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Thought about it. Instant speed means I can dig on their end step and leave mana up to counter/dive/flash/push, also having mana open when you're a blue player makes you a credible threat, so opponents may put off dropping bombs (esp. with Spell Pierce in the format), so it even functions as a bluff.
October 20, 2017 7:43 a.m.
This deck is as close as it comes to being the DM in a game of Magic. Looks fun!
October 18, 2017 2:54 a.m.
October 18, 2017 1:49 a.m.
I tried running Opt in place of Compelling Argument, lost 1-2 to a gruelling Abzan deck that got a Lost Legacy off on my Fleet Swallower in the final game. Suddenly realised I didn't have another win-con. CA goes back in, but Opt was great, so I'm looking for another way to squeeze it in.
October 12, 2017 3:06 a.m.
If Mirage Mirror becomes a copy of an Aura, its put into its owners graveyard unless its somehow attached to an appropriate object or player already. If it becomes a copy of an Equipment and is attached to a creature, itll become unattached when it becomes a non-Equipment artifact again.
October 11, 2017 1:46 p.m.
Mirage Mirror does not work with Enchantments and curses for precisely the reason you suspect. Possible sideboard, but not mainboard worthy.
October 11, 2017 9:47 a.m.
October 11, 2017 7:32 a.m.
For me, it's the cycling plus back-up mill, because I don't use Gate. I do use Abandoned Sarcophagus for card advantage as well, but I'm still testing Sanity Swallower so I may go in a different direction.
October 11, 2017 7:21 a.m.
My first win with mine was off 2 FS and 2 CA (40 mill). Having a playset doesn't mean you expect to play four in a game, it just increases the odds of you having one at the right time.
Don't get rid of Abrade; it's got so much utility it should be there.
October 11, 2017 2:15 a.m.
It can't be countered, but it can be Committed before it resolves.
October 10, 2017 8:19 a.m.
Haven't gotten to testing yet. What's beating you?
October 8, 2017 11:09 a.m.
It's certainly something I'm considering. River's Rebuke is in the sideboard to deal with Carnage Tyrant or token strategies, but it's not mainboard worthy due to CMC. Compelling Argument and Abandoned Sarcophagus are sort of second win-cons, and again, for dealing with uncounterable threats Commit + Compelling Argument could bury a serious threat.
That said, your thoughts are solid, so when I get around to testing I'll try those out.
October 7, 2017 3:28 a.m.
I have a similar debate re. Opt, 'Opt'ing instead for HI and Censor. The latter has more utility in the control package, and the Cycle + Abandoned Sarcophagus gives me card advantage. I decided this was preferable to Opt, but happy to be wrong.
The issue with Mirage Mirror is actually to do with how auras and curses work. Basically when an aura/curse ETB, it has to be attached to something, and this is the only opportunity to attach it. If MM copies FS, it becomes a curse, but it doesn't become attached to that player, and because it isn't attached to anything, it "dies". So it's actually worse than pointless... I use an app called MTG Cards Info to read up on cards, and it includes all of the rulings on cards. The MM rulings actually make a reference to this exact scenario.
October 6, 2017 11:37 a.m.
Another thought re. Mirage Mirror: if you copy FS, it will fizzle and go to the graveyard; same is true for all auras and curses.I Agree with removing Navigator's Ruin. A 3 mana card that forces you to attack in a deck with little aggro ability is not gonna do much. There are some creatures in AKH and KLD blocks that have tap:Mill abilities, which might be more consistent.
October 6, 2017 3:10 a.m.
Sorcerous Spyglass is the card you're thinking of. Note that it only prevents activated abilities, and this combo depends on triggered abilities. Lost Legacy is more of an issue. Agree with your ethos; netdecking sucks :-) Half the fun is coming up with new ideas.
To explain Fraying Sanity, only cards that go into the cursed player's graveyard count towards the X, so the cards that go into yours don't add to the mill. A second FS will go on the stack, so will take the cards milled by the first FS into account.
October 6, 2017 2:27 a.m.
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