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So the feedback for my "Something Smells Fishy" deck was less than ideal, which means, I spent about 15 minutes thinking up a new, weird deck idea to have fun with in Standard format. I welcome any/all comments, even negative ones, as long as you're constructive and help the idea along (even if you're helping it along to the scrapyard).
The basic premise here is to run with Shimian Specter - I don't know how this card isn't seeing more play - and exile a LOT of the opponent's deck. The key is to keep them unblockable, which can be achieved with Artful Dodge , Ghostform or even more permanently with Tricks of the Trade . You swing with the Specter(s), they're unblockable, BAM you're getting a Surgical Extraction without any mana cost that you can repeat. They pull a Mana Leak and you don't want to worry about those any more, DONE! I'm also liking this idea because I can make my Specter unblockable, cast Unsummon on their favorite creature, and BAM, yank them too.
Deranged Assistant and Gilded Lotus help do a little bit of ramping (I know the lotus costs five, but it provides three mana), as the four drop spot is really packed, but outside of using Heartless Summoning I'm not really sure how to fix that (comments welcome there).
Evil Twin works to either take out their Legends via the Legend rule or to copy the best creature on the field, and then take out theirs. Either that or they give me 3x more specters. Talrand, Sky Summoner is really just in here to be another target for them to worry about - and if he happens to create some drakes along the way, that's just an added bonus.
An alternative mana producing artifact that you might be interested in might be Vessel of Endless Rest . It only produces 1 mana of any color, but the 3-drop cast means having extra mana left over for a good spell in a tight spot. Also, it could grab a card from your graveyard back to your deck. The bottom of your deck, but better in your deck somewhere than exiled never to return if its a shimian specter. A card like Diabolic Tutor or Increasing Ambition could help you fetch it again after doing so, or help you round up that specter even faster. You might have to playtest these ideas a few times to see if they work for the deck. I like it so far though.
I might add Devastation Tide to my deck Methodical Mind Games 2. if I can hold off my opponent until I can combine it with Archaeomancer , I'll be able to hold off my opponent's creatures indefinitely.
Great deck, and thanks for the idea. xD +1! Keep it up!
Thanks for the input. I didn't think of Vessel of Endless Rest and that can definitely help at the three drop, given that it's currently pretty sparse. I can also see where Increasing Ambition might make sense if I spend a lot of games not pulling a specter. I'm trying to stay away from rotating cards as, sadly, most of my ideas won't be assembled until after then. But that's definitely something to look into.
I'll take a gander at your deck and thanks for the +1