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Life From The Stinkweed Scholar's Birthing Ooze




"To death all must go, and so in death lies ultimate power."

This is the story of a Jekyll and Hyde scholar who in his quest to control his inner Homicidal Brute  Flip gets immersed in his stinkweed. He attempts to copy the examples of success around him, but becomes a Phantasmal Image of them at best. He blames his Ghost Dad, but in reality its only his Birthing Pod and the ooze that he has to blame for his current situation. He becomes a Devoted Druid of the elementals, and picks up crabs...on and on he attempts to control his situation until it all explodes into infinity.

This is my Devoted Druid/Necrotic Ooze combo deck. The goal is to throw cards in the graveyard with Hedron Crab and Gifts Ungiven early game, and bring out a Necrotic Ooze for the win. The combo uses infinite mana (Morselhoarder/Devoted Druid,) and the ooze copies Myr Propagator s ability to make infinite Ooze tokens. I can then sac those tokens using Death Cultists ability to cause infinite loss of life while I gain infinite life. It's all brought together by Civilized Scholar  Flip on the ooze, and repeated dredging of the Stinkweed Imp. I like not having to transform into a Homicidal Brute  Flip .

In the unfortunate event that this doesn't work, Thornling is a pretty effective beater when you can make it a 7/1 indestructible trampler, it helps to add inevitability. Morselhoarder can come in as a 6/4 too. Not the most efficient but they do the job.

I'm not sure if it's quite fast enough for the format so I'm going back to the control-based shell that it was. I found the heavy ramp and dedication to throwing stuff in the yard made my deck not very resilient. If I protect my important pieces and keep what the opponent is doing under control, I have a better chance of getting the dredge engine in place. Once that happens all the hate in the world is going to have to fight through a very deep stack.

I have some concern about graveyard hate like Rest in Peace , legends like Geist of Saint Traft, and decks like Tron and Splinter Twin that are just so damned consistent. So, in response my sideboard packs a heavy control element using things like Surgical Extraction and Snapcaster Mage to get the most of my Thoughtseizes, Inquisitions and Hedron Crab s. These allow me to pick those destructive pieces out of their decks for me to walk in clean and unabated.


The main thing this deck wants to do is not lose before turn five.

I'm thinking post sideboard of turning more into a mill-discard control deck. I'm liking Cinderhaze Wretch, Wickerbough Elder for discard and specialized defense, and Thoughtseize, Surgical Extraction and Snapcaster Mage for threat removal. Phantasmal Image helps me mirror what they're doing that's dangerous, or copy a Hedron Crab for fast milling, making my surgical extractions even stronger.

What do you guys think?

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LeaPlath says... #1

I gotta say, I love this deck. It is clever and intresting, but have you considered running more 1 mana dorks to allow for faster?

April 26, 2013 3:58 a.m.

MindAblaze says... #2

You know, that's a really good idea. The best cards to swap out would probably be the hand disruption I'm thinking.

Turn one Breeding Pool Arbor Elf

Turn two Hedron Crab untap Hedron Crab fetch land for an overgrown tomb, dredge 12, hand disruption.

Turn three fetch for a black source, dredge 12 more, cast or reanimate an ooze, win. Theoretically. A lot of things have to be in the right place but it's doable.

April 26, 2013 10:17 a.m.

LeaPlath says... #3

Actually, for you, Bird of Paradise will be best.

April 27, 2013 7:45 p.m.

Many of your creature numbers are 1x of, 2x of, and so forth. What REALLY works for you? I suggest you try to improve upon adding towards what works and thin out what doesn't, or even take out the odd numbers to increase what works better. The consistency of your deck will vastly improve...

On another note, there have been a rash of 'Dredgevine' decks that have made Top 8 in Modern tournaments. They utilize a similar strategy. I would highly recommend you take a look at some of those decks.

April 27, 2013 8:25 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #5

@ aeonstoremyliver I completely agree with you, normally. This deck is a combo deck that wins me the game on turn 3-4. Every one or two of is important to doing what the deck does. I could go over it again, but I'd suggest reading the description to see what their functions are intended to be, it's all there.

@ LeaPlath. Birds is the best mana dork out there, but I only own one. Arbor Elf seems to do my job perfectly, but I'm always looking to complete my playset of BoP

April 27, 2013 8:34 p.m.

Yeah, I get that, but even for consistency in the graveyard for Necrotic Ooze you would want more Myr Propagator and so on. Have you thought about Jarad's Orders , Mulch , Grisly Salvage , and Faithless Looting ?

April 27, 2013 8:41 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #7

I have. I don't deny a couple copies of Grisly Salvage would probably do me wonders. What would you take out? I do find between a timely chump block from a Stinkweed Imp a couple of Hedron Crab triggers off of fetch lands, and a recurring Life from the Loam , I don't usually have an issue filling up my graveyard.

I do have some concern about graveyard hate wrecking my singleton Death Cultist and Myr Propagator s though. Thornling and Morselhoarder have been reasonable beaters when it comes to that...god forbid.

April 27, 2013 8:47 p.m.

I was playtesting this against my I Caught the Modern BUG, and with a turn 1 Deathrite Shaman I was able to keep the oozes in check. I know that you have the wide variety of creatures to do their respective jobs, but I think you need at least 1x more Myr Propagator . Maybe take out Death Cultist since he's not as effective unless you can make the infinite tokens?

April 27, 2013 8:49 p.m.

Pithing Needle is an all around tool box sideboard card. I would run 4x of in your sideboard for graveyard hate and such.

I would take out Abrupt Decay , Birthing Pod , Death Cultist ((unless you do the aforementioned comment/suggestion)), and Avacyn's Pilgrim .

I also agree that Arbor Elf should be Birds of Paradise . They should be around $5.00 each...

April 27, 2013 9:04 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #10

@ ChiefWannaHacka...I always make infinite ooze tokens, since unless the propagator gets hated on, the combo goes off the turn the ooze hits the board. I could probably use another copy of him. But I agree Death Cultist and Myr Propagator are not a good creatures in their own, and thats why theyre singletons. I never want to see them until its time to go to combo town. Proper use of a Deathrite Shaman can keep me in check game one, after that "the plan" is to board into a more control build...I'm currently on the fence of whether to simplify this deck and go completely control, with a subtler combo to win; or cut Pod, Abrupt Decay , Havengul Lich and Avacyn's Pilgrim in favor of Grisly Salvage to go all in combo or lose...

April 27, 2013 9:15 p.m.

I would go all combo and sideboard control elements. That way, you'll almost always have game one...

April 27, 2013 9:20 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #12

Ok, made a couple changes. Cut a few singleton "flavor" cards for more practical Birds of Paradise and Grisly Salvage . This deck started with four Pods, and has slowly run out of them. Interesting...

April 27, 2013 9:36 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #13

Would it be a good idea to cut the Phantasmal Image s and put in more one mana accelerators?

April 27, 2013 9:45 p.m.

I'm not as solid with combo decks, but I think you might be fine with mana accelerators.

April 27, 2013 9:56 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #15

Fishbowled nut-draw;

Turn 1: breeding pool, birds of paradise.

Turn 2: tap birds for blue, Hedron crab, tap pool for blue, Hedron crab, fetchland for a black source, dredge 12.

Turn 3: fetchland, pop, cast/Unburial Rites a Necrotic Ooze . Optimally at this point I will have a Devoted Druid , a Morselhoarder and a Thornling , as well as a Civilized Scholar  Flip with a Stinkweed Imp either in the graveyard or my hand. Barring instant speed graveyard hate I win.

April 27, 2013 10:50 p.m.

Caes says... #16

Awesome deck! My original ooze deck did use myr propagator as an alt win con. I found that Bloodrite Invoker is a more efficient infinite life win than death cultist because it doesn't require you to have infinite ooze tokens, just infinite mana.
This deck looks very fun to play, +1 from me.

June 25, 2013 10:03 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #17

Bloodrite Invoker seems a lot more consistent. I like my Propogator + Death Cultist stylistically but from an efficiency standpoint I think I need to acquire some Invokers. Infinite mana is too easy with Morselhoarder and Devoted Druid .

June 26, 2013 11:38 a.m.

Caes says... #18

Yeah, and I must say, I love how you have developed a story to go with your deck. Flavor and story are huge parts of Magic to me. It's also nice to see another person who fully appreciates the flavor text of Necrotic Ooze .

June 26, 2013 2:49 p.m.

Caes says... #19

You know, after a few FNMs with my infinity ooze deck, I have found that Pithing Needle renders quite a bit of graveyard hate useless. Cards such as Deathrite Shaman , Relic of Progenitus , and Scavenging Ooze are fairly prominent in sideboards and the needle stops them all.g

September 14, 2013 9:32 a.m.

MindAblaze says... #20

I've been meaning to get my hands on a few more to squeeze in. It's one of those cards that will be eternally useful.

This deck draws me so much hate in my playgroup it's almost unfun. But at the same time I appreciate being the largest threat.

September 14, 2013 3:13 p.m.

twospires says... #21

I would remove the Quillspike . While the Necrotic Ooze can copy its ability, the only cards you have that actually makes -1/-1 counters is the one Morselhoarder and the Devoted Druid . It doesn't seem like quite enough to get it all rolling. There's too much going on. You need to get one of these two situations:

1) Devoted Druid and Quillspike on the battlefield.

2) Devoted Druid and Quillspike in the yard, Necrotic Ooze on the battlefield.

And that's hard if you have no more than 2 of any of those cards.

November 8, 2013 3:13 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #22

@ twospires

This deck was a consistent turn 5 win when I played it. I began playing it in a multiplayer environment and after going off once or twice I got hated out of every game. It's currently in retirement.

The plan was to dredge myself with Hedron Crab and optimally the Civilized Scholar  Flip /Stinkweed Imp dredge combo until my whole library was in the graveyard and blow up the board. Once people caught on though, every players answer was saved for me. My mana base for this deck is now in deck-large:my-crabs-are-flaring-up-again...good old Solar Flare.

Thanks though! This was my baby ever since Modern was announced as a format, and it started out just using the Druid/Quillspike combo...eventually I began to like the ridiculousness of this many pieces. It's not a challenge to go infinite with Necrotic Ooze so I may as well make it one. Hopefully one day I'll decide it's worth putting it back together.

November 8, 2013 4:45 p.m.

Nobilior says... #23

Dude this is freaking awesome. +1 for days!

November 20, 2013 2:22 a.m.

MindAblaze says... #24

Thanks man!

November 20, 2013 12:19 p.m.

Soulreaver-dv says... #25

Upvote coz your awesome. lol +1

January 3, 2014 3:33 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #26

lol. Thanks!

January 3, 2014 3:37 p.m.

Cool combo with some nice flexibility, and the story at the beginning was a nice touch +1

May 3, 2014 6:31 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #28

Thanks! Much appreciated.

May 3, 2014 6:43 p.m.

You'd want something like Krosan Grip , Revoke Existence , etc. to get rid of Leyline of the Void ...

I forgot all about this beast!

May 4, 2014 11:53 a.m.

hubatish says... #30

Why not 4 Necrotic Ooze ? You need to him to make any of your combos work right?

May 5, 2014 3:48 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #31

Hedron Crab dredges my deck very efficiently so when I get the Ooze and Unburial Rites in the graveyard it's time to go off.

Honestly Civilized Scholar  Flip and Stinkweed Imp did the majority of the work while the rest of the creatures are effectively chump blockers until I draw an Ooze or a Gifts Ungiven . Minimally, I need a Scholar, an Imp and a haste source before I can start combo-ing out. Having more than 2 Necrotic Ooze just meant I would have cards in my hand that weren't useful to me immediately.

Thanks for the look! I hope one day I have motivation to put this back together, it's currently morphed into The Titan's Fleshbag because I wanted the fetches and Sun Titan is a win condition on its own.

May 5, 2014 5:04 p.m.

Splinterfright is a nice back-up plan/mill yourself. Or Nyx Weaver does the mill too but I think you'd rather have Splinterfright cause it's a much better attacker

May 13, 2014 1:59 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #33

This deck had originally begun as a midrange combo deck, but I eventually chose to go all in with the combo. Mostly for extravagance sake...lol

I do like the two cards you mentioned, and if I was to go more grindy midrange I'd probably consider both of them. The downside to Splinterfright is it's a dead card (or creature) if there are no creatures in your graveyard.

Thanks for taking a look! I hope one day I decide to put this back together, but my playgroup hates on it...a lot.

May 13, 2014 6:57 p.m.

scrotality says... #34

i completely dig this approach to deck building - very refreshing! also, this build looks totally fun. +1!

May 14, 2014 4:57 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #35

Thanks! It was...an infinite number of infinite/infinite tokens to sac for infinite life gain/drain...

The best kind of kill is overkill...

May 14, 2014 5:32 p.m.

Scorprix says... #36

the myr propagator combo doesn't work. It says to put a copy of MYR PROPAGATOR, not "of this creature".

July 18, 2014 11:45 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #37

Necrotic Ooze replaces the wording of all incidences of a creatures name in their activated abilities with Necrotic Ooze .

The combo works.

July 19, 2014 1:52 a.m.

samhgreen says... #38

I do not usually like combo decks, because I find them conditional and interruptible; but this deck seems like a lot of fun to play as long as you do not run into a U/R or some early game board sweeping deck. (+1) from me ;)

November 1, 2014 3:11 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #39

Thanks man. This deck was my favorite for a long while. It's since been morphed into Marauding Titans but will always hold a special place in my heart lol.

November 1, 2014 5:53 p.m.

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