Laboratory Maniac

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

Laboratory Maniac

Creature — Human Wizard

If you would draw a card while your library has no cards in it, you win the game instead.

shock7123 on pew = PEW PEW PEW (Ghyrson Starn)

1 week ago

Also, since you run the Niv-Mizzet / Curiosity combo in here, could I suggest either a Laboratory Maniac or a Jace, Wielder of Mysteries as an alternate win con? I know you can also win in this deck with Ghyrson out while doing that combo, but it may be a solid option just in case he gets removed.

wallisface on Mill Yourself

3 weeks ago

Some thoughts:

  • Gitaxian Probe is not modern-legal (it was banned a while ago).

  • Your land count feels waaay too low. As a reference, Burn decks run 20 lands and only play 1-2 mana spells. You’re needing to reach 5 mana asap for Leveller. I would think you’d need a minimum of 24, probably 26, lands.

  • I don’t see how you’ll ever draw 3 cards from Visions of Beyond, as you have almost no mill engine outside of Leveller. I’d ditch Visions of Beyond.

  • Your deck is looking super fragile to someone just killing your Laboratory Maniac or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries after you put Leveller into play. I’m not sure if there’s any practical way around this, but the combo feels very easy to disrupt and will probably make a lot of matchups unwinnable.

unstable_anomaly on All My X’s are in the Hive Nexus

1 month ago

If you didn't wanna run any of the infinites Seedborn Muse would still be incredibly powerful with any of the instant speed draw spells (Blue Sun's Zenith / Commander's Insight / Diviner's Portent / Drown in Dreams / Even the Score / Pull from Tomorrow / Stroke of Genius). Could easily draw the whole deck for a Thassa's Oracle / Laboratory Maniac / Jace, Wielder of Mysteries win.

Also pairs really well with all the X cost counterspells Condescend / Syncopate / Power Sink / Logic Knot / Clash of Wills.

Just some more food for thought.

Toherden on Goblin Charbelcher EDH

1 month ago

Hey, you can add these spells : Culling the Weak ; Jeska's Will to accelerate your mana, and all tutors : Scheming Symmetry ; Wishclaw Talisman ; Tinker ; Diabolic Intent ; Imperial Seal ; Gamble ; Grim Tutor ; Personal Tutor ; Planar Bridge ; Demonic Consultation ; Tainted Pact (with the combo Thassa's Oracle if don't play a lot of lands), you can add Divining Witch same thing, and the master piece for these tutors is Laboratory Maniac. Nowday there is a lot of mana rock : Arcane Signet ; Mox Amber ; Thran Dynamo ; Thought Vessel

unstable_anomaly on Send Nids.

1 month ago

This commander is bonkers. Looking forward to building around her myself.

Doesn't look like you're going for the spell slinger route, but Seedborn Muse with any of the instant speed draw spells (Blue Sun's Zenith / Commander's Insight / Diviner's Portent / Drown in Dreams / Even the Score / Pull from Tomorrow / Stroke of Genius / Thassa's Intervention) would be really good here. Could easily draw the whole deck for a Thassa's Oracle / Laboratory Maniac / Jace, Wielder of Mysteries win.

Since you're going the creature based route Kindred Discovery / Herald of Secret Streams / Open Into Wonder.

Some other generic good stuff for a deck like this Nyxbloom Ancient / Selvala, Heart of the Wilds / Mana Reflection / Pest Infestation.

nbarry223 on None

2 months ago

There's plenty of brews I've come up with, which I've abandoned because they just weren't fast or consistent enough for the modern benchmarks.

Not every idea is something that can be used in the format. My most recent idea I had to throw out was a convoluted self-mill reanimator deck, using convoke on Narcomoeba for Endless Obedience to bring back Angel of Glory's Rise which finds Laboratory Maniac and some other human that draws (lots of options). While it technically was capable of meeting the 4 turn rule, it completely folded to hate, and too much of the "core" didn't do much beyond enabling the combo.

For those reasons, I've abandoned the idea until something new is printed that makes it seem more viable, then maybe I can revisit it. Point is, not every idea can do something in the format, and you need to be realistic about your expectations for your "stack of cardboard."

TheoryCrafter on Card creation challenge

3 months ago

TypicalTimmy, combine Roxy with Guile and either Baral, Chief of Compliance(with help from Laboratory Maniac or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries) or Lullmage Mentor and its insta-win.

Font of Remedies

Whenever you pay life, put that many serum counters on ~.

, pay four serum counters: Regenerate target creature.

Create a non-enchantment permanent rewards you for paying life

_Delta_ on Simic Lands

3 months ago

Glad to be of help! It was late and I realized after I suggested still a few things you had already included but by a later point couldn't go back to edit them. I admit I never got into asking some questions perhaps on the exact power level or anything like that but I get why you might not wish to add some of these. I use all the ones named regarding that self-mill strategy (Laboratory Maniac etc) in a Kruphix, God of Horizons deck I have which is capable of some explosive plays when I start generating ridiculous amounts of mana and or cast something like Omniscience with ways to draw a crazy amount of cards. But it also plays a bunch of big creatures like the Eldrazi if I want to win in a more straightforward, combat-focused way. I get the appeal of wanting to build up a big boardstate, and Simic colours are great for that.

I'll also just say that I started Magic back in approx 2013 and was the colour pair I fell in love with for deckbuilding and during my first little while with the game me and some friends played at a pretty casual level too. In fact, before I even knew much of anything about all the various formats, I played a Simic deck which was like 80 cards filled with stuff like an Arcanis the Omnipotent with multiple ways to untap it and some other things with useful activated abilities, a playset of Roil Elementals which I protected with counterspells and Archetype of Endurance (they were fun to use alongside Explosive Vegetation and similar effects), Lifeblood Hydra, Horizon Chimera were others, and finally some goodies like Prophet of Kruphix (rip its commander banning) and later additions like Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger.

Some of this became a Vorel of the Hull Clade commander deck for a while, but I still really always liked the theme of lands early on which is why I made a Lord Windgrace deck and now most recently an Omnath, Locus of Creation deck.

And having a lot of lands can be made to work, it's for one thing unfortunate that many of the cards in this theme which allow you to play extra lands from hand or graveyard are so costly even despite some reprints so there were a lot of ideas I skipped suggesting. I still think you should keep an eye out for Ramunap Excavator if you have a good chance to acquire one because you do have a significant number of lands which either can be sacrificed, cycled, or in some way become a creature and at some point die, so having another way to earn a few more back could be useful outside of World Shaper, Splendid Reclamation, and The Mending of Dominaria which I see is nonetheless your general gameplan.

Some of my decks which can be seen on my profile are complete / nearly fully owned, but yet others I build them how I want them to be eventually a little later and I definitely get wanting to make choices that are budget friendly with myself still as a student. I have for one thing been smart or simply gotten lucky and picked up a lot of cards from buying/trades when they were either cheap / reprinted over the years which has made a few of my decks creep up in price now (my best example of this was acquiring a Sliver Queen for $100 CAD worth of trades (approx $76 US) like five years ago. Anyway, if I do think of more stuff which could be of use here I'll let you know btw!

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