What is the best card to make this combo lethal?
Posted on Oct. 20, 2018, 2:03 a.m. by StopShot
This 2-card combo generates: Infinite storm and infinite cycles of a creature entering and leaving the battlefield.
Mana-cost needed to go infinite:
Extra: Either card can be tutored for with Flamekin Harbinger.
Description: Grinning Ignus is a creature with an ability that can effectively allow you to recast it multiple times on the same turn, however; while it always supplies enough mana to recast itself, for every loop you'll need to pay one extra mana for it's activated ability resulting in a net loss of per cycle. With Runaway Steam-Kin we now have the Ignus's missing piece as the Steam-Kin can easily generate the extra needed so that the initial loop no longer loses nor gains any mana in the process. This in turn creates a two card infinite loop, but by itself it is not enough to flat out win the game nor make any impact on the board. We wish to insert a third card into this combo to do just that. Thoughts?
Possible third card candidates:
Altar of the Brood: Infinite mill.
Hazoret's Monument: Makes the initial combo cheaper to start. Generates infinite colorless mana and infinite card draw which results in lethal if Walking Ballista or Aetherflux Reservoir are in the deck.
Conclusion: I am uncertain as to which third card would be the best choice to make this combo the most effective at winning the game. That said I feel there may be another third-card combo piece I am unaware of that may prove better than the ones I've listed. I'm making this post in hopes that it inspires an interest and discussion on the potential a combo like this has for combo-based decks, and so that better finishers for this combo may be discovered to improve upon it. Please share your thoughts below, thank you.
October 20, 2018 5:07 p.m.
Yeah, I would agree with what said. Hazoret's Monument reduces the Ignus’s cost by 1, getting you infinite mana and filtering with the ability of it, so you could find a Grapeshot or Banefire or something.
October 20, 2018 5:59 p.m.
You can have Purp as your commander though. It becomes a readily available 3rd piece. Would still include the Monument in the deck. It’s still a pretty neat card in a mono red deck.
October 20, 2018 6:36 p.m.
If you were to run this combo in your deck would you include the Flamekin Harbinger as a tutor, or is it's effect too niche?
October 20, 2018 6:38 p.m.
I think Harbinger is just fine
October 22, 2018 9:58 p.m.
This has inspired me to build some jank mono red deck