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

Modern MindAblaze



This is where the Vorthos comes in.

It's the story of an easily angered, yet Civilized Scholar  Flip . 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, Morselhoarder s 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.

Please login to comment

My crucibles always get blown up. It makes me a Sad Panda.

Your line of thinking makes sense, but I still wouldn't go down to 35, 36 at the very minimum, and again it depends on the curve and the number of rocks.

June 21, 2017 8:32 p.m.

I think I'm going to test The Locust God in my Nekusar deck. It probably won't win a spot as it's not directly related to my win condition, but it's a pretty strong way to help with my own survival in a creature heavy meta. Lots of blockers when I wheel, so it's worth a shot.

June 21, 2017 8:24 p.m.

Said on Trying to fill ......


Yes, that would work very well. It gets lands in the yard for Gitrog and KotR to bring back with Crucible and Life from the Loam.

Is a 4/3 for 4 fair for this card?

June 20, 2017 8:11 p.m.

Said on Trying to fill ......


It could be a place for Aggressive Mining?

June 20, 2017 12:24 a.m.

Said on Trying to fill ......


It is one of the ways I've considered building Saskia the Unyielding. Four colors is overwhelming though. Good stuff aggro?

June 20, 2017 12:19 a.m.

Said on Trying to fill ......


Does two enchantments for a small amount of life seem pointless?

June 19, 2017 11:41 p.m.

Said on Trying to fill ......


Enchantments and lands unfortunately don't have enough overlap for my liking other than Overgrown Estate and Dark Heart of the Wood actually being enchantments. I want to play with cards like The Gitrog Monster, Knight of the Reliquary and Titania, Protector of Argoth. Crucible of Worlds and Life from the Loam, and the odds are the deck will need a fair number of enchantments to function so it would be nice if there was some sort of synergy between the two.

Even maybe some kind of Vampire Druid, the first green vampire?

June 19, 2017 11:29 p.m.

Said on Trying to fill ......


I've got this deck that I want to build, but unfortunately there isn't really a good leader for it.

I'm going to suggest a design for a commander; and I'd like if we could a) take some guesses on what kind of deck I'm looking to build (and make suggestions) and b) try to make the new commander fair.

Avalea, Eternal

Legendary Creature - Dryad Cleric

Whenever you cast an enchantment spell you may sacrifice a land. If you do, draw a card.

Sacrifice two enchantments: gain life equal to the number of land cards in your graveyard.


June 19, 2017 10:20 p.m.

That's the only thing that makes sense to me. But...incomplete cycles of gods make me a sad panda.

June 17, 2017 1:26 p.m.

The Scorpion God!

June 16, 2017 9:29 p.m.

I thought somebody called attention to some card art that suggested Neheb died a Glorious End just a little while ago.

June 15, 2017 10:38 p.m.

Said on Do they rotate ......


I ignore things that have since been errata'd lol

I guess I did show what hemisphere I'm living in though

June 15, 2017 3:43 p.m.

Said on MS: Feast...


Torn apart and swallowed by zombie crocodiles? On-screen death? Razaketh isn't coming back. That was quite the story though. Id like to see Raz have a Merieke Ri Berit-like ability. Maybe something that bleeds you to make it more painful.

I think the Veil is going to have some role to play in Liliana going out on her own. How, I don't know, but a return to Dominaria seems like a good coming home story for Lili.

June 15, 2017 12:49 a.m.

Said on Do they rotate ......


Rotation is in the fall. Always.

June 15, 2017 12:32 a.m.

Said on Saheeli Rai...


I really want to find a way to make Saheeli + Sun Titan viable. She's so combo-y.

June 13, 2017 10:58 p.m.

Constricting Sliver is also pretty disgusting, although risky if you run into a lot of sweepers.

June 13, 2017 10:56 p.m.

My buddy plays Sliver Overlord and its oppressive when he has the mana to tutor up a Crystalline Sliver and some other silly shenanigans. Usually a Hivelord...

June 13, 2017 9:07 p.m.

I think whats happening is I've mashed landfall elements and a lot of enchantments together (plus a pod chain and Wild Pairs) and it only ran smoothly if you had certain pieces in place. Landfall needs either Life from the Loam or Crucible of Worlds with Admonition Angel, Rampaging Baloths, Omnath, Locus of Rage or Titania, Protector of Argoth to be most effective (optimally with an Exploration effect too, and then Mayael is the mana sink. On top of that I need to have some protection in place, so it just feels clunky at times.

June 13, 2017 8:06 p.m.

This deck is currently undergoing a rework. It's become a clunky removal magnet. I'll have to consider that when it's time, but right now it's not working.

June 12, 2017 10:36 p.m.


Mayael's Wild Pair-ty

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 45 | 240 COMMENTS | 17879 VIEWS | IN 25 FOLDERS

Robust Harvest

Modern* MindAblaze


Marauding Titans

Modern* MindAblaze


The Mad King of Tristram

Commander / EDH* MindAblaze


Land of Falling Tokens

Modern* MindAblaze


Centre for Disease Control

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 43 | 102 COMMENTS | 12354 VIEWS | IN 20 FOLDERS

Krunchy Kobolds

Commander / EDH MindAblaze



cube chart

JM's Casual Cube

MindAblaze — 21 hours ago


Finished Decks 52
Prototype Decks 32
Drafts 3
Playing since Conflux
Cube Drafts 26
Points 2319
Avg. deck rating 11.82
T/O Rank 48
Helper Rank 737
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern
Good Card Suggestions 407
Venues ThunderGround Comics & Collectibles
Cards Added/Fixed 1
Last activity 16 hours
Joined 4 years