Stinging Study

Stinging Study


You draw X cards and you lose X life, where X is the converted mana cost/mana value of a commander you own on the battlefield or in the command zone.

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Stinging Study Discussion

DreadKhan on EDH Reaper King Changeling

1 week ago

Your welcome, thanks for posting your deck! So, we play Reaper King a bit differently, I like big plays, and I'm usually pretty eager to get The King on the board, because it runs some big draw spells off his casting cost. Stinging Study at least lets you draw 10 while he's still in the CZ, lots of life but also lots of cards for 4B. You could try The Ur-Dragon if you want a change, it's Eminence ability is quite useful in Changelings obviously, making Universal Automaton free to cast, opening the door to combos, and you never need to cast him to generate value.

Crow-Umbra on Triple Six, Five, Forked Tongue [Primer]

4 weeks ago

Thank you for your suggestions IHATENAMES and Coward_Token.

Regarding Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos, I should've written a deck update disclaimer that I'm just play-testing it right now. Mindleecher is still in its slot in paper. I'm not a big fan that it is 7 total mana to cast & activate it once. I rationalized that it would be a bit more doable with treasure tokens available, but still not ideal.

I think I had Vance's Blasting Cannons  Flip in an older version of my Maybe Board, or it's in the Maybe Board of my Moxfield version of the deck. I honestly forgot about it lol. I'd definitely consider it, especially with the option for repeated removal on its flip side.

I've for sure play-tested Ghirapur AEther Grid in the past and wasn't too excited, personally. In the games I've actually played the deck IRL, I felt like I got the best use out of treasures by having them up for mana for the instant-speed removal and interaction I'm currently running.

After play-testing and playing with more X-spells in the earliest versions of the deck ( Exsanguinate and Commune with Lava), I decided to move away from X spells since they felt really bad to get stranded with impulse draw. I think Bolas's Citadel fits a similar role that Indomitable Creativity would, but has the upsides of being repeatable, can hit the table for damage, and can be tutored out by Magda, Brazen Outlaw.

Phyrexian Arena, for me, falls into that weird space of not being amazing, but being just good enough to keep around. I'm a bit more biased since I've had the fortune of playing it turns 2-3 in the IRL games I've played with this deck. It helped me stay consistent with land drops and keeping my hand stocked enough. I have considered Stinging Study as a potential replacement. I'm always trying to find the right mix of repeated/incremental effects vs burst effects.

Regarding my utility lands, I only included the Urborg because I pulled a copy from Timespiral Remastered, and had a couple copies of Crypt Ghast around that I bought back in my earliest RTR days lol. I definitely have a Mikokoro around that I could likely swap in.

MightyPox on Demon Till Your Dreams Come True

3 months ago

Hi Rocketman988!

I run a similar Rakdos deck. Really appreciate the work you have done here at tapped out to present us your deck.

What do you think about the following cards:

Stinging Study - what I like about it is that it is an instant.

Profane Transfusion - with our life often running low this can turn a game around.

GolgariGravedigger on The Scarab God

5 months ago

Scarab God is tough to build competitively especially if you're on a budget, and the good zombies are not very cheap anymore. It looks like you have a lot cards from Amonket and Hour of Devastation. I really love those sets personally but most of the zombies in them are pretty lackluster in commander. I would cut a whole lot of these guys especially 4+ CMC zombies.

I recommend adding a lot more card draw, mana ramp, and single target removal. 10-12 draw spells, 10-12 ramp spells, and 5-10 removal spells are recommended for most EDH decks. The best draw, ramp, and removal spells are not really budget friendly anymore since pretty much everyone is playing them. But, there a few sleepers out there that, in my opinion, are really powerful budget cards.

Card draw spells:
Necrologia is like a budget Ad Nauseam but you can only play it at your end step.
Read the Bones is a classic that let's you dig into your library.
Stinging Study gets you 5 cards in this deck.
Underworld Connections is like a budget Phyrexian Arena, and it can draw you an extra card each turn.
Village Rites gets you 2 cards for 1 mana and it's a 1 time use sacrifice outlet.

For mana ramp generally you want to go with 1 or 2 CMC mana rocks that enter untapped if you aren't playing green: Sol Ring, Arcane Signet, Dimir Signet, Mind Stone, Liquimetal Torque, Thought Vessel, Prismatic Lens, and maybe an Ornithopter of Paradise, it's a decent mana dork. Add Talisman of Dominance if you want to pay $7 for one.

Outside of those I like Power Tap. Target The Scarab God and get 5 colorless mana. Power Tap is a sleeper budget card IMO. Don't cut Dark Ritual or Bontu's Monument.

For Single Target Removal you want to stick to 2-3 CMC instant speed removal spells that can target as many different types of permanents as possible. A few cards I like are: Feed the Swarm
Power Word Kill
Heartless Act
Go for the Throat
Personally, I really like Imprisoned in the Moon and Oubliette. They decomission your opponent's Commander. And both cards ate cheap since they were recently reprinted.

Also Counterspell cards can be very powerful.

A few inexpensive bombs you can add:
Gray Merchant of Asphodel is amazing.
Army of the Damned is an absolute beast in this deck. Both of those cards can you win you the game.

There are a lot more really great cards out there you can add, but I just wanted to list a few to get you started.

DreadKhan on Be Water

5 months ago

Stinging Study is a pretty good draw spell, especially being instant.

AwesomeDude2471 on Hogaak: My Favorite (Infinite) Combo Deck

5 months ago

Actually have this deck built up in paper now,

Any updates? I notice you dropped Life from the Loam and Rishkar's Expertise and replaced with what looks like Ad Nauseam and an extra land?

Anything else? I was kind of debating Fain, the Broker as another sac outlet/combo piece.

Daemogoth Titan seems kinda spicy too, with how aggresive the deck allows us to be with it, due to creature generation, as well as it's synergy with stuff like Stinging Study.

Incarnation Technique and Necrotic Wound seem like they're worth testing too.

actionphil on Scarecrow Legion

6 months ago

sorry I had to re-read Stinging Study , yes I concur with that. seems like a viable option. however, I don't rely on my lands to kick off The World Tree , because I many ways to produce infinite mana, I don't have to actively tutor. At least in my experience, I'm sure I can get a bad draw or mana. I haven't thought about Dragon Throne of Tarkir , I could always test play it. I have thought about Maskwood Nexus , I'll have to play test that. I'm sure it'll work out just fine. Sometimes I just want to run 25 lands to be honest. to make more room for fun stuff. definitely gonna try these things out and test

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