Ad Nauseam


Reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost. You may repeat this process any number of times.

Macaronigrill5150 on Screaming Bald Guys Tribal MK2

1 week ago

I think these are kind of a stretch but Ad Nauseam, Brink of Madness, and Oblivion Crown

Decrepit_Angel on [Primer] Colored Mana is for the Weak

3 weeks ago


Yeah, that is an unfortunate downside of mono-colorless. Collector Ouphe, Null Rod, and Stony Silence are really bad cards for this deck to see. I always try to tutor or mulligan for an Inspiring Statuary when I expect to see those cards as it allows me to still use my artifacts to cast stuff like Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Karn Liberated, All Is Dust, Emrakul, the Promised End, etc. Typically I try to outspeed the artifact hate but as that is not always an option, Inspiring Statuary or politics tends to be the best option. It also helps that other decks tend to get hurt by such artifact hate so I am not always the one that has to deal with it.

As for the power level, I tried to make it as powerful as possible for the sake of having a decent chance at a cEDH power level table. A max power level Kozilek is typically around the power level of a budget cEDH deck so it tends to play well at that kind of table. Given the ridiculous speed of the deck though, I have had good matchups against full pods of max power cEDH decks. Very few decks can shrug off Annihilator 4 on turn 3. Also, Mindslaver effects are hilariously good against cEDH decks. Especially with how many Necropotence, Ad Nauseam, Tainted Pact, Demonic Consultation, etc. effects are common in cEDH. Even outside of that, just using their own removal spells on their stuff or exiling their commander if it is a deck that relies on it to win (and choosing to put it into exile of course) can completely kill off opposing players on the spot. Emrakul, the Promised End is my go to answer for cEDH decks as the cast trigger almost always just kills an opponent on cast, even if she gets countered.

As for additional stax, I already run Torpor Orb and I quite like it. Cursed Totem is interesting (and if nothing else is a good budget option). I liked Cursed Totem a lot more when Flash + Protean Hulk was a thing. Perhaps it is just my meta but I don't see too many decks that make me want a Cursed Totem effect. Winter Orb has been underperforming of late so I might trade those out and see if I like it. It cuts off my Metalworker, Palladium Myr, and Burnished Hart but I think that is acceptable given how much it can hurt some decks. Worst case scenario, I could always just treat it the same way I use something like The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale where I just mulligan or Bazaar of Baghdad it away if it is a meta that it isn't useful.

SufferFromEDHD on Sidisi Land Nauseam

3 weeks ago

Awesome list. I like Skirge Familiar alongside Ad Nauseam and Torment of Hailfire is a good fit. Only suggestion would be a few utility lands. Maybe a mana rock or 2.

Here's my version Sidisi 1CMC storm/glass cannon

Guerric on Ad Nauseam + Looking at …

2 months ago

Hi Delphen7! The short answer is yes. In regards to The Reality Chip, you can look at it any time, which means that you can do it before you reveal the cards. Hence its literally any time!

As for Lantern of Insight, you actually have to play with the card "revealed" in that it will be face up on top of your library. When you then "reveal it" you are simply playing the cost to activate Ad Nauseam another time.

Delphen7 on Ad Nauseam + Looking at …

2 months ago

For each of these, suppose I’m in the middle of resolving Ad Nauseam.

If I control The Reality Chip, can I look at the top card before choosing to reveal it?

If any player controls Lantern of Insight, does the top card get revealed before I choose to “reveal” it?


Niko9 on Necropotence vs Yawgmoth’s Bargain

2 months ago

I agree here that the effect of bargain is much stronger because you get the cards right away, but that being said, 6 mana is really high for a cEDH deck. You can only have a few big spells in any deck that's using Ad Nauseam which is one of the most common wincons in C.

But I'm no expert : ) I like to watch cEDH, and don't really play it. That being said, it's rare to see either of these at cEDH, really. They might both fall into the category of, absolutely nuts in casual, but not quite competitive. Because most cEDH decks like drawing cards, but they really only need to draw one card to win, so Demonic Tutor and the like will be stronger than just drawing a bunch.

Flagellum on Codie Tokens

2 months ago

Thanks for this! Curious as to how I has performed. I was debating on what 0 suspend spell to abuse with Codie: Inevitable Betrayal for my opponents biggest threats or Profane Tutor for finding all my polymorph spells. I like the idea of stealing my opponent's creatures either to polymorph into a big bomb of my own or beat them with it. I will be running a few more 1 mana spells to make that happen and ways to return the suspend cards from the gy. The token route might be better to fend off would be attackers and polymorph targets too.

I just want to do something different than the standard Ad Nauseam combo.

legendofa on When did you start playing, …

2 months ago

I started playing with the first Portal, kinda. That was the first set I got cards from. I spent the next few years off and on, getting bits and pieces of collections from people who were leaving the game or offloading bulk commons and uncommons. (I managed to get both Pardic Firecat and Diligent Farmhand and had no idea what Burst meant. I thought it was some action, like untapping, that the rules later dropped.) I started digging in a little deeper in Time Spiral block, then really jumped in with Alara. Since then, I've been either in deep or sitting out.

Favorite block is Alara. It was the one that I really got in with (if you missed that two sentences ago). I usually prefer multicolor builds to monocolor builds, and I wasn't in for most of Apocalypse and Ravnica. It has a unique and deep setting insert Return to Alara screed here. And the cards are just cool: Maelstrom Archangel, Godsire (Secretly pandering to the OP? Never!), Progenitus, Wall of Denial, Conflux, Sphinx of the Steel Wind, Lich Lord of Unx... Add in stuff like Ad Nauseam, the Cascade mechanic, and Noble Hierarch, and the introductions of Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Sarkhan Vol, Tezzeret the Seeker, and Elspeth, Knight-Errant, and it had something for everyone. Planeswalkers were still brand new, and colored artifacts were a shocking and semi-controversial twist.

I don't like the one-set model. I understand that the three-set model and even two-set model had general dropoff after the first set, but the current model is too much, too fast. The mechanics are underdeveloped and unsupported. (In agreement with "it's always been that way" doesn't make it a good thing. I'm still waiting for Provoke to come back.) The planes are either shallow, limited in scope, or "open for exploration when we return" which may or may not happen.

The biggest and most disappointing change for me, though, is the official website. It used to have multiple articles a week: Making Magic, Savor the Flavor, From the Lab, Building on a Budget, Arcana, Card of the Day, theme weeks, it was all fun. Now, it's a couple of third-party articles, occasional short stories for the lore, and a bunch of promotion and self-advertising.

With my "it was better in my day" out of the way, I think the fundamentals of the game are in good shape. Aside from some cosmetic differences and minor rules updates, it's still the same game I was playing fifteen years ago, and there's a lot to be said for that. Sure, there's been some power and complexity creep, but aside from a couple of high-profile missteps that aren't totally without precedent (Urza block -> Mirrodin Affinity -> Zendikar Caw-Blade -> Throne of Eldraine/Ikoria), it's been well controlled compared to other popular TCGs. A deck from five, ten, twenty years ago can still find a home at least at the casual tables.

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