Inkmoth Nexus

Inkmoth Nexus

Land

: Gain .

: Inkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying and infect until end of turn. It's still a land. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

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Inkmoth Nexus Discussion

TheVectornaut on Searing Infection

1 month ago

Most of my experience with infect comes from playing simic, but I have played the mechanic in all 5 colors. In terms of power, green is the most effective color to play by a very VERY large margin. You get access to the best infect creature in Glistener Elf (along with the slower and safer option of Blight Mamba), you get trample sources to push through damage with Ichorclaw Myr such as Rancor, Predator's Strike, and Larger Than Life, you get protection bundled with buffs in the form of Vines of Vastwood, Ranger's Guile, and Blossoming Defense, and you get the largest pool of very strong power boosts in the form of Mutagenic Growth, Invigorate, Scale Up, Might of Old Krosa, Berserk, Become Immense, Groundswell, Phytoburst, Noble Hierarch, and Pendelhaven. Since infect is an all-or-nothing sort of archetype, even when running the less aggressive versions, the most important characteristics that you need are speed, protection, and evasion. Green offers two of those things in spades but can struggle with evasion. This is why blue is generally considered the next best color to run. You get the insane threat of Blighted Agent, unblockable buffs with Distortion Strike and Aqueous Form, and protection from spells via Spell Pierce, Dispel, Turn Aside, and the odd Spellskite. Black is the next best. Plague Stinger's flying isn't as good as the unblockable on a Blighted Agent but it's still very powerful evasion as illustrated by the ubiquity of Inkmoth Nexus in every non-budget infect list ever made. Black also nets useful control tools like Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, Fatal Push, Dismember, and Assassin's Trophy. White was considered the worst infect color for a very long time since its best option (Apostle's Blessing) can be used in any deck, but the recent introduction of Giver of Runes has breathed some life back into the color. Additionally, I've seen a lot of equipment lists popping up that use Colossus Hammer, Kor Duelist, Sigarda's Aid, and Kor Outfitter to see some success. Unfortunately, that leaves red as the current worst color to run in infect. It has some decent buffs but they pale in comparison to green's offerings. The result is that most red infect decks rely on gimmicks like using Razor Swine's first strike to wither enemy creatures, generating infinite mana to pump into an unblocked Ogre Menial, or putting Phyresis on something like a Spikeshot Elder to bypass combat altogether. Your instant tricks definitely fall in this category. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. If your meta is casual enough, red should still work and it will be much more interesting to play with / fun to play against than a more traditional deck. How competitive you want to be is always up to you.

To answer your specific questions, I would probably start by cutting a few creatures. Most lists run about 12 infect sources (and that's including a playset of Inkmoth Nexus). With Hand of the Praetors on your top end, running 16-20 isn't that unreasonable, at least as long as all of them are good. Infect creatures usually become "bad" when they cost more than 2. That's why I wouldn't usually recommend running Ichor Rats or Septic Rats. Both Necropede and Plague Myr are perfectly acceptable inclusions with very similar power levels. They'll rarely be better than Plague Stinger or Ichorclaw Myr but that's okay if you just want more guys to play. As for Vector Asp, it's honestly a pretty bad choice in most circumstances. While you usually won't need to activate it more than 2 or 3 times to win the game, that mana would be better spent elsewhere, and it doesn't even trigger the Hand. However, given the choice of it and a 3-drop, I'd probably take the snake, especially since it would be your only proactive play on turn 1 (barring the inclusion of Glistener Elf or Inkmoths). Better though would just be to run neither and invest in more buff spells to assist in combat and trigger Livewire Lash. I do like the idea of those spells having cycling in theory, but in practice, the mana needed to cycle can short you of the resources needed to close out the game. Plus, cycling spells tend to cost more to account for the added ability. Cycling lands on the other hand should be fine as long as they come in untapped, although it looks like that only describes Ash Barrens and Blasted Landscape. Just like with creatures, I wouldn't run any spells that cost more than 2 unless they can win you the game like Soul's Fire can. This will also allow you to run 20 lands or fewer, opening up even more slots for gas. I apologize if I'm repeating myself about the low-cost-high-speed thing but that is basically the reason the infect mechanic exists. If you prefer a slow and more controlling style, Rakdos wither built around Necroskitter is a fun option that has some overlap with infect.

TheVectornaut on Searing Infection

1 month ago

Rakdos infect is pretty tough to work around, but you have some cool things going on here. i'd try to have as few creatures above 2 CMC as possible. Hand of the Praetors is strong enough as a finisher in slow games, but the rats should probably be Plague Stinger and possibly Vector Asp. Budget permitting, Inkmoth Nexus is a fairly obvious upgrade. I'd also try to lower the cost on your instants and sorceries. This is especially helpful when playing around Livewire Lash (which should probably be at 4 copies). Reckless Charge, Assault Strobe, Brute Force, Virulent Swipe, and Temur Battle Rage are all options that work better with Lash than Footfall Crater, Dirge of Dread, and Memory Leak. Ways to protect your infect creatures can be very helpful, especially after sideboarding. Apostle's Blessing is probably the best in your colors. I really like Outmaneuver and Soul's Fire as ways to take advantage of infect in red. If you're willing to splash other colors, Wild Defiance provides nice redundancy for the equipment, not to mention the other benefits of having green in the deck.

Anyway, good luck with the deck!

ISWAR on Atraxa Superfriends First Deck

1 month ago

That's a good idea Lanzo493! You think replacing Inkmoth Nexus with it is a good idea? I put that in initially to have just a potential source of infect, but not sure if it's worth it.

MTGBurgeoning on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

2 months ago

Let's re-visit the recent changes made to our Xenagos, God of Revels deck:

Atarka, World Render and Questing Beast have over-performed and have proven to be very valuable and powerful inclusions to the deck. Pairing Atarka, World Render and an activation by Xenagos, God of Revels has been devastating to opponents. Even though there are only six other dragons in the deck, Atarka, World Render has been paired with a dragon at least once every game. This pattern is understandably unsustainable, but this statistic makes the inclusion of Atarka, World Render even better. Questing Beast has been very valuable and has offed many planeswalkers. Its vigilance and deathtouch act as combat deterrents for opponents and has easily out-performed Vivien's Arkbow. No swapper's remorse here!

The switch of Mana Geyser to Savage Ventmaw has yielded unexpected results. Savage Ventmaw has been spot-removed prior to combat every time thus far. Minimally, it's attracting attention and forcing opponents to use their removal spells. It's a good thing.

I have not drawn Deflecting Swat once.

Field of Ruin blew-up a Gaea's Cradle. No chance Inkmoth Nexus would've been able to do that. This exchange is already a victory.

I saved the best update for last. Lurking Predators has been such a valuable addition to the deck that it's embarrassing it wasn't included originally. Although the deck has less than 30 creatures, Lurking Predators hit a creature more than 50% of its triggers. Similar to Atarka, World Render's pairing with other dragons in the deck, percentage-wise, this is an unsustainable statistic. However, I would be remiss not to include the work Lurking Predators has done in game-play thus far. I still think there's a place for Fiery Emancipation somewhere in the deck, but I can't reasonably and/or justifiably replace Lurking Predators with it. It has been too good.

So those are the updates to Xenagos, God of Revels. Let's keep Gruuling!

SynergyBuild on Daveslab2022

2 months ago

Secure the Wastes is a bomb, abuse it ;)

The best dual tapped manlands are really Celestial Colonnade, Lumbering Falls, and Creeping Tar Pit, abuse the heck out of them! Mishra's Workshop, Inkmoth Nexus, Blinkmoth Nexus, and Mutavault are also all amazing, so do as you wish with those! Otherwise Treetop Village, Faerie Conclave, and perhaps even Frostwalk Bastion are good enough to test ;)

Megalomania on Double Trouble EDH ⫸PRIMER⫷

2 months ago

Try Inkmoth Nexus. I think it’s a one slot adjustment that can potentially have a big impact on the deck.

Magic_Faqs on Mutating Bogles

2 months ago

I don't get how I missed that with Invisible Stalker but I will make that change. As for Inkmoth Nexus, the ruling is really weird but I did include it in the description.

"If a mutating creature spell merges with a creature that's only temporarily a creature, it will remain a merged permanent when the effect making it a creature expires. It still has all of the characteristics of the topmost object, which may cause it to be a creature or to not be a creature, and it has all of the abilities of its other cards."

The activated ability on Inkmoth Nexus turns it into a creature that has those keywords until the end of the turn when it would simply turn back into a land. So when you mutate it with say, Sea-Dasher Octopus and assuming Octopus is on top, you will have a Sea-Dasher Octopus who has flying and infect as well as an activated ability that turns it into a 1/1 Blinkmoth creature with flying and infect until the end of turn.

I honestly think this is the only time I will try making a mutate deck simply because of all the rules and odd situations you run into with the mechanic. I hope the explanation helped clear things up, I spent probably half an hour reading the rules and blogs before adding Inkmoth Nexus to the list.

MTGBurgeoning on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

2 months ago

So the changes have been made. Here's what I decided:

1) Easily, Atarka, World Render improves the 99 by replacing Rampaging Brontodon. The double strike-enabling for dragons is more valuable than the power toughness buff of Rampaging Brontodon's attack trigger.

2) Questing Beast replaces Vivien's Arkbow. Vivien's Arkbow requires a lot of resources and the deck seems smoother with Questing Beast in its place. Questing Beast is too good to not be included in the deck.

3) Savage Ventmaw replaces Mana Geyser. I actually prefer Savage Ventmaw over Kozilek, Butcher of Truth in this spot. Without any of the spells that used to be included with the previously discussed token package, keeping Mana Geyser in the deck seemed to be an oversight. Savage Ventmaw's attack trigger will help mitigate the loss of this ramp spell.

4) Deflecting Swat replaces Chord of Calling. Chord of Calling is more difficult to cast without the presence of token creatures to help convoke it. In this exchange, a premium for protection was eye-balled. Unfortunately, a copy of Heroic Intervention currently is unavailable, but Deflecting Swat is a great runner-up!

5) I will continue to play-test and game-play with Lurking Predators. In the current deck list it replaces Gratuitous Violence, which was going to be replaced by Fiery Emancipation. This is a work in progress, as Gratuitous Violence has been a great card in the deck for me for a while. I'm open-minded, however, and will continue to give Lurking Predators a chance.

6) Lastly, Inkmoth Nexus is out and Field of Ruin is in. Inkmoth Nexus will find residence in another EDH/Commander deck. Its ability is rarely activated, if ever, by me in this deck. As such, substituting a more helpful land like Field of Ruin and its Maze of Ith-destroying capabilities seems like an easy swap.

And that's the way the news goes. I look forward to continue play-testing and game-playing Xenagos, God of Revels.

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