( can be paid with either or 2 life.)
Counter target spell with converted mana cost 1.
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Mental Misstep occurrence in decks from the last year
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Mental Misstep Discussion
1 week ago
Two-brid mana is inherently balanced. It takes work and building around it to be able to pay instead of , but it also takes work to be able to pay . The two-brid cards available are pretty bad outside of mono color(and even then, it tends to be Spectral Procession in Modern and Beseech the Queen in EDH that are the only ones that see play) for that reason. However, if new cards were printed, there would be no real problem outside of some annoying people complaining about color pie breaks online.
For example, Lightning Bolt but twobrid. Giving ALL colors access to Lightning Strike isn't broken at all. Does it help decks like Tron or Monoblue who typically have problems removing creatures? Yep. But will it break any format? Most definitely not. Well, it will make Modern Burn and Pioneer Red Aggro lists a lot better in this specific case.
Compare this to . You are almost always paying life instead of the mana cost. You will only ever not pay life in very specific situations. In fact, if you pay mana for it when you have enough life, people question you. They wonder what the hell you are doing in your deck. Phyrexian mana is like having a multicolored Simian Spirit Guide in your hand at all times, except it costs 2 life. It's raw, unfettered mana advantage, which quickly and easily turns into advantage in the action economy.
Also, take a look at the banned Phyrexian mana cards. And the playable ones. Gitaxian Probe is Peek , which is basically unplayable. Mental Misstep would be unplayable if it cost instead of . Gut Shot , Postmortem Lunge , Mutagenic Growth , Dismember are all horrible if they didn't have the Phyrexian mana attached. It's the fact that they cost the generic cost only that makes them good. Dismember is a 1-mana spell, that costs a bit more later on if you have mana to spare but not the life. All the 1 mana Phyrexian Mana cards are actually zero mana.
1 week ago
It's really simple, you start the game with no lands in play and 20-40 life. Mental Misstep is a perfect example of why it's a broken mechanic. Had it been hybrid mana it would cost one and you'd need to hold up a mana to cast it but instead it's a phyrexian mana making it essentially free. Your life is a resource of which only the last point matters.
4 weeks ago
I'm definitely not up to date with the cEDH meta, but I have a few suggestions that I think are just better cards:
You definitely should be running more interaction, especially in these colors. I'd recommend trying to fit in at least some of the following: Swan Song , Force of Negation , Flusterstorm , Mental Misstep , Opposition Agent , Pyroblast , Red Elemental Blast . If I had to make cuts, I'd start with the Mycosynth Lattice / Nevinyrral's Disk combo, which is slow; Open the Vaults and Refurbish since you don't have much self-mill to make these a speedier option for getting a combo out; and either the Time Sieve / Thopter Assembly combo because it's slow or the Felidar Guardian / Saheeli Rai combo because you don't have many ways to find it and neither piece is especially useful on its own.
I hope this helps! In general I think paring down the list to support 1-2 combo lines using Breya, then shoring up the protection for that combo, will serve you well.
3 months ago
More interaction, cantrips spells and draw engines.
Budget interaction package
no budget interaction
Cut all the cards that are dead if you dont have a board state. Pump cards are situationally great but have a very low floor.
4 months ago
marcsman, this deck performs better than I had imagined. I posted your list on Moxfield crediting you in the title because I wanted more people to have access to your unique and very well done deck.
My reasoning for cutting Goblin Engineer was that it was mainly used to get Lion's Eye Diamond which is only good after Underworld Breach is on the battlefield. I tend to like cards that are useful outside of the combo. Goblin Engineer just seemed to get stuck in my hand as there were other things I wanted to do with the mana. Would you just cast it, entomb Lions's Eye Diamond and hope to draw Underworld Breach?
What do you think of these changes?
4 months ago
Agreed. Phyrexian mana was a mistake as it was too open. Too flexible. And that opened up for abuse. 1 mana removal in all colors with Dismember or a free and limited but applicable counter spells with Mental Misstep. The mistake is making it mana reducing (tempo wise) and available in all colors.
If Phyrexian mana had some tangibility to it, to shackle it at least to its own color or somehow require the mana available but not use them, it could be balanced out. It wasn't and now it just needs to be buried.
4 months ago
Probably Eldrazi or Miracles would be my best guess based on the results of a SCG no banlist modern tournament.... it was an article I referred to many times when I went on a rant about doing away with the modern banlist.... Mental Missteps as far as the eye can see.
5 months ago
as an outsider who likes to watch in on the cEDH playstyle: are there any decks that rely on Commanders-as-value instead of Commanders-as-engine/combo that would be hated out of the format by this card? it seems that the meta has been evolving towards combo/engine Commanders for years now, so I think this will just speed up the format and perhaps shake up which engine/combo commanders are good.
however, it's absolutely a nuts piece of ramp. It might create a new Sol Ring problem, where the player who mulliganed effectively to the Lotus has a massive advantage. I mean, it's not even Mental Misstepable.