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Sacrifice Hapless Researcher: Draw a card, then discard a card.
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Hapless Researcher Discussion
1 day ago
Thanks for the comment kyleo. I never heard of Hapless Researcher but I did have Alchemist's Apprentice serving the same role already. Also, all of the revealed Permanents ETB effects trigger after Primal Surge resolves; therefore, Baleful Strix, Mulldrifter, Regal Behemoth and Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur will each trigger Laboratory Maniac and win the game before my turn fully ends. As for the various Mikaeus, the Unhallowed Combo win-cons, I have already used these to get lead my Meren of Clan Nel Toth to victory and try to vary my decks whenever possible. Madame Meren's Grave Pact (Meren of Clan Nel Toth).
1 day ago
I too considered running Laboratory Maniac combo in my muldrotha deck. Unfortunately Primal Surge doesn't just win the game that turn. You have to wait until your next turn to draw, leaving you vulnerable. Hapless Researcher helps pop it immediately. Also Leveler can also do the same thing as primal surge. Might be another consideration. I chose to go with the Protean Hulk, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Walking Ballista combo with sac outlets to use on the hulk. Though it's more expensive, I felt it was less risky.
2 weeks ago
Changes in April 2018: finally took out Rise from the Tides as the alternative finisher. These decks are all meant to feel and play like a properly built deck, and having cards that work against each other makes the deck feel awkward and less fun (bad interaction with delve). The same problem would occur with Cryptic Serpent. One option is to ditch the Treasure Cruise, but delve is an important part of our hedron exile strategy, and losing it will cripple the deck.
So at this point we need a new finisher, and a new card that lets us do something on turn one.
I like the Curator of Mysteries for both. He introduces cycle, is a sphinx, and the deck could use a flier. He is very in theme for blue. He can be cycled on turn one if needed. He already has synergy with Jalum Tome.
Only having two Curator of Mysteries makes it nearly impossible to cycle him, there is too much lost by discarding half of your alternative win condition. Instead, I prefer 4 copies.
I considered only 2 copies and a replacement for Quicken. The Quicken replacement should either cycle or discard for synergy with the sphinx. A consideration was Striped Riverwinder; he adds another late game option with artwork people either love or hate (I like it). Opt, Peek and Twisted Image were all considerations, but they don't have synergy with the Curator. I like Hapless Researcher or Careful Study. They have synergy, help the early game, provide another discard option, and have good art on theme.
Ultimately, I did the following:
Playtesting is still in progress, but this worked OK so far against the other decks. (playtesting blue takes the longest, because of the character of the deck).
5 months ago
SO, I was lookiing at Grixis Storm and I have 2 questions:
1. Why is Jeleva still tier 1? doesn't Kess easily steal that spot? I understand why she was kept T1 when Yidris came out, but I can't find any reason to run her over Kess.
2. Why isn't Illana Tier 1-2, seems to me like she's Grixis storm which, rather than providing gass makes some of the Wizards better (Hapless Researcher, Snapcaster Mage, etc)
6 months ago
@ IronBlackZepp Oh hey, welcome back!
Thanks for taking the time to write all that out for me, I appreciate it.
So with STAX being such an issue, how much enchantment/artifact removal does your list run mainboard? My current list only has 3 pieces, which is lower than I generally prefer. The build is light on interaction in general, but I don't think there's much wiggle room to add more. Elvish Spirit Guide is holding the spot for when I get a Mana Crypt, and Shred Memory will be replaced with Imperial Seal if I get my hands on one. Maybe Hapless Researcher could be cut? I like it as a cheap discard outlet to dump and reanimate a creature, or as insurance if I am trying to win with Laboratory Maniac, but I suppose it isn't really necessary.
7 months 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.
7 months 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
8 months 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?