Counter target spell unless its controller pays . Scry 2. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)
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1 day ago
I know that I've seen Counterbalance lists in legacy miracles, but the wider CMC variety in modern right now means its likely to fall flat.
You could look for some real value from things like Artificer's Assistant, Treasure Map Flip or Marit Lage's Slumber which offer repeated scry. All of them need support, but it'll offer more reliable access to miracle payoffs.
Condescend's scry is also a major upside.
8 months ago
I for one have my hopes for prismari command and would love to see grixis do good things with it (what you said sounds pretty good to me)....the only other countermagic i highly recommend to people that you didnt mention is good ol' Mana Leak ... much like Condescend its super generic/mana base friendly and is an allstar early-mid game.... a newer sweeper that I came across while playing MTGA is Storm's Wrath ... the fact that it catches walkers too seems like it could be pretty good?... never thought of silumgar as an option but honestly that seems pretty legit!
Cruel Ultimatum is definitely too slow for Modern in any competitive environment.... Unless the meta became Naya Zoo for some reason and Grixis control could just do whatever it wanted... I just Run Ultimatum because its Cruel Edict + Three Tragedies + Lava Axe + Raise Dead + Concentrate + Soothing Balm + Exile opponents soul.... It's my favorite card and got the playmat to match ;)
I was just wondering why when I looked into what SERIOUS Grixis control looks like nowadays it hasn't topped any events in so many years... That kinda bugs/concerns me way more that Ultimatum being obsoleted.... unfortunatly it just sounds like + splash whatever other color is just a case of "anything grixis can do I can do better" from the sounds of this thread.... oh well maybe someday Grixis Control will get what it needs to be a presence in the competitive landscape.
8 months ago
If you're running Grixis Bad Control, you should definitely wait until Strixhaven its and run 3-4 copies of Prismari command. The plan is to cast it on your opponent's end step turn 3, and either kill a creature/artifact if they have it, or double loot to make sure you have the right cards. Then you get the treasure, and you can drop your big boi a turn earlier.
Otherwise, if you're going Bad, you need to make sure you have the right interaction. Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, Fatal Push and Lightning Bolt are key. Also, I really recommend some form of 2-mana counterspell, largely Condescend . Remand is okay but it really depends on the quality of your top end. You should also run some suite of 1-mana countermagic, largely Spell Snare , but that depends on what you end up seeing. You definitely have enough between Snare, Spell Pierce , Miscast , Dispel , and Mystical Dispute that you can run several in the SB and also be able to switch your whole SB around depending on your meta.
Terminate is fine, too.
On wincons, I feel Ultimatum is too slow for Modern. You want 6-drops at most, like Dragonlord Silumgar or Inferno/Grave Titan. Additionally, cards like Niv-Mizzet, Parun , The Scarab God , Keranos, God of Storms , Enter the God-Eternals , Ashiok, Nightmare Muse , etc. are great, as you can go Prismari into t4 Keranos.
I'd recommend a couple Keranos and a couple Silumgar, actually.
8 months ago
You might like these: Reyhan, Last of the Abzan , Chakram Retriever , Kindred Discovery , Reality Spasm , Second Harvest , Full Flowering , Kamahl's Druidic Vow , Entrancing Melody , Open Into Wonder , Spell Burst , Wurmcalling , Broken Ambitions , Clash of Wills , Condescend , Power Sink , Mind Spring
9 months ago
The deck is looking pretty good. I like the creature base you have chosen, there are a couple questionable creatures though. Cloudreader Sphinx seems kind of bad in this deck. If you just want a flying scryer, perhaps Sphinx of Foresight, Prognostic Sphinx, Stormwing Entity, or Siani, Eye of the Storm.
Passwall Adept is just not good enough. its too much of a resource drain. Opt is not helpful in this deck since you immediately draw the card after scrying. Cunning Evasion wont do much good I am thinking since most of your creatures wont be blocked anyway.
In my opinion, you need a few less low CMC cards and a few more high CMC that you can use to get Yuriko damage in. For cuts, I would start by looking at any creatures that cost CMC 2/3 that dont provide value other than being unblockable (Invisible Stalker, Vault Skirge (love that card btw). I would then look at replacing sorceries with instants where possible. Darksteel Pendant and Crystal Ball are not good enough in my opinion and are too much of a resource investment unless there is some sort of artifact strategy I am missing. Dimir Keyrune provides interesting utility but is inefficient. Consider Arcane Signet instead or perhaps even Dark Ritual. Thran Dynamo is fairly efficient for cost to mana provided but it seems most of your mana needs are for color. Key to the City is for yuriko after she is out I assume.. I would probably run Aqueous Form instead because it has a scry effect on attack which is pretty desirable.
Here are some cards to consider in not much particular order:
Chromatic Orrery (high cmc and provides a lot of mana)
Chain of Vapor (way to return a card to hand as well as an opponents card or cards)
Archaeomancer (can get brainstorm back and can be returned to hand with ninjitsu potentially)
Scroll Rack (spendy but so good)
Trickery Charm (does multiple things you want)
Grozoth (requires you to build around it to be worthwhile but can be good)
11 months ago
Cool deck. You may want to give Reiterate some consideration. Plus I always thought the X counter spells would be very powerful in a controlling Mizzix list. Power Sink, Syncopate, and Condescend etc. Also I LOVE Spell Swindle in this list.
1 year ago
Galloping Lizrog into a ramped up Nimbus Swimmer is probably your best go to lategame choice. You can use Progenitor Mimic to either copy one of these again, or copy Risen Reef either for emergency ramp or for a massive bait your opponent needs to take.
4 of each of these should be 28 cards. I'd suggest you run 26 lands instead of 24, to draw maximum value from the extra land ramp.
1 year ago
@Omniscience_is_life I think I prefer Repeal over Unsubstantiate as card draw is really important to me in this deck, but I'll keep it in mind! Counterspell is without a doubt better than Condescend or any other counter spell, but it's sadly not legal!
And yeah, I love Select for Inspection, it annoys/slows people, lets you scry, and works great with decks that like it when you're casting spells or have instants on your graveyard. You get a lot of utility for a single cheap spell.