The title is taken from the third verse of William Blake's Auguries of Innocence.

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour"

I happened upon Ith, High Arcanist while looking for an Azorius General. I'm a filthy combo player, so I was positively giddy over this card.

Ith's fun comes from his ability: Attack with him, and he can infinitely tap and untap himself, swelling Wake Thrasher and Crackdown Construct to colossal proportions. With Illusionist's Bracers equipped, goes infinite with a wide variety of cards (anything with a tap symbol in their activated ability cost).

Win Conditions: Laboratory Maniac, Wake Thrasher, Crackdown Construct, Stroke of Genius

MVP: Illusionist's Bracers enables half of the deck and alt-wincons. Any pinger spells doom. Dorks go infinite. I can wipe boards, flip tables, and win games.

Maze of Ith is a flavor card and not of much use here.

My goal is to make this competitive with Tier 3 lists, despite how mana intensive my wincons are. I've got a decent start, but need some help from the community. I understand that Ith sucks compared to GAAIV, but I want to stick with Ith. What's toughest about this is that I need to invest in $25+ cards to push it up there. Regardless, I'd like to see how a finely tuned version of this would run.

Comments, suggestions, and upvotes are appreciated.


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RothMcVeCards says... #1

I would cut dreamscape artist, mangara of corondor, imprisoned in the moon, and mystic remora. The deck is very fun to play. After several dozen play tests, I noticed that these cards kept slowing down the tempo of the deck. Also, as you play and you approach the ability to go infinite, these cards interfere with that. I run a dimir deck that uses some of the same combos you have, and Diviner's Wand will likely work well in here since you have wizards and the potential for infinite mana and can draw infinitely until you find what you need.

September 11, 2017 12:58 a.m.

yungxak says... #2

Why would I cut Mystic Remora instead of Rhystic Study? Low CMC combined with a high cost to negate the draw seems pretty good. Imprisoned in the Moon is useful removal, as is Mangara of Corondor, but I'm willing to hear alternatives. Mangara can also act as a pseudo wincon via removing all of their permanents when damage and mill can't get through. I agree with cutting Dreamscape Artist. Diviner's Wand is an interesting choice that I'll have to explore. Other suggestions?

September 11, 2017 3:25 p.m.

Very cool, nice to see such a unique build this day and age. I don't recall seeing any hand size stuff, Reliquary Tower, Thought Vessel, Venser's Journal are all decent. I think with Lab Maniac it's nice to have something that shuffles your library back in so you don't get backdoored by an uncounterable removal spell, maybe just an Elixir of Immortality. He's pricey but Snapcaster Mage could do some work in a shell like this I'd think. Either way, looks fun! +1

September 22, 2017 10:08 p.m.

SufferFromEDHD says... #4

October 6, 2017 2:05 a.m.

yungxak says... #5

RothMcVeCards: I've taken another look at Diviner's Wand and have decided to run it. It'll be an interesting boon, as it'll enable more interaction when I have infinite mana but nothing to do with it. Imprisoned in the Moon has become situational in my meta and will be removed. I am still curious about your take on Mystic Remora vs Rhystic Study.

Jimmy_Chinchila: Of the suggested options, I will mainboard Thought Vessel and will think on Elixir of Immortality for a while. Snapcaster Mage is a bit out of my price range for this deck at the moment, but would do some serious work here and will be added if and when I get one.

SufferFromEDHD: I dig your username. While Basilisk Collar would be fun to equip to a pinger to give me some defense against their creatures, it seems like a "win more" card. Any other adds or cuts?

October 6, 2017 5:03 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.49
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Top rank #33 on 2017-08-11
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Revision 13 (1 week ago)

+1 Disenchant main
-1 Wake Thrasher main
-1 Imprisoned in the Moon main
+1 Thought Vessel main
-1 Crackdown Construct main
-1 Endbringer main
-1 Brainstorm main
+1 Crackdown Construct main
-1 Pull from Tomorrow main
-1 Lodestone Myr main
+1 Glaring Spotlight main
+1 Wake Thrasher main
+1 Island main
-1 Dreamscape Artist main
+1 Endbringer main
-1 Merfolk Looter main
+1 Brainstorm main
+1 Thornwind Faeries main
+1 Illusionist's Bracers main
+1 Diviner's Wand main
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