Thought-Knot Seer

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW) Rare

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Thought-Knot Seer

Creature — Eldrazi

( represents colourless mana.)

When Thought-Knot Seer enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it and exile that card.

When Thought-Knot Seer leaves the battlefield, target opponent draws a card.

Thought-Knot Seer Discussion

WhattheDeck on [[Primer]] Gonti - Night Market Shenanigans

1 month ago

I played around with a similar build in my play group and had some feedback from experience:

  1. This list runs a lot of targeted creature removal on high-cmc bodies, but lacks responses to non-creature-heavy decks. I put in Mesmeric Fiend and Thought-Knot Seer as more general removal instead of Duplicant and Ravenous Chupacabra . I usually ended up tutoring and reoccurring Meteor Golem , so even Noxious Gearhulk seemed a bit redundant. I'm considering replacing it with Brain Maggot .

  2. Vulturous Aven surprised me and actually performed really well. With a few recursions, this was reliable, under-the-radar card draw that also acted as a sac-outlet for Kokusho, the Evening Star when reanimated together. Considering adding Dusk Legion Zealot and/or Disciple of Bolas for more ETB card draw. I might also replace Phyrexian Arena for another ETB card draw creature or probably just Dark Confidant

  3. I put in Viscera Seer for the reliable, cheap sac outlet on a body (with card filtering).

  4. Added Strip Mine and Blast Zone for more removal. Took out Cabal Stronghold and a Swamp.

  5. Put in Thrilling Encore which creates a fun wincon with Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed and other creatures. Didn't get the combo off, but had a good a blowout with Thrilling Encore after a boardwipe.

  6. Conjurer's Closet was expensive, always instantly targeted and never got much value. Probably going to replace with Abnormal Endurance , because these effects are so clutch and fun.

  7. When playing opponents' cards from Gonti, they go straight to their graveyards, which often creates a powerful disincentive to using the main ability of the deck. For graveyard control, I'm looking for a place for Heap Doll and Withered Wretch . This lets me play opponents' cards with Gonti and then instantly exile them before someone drops something like Snapcaster Mage.

  8. Adjusted the land base and ramp to include Fellwar Stone , Exotic Orchard , and Mox Opal to give more options for using activated abilities of opponents' permanents. Used Gonti to steal a Deadeye Navigator , which was hilarious and awesome.

  9. Finally, the real fun/value/intrigue of Gonti from the games I played revolved around the mystery of what cards I'd exiled with Gonti, and less on what goodstuff creatures might be lurking in my graveyard. My opponents were always flipping through their decks when they tutored, looking to see if I snatched away key cards. The combo players at the table were especially anxious. I loved it. I put in Praetor's Grasp and Bitter Ordeal to play to this strength.

  10. Great deck and definitely recommend anyone checking out this list give it a shot!

AlternateWinner127 on (Somewhat)Budget Tron

1 month ago

I was hoping to create a budget tron using things like Spark Double and Ugin, the Ineffable . Any other suggestions beside the obvious Thought-Knot Seer ? also colors to add?

Liquidbeaver on Ponzi Scheme [Eldrazi Ponza]

1 month ago

After a bunch of playtesting and goldfishing I've got a new baseline going that is working pretty well.

Turns out new Ugin doesn't help the deck all that much, and really only does the ramping the Oblivion Sower can, but a lot more awkwardly since I can't ramp plain colorless as well as I can Eldrazi. Upped the number of new Karns to compensate for this. Not sure what the right number is, but I hardly saw it at 2x, so now to try 3x.

Got the landbase situated pretty nicely, although I miss the inclusion of the ~2 Ghost Quarter s. Adding Zhalfirin Void definitely helped clean up the topdecks.

The single of Warping Wail in the MB may end up being an All Is Dust , in which case I would do a 2-of Wail in the side.

Matter Reshaper helped fill the gaps in the curve, as well as provide a little bit of CA.

Cindervines in now in place of a few instants. The fact that I can put this down before it's needed really frees up the mana turn-by-turn. I'll have to see if the split cost ends up hurting too much to run it with the current landbase.

The 1-of Phyrexian Metamorph has been awesome so far! Copying my own Thought-Knot Seer is great, and even the larger Eldrazi (unfortunately you lose the cast triggers) has worked out well. The best part is copying an opponent's key permanents (with the help of LMC), like planeswalkers. Since Metamorph is entering the battlefield as a copy of that planeswalker, it still starts at the appropriate level of loyalty counters. This has been huge when copying a Lili, Karnfather, regular Ugin, etc..

Still have a lot of playtesting and adjustments to do. I would really like to get a little more LD into the deck, even if it's just getting the GC's back (might drop some Voids), but so far it is very fun, and the most I have ever been able to use LMC.

Let me know if you have any thoughts!

multimedia on Wrath of Cthulhu

2 months ago

Hey, Ancestral Statue is too important of a creature with Animar, you realize this, but you don't have any cards that tutor for it?

In a $100 deck I can understand why you wouldn't have a tutor, but not in a $400 deck. Consider Fabricate ? It doesn't break the bank and if not tutoring for Statue it can tutor for Curio. Consider Fauna Shaman ? She also doesn't break the bank and can be a repeatable creature tutor. That's good when you can't afford to add other expensive price creature tutors. Hell, if price is a concern then cut Dark Depths and add tutors that can help in a game to search for the cards that break Animar. These cards are more important than Depths for your overall deck to function.

Curio and Statue is a good, but consider some low CMC creatures who can bounce themselves or another creature back to your hand to cast again:

These creatures mimic what Statue does, more ways to get fast counters on Animar and they help if you don't draw or Statue is killed. These creatures also help like Curio does to abuse creatures with strong ETB abilities:

Empath is a very good tutor here for Eldrazi because he's a creature who you can bounce back to your hand. Faeries helps to play more creatures a turn by untapping your lands. Visionary is repeatable draw who's a creature. Witness is very good if you can bounce her.


Not sure why you've neglected the manabase so much instead you've focused on all the other fat in the deck. This is something that new players do... Why 24 basic lands in the manabase that's three colors and no Chromatic Lantern ? If budget is a concern you can still add some budget dual lands:

Can even cut Keranos, God of Storms , Thought-Knot Seer and Propaganda for price to add Lantern and more dual lands to the manabase. Dual lands and Lantern will help your deck much more than these cards do. Mana fixing is pretty damn important to have in a three color deck especially with a restrictive, no colorless mana, three colored mana cost Animar who you want to consistently cast turn three.

I'm sorry if I was harsh, but you're forgetting basic principles of Commander deck building while presenting yourself as a good player who other players should listen too. Good luck with your deck.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Beating Control

2 months ago

Grixis Tempo has an insane control matchup. Grixis Pyromancer Control is a very good list. Check out the matchup sheet there to see a detailed overview of how the deck fares.

Otherwise, Eldrazi Tron might be a good choice. Thought-Knot Seer into Reality Smasher with Cavern of Souls is extremely hard for control to beat. A timely Terminus can always save their day but Eldrazi are persistent and powerful.

Humans can be quite good. Always name Terminus with Meddling Mage .

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Colorless Eldrazi

2 months ago

Cool deck! I have been wanting to build myself an eldrazi deck like this once I get the time and money to do so.

Out of curiosity, why Panharmonicon ? It only works with 3 of your creatures ( Thought-Knot Seer , Pilgrim's Eye , and Solemn Simulacrum ) and none of your artifacts. Is there some combo that I am missing?

Also, I'd suggest Ugin, the Spirit Dragon (if your budget allows it) as a great board wipe in colorless decks, Arcane Lighthouse as a strictly better Detection Tower , Blasted Landscape as a flexible draw option, and Urza's Incubator to further reduce the cost of your eldrazi.

+1 from me and happy deck building!

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow

3 months ago

I'd say the pod is closer to 90%ish. The Windgrace ain't anything special right now, it's literally every cost efficient piece of interaction while ramping up to an eventual Obliterate & Co.

Yeva isn't just an orrery in the cz. Yeva represents the same threat that 2 untapped islands shows, while acting as a form of "protection" for your combo, as you don't have to decide whether you're going to play interactive or try to combo in your turn as it's then available across all turns! That's like... a huge buff! For this reason I feel Yeva is stronger than Yisan, as Yisan is in front of your opponents and your steps to winning are broadcast - despite any protection you may have.

This more or less encapsulates exactly how I feel about Yeva, however, she requires godly hands to outpace Yisan's inherent consistency. I would never undercut her strength, as I am absolutely obsessed with the precedent she establishes. In a world where every hand (and following draw) is optimal, I would be brave enough to say she's "better" than Yisan. As I said in my Disclaimer, I think she's better in the right context, but she'll never compete with the bard's consistency. In fact, whenever Yisan is in my opening hand, I just commit to him until he's dealt with before having Yeva pop in with a replacement combo-crew.

Personally, I don't think Shaman is that great in Yisan, but that's just me.

Generous Patron : Cards like this in the deck are really here to gain CA and the Elf-body + outlet role in mind. Patron only needs one creature, if I feel like I won't be getting value out of it, I pitch it to Survival, Fauna, Chrome Mox, Natural Order, or Eldritch. While it's safe to say I have used Wirewood Symbiote to get procs off of the draw effects, I only do it in situations where I am out of steam or looking for gas. Think of every draw etb in the deck as an outlet, side from its primary function.

Thought-Knot Seer : I loved this guy in Yisan. He's definitely a win-more in my context and my inability to play him at instant speed is enough to deter me from ever considering him.

Lys Alana Huntmaster : The contexts where going wide proves to be a viable choice in this deck usually means I have won. Facilitating this card might be too difficult and I would rather go for Sylvan Offering for the going wide option since it also works with Selvala, Heart of the Wilds along with everything else you said.

Heritage Druid : Never worked in the deck. It finds it hard to truly commit to the Elf-subtheme. As you mentioned, there are only 7 non-mana producing elves. EDIT: I actually even tried to make Birchlore Rangers work to no avail.

CyborgAeon on Yeva Draw-Grow

3 months ago

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Sounds like the pod is kinda 75%-y if he's banking on mld... but I'd like to see it, as I imagine a staxy divergent build would be cool in Windgrace. Abusing Defense of the Heart into kiki-conscripts / into a hulk based win seems simple with a good value engine in the cz.

Yeva isn't just an orrery in the cz. Yeva represents the same threat that 2 untapped islands shows, while acting as a form of "protection" for your combo, as you don't have to decide whether you're going to play interactive or try to combo in your turn as it's then available across all turns! That's like... a huge buff! For this reason I feel Yeva is stronger than Yisan, as Yisan is in front of your opponents and your steps to winning are broadcast - despite any protection you may have.

I'll have to test out Shaman in Yisan, as a win con at 3 verses seems strong. Below are some questions and suggestions I have from reviewing your creature base.

Pros: patron can be used time & again with Wirewood Symbiote to generate the CA you need to win - that's pretty nuts; Cons: patron requires your opponents to be using creatures.

patron can find you a win condition by being flickered via cloudstone curio repeatedly until you draw a win; furthermore he can be used to flicker & buff your board until you are able to swing for lethal - win con, divination and half of an engine.

Cool things: repeated uses can turn off a tymna/edric deck by buffing everybody's creatures to stop the advances. If opponents are mostly creatureless (ie: divergent / storm), then this card is dead. This could be fixed by using Forbidden Orchard with excess land untaps...

pros: Thought-Knot Seer hurts opponents & makes hands their public knowledge - acting as a permanent stax effect & as a free way to convince the table who the threat is (great for removing suspicion for yourself

TKS is a win con - by bouncing & replaying he can exile all relevant cards from their hands as they come in & force opponents to deck.

Cons: Requires 1 waste (from a colourless rock/boreal druid/1 of very few lands that help with this) Can't be flashed from yeva (big oof)

pros: Lys Alana Huntmaster enables many combos & provides a good field of fodder for other effects ie: natural order; EE; clamp; earthcraft; curios for bouncing repeatable hatebears (ie Manglehorn ) & buffs ( Generous Patron ; Elvish Visionary ). cons: clunky at 4 mana;

does nothing on it's own.

doesn't win the game.

pros: turns your 7 non-mana elves into mana elves sometimes.

On combo turns this removes the need for haste enablers with PE

cons: Not always online. Does nothing on it's own. Not a fantastic engine on it's own - but a semi-efficient elf at 1 mana.

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Thought-Knot Seer occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.15%

Green: 0.64%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%