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Hieroglyphic Illumination Discussion
1 day ago
2 days ago
In my opinion, while I see the cycling value of Hieroglyphic Illumination, I think you would be better off just going for the 4th copy of Glimmer of Genius. For a control style deck, the scry 2 is going to be worth the lost cycling ability, especially since you don't run any cycling synergy cards like Drake Haven. That said, if you've found success with it, by all means use it, it just strikes me as strange in the list, especially as a singleton.
4 days ago
First let me thank you for taking the time to review the deck.
Gnarlwood Dryad I agree I put it in there because it had deathtouch and I thought it might make people think twice about attacking early, and my deck has very few 1 drops. With that said it's not a great card by any stretch. As far as more mana dorks, what do you think about Servant of the Conduit coupled with your later suggestion of Glimmer of Genius and adding two Aether Hub. Conversely I do have two Weaver of Currents as for the 1 waste I figured I could search for it with Traverse the Ulvenwald
Thought-Knot Seer the whole gimick is you cast Baral's Expertise you bounce 3 of the worst cards back to hand, then for free you throw down the Thought-Knot Seer and they must then reveal said hand, and you choose the worst of those 3 and make them exile it. With that said i'm now wondering if playing a Hieroglyphic Illumination for free after bouncing back to hand would be good, or if I should remove the Baral's Expertise entirely in favor of a more useful 4 drop, or to make room for something else.
I figure Cartouche of Knowledge would be my defense against flying or a way to get something over a board state I can't cast Crush in. I admit it's not a well liked card, nor that powerful. With that said should I not have some answer to flyers ? I could put 2-3 Kefnet the Mindful in, but I find it hard to turn on without withholding cards to play to get to 7. I mean we'll probably see a lot of Glorybringers at minimu, other than that i was thinking Gust Walker in W/R decks.
4 days ago
Interesting deck. Not sure if you're trying to keep it budget or not, so if you are, i'll try to propose less expensive alternatives to my pricier suggestions.
Gnarlwood Dryad doesn't seem great here, and I think more mana dorks would be good. I think Weaver of Currents would be sweet for ramping up for your big Crush play. Channeler Initiate could also replace the Vitalists, or be ran alongside them.
Thought-Knot Seer does not make sense here. You only have one waste to cast him off, making it very difficult to drop him, and when you do, he doesn't seem to fit in this deck particularly well.
A lot of weird spells that are pretty bad: Cartouche of Knowledge, Cancel, Haze of Pollen, not sure what any of these are doing in here. Disallow is strictly better than Cancel, but if that's too expensive for you, you'd be better off running some Essence Scatter, and especially Censor, the best counterspell in standard right now. Cartouche of Knowledge is flat out bad. Don't run it. I'd get some Pull from Tomorrow, Glimmer of Genius, or Hieroglyphic Illumination if you want to draw some cards.
5 days ago
Definitely would try to get 4 Drake Haven, Curator of Mysteries, Hieroglyphic Illumination, Censor and Cancel. Probably up the Land count to 25. 3 Yahenni's Expertise would probably be a good card to function as a field wipe and be able to play Drake Haven for free off of the second half as well as Archfiend of Ifnir to get extra value of cycling. Other than that, just look for some solid 2/3 drop creatures and make sure you have enough cycling to be able to make use off of Drake Haven!
6 days ago
So I've been playtesting, and with only 2 gearhulks, and no traverse, getting a gearhulk is really hard. you also miss out on card draw that you used to get out of tireless tracker. You don't draw enough cards, it's hard to get out a gearhulk let alone finding a finisher for the deck.
Thats why you could add in blue!
Drawback: Doesn't help too much with getting gearhulk, just opens you up to running a side of 4x Dynavolt Tower. Great way to get energy, and also good outlet.
6 days ago
I'd take out some of your Fogs and maybe 1 Nissa (she's "legendary"-ish) for draw spells: Hieroglyphic Illumination, Pore Over the Pages, Censor, and the like. The card advantage will mean you won't miss your extra Fog copies (because I wouldn't want to wait til T6 to draw ahead with Memory off of Gearhulk).
Best of luck! Hit me up if I can be more helpful.
1 week ago
how well does Soul-Scar Mage work for your sideboard? could be very powerful with sweltering suns? and with tower as well. you may want to have another copy of tower in sideboard, so you don't run out of them
I wouldn't count out cycle if i were you. Sure, the lands may be weak, but running Curator of Mysteries, or Archfiend of Ifnir, then both Censor and Hieroglyphic Illumination may not be bad. and some Scarab Feast in sideboard. this helps make your deck more consistent, although making you a bit short on mana.