Posted on June 28, 2020, 1:24 a.m. by DuTogira
I stumbled across the fact that Nine Lives
is essentially a damage immunity. Was wondering if the community thinks this might have any application in modern, or if there's enough enchantment removal to prevent this from being useful (Abrupt Decay/Assassin's Trophy/etc). You could also use cards like Hex Parasite as a fall-back to remove counters from Nine Lives.
Nine Lives in particular is very nice because it comes packed with hex proof... but that doesn't do much in the way of protecting the necessary "B" component in this combo.
Maybe a new Esper control list with Nine Lives, Solemnity, Hex Parasite, Vampire Hexmage, and some way to find Nine Lives plus some counter spell backup?
Well, sadly this was a combo tested day of release, as everyone knows the combo from the Solemnity and Phyrexian Unlife. Both are basically the same, but Unlife costs less white mana and doesn't lose to life-loss (that gets around damage prevention)
The bigger use is for Pioneer, where Idyllic Tutor is also legal. Try it out there. I've only seen a couple lists for Pioneer though a lot for standard, I think MTGgoldfish ran a video on it a few days ago, cool combo!
June 28, 2020 1:30 a.m.
The real issue here isn't whether or not you can get both out, it's that Solemnity and Phyrexian Unlife itself isn't protected. One well placed removal on that and it's just a matter of time before Nine Lives is ticked up enough.
Definitely a good control factor to slow opponents down, but as with most decks the sideboard will change it your opponent's favor for round 2 and 3.
June 28, 2020 1:33 a.m. Edited.
Ah, but with enough counter magic and redundant methods to remove counters from nine lives, can we reach a critical mass where there’s more ways to keep Nine Lives going than your opponent can reasonably remove?
June 28, 2020 1:38 a.m.
Sounds like a horrendously slow and painful grind for an Azorius deck.
I dig it.
What would the wincon be?
June 28, 2020 2:04 a.m.
June 28, 2020 2:05 a.m.
Hmm... if we are in Esper... you have the mill aspect?
Glimpse the Unthinkable and Mind Sculpt both account for an ungodly 40x and 28x cards respectively running a full playset. That's more than entire library, on top of what you have removed with the aforementioned Surgical Extraction and Extirpate.
Your total removal at this point of cards is 40 + 28 + 32 = 100 cards. That is so overkill that you are guaranteed success.
Call it... Nine Sighs.
You're welcome ;)
June 28, 2020 2:11 a.m.
June 28, 2020 2:59 a.m.
June 28, 2020 10:14 a.m.
I was also looking at Jinxed Choker but that might just be a bit slow.
June 28, 2020 10:44 a.m.
Or we just run a single Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and hard cast it turn 40... call the deck Emmy and Mr. Mittens
June 28, 2020 11:01 a.m.
I got enough rough ideas for a deck. Find here: The Immortal Mr. Mittens.
June 28, 2020 3:23 p.m.
I mean, one place where this could pop up is in the more fringe Enduring Ideal decks that pop up in modern from time to time. It suffers from a lot of the same problems from the aforementioned interaction with Phyrexian Unlife though having both is intriguing, its a shame they weren't for example, 2 mana. I wish you luck, of course this could be the next eggs which benefited greatly when it got the second Second Sunrise effect, but if nothing else looks like fun jank.
Another application could be in some form of mono-white, RW, or UW, prison type deck as a soft lock, admittedly though it wouldn't be the focus in this style of deck.