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  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.

MindAblaze says... #1

I haven't touched the idea in a couple days. Since we spoke I put together a Trostani build that seems to make tokens, but needs refining to either win through life gain or win through going wide. Right now it does neither well.

With Kytheon, I'm feeling like I want to build something that focuses on Commander damage rather than swarm. It just seems like a dead-end deck that I'm not going to enjoy playing when I could play Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer or Anax and Cymede, or even Kemba, Kha Regent.

April 28, 2017 2:41 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #2

Hey bro!

Sorry about not getting back to you about that Kytheon deck...

But I wanted to pick up the idea again, so are you still building that deck? If so, how is it looking so far?

April 28, 2017 12:47 p.m.

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#1

I haven't touched the idea in a couple days. Since we spoke I put together a Trostani build that seems to make tokens, but needs refining to either win through life gain or win through going wide. Right now it does neither well.

With Kytheon, I'm feeling like I want to build something that focuses on Commander damage rather than swarm. It just seems like a dead-end deck that I'm not going to enjoy playing when I could play Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer or Anax and Cymede, or even Kemba, Kha Regent.

April 28, 2017 2:41 p.m.

Don't forget CawBlade...

April 26, 2017 10:41 p.m.

Said on What is the ......

#3

Sidisi, Nekusar, Prossh, Mayael, Breya, Teysa 2, Olivia 1, Thada Adel, Skithyrix, Feldon and Trostani.

11 decks. I usually only get 2-3 games a week, and I will often play Sidisi or Prossh in at least one of them. If I played more they'd get a better rotation, and we'd be able to tweak and adapt them more. So for the number of games I play a week I probably have too many, but I think it's a healthy number for a person who doesn't like to play the same game more than a couple times a month. I could probably afford to cut down to 6-7 and not have too many problems.

In all honesty I'm working on a project that allows me to take the staples from each deck and rotate them through the decks for budget purposes. It also lets me have a higher number of decks at my disposal as I can have a pile of cards for a given commander ready to go and just slap the fetches, shocks and staples in when I want to play a certain deck.

April 25, 2017 7:53 p.m.

Said on LEOVOLD IS BANNED!...

#4

Hacker are you actually Sheldon in disguise?

April 24, 2017 7:19 p.m.

Said on Sophia the First...

#5

Thanks. This is one of my favourite combos that I haven't seen go off.

April 24, 2017 5:24 p.m.

Said on BW Enchantress...

#6

Turn the lands to swamps! Evil Presence et al.

April 21, 2017 11:47 p.m.

Well the whole releasing the Eldrazi thing is pretty regrettable.

April 21, 2017 9:16 p.m.

Said on Blade of Selves ......

#8
April 21, 2017 5:43 p.m.

I would be sad if they bumped Nissa off now. I think as a shy loner with a regrettable past she has an internal monologue that is going to take some work to explore, both for her and her writers. Killing her off wouldn't hurt the storyline too much, but it would be disappointing for everyone.

April 21, 2017 5:43 p.m.

Griselbanned in EDH you say?

April 21, 2017 2:50 p.m.

Putting Blade of Selves on a legendary creature without Mirror Gallery out just leads to dead tokens. White and red do have a lot of great ETB abilities to take advantage of the Blade though. Sun Titan and Restoration Angel for example.

April 20, 2017 10:31 p.m.

"Iconic" is the term Wizards uses for each colours main large creature.

: Angels

: Sphinxes

: Demons

: Dragons

: Hydras

April 20, 2017 8:14 p.m.

I think Gideon is under some kind of spell here, whether it's some literal enchantment or just mesmerized by the gods nature. He's not himself. I believe he will snap out of it, but whether they call that a redemption story and decide to kill him off I can't say.

April 20, 2017 12:59 p.m.

November of this year for release. Seems cool. I don't know how excited I can be for Iconics. The limited environment is going to have to support them somehow, and be interesting. Ramp will have to be an archetype I assume.

April 20, 2017 12:33 p.m.

I think that it's more likely that the gatewatch fractures under the weight of their encounter with Bolas and the manipulation of Liliana going to find Razaketh (and her history with Bolas.) Gideon is already all worked up that they don't understand his new found faith, but one of the story spotlight cards indicates he eventually disagrees with the nobel sacrifice that seems to happen once the trials are completed.

I don't think anyone will die. Killing off characters for the sake of killing them off is a story cop-out. Giving them reasons to choose to go their separate ways paves the way for further story telling. Odds are, Wizards will just find a way to turn the return of the God pharaoh into a win for the gatewatch possibl having the death of Razaketh be the success. Killing Razaketh will probably screw up Bolas' plan.

It is possible that Gideon dying could be enough for Jace and Chandra to lose faith in the cause though. Nissa is struggling to trust, so Liliana's omission may be enough to push her out.

April 20, 2017 12:09 p.m.

Even if he spit out white zombies or was Soulless One styled.

April 20, 2017 2 a.m.

Maybe Razaketh is the Grixis zombie commander we needed, not the one we deserved?

April 20, 2017 1:59 a.m.

I would like to see an Abzan lifegain/drain commander. Seems like a gap easily filled by an elf.

Aristocrats could be filled by vampires, or zombies but that would more likely be Grixis or bug. That's your black tribe.

I don't know how they're going to do Tribal without focusing on class. When you start looking at race you run into the whole "my Ux tribe isn't represented." Picking something like Warriors and Wizards makes more sense.

April 18, 2017 7:24 p.m.

Phenax mill probably has better cards than a Tarmogoyf to play, but Goyf is still a strong two drop when he could potentially be a 4/5 or larger. Phenax turns him sideways either way, and as a beater or a blocker he's always a threat.

April 18, 2017 7 p.m.

Said on Staples?...

#20

Fetches and shocks for sure. There's a few other fetchable lands available now that are fairly affordable too, so those should probably be acquired so you can work toward Duals.

April 18, 2017 2:56 p.m.

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