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This is just a casual deck of an interesting combo that I worked out earlier. It's probably not feasible in competitive play, but could still be fun in general.
Grand architect on the field
Parallel lives on the field
Deceiver exarch on the field
Prototype Portal comes in with Phyrexian metamorph on the portal. Tap Ga and exarch to use portal. Out comes two metamorphs, one is now an exarch (untapping portal), the other is a GA. Tap both use portal again ad nauseam.
for straight casual deck seems fun. the combo would take forever to set up but oh well. I agree with icekillaxx having Forbidden Alchemy would be rough on you. But cards like Reclaim and Noxious Revival could play into your favor so that way you can get back what you need.
yea agreed its a 5 card combo. It's hard enough getting 3 card combos to work in competitive play.
@bman5604 That was my original plan as a makeshift tutor for certain cards, but I ended up changing it up a bit and taking those out. I did add Frost Breath to make it so that I can last a little longer early on.
yeah, that'd be sensible, though depending on what kind of ramp.
see if you went with mana fix creatures like Birds of Paradise , at least keep some draw cards, but if the mana ramp are search cards like Rampant Growth then you can put more of those type of cards over the draw cards, since you're thinning out your deck anyway.
I don't mean to throw a wrench in everything, but I believe that you need more sifting cards like Forbidden Alchemy because the combo does not work without the Grand Architect , I mean, let's face it, Prototype Portal just doesn't win games by itself. The games that I playtested this went rather uneventful because I spent 3+ turns each time waiting on a Grand Architect to get the 'infinite' going in the combo. But still a +1 for the idea, I love the Parallel Lives .
I had forgotten, I apologize. It is not wise to drop the counterspells, what I would do is drop the Rampant Growth s because they are useless in here with mana not being an issue. The only use is if you happen to have one on the second turn, you are slightly ahead, but it is actually not helpful because you can drop Grand Architect or Deceiver Exarch third turn with or without the growth and the rest of the combo the following turns without needing the extra mana. So it doesn't even put you ahead combo-wise. Also you should drop the Gitaxian Probe s because it's just not useful to you. 1 mana or 2 life to draw 1 card won't really help you much since you only get the top card of your library, unlinke Ponder where you choose from the top 3, and looking at your opponent's hand is unnecessary with counter magic like Mana Leak and Dissipate . A smart player should always leave mana to counter whenever possible, so knowing when to save mana for that counterspell is irrelevant. I understand the benefit, but I would remove them and the Rampant Growth s to add 3x Forbidden Alchemy and 3x Noxious Revival . Feel free to take any or none of my suggestions, I did +1 this time!
Thanks for the +1 and the feedback! I think I'll leave the probe in. While I normally leave mana open for a counter spell it is key to know what to counter. Gideon might be great to counter, but if they have an oblivion ring it'll be far more damaging. The probe will give me that added info what might be coming up.
After playtesting a little more myself, I think I agree with the rampant growth. I have the simulacrum in there for deck thinning and ramp to help everything out a bit. Let's see if I can work in the forbidden alchemy noxious revival concept in. Thanks again.
I like this combo for casual. I think if you use the Prototype Portal to play both Phyrexian Metamorph s as Deceiver Exarch s you can untap your Grand Architect and your Prototype Portal then tap the Deceiver Exarch s to do it again, leaving the Grand Architect untapped, continue with this for a while, and you have as much mana as you need for artifacts, or on anything if you untap Birds of Paradise . Not sure if this actually helps, but it could be fun.+1
Forbidden Alchemy doesn't seem to be that useful for this deck considering there is no black to Flash it back, so I could recommend you add another form of Counterspell like Stoic Rebuttal or Beast Within / Bramblecrush for Control Factor.
Overall it looks pretty solid with mentioned above.