Essence Flux

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Essence Flux

Instant

Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control. If it's a Spirit, put a +1/+1 counter on it.

Ojallday on Ways to have infinite cast …

1 month ago

Kahos paradox engine this is an old list I use to play before the Paradox Engine ban if you have infinate mana and a way to give kaho haste and ways to untap her Isochron Scepter with Dramatic Reversal, Lapis Lazuli Talisman and Tidespout Tyrant all let you turn cantrips into spells that draw your deck for wins with Laboratory Maniac or Thassa's Oracle. Generally you will want to fetch a flicker spell, shuffle you graveyard into your library spell to loop whatever third spell you choose. Essence Flux, Stream of Consciousness and a tutor or draw spell were my go to stacks.

lespaul977 on Not Your Run of the ... Mill Deck

3 months ago

TheoryCrafter, thanks for stopping by! Based on the conversation I had with Balaam__, Essence Flux is definitely going to come out. I don’t currently have another Visions of Beyond or Geralf's Mindcrusher, but I’ll check my local game store and see what I can find.

I did not know about Sage's Row Denizen, but it looks awesome. I’ll try to get my hands on some.

Thank you so much for your recommendations! I appreciate your help!

Balaam__ on Balaam__

3 months ago

lespaul977 I don’t mind offering advice, but I’m not exactly a tier 1 player myself. So I’d definitely recommend shopping the idea for this deck around and collecting as much perspective as you can on it before you invest any time or money in finalizing it.

This may sound excessive but I’d cut

Djinni Windseer (doesn’t contribute)

Eternal of Harsh Truths (doesn’t contribute)

Homarid Explorer (cmc too high, not enough value)

Laboratory Maniac (useless, you’re milling the opponent and not yourself)

Minister of Inquiries (it’s ok, but with no way to get more energy counters his value fades fast. Blinking him to get more energy counters is not efficient)

Screaming Swarm (cmc way too high, won’t see play often and mill decks rarely have more than a handful of creatures, none of which are used for attacking)

Soulknife Spy (doesn’t contribute)

Essence Flux (Blink is ineffective here)

Trepanation Blade (seems good but rarely is, not to mention you won’t be attacking)

Curiosity (doesn’t contribute, your other draw spells are much better)

Wizard Class (doesn’t contribute)


So that’s what I’d cut. Dream Twist and Visions of Beyond are great and synergize well, Unsummon is good but Vapor Snag is better; I’d replace that with it if possible. I’d fill the remainder of the slots with Crabs if it’s an option (see below), countermagic (Counterspell, Mana Leak, Spell Pierce etc) and if you are adding (again, see below) there are oodles of instants/sorceries to choose from. If not, try to accommodate as many mono direct mill spells as possible.


I guess we have to address some of the elephants in the room. If you’re intent on keeping this mono , then you’ll miss out on what the complimentary color brings to the Mill archetype: cards like Breaking / Entering and Glimpse the Unthinkable.

Which brings us to the next obstacle, budget. If you’re looking to keep the price down and/or only build from your current collection, that also complicates things. Cards like Archive Trap and Tasha's Hideous Laughter are Mill staples, but are also costly. There are alternatives, like Fractured Sanity and Maddening Cacophony which are both cheap and mono , so that can help fill the gaps.

Third, you’ll want to run the crabs. Hedron Crab is pricey, but Ruin Crab is doable. Ideally you’d run both, but one is ok. You’ll be capitalizing on every possible opportunity to mill like this; every land played mills, nearly all your spells should mill, etc.


Hope this helps, and again—I’m no expert. But I’ve built one mill deck (check my page if interested, I think it’s called Trouble at the old mill or something like that) and have another in the works so I’m somewhat familiar with how they play. Ask around, collect info and don’t be afraid to inspect the ones the pros play for some ideas.

Polaris on Beamsplitter Mage copying and targeting

5 months ago

You can do this loop with just Essence Flux, some creature to target, and Dualcaster Mage provided the Dualcaster is in your hand to cast. The main upgrade with Beamsplitter Mage or any other additional copy effect is that it lets you start the loop with a previously cast Dualcaster on the battlefield.

plakjekaas on Beamsplitter Mage copying and targeting

5 months ago

You're right, Rhadamanthus , I was thinking of Harmonic Prodigy when I wrote the stuff about Naban, Dean of Iteration. Harmonic Prodigy would make Beamsplitter Mage trigger an additional time.

If you want to loop Essence Flux with Beamsplitter Mage though, use Naru Meha, Master Wizard or Dualcaster Mage, especially if you already used their etb and they're already in play, you can loop as follows:

1: Target Beamsplitter Mage with Essence Flux.

2: Beamsplitter Mage triggers, you create a copy of Essence Flux. Target Dualcaster Mage.

3: Resolve the copy, blinking Dualcaster Mage. It enters the battlefield, and has an etb trigger.

4: With the etb from Dualcaster Mage, target the original Essence Flux which is still on the stack. Create a copy of the original Essence Flux, targeting Dualcaster Mage again.

Repeat steps 3 & 4 as much as you like. Note that you need an additional piece (like Impact Tremors or Altar of the Brood) to actually finish the game with it.

plakjekaas on Beamsplitter Mage copying and targeting

5 months ago

No.

Beamsplitter Mage specifies you need to target other creatures with the split copies it creates. So you could target Beamsplitter Mage, this will trigger it, which will trigger Naban, Dean of Iteration which will make Beamsplitter Mage trigger again. The end result is the original Essence Flux targeting Beamsplitter Mage, and two copies, both targeting creatures other than Beamsplitter Mage. If these copies both target the same creature, one copy will resolve and flicker that creature, meaning it's not the same creature anymore after it enters the battlefield again. The second copy's target will have disappeared, and the spell will fizzle. Then you flicker Beamsplitter Mage.

Beamsplitter Mage will only trigger when you cast a spell that targets it, it will not trigger off of becoming the target of a copied spell.

Hope I understood your question right, and that this is what you asked for.

9-lives on Beamsplitter Mage copying and targeting

5 months ago

If I have Beamsplitter Mage with Naban, Dean of Iteration if I cast Essence Flux onto Beamsplitter Mage will it copy twice and can it target the same creature twice? Say i have Sea Gate Stormcaller. Can I target Beamsplitter Mage and then Sea Gate Stormcaller and then target back to Beamsplitter Mage and do the same thing over and over again multiplying my copies?

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