Essence Scatter

Essence Scatter

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Counter target creature spell.

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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
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Essence Scatter Discussion

TapatioDorito on The Senate's Second Sun

3 weeks ago

Hey, DeVerbalen, thanks for the feedback! Right now I'm taking this deck and upgrading it in steps, and most recently I did tweaks to my mana base. Supreme Verdict looks great, and I'll go for that next. Essence Scatter was mostly to avoid color restrictive creature countering, but Counterspell is definitely something I can slot in instead.

How many copies of Teferi, Time Raveler would you suggest?

DeVerbalen on The Senate's Second Sun

3 weeks ago

Nice deck! I would exchange Day of Judgment for Supreme Verdict just because its better in every single way. You might also want to add Teferi, Time Raveler to put a big restraint on your opponents "reactability". And lastly, why not exchange Essence Scatter for Counterspell?

RDWDTR on General Mills

3 months ago

Thanks, I'm glad you found my suggestions helpful! 8 crabs would be ideal but I'm guessing it's 6 for budget purposes. I think you'll find the main board Dismember to be useful in almost every matchup, but you can always move it back to the sideboard if you dislike it. This looks solid for the budget, but you'll still have to play test and adjust accordingly for your meta.

BTW, when I was listing all the counterspells in my first post, I meant you could use whichever seemed best to you, not all of them :P It will probably be more useful to have a diverse range of cards in your sideboard, since a SB is essentially 15 cards to help you deal with certain matchups that your usual 60 struggles against. Jamming 6 counters might not be the most optimal choice, I was thinking more along the lines of 2-3 of one particular counter, sorry for my miscommunication lol. In most of your games, I'm assuming your 4 mainboard counters will get the job done, and then you can just bring in a pair of targeted counters like, say, 2 Essence Scatter for creature decks or 2 Mystical Dispute for other blue decks. This is going to depend entirely on your meta though. Three other cards caught my eye when I was looking at blue mill lists:

Merfolk Secretkeeper: If your budget can't allow 8 crabs, this is a good replacement for some number.

Drowned Secrets: Similar to Sphinx's Tutelage, just more milling. Not sure if it's better or worse exactly.

Vantress Gargoyle: Reminds me of Jace's Phantasm, and you can tap it to mill someone if it's unable to attack or block. It's pretty scary once it's able to swing.

A few cards you can consider for your sideboard:

Aether Gust: Great against green and/or red decks

AEtherize: Could really save you against aggro/beatdown decks

Rebuild: Good against artifact based decks (e.g., affinity, hammer, Urza).

That's about all I have for now. I imagine you'll continue to adjust as you get spins in with this. Let us know if it's at all competitive.

RDWDTR on General Mills

3 months ago
  • Ruin Crab loses a lot of its punch without Hedron Crab and fetch lands backing it up. It's still worth the playset but I just thought I'd let you in on this since the other guy didn't. The optimal version of this deck is heavily based around running both crabs with fetches (it also typically runs a second color, either white or black). You could try Evolving Wilds and/or Terramorphic Expanse to mimic this, but you're going to really slow the deck down. The optimal version is also heavily based around an expensive card called Archive Trap. Something like Sphinx's Tutelage could help fill this void.

  • Glacial Grasp, Thought Collapse and Vedalken Entrancer are terrible cards, you don't want them in your deck, trust me. I'd mainboard Dismembers for removal, use plain ol' Counterspells, and play literally any other blue creature respectively.

  • You could play the full 4 of Sanity Grinding.

  • Very spicy Sword of Body and Mind, but I really think this slot could be put to better use, especially given the $ value of the card. You don't have many good creatures to even equip it to. Now, if you had a few Jace's Phantasms, that might be a different story. A 5/5 flyer for 1 mana is already nuts, but now it's a 7/7 that mills for 10 and makes wolves.

  • You need some stronger control elements. I'd play more counterspells in the sideboard... Mana Leak, Negate, and Essence Scatter are all worth experimenting with. You'll get way more mileage out of those cards than something like Thought Scour or Jace Beleren. You could experiment with Unsummon effects too, they pair nicely with counters.

  • You should consider an alternate win condition. I know this is supposed to be a mill deck, but there are going to be matchups where this won't work (at least not in the budget version). You could accept that and not care, or you could make some concessions. To that end, I would propose just playing like an honest control deck and running 1-2 Prognostic Sphinx or Sphinx of the Final Word. It doesn't have to be mainboard.

  • Manic Scribe, Overwhelmed Apprentice and Wall of Lost Thoughts are low quality cards that happen to fit your theme. They're not as bad as the other three I singled out, but these would still be among the first places I made cuts.

multimedia on

3 months ago

Hey, nice version, you have 13 ways to help to setup Runo to transform including Rack, lots of counterspells including Drain, plenty of reanimation and the five best huge sea monsters (Hullbreaker, Spawning, Depths, Junk, Stormtide) to copy with Krothuss. The amount of ramp is a little low, but if it's working for you then great.

A unique interaction with Krothuss are effects that let him copy himself and since he's a Kraken each time he does it he creates two copies of himself. This can get out of hand quick since then each copy of Krothuss can copy Krothuss or other Krothusses resulting in tons of attacking Krothusses. To be able to do this you must remove the legendary rule or control a nonlegendary Krothuss to copy. Sakashima of a Thousand Faces, Spark Double and Mirror Box achieve these effects with Sakashima/Box removing the legendary rule and Spark becoming a nonlegendary Krothuss.

Box is new a card in new set NEO and it also increases the p/t of original Krothuss for each copy of himself making original Krothuss huge. Sakashima can also become a copy of Krothuss. The drawback of Sakashima/Box is if an opponent removes one of these cards then all the legendary copies of Krothuss are also removed leaving only original Krothuss in your control.

Spark is different than the others because it becomes a nonlegendary Krothuss. When you copy nonlegendary Krothuss with a Krothuss it creates token copies of nonlegendary Krothuss. If opponent removes Spark it doesn't remove all the copies of nonlegendary Krothuss, they must also be removed.

These three cards have just as much interaction with other legendary creatures such as Wrexial, the Risen Deep or even Marit Lage.


Hullbreaker Horror can be much more devastating to your opponents by adding one card, Everflowing Chalice or any other 0 CMC artifact, preferably a mana rock such as Mana Crypt. When you control two or more Hullbreakers thanks to Krothuss then Chalice + Sol Ring is infinite casts to bounce all your opponent's nonland permanents. You can keep doing this combo on your main phases to deny your opponents from having nonland permanents including blockers.

Hullbreaker + Sol + Chalice is infinite casts as well as infinite colorless mana without needing to control another Hullbreaker since each time Sol taps for mana before it's bounced it pays for itself + one extra colorless. If you control another mana rock that can ETB untapped such as Arcane Signet then infinite colorless can be infinite blue/black mana. Instead of bouncing Sol, bounce Arcane + Chalice (tapping Arcane for mana before it's bounced). When you add another Hullbreaker that's when things get scary for your opponents.

I'm a big fan of Lazotep Plating in blue, it's really underrated as a protection spell for all permanents you control and it can also protect you. Which can be huge protection if an opponent's infinite combo win condition requires to target you such Aetherflux or Artist.


If you're interested in adding any of these cards here's some possible cuts to consider: Disentomb, Essence Scatter, Nemesis of Reason, Fleet Swallower, Wizard Class.

You have plenty of powerful reanimation, Disentomb isn't needed. You have many excellent counterspells, Scatter isn't needed. Nemesis and Swallower only trigger when they're declared as attackers meaning that when copied by Krothuss those attacking copies don't trigger. In my opinion this makes these creatures too slow to get value from them with Krothuss.

Good luck with your deck.

wallisface on Wizard Cleave

4 months ago

Some thoughts:

  • Counterspell > Negate and Essence Scatter. If you need additional copies of Counterspell, the next best card is probably Mana Leak 90% of the time.

  • You seem to be running a gratuitous quantity of 5-mana cards. It's going to lead to a lot of games where your hand is really gummed-up, and your opponent gets themselves into a winning state before you can do anything. I would really suggest halving this quantity of high-cmc spells.

  • Even with fewer 5-cmc spells, your land count is still going to hurt you quite heavily. 21 is pretty low considering how many you'll need in play to do what you need to (on average you won't see your 5th land until you've drawn your 8th card, that's quite late for control.) Control decks generally run around 25 lands. I would say the minimum you'd want to play is 23 (though more is better).

  • Detection Tower feels like a sideboard card at best. It feels like its going to mess up your own manabase more than actually help you. Especially because Tamiyo appears to be the only card you have actually targeting permanents, and cards having hexproof is generally super rare (though your local meta may vary).

Omniscience_is_life on

6 months ago

I don't know if Censor is a good enough counter to merit being a 3-of, seems like the alt cycling tech isn't enough to make it better than a good ol' Miscast, Swan Song, Essence Scatter, Dovin's Veto, or Spell Pierce. Historic has a LOT of good control magic options!

I feel similarly about Chemister's Insight--4 mana seems like a lot to hold up, and with Thirst for Discovery in the format I feel like Insight should only have 2 copies, with two Thirsts.

Since your primary finisher is Approach, I would recommend adding another; the math's been done, if you want to draw roughly one of a card per game then 3 is the number of copies to run.

Like the deck, good to see Search for Azcanta  Flip getting some play! Keep it up!

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