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1 day ago
I think the fundamental issue with unbanning Jace, the Mind Sculptor is that there is a very limited upside. I understand how good of a card he is, and how he functions as a lategame engine in control, but that honestly won't help control against Big-Mana decks, and he is generally ineffective against aggro decks to begin with, which means his impact will primarily be against fair decks and control decks, which... well, wasn't that more or less who we were trying to help in the first place?
I think Jace seems appealing since he is a good card in blue that slots into control decks and isn't broken in half, but the fact is I just don't think there are any cards on the banlist that can fix U-control decks issues in modern right now, without breaking something else (ie. Ponder/Preordain technically help u-control, but they help Grishoalbrand and Storm more).
2 days ago
Nice deck, I love the pauper format and would love to give you some advice!
You can try playing around with the numbers or decide not to include them at all. Hopes this helps in any way.
2 days ago
I think you have way too many ways to shuffle your graveyard into your library. I'd run 1-2 at most. Memory Erosion also seems suspect as you will likely be winning via combo or damage rather than mill. I'd keep Sphinx's Tutelage in only if you plan on drawing your deck to mill everyone (i explain how to to this in a sec)
Also you should probably get your hands on a Paradox Engine. Its a good card in general but can also go infinite.
Paradox Engine+Kaho, Minamo Historian+mana rock= infinite draws. Eventually you can draw into and play a second mana rock and then every time you do the loop you gain 1 mana. Keep doing this until you draw your entire deck. At that you can switch over to a different spell with cmc less than the amount of mana you are producing(might mean targeting a token from Pongify with another copy of pongify) each untap to generate infinite mana. With the ability to draw infinite cards and infinite mana, you can cast a Blue Sun's Zenith on each opponent where x=1000 to kill everyone else at the table.
Casting infinite copies of Reality Shift exiles their libraries too.
Also copying a Dramatic Reversal with enough mana rocks out can also generate infinite mana.
Once you have infinite mana if you have something you can tap to draw cards like Arcanis the Omnipotent you can do this to draw your deck, use brainstorm to put a Reality Shift in the deck, play Deadeye Navigator to reset kaho getting your copy of shift you can win that way.
As you can see there are several ways to to draw your deck so even somethink like Laboratory Maniac is viable.
Sorry if that was a bit long bit here are the cards i think you need: counterspells, Paradox Engine, a few more mana rocks
2 days ago
the only other two commanders for RU (other than Jori En) areLudevic, Necro-Alchemist who is honestly kind of bad and Jhoira of the Ghitu who cheats in eldrazi in EDH but maybe you could build something spicy around her.I like that your deck is based around burn. Most tiny nin decks ive seen use mill as their primary wincon its nice to see a change.
If you want to know of some better cards for your build look into some Legacy burn decks as they will have cards you could put in.
I would put in Preordain over serum visions as it is simply better.overall nice deck +1
3 days ago
So yeah, pretty big improvements that can be made.
Ideally you want to be able to see more of your deck, so Brainstorm, Serum Visions, Ponder (which I noted you had) and Preordain will help you do that. You could even play Predict if you wanted to synergise with them.
You want to be able to play multiple copies of your best cards, and in highlander decks, run back up copies. Snapcaster is obviously good, but there are weaker versions or diffrent version. Torrential Gearhulk, and Recoup seem obvious choices.
For a threat, I don't think you want to be on the Welk/Combust gearhulk plan. I would suggest Stoneforge Mystic/Batterskull and Vendilion Clique. Clique is flash/flyer 3/1 who basically removes a card they want from their hand. Stoneforge/Batterskull thins deck, stoneforge fetches batterskull and it wins you games an uncounterable instant speed 4/4 for 2
Check out MTGTop8s commander decks for duel commander to get some ideas
3 days ago
Ok good points, if Preordain and Jtms comes back to modern then what are the chances?
3 days ago
3 days ago
To be honest, somebody could at least win a few games with the deck, but again, there is very little ways to have it work in Modern. If they ever unban Jace, the Mind Sculptor or Preordain, I would see a case for maybe, but lack of Top/Brainstorm hurts. However, having some miracles cards in a deck (probably just a one of) isn't so bad. But having 4 Terminus isn't gonna be good.