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Wisdom and Sorrow: Rashmi EDH

Commander / EDH



"I have beheld all the works done under the sun: in great wisdom is great grief, and he who increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow..."
       -- Ecclesiastes 1:14-18

Rashmi may have built a damn fine control deck...but she's also built a portal that allowed the Phyrexians to invade Kaladesh.

Oops. Better luck next time!

(Deck still under testing: super fun so far, but it's not close to optimized. Built from cards I had laying around...and it's basically my first attempt building control. Suggestions appreciated!)

This deck is pretty standard blue control. The goal is to manipulate your top-decks to maximize the power of Rashmi's triggers, and use your counters to protect Rashmi and disrupt your opponents' combos and strategies. The deck's cards fall into several categories:

These cards are central to the deck's plans, and allow you to play several turns ahead of your opponent. Brainstorm, Long-Term Plans, Mystical Tutor, Noxious Revival, Worldly Tutor, Sylvan Library, Scroll Rack, Sensei's Divining Top, and Mystic Speculation
These cards directly profit off of having control over your top cards. Future Sight, Temporal Manipulation, Ancestral Vision, Devastation Tide, and Rashmi herself, of course :)
These are the bread and butter of a control deck - once you complete your setup, you get slow advantage for the rest of the game. Rhystic Study, Burgeoning, Cloudstone Curio, Mind's Dilation, Metallurgic Summonings, Erratic Portal
Rashmi makes counters and removal much better, because each one comes with a draw-or-better. In particular, mass bounce spells give you a lot of advantage because you get extra Rashmi triggers from recasting your spells, and you have another opportunity to counter theirs. AEther Tradewinds, AEtherspouts, Beast Within, Counterspell, Cyclonic Rift, Daze, Evacuation, Flusterstorm, Force of Will, Krosan Grip, Mana Leak, Plasm Capture, Rewind, Swan Song, Song of the Dryads, Crush of Tentacles, Devastation Tide
This deck dominates the field easily, but then tends to have trouble winning. The main win-cons are Cultural Exchange, Reins of Power, Gather Specimens, and beatdown with an 8/8 from Crush of Tentacles. The main combos are Cloudstone Curio+Aluren, Time Warp+Eternal Witness and Erratic Portal/Cloudstone Curio. Crop Rotation+Glacial Chasm has saved me many times.





Daedalus19876 says... #2

Love-in-Theory: Thanks! As you can probably see, I'm still tinkering with the CSS of the page - it's not nearly done haha. Comments on the style are also appreciated.

With regards to your suggestions!

I've never really liked either Kiora too much; they conflict with my commander's spot on the curve (she always wants to come down T4 if possible) and don't synch with the game plan.

Prophet of Kruphix would be busted here, but unfortunately it's banned :(

I didn't feel like Seedborn Muse was too important here, since I cast pretty cheap instants on opponents' turns so it is not too hard to leave mana open. I'll consider her, though, especially since I have one around :)

Hmmm. I hadn't considered Mirari. I think I don't have enough instants/sorceries worth copying? But I'm open to persuasion.

Yeah, Kruphix, God of Horizons seems like a good plan here.

And I can't believe I forgot my favorite removal spell, Curse of the Swine! Thanks for reminding me.

December 7, 2016 1:12 p.m.

Love-in-Theory says... #3

I had forgot Mirari existed untilMy buddy threw it in his Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind deck. Swine is always good, I didn't know Prophet was banned :'(

I'll keep a look out for cards that could find a home here

December 7, 2016 1:21 p.m.

But where are the Phyrexian's? Since this is a control deck after all, what about including any of Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, Phyrexian Processor, Phyrexian Metamorph, or Phyrexian Ingester to the mix? Each would provide an additional finisher that messes with opponents, as well has stick with your theme.


December 10, 2016 11:57 a.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #5

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor: To be honest, this isn't a very themed deck, lol. It's also already super oppressive, so I'm loathe to add either Praetor.

Phyrexian Metamorph is a good idea, though, thanks! I'll find a copy. I have to include at least one Phyrexian, of course!

What I actually need most right now is an actual win condition. I tend to utterly dominate the board, then just...not win. Any suggestions?

December 10, 2016 12:06 p.m.

Fair enough, I just figured they would be good finishers haha. As far as a win-condition, since you aren't really creature based and don't want the Praetors, what about beating your opponents with their own things by running a a bunch of Control Magic, and Roil Elemental type spells (as you already have Reins of Power)? If you go that route, I would strongly suggest adding a Wasteland type land to deal with Homeward Path.

Or you could run something like Rite of Replication and Progenitor Mimic and make a ton of Thing in the Ice  Flip. If you go that route, I'd add in Wurmcoil Engine as well.

December 10, 2016 12:44 p.m.

Casey4321 says... #7

Is Momir that good here with only 13 creatures?

Torrential Gearhulk comes to mind...

December 10, 2016 1:25 p.m.

Love-in-Theory says... #8

Kick Rite of Replication on Biovisionary and you'll win :D

December 10, 2016 6:19 p.m.

Horrendous says... #9

Maybe Courser of Kruphix and Rites of Flourishing seam to go with the theme here +1 from me

December 15, 2016 8:53 p.m.

draconos says... #10

hey man, ive found that g/u has the best selection of clone cards. so go pick out some good clones and take a aggressive action against people playing bombs like iona. this color combo leands towards creatures so picking up things that trigger on enter or leave would be good. artifacts and colorless creatures would be good in any deck.

December 16, 2016 5:11 a.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #11

draconos: I'll definitely consider some clone cards (particularly Phyrexian Metamorph)! The deck doesn't have many free slots, though, so I might have to avoid adding too many more ETB creatures :(

December 16, 2016 2:13 p.m.

Lilbrudder says... #12

I love the phyrexians, but +1 either way. I am a big fan of that passage too. This is a very well constructed deck. I am very impressed

January 3, 2017 11:19 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #13

Lilbrudder: Heh. The Phyrexians are pretty cool villains, TBH. I preferred the original generation, though - the new ones are cool but the originals under Yawgmoth were an interplanar threat and the most iconic Magic villains.

Thank you for the compliments! Is there anything you would add, since you have much more experience in building control?

I'm currently lacking a consistent win-con (other than infinite turn combos), so I might add Bribery and/or Rite of Replication to give me something to do in the late-game. Thoughts?

January 4, 2017 1:37 a.m.

Lilbrudder says... #14

Well if I was playing rashmi control I would first want to abuse all the "free" spells available to me. Snap and Misdirection would be high priorities and Frantic Search would also work well since I would have plenty of regrowth effects.

I would also add Reclaim since it acts like a instant speed one mana regrowth with Rashmi. I would also add flash creatures like Plaxmanta and Snapcaster Mage (although budget can be an issue).

As for win conditions I think bribery and rite of replication would work well in creature heavy metas. If I were going uber competitive I would build around paradox engine and dramatic scepter as g/u is solid with these cards and rashami provides card advantage to fuel the combo as well

January 4, 2017 10:46 a.m.

Lilbrudder says... #15

That and Barals expertise. That card is perfect for your deck

January 4, 2017 11:16 a.m.

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