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Mastermind's Acquisition Discussion
2 days ago
I got a chance to read the decklist and it looks really good. I'll mull it over and read it a few more times, but it looks solid and really sticks with the theme. The only cards I would consider are Exquisite Blood and Zulaport Cutthroat but I don't know what you'd swap out for them. Another good card is Mastermind's Acquisition
1 week ago
Mastermind's Acquisition is a strict upgrade over Diabolic Tutor due to it's ability to search your sideboard. Your early game seems weak to your opponent running over you. Inquisition of Kozilek is not too expensive and is amazing. Of course Thoughtseize is the card you want eventually. Budget options include Duress and Despise.
1 week ago
Instead of Murder perhaps Spell Swindle My thoughts you've got quite a few destroy spells and even better negative health effects, if you caught a big counter late game all those treasures would be with an The Antiquities War proc.
Cabal Paladin feels a little out of place, but I understand the reasoning for him and I'm sure he does quite a bit of damage. I'd perhaps suggest in his place Mastermind's Acquisition Allows you to hunt for anything main or side board. Marionette Master in the Sideboard would be a rather fun finisher with the addition of Mastermind's Acquisition.
Hornswoggle would also be a legitimate idea for the addition of the treasure and the extremely creature heavy meta.
1 week ago
I completely agree that the pirates tribe plays better with Marchesa over Beckett Brass. BB just doesnt seem to have enough synergy and also requires more effort, which usually requires more card slots, which isn't a good thing. Removing Thassa, God of the Sea for Drana, Liberator of Malakir is a great move. I'm mostly using Feast on the Fallen, Unspeakable Symbol, and Curse of Stalked Prey to get the counters on stuff (which i see you are using 2/3). I also threw in more stuff that pays life Dire Fleet Ravager, Phyrexian Purge, Toxic Deluge, etc.
Funny enough, I thought the Deadeye-Marionette combo would be my top wincon also but it has yet to come out.
Definitely agree with Diabolic Intent over Diabolic Tutor. I'm using Rhystic Tutor and Mastermind's Acquisition for tutors. Rhystic seems silly, and that's because it is, but I enjoy the politics that stems from it.
Anyway, please check out my pirate deck! I'll take advice and feedback even though it seems we aren't totally going for the same thing.
2 weeks ago
I don't think I can afford Inquisition of Kozilek or Thoughtseize. I tried it with 4xWall of Shards, but it seemed like it was practically a dead card in my hand without a Tainted Remedy down. Can you tell me how it plays for you?
3 weeks ago
Thanks dbpunk for the great suggestions! I switched Nihilistic Glee in and cut Mastermind's Acquisition out for now. I don't see any use for Body Snatcher for this deck since I don't play high-CMC-creatures and the card itself brings nothing to the table. But maybe I'm missing some aspect of the card. Brink of Madness is an awesome card for 1vs1-games but since I'm playing 3+ opponents I'm not going to include it. I put it to the Maybeboard though. Demonic Collusion looks like a decent card but the high CMC is quite a letdown since mostly you need to wait for another turn to get the use of it meaning you are going to miss on the hellbent-effects. Furthermore cards like Avaricious Dragon reduce its worth. Malfegor looks decent but not quite good enough since at the time you can afford it your hard will contain maybe 1-2 cards left. Sire Of Insanity needs a spot in this deck but I don't quite know what to cut out for it. Anyway thanks a lot for the great ideas!
3 weeks ago
I'm inclined to agree that you have too many creatures, I just thought that's what you were going for so I didn't mention it. If you want to push that combo harder you'll likely want either more copies of the two pieces, or more ways to find them. Idyllic Tutor is a good choice, especially since you have other worthwhile targets like Oblivion Ring and Blind Obedience. I'm also a fan of Mastermind's Acquisition. It's definitely a slow card but grabbing something from sideboard is a neat trick, and it can find more pieces than just enchantments. Being in white, you could probably use some Path to Exile, and being in black you could probably use some Inquisition of Kozilek and/or Thoughtseize.
In my opinion, deckbuilding is first and foremost about expressing yourself, so you should play whatever cards you think are fun. If I were you, though, these are the changes I would make:
Cut 2x Gift of Orzhova, 2x Phyrexian Arena, 2x Crypt Ghast, 2x Archfiend of Depravity, 3x Drana's Emissary, and 2x Blind Obedience
Add 2x Idyllic Tutor, 2x Mastermind's Acquisition, 4x Lingering Souls, 3x Inquisition of Kozilek, 2x Path to Exile.
Other cards to consider for mainboard: Thoughtseize, Fatal Push, Authority of the Consuls, Archangel of Thune, Damnation, Wrath of God
Cards to consider for sideboard: Fragmentize, Rebuff the Wicked, Anguished Unmaking, Damping Sphere, Pithing Needle, Torpor Orb