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, : Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
At the beginning of your end step, if you control seven or more lands, transform Thaumatic Compass.
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Thaumatic Compass Discussion
5 days ago
1 week ago
Gamble is not included primarily because it's red. I do try to keep this deck optimal but I intentionally try to keep the red cards down while doing so. Its a source of pride for me.
Metalworker is excluded in part because money. It does also draw immediate hate from the table when played on curve, and a big reason this deck is so successful is because it keeps its head low and steals games out of nowhere. Were this a 1v1 deck, I'd include it, but...
This isn't a 1v1 deck. Not sure where you got that idea, as its mentioned several times in the primer that it's optimal in multiplayer but can be 1v1 with some minor card change(s) and play style. Temple of the False God, therefore, is not a bad card to have around. If I didn't have it, it would just be a mountain. Therefore it does no harm and plenty of good.
I'm not partial to snow-covered lands and Extraplanar Lens. Ive been very particular about how many cards with similar effects are necessary without sacrificing other important mechanics in the deck, so the comparable cards that are included are more than sufficient. Taking out something for the Lense potentially drops the count of another group of similar-niche cards which could be detrimental to the efficiency of the deck. Basically "if it ain't broke don't fix it" in more words and more logic. Also, I already have my basics all foil with the same art, so I'd rather not go through that again.
For this deck, Journeyer's Kite is preferable to Thaumatic Compass Flip, not because I need to search for basics mid-late game, but because it stays an artifact. By the compass turning into a land, it loses a relevant interaction within the deck; its helpful to have the Kite around after its served its purpose, so I can sacrifice it to Throne of Geth or, even better, Kuldotha Forgemaster. Were the compass' transformation optional, it would be a fine inclusion, but as a mandatory effect, the Kite is preferable in this context.
1 week ago
I forgot to mention, too, that Journeyer's Kite has a strictly better counterpart now in Thaumatic Compass Flip (unless you REALLY want to still dig for lands late game.) Have you considered replacing the Kite with it or maybe running both?
2 weeks ago
cards to add Thaumatic Compass, Field of Ruin, Birds of Paradise, Bring to Light, Door to Nothingness, Cascading Cataracts, Exotic Orchard, Rupture Spire, Transguild Promenade, Prismatic Geoscope Diabolic Tutor as well as all 10 of the tri lands should help
2 weeks ago
Probably not, but stranger things have happened. If you make Mirage Mirror a copy of Homura, Human Ascendant it will be easier to flip. Mirage Mirror can never transform. If it becomes a copy of something like Thaumatic Compass Flip and an ability instructs it to transform, that portion of the instruction will be ignored. If it becomes a copy of something like Conqueror's Galleon Flip and an ability instructs it to be returned to the battlefield transformed, it will remain in whatever zone it's currently in instead. It can, however, copy a Spires of Orazca assuming one is on the battlefield, and cannot copy a Thaumatic Compass Flip if only Spires of Orazca is on the battlefield.
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
If you want something different Lifecrafter's Bestiary is really cool new addition you can add to the deck. If you want to keep mana ramp then Commander's Sphere does that as well as give you a draw card when you don't need it anymore. Another neat new addition Thaumatic Compass could keep you good land wise, and let you tutor for any lands and be a Maze of Ith late game.
1 month ago
Concise list of considerations:
The Rack single target is really crappy in EDH
Wheel of Torture Same effect as The Rack except it hits everyone.
Skullcage Hits all opponents who don't have either 3 or 4 cards in hand.
Raiders' Wake Another Caress/Megrim effect, except this one makes your opponent discard if you attack.
Quest for the Nihil Stone Anyone without a hand gets domed for 5 during their upkeep...seems good.
Bloodchief Ascension Self Explanatory card
Mindcrank This is a great card in a discard centric deck.
Get rid of all of these cards Bog Rats, Carrion Rats, Deathmask Nezumi (it's a nombo with everything you're doing), Drainpipe Vermin, Gutter Skulk, Nezumi Cutthroat, Pestilence Rats, Ravenous Rats, Swarm of Rats, and Typhoid Rats.
Relentless Rats Replace all of the cards removed with these. You are not restricted to a single copy, per EDH rules, because Relentless Rats specifically states that card limitation requirements do not apply to it.
Get rid of anything that is single target discard! Especially Raven's Crime, since you don't have enough lands that you can afford to be ditching them for a single discard.
Add more things that hit everybody, such as Necrogen Mists or are renewable.
Specter's Shroud Might be worth looking into.
You need more board wipes. You have one 9 CMC board wipe with only 32 lands in the deck. The Hyper-geometric distribution doesn't give you very good odds of pulling the lands you need in order to keep the board clear. Consider Bontu's Last Reckoning, Yahenni's Expertise, Crux of Fate (which may work to your favor with all the Dargon decks running around), Damnation is a given but it's pricey, Life's Finale, Kindred Dominance, and Necromantic Selection are all decent options.
Liliana of the Dark Realms is a much better Lili for a deck like this because you need ramp and that Ult is ridiculous plus it combos with...
Let's talk about your mana base for a second...
Thirty two lands? Even for a very cavalier spell slinger deck, that is a very low amount to play. I play a Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest deck on 36 and struggle some times to reach a critical mass of mana/spells. Don't fall into the trap of "I'll cut a land for this cheap spell; it'll be fine." Again, math and probability will not be on your side in the late game, not unless you're willing to invest in Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx or Cabal Coffers. An alternative might be to run Crypt of Agadeem but it's really no substitute for those lands.
Lastly, jam a Bojuka Bog or a Scavenger Grounds or both in there for graveyard hate, along with your choice of Strip Mine, Ghost Quarter, and/or Field of Ruin because if you can't have your Crypt or Coffers, why should they?
Hope this helps, good luck!