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Mastermind's Acquisition Discussion
1 hour ago
I think you'll want both Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots in this deck just so that you can "protect the queen". Tutots like Diabolic Tutor , Mastermind's Acquisition and Beseech the Queen can help you fish them out from your deck.
16 hours ago
Also, you're very susceptible game 2 to Unmoored Ego , so the secondary combo could be your sideboard plan. OR you could swap out the Contracts/Paladin for Mastermind's Acquisition to protect important combo pieces from being totally taken away.
2 days ago
@jjdonut7 I like that a lot. I have made a tweak and added Divine Visitation in replace of the lich's mastery.
against golgari midrange I consistently lose due to them loving the fact that I'm sending their big threat creatures to the graveyard..
however, for certain matchups where I feel the Lich's Mastery would be safe, I threw it in the sideboard, since we got Mastermind's Acquisition to fetch it up.
against blue just hope and pray to establish a turn 2 Dawn of Hope
we have favorable matchups against red deck mono burn, and green decks.
6 days ago
xaarvaxus, Thank you for the advice! I originally had Liliana's Contract in the deck, however I was having troubles trying to optimize the number of Shadowborn Apostle 's in the deck. I think that I will toss the card into the sideboard and use Mastermind's Acquisition as a means of fetching it to win.
I debated on adding Bloodgift Demon for the ability to tutor for a phyrexian arena, however I feel as though Harvester of Souls can offer me better card draw and he also has a good keyword so he isn't useless in combat either.
As for Overseer of the Damned he is good removal on a body, however I believe Reaper from the Abyss is a far more effective card for removal especially when I have a sac outlet out to ensure that I can remove the biggest threat from the battlefield every end step.
Thank you again for the advice!
1 week ago
Thanks so much Daarkest, I have been keeping Chance for Glory at three copies so that I don’t draw multiples in the early turns and I keep one in the sideboard to tutor with Mastermind's Acquisition. This also helps protect against Unmoored Ego.
2 weeks ago
I suggest you add some graveyard hate in case your opponents have a way to recur back their cards (Living Death, Scrap Mastery, Sun Titan, etc.), like Crook of Condemnation, Relic of Progenitus, Nihil Spellbomb or Leyline of the Void (if you have the $$$). You already have Bojuka Bog, so nice choice :). I love the Whip of Erebos and Phyrexian Reclamation to get back my own creatures and some instants or sorceries put them back directly (one-time only though): Cauldron Dance, Torrent of Souls, Rise from the Grave. Beacon of Unrest is very nice and versatile. If you have the budget, Sheoldred, Whispering One is very effective and Goryo's Vengeance can be useful. Shallow Grave, Animate Dead and Necromancy are other options too. For mass-reanimation, use Rise of the Dark Realms, Liliana Vess or Liliana, Death Wielder. If you like the discard theme, pretty much all specters have an ability related to that, but of course they aren't of the tribes you want with your commander. Also, if you play black, I think tutors are a must, because they are the best in the game since only Beseech the Queen reveals the tutored card in black (well, I think so). So Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Mastermind's Acquisition, Dark Petition, Diabolic Revelation, Increasing Ambition and the good old budget Diabolic Tutor are among options.
2 weeks ago
Thanks for the feedback Lil_Kalki! This is still very much a prototype - I've only playtested an earlier iteration of this build and the Mastermind's Acquisition are new to me. In simulations, there are definitely cards in the sideboard I seem to never want to grab with Mastermind's Acquisition anyway (like Meteor Golem and Poison-Tip Archer), so this is great feedback.
I might add some counter-control like additional Pilfering Imp. Maybe add Duress to replace Stitcher's Supplier when going up against a mill. And Never Happened would be nice, too, as this deck is still not great at dealing with control decks. Another Gaea's Blessing wouldn't hurt for mill decks, too.
I can't think of other kinds of decks I'm not covering via subs that aren't already covered in the build, but let me know if you have any thoughts.
2 weeks ago
I like this build. Kudos!
The only worry I have with it is the sideboard which is sort of all over the place. Maybe that’s because of Mastermind's Acquisition, but I feel like answers are still good for sb. Maybe condense the list to between 5 and 7 things and find some mid-match answers too.