MindAblaze The Grixis Dentist

I'm Justin and I'm a Grixis Player...

Welcome to the Vorthos cave.

There are two main things I love about magic. The strategy and the Lore. I also love the color pie but that's a different story.

The first part is because I learned to play from a very serious Spike. He made me very conscious of slow mana, below the curve creatures and janky, convoluted interactions. Play to win...we hit a few PTQs but mostly Game Days and FNMs. It was good times.

I play primarily casually now. As a result I mostly find myself building multiplayer decks that have some kind of combo built into them that generates oppressively incremental advantage. I love infinite combo decks but usually end up not putting them together for very long because they often win once or twice then I lose every time after that.

My favorite one so far has been

Life From The Stinkweed Scholar's Birthing Ooze

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This is where the Vorthos comes in.

It's the story of an easily angered, yet Civilized Scholar . He's overwhelmed by the triviality of life and becomes a Death Cultist. He immerses himself in his Stinkweed and becomes fascinated with fantastical Devoted Druids, Morselhoarders and Quillspikes. Finally, his Necrotic Ooze gets involved with a Birthing Pod and new life emerges.

One day I would like to begin a series of articles with short stories based around people's decks. When Im not planning a wedding and still trying to get settled in my new house with my four kids, fiancee and army of pets.

MindAblaze says... #1

We had initially had it as "search your library five turns in a row" but that's pretty restrictive and was hard to do, and makes you make bad choices like cracking the fetch on your turn instead of at the end of their turn.

This way, you could have like...Karametra out, crack a fetch, go wandering with Captain Sisay, play the creature, go find a land...

July 24, 2017 10:58 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #2

We set it at 5.

July 24, 2017 8:39 p.m.

How much do you think 'X' should be for your achievement "Just a Minute"; search your library X times in X turns?

July 24, 2017 6:24 p.m.

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I'm on board for Stalking Vengeance and Vicious Shadows but you need a sac outlet too because the blade exiles the tokens. No shortage of them but you need something that fits and optimally is useful.

Warstorm Surge+Blightsteel Colossus+Blade of Selves seems pretty preposterous if you want people to hate you. j05h already suggested Blightsteel, but not like this (never like this...)

July 27, 2017 12:04 a.m.

Yeah, Blade + Purphoros seems like a game plan in itself.

Yosei, Keiga, the Tide Star or any of the Kamidragons seem good.

General Tazri could lead an ally deck to a preposterous Blade of Selves experience.

July 26, 2017 5:54 p.m.

Said on Prevailing Selves...


Hey MA good to hear from ya!

Mirror Gallery seems like an obvious inclusion for a deck that wants Blade of Selves. I'll add it to my acquireboard.

Gamble tends to be just that, but it's pay off when you have a full hand, or an empty hand if you have some recursion/reanimation probably makes it worth it. I'm considering adding my Feldon of the Third Path here too, but it doesn't contribute to Jor Kadeen's plan super well on its own.

I'm going to think on that. Also, there's already a Puresteel Paladin in the list.

What would you consider unnecessary to take out for Mirror Gallery?

July 26, 2017 5:21 p.m.

Anyway, I would like to continue exploring ways to bust this sword. I've been liking Purphoros, God of the Forge + BoS + anything that makes lots of tokens when it comes in. Myr Battlesphere maybe?

July 26, 2017 12:21 p.m.

Said on Exile tokens at ......


Mercy buckets.

July 26, 2017 2:17 a.m.

Said on Exile tokens at ......


I can live with that, and I guess the card doesn't do anything more than it says. I wasn't sure how to look for it in the Comp Rules, but yeah. RTFC I guess.

July 25, 2017 11:52 p.m.


July 25, 2017 9:49 p.m.

04/11/2015 If the equipped creature is legendary, the tokens will all enter the battlefield. Then youll choose one of them to remain on the battlefield. The others will be put into your graveyard. Any enters-the-battlefield or dies triggers of the tokens will work.

Oracle ruling on Gatherer.

July 25, 2017 9:36 p.m.

Two legends have to be on the battlefield for the Legend rule to come into effect in the first place?

Moving from the battlefield to the graveyard is the definition of dying.

I just want to clarify it because it's very important for Blade of Selves interactions. That's the point of the OP isn't it?

July 25, 2017 9:15 p.m.

Let's say I have a Blade of Selves equipped to a Hoarding Dragon with some kind of sac outlet on the board. Let's call it a Bloodthrone Vampire.

I enter my Combat step, declare my intent to attack and swing with my Hoarding Dragon. The blade triggers and resolves, I get two more dragons. Dragons ETB ability triggers I go wandering for two artifacts.

Let's say there's no blockers to speak of, so my stuff lives until the "end of combat step." In response to the blades exile trigger for the tokens I sacrifice them to my Bloodthrone Vampire. Now...here lies to question;

Do my tokens still go to exile if they've been sacrificed, ala unearth (if they would leave the battlefield, exile them instead) or do they "die?"

July 25, 2017 9:08 p.m.

Things being put into a graveyard as a state-based action still triggers "put into the graveyard from the battlefield" aka "dies." Its not a sacrifice though, and its not destroyed but the things still "die."

State-based actions do not use the stack (Rule 704.1) so they cannot be responded to.

July 25, 2017 8:29 p.m.

Said on MindAblaze...


We had initially had it as "search your library five turns in a row" but that's pretty restrictive and was hard to do, and makes you make bad choices like cracking the fetch on your turn instead of at the end of their turn.

This way, you could have like...Karametra out, crack a fetch, go wandering with Captain Sisay, play the creature, go find a land...

July 24, 2017 10:58 p.m.

Said on Ob Nixilis the ......


IMO, Ob is cooler, but he's probably harder to build around. He likes lands hitting the board, and in mono-black the best way (IMO) once he's hit the board is probably Crucible of Worlds and fetches/Strip Mine et al.

That being said, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is probably more powerful. Some sort of combo-y sweeper could get you a bunch of zombies all at once and hose any recursion they may be dependant on.

July 24, 2017 10:39 p.m.

Said on MindAblaze...


We set it at 5.

July 24, 2017 8:39 p.m.

BoS with Giant Adephage in my Trostani deck make me laugh.

July 24, 2017 5:03 p.m.

Said on EDH Achievements...


You're not supposed to control an opponent into winning the game...lol

July 24, 2017 1:25 p.m.

Said on Looking For a ......


You could probably run Lavinia of the Tenth, it hits all of your pre-reqs; inexpensive, aggressive, Blink-compatible, doesn't have to be combo-focused or reliant on her and doesn't need too many artifacts (although Panharmonicon, Blade of Selves and Conjurer's Closet are useful.) As far as being an engine, if you're flickering her, she can consistently and repeatedly shut off the opponents mana rocks/dorks or any annoying blockers or utility cards they may be abusing.

I also have a list to check out, it's not optimized by any means but there are lots of flickers and lots of ETB effects.

I'm going to have to ask you to come with me...

July 23, 2017 1:38 p.m.

Said on Krunchy Kobolds...


Juicy for sure. Powerful and cost effective? I'm not sure. What would you take out for it, and how would I pay the triple red?

July 22, 2017 6:53 p.m.

Said on Magic Art Pairs...


Leyline of Anticipation

Leyline of the Void

Leyline of Punishment

Leyline of Sanctity > Magic 2011 Basic #233

Leyline of Vitality > Basic 244

I actually think the other ones don't have matches despite being led to believe it...

July 22, 2017 1:30 p.m.

Said on MS: Endure...


Something about her joy was overwhelming for me.

July 19, 2017 6:01 p.m.


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