Peer into the Abyss

Peer into the Abyss

Sorcery

Target player draws cards equal to half the number of cards in their library and loses half their life. Round up each time.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Peer into the Abyss Discussion

zAzen7977 on Chainer, Dementia Master

2 weeks ago

Hey FelixMortem, I like your build! I use Chainer in my K’rrik deck in a combo with Gravecrawler , Carrion Feeder , and Gray Merchant of Asphodel . It wouldn’t hurt cutting a few basics to add the Crawler, Aetherflux Reservoir to gain life with several of your combos, and while you’re at it, you could even throw in Bolas's Citadel and Sensei's Divining Top for another infinite combo. I get that you have a lot of high CMC cards so you may not want to run Citadel, but it’s worth mentioning.

You could also benefit from the added speed of Chrome Mox , Mox Diamond , Lion's Eye Diamond , Lotus Petal , Jet Medallion , Dark Ritual , and Cabal Ritual . You may eventually be able to generate infinite mana with combos, but these basic ramp cards will really help with the early game.

Another idea is to run Peer into the Abyss so you are very likely to draw into a combo on your turn.

There’s also good-ol Mike and Trike, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Triskelion or Walking Ballista , to deal infinite damage. Victimize is the way to put them both on the battlefield at once.

Wasabi413 on Peer Into the Abyss...

3 weeks ago

Minousmancer Ack! Mono black would probablyyyyy be more consistent but I can't not put Smothering Tithe in, i love it too much. Gray Merchant of Asphodel would be good but what would you suggest I change around to make space for it? (Aside from Smothering Tithe ). I think having some good creature removal would be good, I'm definitely going to put that on a sideboard. Swap with Duress and maybe 1 or 2 Hymn to Tourach when needed. 4x Peer into the Abyss > 3x? What would I change around to make that viable? Also, thank you for the suggestions!

philosopher on Mono black devotion combo

1 month ago

Hello Garretthook,

Dream Devourer is another way to speed up your combo because you only need 5 mana to play Peer into the Abyss if you foretell it with Dream Devourer .

Thanks,

Philosopher

iplayBANJO on Prototype Control

1 month ago

If you're playing a very heavy control theme in commander your win condition is going to probably be a game lock. There are a few different kinds of those. Hard locks will literally stop your opponents from being able to play the game at all. You accomplish this by setting up a situation where they can't cast spells, they can't untap, or they can't generate mana. Soft locks are where you severely diminish an opponents ability to play the game. This is often done by forcing your opponents to discard all of their cards.

The hard locks I would suggest with this are the Karn lock and the Knowledge Pool lock. The Karn lock is very specifically Karn, the Great Creator + Mycosynth Lattice . Your opponents can't activate any abilities of permanents on the battlefield. This means that opponents can't tap anything for mana. The cards are also useful to you individually because Karn, the Great Creator stops opponents from using mana rocks and Mycosynth Lattice helps you cast opponent's spells by allowing you to spend your mana as though it were any color.

The Knowledge Pool lock has only one required card. Knowledge Pool exiles every spell that any player casts from their hand. Players can then cast a spell from the previously exiled cards. This means that a player must cast two spells for anything to resolve. Rule of Law prevents casting any spell after the first spell. Effectively this means to no one can play spells from their hands. But you can cast cards from other players hands if you have Sen Triplets out. This is also true for Arcane Laboratory , Eidolon of Rhetoric , Archon of Emeria , Drannith Magistrate , Teferi, Time Raveler and Ethersworn Canonist to an extent. All of those cards, are also things you use to limit the amount of actions other players can take as a part of your control strategy.

The soft locks all involve preventing players from drawing cards. Narset, Parter of Veils , Hullbreacher , Alms Collector , and Notion Thief . All of these prevent opponents from drawing cards to some extent, which benefits your control plan. The lock is formed when you have one of those pieces out and you cast a spell like Windfall , which makes everyone discard their hand and draw new cards. But they can't, so only you draw new cards. Cards like Windfall are also very strong as they allow you to refill your hand. Similar cards are Echo of Eons , Day's Undoing , Jace's Archivist , Time Reversal , Commit / Memory (Probably pick two or three, not all of them).

You could also use the Laboratory Maniac combos as a win condition, since you are in the right colors for it. It's probably the most common win condition in high powered competitive decks. The way it works is you draw through your entire deck while Laboratory Maniac or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries are on the board then you attempt to draw a card and you win. Similarly, you can draw through your entire deck and then play Thassa's Oracle . The ways you "draw" through your deck are either Tainted Pact , Demonic Consultation , or Doomsday . Because they are common competitive win conditions, some of those pieces are expensive.

Allow me to advise you on getting to these win conditions though. You can tutor for these pieces with Vampiric Tutor , Enlightened Tutor , Demonic Tutor , or similar cards; but you probably would rather draw into them because that also gets you your control cards. Two cards that are surprisingly good for this are Ad Nauseam and Peer into the Abyss . You have to keep the mana cost of spells very low for Ad Nauseam, but it's worth it especially because it was reprinted recently and is only a few dollars I think.

Lanzo493 on Redirect in EDH?

1 month ago

The best cards to Redirect would be extra turn spells. Nothing feels better than ripping off a Time Stretch . Redirecting removal targeting your stuff to someone else is a great way to unbalance a game in your favor, too. You can also steal Peer into the Abyss .

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