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Gitaxian Probe Discussion
4 days ago
Yikes! There's a reason even the most permissive format only allows one copy of Sol Ring. In that case, you probably should run 4x as well, just to keep up.
Hypothetically, if I were adding black to this deck:
I'd probably cut Dreampod Druid entirely. While its ability is pretty solid, it takes a bit of work before it starts paying off. This would make room for Slimefoot and a sacrifice outlet.
5 days ago
I've made a similar deck, but with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind as the commander.
You could consider Minds Aglow , Gitaxian Probe , Dream Fracture , Psychic Spiral , Remand , Twincast , Jace's Archivist , and then Consecrated Sphinx for turning your group hug drawing into a self hug, and maybe Laboratory Maniac for the backup if you draw your whole deck.
Overall though, looks like a fun and solid deck! Goodluck :)
And here's My draw everything deck for reference.
1 week ago
In doing so thought I'd mention a few things, see if anything is helpful, probably not,
Fabricate can pull the Isochron Scepter for your Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal (or the Mana Crypt/Sol Ring that is needed to enable the combo?). I know you have Muddle the Mixture to tutor these, but you could Muddle the Mixture the Dramatic Reversal and Fabricate the Isochron Scepter as an additional tool. Worst case you Fabricate a Mana Crypt for net mana.
Personal Tutor can pull a Fabricate to top of deck, or if you have Temporal Mastery it can pull that to the top to Miracle for (Personal Tutor) + Temporal Mastery miracle to get the extra turn. You don't actually miss a draw, because you still draw on the extra turn you wouldn't have had anyway (technically). Also I find even if Temporal Mastery is in my hand, Brainstorm can make it favorable, or just wheel it away (not super effective), but you may even cast it for CMC7 in odd cases. Think Twice can Miracle it on opponents turns too, that would be fun.
You could run Show and Tell + Omniscience + Enter the Infinite, I think Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind would trigger? (but not sure), but your already tutoring enchantments which is very difficult. I know it sucks (no card advantage), but Gamble is a way to tutor a Curiosity and go for the win early. I think Gamble is a necessary evil here due to the difficulty of tutoring enchantments. You could also run Laboratory Maniac to win, even when you Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Curiosity maybe you need it to overcome a Trostani, Selesnya's Voice that's gained 60 life or something, just as an alternative to the draw/damage, once your out of cards in your library, no more way to output damage. Beacon of Tomorrows can also save you here too.
Faithless Looting can help with the cycling of the cards too for . Trinket Mage could tutor a Mana Crypt or Sol Ring for or you could add Great Furnace / Seat of the Synod and tutor a land, since Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind is CMC6, ramping spells never hurt.
Lightning Greaves can Haste enable him so he doesn't have to survive, although you have the Counterspell if you don't have a Pact of Negation or a Force of Will handy can protect him, especially in a 4-player pod where you can't Gitaxian Probe everyone. With so few creatures, I get why it's out.
I use Turnabout + Nivix Guildmage to Infinite mana, they can also be used with Frantic Search + Izzet Boilerworks + Nivix Guildmage to Tutor Curiosity or Ophidian Eye or Mind Over Matter. I really over-utilize Nivix Guildmage so probably not right here, but thought I'd mention as it is a tutor to your combos.
Scalding Tarn and Cascade Bluffs would be good land upgrades, you have other fetches so probably didn't need to say this, but Ash Barrens also good because if you need a color it can landcycle and filter out a land, if you dont need it, it comes in untapped and doesn't slow progression down at all.
Anyways, like I mentioned, not a Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind player, but I know how Tutoring really flattens out the consistency on a combo deck, especially one where you have no direct tutors (Gamble) to get the Enchantments to your hand, so some Janky ones might be of interest.
PS: some evaluations,
Magmatic Insight feels wrong, I like the draw, but sacrificing a land with a CMC6 commander still feels wrong? Plus if you draw it later in the game, it could be a dead draw until you draw a land.
Thought Scour is a pod-specific card? I don,t see much graveyard recursion here, so I assume your pod is top-deck tutoring that you need a response too? Or maybe just looking for as many Cantips as possible? Maybe Whispers of the Muse if you have the infinite mana going, gives you the infinite draw too.
Flusterstorm feels like a dead draw sometimes, especially against . If it's in your opening draw, it probably great, outside of that it's going to be less effective (but not always).
3 weeks ago
The reason i'm not running Thermo-Alchemist (and Firebrand Archer to a lesser degree) is that i'm trading the pinging for speed. Tapping out for 2 mana to run a creature that might not do damage at all is a risk, Keldon Marauders Guarantees at least 2 damage, making it more fitting for the deck.
3 weeks ago
Hi Zabrakus, not a problem! Definitely keep at it, it does get easier to get used to! In the beginning I like to aim for 3 or 4 islands and a couple of cantrips. Don't be afraid to use things like Ponder and Preordain before Talrand is out in order to help your draws! Gitaxian Probe is an amazing card to have in hand the turn you cast Talrand to get a drake and a card for just 2 life. I usually play Talrand turn 4 if the game is mellow, or turn 5 or 6 to have a couple of cards to use as soon as he is on the field.
1 month ago
1 month ago
As for Invocation of Saint Traft, I think it's a bit slow and not sure how it would help the tempo. Since we don't have Gitaxian Probe or something to see if we can fire off, I'd rather not go too aggressive and leave my mana up to play things on their turn. A Snap + Bolt end of turn is more fruitful in my experience. Might be worth a test, I just feel it's a tad slow.