Glimmer of Genius


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Kaladesh (KLD) Uncommon

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Glimmer of Genius


Scry 2, then draw two cards. You get {E}{E}.

Glimmer of Genius Discussion

Poseidon31 on Grixis control dragons

1 week ago

If you want to play control, i would cut Dragon's Hoard as you have only 10 possible triggers.

You only have two Counterspells and need more draw.

Countersquall , Mana Leak , Logic Knot are good Counterspells. Maybe Cryptic Command . Stubborn Denial with Dragons out there is another good non-creature Counter. Dissolve for Counter and Filter. For Draw Glimmer of Genius with Aether Hub ?? or Archmage's Charm for Counter or draw? Search for Azcanta  Flip for filtering and cardsearching?

Anger of the Gods for Massremoval? Rakdos Charm for like evrything in the sideboard?

Demarge on U/W stoneblade (what I got edition)

1 month ago

Goofydat that was the maybeboard and long before they printed Fact or Fiction into modern (where you always just get to draw at least 2-4 cards or that one card you really need), but Tamiyo's Epiphany is only playable in a tournament for limited due to it's sorcery speed (though in your approach deck I guess digging 6 deep is really good) so it's actively competing with Jace, the Mind Sculptor in terms of when I'd want to play it (in modern I usually want to hold up mana for Cryptic Command and can only afford to play at sorcery speed if the opponent is in topdeck mode or I'm in topdeck mode and need any play to live). So for this deck at the power level need to be able to face 8/8's on turn 2 Glimmer of Genius being instant would put it higher in power than epiphany.

Goofydat on U/W stoneblade (what I got edition)

1 month ago

You can do better than Glimmer of Genius , in the least I would suggest Tamiyo's Epiphany

SideBae on Urza taxes like the goverment

1 month ago

First, I think you're running way too many lands. Even subtracting Maze of Ith and Glacial Chasm , you have 37 lands for producing mana. Urza's Power Plant , Urza's Mine and Urza's Tower are difficult to make work in EDH. As colorless sources, they're significantly worse than a basic Island when they aren't all in play; assembling them is difficult when they're each only one out of ninety-nine cards. I suggest cutting the Urza's lands, Darksteel Citadel and Seat of the Synod . They all die to Back to Basics , Magus of the Moon and Blood Moon , and the Citadel and Seat both get turned off by Stony Silence and Null Rod . (Though the artifact lands do boost Urza's Karn-friend, I think there're better ways to get artifacts out.) Thirty-two to thirty-three lands is probably about where you want to be; running enough mana rocks will help the deck move faster, and cutting lands means you draw better mid- and late-game too.

While we're talking about lands, it's great you're running Brainstorm , Ponder and Preordain . Ponder and Preordain are good in pretty much any blue list, but Brainstorm really goes from OK to busted with the help of shuffle effects. Fetches like Flooded Strand , Prismatic Vista or Polluted Delta are best, mainly because they don't have an ETB tapped to get in the way of your mana. Unfortunately, since these fetches are played in pretty much every format except Standard and Pauper, they're wildly expensive. Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse are on the table, as are Bad River and Flood Plain .

Tutors are excellent for making a deck more consistent; Fabricate and Merchant Scroll are great cards I see you're running. Whir of Invention is worth considering, and Muddle the Mixture finds both halves of the Isochron Scepter / Dramatic Reversal combo. Reshape and, if your rich AF, Transmute Artifact are also good. Instant-speed card-draw, from things like Fact or Fiction , Thirst for Knowledge or Glimmer of Genius , is a powerful effect.

Arcum's Astrolabe is worth considering. I haven't play-tested Urza, Lord High Artificer much more than a little, but having a one-mana artifact that cantrips and produces mana once Urza is out is probably a good effect, especially since you're already running all Snow-Covered Island s. Ramp like Chrome Mox , Mox Diamond and Mox Opal is expensive but extremely powerful; I'm having trouble determining your budget, mostly because you're running Mana Crypt , Mana Drain and Force of Will . Thought Vessel , Mind Stone , Prismatic Lens , Sky Diamond , Coldsteel Heart , Fellwar Stone and the soon-to-release Arcane Signet are all worth considering. In my experience, two-mana mana-rocks are vastly superior to three-mana mana-rocks, as they let you drop your general turn three rather than four.

There're a few artifacts-matter creatures you might want to consider. Vedalken Archmage is a real source of card-advantage, and Lodestone Golem is a great, sort-of one-sided sphere effect. Phyrexian Metamorph is a good way to copy stax pieces you want more of or mana rocks you want again, as are Copy Artifact and Sculpting Steel .

Consider Howling Mine . With Urza, High Lord Artificer is out, tapping it for mana on your turn results in it being a one-sided card-draw effect. Echo of Eons is good as a second Windfall -style card to go with your Narset, Parter of Veils . Sticking in one or two more infinite-mana combos is probably not a bad idea, either. Rings of Brighthearth with your Basalt Monolith or Power Artifact with a Grim Monolith or your Basalt Monolith can both produce an insta-win.

Good luck, man!

SideBae on Robbing Hood: Memnarch in Tights

1 month ago

Have you tried Dramatic Reversal with Isochron Scepter ? Typically you'll have the rocks out to make it an instant win. I think this combo is likely more competitive than Palinchron loops, if only because it's cheaper mana-wise and blue has more tutors for its parts. Whir of Invention is a personal favorite, and Fabricate is similar. Mystical Tutor , Muddle the Mixture , Personal Tutor and Spellseeker also tutor for the combo parts. Even if you choose not to run the Dramatic Scepter Combo, I think the tutors are worth running.

Other infinite mana CI=U combos include Rings of Brighthearth with your Basalt Monolith or Grim Monolith , and Metalworker with Staff of Domination . If you want to keep the Palinchron loops, try High Tide .

Manifold Key is another copy of Voltaic Key .

Mana Vault is good, if you have access to it.

Ponder , Preordain and Impulse are all cantrips worth considering. I like that you're running Fact or Fiction ; have you considered Glimmer of Genius , Thirst for Knowledge , Chemister's Insight and Windfall ? Running Narset, Parter of Veils with Windfall can produce an insta-win.

Why're you running Unknown Shores ? I think just a basic Island is better, and Ancient Tomb is GREAT in artifact-decks. Similarly, if you're not running Mox Opal , I think Seat of the Synod and Darksteel Citadel are worse than basic Island s. They die to Null Rod / Stony Silence effects, and they're soft to Blood Moon and Back to Basics . If you choose to make your land-base more basic-heavy, you can run Back to Basics yourself, likely to great effect.

Consider Mystic Remora : especially in more inexperienced metas, this card can easily be an Ancestral Recall . In my experience, it is better than Rhystic Study .

Creature-stealing effects can be good in EDH, especially since they can remove threats as well as produce them; I like your running Desertion . Sower of Temptation , Vedalken Shackles , Control Magic and Treachery are also worth considering.

Instant-speed bounce effects can help fight Stony Silence and Null Rod on the other side of the table, as well as control opposing pressure. Chain of Vapor , Cyclonic Rift , Winds of Rebuke and/or Boomerang ?

Lodestone Golem is a stax piece you should consider. Depending on which combo you want to run, Arcane Laboratory is worth considering. Running Clock of Omens with Winter Orb , Howling Mine or Static Orb is also a way to control the game. Counterbalance with your Sensei's Divining Top -- just saying.

Swan Song and Dispel are counters worth considering.

Good luck, man!

SideBae on Varina Zombie Tribal EDH

2 months ago

My first suggestion involves your artifact ramp. Dimir Signet and Orzhov Signet are worse than Talisman of Dominance and Talisman of Hierarchy in the majority of situations, mainly because they don't need mana to begin activating. Talisman of Progress is also worth considering, though I'm assuming blue and white are your lesser colors. In that vein, I suggest cutting Chromatic Lantern for another piece of two-mana artifact ramp. In my experience, there is a big difference between 2 and 3 mana rocks in EDH, and anything you can do to increase your deck's speed will be a good thing.

Considering the win conditions: I think Approach of the Second Sun is superfluous. In my experience, zombie decks are perfectly happy just trying to get away with the aggro win condition, though the Gravecrawler loops are certainly an interesting second. The problem with Approach of the Second Sun is that it is not good by itself; generally, you want to run combo pieces that also serve some utility even without the combo. (For example, this is why I hate the Isochron Scepter in my Kess, Dissident Mage list.) Drawing it in your opener or when you don't have the mana to cast it leaves it essentially dead, and I think the aggro or Gravecrawler plans are just better.

Once you hit three colors, mana base becomes extremely important. City of Brass and Mana Confluence are excellent cards, and I've had excellent luck with them. Ideally, you'd run fetch lands like Polluted Delta and Misty Rainforest as a sort of 'additional dual land,' but these can be very pricy. If that's an issue, I advise slow fetches like Bad River , Flood Plain , Rocky Tar Pit and Grasslands . Cavern of Souls is an expensive card, though it is excellent in any tribal deck -- if you have access to it, you should run it. Unclaimed Territory is another thing to consider, as is running Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth instead of one of your basic Swamp s. I also think you're running a few too many lands. Thirty-three is generally my upper limit, and since your curve is so high, I think that's about what you'd want. Thirty-five is too many.

I like that you're running zombie lords. Though anthem effects do greatly reduce the synergy of Gravecrawler with Skullclamp , I think their bonus to the aggro plan is high enough to justify their inclusion. In that vein, Lord of the Undead and Zombie Master are worth considering.

Card advantage decides most EDH games -- for example, yesterday I had someone concede not because I had pressure on the board, but because I was drawing five more cards than them a turn. Though this may have been a premature concession, it does illustrate my point. Thus, I highly recommend running cards like Graveborn Muse , Phyrexian Arena , Painful Truths , Chart a Course , Slate of Ancestry , Glimmer of Genius , Pulse of the Grid , Night's Whisper , Notion Thief , Thirst for Knowledge and/or Windfall . Similarly, cantrips like Ponder and Preordain are almost auto-includes in a blue list. Brainstorm 's efficacy is dependent on the number of shuffle effects you run, though if you choose to include fetches (slow or otherwise), I highly advise it. Many of these cards involve paying life; if life becomes an issue, try Whip of Erebos or a non-lethal Exsanguinate in addition to your Gray Merchant of Asphodel .

Tutors are good cards. I'm a fan of Entomb in addition to your Buried Alive , as it gets Gravecrawler in the yard for your combo and, if you pair it with reanimation like Reanimate , Animate Dead or the Victimize / Stitch Together you already run, it allows you to cheat in fatties. Grave Titan and Massacre Wurm are two of my favorite reanimation targets, but they're both around $20 these days. Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor are the gold standard for black tutors, but these can also be inaccessible because of their price. Diabolic Tutor is a fine substitute, and I've had good success with Lim-Dul's Vault .

Liliana is also a good zombie-include, be it for flavor or for the power she offers. Liliana, Death's Majesty is great in zombie decks and is pretty affordable; Liliana, Dreadhorde General has been dropping in price recently and is also great. Depending on your playgroup's meta, Liliana, the Last Hope may be a powerhouse, though she is $40 these days.

Generally in EDH, one-for-ones are not where you want to be. There are usually three opponents, so on average you'll be facing 3x as many cards as you have. Anguished Unmaking and Utter End are good cards, but they are not as good in EDH as they'd be in 1v1 formats. Supreme Verdict and Merciless Eviction , which I see you're running, are better. Might I suggest Damnation , Wrath of God , and/or Toxic Deluge ? You may want to lean toward black board-wipes, as this is already where your mana will be when casting zombies. An overloaded Cyclonic Rift is also great, especially if paired with the aforementioned Windfall .

Perpetual Timepiece is a cool include. Consider Cephalid Vandal . Because you're not running Call to the Grave (which I think is overrated anyways), there is little to no cost of running non-zombie creatures in your deck. I think Cephalid Vandal is another good way of trying to keep your deck churning with self-mill.

Another thing that takes good EDH decks to the next level is counter magic. I see you're running Counterspell , which is good, but you should consider running at least three to four other counter spells as well. Force of Will , Mana Drain and Pact of Negation are all good if you want to sell a kidney. If you're a slightly more reasonable player, cards like Narset's Reversal , Negate / Countersquall / Dovin's Veto , Swan Song , Disallow , Arcane Denial and Archmage's Charm are also worth considering.

Depending on your meta (and your personal level of sadism), Narset, Parter of Veils and Ashiok, Dream Render should be considered. Turning off tutors and extra-draws with asymmetrical effects is brutal. Personally, I don't think those two cards should ever have been printed, but what the hell -- they're here, so we might as well use them.

Patriarch's Bidding is a good way for a tribal deck to recover after a board-wipe, and Living Death is just good for black creature decks in general. Living Death is a sort of nonbo with Wonder , but that may be worth the trouble; play-testing will iron that issue out.

Good luck man!

SideBae on Vial Smashes Affinity

3 months ago

So my first thought is that you should run a LOT of instants, rather than just 2. Vial smasher can trigger on ANY turn, not just one, so running something like Dig Through Time would be... really good. Generally, you'll want these instants to draw you more cards, so Fact or Fiction and Glimmer of Genius are also fine choices. Cards with alternate casting costs also tend to have high CMCs: for example, Force of Will is a Lava Axe in this deck, as well as a counter spell. While Force may be a pricey card, other cards from the same cycle aren't. Contagion is well under a dollar, and can potentially also 2-for-1 with opposing creatures, while Pyrokinesis is even stronger. Misdirection and Commandeer also come to mind. If you want to get REAL spicy, Mind's Dilation is another good way to cast spell on your opponents' turns, but bear in mind this card tends to be killed pretty fast.

Flash creatures like Torrential Gearhulk also seem like pretty good ideas.

I suggest replacing Vedalken Orrery with Leyline of Anticipation . It's (very) slightly harder to remove an enchantment than an artifact, but more importantly if Leyline is in your opening 7, you avoid having to pay its cost. I can see a world where you play both, though.

I see you're running a few mana rocks, but I advise more. Two mana rocks tend to be far superior to 3 mana rocks, so Dimir Signet and Rakdos Signet are likely better than Thought Vessel or Worn Powerstone . Talisman of Dominance and Talisman of Indulgence also come to mind. Being in green means you have access to a whole host of dorks, like Llanowar Elves , Fyndhorn Elves , Arbor Elf , and Elves of Deep Shadow . These 1-drops may not look like much, but being able to accelerate you into quickly casting your general and then the following high-cost cards is a good thing. Orcish Lumberjack is a personal favorite in any red-green deck. However, if you choose to go via artifact ramp and not dork-ramp, this opens you to using effects like Pyroclasm or Volcanic Fallout to keep opponents' creatures in check. Ancient Tomb tends to be REAL nice for powering out turn-one 2-drop rocks. Depending on how blue-heavy your meta is, Carpet of Flowers can range from good to a straight-up powerhouse. If you take this part of my advice, your curve will drop significantly and you will be able to run 32-ish lands with no real problem.

You'll also probably want a good card-draw package, if you're planning to cast a lot of spells. Azra Oddsmaker is a goldmine if you have an open opponent to attack, and black has access to enchantments like Phyrexian Arena . Night's Whisper and Ambition's Cost are also good, and work well with Kydele.

Delve spells will act sort of like X-cost spells, but be easier to cast late-game and harder early-game. Empty the Pits may be interesting, but you should also consider Logic Knot , Treasure Cruise and Tasigur, the Golden Fang . Tasigur will give you an out later in the game for excess mana, and will allow you a level of recursion. In order to make these cards powerful, you need cards in the graveyard. For that, I recommend Faithless Looting , Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip and Dack Fayden . While these last two are pricier cards, I think looting is the best here of the three, as you can cast it turn one to filter out a hand that may be too heavy in lands or spells. The flashback is also very significant. Jace is a powerful card in that he allows more card filtration on a permanent, and allows you to snap back a spell if you want. Dack Fayden is a boss in EDH, where stealing a Sol Ring is very common. So even if you don't need to filter your draws, stealing a rock should be an option about 98% of the time.

Speaking of card filtration, Ponder , Preordain and Brainstorm are all potent cards in any blue deck. While they may not work particularly well with Vial Smasher, they all work rather well with Kydele while also giving you a cantrip to cast turn 1. A lot of times, these are the cards that make a boarderline-keep hand into a keep hand for me, as they are extremely good at finding lands and/or spells as need be.

With Kydele, cards like Windfall , Wheel of Fortune and Winds of Change all become rituals in addition to their usual effects. Running Notion Thief in conjunction with these 'everyone draws' spells is... good. Similarly, targeting an opponent with Dack Fayden 's +1 while Notion Thief is on the field is a pretty good way to tip the card-advantage scales in your favor.

I like Whip of Erebos . You should consider running some Entomb or Buried Alive effects with it, as that would allow you to get some one-shots in with powerful creatures when hitting an opponent or just when entering the battlefield. Nicol Bolas and Massacre Wurm comes to mind.

Good luck with deck building!

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