is a consistency loss, on the other hand the machinations is a consistency increase in terms of finding 3-drops. It should work but I'm not convinced it's better.

I will try your suggestions out though and see how it stands up to the current version, with the exception of Thoughtseize (for budget reasons.)

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