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

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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, 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.

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Said on Saskia - T/O ......

#1

Blade of Selves makes all your etb abilities even more dangerous. Equip cost of is a bit painful but still worth it on the right creatures.

February 24, 2017 4:59 p.m.

Said on Mirror Gallery EDH...

#2
February 22, 2017 6:42 p.m.

Beauty, thanks.

February 17, 2017 9:06 p.m.

Said on Which Fat Pack ......

#4

Well, expeditions in BFZ and OGW. Zen, WWK and ROE have lots, but the odds of even finding one of those are slim. No inexpensive options there.

BFZ and OGW are still standard legal, but tbh I don't really follow standard card values these days.

February 17, 2017 9:05 p.m.

Said on Which Fat Pack ......

#5

Anything from Zendikar (original or return) as the full art lands could fetch some value in the future.

February 17, 2017 8:10 p.m.

Since this went live my cube has been blank. I can access it just fine in chrome, but on my phone it's not there. I can still draft it and draw a sample hand or a sealed pool. I pretty much only use my phone to browse.

February 17, 2017 7:59 p.m.

Said on Hive Mind + ......

#7

No worries. I had to read 3-4 different places (including the comprehensive rules) to make sure. There were some differing opinions out there for sure.

February 14, 2017 8:43 p.m.

Said on Hive Mind + ......

#8

The Oracle text on Nivix Guildmage suggests you copy the Overload. I don't see why Hive Mind would be different.

The important part seems to be that the spell knows it's been cast overloaded, and so do the copies.

I'll cite this other Salvation conversation that goes over it with any of the necessary rules.

February 14, 2017 7:56 p.m.

Said on Are There Any ......

#9

Yeah, Fists fits its niche very nicely.

...say that five times fast.

February 14, 2017 7:23 p.m.

Right. RTFC

February 14, 2017 7:22 p.m.

Said on Hive Mind + ......

#11

I think the part that matters is in 706.10;

" A copy of a spell or ability copies both the characteristics of the spell or ability and all decisions made for it, including modes, targets, the value of X, and additional or alternative costs."

The fact that it's a text-changing ability has no bearing on the fact that you paid the alternate cost and therefore are getting an alternate effect.

February 14, 2017 7:20 p.m.

Said on Hive Mind + ......

#12

Except I'm pretty sure NPC1, 2 and 3 get overloaded versions too. A copied spells controller can't choose to pay additional/alternate costs, but if the owner of the original spell pays the cost it happens for everyone.

February 14, 2017 4:43 p.m.

You could proliferate or find some other way to double the eon counters.

February 14, 2017 4:36 p.m.

Second Sunrise and Faith's Reward?

Dispeller's Capsule is useful. Etherium Astrolabe might be too. I've seen Dreamstone Hedron and it's ilk (mana rocks that can be sacced to draw) used quite extensively, and the ability to recur them is always a bonus.

On a related note, Hanna, Ship's Navigator is probably too useful to not run. She was a great include in the Breya deck. My buddy uses her as his commander and just picking up Burnished Hart over and over gets annoying, but flies under the radar enough to not draw attention to him.

February 14, 2017 12:15 p.m.

If I'm reading this correctly, you kind of want to play this like Eggs?

February 14, 2017 10:53 a.m.

Yes, legal targets blah de blah, that's what I was getting at.

I have to agree with LP though. If you play in a group where giving someone a couple cards back could benefit you for a turn or two, then it's probably worth the slot.

February 14, 2017 10:50 a.m.

I would run the full 8 of your draw dudes. IMO, Outcome is a little pricey mana-wise so I wouldn't want to see more than one maybe two copies. Mentor would be good as a 1-2 of, but you also don't want it to compete for space with Grapeshot, so no more than that.

Have you considered Paradise Mantle?

February 14, 2017 1:13 a.m.

Those two cards would neuter the Nullmage wouldn't they?

February 13, 2017 10:28 p.m.

This deck I think could benefit from Retract. One mana to keep your storm count climbing makes sense to me.

Ohthenoises has a deck similar to this on his profile. He runs Monastery Mentor as a singleton back up win condition and it does major work.

Neither of those cards are really budget though.

February 13, 2017 10:27 p.m.

The nice thing is you pick the targets, but yeah, giving people their cards back is a pretty big downside.

February 13, 2017 10:22 p.m.

Decks

Mayael's Wild Pair-ty

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 44 | 235 COMMENTS | 16961 VIEWS | IN 24 FOLDERS

Robust Harvest

Modern* MindAblaze

SCORE: 43 | 121 COMMENTS | 8389 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

Marauding Titans

Modern* MindAblaze

SCORE: 24 | 26 COMMENTS | 4431 VIEWS | IN 5 FOLDERS

The Mad King of Tristram

Commander / EDH* MindAblaze

SCORE: 36 | 105 COMMENTS | 9246 VIEWS | IN 14 FOLDERS

Land of Falling Tokens

Modern* MindAblaze

SCORE: 9 | 16 COMMENTS | 1771 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Centre for Disease Control

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 38 | 99 COMMENTS | 10859 VIEWS | IN 14 FOLDERS

Cubes

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JM's Casual Cube

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Prototype Decks 30
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