Back:Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin
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Search for Azcanta
At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard. Then if you have seven or more cards in your graveyard, you may transform Search for Azcanta.
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Search for Azcanta Discussion
23 hours ago
Woah, welcome back!
First thought: add Wrath of God to the mainboard. Wraths are really good right now. WW is a difficult cost, but it's probably worth it. Another option is Languish if you want to stick to BB - Languish is also nice because it leaves Obzedat alive.
This deck is in kind of a bad spot in this meta. There are a lot of graveyard decks, and accordingly a lot of graveyard hate. Expect to face Leyline of the Void. Not every match, but often enough to warrant preparation for it.
Search For Azcanta.... I keep going back and forth on it. Vs UW Control and Jund it's really good. But it's also very low-impact against the many aggro decks of the format. I've been doing a lot of testing with varieties of grixis decks, and I think I've settled on not playing Azcanta in Grixis, but that could change in the next week. Whether you play it or not depends heavily on how you think you fare vs control decks and vs aggro decks. If you need another card to beat control, then play Azcanta. If aggro decks are a struggle then I'd pass on them. This deck is so graveyard-dependent that Azcanta is probably a very good card to play.
I don't know how good Esper Charm is right now. I'd expect it's in a poor spot, but then again it's also an amazing card. My intuition for how this deck should be built is really bad. I'd never be able to brew this kind of deck.
Get ready for Assassin's Trophy. It's coming and it's going to be a scary time ahead. This is a good time to add another basic land to the mana base. But 4 is still pretty solid. Field of Ruin is also a card now - it's amazing for dealing with opposing Search for Azcanta Flip, Celestial Colonnade, and Tron lands. You have color-intensive costs, so I wouldn't play more than 1, but it's a really good 1-of.
Honestly, the sideboard is what needs the most changing, but I don't really know this deck's angle in the different matchups. I don't think Leyline of Sanctity is good right now because Storm will bounce it, KCI will kill it, and burn always has Destructive Revelry.
I'm sure I'm forgetting things, but I gotta get sleep. I'll definitely come back to this more. This has always been one of my favorite decks on the site. Easily in my top 5 favorites.
4 days ago
While I like that Ionize is less of an issue with the manabase, from my testing because of the dual lands you will have double blue most of the time, and I love the ability to filter the top card of the library to fuel Search for Azcanta Flip.
5 days ago
I'm not crazy about Hypothesizzle, 4x Chemister's Insight is a few too many in my opinion, and I like Sinister Sabotage and Ionize better than Syncopate. I'd add a third Search for azcanta . Maybe try Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip? Still, fun deck.
5 days ago
Zedruu was my first deck, and aside from some differences in budget, I wanted to ask about a few of your specific choices.
The following cards I'm not sure why they were included in your list. Could you sell me on them? Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre Am I missing a way to cheat his cost? Scroll Rack and Search for azcanta - Do you need more draw/advantage? Rule of Law -Aren't you the low curve+draw who would want to play multiple cards morseso than most? Temple Bell - Is it a combo I'm missing?
Others I'm already tempted by but haven't been able to test yet Humility - Absent of tokens and using a commander which gives card advantage, do you break parity? Dack Fayden I recently added Treasure Nabber, on top of running Embargo and Stony Silence- Do you think Dack performs well enough to still be included? Stranglehold is so powerful. I currently run Aven Mindcensor and love the effect. Why did you choose Strangle over Aven? Would it be worth running both? Helm of Obedience I'm just not familiar with. How much do you normally put into X? If X = 3 and it is 4 to cast, 7 cmc for a random creature... It could be great but I assume you'd hit a lot of 2-3 cmc creatures no? Copy Enchantment I recently added Copy Artifact reasoning that it could function as a rock as a minimum each game and has a high ceiling- but I'm not sure about copying enchantments since so many are static effects that are redundant to have multiple. Am I misperceiving it?
Finally, I was curious about your Solemnity. I run it as well and at the time it was great. Stopping +1/+1 counters, experience counters... But now I never see those. I love that it can combo well with Delaying Shield (in my case) and Phyrexian Unlife (in your case) but I don't know if that warrants keeping it.
5 days ago
How about counterspells like Mana Leak Cryptic Command Remand or Negate / Countersquall? You could remove 1-2 Terminate (cuz you have 2 Dreadbore), all 3 Vampire Nighthawk (unless you find them incredibly usefull). If you remove those 5 cards you could add 3 Remand and 2 Cryptic Command (exemple).
Those are my thoughts on how to improve the deck
6 days ago
Counterspell and Sejiri Refuge aren't legal in this deck, as one was never printed in a standard set, and the other hasn't been printed in a standard set since 2009. Unsummon will be leaving standard in a couple weeks, so you might want to use Rescue instead. Counterspell can be replaced by Essence Scatter or Syncopate. Sejiri Refuge can be replaced with Glacial Fortress or Meandering River.
6 days ago
Not sure about Thought Erasure - seems a bit weak. I would probably go for another Search for azcanta and fill out the Vraska's Contempt. Maybe a hard to kill threat, or some graveyard shenanigans should come in here. Could it be time for Patient Rebuilding?!
6 days ago
I don't play standard, so take what I say with a grain of salt but....
With all the shocks coming back, would Alpine Moon be a card to actually see play now? In the very least I feel it should see some sideboard slots, especially in lists like this.