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Gitaxian Probe Discussion
6 hours ago
LCJ38 of course!
So the idea is to dig through your deck using Faithless Looting, Gitaxian Probe and such until you pitch Dragon Breath and one of the big eldrazi, preferably Ulamog's Crusher then with a Swamp and either Simian Spirit Guide or Lotus Petal, you Exhume Ulamog's Crusher, triggering Dragon's Breath giving it haste.
It's not a T1 win whereby lethal damage is done but it's put an opponent on a continuous uphill battle.
8 hours ago
That moment when Gitaxian Probe is banned in Modern but not Pauper.
It seems like you can play a bunch of spells in one turn...how about Empty the Warrens as SB tech (alternate win con) against people with graveyard hate?
TBH I actually know very little about Pauper.
14 hours ago
Here's some suggestions after looking over your deck. Obviously, these suggestion need to be adjusted based on your budget and/or collection.
Depending on the metagame for your play group or local store, I would recommend getting rid of the one shots which only help you in the early game. During the later portions of a long or group game, those cards are much less helpful.
Lotus Petal, Index, Ponder, Gitaxian Probe, and Serum Visions all fall into this category.
Another problem I see is you have Heartstone and Show and Tell which help your opponents as much or more than they help you.
Future Sight and Magus of the Future are cute, but provide too much information to your opponents.
Spellbook is just a bad card. I know a lot of people like it because they want to hold onto more than 7 cards. But it's just bad.
Consider the following:
Are you playing Spellbook or Reliquary Tower because you are drawing a lot of cards each turn?
Or are you playing Spellbook to get avoid discarding cards at the end of turn?
If you are drawing that many cards per turn, why aren't you playing those cards?
If you're holding onto those cards from one turn to the next, is it because you don't have enough mana to cast them? Add more land.
If your waiting for specific cards, why hold onto cards you don't want to play? Why keep cards that might be useful?
I also think you are running too few lands. Artifact mana ramp is nice but doesn't replace basic lands. You should have about 34 to 38 lands in a Commander/EDH deck.
Stuffy Doll is cute, but it can only damage a single opponent. You have to bounce it and recast it or flicker it to choose another opponent.
The Pariah's Shield is cute but there is better equipment for Stuffy. I've always liked Nemesis Mask with Stuffy Doll. People always forget that Stuffy does NOT have defender.
Loxodon Warhammer is another good equipment that would fit into this deck and would work with any creature on the field.
To sum up:
-1 Lotus Petal, too many other mana ramp cards
-1 Vedalken Engineer, too many other mana ramp cards
-1 Index, weak late game
-1 Ponder, weak late game
-1 Gitaxian Probe, weak late game
-1 Serum Visions, weak late game
-1 Heartstone, helps opponents too much
-1 Future Sight, helps opponents too much
-1 Magus of the Future, helps opponents too much
-1 Spellbook, just a bad card that keeps people from playing better.
+5 Island+1 Urza's Tower, to complete the set.
+1 Nemesis Mask, because Lure on a Stuffy Doll is awesome.
+1 Loxodon Warhammer, life gan and trample
+1 Myr Enforcer, could be free to cast but still allow you to scry 7 with Muzzio.
+1 Steel Hellkite, a great way to swing the game
Here are some other ideas that might also work, in no particular order: Sharding Sphinx for the tokens, Spire Golem cast for free with CMC 6, or Kuldotha Forgemaster for the tutoring and CMC 5.
Let me know what you think.
3 days ago
By the way, make this deck Casual as Gitaxian Probe is not legal in Modern.
6 days ago
Depends if you want to make it modern legal or keep it casual. Some of the cards in here at the moment like mind's desire, snap, and temporal fissure aren't modern legal so they would have to be among the cuts. I'm going to talk about modern but if you're not picky about formats, i can talk about cards not in modern as well.
In general though if you up the amount of ways to make spells cheaper like Goblin Electromancer and Baral, Chief of Compliance, your rituals like Pyretic Ritual, Desperate Ritual and even Manamorphose nets you mana. You are also going to want a fair number of cantrips like Sleight of Hand and Serum Visions to keep the chain going. Once you fill up your graveyard you can cast Past in Flames to do it again and end the chain with Empty the Warrens or Grapeshot. (some decks run gifts ungiven so they can take past in flames and say, would you rather i cast this from my hand or graveyard?)
Here's a sample modern storm list (just know that Gitaxian Probe has been since banned in modern)
(storm is stronger in eternal formats like legacy and vintage where you have acess to cards like Dark Ritual and Tendrils of Agony. I can talk more about what those sorts of decks look like if you want but for now i'd stick to modern or casual since legacy/vintage are super expensive/fast paced)
1 week ago
You need the artifacts to ramp and keep up.
Porcelain Legionnaire he doesn't do anything for you in this list
Chief Engineer: you aren't playing enough artifcats
Puresteel Paladin: again, not enough to utilize him
Stonehewer Giant: ditto
Trinket Mage: ditto
Steel Hellkite: you have better options in what I gave you
Wall of Denial: eh.
Skullclamp: I don't even know if this is legal, keep it if you add elspeth and other stuff that will allow you to utilize it
Cloudshift: kind of meh
Survival Cache: not as good
These are the one's staring me in the face
1 week ago
I used to play suicide bloo a ton. Sadly, since Fatal Push was spoiled and Gitaxian Probe was banned, the deck is hardly viable anymore. It really did get a lot worse. If you want to build a truly competitive deck, i would look elsewhere
1 week ago
Hey megawesome you could consider Gitaxian Probeinstead of Peek..same card but you can cast it for free paying 2life.Imho playing with only 13 creatures you need to draw..so cards like Ponder orPreordain could be useful