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Each player shuffles his or her hand and graveyard into his or her library and then draws seven cards. (Then put Timetwister into its owner's graveyard.)
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2 days ago
The list doesn't look bad, but I think there are a few changes that you could make which would drastically increase its performace.
First off, you have a bunch of cards which just feel like wasted slots:
Asceticism - This card draws in a lot of players becuase they want to protect their stuff. But this cards is a trap when trying to make youre deck more competitive. Ultimately it just slows you down as it enforces this concept of making sure your stuff never dies because you want to leave maan open for it etc. Just get used to the fact that your stuff will occasionally die and play faster instead.
Mirari's Wake - You already have enough sliver lords and your deck reounds out at 5 cmc anyway. Earlier game ramps is better so you can get you commander down faster.
Darkheart Sliver - There are better sac outlets and lifegain is again another one of those traps. If you have a card like Deathrite Shaman where some of its utility is life gain, great. But dedicating slots to it is silly. You're the aggro deck. Just win harder.
Ghostflame Sliver - Yes, I see All Is Dust. I would personally say cut both of them. You want a wrath? play Wrath of God. or Toxic Deluge. Wraths should be used when your back is against the wall (or is about to be). Here you're using it as a win more and it's just a waste.
What will make the deck go faster:
Low end ramp. Stuff like Birds of Paradise. Or Farseek/Nature's Lore. Remeber, 3 CMC ramp can only ramp your commander by at most 1 turn. You want to ramp early and you want to ramp hard. And the nyou can windmill slam your commander nice and early and start pumping out win conditions.
Card advantage. You have a few pieces but you need more. Not one for one tutors, actual card advantage. I have been very impressed with Day's Undoing as a budget Timetwister. Phyrexian Arena is good too. Necropotence is amazing, however takes some getting used to. Mystic Confluence is just solid. I'm also partial to Night's Whisper.
2 days ago
3 days ago
Why is Zealous Conscripts in the deck?
I am wary of playing Time Spiral in a semi competitive to competitive environment in all but storm decks. Turn one or two effects like Timetwister and Wheel of Fortune can be great. The six mana cost precludes this for us in a vast majority of games. Our converted mana cost is high enough that it is more probable that our opponents have unloaded their hands than we have. Rhystic Study is a card you are not playing that would allow you to replace draw with draw. It gives an early turn play that either draws us cards, forces our opponents to use enchantment removal on a card not named foodchain or is a quasi stax effect.
4 days ago
I also do not posses a Timetwister or Candelabra of Tawnos though I really wish I did. As for Faithless Looting all the things you listed are true however it is 2 cards for 3 and generally unless your playing re-animator people run other options, however it is totally a very good 1 drop in red and if its been working for you then by all means continue to use it. I think that changing Phyrexian Metamorph and Misdirection into the stated cards would be the strongest change you could make to the deck. Now Paradox Engine can be very powerful but I do think that By Force and Vandalblast are better at getting out from under stacks pieces than it is. Also traditionally these grixis storm decks are very slim and run off of High Tide and Ad Nauseam pretty much exclusively as to get as much value form them as possible. Paradox Engine doesn't synergize with either of those cards. With Kess, Dissident Mage you should be attempting to cast High Tide twice in a turn more than you should be trying to get a Paradox Engine out. If you do this add more islands.
4 days ago
Sgtpopnfreash First of all, thanks a lot for your comments!
I don't actually have Timetwister, Candelabra of Tawnos, Flusterstorm, Copy Artifact, Volcanic Island, Underground Sea and The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, but if I had them, I would certainly use them in this deck.
I'll tell you why I like having Faithless Looting in my deck. 1) it enables me to trade three(including itself) cards from my hand for two new other cards, while discarding lands or cards that i'll be able to cast later with Kess, dissident mage , such as Mind's Desire, 2) It interacts well in some Doomsday piles that I like to settle sometimes, 3) It helps me to trigger Threshold for Cabal Ritual. Cephalid Coliseum have a similar effect enabling me to trade three cards from my hand for three new cards, while it enters untapped and taps for blue mana.
Mizzix's Mastery and Paradox Engine are too powerful for not to use them. With Paradox Engine on the field I can easely storm out and with a tutor or enough draws I can quickly close the game. It also helps me to avoid some stax effects, which my playgroup is consistently improving. I'm also considering adding Vandalblast or By Force to deal with tax and stax artifacts.
Please let me know your thoughts on my comment.
1 week ago
yes, crawler was in the infant stages of this list along with other slow creatures like Jace's Archivist
nekusar definitely does have a bounty on his head a majority of the time, which is why I run a decent amount of countermagic and control/permission
like most "efficient" edh decks, this deck does not require the use of its commander to win effectively, and he is often used as a blocker, or I simply cast him when my opponents are tapped out or when i have a counterspell in hand and can protect him enough to start wheeling, but he certainly does get answered more than the other cards in the deck, but i dont need to cast him to be able to kill opponents with mill or damage from cards like Chains of Mephistopheles, Underworld Dreams or Liliana's Caress
generally, the most trouble i have had is from selesyna or creature combo decks, since I run a very limited amount of potential blockers, and being spell-central renders me weak to token swarm, which is the main reason I run mainly utility creatures and a lot of creature answers like Evacuation, Damnation, Toxic Deluge, Cryptic Command or Rakdos Charm, and in the earlier stages i ran things such as Propaganda and Crawlspace, and Torpor Orb
secondly, I've found that Aura Shards or Bane of Progress effects really gimp the deck, since outside of nekusar himself a lot of my wheel value comes from artifacts and enchantments such as Dream Halls, Waste Not, Underworld Dreams, Teferi's Puzzle Box, or mana rocks, also hoser cards such as Spirit of the Labyrinth can stop wheels, and since grixis lacks any real form of enchantment removal, I will have to rely only on countermagic or bounce to answer aura shards or the like
other than hatebears, token swarm and stax effects that gimp spell decks such as Nether Void being my main weakness, I also find that wheeling a lot enables the HELL out of flashback or reanimator decks like Kess, Dissident Mage, Sedris, the Traitor King, or Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, due to wheels filling up graveyards relatively fast.
to combat this, i run graveyard hate such as Rakdos Charm and Bojuka Bog, and previously,Leyline of the Void. the reason being that when i wheel multiple times and they have a large graveyard with threats like Golgari Grave-Troll and Past in Flames, i can then exile those threats, which then allows me to cast Timetwister for maximum advantage as I shuffle away 50 cards while they get zero
essentially the main weaknesses of a wheel spell deck would be decks that take advantage of wheel effects or my lack of blocks, so creature heavy, reanimator, or stax decks usually give me trouble with combat damage, graveyard recursion, and combo denial respectively.
hope that was informative enough!
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
@Profet93 and basically everbody that would like to comment on this deck, here is what I feel is the weak part of this deck and try to improve.
The deck plays a bit like a goldfish and does not have a lot of flexibility in terms of having access to your deck through tutors like you have in blue or black decks (Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor ect.). So the opening hand pretty much determines how the game will play out for you by either having a fast combo hand or a rather slow staxy hand (and with luck you have both aspects in your hand). And there is little you can do about this during the game, it's not like you can Timetwister, draw a new hand, put some 0 mana artifacts into play and combo off. So in that regard I was thinking about putting in more tutors like Survival of the Fittest, Open the Armory, Heliod's Pilgrim, Chord of Calling, Recruiter of the Guard, Eldritch Evolution.
But then again this will lower my enchantment count drastically and thus will have negative impact on my draw-engine. Also those tutors are not super fast and often you cannot afford to waste a turn and would rather go with an immediate threat/answer. Therefore I am considering to put more hate into the deck instead like Ravages of War, Thorn of Amethyst and so on.
So what I am looking for would be cheap mass draw cards or nice tutor cards that I have not yet listed in this comment or am playing already. If you know of any other enchantment (or non-artifact) ramp that can make this deck faster, please let me know.