- 4x Blood Crypt
- 3x Island
- 1x Izzet Guildgate
- 1x Mountain
- 4x Rakdos Guildgate
- 4x Steam Vents
- 4x Temple of Deceit
- 4x Watery Grave
Might I ask why no Quicken ? You have so many sorceries that being able to cast them at instant speed AND draw a card, for 1 blue, where do you lose? haha
September 3, 2013 9:54 p.m.
Thanks for the suggestions strateupjee! I've taken it to heart and when I played Quicken it certainly made it's mark, so it's going straight into the deck.
September 4, 2013 12:29 a.m.
I feel it can really shine here, it was obviously made for control decks, but maybe Grixis in particular with your Dreadbore, Read the Bones, Mizzium Mortars, etc. that all benefit from it, other decks only have like Supreme Verdict to use it on
September 4, 2013 9:14 a.m.
Grixis control always appealed to me. It has all my favorite colors. Problem was it was an expensive deck. With this though... its actually quite affordable.
I'm definitely gonna build this sucker come Theros. +1
September 12, 2013 1:35 a.m.
So I see you seem I have dropped quicken to add more sorceries? XD
September 12, 2013 8:45 a.m.
The Quicken s that I added in didn't seem to help that much with getting sorceries out in their turn, but more as a cycling card. However, I've got 2 back in there now for more testing. I just found that Opportunity was better for drawing and that Quicken would often just be used to pass it off for another card. What are your thoughts on that?
September 12, 2013 8:57 p.m.
September 12, 2013 9:05 p.m.
I feel in a control deck, especially in one a heavy on sorceries as yours (and Grixis in general), it is almost a must have, everyone else playing control is playing a "land for turn, pass" kind of strategy and you need to be able to match that to be viable, and quicken makes that possible, also, and I don't know how it has done for you, but I would definitely drop Young Pyro, now I don't know if you have a special attachment to it or of you just see it as a good ass card (which it is) but I would personally drop them for 1-2 more Quicken, 2 Aetherling, and if not 2 Quicken add 1 more copy of a powerful kill spell or Mutavault just because you are playing Anger of the Gods now, why have a card in that will die along with all it's tokens to a card you run as a 3 of main board? Both Master and Ling survive WotG as well as fit your late game strategy
September 12, 2013 10:11 p.m.
I play my own Grixis Control deck and feel that with such a heavy Sorcery base your deck will be extremely slow. Quicken only allows for the very NEXT sorecery to be cast as though it had flash and while, yes, it does let you draw a card, it forces you to do some major thinking about what sorcery to cast. What if your opponent knows your playing Quicken in you're deck and they're just baiting it out or they don't know and just have a bigger card to come. If you play the wrong sorcery at the wrong time your left out in the open. The problem with giving sorcery cards flash is that, for every time you can do so, there's a better instant card that you could be casting instead, like Counterflux . If your looking for good skimming/drawing, try 3x Uncovered Clues instead of Opportunity . It gives you instants/sorceries and 2 of them to boot, FOR HALF THE COST, WHAT? Lol. Sure the remaining cards go to the bottom of your library but that doesn't matter because they're still there. Also, I feel you may be neglecting the full potential of Jace, Memory Adept . Sure the mill is good against control decks but his +1 can be used entirely to your advantage. I often used the full effect on myself to hasten the skimming and rarely did I regret it. Far / Away is only a solution to Hexproof if you manage to force them to discard it as it targets cards, but I agree that Cyclonic Rift can feel a bit lacking at times. I would suggest side-boarding it in favor of Voyage's End when Theros hits or Disperse as the previous has Scrying and both let you save your own creatures (i.e Young Pyromancer ). Also, try using a few Guttersnipe . They're practically staples in instant/sorcery based decks like this and they work very well with YP as they hit the opponent immediately while YP builds up an army to assault them. While Lightning Strike IS one more damage, I feel that Magma Jet is a more cost efficient card as it gives that oh so lovely, and recurring point, Scry. Anger of the Gods does seem like fun but unfortunately it's going to kill all of your creatures save for Master of Cruelties so that should go if your truely considering YP. Obviously Dreadbore is wonderful, i've had MANY laughs with this card, but it's going to be outclassed by Hero's Downfall as it's an instant version for the cost of Murder so i'd consider swapping the 2 ASAP. Furthermore, try mainboarding 2x Rakdos's Return . You already know it's a wonderful card so why not make room for it? When I first built my Grixis Control deck it looked a lot like yours, a wide variety of fun and interesting instants/sorceries. Only problem is hitting the ones you need at the right moment; therefore,my last tip is to lessen the variety and up the true star cards in this deck, i.e. Young Pyromancer , Read the Bones , Thoughtseize , and Magma Jet . Sorry for all the raving and if it seems like i'm just ranting like a Mad Prophet and trying to trash your deck. I'm honestly trying to help and hopefully I can as this is my favorite theme. Good luck. +1
September 13, 2013 1:29 p.m.
I love Grixis with a passion (and this deck is a fine example of it), but I'm very wary of making a three-colour deck now that Burning Earth will be in the sideboard of every deck that can play it. Makes me a little sad, really :(
September 15, 2013 9:35 p.m.
Will you be running Dissolve ? Cuz if you were only going to run a single counter spell mainboard, I would run it over Negate due to its indiscriminate nature. I would -1 Heroe's Downfall and -2 Negate for +3 Dissolve and you will be golden, also I would try to it in 1 more Aetherling if you can due to it being an almost undeniable win-con once it is resolved
September 15, 2013 10:20 p.m.
Perfect Bolas deck! Love your deck's description :) +1
September 16, 2013 6:48 a.m.
September 16, 2013 9:13 a.m.
+1 For the cool theme and description, for the sheer work you did making this deck on here.
Looks really cool, and I've been really excited about a lot of the grixis decks I've been seeing.
September 16, 2013 11:20 a.m.
Love the deck and it's flavor, but you do know that making them discard a Loxodon Smiter with Thoughtseize just puts it on the battlefield, right? If you have a way to kill it, that's fine, but if you don't, that could be very problematic early on.
September 16, 2013 11:20 a.m.
Turn and Burn? Something to consider. Also, I'd remove the Mutavault for Rogue's Passage and bring it up to 25 lands as well. Or maybe have one of each. But definitely up the land count; that's important for control. +1
September 16, 2013 3:56 p.m.
I've been unimpressed by Rift unless I'm playing an entirely tokens deck. Generally the threats you're worried about are cheap for what they do, and can be replayed easily. Requires a 2-for-1 to bounce/counter it.
Why no Architect of Thought? He can hold off red-based aggro, and can get advantage otherwise. Black is the only creature color you have to worry about because they can hero's downfall if you +1 Jace, resulting in no value.
Opportunity + Aetherling + memory Adept + Rakdos's return is a thing that can easily clog your hand as well. Maybe drop an Opportunity for another Read the Bones? They dig equally as deep, but Read is cheaper.
September 19, 2013 1:38 p.m.
A deck revolving around grixis, has Nicol Bolas on the title, entire description full of quotes from him, but no Bolas </3
I still love the deck! +1 from me
September 19, 2013 10:23 p.m.
November 2, 2013 6:24 p.m.
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|Date added||3 years|
|Last updated||2 years|
This deck is not Standard legal.Highlight illegal cards
|Illegal cards||Blood Crypt, Dreadbore, Far / Away, Frostburn Weird, Hypersonic Dragon, Izzet Guildgate, Jace, Architect of Thought, Rakdos Guildgate, Rakdos's Return, Steam Vents, Syncopate, Turn / Burn, Underworld Connections, Watery Grave, Counterflux, Duress, Lifebane Zombie, Slaughter Games|
|Folders||3.2 - Standard (RTR-M14-THS), possable decks, Reference, Decks I Approve of, Possible decks I can make|
|Top rank||#23 on 2013-09-17|
Revision 14 (3 years ago)
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