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1UB: Whenever a card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere this turn, that player loses 1 life. 2UB: Target player puts the top two cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
The primary inclusion for the signet is racing to 5 or 6 mana. This provides the potential to play and activate a Duskmantle Guildmage on the same turn.
At 5 mana, I can end the game by playing the mage and then attack with an Infiltrator, activating the mage's ability with the Mindcrank trigger on the stack to go infinite.
In response to removal, I activate the mage as well. Regardless of what they target (unless it's artifact removal, of course), if their spell hits the graveyard on resolution, the combo goes infinite.
I haven't had the deck together in a little while, but my sideboard also includes some more enablers, depending on the match up. I did like a few of your suggestions though, so I added them to the maybeboard. Thank you.
@adalwolf - I think you could probably lose either or both of Liliana's Caress or Megrim, since your discard engines are nearly nonexistent (all I see are Jace's Archivist, Liliana Vess, and Dimir Cutpurse).
If you cut both of those, you make room for Phenax and potentially another mill card. I'd suggest Duskmantle Guildmage or Bloodchief Ascension as previously mentioned by @Megalomania. You have an opportunity to go off infinitely with those cards, not to mention they make Consuming Aberration absolutely miserable to deal with.
MagnusMTG - unless I can get some creature support out first, which isn't working out well, i can't waste a spot for a 5 mana Glimpse the Unthinkable . it's the same reason why I didn't include Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver . I already stated my opinion on Archive Trap above. However, Duskmantle Guildmage might have a home here as a win-con. good looks on that.
Archive Trap in the sideboard seems good. Heck, in Modern, most people use fetch-lands, so it seems always relevant.
I like Duskmantle Guildmage in mill as well.
But those don't seem like your cup of tea.
Might I suggest you try out Strionic Resonator ?
It can copy Disciple of Deceit 's and Siren of the Silent Song 's inspired abilities, as well as Duskmantle Guildmage 's weird activated-triggered ability. But I'm boring you.
The fun starts, however, when you start copying Mindcrank and Hidden Strings .
By the time you're copying Illusionist's Bracers 's ability when it's on a level 4 Echo Mage , to cast 7 copies of Slave of Bolas , you'll be peeing yourself with happiness.
I think you're off to a really good start here. Some cards you might want to consider are Aqueous Form (perfect for your Trepanation Blade ), Bloodchief Ascension , Duskmantle Guildmage , and Mindcrank , all of which are fairly cheap cards. I think Bloodchief Ascension is the most expensive at around 5 bucks.
|Power / Toughness||2/2|
|Avg. draft pick||8.30|
|Avg. cube pick||2.75|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|