Hapless Researcher


Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Judgment Common

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Hapless Researcher

Creature — Human Wizard

Sacrifice Hapless Researcher: Draw a card, then discard a card.

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Hapless Researcher Discussion

Boza on Pauper Grixis Reanimator

2 months ago

Three colors is a bit too much for this. You can cut red easily. Replace looting with Thought Scour and axe with Hapless Researcher. The added mana base consistency should help a lot.

Lilbrudder on atraxa

4 months ago

I dropped azami for Hapless Researcher. It wins the game just like azami, but it also dumps itself and another combo piece in the graveyard for 1 mana, can serve as Dread Return fodder, and can also draw top deck tutors For our purposes, its strictly better than azami.

Lilbrudder on Let's Make Hermit Druid Great Again!

4 months ago

ibstudent2200: While those are certainly cards that could take out my deck I will rarely face any of them. I would never take a deck like this to my local game shop as it is only designed for cutthroat 4 person pods. Within cEDH Stifle is the only card I may face and even that is somewhat rare, but either way it good to know the weakpoints of the deck.

As for your suggestions. I have considered Buried Alive and Entomb but I would need a worthwhile target. Entomb is something I will definitely test since I added Postmortem Lunge and will possibly also add Shallow Grave.

Buried Alive is too slow unless I have a combo that ends the game with it. I am considering using it to bury Angel of Glory's Rise Trinket Mage and Auriok Salvagers to assemble Bomberman, since it would allow Thrasios to end the game with infinite colored mana but its a bit risky since it nukes my hand and has negative synergy with countermagic. As for the chain you suggested I had one similar in the deck for an infinite damage loop, but it made the deck clunky and was too card intensive.

However, since I need more discard outlets in the deck I will likely replace azami with Hapless Researcher as it essentially fills the same role, but costs way less and has utility in the early game as well. It also can dump itself in the graveyard if its in my opening hand. I may also add Alchemist's Apprentice as redundancy.

If I go the loop route I may add Saffi Eriksdotter as she is slightly more useful than Fiend Hunter for this deck and forms an infinite loop with Angel of Glory's Rise and Cartel Aristocrat. I may also replace Goblin Cannon with Zulaport Cutthroat to give me an infinite damage outlet for the loop. I will definitely have to test both versions to let me know which works best for the deck. Thank you (and thank you too Raging_Squiggle) for the excellent food for thought.

Rusty_Shackleford on Reanimator

5 months ago

I've got a couple reanimator decks you might want to take a look at to glean ideas:

Meat Puppets (Pt. 1)

Meat Puppets (Pt. 2)

Entomb is the lynchpin of any good reanimator deck. The eponymous Reanimate is also pretty critical.

Some other cards you might want to look at: Frantic Search, Collective Brutality, Victimize, Thirst for Knowledge Zombie Infestation, Hapless Researcher. No matter what you go with, generally speaking you need 8-10 good ways to get creatures into your graveyard and another 8-12 ways to dig them out.

yeho2112 on T1 Pauper exhume combo, with Vid.

6 months ago

I was playing a BUG version with 4 copies of Hapless Researcher for utility as well as protection from Innocent Blood and Chainer's Edict. It's a fun deck for sure.

NewHorizons on The Call of Wrexial - H.P. Lovecraft EDH

8 months ago

Maybe you could try some other card to represent the necronomicon. Like Tamiyo's Journal or Library of Leng.

Also I think Reckless Scholar or something like that deserves a spot given how they're pretty much the archetypal Lovecraftian protagonist. Maybe Hapless Researcher?

0verlord on Necromancer Adept

1 year ago

I appreciate the comment and that you have read what bits of the primer I have up so far.

I am not overly worried about Path to Exile in particular they were just an example given of spot removal that you can run into. I just named those 2 because they are pretty popular. If I am in a situation like that I would do exactly as you mentioned with iona. She is my go to in basically every situation. Inkwell is there fore when it is not enough. I will go and try to clarify that in the primer.

Yup I am very well aware of using Griselbrand's ability by adding it on the stack. Not my personal method of harping on him, but I plan on addressing the variations and things like that further on in the primer. Just have not done it yet XD

I had Mindbreak Trap in the sideboard for what seems like forever. I also did not used to use Hapless Researcher so I have had to reshuffle some cards while I test him out

thanks for commenting

Dr.Woodenstein on The Finest Flavor Text Comedy (Top 60 of MTG)

1 year ago

Distress needs to be on this list.

Also Hapless Researcher and Burning Inquiry are very funny.

Also this list seems very goblin intensive. Goblins are funny don't get me wrong but most of the funniest flavor texts are not goblins.

Also the top five, while funny, seems all off. Or almost all off. Gorilla Titan and Reparations are definitely in. The other three should be Distress, Deranged Assistant, and Carnival of Souls.