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Sacrifice Hapless Researcher: Draw a card, then discard a card.
I think you can afford to cut some of the ramp effects. Signets are likely candidates. I see what you're doing with Cabal Therapy , but I question how often it's good. That could maybe go. You could also reduce some of the looting effects, too. Some of the weaker ones include Thirst for Knowledge , Merfolk Looter , Magus of the Bazaar , and especially one-trick pony Hapless Researcher .
I really like the breath of life/false defeat plan. However, 3 colors is VERY VERY optimistic in a format with 0 color fixing. You need to trim it down to two colors and include some early protection since currently, you are dead to any aggro.
You have several choices as I see it:
1/ go for GW slivers with 8 of the mana fixing slivers and 4 mindlash and 5-6 reanimation targets as end game. This will provide pressure and a late game plan to the slivers.
2/ Go for the traditional reanimator and keep it UB colors only. Hapless Researcher and other cards can allow you to reanimate on turn 2.
3/ Go for a UG self mill plan with Armored Skaab and the like, but add in elements of combo like green land enchantments Utopia Sprawl , karoo lands Simic Growth Chamber and untap effects to be able to cast your huge dudes normally, in addition to being able to easily discard them and return them with a splashed false defeat.
Choose an option and I will provide a relevant decklist for it.
Turn 1 play Shuko . Turn 2 play Cephalid Illusionist . Equip Shuko to Cephalid Illusionist infinite times to mill your entire library. When Narcomoeba is milled, put it on the field. Flashback Dread Return to bring back Laboratory Maniac and Hapless Researcher . Sacrifice Hapless Researcher and win.
seems somewhat slow. I'd ditch Cryptic Command outright, as well as 2 of the Thought Lash and 1 Relic of Progenitus . That would give you room to throw in 2 Gitaxian Probe , 2 Hapless Researcher , 2 Aether Spellbomb . Further, you should probably drop 5 islands for 4 Lonely Sandbar .
I have reservations about the Noble Benefactor 's role here as well. You have no convenient sac outlet for him, and at 3 he comes out a bit late. Disrupt and Repeal are both options that help protect you, and offer instant speed win.
Overall, I like it. Thought lash is really well placed here, and mirror of fate offers excellent synergy with it.
Your biggest challenge, i think, will be climbing that 5 mana ladder.
I agree, even if I had 8 imps, I would then see that I'm bottlenecked at Dark Ritual .
The thing I noticed with Hapless Researcher is that I don't really have a shortage of blue discard, so I think that I could replace him with something else.
For now I will keep him in since I don't know what else to run in his place.
And an Eldrazi
That combo would result in a turn 1 Eldrazi, and that is my goal
After playtesting, I realized that the blue 1 drops don't help me in that department, so I need to find Putrid Imp 's clone
|Power / Toughness||1/1|
|Avg. draft pick||10.43|
|Avg. cube pick||12.66|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|