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

SCORE: 27 | 68 COMMENTS | 4315 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS


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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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#1

I'm just going to have to build a deck and play it. I would have 1-2 Terminate and a Slaughter Pact usually but I need some sort of advantage engine other than cantrips. I may as well run Faithless Looting/Izzet Charm to at least have the option to filter with upside.

It's going to be hard to 1:1 the whole time, I'll need Kolaghan's Command to be a difference maker.

January 21, 2017 12:33 a.m.

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I haven't seen a Blightning in a long time either, it would just be nice to find a way to force it back into the meta and Expertise seemed like it could do that. I've only ever liked free Blightnings though.



This is a mockup of initial thoughts so far.

You're right though, between Bolt, Fatal Push and Expertise, I could get flat out beat by Taz. Use my Taz to block, or force a sac with Cruel Ultimatum?

January 20, 2017 8:43 p.m.

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What do people think of Yahenni's Expertise for modern?

Expertise into Blightning/Kolaghan's Command?

January 20, 2017 7:40 p.m.

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#4

So...there's this event coming up, and my buddies and I are discussing the possibility of taking part. It's not until May, so I have some time to muck around but I want something competitive.

I'm looking at Grixis, because Bolt and Fatal Push are right up my alley, along with some hand disruption and a bit of counter magic...that being said I have two primary options in front of me that seem appetizing;

A)Cruel Control

B)Delver

...and I don't know what to think. Personally I don't think I'm a particularly skilled Delver pilot, but I can learn.

Anyway, the deck I'm using as a base is


Robust Harvest

Modern* MindAblaze

SCORE: 42 | 118 COMMENTS | 8275 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS


It's currently a Delver build, but again, if Cruel Control is viable I think I'd be more a skilled pilot. Either way, some feedback, and opinions on which route would be more viable would be much appreciated.

January 20, 2017 6:31 p.m.

Said on MS: Breaking points...

#5
January 18, 2017 12:47 p.m.

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#6

I play this deck as a storm deck. Turn three Laboratory Maniac wins. +1 for Curiosity combo!

January 14, 2017 8:04 p.m.

The text on Stasis Snare is a triggered ability though, not a spell.

January 14, 2017 1:56 p.m.

It is the nature of humanity not to worry about Tomorrow, especially when there's a good chance they won't live to see the end of today.

January 14, 2017 3:32 a.m.

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#9

I have the Leonin Relic-Warder+Phyrexian Metamorph combo in here too, so Altar of the Brood does fit. I'll have to make space.

I like Necrotic Ooze, but it's kill on sight in my group. I used to have an all in infinite/infinite deck built around it. Life From The Stinkweed Scholar's Birthing Ooze. It's gloriously overkill. The best kind in my mind.

January 12, 2017 7:55 p.m.

Kill Switch is mean, haven't seen that one before.

I am currently testing


Breya Thopter Test

Commander / EDH* MindAblaze

3 VIEWS


I need to play more I think.

January 12, 2017 7:22 p.m.

I'm thinking a different commander for this deck, although "back to the drawing board" may be appropriate here.

January 11, 2017 1:59 a.m.

I'm looking for some opinions on my deck;


Assemble the Doomsday Machine!

Commander / EDH* MindAblaze

SCORE: 6 | 13 COMMENTS | 649 VIEWS


Basically, I'm feeling like I should use a different commander if for no other reason than tutoring up a Mycosynth Lattice and then blowing up all the lands gets repetitive. It doesn't feel like assembling the doomsday machine should feel. Ya mean?

Considering Breya, but maybe just want to build some kind of three or four piece combo in, just to make it more fun. Anyway, what do you all think?

January 11, 2017 12:30 a.m.

Gisa is silly, so many potential shenanigans. For example; Bloodthrone Vampire, Nantuko Husk, Vampire Aristocrat and Phyrexian Ghoul aren't usually very good in edh, as big dumb beaters are usually inefficient use of your mana. (No upside when they die to Wrath of God etc) ...but, when you can sac a bunch of zombies to make them huge and then sac them to Gisa to get even more zombies? That's money.

January 10, 2017 7:52 p.m.

Said on Krunchy Kobolds...

#14

Considering adding Shaman of Forgotten Ways for a Grave Pact combo win. Any thoughts?

Looking at playing him over Emrakul's Evangel.

January 8, 2017 1:24 p.m.
January 7, 2017 11:59 p.m.

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#16

I'd like to see a -1/-1 Counters theme. Everybody's playing Superfriends or +1/+1 Counters...-1/-1 needs some love.

Love me some Carnifex Demon!

January 7, 2017 11:54 p.m.

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#17

Swampwalk deck needs Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.

January 7, 2017 11:51 p.m.

Rules questions go in the Q&A, but you gain 3x life where x is the number of players/permanents that took damage. Essentially, the crypt rats dealt 18 (3 to you and itself) damage, so you gain 18 life.

January 7, 2017 11:49 p.m.

What do you think about Xenagos, God of Revels over something like Urabrask the Hidden?

January 7, 2017 4:12 p.m.

Bloodbond March...just sayin'

Sometimes rats die. Especially when you plan on saccing them yourself.

January 6, 2017 10:09 p.m.

Decks

Mayael's Wild Pair-ty

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 44 | 235 COMMENTS | 16786 VIEWS | IN 23 FOLDERS

Robust Harvest

Modern* MindAblaze

SCORE: 42 | 119 COMMENTS | 8317 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

Marauding Titans

Modern* MindAblaze

SCORE: 24 | 26 COMMENTS | 4420 VIEWS | IN 5 FOLDERS

The Mad King of Tristram

Commander / EDH* MindAblaze

SCORE: 36 | 105 COMMENTS | 9162 VIEWS | IN 14 FOLDERS

Land of Falling Tokens

Modern* MindAblaze

SCORE: 9 | 16 COMMENTS | 1762 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Centre for Disease Control

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 37 | 99 COMMENTS | 10578 VIEWS | IN 13 FOLDERS

Cubes

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Mending Broken Lives - Casual Cube

MindAblaze — 2 months ago

SCORE 3 | COMMENTS 3 | VIEWS 1333

Finished Decks 51
Prototype Decks 28
Drafts 3
Playing since Conflux
Cube Drafts 26
Points 1944
Avg. deck rating 12.16
T/O Rank 76
Helper Rank 237
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern
Good Card Suggestions 394
Last activity 7 hours
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