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Mental Misstep Discussion
6 hours ago
Ok, I'm gonna lead with I am actually wanting to give you good advice to make this deck more competitive and to preform better in a full CEDH meta. You don't have to listen or take it but some of your card slots could be much more efficient.
Disallow, Diabolic Tutor and Stroke of Genius are generally not considered for competitive because there are far better choices. Path to Exile ramps your opponents which is the worst thing you can do in the game pretty much, giving them a 3/3 creature is better almost always. Pongify and Rapid Hybridization should be better in most cases, those along with Reality Shift Toxic Deluge Swords to Plowshares Gilded Drake is generally enough to keep the creatures at bay. 3 mana for any counterspell is too much in CEDH just hands down. Spell Pierce or Mental Misstep would do you better 90% of the time. With Spell Pierce on turn 2 if its in your hand and all you have on the board is 2 lands then you can play a mana rock such as Talisman of Dominance and still have mana to counter something in the early game. In CEDH games are decided by 1 or 2 mana.
Thrasios/tyman is considered a fast combo deck which generally means that Counterspell is too slow being 2 blue. Usually they run the 1 drop counters Swan Song, Spell Pierce Mental Misstep Pact of Negation Force of Will and Mana Drain and call it good with those. Sometimes they include a Delay as well. Being a fast combo deck also generally means you don't bother with any stacks pieces. Torpor Orb probably works well against your opponents but its a slot that could get you closer to your combo that only moderately hurts some decks and since your not running other stacks pieces its just not going add any consistency to your deck. Without it you could put in a Trinket Mage and Trophy Mage both of which would get you combo pieces.
If your running Transmute Artifact I don't think you should need Reshape. It is a good tutor but I generally think Whir of Invention is more useful. If you sac a 1 drop artifact to Reshape to go get Aetherflux Reservoir it cost 2 blue, a saced artifact, and 3 colorless mana. To get Aetherflux Reservoir with Whir of Invention it costs 3 blue and 4 colorless that your non mana artifacts can tap to pay for. I think the possibility of a very slight cost increase is worth the instant speed and not having to sac a rock. I would not run all 3 however.
Beyond all of this advice the most improtant thing you should do is take out Walking Ballista whats the point? Once you have infinite mana you should win with thrasios.
4 days ago
Add: Silent Departure, Clutch of Currents, Preordain, Mystical Tutor, Baral's Expertise, Mystic Confluence, Painful Truths, Concentrate, Jace's Ingenuity, Phyrexian Arena, Safe Haven, Diabolic Intent, Blood Crypt, Bojuka Bog, Cabal Coffers, Cascade Bluffs, Desolate Lighthouse, Graven Cairns, Madblind Mountain, Minamo, School at Water's Edge, Phyrexian Tower, Steam Vents, Sunken Ruins, Tolaria West, Watery Grave, Polluted Delta, Bloodstained Mire, Mental Misstep, basic lands
Drop: Deadeye Navigator, Scrivener, Sidisi's Faithful, Solemn Simulacrum, Diviner's Wand, Mirror Gallery, Paradox Engine, Sundial of the Infinite, Remand
1 week ago
Lord_Khaine: Unset cards deserve their own look, which I'm not ready to do yet.
2 weeks ago
Honestly I can't really understand how this deck really plays and how it's realistically going to win. My suggestion is to add counterspells, especially for the early game, so you don't get wrecked before whatever you plan on doing is close to happening. Spell Pierce, Swan Song, Mental Misstep, Daze, Force of Will and Mana Drain for example
3 weeks ago
I'd like to show you my pretty much final build for GAAIV as sort of classic Stax with combo as finisher:
Commander / EDH
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I've always got some slots that might be exchanged and often my opinion on these cards depends on my experiences in the last games I've played. For example the use of Mental Misstep over Counterspell or having Swords to Plowshares available or not...I am curerntly playing a bit more online with Xmage to come across decks that don't exist in my playgroup. The build is still tuned for my meta because that's where I take the paper version of the deck.
1 month ago
Why is Ad Nauseam in a deck with an insanely high cmc like this one? usually for comp you want under 2 for a good ad naus deck. I read your reasoning and honestly don't think naus draws you a lot of cards, unless u hit an insane amount of lands or are lucky and hit some cheap spells. Is there a reason you don't play Mana Drain? I could see if it's budget, didn't see you explicitly say it though so I wanted to ask. Mental Misstep is also insanely good on actual comp tables. I recommend that card!
1 month ago
My Grave Titan is M12, so it's a little higher, even using TCG market prices.
1 month ago
I feel like this deck is built for a control/combo meta. I've built something similar that REALLY struggles because unfortunately, my meta is very aggro dominant (consisting mainly of casuals - objectively speaking)- how would you adjust the strategy to fit?
More sweepers? Less counters (or catch all counters rather than Mental Misstep which would definitely be a dead card in my meta)? Less targetted removal (Into the Roil would be a pointless card in my meta)?
Here's the decklist I have IRL if you want to provide more specific advice: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/villainous-reality
Just to note- I won't add any old border cards (due to financial constraints, and because OCD)