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1 week ago
Changes in April 2018: finally took out Rise from the Tides as the alternative finisher. These decks are all meant to feel and play like a properly built deck, and having cards that work against each other makes the deck feel awkward and less fun (bad interaction with delve). The same problem would occur with Cryptic Serpent. One option is to ditch the Treasure Cruise, but delve is an important part of our hedron exile strategy, and losing it will cripple the deck.
So at this point we need a new finisher, and a new card that lets us do something on turn one.
I like the Curator of Mysteries for both. He introduces cycle, is a sphinx, and the deck could use a flier. He is very in theme for blue. He can be cycled on turn one if needed. He already has synergy with Jalum Tome.
Only having two Curator of Mysteries makes it nearly impossible to cycle him, there is too much lost by discarding half of your alternative win condition. Instead, I prefer 4 copies.
I considered only 2 copies and a replacement for Quicken. The Quicken replacement should either cycle or discard for synergy with the sphinx. A consideration was Striped Riverwinder; he adds another late game option with artwork people either love or hate (I like it). Opt, Peek and Twisted Image were all considerations, but they don't have synergy with the Curator. I like Hapless Researcher or Careful Study. They have synergy, help the early game, provide another discard option, and have good art on theme.
Ultimately, I did the following:
Playtesting is still in progress, but this worked OK so far against the other decks. (playtesting blue takes the longest, because of the character of the deck).
2 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Visions of Beyond isnt there
Peek? probably didnt see it up there
the wisps cycle is fun and underrated..
4 weeks ago
I'm going to chime in again if you don't mind lol. I think Koth of the Hammer could be really good as another win con, if you're feeling like you're having a hard time closing out games. Especially against other control decks, where combos are harder to manage. Also, I'd consider at least testing more cantrips to dig for your combos faster. The instant speed ones can really do work, that way you're operating more on their turn, and something like Peek lets you get full info on their hand before you want to go off, as opposed to their hand and the unknown card of what they drew that turn with a Gitaxian Probe. Also, Spellskite can do so much work against matchups with plenty of removal, and soak up damage from Zurgo decks. Not a bad choice for some Nin pinging either. If you're really banking on the infinite combo win con, Pact of Negation can be a game breaking card.
1 month ago
I feel this is kinda situational, resulting in a lot of dead draws... but at the same time I think this could easily be a voltron type deck utilizing the protections as evasion. +1
Here's mine if you'd like to get more ideas. I wasn't aware of the existence of Search Warrant before looking at your list. Other options for viewing hands are Spy Network, Peek, and Zur's Weirding. Returning things to their hands also lets you know what they have. Anyway, without further ado...
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1 month ago
I like the idea but the reason slivers is always primarily green is because of the slivers that make other slivers bigger such as Muscle Sliver and Predatory Sliver. Also instead of Peek use Gitaxian Probe
2 months ago
I'm of the opinion that Phyrexian Mana could have worked, but that they formatted literally every single card they put it on wrong. For pretty much exactly the reason you listed. They always used them to replace every instance of colored mana on the card. That's the real issue behind it imo. Cards like Birthing Pod could've worked if there was still a solid in the cost, or at least in the activated ability.
Gitaxian Probe was doomed from the start though. It's either going to cost and be straight worse than Peek, or it's going to be as is, and banned. I suppose they could've printed it for and given it a bit more, so it wasn't strictly worse than Peek, but eh.
But take Apostle's Blessing for instance. If this costed instead of I bet it wouldn't have seen as widespread play as it did/does.
Or Dismember for ? Heck maybe even ?