Mastermind's Acquisition

Mastermind's Acquisition


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Set Rarity
Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Mastermind's Acquisition occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.1%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Mastermind's Acquisition Discussion

psionictemplar on liquimetal

2 weeks ago

So I understand the concept of what you are going for here, but I don't understand a lot of the choices you have. Are you just trying to pull this off for kicks? Seems hard given that lot of land bases have snow and regular versions of basics, not to mention shocklands and other utility lands. Gonna need to get all your splinters to be getting the job done. Gotta say though, the Infernal Tutor is an interesting way to make that happen.

Here are my thoughts on trying to make this a little more competitive.

  1. Change Diabolic Tutor to Mastermind's Acquisition. Same cost and lets you get things from a sideboard.

2.Panoptic Mirror Why wouldn't you want to splinter combo every turn?

  1. Adding Karn, the Great Creator. Shuts off your opponents artifacts and lets you tutor for other cards like Ensnaring Bridge to help keep you in the game.

I have several other ideas if you are legitimately looking to improve this deck. Just let me know if budget will be a concern.

multimedia on Big Black Deck (K'rrik)

1 month ago

Hey, yes Insidious Dreams is an underrated, underplayed, tutor and it's an instant. If you have or can get Yawgmoth's Will then definitely add it. I didn't see that you're playing Zombie Infestation and you're right it can make a Zombie for Gravecrawler as long as you have two cards to discard which can be faster than Dreadhorde Invasion. I'm honestly not a fan of Infestation, but if it's working for you then great.

Other ways to consider to make your deck more competitive is more speed. Lower the avg. CMC with more one drops; cards that make mana and/or cards that can draw. One drops that draw can draw you cards faster because you don't have to pay mana for them as well as put more counters on Krrik faster. One drops that make mana are helpful to make mana for colorless mana costs of cards to assemble combos faster.

Rain of Filth and Bubbling Muck are powerful when playing a lot of Swamps. Culling the Weak and Sacrifice is good with Krrik or other creatures. All four of these cards can be particularly helpful when you're trying to assemble Aetherflux + Citadel which needs seven colorless mana. Sacrifice makes seven mana by sacing Krrik. Krrik is not needed after you assemble this combo and Sacrifice is an instant. You can pay Phyrexian mana for Citadel, pay Phyrexian mana for Sacrifice, sac Krrik to then make mana to pay for the rest of the combo.

Black one drops that draw to consider (I'm honestly only a fan of Wisps): Aphotic Wisps, Cremate, Scarab Feast, Fade from Memory. Cycling can be paid for with Phyrexian mana.

For your current deck there's less reasons to play so many high CMC creatures because you're winning with combo. Vilis, Razaketh, Pontiff, Sidisi and Gray are the best here. Instead of playing others, you could replace them lower CMC cards or other tutors: Mastermind's Acquisition and Dark Petition which can find important combo pieces. Tutors taking up high CMC card spots can better advance your game plan of winning with a combo rather than just having a big creature on the battlefield.

Seabody on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 month ago

Thanks for the response Abzkaban, I'll definitely give it a shot. Good point on the creature combo. Not very much combo in my meta, but that's certainly something to keep in mind.

I'm still working my way through the pages and pages of comments so apologies if this has been previously discussed - but what does everyone's wishboard look like? I'm planning on starting out with both Burning Wish & Mastermind's Acquisition so prioritizing soceries in the board. First revision:

Besmirch, Exsanguinate, Merciless Eviction, Vandalblast, Vindicate, Wheel of Fortune

Thoughts? What do other people prefer?

Can't wait to try this out - hopefully next week.

xtechnetia on Has Using the Graveyard as ...

1 month ago

It's worth noting that this isn't a problem exclusive to the graveyard. I've heard this phenomenon being referred to as "zone creep".

For example, we're seeing a recent proliferation of wish effects (Mastermind's Acquisition, Fae of Wishes, Karn, the Great Creator, etc) that encourage the use of the sideboard as another virtual extension of the hand.

And, of course, Karn TGC is somehow able to wish for artifacts from exile (the very zone Rosewater claims shouldn't become "graveyard 2.0"). Nobody knows why, but the good (or bad) news is that that's relatively minor on the list of WAR's design problems.

Flooremoji on Eldrazi Titans Reanimator

2 months ago

Mastermind's Acquisition is a good upgrade for Your current tutor :)

Daarkest on Arcane Bishop

2 months ago

Mastermind's Acquisition is a strictly better Diabolic Tutor

papafranku99 on Black/White Vampire Token Deck

2 months ago

Hey dude, first off i have to say thank you, i got some good baseline ideas from your deck.

Secondly, i think this deck could definitely use some refining and i do have some suggestions.

If you want to take a look at my vampire token deck for some ideas, please do: Life & Death: A wicked story

IN: 1x Hall of Heliod's Generosity , 2x Forerunner of the Legion , 2x Zulaport Cutthroat , 1x Athreos, God of Passage , 2x Mastermind's Acquisition

OUT: 2x Legion's Landing  Flip, 3x Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle , 2x Bloodlord of Vaasgoth ,

In a deck like this, you need to be able to fetch your key cards, with Forerunner of the Legion you can search for your token generator(s) to get them out much earlier, and using Mastermind's Acquisition to get Anointed Procession out quicker greatly improves how the deck plays, it also allows you to search your sideboard or entire library (in casual games) for any card you may want to use, very handy!

IMO your deck is a bit creature heavy, however with the changes i suggested it, it may even it out quite well, let me know your thoughts :)

Silverdrake on Fiery remedy

3 months ago

You could try the route that I went and run a few tutors to effectively up the Tainted Remedy count. I'm running Mastermind's Acquisition because I like the flexibility, but you could just as easily go for Idyllic Tutor or Dark Petition or even Dimir Machinations .

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