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Looks awkward right?! Well it's actually quite simple:
2) 4 Narcomoeba will come back to the battlefield as a result of the mill and flasback Dread Return by sacrificing three Narcomoebas. Target Angel of Glory's Rise to get Azami, Lady of Scrolls and Laboratory Maniac into the battlefield from your graveyard, since you are completely milled.
3) Tap one of them and win. On turn one. 40% of the time.
Take out all Undercity Informer , Balustrade Spy , Dread Return , Narcomoeba , Laboratory Maniac etc and bring in the Goblin Charbelcher , Lion's Eye Diamond , Grim Monolith , Tinder Wall and Spoils of the Vault . Since you have no land, Charbelcher does 50ish damage to your opponent while they think they've got you beat with their Rest in Peace !
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Wonderful deck! Anyway, I think you should remove 1 Cabal Ritual to add 1 Snapcaster Mage. In this way you raise the chances of winning in turn 1, because with Angel of Glory's Rise you can reanimate it, and you can target Gitaxian Probe, that you can cast for free in the same turn, triggering Laboratory Maniac effect and winning the game.
The crux for making it modern legal would be a substitute for Dread Return. Unburial Rites is the only card that seems to behave similarly, but its Flashback cost will mean trickier mana production... especially since some of the other mana generation here has to be retooled for modern. (Chrome Mox is banned, just for starters.)
Mongo The only hands you can draw and not win are if you end up getting stuck with a hand consisting of Angel of Glory's Rise, Azami, Lady of Scrolls, Balustrade Spy, Laboratory Maniac, Undercity Informer, Narcomoeba or Dread Return before generating enough mana to get out Undercity Informer or Balustrade Spy.
If you get stuck with a combo piece in your hand you can use Cabal Ritual on yourself to get it in the graveyard, but by far the easiest way is to just mulligan it away! I got the inspiration from a deck I saw on Starcity but tweaked to make it better I think. Pact of Negation is a good sideboard but I like my BFMs.... :D Thanks for the +1's! Im planning on building it soon.
Nice deck. After 30 playtests I got:
1st turn win: 10 times or 33.33%2nd turn: 3 times or 10%3rd turn: 3 times or 10%4th+ turn: 14 times or 46.67%
Obviously the 2nd and 3rd turn wins are a little more dependent on opponent plays.
The 4th turn plus games were caused by a pretty even split of drawing the combo pieces and not drawing either self mill piece. Unfortunately it seems that if you have the bad luck to draw a combo piece in each of your first 3 or 4 hands there isn't much that can be done.
Sphere of the Suns is too slow. I feel it would be a waste to use a Dark Ritual to play SOTS. As for the mulligan question, it just takes some time to figure out what is a good hand and what is not. It also depends on what you are playing against. Generally though, having a combo piece is a bad sign and having two combo pieces means you just chuck it out. Big news though! I found a cool way to sideboard with this deck which I will be posting asap, so keep your eyes open
:) Happy to help! More suggestions: put in two of all the cards that are game-win required, so that if you draw one you don't have to mully or discard it somehow. Really the rules for mully are:Dread Return, Angel of Glory's Rise or any other game-essential cards unless what I said above is incorporatedNo mana cards whatsoever, although this is pretty rare :PNo Balstraude Spy or Undercity Informer (This is your choice, if you deem the opponent not to be too much of a threat then don't mully)Other than these situations, I can't really think of any other times in which you would need to mully, because if you have not got these at least two of these problems in your hand, the deck should fix that in at most 3-4 turns. AT MOST. Because of the awesomeness of the deck of course.
Also, maybeboard Biovisionary because it will be an insta win with no fear, because when you Dread Return Angel of Glory's Rise it will bring it onto the battlefield, because, of course, it is a human wizard. Hope I helped! I would actually suggest removing the Lab Manic & Azami or adding them to the sideboard instead of these.
Sorry to be making too many suggestions, I hope you don't mind! MOAR INFO: Adding in more combo cards would allow you to take out the Cabal Therapy and cut a hale of a lot from the cost of the deck. I saw you just updated your sideboard, and suddenly, the deck is $300 pricier.. ? Maybe reconsider the Grim Monolith , but I really like the Goblin Charbelcher as an alt win condition!
Lel I keep on finding kewl things - Play Emrakul's Hatcher with Dread Return , and you have infinite colorless mana/infinite Dread Return . So many things you can do with that... IDK all the combos, but you can win in like 5 different ways. like using Biovisionary, Emrakul himself, Volcanic Geyser (using idk, something like Burning Tree Emissiary for the 2R). So many possibilities! Feel free to add some... :)
I have a vanity deck like this which uses two Bridge from Below s instead of Narcomoeba , as you can discard Bridge From Below and still pull the combo. And if you don't mind losing legacy legality you can throw in a couple Hermit Druid s to increase your chances of engaging the combo, and reduce the deck's dependency on black mana. You may also want to consider adding two or three Chancellor of the Tangle s.