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Serum Visions Discussion
2 days ago
This is definitely going to be an opinion-filled thread, but I'll throw my hat in.
I disagree wholeheartedly. In fact I'd go so far as to say Strixhaven is the only set I've been actually excited for in what feels like ages. Eldraine was somewhat exciting but before that... Dominaria? Again this is entirely subjective and I'm not here to tell anyone they're wrong about their opinion on a product. But I'm looking forward to Strixhaven.
Introduction to Annihilation is the worst example I could possibly think of to argue blurring the line between colors. Scour from Existence , Universal Solvent , Meteor Golem , Unstable Obelisk , Spine of Ish Sah , Colorless permanent removal is far from new or color warping. Most of the lessons, like Introduction to Prophecy , will mostly be inconsequential imo because, to be frank, they're bad. 3 for a Serum Visions ? Even mono-white isn't THAT desperate for draw.
WOTC is trying to force us into playing golgari lifegain
I'm stoked to finally get golgari lifegain support. If that's not your style, I get it, but I'm happy for it personally.
Galazeth Prismari feels like a case of catering to EDH. Adding red to your deck options and tapping artifacts for any color instead of blue feels like more of a sidegrade than a downgrade. We'll have to see how it does imo.
As for Beledros Witherbloom , a wise man once said of Prophet of Kruphix : If you think this card costs mana, you've been fooled. As for "This card may not be used in any infinite mana combo", actually it says "Flicker me". It's not in good colors for that, but I could see a BUG deck getting infinite mana out of this if they can find a way to supply the life. Deadeye Navigator says hi.
Release, experience, and hindsight will probably affect everyone's opinions on Strixhaven, as it has every set before it. So I generally try to take a "wait and see" approach, even if MTG doesn't have a great record for what I've waited for and seen recently imo.
1 month ago
Drop Faerie Tauntings , Ashiok, Nightmare Muse , Traumatize , Trepanation Blade , add about one or two more ramp and two more card-draw at least. I almost always run 8 pieces of ramp and the prevailing wisdom is 10. Same for card-draw: I aim for 8, many aim for 10. Extra ramp is great with Oona's ability and card-draw can draw you into lands and just generally smooth everything out.
Reconnaissance Mission would be good. Treasure Cruise is often almost an Ancestral Recall and is budget too. Even though you're running Blue , Read the Bones is a great rate, as is Night's Whisper . Divination , Concentrate , and Tidings are all great on a budget, if a bit unexciting.
I love Keep Watch , Borrowing 100,000 Arrows , Theft of Dreams , Insight , Windfall , Plea for Power , Curse of Verbosity , and Manifold Insights but they are swingy. High ceilings, low floors. The mana cost on them is what makes them so good.
Midnight Clock is budget right now but it's starting to make waves. Get yours now while they're cheap. Ramp AND draw! Great on a budget.
Secrets of the Golden City and Kumena's Awakening should usually be City's Blessing-ed. I like Kimena's a lot on a budget (along with Patient Rebuilding ). Rush of Knowledge is decent if you have Oona out. Fathom Trawl is a guaranteed three non-lands, though it might be a bit lackluster with so many faeries. Not a bad card though. Mind Spring is great with ramp.
Drawn from Dreams and Dig Through Time are probably better than Diabolic Tutor until you have a game-winning card in the deck like Coat of Arms or some combo pieces (of which all are out-of-budget). I'd say drop Diabolic Tutor . Diabolic Vision is all right on a budget, as is Pilfered Plans , Forbidden Alchemy , and Notion Rain . We can probably do better, even on a tight budget.
With all your fliers, Rogue's Gloves and Mask of Memory are fantastic card-draw cards. Mask of Riddles is cute. Curiosity and Curious Obsession are decent but dangerous. Chart a Course is decent with fliers. Whispering Madness can be good with fliers too.
I have mixed feelings about Opt , Serum Visions , Sleight of Hand , Ponder , Preordain , Portent . They certainly don't hurt but they're bad late-game. I run them in some decks. Consider them if most of your card-draw is expensive. Brainstorm is a bit of a trap unless you have ways to shuffle your library and get rig of unwanted cards. This usually requires fetch lands like Polluted Delta and is better in 60-card formats.
Rain of Revelation , Archmage's Charm , Fact or Fiction , Succumb to Temptation , Precognitive Perception , Frantic Search , Pull from Tomorrow , Gush , Village Rites are all good for being instants so you can leave counterspells up and if you don't need them you can draw. That's one of the reasons a card like Anticipate looks weak but is nice for keeping counterspells open. Fact or Fiction is particularly good and is considered a staple in many formats, including EDH.
I would swap out Dimir Locket and Dimir Cluestone for Mind Stone and Prismatic Lens . Maybe Star Compass if it is in budget. I know you need your colors but 3-mana mana rocks that don't have huge upside are sooooo slow. Arcane Signet is probably out of budget, which is too bad. Is Wayfarer's Bauble still expensive? Probably. Worn Powerstone and Hedron Archive maybe? Oona isn't cheap and you want mana for her ability if push comes to shove. Trinket Mage is ramp because it can snag Sol Ring , making it the same rate as Explosive Vegetation and Hedron Archive .
1 month ago
Yeah I’ve only ever seen Rites in chaos draft I think. Very neat card!
I understand wanting cards for lore reasons as I’m a big lore fan myself. I have the same Serum Visions , I haven’t updated the sets of my cards cause I haven’t got all the cards yet.
Im a huge Izzet fan so I stick Niv-Mizzets wherever I can!
1 month ago
Thanks for commenting! I've seen your Locust God too, nice!
Yes, Rites of Initiation you'll see is destructive. I usually win games with them, discarding 10-20 cards after a wheel/card draw party, and attacking with tons of 20/1 locusts. Only one red mana spare after the engine and boom. You will enjoy, and people usually don't know that card ;)
You are right I should add more low cmc draw spells like Preordain or Ponder ! And I have them in home, I have to calibrate the deck to add them. The Serum Visions are here mainly because is the art version with Gin-Gitaxias and the inkmoth's serum, loved that lore.
And I didn't notice Channeled Force when Ikoria came out! I coul try it... In many game I could discard tons of cards just to create more and more Locust, not only for the burn part of that spell, thanks for the suggestion. Also is an instant, thing that many wheels are not.
About Niv-Mizzet, Parun is awesome, as Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , (I've played both of them in this deck in the past) and I love him as character, but my playgroup nows well this deck, and it attracts so much hate (I admit they act well). So in my personal case, to play big permanent cards like Niv-Mizzet never shine too much as they got removed, or I simply win much faster with one of the locust combos. Also in my playgroup I'm more the Golgari player hahaha, Niv-Mizzet is more the pet card of one of my friends, the truly Izzet one of my group, and I usually let him have the exclusive use of it.
But this is my case, I'm totally secure that anyone can build a more-control / battlecruiser Locust God deck where the Niv-Mizzets shine.
Thanks for the comment man!
1 month ago
Also Channeled Force is a cool card if you’re like me and just like Izzet cards.
1 month ago
I haven't played a game of modern since pre-covid. I will probably be jamming grixis something once I'm back.
A lot of the top decks in modern right now (looking at mtggoldfish) are soft to lightning bolt and fatal push. The biggest issue I see is that a lot of those decks can shrug off the first 2 or so removal spells and still get there. Unless you have something to 2-for-1 or generate a lot of value, you'll just peter out. Spirits, in particular, is very hard to beat with just removal spells. Something more is needed.
It looks like graveyard decks are at an all-time low, which means graveyard hate is down as well. Maybe Thought Scour + Tasigur is good still? Maybe that plays well with Kroxa too?
Snapcaster Mage + Kolaghan's Command will always be really good for generating card advantage. I just don't know if grixis can get its engine going quickly enough.
IMO the biggest problem I have had playing grixis over the years is deciding if I want to play on my turn or their turn. Modern counterspells have been disappointing forever. UW shells can work with the available counterspells so much better than Grixis. Without counterspells in grixis you're so vulnerable to the opponent's topdeck.
What about this:
- 4 Snapcaster Mage
- 3 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
- 3 Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
- 3 Cryptic Command
- 3 Force of Negation is this necessary? I'm not sure.
- 3 Drown in the Loch
- 3 Kolaghan's Command
- 2 Fatal Push
- 4 Lightning Bolt
- 4 Thought Scour
- 4 Serum Visions
- 22 lands (8 fetch, 5 shock, 4 basics, 5 misc depending on testing)
- 2 something else. Dunno. I haven't looked at the new set at all so I'm sure there are cards I just don't know about. Thoughtseize might also deserve a spot somewhere. I could see cutting Force to fit Thoughtseize and another Kroxa.
2 months ago
Thanks a lot to both of you! That’s very good advice. I didn’t know if this was too powerful or not. Never really played against pre-cons before.
2 months ago
Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. Well done for casual on a budget.
This deck is going to wipe the floor with everyone at the table. It may be budget and casual, but it's damn powerful. My advice is if you want to play it with kids to remove Ashnod's Altar that way you can't infinite combo with Skullclamp and Insects. You could replace Altar with Shared Animosity which is good with Insects for big attacks, but is more forgiving than an infinite combo.
Good luck with deck.