Glimmer of Genius
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4 hours ago
Sorry for late answer. I took a look at the other deck you linked and it just seems a lot worse than this one. Wiffing off Indomitable Creativity and getting a Servant or even worse, one of the puzzleknots is detrimental.
Yeah, I sided out Ulamog for the third Combustible Gearhulk in most games. But mostly I had him in because I wanted to hit someone for 10+ damage off of Gearhulk trigger for the memes. And I got to do it vs a Mardu player! He had to choose triggers off of two gearhulks being summoned from Indomitable Creativity, choosing draw 3 first, and then discard 3 - last choice was his undoing. Milled Ulamog and Sram's Expertise killing him on the spot lmao! Good times. But eventually I just ran the 3 Gearhulks, and in FNM aswell.
I had 2-3 Anticipate and 2 Glimmer of Genius. I didn't run Hungry Flames, they were always too slow. So I took them out after 2 games. Put in 3 Thopter Arrest instead (it works off Expertise and did huge work vs the aggro heavy meta I was expecting, being able to target Vehicles like Cancer and even the odd Aetherworks Marvel). Some more changes were also maining 2 Metallic Rebuke, Sideboard was only 2 Authority of the Consuls , 2 Declaration in Stone (mostly for recurring threats), 2 Dispel, 2 Fumigate, 2 Blessed Alliance (was thinking of putting Immolating Glare instead but went with Alliance that time, 3 Fragmentize like you and lastly 1 Void Winnower (did huge work compared to Ulamog )
The main problem I had in my games was the most op card in standard right now..., was good to get Void Winnower out but if they resolved one early and I couldn't burn it I lost if I couldn't get the + combo.
17 hours ago
If it's the guy I'm thinking of, to give him his due, it's SBMTG (Strictly Better). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AxtapG6Ps0
If you're looking to go WAY out of the budget category... a playset of Torrential Gearhulk is a must in most competitive control decks.
If you want to stay with the improvise theme (which I don't think is a bad idea), I would be maindecking Glimmer of Genius (so good for control. Need that card advantage), and adding Hope of Ghirapur and maybe Inventor's Goggles . Hope is another mini-counter... and the Goggs can help improvise out Bastion Inventor, then equip to him for free.
Just some quick ideas. Hope they help.
19 hours ago
I've been tinkering around with a G/U energy/Pummeler deck also (in my profile if you care to check it out). My thoughts:
You have a ton of energy sources and a couple instant speed buffs. Also a lot of creatures. What you don't have is a way of making your Electrostatic Pummeler reach your opponent. The way I see it, you either need to make it unblockable (Key to the City) or give it trample (Larger Than Life). I put both in (only 2 keys though), the logic there being that you really need at least 1 of them to make your Pummeler effective. Otherwise, your opponent can just block it with a servo and you have to waste cards keeping it alive that you'd rather save for your kill combo.
The hexproof from Blossoming Defense is nice, even critical I would argue, as it's your only defense against removal. That being said, it would be nice to add that +2/2 when you finally pump up your pummeler. It's a great dual purpose card that can save your creature or give it a little bump towards that big attack, but against anyone with a few more removals in their deck, it won't be enough, and if you use them up saving your creature, you find yourself light on cards to pump your pummeler when the time comes. This is why I went with far fewer creatures and more control. Turn Aside Negate Disallow Heroic Intervention all are great depending on what you're up against. Also Glimmer of Genius is another great instant speed card if you can find room for it. Just my opinion, good luck!
1 day ago
Aethertide Whale is a very good source of energy counters for it has evasion. hehe I use that in my esper control hedron alignment deck as a sideboard against midrange.
Diabolic Tutor will help you find the piece/s to win but it doesnt help you to win. instead, it will delay you for a turn that can cost you a game or even a round. Trust me, I had it one before on my deck and it costed me a lot for a game. Ill stick to the cards that you have and play a grinding game.
What i mean on recasting Manic Scribe is you cast Engulf the Shore with manic scribes, return those in your hand and cast it again...or you can do Baral's Expertise, bounce manic scribe and recast it again for free. With Torrential Gearhulk, you can cast Engulf the Shore again (assuming you just used one of them), bounce the gearhulk and recast the gearhulk again targeting another instant spell. Also, engulf the shore is very good against that pesky Scrapheap Scrounger and any midrange decks for it will reset their board and they will readjust using their limited source of mana.
1 day ago
Thanks for confirming what I've been slowly realizing over the past few days usurphling! I am trying to do too much. You just gotta love Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger for a mill deck though, right? LOL!
Anywho, yeah I think I am going to cut the 2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, 3 Rise from the Grave, and 1 or both of the Diabolic Tutor. Since Engulf the Shore was already in there, I have 6 slots open. So what do you think about 4 Minister of Inquiries and then 2 other blue creatures or artifacts to get more energy counters, like 2 Glassblower's Puzzleknot, or 2 Thriving Turtle, or 2 Aether Theorist? Also, maybe the 4 Catalog should be replaced with Glimmer of Genius? Glimmer does cost more to cast though. What do you think? Not sure about mono-blue, I like the Fatal Push and Murder, as well as the possibility of siding in some Yahenni's Expertise, but maybe that'll end up being too slow. I'll have to think more on that one.
What did you mean by recasting Manic Scribe? With the Hulk?!
5 days ago
I completely agree with you moving from Esper down to U/B. I've been working on a U/B build myself. How does Baral play for you? I have found that the expertise cards always feel very underwhelming. I would move Yahenni's Expertise to the side board for the Aggro matchup, and cut Baral's Expertise. I would then add Negate into the main as well as an additional Glimmer of Genius But overall good job. I feel like for the current standard format U/B is the way to go. Here is my deck list for U/B Control UB Tower would love to hear your comments. Good Work!
6 days ago
Mirrorwing Dragon is mostly there so I can radiate my tokens with Uncaged Fury or use Insidious Will to redirect a targeting spell my opponent would cast right back at them. He was the original reason I even put red in here, oddly enough.
I might consider Glimmer of Genius.
And as for Startled Awake Flip I see your point. Delirium is causing quite a mess in standard currently. I just figured between my Humonculous and Baral a 2 drop spell for mil 13 that re-occurs isn't bad. Plus it gives me a 4/4 with Summonings out.
I appreciate the feedback. I'm still waiting on cards in the mail so I haven't physically tested this out yet. I'll make sure to play around with the ideas you suggested :)
6 days ago
Mirrorwing Dragon seems a bit out of place. Having a spell being copied doesn't count as casting it and thus wouldn't trigger summonings.
Torrential Gearhulk is one of the better cards for me to draw in my control deck, gets a lot of value. If you include Glimmer of Genius you can flash that back with it too. Glimmer is great as you can hold up a counterspell and if they dont play anything yuo care about you can draw some cards. You also get to look at 4 cards which is worth it even if you don't use energy.
I'd also cut Startled Awake. Generally speaking you want to be heavy mill, or just not play it at all to avoid situations where you get them down to a low life total and draw something that just mills them. Also in this standard there are a lot of opponents who would want to be milled for a bunch.
I'd avoid doing a straight up mono blue control deck though. I'd pair it with a secnd color, either red black or white. Here's one good ones from each color