Mimic Vat

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Scars of Mirrodin (SOM) Rare

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Mimic Vat

Artifact

Imprint — Whenever a nontoken creature is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may exile that card. If you do return each other card exiled with Mimic Vat to its owner's graveyard.

{{3}}, Tap: Put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of the exiled card. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step.

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Mimic Vat Discussion

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

2 days ago

StopShot, those are really good observations. I always appreciate the feedback.

As for responses, I will first address your question of Aikido. Aikido does not mean not defending yourself against attacks if it would mean disruption of your opponents' efforts. The discussion of ethics is about the most preferable ways to defend yourself. I include spot removal, and that affects board states and plans as well. The highest ethical level in Aikido is to defend oneself while preventing harm to both the attacker and the defender, but it leaves the possibility for defense that harms the attacker if necessary, it is just much less preferable. In the case of storm, you are right in that the board state of storm is the storm count, but no one goes off in storm without the intent to win the game, so defense in this situation can be justified. The alternative is to lose. Preferably, you could Deflecting Palm or Comeuppance an Aetherflux Reservoir for a win of your own, but causing the storm to fizzle is acceptable when you can't end the game yourself. The higher in the ethical hierarchy you play, the better you are, but dipping down to avoid disaster is OK.

I like a lot of your suggestions. As for Vampire Nighthawk, at this point it is sort of a legacy card. I think about removing it every time I consider an alternative. It is in the wincon spot now as an oversight from when I ran Hatred and had several lifelink creatures to go with it. Now it is just a flying rattlesnake. It currently occupies the most likely flex spot, and is in danger of losing it's place. If it is cut, it is likely to be replaced by something more than a simple flying blocker.

Mimic Vat is a fascinating idea. Limited graveyard hate and Aikido wincon. I will have to consider. Animate Dead has done a pretty good job for me, so I could see Mimic Vat doing the same.

Reverberate and Fork have been in the deck in the past. I think you are right in that they function very well in the right meta, and my previous meta was not the right place for them. My new meta may be. The fact that I now face combo and more counterspells means that it will probably function exactly the same way you say. I may trial this in the Vampire Nighthawk slot, probably my revised Fork. The other option I consider for this spot is Praetor's Grasp or Wheel of Fortune. Both can really mess with combo.

As for what combo I face, Karlov of the Ghost Council with Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood, both Mizzix of the Izmagnus and now Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain storm, a new Muldrotha, the Gravetide infinite Villainous Wealth, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight infinite attack phases, Purphoros, God of the Forge Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker shenanigans, Damia, Sage of Stone infinite turns Deadeye Navigator, and Palinchron BS, and probably more. I would say that many decks use combo wincons in addition to other strategies, but there are some that only win with combo, such as the storm and Damia decks.

StopShot on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

2 days ago

I did a brief read-through of your deck description and objectives. I wasn't familiar with the term "Aikido" until after I read it here. I run a full-focused combo deck and the term Aikido seems at odd ends with Combo since stopping the combo will mean disrupting your opponent's board-state.

There isn't any card that just turns off combo since combo strategies could rely on graveyard or storm or infinite token loops or infinite mana use. An excellent card you might want to consider that can help fall in line with Aikido would be Damping Sphere which hits hard against decks that try to storm out for the win. A good way to deal with graveyard-based combos could be Mimic Vat which not only can serve as a good deterrent, but it's triggered ability can stop a graveyard loop when in a pinch. Lastly if someone aims a lethal spell at you that deals infinite damage or infinite loss of life or forces you to draw infinite cards I've found that cards like Fork and Reverberate are excellent ways of turning those spells against their caster and not only that, but if they die to your copy that effectively exiles their original spell before it ever resolves saving you in the process. Fork and Reverberate are also good at giving your Price of Progress or Backlash more of an edge and can stop counter spells as well.

If you mind can you tell me what combos you're up against? I might be able to come up with a suggestion better suited to your meta. Also I noticed you have Vampire Nighthawk listed as a win condition which I found a bit amusing and out of place. Could you tell me what significance it holds in your deck? If you're looking for an effective aerial blocker I think Mischievous Poltergeist does the trick trading lethality for durability. Also if you have any issues with creatures trampling you to death you might want to consider Dead-Iron Sledge which practically works like super deathtouch killing the creature before combat damage.

wtchandler7 on Infect

3 days ago

Add the following: - list text hereSignets (https://magiccards.info/query?q=signet&v=card&s=cname) - Chromatic Lantern - Cultivate - Evolution Charm - Skyshroud Claim - Kodama's Reach - Oracle of Mul Daya - Seedborn Muse - As Foretold - Mimic Vat

Replace the following: - Magus of the Coffers with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Cabal Coffers

Remove the following: - Caged Sun - Thran Dynamo - Black Lotus

onehitterquiter on Ertai, The Corrupted token control

2 weeks ago

Merieke Ri Berit, Preacher and Beguiler of Wills could be fun since you can sac what you steal :O Magewright's Stone and Thousand-Year Elixir would allow you to use Ertai multiple times per round. Intruder Alarm would be especially good here if you ran things like Bloodline Keeper  Flip and Thraben Doomsayer. Mimic Vat seems useful as well given all your ETB-effect creatures. Dovescape could be a silly way to dominate the game, especially if you have Guile or Lullmage Mentor out.

I would definitely run more than 31 lands in a deck like this. Maybe remove redundant/low card advantage stuff like Render Silent, Fact or Fiction, and Counterspell and try to increase your land count?

Cool deck! Upvoted :)

LittleBlueHero on Pir & Toothy (BREWING

2 weeks ago

I love you idea with the clone effects on Toothy. I think thats definitely abusable. Running Phantasmal Image is always a safe bet and is really flexible but personally I think more clone effects could be just as good. Rite of Replication is the obvious one, kicked and copying toothy would draw you insane amounts of cards. And even though it won't blow up the original, Helm of the Host would make for really solid repeatable copies. Or maybe even Mimic Vat for repeatable effects...

I think you have given me enough to start brewing myself! Let me know if you get a chance to test at all! +1

thehumanjukebox on Wizard Tribal Trigger Deck

3 weeks ago

Whoops, nevermind! Some guys at my local game store corrected me on how Sundial of the Infinite works. Apparently, you can use it ON your end step in response to the tokens beginning their self-exile trigger, which scissors off any remaining actions on the stack - namely the exiling of the tokens. Because the tokens tried to exile themselves once, they don't have any remaining triggers in later turns. Some other things I might put into this deck to work with the Inalla, Archmage Ritualist and Sundial of the Infinite are: Mimic Vat, Corpse Dance, Slave of Bolas (which was in the original pre-con deck) and perhaps Splinter Twin.

Catalog9000 on Blue Creature Cloner?

3 weeks ago

Here's a list of what I could find.

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