Creature — Crab
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills three cards. (To mill a card, a player puts the top card of their library into their graveyard.)
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Ruin Crab Discussion
1 week ago
Hey, thanks for checking out my Archelos deck too! I like your build! Two suggestion from my build that aren't expensive are Scute Swarm and Altar of Dementia . You already have the token creation with Rampaging Baloths and a mill win condition with Ruin Crab , so both would synergize really well!
Scute Swarm gets out of hand really quickly and is just hilarious, and then Altar of Dementia is great alternative milling win condition if you can't attack or someone tries to board wipe (I happen to play with a guy who loves pillow fort enchantments, so attacking with token doesn't always work).
Sweet deck though!
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Your gonna want to run graveyard hate, also some more card draw. With a mill strategy, you need to play the long game, the best way to do this is running control, cards like Drown in the Loch are ideal.
1 month ago
Have you considered any combination of Maddening Cacophony , Ruin Crab and Jace's Archivist ? Both MC and RC can get around permanents that give your opponents hexproof and JA has an activated ability that works like windfall.
Also, I'd suggest considering Teferi's Ageless Insight . This enchantment combined with JA essentially increases the number of cards in your hand each time you activate the ability, increasing the size of your hand each turn if you have no maximum hand size.
With Drake Haven's activated ability and Gavi's static ability, may I suggest Altar of the Brood to add some extra mill for the deck?
With all the cards in your deck offering damage, I'd recommend adding Mindcrank .
1 month ago
Hey, TheoryCrafter, thanks for the comment! First and foremost, I must say that, due to the pandemic, I got very little chance to hang out with my friends to play EDH with, BUT I've continued to follow releases and sets regardless. I came up with an extended update list that I wish I'll be able to share on here too as soon as possible. With this in mind, I'll go onto your comment. I tried to check your deck, but it seems to be private: let me know where to find it and I'll gladly check it out!
Regarding adding cards that give me value when my opponents discard, I tried to avoid them due to the fact that in my pod there is already a Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder wheel/discard deck, so I tried to now follow the same path. Regardless, I have thought about introducing cards like Windfall and Whispering Madness as incremental advantage, but even then, I probably won't include cards like Liliana's Caress .
Graveyard exile effects like Planar Void / Leyline of the Void really mess up my gameplan, since the deck's main wincon relies on using all possible X/X creatures like Consuming Aberration that count cards or creatures in opponent's graveyards (see this deck's description section "The Big Bois"): if graveyards are empty, those creatures won't mill at all. In order to contrast graveyard decks, such that I can mill them without helping them out, I instead included (or will include) cards like Grafdigger's Cage , Weathered Runestone and Silent Gravestone : in this way, graveyards can be full, but nobody will be able to take advantage of it, apart from me.
Evasion is a mild subtheme I will try to add, but instead of Aqueous Form , I was thinking of something more enduring like Thassa, God of the Sea or Dauthi Embrace . It's a good idea, sometimes I face decks with cards that reshuffle graveyards, so being able to knock them out in another way is a good option to have.
As for Ruin Crab and Hedron Crab , I don't really think they mill enough to be relevant during the course of the game, so I left them out. Moreover, I don't run enough fetch-like lands as of now, so I won't really get such an advantage from running those two anyways.
In the update list I mentioned at the start, Fleet Swallower will get swapped out for Maddening Cacophony : it's a good card, can be cats a turn earlier with respect to Swallower and doesn't need haste. The combos are the same as before, so that's a good funcitonal update.
As for tutors, my playgroup banned them. If I were to run some, I would run many other mana-cheaper tutors like Grim Tutor . Regarding commander rules, I have to tell you that, unfortunately, wish effects like the second choice of Mastermind's Acquisition don't work: this is due to the fact that "from outside of the game" really means "from your Sideboard", but in EDH there is no Sideboard. I know, no fun allowed, at least according to WotC.
I'll go onto update the description of this page once I'll get all the new cards I need.
1 month ago
The Jace, Wielder of Mysteries/Demonic Consultation combo is really imaginative, and as far as I've seen, original.
However, I think you can gain some more mill for your mana by switching out some of your cards. If counter spells aren't that important, you can replace Psychic Strike with Didn't Say Please . Mind Sculpt may mill an opponent for seven cards, but Maddening Cacophony can mill each of your opponents for eight or more depending on if you kick it. Increasing Confusion costs more to cast from your hand than you are milling your opponent. Considering you have Leyline of the Void in your deck it may be a good idea to reconsider cards that offer multiple instances of mill to replace IC such as Altar of the Brood or Ruin Crab , in which case you may want to add in lands that allow you to search your library for lands.
Also, if the Jace, Wielder of Mysteries/Demonic Consultation combo is your primary objective, you may want to consider more tutor cards including, but not limited to Diabolic Tutor and Mastermind's Acquisition . You may also want to consider Fraying Sanity to back up your Traumatize if your opponent finds a way to exile your copy of DC.
1 month ago
I also have a Phenax deck, though its build more around blue spells. I do have black but most of those spells share blue. If you're still interested I have some suggestions:
If and when you decide to return Jace's Archivist to your deck, you may want to consider adding Liliana's Caress as well. This combo will get around Wheel of Sun and Moon and cards like Cranial Archive by not only forcing your opponent to discard, but cause the opponent to lose life as well.
I know you're not a fan of exiling the graveyard but I hope you will reconsider Planar Void . When your opponents' graveyards are big enough, you play it on the battlefield and it won't affect the cards already in your graveyard.
As for evasion I run Aqueous Form in my deck. It will make a creature like Consuming Aberration unblockable and allows you to scry as it attacks.
Speaking of Consuming Aberration, I once had an opponent exile his own graveyard to kill it. I now keep a Nighthowler in the deck as a fail-safe since it takes your graveyard into account as well as your opponents'.
While I have Altar of the Brood in my deck, I also have Hedron Crab as well and hope to add Ruin Crab at a later date. All of these allow me to have extra mill opportunities either through playing lands like Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse or an extra Phenax activation. If you choose to go all in on this you may want to include, but not limit yourself to Fabled Passage and Grixis Panorama . Use Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to give some of these cards some extra mana production until you're ready to sacrifice them.
Honestly, if you already have Fleet Swallower and Traumatize you might as well add Maddening Cacophony. In fact, even if you only have room for two of the three, MC is the best option of the three because you can use it early in the game, bring it back with Mystic Sanctuary, and then cast it again for it's kicker cost--Which mills everyone's graveyards--later in the game when Fraying Sanity is on the Battlefield.
If you choose to add Diabolic Tutor, Don't forget Mastermind's Acquisition . It's essentially a functional reprint with the added bonus of allowing you to grab a card from outside the game.
Well that's about all I've got. Thank you for reading me out. I really enjoyed your page. The interaction and how well you explain your motivations are the reasons why this became my first deck upvote. Happy Hunting!
1 month ago
A few other things you might try in here (though what you'd swap would be up to you) are:
Oboro, Palace in the Clouds (combos spectacularly with Ruin Crab; you could toss another copy or two in I think), Fraying Sanity (kind of a common find in Modern mill decks since it combos with everything; these I'd put in for SURE), Didn't Say Please since Counterspells are always good & this also doubles as a mill card ( Drown in the Loch actually plays pretty well in a Mill build too, and can double as creature destruction if need be), Bruvac the Grandiloquent (kind of a pseudo-Fraying Sanity), and lastly Mind Funeral as more often than not, this actually mills FAR more cards than Glimpse the Unthinkable (I'd actually run both though since they're so close and both so powerful).
Even if you don't end up making all of these swaps, at least it might give you some options to play around with. Either way, nice build! I really like the Archive Trap with Scheming Symmetry force-trigger! +1