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Creature — Human Wizard
If you would draw a card while your library has no cards in it, you win the game instead.
Laboratory Maniac Discussion
2 days ago
Looks pretty solid. I find myself slowly going away from Laboratory Maniac and to Walking Ballista to win because Labman is a dead draw too often. Faeburrow Elder is another bloom tender and goes great with all your untaps. Village Bell-Ringer is also amazing with your dorks and Chulane bouncing bell-ringer to go infinite. Earthcraft is also great to go off and goes infinite with just Shrieking Drake .
3 days ago
Mindcrank , Painter's Servant , Drown in the Loch , Nexus of Fate (so they cant mill you) Muddle the Mixture , Narset, Parter of Veils , Crypt Incursion (exiles titans that reshuffle for them) Faerie Macabre
4 days ago
Gilded Drake is easily one of the best creatures in the deck and in competitive EDH metagames in general. Stealing generals which run away with the game like Gitrog, Zur, Urza, Thrasios and others is just too good to pass up on. Sometimes I even joke about the real general of this deck being anything your opponents are playing as you have all the tutors that fetch Drake, often even directly into play. Drake also is borked with Yarok contrary to popular belief, as you get to do a 3-way switch, stealing one creature and forcing opponents to swap between Drake and one other creature (you also choose each target as you control Drake when it enters play).
You can play infinite mana outlet draw spells if you like. This Yarok list just emphasizes on putting most if not all of the required draw outlet cards into ETB-creature form, which can be tutored with the same creature tutors that fetch combo cards like Cloud of Faeries and Shrieking Drake . These ETB creatures also work as decent topdecks and get amplified by Yarok's extra triggers and bounce engines, allowing you to save deckslots by not really needing any X draw spells to go off consistently. One of the main appeals of Yarok lists arguably is precisely the fact that they don't require any "dedicated" outlet cards to win games, save for the occasional Laboratory Maniac or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries which are just too good win cards to not include in many lists ( Demonic Consultation / Tainted Pact + Lab Man win lines are the meta right now in most stalled games where there are many stax pieces out and counterspells ready to fire).
Lim-Dul's Vault is not included mainly due to personal preference; I like to use its slot to playtest other cards almost as a baseline. You can definitely run it in your deck, and that list would most likely be better for it.
5 days ago
6 days ago
The advantage of using Hulk combos with Yarok as General is Yarok gives you an extra ETB ability for small creatures who Hulk can tutor for such as Cloud of Faeries and Hulk can tutor for many small creatures including three two drops. With Yarok + four lands + Cloud of Faeries + Shrieking Drake equal infinite mana by tapping and untapping those four lands repeatedly. Adding draw from a creature who ETB lets you draw and cast all the cards in your deck with infinite mana.
The combos are:
- Protean Hulk + Flash : way to cheat Hulk dying to then tutor for and put onto the battlefield a winning creature combo.
- Yarok + Cloud of Faeries + Shrieking Drake : infinite mana.
- Yarok + Cloud of Faeries + Shrieking Drake + Elvish Visionary / Baleful Strix / Ice-Fang Coatl / Wall of Blossoms / Fblthp, the Lost : infinite mana and infinite draw.
Laboratory Maniac can be a win condition with infinite mana and infinite draw because the two drop can draw after Labman is on the battlefield. Aetherflux Reservoir is another win condition because you're repeatedly casting all these cards while being able to draw into Aetherflux. Like Storm, Aetherflux cares about all the cards that you cast during the turn before and after it's on the battlefield. I see Spellseeker and it's an excellent enabler for Hulk combos. With Yarok's trigger Spellseeker can tutor for both Flash and Summoner's Pact which lets you tutor for Hulk for free.
You're already playing several of these cards that can be part of combos, but other cards to consider adding:
Cards to consider cutting:
- Tishana, Voice of Thunder
- Greenwarden of Murasa
- Noxious Gearhulk
- Kruphix, God of Horizons
1 week ago
bushido_man96 Jarad's Orders is absolutely superior to Vampiric Tutor . It's a bit less competitive (a good thing for my groups), much more on theme, and the utility of bringing a creature to your hand and the graveyard is excellent! I often find Hermit Druid or Laboratory Maniac or even Plaguecrafter for the hand while also getting a sweet creature for the graveyard. Thank you for the suggestion!
1 week ago
nice deck Maybe you can us Library of Leng to controll if you have cards in your hand you want to keep.
2 weeks ago
Just a note on Laboratory Maniac , you should already have your library drawn to 2 or less cards by the time you try to cast him. This means that in an optimal build you will have Force of Will , Pact of Negation , Swan Song , Mana Drain , Flusterstorm , and Delay at the very least in your hand. You should be able to force through Labman and have the cantrips to draw from an empty library in response to any responses, especially since you have infinite mana by this point. If you don't want to run Labman that is your choice to make, but as a win condition he is not unreliable or risky. I'll go ahead and assume that Jace, Wielder of Mysteries is also excluded as it is the same wincon as Labman.
Since the deck makes infinite mana as its primary function, Walking Ballista is an effective wincon.
Laboratory Maniac occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.04%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.08%
UR (Izzet): 0.74%
WUB (Esper): 0.33%
UBR (Grixis): 0.62%