The point of the deck is to control the battlefield, drop some bombs, then kill the opponent. Easy, right?

Let me explain how it's done:

Pillar of Flame helps racing against Zombie/Boros/RDW decks and is a great turm 1. This + Tamiyo emblem = Win

Think Twice and Forbidden Alchemy are there to draw just the card I need for the next turns.

Tribute to Hunger and Devour Flesh are really good removals. It gets rid of cards like Geist of Saint Thraft as soon as they enter the battlefield and can give you life.

Tamiyo, the Moon Sage can control the battlefield, make you draw and her ultimate is insane with something like Dissipate or Searing Spear in hand.

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Jace, Memory Adept, Liliana of the Veil control the battlefield and/or are win conditions for the deck. Ultimating Nicole Bolas is so satisfying.



Due to the lack of win conditions that are super resilient (Olivia is good, but most deck can kill her or do something about her) I included three Nephalia Drownyard to be able to effectively mill my opponent out in the late game. Also, I changed the Augur of Bolas for three Vampire Nighthawk.

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Eskimole says... #1

Looks good.

November 29, 2012 7:38 p.m.

Lustrigia says... #2

December 9, 2012 10:54 p.m.

Zadkiel says... #3

Desperate Ravings is a card I already considered, but I prefer Think Twice because I'm not randomly discarding cards I may want to keep. I'm hesitating between the two, but I think I prefer the consistency of think twice better. (Even if Desperate Ravings has a nice interaction with Snapcaster Mage )

Also, Liliana of the Veil cost two black mana which is sometime problematic because the Dimir shocklands aren't out yet. Also, Liliana is not so good against Reanimators deck and some other Archetypes. I'm still thinking of adding her in the main, I'm going to try maybe 1 or 2 main and see how it does.

Thanks for the comment FROZR2, I appreciate it.

December 9, 2012 11:27 p.m.

wayngchung says... #4

In my deck I sideboard Cremate for Rites and Golgari decks.

December 16, 2012 7:39 a.m.

Zadkiel says... #5

Nice Idea! I wanted to find a way to deal with reanimator decks, but didn't find anyway to really deal with them. I think I really like the ides of Cremate as it also affects decks with Snapcaster Mage and other graveyard shenanigans.

Thank you for the Idea, I'm going to try it in the deck. :)

December 16, 2012 10:57 a.m.

Mr_Bubblez says... #6

Try Rakdos Charm . Its good in both the reanimator matchup and u/w flash when you drop their grave or kill the pike

December 18, 2012 4:04 a.m.

AzogTheDefiler says... #7

Rakdizzet sounds like it could be a Ravnican rapper ;)

January 19, 2013 1:57 p.m.

AzogTheDefiler says... #8

VERY cool deck

January 19, 2013 1:59 p.m.

Ryanus says... #9

Instead of Mizzium Mortars , try running Blasphemous Act ?

I find it as a better board wipe.

January 20, 2013 9:19 p.m.

Zadkiel says... #10

The thing about Mizzium Mortars that I like better is the fact that it can be cast for 2 to trade one for one with my opponent's creature. Blasphemous Act is better against midrange match ups and my meta is more aggro oriented. That's why my choice stopped on Mizzium, but I still respect Blasphemous Act as a good board wipe, it's just not the best where I play. If you plan on using this deck at your store, check out what people play before and try to adapt a bit, because this deck is super reactive.

Still, thanks for the comment, it's really appreciated. :D

January 20, 2013 9:33 p.m.

Ryanus says... #11

First of all, I love this deck that you've made! I've even gone off to make a variant of it myself.

Secondly, I would suggest Psychic Strike instead of Dissipate ? I like it better because it doesn't cost double blue.

Keep up the great work!

February 2, 2013 11:22 p.m.

Weston Ayarza says... #12


February 8, 2013 1:46 p.m.

Weston Ayarza says... #13


February 8, 2013 1:46 p.m.

Weston Ayarza says... #14

Have you thought of using Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius ? really strong card engine for a grixis control deck.

February 8, 2013 1:52 p.m.

Zadkiel says... #15

Do I have the right to call it Rakdizzet if I want? XD

I tried Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius , but in the end it felt better to have a third Olivia Voldaren . Niv-Mizzet can be play only 2 turn later then Olivia, he stays a 5/5 flyier while Olivia can grow past that and the ability to steal other permanents overshadows most of the time his ability to draw cards.

It's something I learned by playing with the deck, but you may like Niv-Mizzet more and want to play with him. It's a personal choice I made after I tried both. I hope you still like the deck though. ;)

February 9, 2013 3:21 p.m.

Dumblecore says... #16

What do you need Counterflux for? I don't really know a situation, where it is better than Dissipate

Otherwise the deck looks nice :)

May 7, 2013 2:42 p.m.

Weston Ayarza says... #17

Counterflux wins against other decks with counterspells. Nuffsaid.

May 7, 2013 11:25 p.m.

Felix.Bamford says... #18

No bolts? nuff sed.


January 15, 2016 6:15 p.m.

Javaz says... #19

BOLT BOLT BOLT BOLTIn case you didn't notice, I suggest you to run Lightning Bolt. It's the best 1-drop red removal in modern. Also, in Grixis, Terminate and Mana Leak are obligatory.

March 4, 2016 4:44 a.m.

Ultarian says... #20

Yeah... it's Grixis

April 18, 2016 11:46 a.m.

MTGplayer00 says... #21

Okay, did I miss something? Why are there Searing Spears instead of Lightning Bolts? Why is this deck not called Grixis? And why is Ultimate Price being run instead of Dismember and Go for the Throat?

You might also want to consider using Snapcaster Mage with Gurmag Angler and Tasigur, the Golden Fang. If a card goes to the yard, you either get to flash it back, (essentially letting you play stuff of the top of your deck with Tasigur) or delve it into a beater late-game. Then again, that's only the way I like playing Grixis. You do you M8.

July 26, 2016 2:56 p.m.

MTGplayer00 says... #22

Terminate is also super solid.

July 26, 2016 2:58 p.m.

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