Perplex

Perplex

Instant

Counter target spell unless its controller discards his or her hand.

Transmute (, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

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Perplex Discussion

Grubbernaut on Alchemy Balcony

2 months ago

Perplex is one of those cards that's always worse than you want it to be; they'll only ever discard their hand if it's preferable for them to do so. I know it has the transmute option, but it might be worth ditching it or playing other dig spells - things like Opt , Sleight of Hand , Behold the Multiverse , etc. Drift of Phantasms and Dimir Infiltrator suffer from a similar downside, in that the front side really doesn't do much. Archmage's Charm is a really solid, flexible option I would recommend, and even the usual suspects of Snapcaster Mage , Cryptic Command , etc

I also think Blue Sun's Zenith is a better wincon than Mind Grind , since there may be situations where you need to use it to dig for value, and Grind doesn't offer that flexibility. If you stick with transmute spells, BSZ is also a 3 drop.

Finally, I think 4x basic swamp in a deck with so much in the way of UU is a high risk; fetches, checklands, or even Clearwater Pathway  Flip offer some more insurance against manascrew.

Cheers!

griffstick on None

4 months ago

You can tutor Rhystic Study with Drift of Phantasms , and Perplex too. I often play pEDH 1v1 before edh like if I'm waiting on the edh game to end so I can get in on the next one.

DuTogira on Tergrid's Lantern viability in Modern

6 months ago

The only deck that might have appreciated it was Lantern Control, because it’s the only deck that was ever so painfully slow and grindy that Tergrid's Lantern might pay off.
Ever since the Mox Opal ban, lantern control hasn’t really been that good.
Additionally, lantern control itself was so slow that mill was and probably still would be a better wincon than Tergrid's Lantern .

The truth is that the lantern just doesn’t do enough on activation, even in rotating formats. You tap a 4 mana artifact to have your opponent:
Sacrifice their worst non-land permanent.
OR
Discard their least valuable card in hand.
OR
Pay 3 life if they’re in a really good position and can afford to.

Basically the lantern won’t kill when you want it to, and won’t grind out resources when you want it to. That’s pretty bad for a 4 mana card.
If I wanted to put my opponent in a laughable pickle, I’d run Perplex instead, which by the way is frequently a worse card than Cancel

Omniscience_is_life on The ultimate shapeshifter

7 months ago

You could cut Dakra Mystic . Low impact, either doesn't mill for a lot or gives your opponent some card advantage. Fleet Swallower draws a lot of hate, and would probably be fine to drop. Unless you have some very important 3 cmc cards to transmute into, Perplex isn't worth it. Could be swapped for another counterspell if you want though.

TheoryCrafter on Phenax Vibin

7 months ago

For counter spells I would recommend Didn't Say Please and Thought Collapse . Perplex would be a bonus. To take full advantage of Phenax's ability, I'd recommend Tree of Perdition . I would also recommend some more graveyard hate. Bojuka Bog is a must. Planar Void can prevent your opponents' graveyards from getting too big. Add in Duskmantle Guildmage as a win combo with Mindcrank. With most of your spells Blue, Drowned Secrets is a good mill booster. And don't forget Ruin Crab . Happy Hunting!

abby315 on Haha tutors go brrrrrr

9 months ago

Hey! I love the name haha. Honestly though I'm not the best person to ask about this style of deck; I'd probably add a 2 or 3 card infinite combo to close out the game because that's my playgroup's style.

If you don't want to win with a combo I recommend finding two or three cards to pretty much lock down the game, like Cyclonic Rift, Sunder, Bribery, etc. Take a look at the CMCs of the Transmute cards you want to include and then pick a few cards in each CMC that would be like: OK, I grab this one first and cast it, which gets me to next turn when I grab the next card and cast it, and that pretty much wins.

I'm looking at it and there's a lot of broken cards at 5 CMC, so you might add a package that looks like this: Sunder, Bribery, Treachery, Time Warp and Force of Will. Then add Brainspoil, and it's like: These are all good cards on their own, and then whenever you find Brainspoil + Ramirez, you know you can go and tutor up a package that is devastating on the board.

Another example with 3 CMC cards for Drift of Phantasms, Perplex, and Dimir Machinations: Toxic Deluge, Necropotence, Grim Tutor, Opposition Agent, Rhystic Study. Etc.

So basically organizing all of your powerful cards around the CMCs of your Transmute cards, so you know if you find a Transmute card you'll have a powerful line of play coming up. Does that make sense? That's how I'd do it. Doesn't necessarily have to be the cards above esp. because many are very expensive, but it's just the most powerful cards I could think of haha.

I_Want_To_PlayAllTheDecks on Haha tutors go brrrrrr

9 months ago

Capsrule222, great question. So Depietro gets cards back that you discard, and with the transmute mechanic (Perplex) you discard the transmute card and go get a card with the same cmc. Because you discarded the transmute card you can then get it back with ramirez and have a repeatable tutor for anything of that mana cost. Do you think I should go more counterspells and less +1+1 counter synnergy?

kingtuf on Obeka: Time Split

9 months ago

I might consider swapping out Perplex for Swan Song or something of it's ilk. Cheaper interaction is better. On that note, maybe add one to three more counterspells. Obeka paints a pretty large target on her own back when your opponents know the gist of the deck, she will draw removal spells.

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