Synopsys

One of my favorite decks to play, and one that is very powerful. This has the ability to steal games out of nowhere, or to control them from the beginning. However i do believe that the best strategy to play this deck is to wait in the shadow with as minimum interaction and win out of nowhere. This deck is build as such, as to increase the resources and only use counter to protect self, or the combo.

Winning

This deck has a few winning combos :

1. Infinite Mana + Oona is the best combo.

2. Leyline of the void and helm of obedience. When Helm is activated, target player puts the top card of his library in the graveyard. You will repeat this process until you get a creature in the graveyard, or X cards (X used to pay for ability). At this moment Helm will be sacrificed. With Leyline out, neither of the 2 conditions could be fulfilled, and the repeat will go on until all of that player’s graveyard is removed. Helm would not be sacrificed and if you have un untap effect for it (Tezzeret the seeker) you can do it again.

Infinite Mana

To achieve infinite mana, or more correct : an arbitrary large amount of mana, this deck has several ways. Earlier versions of this deck ran more infinite mana producers but i cut them down to get the most reliable ones. (i will the old ones also for reference). The catch is to get Basalt Monolith or Grim Monolith in play end enchant it with Power artifact. This will lower the untap cost to  {1} or {2} . That means each time you tap that artifact you can use that mana to untap it and generate {2} or {1} at each iteration. After this you need 3 colored mana to cast Oona, and 1 colored mana for each player that you want to mill (exile). Or use exsanguinate for {x} {b} {b} . The is also a stroke of genius, but i use that to draw into the exsanguinate.

 

 

The other combo is a little more complicated and involves one of the above artifacts and rings of brightheart. After you cast these 2 cards, you need 3 mana to get the combo starting. This is : tapping the artifact for mana, then use it’s ability to untap. ( {3} for basalt monolith). With that on stack copy it by paying {2} with Rings. After resolving the copied ability, tap the Basalt Monolith again to get {3} mana, and then resolve the original untap. Tap it again and you have {6} . The combo uses {5} at each iteration ( {3} untap from monolith, {2} from rings) and produces {6} ( {3} from monolith, {3} from monolith). So you get + {1} each time.

Older combos :

  • Grave Titan + Ashnod’s Altar + Nim Deathmantle.  Get these on the table, than sac a zombie and titan to get {4} , and bring titan back with deathmantle. YOu will end up with an arbitrary large number of zombies. Sac them to altar for mana. I felt 3 pieces are too many for this kind of effect.
  • Palinchron + High tide + islands. You need many island in play for this to work. But palinchron will be back, because of Omniscience. Get omniscience in play, play palinchron for free,
    untap lands, tap for mana, bounce it and repeat. This is a very good one because it generated colored mana.

There some few other mana combos but i feel this deck needs only a few and cards to look for them or protect the combo. Consistency and quality over quantity.

Apart from Combos this deck uses, as any blue deck…the best countermagic available : Pact of Negation, Force of Will, Counterspell, Mana Drain, Hinder, Spell crumple, Rewind, Cryptic Command, Desertion and Spell Burst. I opted for these only because they are the most powerful ones, and some of them can also have other roles.

The main force of the deck has to be tutoring. I always try to get more card drawing or tutoring in the deck.

 

 

Tutors and Card Draw

 

Mystical Tutor

This is used to find the instant or sorcery you need. Many times you use this to find Stroke, Exsanguinate, or a counter. Sometimes it is used to find damnation.

Vampiric tutor and Demonic Tutor

: This cand find anything, but differ in function. You will keep vampiric until the very last moment to use it, while you use demonic mainly for mana fix, or of you already have that, search for the last part of the combo.

Lim-Dûl’s Vault

I believe this one of the best cards in this deck. This will cycle out your library if you need anything, or set up your draws. This deck plays a number of fetch lands to help it.

Sensei’s Divining Top

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Shred Memory

This will  get Power artifact or Grim Monolith if needed, or a {2} mana counter. I never used ot for graveyard removal, but who knows what sun titan or genesis interactions you might encounter.

Draw

Jace, the Mind sculptor, Jace beleren, Fact or Fiction, Rhystic Study, Phyrexian Arena, Dark Confidant, Consecrated Sphinx. All of these draw cards. You need to draw into combo to win. Draw as many cards as you can.

Other utility spells. :

Rite of Replication can help you out of a difficult situation.

Bribery can get a help from the other side (Iona, Primeval titan and many other)

Memory Plunder will reuse one of your opponents spells.

Capture of Jingzhou, Time Warp, Time stretch : More turns -> more cards drawn, faster to get the combo.

Artifacts are divided into mana artifacts and utility artifacts. The utility artifacts are graveyard removal, draw, Wincon (helm of obedience), recursion (crucible of worlds). removal(duplicant).

Mana Artifacts

I put here many artifacts because i believe its very important to accelerate fast. The deck features artifacts of mana from {0} cost to {5} . All of these are good, and i had to cut some of them. I would have liked to get more here but they will clog your hand.

Enchantments

There are a few enchantments that i like: Bitterblossom and Contamination can ruin the day for almost anyone.

Animate dead for some graveyard shenanigans (getting a Iona, shield of emeria is sometimes a game breaker)

Invoke prejudice against creature decks (mostly green ramp) as they will be shred to pieces.

Future sight … because we like Card Advantage.

This is the deck in its actual form :

Commander (1)
Oona, Queen of the Fae

Planeswalkers (3)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Tezzeret the Seeker
Jace Beleren

Creatures (10)
Vendilion Clique
Dark Confidant
Glen Elendra Archmage
Consecrated Sphinx
Duplicant
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Phantasmal Image
Sakashima the Impostor
Venser, Shaper Savant
Snapcaster Mage

Instants/Sorceries (28)
Spell Burst
Shred Memory
Fact or Fiction
Desertion
Force of Will
Pact of Negation
Vampiric Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Counterspell
Lim-Dûl’s Vault
Mana Drain
Hinder
Capsize
Cryptic Command
Memory Plunder
Rewind
Spell Crumple
Stroke of Genius
Rite of Replication
Time Warp
All Is Dust
Time Stretch
Demonic Tutor
Bribery
Capture of Jingzhou
Exsanguinate
Yawgmoth’s Will
Damnation

Artifacts/Enchantments (26)
Tormod’s Crypt
Crucible of Worlds
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Grim Monolith
Dimir Signet
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sol Ring
Relic of Progenitus
Gilded Lotus
Sky Diamond
Scroll Rack
Talisman of Dominance
Rings of Brighthearth
Basalt Monolith
Coalition Relic
Helm of Obedience
Leyline of the Void
Future Sight
Invoke Prejudice
Animate Dead
Bitterblossom
Power Artifact
Contamination
Phyrexian Arena
Rhystic Study

Lands (32)
Academy Ruins
Bad River
Bojuka Bog
Cabal Coffers
Command Tower
Creeping Tar Pit
Drowned Catacomb
Flooded Strand
Island
Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
Petrified Field
Polluted Delta
Reflecting Pool
Reliquary Tower
Riptide Laboratory
River of Tears
Scalding Tarn
Seat of the Synod
Strip Mine
Sunken Ruins
Swamp
Tectonic Edge
Tolaria West
Underground Sea
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Vesuva
Wasteland
Watery Grave

Other minicombos include : Riptide Laboratory with any wizard: Venser, shaper savant, Glen-Elendra Archmage, Snapcaster mage, Vendilion Clique. Academy Ruins used to be paired with Mindslaver, and that combo might be back someday, but for the moment, it will return Duplicant or destroyed combo pieces.
This deck served me too well, but it needs a change.I am working on a new version that will include the palinchron/omniscience combo as well as more consistency.