|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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|Eternal Masters (EMA)||Rare|
|From the Vault: Exiled (V09)||Mythic Rare|
|Champions of Kamigawa (CHK)||Uncommon|
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Sensei's Divining Top
: Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order.
: Draw a card, then put Sensei's Divining Top on top of its owner's library.
Sensei's Divining Top Discussion
3 days ago
4 days ago
What i do it's manipulate the top with Approach of the Second Sun , with Doom Whisperer and Sensei's Divining Top in the field, then Pay 6 Life (even with 1 life total this will works since you gain 7 lifes) and use the top to take Approach of the Second Sun and hard cast it in the same turn in second main fase to win the game very oddly.
Also, Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign works very well with Artisan of Kozilek and Sepulchral Primordial / Diluvian Primordial giving me a TON of Value with at least 2 huge creatures, and probably 5 creatures or 3 other good spells (and also get rid of those spells), get the most valuable from others graveyards.
4 days ago
Thank you Joe_Ken_!!!, as you said Merchant Scroll is able to search Nexus of Fate indeed, but this will be in my hand, and with this commander you need it in the top of your library befores she attack,
About Soothsaying it was already considered, but it turns out to be too expensive in the long run, the only way to make it work is paying at least for in order to swap both bards if needed, but as you said it could be a good idea with Approach of the Second Sun , usually what i do it's manipulate the top with Approach of the Second Sun , with Doom Whisperer and Sensei's Divining Top in the field and then Pay 6 Life (even with 1 life total this will works since you gain 7 lifes) and use the top to take Approach of the Second Sun .
Hour of Revelation it's a very good option since takes out everything in the board, and usually it's what we really want. (i'm thinking in this deck as a Tempo/Beater/Control)
4 days ago
Hi MattN7498, thank you for detailed write up. I'm in the market for a casual-but-with-teeth EDH deck and I'm really liking what I see here.
There are a couple of smallish things I'd do differently, but one question stands out and I'm really curious about your opinion:
You've got everything in place to run the Descendants' Path / Lurking Predators / Scroll Rack / Sensei's Divining Top suite - Lots of big creatures that want to be cheated out, many fetches to reset your deck, a Sylvan Library and a few other effects that care about the top of the deck.
I imagine that you lean more towards making your dragons cheaper and / or generating extra mana instead of straight up cheating as those effects work on their own and do not require setting up. Still it seems like a curious omission. Is that something you've toyed with before and didn't like? Please let me know what you think about it!
5 days ago
Well if Mystical Tutor to Nexus of Fate is one of your combos Merchant Scroll will do the same thing. One card I think does not get enough attention that could be good in this deck is Soothsaying since it works in a similar way to Sensei's Divining Top but is cheaper to buy and can dig a little deeper.
6 days ago
Hmmm for an alternative win con and such, I usually go for Future Sight + Paradox Engine + Sensei's Divining Top or Helm of Awakening to go into infinite draws. After that I would use a spell like Bitter Ordeal and recur it with Codex Shredder . Another line I go for is the Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal in addition with Copy Artifact + Winds of Rebuke / Swan Song and go infinite mill or birdies.
6 days ago
A couple reasons why is that you would have access to Scroll Rack as well, with the amount of fetches you run you can essentially manipulate your library as well. Not only that a T1 E-tutor can grab you any of the fast mana rocks as well. If you have access to them you can grab Sensei's Divining Top and continue your manipulation.
It also adds to the consistency of what you can grab and opens up many lines of answers for you and streamlines the deck even more. In retrospect the Scry 2 from Crystal ball is decent but you have to pay than an additional before you can gain use of it.
Hope that gives a little perspective on my thoughts :P
1 week ago
I've been looking for other things that can do what top does:
- Crystal Ball is the most obvious replacement for Sensei's Divining Top .
- Descendant of Soramaro can work, but it's slow. It will die to Lightning Bolt if you don't have at least a few cards in hand and 2 mana open after casting it.
- Eldrazi Displacer , and any card with an ETB scry ability like Sage of Epityr , Augury Owl or Riverwise Augur .
- Leyline of Anticipation obviously works with any sorcery-speed scry like Mystic Speculation .
- Doom Whisperer seems like the most promising: with Counterbalance in play, it would be almost impossible to deal with; you could just pay life to surveil until you find what you need.
Sensei's Divining Top occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.19%
W/U (Azorius): 1.19%
U/B (Dimir): 1.1%
U/R (Izzet): 0.81%
W/U/B (Esper): 1.08%
U/B/R (Grixis): 0.73%
BUG (Sultai): 0.63%