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.
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Ad Nauseam Discussion
1 week ago
Pact of Negation is the default "I'm comboing off this turn, and if you try to interfere, I got this up my sleeve, because there will be no next upkeep"-counterspell. Its function is much more defensive and therefor different from actual Counterspell , which' main use is to stop your opponent from progressing the game, not just to stop them interfering with your plans. It's typically played in decks that draw their entire library, like modern Ad Nauseam -combo decks, where Counterspell , while iconic, doesn't see much play outside of EDH anymore, mostly because there's many better options fitted for your specific needs nowadays, as this discussion shows.
1 month ago
Wow! Thank you so much for the kind words!
Suggestions are always more than welcome. I'm definitely not omniscient. In fact, I didn't even think about the almighty Mystic Remora , which is a card I play in a few other decks. It is definitely worth including due to its raw power level. I'm not sure if it's going to replace DC, as I kind of like the flexibility of being able to copy him from the graveyard in the late game. Phyrexian Arena is probably what I'll end up cutting. After all, the average CMC of the deck is low enough that I can afford DC over the Arena. On the same note, I'm considering Ad Nauseam as a way to refuel in the late game. It shouldn't hurt too much. When you say I can dodge Remora's cumulative upkeep by morphing Lazav before my turn begins, what do you actually mean?
Scorched Ruins is yet another awesome suggestion. I particularly like that it taps for because, as you said, it's the magic number for many of our combos. This makes it a lot better than Lotus Vale and Lotus Field . It's a risky play, considering the chance to get blown up by land destruction. However, I think it's worth the risk.
Herald of Leshrac does have a very nice synergy with Lazav, but unfortunately his 7 CMC is way too high for this build. After all, it's the same mana cost of Phage the Untouchable , which can technically kill an opponent with a single attack. However, for a more "casual" build, it's a very fun (for you) card to try out.
Speaking of different kind of builds, that's the reason why I'm not playing Dauthi Voidwalker and Opposition Agent . They are both extremely powerful cards that work particularly well at high power tables, but they would take the deck in a different direction from the one I've chosen. This build is all about killing opponents as fast and safely as possible. I don't really care about interacting with their game plans, because the base idea is "kill them before they can start doing their things". However, mine is definitely not the only way of playing Lazav. I can perfectly see a more staxy build work well with him, where you include lots of cheap hatebears and deny your opponents' resources. It will be less explosive, but viable nonetheless.
Thanks again for your suggestions! They'll make the deck a lot better!
1 month ago
This deck as it's currently listed played a tad slow, and didn't quite provide answers to the questions that our playgroup's meta was asking. In saying that, with the right first hand draw being able to put Tinybones, Trinket Thief on the table with a discard engine like Bottomless Pit or Necrogen Mists by turn 2 provides a massive headstart in terms of card advantage as you're also removing opponent's cards increasing the card defecit.
I'm reworking this as we speak so the updated list will be up soon. The creatures very seldom provided any real threat at the table and as such I am going to cull the number of inclusions. Your suggested Bitterblossom should balance this a little and will provide much needed chumps as aggressive plays from opponents with fliers whittle my life total down to a point where Ad Nauseam , Necropotence and Dark Confidant become pretty risky.
2 months ago
I have decided not to go for the Worldgorger Dragon route - at least until I test out which cards are my favorite for the main game plan - the combo takes around 5 slots for tutors and enchantments I'd rather put towards the main synergies at this stage. My average CMC is 3, which is too high IMO for a good AdNaus deck - the deck would take a significant rework to be an Ad Nauseam pile. I think the wheels are a good idea (and if I'm slotting in wheels I'd go for the Tithe as well) but since I never have Extus on the battlefield I can't really see Jeska's Will . Ranger Captain looks the most appealing to me of the hatebears listed, but those two drops are also strong inclusions. ninja8244 Thanks so much for the ideas! You've given me much food for thought.
I'd really like to try Razaketh, but think if I were to do that I'd want a more robust reanimation package... maybe someday. I also think the card disadvantage from Faithless Looting may not be worth the card selection in a deck that's not doing much with its graveyard... but I'm not sure.
2 months ago
If you are going the combo route there are a bunch of potential combos that would work really well in this deck. Any of the Worldgorger Dragon combos are good in any BR deck. Ad Nauseam is also an instant game-winner in most black decks. cards like Jeska's Will , and Gamble would also fit in well. Wheel effects could also be really good, with cards like Wheel of Fortune , and Wheel of Misfortune . Because we have access to white mana cards like Smothering Tithe , Ranger-Captain of Eos , Grand Abolisher , Enlightened Tutor , and Drannith Magistrate could all fit in really well. Some Staxyness wouldn't hurt overall so that you can hit your opponents easier with the blood avatar.
2 months ago
Of course, but with 1134 legal legendary creatures and 13 planeswalkers that can be your commander in the format, it can be intimidating to start looking from scratch for what you'll find fun. The budget request in the OP narrows it down a slight bit, but still. Learning how other people choose their way to have fun and why, can at least point in a right direction to be inspired.
It's a pretty open-ended request, and I'm having fun learning how others have fun. I'm not much of a budget player, I have a habit of overinvesting in an idea I'm hyped for. Which doesn't mean my decks are the most powerful, I don't get that hyped for cEDH, although I dabbled in that a bit. But usually, I'm making expensive versions of janky archetypes. Mono W +1/+1 counters, with a Cleansing subtheme; mono G storm; Rakdos Magecraft Aristocrats; Temur landfall without ramp spells, just additional lands from hand; they're just ideas that get stuck in my head until I brewed a decently functional deck around them.(I'm a big mtgGoldfish Against The Odds fan)
I especially love hilarious unexpected plays; like yesterday, in a 1v1 cEDH game, I played Naru Meha, Master Wizard against a Tymna the Weaver / Kraum, Ludevic's Opus Thoracle Consultation deck, I was able to Narset's Reversal the first attempt at Ad Nauseam , and when the next turn my opponent tried to Silence me before going again, I had a Twincast ready. We both had a great laugh about that one.
2 months ago
Hey DrValium! Glad you like the deck, thanks!!
The Bracers can potentially double Tinybone’s damage potential. My only complaint is that it’s expensive at 5 total mana to get it going. I could have used that mana to get a shot in with Tinybones before he’s removed. But at least the Bracers stick around if I lose Tinybones and I can re-attach it.
Reflection is interesting too, but it’s also expensive mana-wise and hurts me with Ad Nauseam and Dark Confidant . It would double my damage output with Tinybones and other cards like Painful Quandary and Professor Onyx .
I’ll do some testing and see if they are worth the mana investment. Do you have any suggestions for cards to swap for the above, or any further insight? :)
3 months ago
I think it would perform well. I've played it as is 1v1 many times (without changed ban list).
I don't utilize any of the lands that require multi-player. Dockside Extortionist may be much less useful. I would likely remove that one. I might add a bit more removal, mostly I rely on others for removal interaction, if it's just me, I'd likely add some more ( Path to Exile or Fire Covenant or Withering Boon perhaps).
Turbo Ad Nauseam is popular again, I haven't gone that way though, Children of Korlis + Ad Nauseam might be enough if you wanted to go that way, already have Angel's Grace mainboard. Might want another Worldgorger Dragon outlet as well, Cut / Ribbons perhaps?