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Psychic Strike Discussion
1 day ago
looking at your deck I have a few questions for you, what is your budget? The reason why I ask is because the fastest way to improve you deck is always start with your land base. Your a little light on duels in my opinion I know they are expensive and sometimes not as exciting as adding in the creatures and spells but of all the areas of your deck this one in my opinion needs the most improving. Sunken Hollow and Drowned Catacomb are both under 5 bucks so they would be easy additions that wouldn't break the bank. I would also consider replacing the shrines you have in your deck. Now this is just my opinion but they just don't make enough of a splash right away to me. If you want to target your opponents hands you already have the best of them all Jace's Archivist. Alternatively if you just want mess with a single players hand creatures like Shimian Specter can let you exile rather than discard and it forces you opponent to reveal and let you choose what needs to go. Hypnotic Specter makes the discard random which is still stronger than the shrine discard. Plus both these creatures can be used as blockers if need be. Rapid Hybridization would also be another one I would consider swapping. Black has some of the best spot removal in the game and I would much rather have a counterspell instead. Psychic Strike is a good one has good synergy with the deck as it lets you mill as well. I could keep going but I would be typing here forever. If you are looking for more inspiration check out my decks I have my own Lazav deck that I have been constantly tweaking over the last 3 years and I can say it is my baby. Good luck with your deck man keep on improving.
lithium142 on Gone
3 weeks ago
there are some rare exceptions when it is ok to go above 60 cards, but you lose a lot of consistency when you do. just so you know, i wasn't necessarily suggesting these cards for your deck so much as trying to give you card knowledge of the archetype. I respect the fact that most people haven't been playing nearly as long as i have, and card knowledge is the absolute best tool in the game. so i was merely trying to share that with you, so you can make decisions based on your own needs as your playgroup evolves.
anyway, Bitter Ordeal is cast after milling. in your deck, this could mean you do it after you get a good chain off of Sphinx's Tutelage. because you get to exile a card from their library for every permanent you milled, plus the one from the initial cast. it costs 3, so other than that you likely wont get too much value until you have a bit more mana. but it can be interesting if nothing else.
as for what to pull out. I would personally only run 3 Sphinx's Tutelage and 3 Jace's Archivist. this is because while seeing them in a game is good, you wouldn't necessarily be happy seeing two of them in a game (or in a hand).
also Psychic Strike isnt exactly a powerhouse.
on another note, you really shouldn't run Leyline of the Void mainboard. if you have no need of it, it will do absolutely nothing to advance your strategy. Surgical Extraction and/or Extirpate fit mainboard because at worst you can get 3 cards from their deck with it. mill is pretty cool because you can play aggressive and try to kill someone in 4 turns, or you can play the control route by trying to hinder your opponent while slowly making their deck disappear. yours is a bit of a mix between the two (which is perfectly fine), but always keep in mind which direction a new card will take you. are you not killing fast enough? or are you dying too easily? ask that question, then find a card to solve your problem.
I might throw together both of these to show you what i mean. prolly not for a few days tho, cuz im gonna be hella busy this week. oh, if you haven't already, try using the playtest feature of this site. just pull out a paper deck and play it against the one you have here. then you can actually test what cards you want before buying anything
4 weeks ago
As Boza said, this deck seems unfocused. It looks like you are trying to build some sort of 5 color goodstuff, but you lack the interaction necessary to build a deck like that and not die to combo decks.
In general it seems like a lot of your cards are suboptimal. Cards like Psychic Strike, Arcane Denial, Complicate and Spell Shrivel are kinda inefficient, especially when you are not running better counterspells like Mental Misstep, Spell Snare, Spell Pierce and Mana Drain, as well as other pieces of early disruption like Hymn to Tourach, Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek.
In your deck you mention you made this into a 5-color deck to play Bloodbraid. But playing Bloodbraid when you have this many counterspells (which, remember, usually do nothing when cascaded into) seems loose. If you want to maintain this build, I'd probably play Cryptic Command and Mystic Confluence s my only counterspells (since Bloodbraid can't cascade into them) and instead base my interaction on removal and hand disruption.
1 month ago
Added Coat of Arms, Counterspell, Grafted Exoskeleton, Oona's Gatewarden, Perplex, Psychic Strike, Silumgar's Command, Spell Crumple, and Sword of the Animist. Hopefully this will help with the lack of control and allow me to play an extra land each turn for Oona's ability. More Faerie tokens for me, less cards in your library!
1 month ago
I'm going to try Coat of Arms, Counterspell, Faerie Harbinger, Grafted Exoskeleton, Orbs of Warding, Oona's Gatewarden, Perplex, Psychic Strike, Reaper of Sheoldred, Silumgar's Command, Spell Crumple, Sword of the Animist, and Viral Drake.
1 month ago
Just some ideas...
Psychic Strike might also be worth considering because of the added mill.
I hope it helped! :D
1 month ago
I love mill decks and I also have one with Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker.
Here's some food for thought:
Windfall or Dark Deal in addition to Whispering Madness... also great with Library of Leng just repeatedly put the cards on top of your library then draw them again and filter out the ones you don't need.
Overall, a nice build. It was a pleasure reviewing your deck. If you want, you can look at my deck for more thoughts. Have fun milling!
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2 months ago
luke1 I think you are right.
I have added in some Psychic Strike to give me some counters while still milling.
Can't think of what else thought. Any suggestions?