Creature — Human Wizard
Sacrifice Hapless Researcher: Draw a card, then discard a card.
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Hapless Researcher Discussion
3 weeks ago
How about Hapless Researcher as cheap discard outlet? It might have been what you were looking for when you were discussing cheap etb creatures.
3 weeks ago
Cast Flash and choose Protean Hulk in your hand. Refuse to pay the cost on Flash so Protean Hulk dies. With his ability, you fetch Cephalid Illusionist, Nomads en-Kor, Hapless Researcher, Grand Abolisher, and another 1 cmc creature to the battlefield.
Don't know why but this bothers me as all the cards you already mentioned = 6 cmc already and you cant find another 1 cmc unless of course you have any of the creatures mentioned already
4 weeks ago
@n0bunga I'm currently testing out a list that runs that Flash Hulk line, except I use Body Double instead of Phyrexian Delver. The 5+ mana-cost creatures make it trickier to run Ad Nauseam and there are times where you have them stuck in your hand without being able to contribute to any of your other combo lines. Mikaeus can't even give HD persist to help save it from removal, so I've found him hard to even justify as a reanimation target. However, the combo line does offer you another option if one of the Mogis/HD package cards is stuck in your hand. Not sure if it is worth it though, unless you are like me and don't own a copy of Ad Nauseam.
@Lilbrudder On the topic of the Mogis/HD package, I want to ask your opinion on something. I'm running a similar list to this one, but I have Thrasios and Vial Smasher as my commanders, giving me access to red. Keeping in mind that having red lets me run Wild Cantor, would it be worth replacing Mogis's Marauder with Lightning Mauler? I would be able to grab HD, Lightning Mauler, Wild Cantor, and another 1 drop like Hapless Researcher, use the the Mauler to give HD haste, and sac Cantor for the mana to activate HD.
I'm trying to decide whether the Mauler or Marauder offers more utility. Mauler has the option of being played from hand turn 2, and then I can threaten to cast AND activate HD every turn after that. But with the Mauler, I'll only ever be able to give 1 other creature haste. The Maruader can work with Vial Smasher out of my command zone to help make sure that I'll always be able to give 2 creatures haste, so if Deathrite Shaman is in my graveyard I would still be able to search out another mana dork and give it haste to help activate HD. The Marauder would also let me use either the Shaman or Cantor to get the mana needed for HD, whereas the Mauler would only work with the Cantor. With the testing you and LabManiac_Sigi have done, which would you say is more convenient for how the deck usually plays out?
1 month ago
Frank_Glascock: I think the Hulk's trigger will get Cephalid Illusionist + Nomads en-Kor + Grand Abolisher + Hapless Researcher. Then you mill your library and get Narcomoeba. Flash back Dread Return (Keep the researcher) to get Laboratory Maniac. Then you sac the researcher to draw and win. Note* Dryad Arbor can be added so you can get it with Hulk trigger to use as flash back cost.
2 months ago
I had a sudden realization while playtesting this deck. if you need the Laboratory Maniac win, couldn't you get Cephalid Breakfast + Grand Abolisher + Hapless Researcher, mill over Narcomoeba to put it into play and sac Breakfast + Narco to flashback Dread Return on Lab Man? It allows you to lab man in complete safety.
2 months ago
I know that some decks use azami instead of Eternal Witness or Hapless Researcher. For me, Azami isn't bad at all, it's just that I've been trying to lower the amount of "combo specific" cards in my deck, and therefore only Eternal Witness is used. It's a quite useful card even if it's drawn in hand. For your concern about drawing Eternal Witness before getting off my combo, Phantasmagorian is the answer to that. After milling the library, Phantasmagorian should be in the graveyard and therefore I can discard cards in my hand for free before flashing back Dread Return. Sometimes I might have both Phantasmagorian and another combo piece which should be in the graveyard in hand. In that situation, I might have to Cabal Therapy myself to discard the combo.
2 months ago
I know that some deck uses azami instead of Eternal Witness or Hapless Researcher. For me, Azami isn't bad at all, it's just that I've trying to lower the amount of "combo specific" cards in my deck, and therefore only Eternal Witness is used. It's a quite useful card even if it's drawn in hand. For your concern about drawing Eternal Witness before getting off my combo, Phantasmagorian is the answer to that. After milling the library, Phantasmagorian should be in the graveyard and therefore I can discard cards in my hand for free before flashing back Dread Return. Sometimes I may have both Phantasmagorian and another combo piece which should be in the graveyard in hand. In that situation, I might have to cabal therapy myself to discard the combo.
3 months ago
TheDevicer, It's one of those things where the upsides outweigh the downsides even if both are minimal. It usually goes like this:
- Is Green Sun's Zenith good in your deck?
- Do you want 1 mana ramp?
"Oh hell yeah! I need to get my commander down a turn early."
- Would you rather not flood your spell slots with cards that don't generate card advantage?
"Well... I do have 10 ramp spells already..."
- Can you afford to have one tap-land that's vulnerable to removal?
- You should probably have Dryad Arbor.
"Uhh, I guess so..."
The reason it's good is just that making GSZ double as a Llanowar Elves is good enough to include in most decks that wanted GSZ, whether or not you have that much else built around it. And even if you don't get GSZ, having one land be a tap land isn't the end of the world. It's the same reason people will sometimes run Bojuka Bog.
That said, it's not an auto-include by any means. If it's not helping out enough then there's probably something better that could go in it's spot. Some decks it really shines in though. Like my Edric list where I need the T1 ramp, and having a 1/1 that I can attack with later is just gravy.
Gates88, You should link cards when you think people might not be familiar with them. It saves people time looking things up. You can do so like this:
And while that combo is neat in that Grand Abolisher would stop your opponent's interaction, putting in 4 creatures that are totally useless outside of your combo (Nomads en-Kor, Cephalid Illusionist, Angel of Glory's Rise, and Hapless Researcher) is a bit of a problem for something that's supposed to be the "best Protean Hulk pile available." Part of what makes a lot of the top EDH combos "the best" is that the cards in them are very interchangeable and function in a bunch of other combos as well. Also, what happens if you draw one of those creatures and can't cast it?