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Scribe of the Mindful
Creature — Human Cleric
, , Sacrifice Scribe of the Mindful: Return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.
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Scribe of the Mindful Discussion
1 day ago
I'm not certain on Fraying Sanity, it looks like something to add to it for some silliness in some casual matches.
Cast Out was definitely a thought. Issue being single target and I would have to change my land distribution if I were to consider sideboard and mainboard. Grind / Dust is just more effective thanks to interactions with Archfiend of Ifnir
New Perspectives and Abandoned Sarcophagus are going to replace both Scribe of the Mindful and Wander in Death as Sarcophagus breaks the synergy. I was considering 2 of each and fitting in 2 more Nimble Obstructionist for some countering and tricky flashback from the grave thanks to sarcophagus and new perspectives interaction with each other.
6 days ago
Your play works, and prevents your opponent from taking control over your creature.
What you're doing involves a lot of rules, so I'm not going to quote them all. Instead, I'll give you a rundown of what's happening:
- your opponent casts Lay Claim, choosing your Scribe as a target. After the pay the costs, the Lay Claim enters the stack as a spell. Now each player, starting with the player who just cast a spell, may act "in response"
- you choose to activate your Scribe's activated ability in response. This is legal because activating activated abilities is instant-speed, meaning you can activate them even though there's a spell on the stack, or when it's not your turn
- as part of activating the ability, you have to choose a legal target for it, meaning an instant or sorcery in your graveyard. If you don't have one, you're not allowed to activate the ability
- as part of the costs of activating the ability, the Scribe is sacrificed. The ability is eventually put on the stack.
- if noone else does anything, your ability - being the topmost object of the stack - will resolve, and return the chosen card to your hand
- then, Lay Claim will try to resolve. However, because it's only target is illegal by the time it would have resolved, it's countered by the game rules, and put into its owner's graveyard instead of on the battlefield.
The rule for the last one is probably the most important one, so I'll quote that one:
608.2b If the spell or ability specifies targets, it checks whether the targets are still legal. A target that's no longer in the zone it was in when it was targeted is illegal. (...) The spell or ability is countered if all its targets, for every instance of the word "target," are now illegal. (...)
In case that the missing word "target" is the cause for any confusion - auras always require a target as part of casting them, which has to obey the "Enchant [...]" requirement.
1 week ago
I'm think you're referring to Sacred Excavation.
But on that note Pieces of the Puzzle is really useful for digging deep for answers or spells.
There's also Contingency Plan.
There's also Scribe of the Mindful.
2 weeks ago
I hear you - I just don't think that paying 2 mana for a card that gives you your choice of colour extra mana each turn (not just twice) is a sub-par option. Abandoned Sarcophagus is a late-game card that is only useful if you have targets in the grave. By the time you want to play this card, I want to have already won the game.
2 weeks ago
Maybe try Pieces of the Puzzle to help activate the manic scribe. Another mill card you missed was Vessel of Paramnesia. Also maybe consider Scribe of the Mindful to help get some of your mill cards back. Also Mirrorpool is a great land to have in this deck to effectively quadruple the amount of cards your opponent mills if you have the curse out. Some Geier Reach Sanitariums may also help with milling by making them discard. You may also consider making this deck UB in order to access cards that make your opponent discard such as Unburden and hand disruption such as Dispossess and Lost Legacy. If you have any question feel free to respond back :)
3 weeks ago
Really cool concept, but I think you put a bunch of sub-par cards in there. Scribe of the Mindful is one of them, just like Naga Vitalist. Why don't play Servant of the Conduit instead, unless you're going budget. Also, why would you need to ramp for? Most of the spells in the deck are pretty cheap. It needs in my opinion more counterspells and card draw. And by the way, have you considered the recently spoilered Abandoned Sarcophagus to play things like Censor, Compelling Argument or Haze of Pollen twice?
Again, you got my upvote for the concept. Keep up the good work!
3 weeks ago
Mirrorpool to copy your Startled Awake, then double up again with Fraying Sanity Other cards that could be useful include Scribe of the Mindful to pull Startled Awake from the graveyard and the HOU artefact (Mirror something) that also copies an enchantment (effectively adding another Fraying Sanity.
My biggest worry with HOU mill decks is that they may just play out too slowly to get over heavy control decks or quick aggro decks. My answer is to speed up your draw and summon - see Ladies with fraying sanity