Win Conditions in Mono-Blue
Posted on Feb. 7, 2019, 12:16 a.m. by toxicliam
I’m a returning magic player coming back to play commander with my friends, and most of my playgroup just borrow my decks and use them. Out of all my decks, the one I get the most complaints about is my mono-blue deck Sicko Mode (Drake) not having many things to do that aren’t interaction or drawing cards before talrand is in play. What I was wondering was what are my options for early plays for future turns and potential winconditions outside of talrand that exist in mono-blue?
Some sort of infinite draw engine + Laboratory Maniac is a poplar one.
February 7, 2019 12:39 a.m.
I have a Mechanized Production in my mono-blue artifact deck. Once it gets the pieces online and starts spewing thopters out 20 isn't hard to get to.
February 7, 2019 12:54 a.m.
You could add mana rocks and then Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal (neither of which are bad in the deck by themselves). This combo by itself with 2 mana production gives you infinite drake's. At 3 mana production you have infinite mana, which you can channel into Blue Sun's Zenith ing each of your opponents. Using Whispers of the Muse (again, good with talrand) is another draw to help you dig for your win con once you have infinite mana.
February 7, 2019 3:06 a.m.
- Paradox Engine
- Lots and lots of stones Sol Ring , Gilded Lotus , Palladium Myr , Silver Myr , Kozilek's Channeler , Alloy Myr , Darksteel Ingot , Mana Crypt , etc
- Get yourself extra draw and a lot of it
- Flood your deck full of Persistent Petitioners
- Commander: Arcanis the Omnipotent
The way the deck works is you get out Paradox Engine with Arcanis and your stones out. You tap Arcanis to draw 3 cards, tap all of your Petitioners to mill a buttload, play a new Petitioner, untap everything, and repeat.
Keep maybe 10 - 13 sturdy counterspells to prevent boardwipes and to protect your Engine. Run Mycosynth Lattice and Darksteel Forge . These will make your Engine harder to remove, and your Petitioners as well.
Don't forget about Altar of the Brood . That'll work nicely, too.
I'm not sure if blue has tutor, per se, but you have access to scry. Though with so much draw potential, I don't know if you'd need it.
I'd say the biggest hurdle is two-fold:
- Getting Engine out early
- Keeping it safe
I'm not sure if blue can do this quite on it's own. Any more experienced EDH players want to weigh in on this idea?
February 7, 2019 5:52 a.m.
I reckon you should try to add more mana rocks and get your cmdr out faster otherwise if you want to get a quick combo then I suggest lab maniac something (here's my build: Fixed T7 Win! [[Kaho, Minamo Historian]] *Primer*) but then again running any alternative win cons really undermines your commander. I suggest just trying to get him out faster and not focus on alt win cons