Grim Monolith doesn't untap during your untap step.
: Add to your mana pool.
: Untap Grim Monolith.
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|Urza's Legacy (ULG)||Rare|
Combos Browse all
- Grim Monolith + Mana Reflection
- Dramatic Reversal + Grim Monolith + Isochron Scepter
- Grim Monolith + Nyxbloom Ancient
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Grim Monolith Discussion
10 hours ago
You can generate infinite mana with Rings of Brighthearth and Grim Monolith, then sink that infinite mana into Sensei's Divining Top and doubling its draw ability with Rings of Brighthearth, using the infinite mana to keep casting the Top every time you draw it anew.
I'm sure there are better ones out there that others might think of.
However, make sure what you are doing is worth it--there are lots of infinite combos in the game, but some of them are a bit too clunky to effectively pull off in a real world setting. Sculptor, Sensei, Rings, and Monolith are all solid cards on their own right, so you could probably get away with running them without harming your deck. Future Sight is a bit more iffy, and can be deck-dependent. If you have a lot of mana rocks, low-costed cards, and ways to get lands off the top of your deck (such as Top), then you can probably get a solid amount of value out of Future Sight. If not, it might be a waste of a deck slot.
2 weeks ago
While it's not cEDH until I get the proxies set up for cEDH-specific play, I've been brewing Rocky and Bullwinkle with Zirda as companion and Jegantha, the Wellspring as the commander. It's an infinite mana based combo deck, although I still need to work on things to use Zirda mana on.
2 weeks ago
I use T/O because it’s more convenient than using a spreadsheet to keep track of my cards and decks, and I can interact with the awesome T/O community to help refine my deck ideas. I enjoy trying to help other people when I can, because teaching is the best way to learn for yourself. Also the convenience of searching for cards and similar decks is amazing, and the ability to draw simulated hands and playtest is invaluable for a dedicated MtG player.
As someone who has been playing and collecting MtG for over 20 years, I can understand your frustration regarding foiled decks or what appear to be extremely expensive decks. What younger/new players might not realize is that people like myself have been collecting for so many years, card by card, foil by foil, and many cards were acquired randomly via booster or when their value was much less than what they are now. For example, I own 4 Grim Monolith. Each one is worth approximately $200-250 now. But many years ago I traded for each card individually and paid next to nothing for them.
Another issue is that many deck designers use the optimal possible cards to design their decks, especially in the world of competitive EDH, and those designers usually proxy cards depending on the rules of their playgroup. So if you look at a deck list worth thousands and thousands of dollars, there’s a good chance that person will be using proxies, and that’s fine.
However, there may be a situation where someone is inflating their ego by misrepresenting their card collection (all foil showcase fetchlands, etc.), but based on my observations I think that is rare, and most people do not do this.
Also, it’s important to note that some people have more disposable income than others for whatever reason, and people have the right to spend their money on what they want. While we may not always agree with the decisions of others, the fact that someone can spend their money on what they want is a good thing!
1 month ago
Monomanamaniac: Unfortunately because you are casting spells, it does mean that dramatic scepter is suseptible to both ability hate but also storm hate, which has gotten me a few times before. But in a vacuum, it's one of the more compact combos.
I think the thing which makes it so strong is that it's such a low cost to entry on the combo - you only need 4 mana available to play and activate scepter which is super low. I used to run Tooth and Nail for Deadeye Navigator / Palinchron (with a bit of Rune-Scarred Demon enabling) in a Damia, Sage of Stone list which was good, but you always had to generate so much mana to so you could combo out with counterspell backup. With Scepter, a Mana Vault or Grim Monolith basically pays for the combo by itself and makes you mana positive.
The other thing I like with the combo is that there are replaceable pieces for it. I run the combo in my Thrasios, Triton Hero deck (alsongside Tymna) and I have Sigil Tracer who with Thrasios lets you copy Reversal on the stack. You can also use Nivix Guildmage or Izzet Guildmage in this role. But I was even toying with hte idea of using Isochron Scepter + Vitalize + Karn, Silver Golem as a janky combo in Selvala, Explorer Returned. I know it's not a great combo but it shows how you can adapt it so easily.
2 months ago
The reason I am not running Power Artifact at the moment is because it can only be used with Grim Monolith and Basalt Monolith, so it is very plausible for Power Artifact to be a dead card. The infinite colorless mana can only win me the game if it is accompanied by either Walking Ballista and/or Urza, Lord High Artificer. and at the moment i am not able to tutor for enchantments. But then again, if i have Power Artifact in my hand, it should be easy to tutor or get hold of on of Grim Monolith or Basalt Monolith. There is of course also always something to use and unlimited amount of mana. It is possible that i will try Power Artifact one day.
2 months ago
2 months ago
So, best bet is either some absurd storm build or an infinite mana loop. Infinite mana is hard without blue if you're going Zacama EDH.
Zacama, Primal Calamity for reference.
2 months ago
lol that's a good question...
what I have right now for generating 11 T1 is:
play the Workshop, tap for three and cast the Monolith and Vault. Play Crypt and Diamond, tap Crypt and cast Key floating one. Tap Monolith/Vault floating three more, going to four, and use one to activate Key untapping Monolith/Vault. You're at three, and now just tap the Vault and the Monolith, going up to nine floating, then crack Diamond and go to... Oh just realized it's twelve. Well, go to twelve.