Shreds of Sanity
Return up to one target instant card and up to one target sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand, then discard a card. Exile Shreds of Sanity.
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Shreds of Sanity Discussion
2 weeks ago
Murphy77 It's an interesting problem, with a lot of things that seem like they should work but don't. Here's what I found: Scribe of the Mindful Ulamog's Reclaimer and Vexing Scuttler. There's one more outside of my colors in Shreds of Sanity.
The way I phrased the gatherer search cut down on the false positives, but I'm sure I also missed a few things that don't call out sorceries specifically.
3 weeks ago
Thank you all, your suggestions were great, Ruthless Sniper and Collective Brutality will probably find room in this deck, although to be frank I believe Soul-Scar Mage to be a better fit instead of the sniper.
Shadow of the Grave doesn't work with madness cards but it is an interesting option if I feel like I'm running out of cards too quickly.
Not sure about Skirsdag Supplicant. I know I'll be able to negate that lifeloss easily, but it seems inefficient at 3 mana for a 2/3.
I want to like Shreds of Sanity but I don't feel that it works in this deck. Maybe if I was less aggro and more control and running Drake Haven as well it would work.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Yea, I have the big three colorless tutors in the maybeboard. I'm going to be testing them out more extensively soon.
I like Vow of Lightning as much as Assault Suit, which is a bit, but not a whole bunch. I usually don't play pod games, but instead 1v1s. There just isn't anyone who plays EDH in my area anymore. So while they are amazing in a pod, in 1v1 I want to trick my opponent into discarding their hand into using her which doesn't do much if they can only attack me. Vow of Lightning is also an enchantment and doesn't have much recursion value like Assault Suit with Goblin Welder or Daretti, Scrap Savant. I'll definitely add it to the maybeboard and test it out.
Worldslayer is hilarious, but I can't stand the thought of not having mana. Especially if I don't have the right combo and all I can do is Traitorous Blood her for the turn, attach and swing. Then they get Hazoret and Worldslayer and I have nothing. I'mma stay away from this one for just a tid bit.
Sword of the Ages was added because it could target more than 1 creature and because I could recur it from the graveyard with Goblin Welder or Daretti, Scrap Savant in the case that I either discarded it or my opponent(s) recognized the threat and destroyed it. And this was when I had like 140+ cards so I actually had creatures with large P/T to make it viable for a one-shot-kill. I don't have much in the way for recurring Instants. Sure Shreds of Sanity could work there, and hell even my Charmbreaker Devils, but I dislike Shreds of Sanity for the inconsistencies. It would be better if it had flashback and no exiling itself. I guess the Devils could get it.... fine, you convinced me. I'll add it in and test it out. As for Repercussion, the same argument as I posted in response to Zimmers_0: She's attacking me and my creatures and I don't always have the right cards to defend, thus even blocking with a Stuffy Doll will double that damage to my face.
Fetches are here for thinning purposes as well as the Crucible of Worlds combo. I don't play mono-red much and I hate how little ramp they have, so I at least need consistent land drops.
1 month ago
Eiti3: I will look over your list - and although I love the unorthodox approach to the commander, I will say that it relies a bit too heavily on drawing/using a few specific cards.
Shreds of Sanity can get back some of your combo pieces once you have used them once.
I feel like the list could also use a Assault Suit. Make everyone try and discard their hands to make her useful!
I've also found that there's one good way to bypass her attack restriction: effects like Uba Mask, where your "hand" is exiled instead (such as Act on Impulse, Grenzo, Havoc Raiser, and Prophetic Flamespeaker).
2 months ago
So I made some of the changes that icebeing suggested and I have to apologize to ulmo about dismissing their suggestion of Collective Defiance. Cutting some Collective Brutality for Collective Defiance seems to give the deck some much needed staying power. And going down to 3x Inverter of Truth seems to be the right call.
Removing Shreds of Sanity kind of makes me sad but I realize, after having taken it out, that it was only holding the deck back from doing what it was trying to do.
Thank all of you for the suggestions, I'm looking forward to letting everyone know how it plays!
2 months ago
Does Wotc have some sort of grudge against spell recursion? Or is there some hidden combo I am not aware of?
3 months ago
Thank you for the feedback! Long explanation ahead.
TL/DR: All good suggestions, most of which I've tried, and none of those have made the deck perform better in playtesting. Which is ultimately the problem I'm running into. The better cards seem to be making things run worse. :-\
I've actually tried the Bomat Courier and found him to be surprisingly lackluster in the deck. Since most of my cards are burning my opponent I'm only ever getting a swing or two out of the courier if he drops turn one and usually I'm not actually interested in emptying my hand because I often have a large grip of cards since I'm replacing most of them. And only a select few of my cards have madness so emptying my hand isn't as appealing as it could be. Also, Bomat Courier is poor late game while Insolent Neonate can theoretically cycle a madness card for me late game.
I haven't tried Collective Defiance and it would be more versatile early game than Shreds of Sanity but the main advantage of Shreds of Sanity is that it can get back both Fiery Temper and Alms of the Vein and cast either one off its discard effect. That's potentially a lot more damage than a Collective Defiance could do. I'm considering it for the sideboard though as it is a very versatile card.
Since Harnessed Lightning only hits creatures it can't stop + combo. And I'm usually not shooting my Shock at creatures actually (which is counterintuitive). It's usually turned into a Lightning Bolt to the face by Thermo-Alchemist.
I'm open to suggestions and I agree that all those cards are very good. I just can't seem to get them working in my deck.