Creature — Human Wizard
Sacrifice Hapless Researcher: Draw a card, then discard a card.
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Hapless Researcher Discussion
1 month 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)
1 month 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.
2 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.
2 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
3 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?
3 months 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.
4 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.
4 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.