Aberrant Researcher

Creature — Human Insect

Flying

At the beginning of your upkeep, put the top card of your library into your graveyard. If it's an instant or sorcery card, transform Aberrant Researcher.

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Uncommon

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Legality

Format Legality
Limited Legal
Pioneer Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Highlander Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Vintage Legal
Unformat Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Aberrant Researcher Discussion

Joker4242 on Water One

7 months ago

As a fan of Blue-counter decks I like the cards you are putting in there. I am wondering what the win conditions are (obviously besides Jace's last ability). Some of your creatures require a lot of mana for blue control (such as: Aberrant Researcher  Flip, Advanced Hoverguard, Aeon Chronicler, Aquamorph Entity, Aven Surveyor, and Lorthos, the Tidemaker). The problem with having high mana cost is that when you play them, you will be tapped out of mana and you will have no protection whatsoever.

Brazen Borrower is a favorite of mine. As is Augury Owl. Both can be played early on. The scry 3 ability is great if you can flicker or bounce the owl.

I like Blink of an Eye. I think it is a very versatile card in both the early game and late game. Honestly, bouncing your own creatures is just as useful sometimes, as you can then reuse a creature ability.

With so many creatures I recommend having more creatures with triggering abilities for when they come into play, and then maybe add more bouncing and flickering spells. I would recommend Ghostly Flicker, my favorite flicker card. It is amazing with cards like Archeomancer (you can flicker Archeomancer and when when he comes back, you can return Ghostly Flicker back from the graveyard back to your hand. Un-killable blocker plus the flickering of another creature with triggering ability. Works on a similar level with Mystic Sanctuary.

Cards I would recommend: Ghostly Flicker Archeomancer Cryptic Command Mystic Sanctuary Cackling Counterpart Peel from Reality

playing more Augury Owl and Blink of an Eye might be good as well.

I'm not sure if you realize, but many of your non-creature spells are not modern legal. Just wanted to make sure you knew.

Either way, I like where your head is at. Good start. I always appreciate when someone decides to make a blue deck. It's hard to make a creature heavy blue deck based on dealing damage. This is because blue is the color that is more focused on non-creature spells. Blue also doesn't have much in the way of kill spell and destruction. So bounce and counter are really only the ways to keep threats off the board. Blue invokes a challenge in the players capabilities to think about the long term plan. I am always happy to suggest cards and/or combos, although ultimately the decisions are up to you as it is your deck. Good luck with your deck.

inuvash255 on Card creation challenge

1 year ago

Delver of Secrets  Flip

+1 Scry 1.

0 Look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card. If an instant or sorcery card is revealed this way, transform Delver of Secrets.

1

Aberrant Researcher  Flip

+2 Put the top card of your library into your graveyard. If it’s an instant or sorcery card, put a loyalty counter on Aberrant Researcher.

-4 Create a 1/1 blue Human Wizard creature token. Until the beginning of your next turn, whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, create a 1/1 blue Human Wizard creature token.

-5 You get an emblem with “Wizards you control get +2/+1 and have flying."


I cheated a bit, stapling on abilities based on Aberrant Researcher  Flip and Docent of Perfection  Flip.

Next: Another :)

Gattison on Card creation challenge

2 years ago

Karn, Machine Martyr
Legendary Planeswalker - Karn - Mythic

+3: Up to one target artifact becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness equal to its converted mana cost.

-4: Exile target permanent with one or more colors.

-9: Return all artifacts from your graveyard to the battlefield. Transform ~.

4


Silver Legacy
Legendary Enchantment

Spells your opponents cast that are one or more colors cost more to cast.

Artifact spells you cast cost less to cast.


I based this one on the cards TypicalTimmy and Saturnity made up above in Post #'s 20 & 21.

Karn sacrifices himself for the greater good, leaving behind a "legacy" that will be felt for years to come. Seems very Karn-like, actually, from what I know about him.

New challenge: Let's "evolve" a cool creature, the way Delver of Secrets  Flip "turns into" Aberrant Researcher  Flip and then that other one, forgetting the name right now.

Let's evolve Vampire Nighthawk. Make a "bigger" version of him, please.

JibJig on Sacrifice

2 years ago

CREATURES

Cards I'd cut:

Aberrant Researcher  Flip - There are better options to throw cards into your own graveyard. Examples include Sultai Ascendancy or Search for azcanta which will later let you Anticipate each turn.

Accursed Witch  Flip - Curses alienate one player and make them hate you. You don't want people to hate you in EDH. Also curses aren't very good to begin with.

Ashling, the Extinguisher - 4 mana with no evasion makes it very unlikely this critter will actually connect with players. I recommend cutting it for a better force-sacrifice effect like Innocent Blood.

Bloodbriar - It's selfish (it only gives itself +1/+1 counters) and it has zero evasion. Not worth it. I recommend Reyhan, Last of the Abzan in its stead; it has the same CMC and lets you move around +1/+1 counters all day.

Briarbridge Patrol - Not very good. Tireless Tracker is so much better. Replace the creature-searching with Evolutionary Leap or if you want to spend $75 Survival of the Fittest is amazing.

Centaur Rootcaster - Same reason as Ashling. Get rid of it. Wood Elves and Sakura-Tribe Elder instead.

Deadeye Plunderers - You only have two artifacts in the deck.

Demon of Wailing Agonies - Slow. Especially when your commander has CMC 6.

Gatekeeper of Malakir - BBB cost is really hard to get sometimes in BUG colors.

Glissa, the Traitor - Slow. She's neat and a good blocker but it doesn't matter because you only have two artifacts.

Greater Harvester - Same reason as the Gatekeeper. Run Smothering Abomination instead.

Labyrinth Guardian - This critter adds nothing to your strategy.

Magus of the Mirror - I've killed people with their own Magus. Also the same problem as the curses; it alienates one person. Also Tree of Perdition exists.

Marrow Chomper - Too slow.

Mortician Beetle - Selfish. Swap with Fleshbag Marauder and Slum Reaper.

Patron of the Nezumi - Not enough rats to make it worth it. Effect is meh.

Phylactery Lich - Same reason as Gatekeeper. Also you only have two artifacts.

Savra, Queen of the Golgari - She does nothing on her own; she needs other things to do her work which isn't good.

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant - Just run Grave Titan instead.

Skullmulcher - Consider Soul of the Harvest instead. Both are good but you might need more gas than Skullmulcher can give you.

Utopia Mycon - Too slow.

I'll add more comments when I get more time to look over the next few categories.

PonchoLibre on Perfected Swarm

2 years ago

yetiz, if I were picking replacements I would probably grab Thought Courier over Augur of Bolas. The reason being that Augur of Bolas only grabs instants and sorceries while Thought Courier offers more filter. Another option would be Runechanter's Pike.

The reason that Aberrant Researcher  Flip is still there is largely lore based.

yetiz on Perfected Swarm

2 years ago

would Augur of Bolas make a good replacement for Aberrant Researcher  Flip?

PonchoLibre on Perfected Swarm

2 years ago

Thanks TrueTribal for the suggestions! Went ahead and added the suggestions, took out Aberrant Researcher  Flip because it wasnt holding its own weight.

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