Minister of Inquiries
Creature — Vedalken Advisor
When Minister of Inquiries enters the battlefield, you get EE (two energy counters).
T, Pay E: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
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Minister of Inquiries Discussion
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
Brother of Primal Amulet,
+2 Ipnu Rivulet
Switch desert of mindfuyl for Fetid Pools
Not sure, since you dun mention it, but I guess you want to keep this budget, so no Drowned Catacomb ?
**BUILD A SIDEBOARD !**
Switch Pirate's prize for Glimmer of Genius because energy
HURRAH FOR THE PRIMAL AMULET
2 weeks ago
Seems spicy! Any particular reason for the sideboard Deeproot Waters ? Without any Merfolk to trigger them, they literally do nothing. Might I suggest cutting them, moving Spell Pierce to the sideboard instead, and bringing in a few mainboard Essence Scatters in their place? With only 8 creatures in this deck, I'd be less worried about noncreature hate, and more about whatever problematic creatures your opponent could bring to the table (especially something like Bristling Hydra, which dodges every removal spell in this deck, given enough Energy). Baral, Chief of Compliance also seems somewhat questionable in this deck, seeing as you only have 6 mainboard counterspells. It might be worth trying to squeeze in some number of Minister of Inquiries (mills 6 total, chumps in a worst-case scenario) or Seeker of Insight (again, blocks well, but can also draw cards somewhat reliably) in his place.
1 month ago
Hello, from your post i just realized that i am not the only person who is tinkering with a deck built around Skaab Ruinator
So here is what ideas i came up with till now:
1# Build an all in deck with the best cheap mill spells, Hedron Crab, Minister of Inquiries, Shriekhorn (a few - as its sadly an artifact), Dream Twist, Contingency Plan - ad 3 playsets of "real" creatures Narcomoeba, Skaab Ruinator, Eternal Scourge - and a flex slot, that at the moment i fill with Stitchwing Skaab, but it could be Magus of the Bazaar.
The problem is that this version has obvious problems with stuff like Path to Exile, (and grave hate) despite being really fast.
2# Build a deck that abuses Gifts Ungiven with Skaab Ruinator as win condition (since this creature doesn't need slots devoted to Unburial Rites.
In such a shell Mulldrifter, Shriekmaw, Plaxmanta + Pit Keeper as a worse Snapcaster Mage would do well.
For turn one stuff like Siren Stormtamer/Martyr of Frost or stuff like Vampire Cutthroat would be ideal.
P.s.:Laboratory Maniac is a trap - for this deck.
There are alternatives that are a lot better - like Psychic Spiral + Mystic Retrieval which can work out of the graveyard, and mill the opponent out of nowhere.
1 month ago
I run Disappearing Act over Cancel to double up the counters I get from Minister of Inquiries. I don't much like Censor because it has never really worked out for me and just feels like a dead draw after turn 3.
1 month ago
This deck still has issues:
You need to run at least 24 Lands. Remember the goal is to cast Fleet Swallower ASAP. To do that you can't afford to be mana screwed.
Speaking of which, since it is your main win con, you need a playset (four copies) of Fleet Swallower.
You now have too MANY Creatures, and not enough Mill spells. The Creatures are only meant to provide a bit of Ramp support.
You need as well as in the early game. You are overly weighted towards in your mana base.
I would make your Lands look like this:
and your Creatures look like this:
then add more Mill spells, as there should be some spaces left.