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Mimeoplasm - Riptide's toolbox [Primer]

Commander / EDH* Budget BUG (Sultai) Control Primer Reanimator



Discussion and comments are welcome!

This deck is a creature toolbox for more casual environment and it is designed in a way to maximize Riptide Shapeshifter 's ability because more than half of the creatures in my deck has an unique creature type. It's a very interesting card that can cheat in a creature and also bypass Stranglehold or Aven Mindcensor .

Situations where the creature types to name with Riptide Shapeshifter

Other notable creatures to include:

  • Terastodon - Name "Elephant" to destroy non-creature permanents
  • Massacre Girl - Name "Assassin" to wipe creatures (conditionally)
  • Dragonlord Silumgar - Name "Dragon" to steal a creature or planeswalker
  • Win-con

    Other than control the board and win through huge advantage the easiest way is through Flash-Hulk combo.

    1. Cast Flash and put Protean Hulk into play not paying the cost difference
    2. Search for Viscera Seer and Body Double (copying Protean Hulk in the graveyard), then sac Body Double
    3. Search for Walking Ballista and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed then win.

    There is also infinite mana combos you can win with Walking Ballista

    1. Deadeye Navigator + Palinchron (both can be brought out with Riptide Shapeshifter ). This also means you can infinite ETB with creatures you have access to.
    2. Eternal Witness + Palinchron + Ghostly Flicker
    3. Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger + Palinchron

    General Strategy

    This deck is a casual build without fast mana ramps, but it has a lot of interactions. The main concept should be answer threats oppose to look for combo to win. Strong mana-base is number one priority because the mana curve is pretty high.

    Starting the game with couple ramps can really help to open up the options; or discard treats and reanimate them.

    The deck is well-rounded in terms of answering treat, it's biggest problems are Torpor Orb effects and graveyard removal. Krosan Grip and Force of Vigor are important answers to enchantment and artifact based hate cards. There's also Disallow for graveyard removal on trigger or ability, such as Bojuka Bog or Nihil Spellbomb .

    Unorthodox use of Flash

    Other than flash-hulk combo and other obvious ETB effects I want to point out an interesting way of one-time use of mana ramping.

    You can Flash out Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger and tap mana for double, then choose not to pay for the difference. Essentially you spend 2 mana to double the mana production of the rest of the lands for one time use, this can be strategically useful since the curve of the deck is high. Another way to look at it, you may cast Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger using Flash with as few as five lands (since 3 of them tapped for double)

    Honorable mention: powerful synergies.

    It That Betrays + Living Death . Recur all your graveyard creatures and get all your opponents' creatures.

    Animate Dead / Dance of the Dead / Necromancy + Kederekt Leviathan in graveyard. Bounce all nonland permanents with low cost, and since the enchantment goes back to you hand so you can reset the board every turn.

    Mindful of opponents' graveyards

    Since this is a control deck. You must need to be aware of everyone's resources and creatures/spells you have access to, because this deck is capable of playing spells from opponents' graveyards or re-use their creatures in graveyards. It is not uncommon to win with their resources in graveyards.


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    This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

    Cards 100
    Avg. CMC 3.95
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