I totally agree with you man. Personally, I've never felt at ease with using one-of cards in a deck because of the statistical probabilities that work against you there, but the idea of the Transmute mechanic really got my imagination going here.
Many of the one-of cards in this deck are actually performing the functions of another card, but with a more specific purpose. Consuming Vapors is taking the slot for my fourth Drown in Sorrow , while Dimir Charm is my third Doom Blade , and Tribute to Hunger is my third Far / Away . Drawing these one-of cards instead of the main versions won't normally cause me any trouble, and having some specific answers to Transmute for later can really help the deck take advantage of special situations.
This decklist would look a lot tidier if I were to replace these special cards with their main counterparts, but it would also be much less flexible, and not nearly as fun. Toolbox decks like this one are enjoyable because they test your skill as a deck pilot, and can often be played over and over again without getting stale. These factors have made even tournament decks like Melira Pod very popular.
The shell here can also be heavily modified to suit your own needs, so tinkering with it is a really great deckbuilding exercise.
Don't be so quick to toss out Tragic Slip
it has the power to kill indestructible creatures. Tribute to Hunger
also can kill a indestructible creature by forcing a player to sacrifice it, but your opponent gets to pick which creature he/she wants to toss out.
repace boom blade with Go for the Throat and heroes downfall for Tribute to Hunger replace alms beast and crypt ghast with Blood Baron of Vizkopa and more Obzedats then take out blind obedience and push your kill spells to 4 each. If you want to stay standard then keep your kill spells to Heroes downfall and doomblade
I took out the first two cards mainly because they aren't Modern legal but also because I had to make room for Crypsis and Tribute, both amazing cards for this deck.
i might trade out Consuming Vapors for Tribute to Hunger . just personal preference... the rebound is sweet, but i like instants. i also try not to run Coat of Arms just because it works for my opponents creatures too... playing against anything that makes tokens gets stupid. instead i would run Illusionist's Bracers . they are soooo good on drana, and really anything else with an activated ability.
|Avg. draft pick||3.42|
|Avg. cube pick||9.36|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|