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Lion's Eye Diamond
Sacrifice Lion's Eye Diamond, Discard your hand: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool. Play this ability only any time you could play an instant.
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Lion's Eye Diamond Discussion
1 week ago
Under the Gush Pile header you say "we use LED to pay for Yawgmoths", but Lion's Eye Diamond was errata'd to say "Play this ability only any time you could play an instant." So you'd have to have the mana already for Yawgmoth's Will, you could crack LED in response to YW so that you'd have the ability to gain 6 additional mana though.
EDIT: Nevermind, I hadn't gotten far enough to see that you crack the LED in response to the spell that draws YW.
2 weeks ago
Hi! Have you thought about Infinite mana combos? This allows you to draw you entire deck(with Thrasios) and win with Laboratory Maniac or with just Walking Ballista like cards. Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal and Auriok Salvagers + Lion's Eye Diamond are good combos to start with.
Here's a deck I looked at recently with those combos: Degenerate Designs by Megalomania.
Back to your deck! Definatly put in Grand Abolisher, he's great!
Your mana base is great, but Chromatic Lantern is necessary I feel for extra consistency.
Hope some of this helps! Check out that deck!
2 weeks ago
Omg, Narset. I used to have a Narset deck once. Removed the deck since I didn't want people to scoop in turn 2. I used the all-known Enter the Infinite and Omniscience combo, together with Beacon of Tomorrows.
Getting Narset out is you main purpose. You can make your ramp and color fixing as expensive (moneywise) as you want. Using every type of fetch you can helps. Using cards like Lion's Eye Diamond, Crystal Vein, Ancient Tomb, Pyretic Ritual, Simian Spirit Guide, Mana Vault, Mana Crypt or Lotus Petal Will get you there faster aswell, but it comes at a price. Literally.
The swings are important because you want extra turns, or extra attack phases. (=EXTRA COMMANDER DAMAGE) Expropriate, Temporal Mastery, Walk the Aeons, Time Warp, Time Stretch, Relentless Assault, Waves of Aggression, Seize the Day, Fury of the Horde,...
"Yeah that is IF you get to cast Omniscience". Just plant it there with Long-Term Plans or use an Enlightened Tutor before you swing with Narset. Find a Long-Term Plans with a Merchant Scroll or Mystical Tutor. Or maybe if you already have an Omniscience in hand, you can use or find a Brainstorm.
Besides the winning part, you have to be able to protect yourself. Defense Grid, Grand Abolisher, Misdirection, Wipe Away, Path to Exile, Force of Will or even an Armageddon or Boom/Bust will help you save your game.
Possibility's are endless. People will be targeting you. People will delete you from facebook. In the end, it's all about the fun. Narset takes away the fun. She's mostly there for competitive play IMO.
Go get 'em tiger. You got this.
2 weeks ago
i had to come check out your deck from Skuloth's
what exactly are you doing with the cendelabra? unless i am missing something, it seems kind of a strange card since you aren't gaining mana off it of unless you are using mana rocks to untap lands. you do have a couple rocks, but it just seems like you could be doing something different here. like Auriok Salvagers (even though it's more mana), which is a combo with Lion's Eye Diamond, to create infinite mana. or Snapcaster Mage maybe?
i also run Pongify which is absolutely hilarious, but totally unnecessary.
3 weeks ago
Hey mmcgeach, what do you think about adding in the Splinter Twin combo? It gives yh additional targets with Animate Dead and both Pestermite and Deceiver Exarch have useful abilities on their own. Thinking of adding it to my deck while I save up for some of the more expensive cards like Lion's Eye Diamond and dual lands.
3 weeks ago
Yeah....Though they have done it before...usually power nine imitations look more like these... Mox Opal, Chrome Mox, Mox Diamond, Lotus Petal, Lion's Eye Diamond, Ancestral Vision, Visions of Beyond, Time Warp, Day's Undoing, etc...
3 weeks ago
Cards that I don't like:
Darkwater Catacombs | In a turn 4/5 build, it's too slow. Basically useless in some situations and opposite of mana fixing
Fetid Pools | Enters tapped needs strong abilities, maybe turn 8 cycling would be good, but in a Turn 4/5 build, it's not a turn 1 through 4 land so shouldn't be in there
Great Furnace | I think you can fetch , a single on Turn 1 though 4 is terrible
Tolaria West | Great land, but what does it tutor for you that's a combo card, Mana Crypt is ok, but none of your combos are land based, I wouldn't run this. If you needed to fetch a specific land for a combo would be ok.
I would go down 1 net land to 36 as well.
Devastation Tide | Miracle is too random, want to control your spells not have them control you. And it's a sorcery, as an instant it would be ok.
Cryptic Command has a pretty High CMC with , it's instant so it's better than some of the other sorcery/creatures, but could be a problem. It's VERY good card though, I would keep it worth the hard casting cost.
Scroll Rack mana sponges, it's too random, and too slow for turn 4/5 deck
Tolaria West go down a land!
Tunnel Vision (when used to tutor) >> Mizzix's Mastery! (Downside is it misses Omniscience so need something it can hit to put a card from graveyard into hand, best would be a card like that with flashback) OR Tunnel Vision >> Yawgmoth's Will. If it discards a Past in Flames get a couple shots. I think Kess, Dissident Mage can cast the Overload cost from the graveyard for Mizzix's Mastery too if you do get it looking for the Yawgmoth's Will which then cast the Yawgmoth's Will.
Summary: Harder to tutor items (Enchantment) should be priorities, Necropotence or Omniscience. Kess, Dissident Mage let's you recast and pull another item in most cases to finish the combo Omniscience + Enter the Infinite, lots of tutors pull Show and Tell for you.
Capture of Jingzhou and Temporal Manipulation are good too, but not necessary, you're really just trying to combo win with Show and Tell + Omniscience + Enter the Infinite would focus on getting there.
Frantic Search is better if you have a way to recur-it, like a Nivix Guildmage, but it does give you more control on the discard. The problem arises when you only have 1 card in hand, becomes the same issue I'm sure you experience with the Scroll Rack.
Dreadbore could just be another tutor that pulls Hero's Downfall they do the same thing anyway (or a Yawgmoth's Will if you need to recast Hero's Downfall and have used Kess, Dissident Mage. And it's a sorcery (YUCK)
You need the Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots for Phage the Untouchable and Laboratory Maniac. You could lose the Swiftfoot Boots since you do have Artifact tutors, but I bet they are pulling mana sources not boots.
Temporal Extortion could be wasted spell, since i doubt your doing the extra damage, but in multi-player perhaps it may resolve due to politics.
Time Warp could come out too if needed, high CMC extra turns. Useful for mid-range play though.
Need to research a way to bring a card from graveyard to hand, if it has flashback, that would be AMAZING!
1 month ago
Anything in the post, as well as Lion's Eye Diamond. Whatever makes up the difference, but nothing I haven't explicitly mentioned.