Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Mythic Rare
New Phyrexia (NPH) Mythic Rare

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Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur

Legendary Creature — Praetor

Flash

At the beginning of your end step, draw seven cards.

Each opponent's maximum hand size is reduced by seven.

Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur Discussion

HowVery on Varina, Queen of the Dead

1 day ago

Cool commander I never gave proper attention to! I'd love to make a deck like this some time, the self-mill of Innistrad was really cool to me and guides a lot of what's happening here. The zombie theme really focuses design and makes it fun (reanimator can get really complex and comboey or end up as just 'rez Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur turn 2'). I'd be really tempted to lean on the mill element you have with Lich Lord of Unx and add stuff like Undead Alchemist (milling makes more zombies!!!! :) ).

I'm of the opinion that once War of the Spark comes out every deck with Blue and Black NEEDS Ashiok, Dream Render as a matter of course. The mill effect is nice, maybe you knock out a combo piece but far and away the beauty is in shutting down TUTOR and being able to EXILE every opponent's grave FIVE TIMES (plus you've got bodies to protect her).

I'd say drop the Diregraf Ghoul , it's ok tempo but with no other function not enough to matter in Commander an unable to compete with some of the crazy things like Serra Ascendant people play. I never play anything on T1 except ramp pretty much, I recomend Wayfarer's Bauble as a better turn one (and two) and it's still solid later.

Ramp is important, you're going to have a solid board presence from zombies so Sword of the Animist is a fairly reliable source of lands, my Markov deck runs one as well as a Dowsing Dagger  Flip. Drownyard Temple is one of my FAVORITE lands ever and perfectly fitted for this deck! It's rampcursion! Glad to see Crypt of Agadeem , it's so often overshadowed by Cabal Coffers/stronghold but damn it's cool and well suited here. Bontu's Monument will discount pretty much all your zombies and add lifedrain into the bargain.

It's hard for me to judge the necessity of card draw here with you being able to filter and use your grave for so much but if you do need more, with a supply of chumps like you have a Skullclamp would be an excellent contributor.

I think a little land destruction would be necessary, a Field of Ruin maybe to remove a Glacial Chasm or such, depends on what your playgroup is like. Ideally the Final Payment would be replaced with broader removal or exile like Anguished Unmaking or Unmake

A few counterspells are prudent being in blue Render Silent being a beautiful one, that being said some people don't enjoy playing counterspells and their playgroups don't merit them if there are no huge/infinite combos going off.

Archfield of Ifnir was a great add with the self-discard subtheme of Varina and I'd say Faith of the Devoted may be a good way to add some drain in at a decent mana rate Drake Haven is similar but probably straying too far from theme. With your capacity to chew through your own deck, depending on how long games end up going for you Laboratory Maniac may become reasonable but probably not.

Some of these suggestions may miss the mark or be obsolete in the scheme of the deck but I hope I helped, good luck with the deck!

Jimmy_Chinchila on Proteus Fblthp

2 weeks ago

Command Beacon can get him to your hand if he’s been killed a bunch, then things like Brainstorm can get him back to library. Jace, the Mind Sculptor similarly.

I think decking yourself could pose an issue, perhaps either the new Jace or Laboratory Maniac could be a fix, I realize already been considered but is important I think. I also like creatures that want a big hand and help draw more, like Kefnet the Mindful , Consecrated Sphinx , Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur , Psychosis Crawler and Consecrated Sphinx .

Very cool build, +1

xtechnetia on blue black reanimator

1 month ago

Griselbrand is, in 95+% of situations, the reanimator target of choice. His text box may as well read "when this enters the battlefield, you win the game", as he draws you a ludicrous number of cards on command, restocking your hand and graveyard. Plus, you know, 7/7 flying lifelink.

If you don't want Gris or he's out of your budget range, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur can sort of imitate him, although not nearly as well.

Some other really good (but more situational) reanimator targets are:

As for the rest of your deck:

  • I don't think you need blue mana? All your actual spells get cast off only, and you're surely not planning to hard cast any of the fatties.
  • For self-discard options, Faithless Looting is amazing, if you're willing to splash a little red into your deck (maybe instead of blue).
  • Entomb is super good at immediately dumping a fatty into your graveyard. If you don't want to pay for that, the next best bet is Buried Alive .
  • Dark Ritual is a good speed improvement in certain hands. Swamp -> Dark Ritual -> Entomb -> Exhume -> Griselbrand basically wins the game on turn 1.
  • As many copies of Reanimate , Exhume , and/or Animate Dead as you want to pay for would be good. Redundancy is key to getting your fatty reanimated consistently and in decent time.
  • To protect yourself a bit from countermagic or similar, Duress is great. Ideally you probably want Thoughtseize , but that's expensive.
  • Your Lili planeswalker and Elixirs probably aren't needed.

All of this being said...

If you're playing casually, reanimator might not be a good deck choice, as it creates a lot of "nongames" where the games are just won or lost based on how fast your opener is / how much graveyard hate or early interaction exists in your playgroup.

Eklipse87 on Turn 1 Griselhorde

1 month ago

heckproof Yeah Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur has proven to be very usefeul. Thanks for the feedback!

Tiphus on Lavinia, first General

1 month ago

TheNocholas hi! I'm using Teferi, Temporal Archmage to untap my nonbsik lands, Mana Vault , Gilded Lotus to generate mana. On turn 4 if I have 3 lands (2 islands) and Mana Vault i can play Teferi, Temporal Archmage + Gilded Lotus and on turn 5 I have about 18-19 mana, which can be spent on cast: Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur / Iona, Shield of Emeria / Void Winnower / Consecrated Sphinx / Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite / Blatant Thievery / Expropriate / Time Stretch / Rite of Replication with Kicker / or simple Planar Bridge . I think it is strong for turn 5. There is also an strong synergy between Blinkmoth Well and Winter Orb / Static Orb . At the end of the opponent's turn I can use it to tap Stax-artifacts and untap all my lands.

heckproof on Turn 1 Griselhorde

1 month ago

Really like the two-of Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur ! I feel like he’s really underutilized in reanimator; I’d rather run him than Sire Of Insanity . Nice list!

majorappliance on Most Busted Card for this ...

1 month ago

i second the Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur , but a turn one Sire Of Insanity will make ppl cry as well. ><

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Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Blue: 0.19%