As an additional cost to play Insidious Dreams, discard X cards.
Search your library for X cards. Then shuffle your library and put those cards on top of it in any order.
Printings View all
Combos Browse all
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Latest Decks as Commander
Insidious Dreams Discussion
1 month ago
Glad to hear that!
I really wish Death's Shadow could work with Lazav. It would be amazing. Unfortunately, it does not. The thing is, Shadow's ability is a static one instead of being ETB. This means that Lazav would keep that effect and immediately die by getting -X/-X, where X is your life total. I really like Death's Shadow as a card, but it is actually very hard to make it work in EDH. One of the few ways is in a The Mimeoplasm deck, where you can give your commander 13 +1/+1 counters without having to copy the actual Shadow. As of right now, Hunted Horror is the second best creature that we have access to in terms of a power/mana cost ratio. I hope Wizards will eventually end up completing the Theros Titan cycle (the likes of Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath and Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger) with a powerful Dimir version, because those creatures would be perfect for this deck. Low mana cost, ability to get into the graveyard by themselves and powerful on-attack triggers. Fingers crossed!
Cavern of Souls is more of a meta call. In my playgroup, for example, Lazav never gets countered (apart from the cases where I can immediately threaten lethal with haste) because my opponents prefer to just use removal on him, and I probably would do the same. However, there is no real downside in including Cavern in this deck , so I can see your point.
Diabolic Intent is a card that I had in my first versions of the deck, but I ended up cutting it because it was a little suboptimal. More often than not, I found myself having it stuck in my hand with no creature to sacrifice. Sacrificing Lazav is out of question. As for the other creatures, there are only 13 in the deck. The chances of having one of them in hand alongside Diabolic Intent are pretty low. And of those creatures, some like Cavern Harpy, Hunted Horror and Phyrexian Dreadnought can't even be used. A two-mana tutor is great, but it is too unreliable in this deck. Insidious Dreams, Grim Tutor and Lim-Dul's Vault are much more effective.
As for Tainted Strike, it is absolutely worth considering. Being cheap and instant speed makes it really efficient. Due to it's non-repeatable nature, I would only use it when I'm sure I'll be oneshotting someone (that is, when Lazav is a copy of the Dreadnought). If you want something that can be used more than once, Glistening Oil is also pretty decent. However, as you have said, there aren't too many available slots in my list. I've come to a point where if I want to fit a new card in, that card needs to do the same thing as the one I am replacing but in a better, more efficient way.
I really hope you end up building the deck, perhaps with your own twist. If you are worried about endless waves of opposing removal spells and counterspells, refer to the General Strategy section where I talk about how to handle that by playing patiently and not overextending.
1 month ago
Ad Nauseam seems like an odd choice considering the deck’s ave CMC. If you’re looking to add some disruption maybe try Infernal Darkness and Contamination? You seem to have enough mana rocks but adding Mox Opal and Mox Tantalite won’t hurt.
I also recommend Insidious Dreams. It’s a good way to set up your Citadel combo and as well as any two-card combo.
1 month ago
I recommend the following changes to make this build more budget-friendly:
Also, you can take out the 5 fetchlands for 5 Swamps.
2 months ago
Check some Shirei decks, most creatures have just 1 power, so they can sac/reanimate all the time and its pretty sick :)
Village Rites is better version of Altar's Reap
Black Market can be very good, especially if you can go crazy and put tons of counters on it.. or it just eats removal instead of some more important card in your deck.
Tortured Existence - absolutely great creature retrieval just for and can go crazy with your Desecrated Tomb. I use it in combination of Phyrexian Altar as infinite etb/etg engine. Bitter Ordeal to exile everyone's library; Emergence Zone to make it instant speed if needed.
Hell's Caretaker can be fairly good reanimator for Shirei aswell.
Crypt of Agadeem,Dark Ritual,Bubbling Muck,Songs of the Damned are cheap for mana ramp.
Mutilate is just board version of Defile, might aswell use both?
Altar of the Brood easy mill just for that triggers upon any permanent you play.
Insidious Dreams - to cast your combos from top of your library if you manage to keep Bolas's Citadel on board. Forever Young/Gravepurge for casting creatures from your graveyard (top of your library with Bolas's Citadel).
Blanket of Night if you get more non-swamp lands and you're on low budget. Its just cheaper enchantment version of Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.
Call the Bloodline could be easy way to get creatures into your graveyard, get some sacrifice dork and reanimate them later.
Priest of Forgotten Gods this pretty lady could be a nice addition to Shirei aswell, if you get some cards that make sacrifice dorks/etc. blahblah
2 months ago
Really cool and unique deck! :3
Haunted Crossroads for very well for me, right next to Mortuary
Diabolic Intent - sac spell and good tutor.
Victimize - sac spell and double reanimator.
Insidious Dreams - discard stuff to reanimate later and find wincons!
Lake of the Dead - expensive, but can be very good burst ramp.
Carnival of Souls - might be very risky, but worth mentioning.
Ivory Tower - some very decent life gain for Necropotence and other fun stuff in black.
Restless Dreams - another creature recover spell and very cheap discard.
Songs of the Damned - Another burst ramp.
5 months ago
IMO it's all about consistency. I personally build so that my "wincon" is a large pool of cards that advance me to the win...or to other players losing (that's another discussion though :) ) However, I just make sure I place little temptation & consistency into the deck. That way I am not playing "Groundhogs Day" Magic. I feel like in my large playgroup "Groundhogs Day" level consistency is the greatest offender possible, though the group usually doesn't get too whipped up about much we are just able to recognize when a win didn't feel that satisfying or when it has become hackneyed. I have removed a whole lot of 2-part wincons in favor for randomized high-impact 1-off plays. I used to Insidious Dreams into one wincon or another with Bolas's Citadel then I started have a crisis of the boring high consistency win & why not just citadel into the classic combos? So, I just removed the temptation and replaced with single splash plays instead. Its all about perception though, I get told I need a wincon... Except I win plenty playing decks that have high variability, but are accordingly balanced to handle disruption.... So I guess, you just do you :)
6 months ago
Ring of Three Wishes can also help get cards in some decks.
6 months ago
Cool deck! I'm glad I'm not the only one out there with a wierd yawgmoth deck: https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/yawg-dawg-machine-daddy-cedh/?cb=1584933944 I run a KCI package/ artifact theme and am brewing for Ad Naus. I really like Insidious Dreams to assemble the Bolas's citadel combo.