8/02/2011 Wizards Asks

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This thread is for discussion of this week's Wizards Asks, which goes live Tuesday morning on magicthegathering.com.

I don't think Basilisk Collar + Bloodfire Colossus works, since it's no longer in play (and the Collar is no longer attached) when it deals the damage.

That said, I've always enjoyed the old Ageless Entity + Loxodon Warhammer combo when it works. Back when doubling creatures took ingenuity and good old-fashioned elbow grease!
Doubling Season + X is always a clssic. That card is built to do insanely fun things. One of my favs is comboing it with Mycoloth. The number of tokens you get is just stupid even if he only eats 2 creatures.
rune-scarred demon + beacon of unrest means you always have a 6/6 flyer and the option to get whatever else you need in case of situational changes. Only thing that stops it is exile of the graveyard or normal variety...
Splinter Twin on a Sundering Titan is beautiful.
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Doubling Season + Nacatl War-Pride is an absolutely evil combo. Almost as evil as Nacatl War-Pride + Silent Arbiter/Dueling Grounds (Even sicker when all three are on the board, but that isn't a 2 card combo).

I'm also a big fan of Crypt Rats + Scythe of the Wretched; as well as Mistfolk + Coalition Flag.

But, my favorite combo is Choice of Damnations imprinted on Panoptic Mirror. Seeing people try to figure out how to get out of the cunundrum is hugely entertaining. Heck, even wathing them think they can get out is funny.



MaRo: One of the classic R&D stories happened during a Scars of Mirrodin draft. Erik Lauer was sitting to my right (meaning that he passed to me in the first and third packs). At the end of the draft, Erik was upset because I was in his colors (black-green).

He said, "Didn't you see the signals? I went into black-green in pack one."

I replied, "Didn't you see my signals? I started drafting infect six drafts ago." ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************MaRo: During a playtest, I played a Reaper from the Abyss. I attacked each turn, while my opponent would chump block (he had a lot of fliers), and then I killed a second creature. This happened until he had only one creature left. I attack, he blocked, and then the following dialogue occurred:

Him: Kill your demon. Me: What? Him: My guy died so you have to kill a creature.

Me: Yeah, but why would a demon kill himself?

Him: I don't know. He's depressed there's no one left to kill.

Me: That doesn't make any sense. Him: I don't care. It's what the card says. I then take out my pen, and wrote "non-Demon" on it.

Him: You can't do that.

Me: I redesigned him while the effect was on the stack.

When I was first starting out in magic, one of my favorite little combos was Protean Hydra + Predatory Urge. Eat one of their creatures to make mine even bigger? Sweet! The Johnny in me made the Timmy so very, very happy when I figured that one out. Fun interactions like that are what make me enjoy magic.

Lately, I've really been enjoying Myr Turbine + Myr Battlesphere, since every Battlesphere brings out enough extra dudes to active the Turbine again! Just what Myrs need, more myrs to make even MORE myrs.
I'm going to go with Quillspike and Devoted Druid, you could get this combo in a draft deck which makes it that much cooler.  my favorite thing to do was bring him up to 9001/9001 setting my opponent up to ask what his power level is.  IT'S OVER 9000!!!

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But seriously, guys, Vault+Key just gets the job done.

Yomiji, Who Bars the Way + Mindslaver is one of my favorite EDH combos
Other than that - you'll probably hate me, but those annoying combos like Isochron Scepter + Orim's Chant/Fire // Ice/Counterspell
Also LOVE countertop (Sensei's Divining Top + Counterbalance) and Crypt Rats + Swarmyard.

Yes, I'm one of those annoying guys who loves to lock the opponent down to nothing.

Oh, and did I mention Crucible of Worlds + Wasteland?
Currently I like Consecrated Sphinx and Blue Sun's Zenith. Give your opponent cards... draw many yourself!
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how does Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Intruder Alarm sound? i'll make inifinite copies of target non-legendary creature i control. spunds good to me =D. And doubling season + fable of wolf and owl. Its not crazy until you throw in a contagion engine and an oran-reif the vastwood but on its own, getting 4 tokens and 5 creatures a turn sounds all right to me, under ideal conditions of course.
Worldgorger Dragon + Animate dead Laughing
when i saw lure i automaticly thought of engulfing slagwurm. i just want to play that combo once. and use my evil laugh :]
My current most used is Hive mind + any of the pacts.  It doesnt always work if someone plays the color of the pact you plan on using but hey, that is a risk you have to take.

 My other favorite combos Painter's Servant + Grindstone (I love mill), and Stuffy Doll + Guilty Conscience (turn 5 kill with a good mana ramp deck).
I always liked to combine Basilisk collar with Magma Phoenix.


But Phyrexian Obliterator and Alluring Siren is kinda funny too. 
Talon Sliver + Toxin Sliver.  This makes slivers almost impossible to attack and very difficult to block.  Throw Hunter Sliver into the mix and your opponent is dead in a few turns.  I hope that they eventually make an actual deathtouch sliver in the future so that things can go back to the way they were before that rule change.
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I don't think Basilisk Collar + Bloodfire Colossus works, since it's no longer in play (and the Collar is no longer attached) when it deals the damage.

Basilisk Collar + Bloodfire Colossus does work.  Because the Colossus is no longer on the battlefield, the game uses last known information, and as the Colossus last existed on the battlefield it had deathtouch.
I prefer Shock + Furyborn Hellkite. They never see it coming! One moment you take 2 damage from shock and say ok no big deal I'll take no prob but next thing you know you're dealing with a 12/12 flyer!
 Or Chandra the firebrand + 2 Lava Axe = instant win!
Or maybe Brutilizer Exarch+ Wurmcoil enigine because you can play on you next turn (read the mana cost)
I like this topic.  I play alot of EDH/Commander. My favorite deck is my jund deck where Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund is my general.

In this deck I get some pretty sick combos going with things like Paleoloth, Sheoldred, Eternal Witness/Fierce Empath, and Sarkhan the Mad.
I'd have to say Volrath's Shapeshifter and Kokusho, the Evening Star are one of my favorate combos.  I have them in a deck with Cryptoplasm and Soul Foundry.  The idea is to get a couple Volrath's Shapeshifters out and discard a Kokusho.  The deck I have build around the combo works great.
I've always been a fan of thopter sword and dark depths hexmage, but I wouldn't say either of those are my favorite. My favorite two card combo is probably either megrim burning inquiry or teferi omen machine. Can't go wrong with stifle phyrexian dreadnought either.
One of my favorites is using Ajani Goldmane's Avatar token and then using Soul's Grace to doubly my life total multiple times, along with the avatar's power. I'm a big fan of slivers, so the multiple combos of slivers are also fun to me. I've done Psychosis Crawler and then Jin-Gitaxiuas, but Jin costs 10 mana, so that one's not as good. I use Sheoldred and Blind Zealot a lot to keep destroying creatures. Personally, however, although this isn't really a two card "combo," is to use myrs to get out 6 myrs in four turns and then use Geosurge to get out on Ulumog, the Infite Gyre.    
I've been having a ton of wacky fun in my Zur EDH deck with Spirit Loop + Evershrike.

I do like the combo of Kaalia and Knollspine Dragon--swing with Kaalia and a fatty of your choice, drop Knollspine postcombat and refill your hand.

Seizan, Perverter of Truth + Underworld Dreams has me excited as well, though I've never done it.

Oh, and Beastmaster Ascension + Thrummingbird is teh lolz. 
I've come to appreciate Sacred Wolf + Spirit Mantle as a combo in M12 Sealed.

Rage Extractor + any Phyrexian mana card was lots of fun in triple NPH draft, and I'll often try it in NMS draft.

But I'd have to say my favorite two-card combo was from Alpha, Fungusaur and Prodigal Sorcerer.  It's one of the first examples of using a harmful card against yourself for a greater benefit.

I have a Commander deck based on Kha, Kemba Regent, which does well enough on it's own, but whenever I get Raksha, Golden Cub out on top of it, well, things get a little ridiculous...  Not terribly powerful, but makes for a lot of fun!

Also, though it's more than two cards (and was already mentioned), 2 Myr Galvanizers, a Palladium Myr, and an Alloy Myr, with either Fireball (as mentioned earlier) or Red Sun's Zenith, Blue Sun's Zenith or a similar X draw spell, or my personal favorite in multiplayer, Exsanguinate!  Though the combo is not fast or tough enough for competitive dueling, it's a lot of fun in multi, and there are sooooo many good cards to try it with.
After M12 I changed my main deck from green/black to green/blue. I missed my black kill spells, but I found that Flight+Plummet works just as good.
My personal favorite? Serendib sorcerer + merfolk thaumaturgist. It was perhaps my first combo and can be done in PLC drafts as well.

For power level? Painter's servant + grindstone. Duh.
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57817638 wrote:
I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
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56747598 wrote:
57295478 wrote:
Although I do assume you deliberately refer to them (DCI) as The Grand Imperial Convocation of Evil just for the purposes of making them sound like an ancient and terrible conspiracy.
Now, now. 1994 doesn't quite qualify as "ancient".
56734518 wrote:
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!" And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
57864098 wrote:
Rhox War Monk just flips pancakes, and if games have told us anything, it's that food = life.
56747598 wrote:
76973988 wrote:
This thread has gotten creepy. XP
Really? Really? The last couple days have been roughly every perverse fetish imaginable, but it only got "creepy" when speculation on Mother of Runes's mob affiliation came up?
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57864098 wrote:
57531048 wrote:
Nice mana base. Not really.
Yeah, really. If my deck was going to cost $1000+, I'd at least make it good.
99812049 wrote:
I like to think up what I consider clever names for my decks, only later to be laughed at by my wife. It kills me a little on the inside, but thats what marriage is about.
56816728 wrote:
56854588 wrote:
Of course, the best use [of tolaria west] is transmuting for the real Tolaria. ;)
Absolutely. I used to loose to my buddy's Banding deck for ages, it was then that I found out about Tolaria, and I was finally able win my first game.
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WOAH wait wait wait
56957928 wrote:
You know, being shallow and jusdgmental aside, "I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates
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OH MY GOD
109874309 wrote:
The only way I'd cast this card is into a bonfire.
82032421 wrote:
The short answer is that there's no rule barring annoying people from posting, but there a rule barring us from harassing them about it.
56747598 wrote:
Browbeat is a card that is an appropriate deck choice when there's no better idea available. "No better idea available" was pretty much the running theme of Odyssey era.
56874518 wrote:
Or perhaps it was a more straightforward comment indicating a wish for you to be bitten (Perhaps repeatedly) by a small yet highly venomous arachnid.
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58280208 wrote:
You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
57817638 wrote:
57145078 wrote:
You just... Vektor it.
That's the answer to everything.
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58347268 wrote:
I think the problem is that you don't exist.
This would sound great out of context!
56965458 wrote:
Modern is like playing a new tournament every time : you build a deck, you win with it, don't bother keeping it. Just build another, its key pieces will get banned.
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57309598 wrote:
I specifically remember posting a thread when I was just a witty bitty noob.
You make it sound like that's still not the case.
58325628 wrote:
Rap is what happens when the c from crap is taken away.
Doug Beyer:
But sometimes it's also challenging. Because sometimes OH MY GOD, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING?
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Flashforward five thousand years (Click for atmosphere) :
57927608 wrote:
to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
58347268 wrote:
when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
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I always find it helpful when im angry to dress up in an owl costume and rub pennies all over my body in front of a full body mirror next to the window.
Dymecoar:
Playing Magic without Blue is like sleeping without any sheets or blankets. You can do it...but why?
Omega137:
Me: "I love the moment when a control deck stabilizes. It feels so... right." Omega137: "I like the life drop part until you get there, it's the MtG variant of bungee jumping"
Zigeif777:
Just do it like Yu-Gi-Oh or monkeys: throw all the crap you got at them and hope it works or else the by-standers (or opponents) just get dirty and pissed.
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58258708 wrote:
It's true that Alpha and Beta didn't contain any cards like Tarmogoyf, Darksteel Colossus, or Platinum Angel. It just contained weak, insignificant cards like Black Lotus, Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk.
Normally it's difficult to pick up on your jokes/sarcasm. But this one's pretty much out there. Good progress. You have moved up to Humanoid. You'll be Human in no time.
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94618431 wrote:
I didn't know Samurai were known to be able to cut down whole armies...
They can when they're using lightsabers!
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97980259 wrote:
My wife brought home a baby black squirrel they found on a horse track and cared for it for a few days. We named it Grixis, but it died.
Unearth it!
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[/spoiler] And I'm on Magic Arcana. How about you? Oh, by the way, I'm also on From the Lab now. Twice, actually. And now with my own submited decklist!
My favorite of late is Nim Deathmantle + Necrotic Plague.  I particualrly love the non-obviousness of the combo, it makes for great games of grief as the opponent finally concedes to stop playing creatures for a turn while having to stare down a 4/5 Vampire Nighthawk
My favorite 2-card combo is Thopter Assembly + Time Sieve. Infinite turns! But turns don't win the game, so I have other support cards in that deck: Master Transmuter, Glaze Fiend, and Mox Opal. Each turn the Thopter Assembly triggers, then I tap the Mox Opal for blue, return it to my hand with Master Transmuter and get the Thopter Assembly back, then play the Mox Opal again for free. The Glaze Fiend triggers 7 times, and is now 14/15 flying that can't be hit with Doom Blade or Go for the Throat! Plus, all my lands are still open for whatever else I may want to play. Memnite works instead of Mox Opal, without the bonus of providing mana for the Master Transmuter, but Ornithopter isn't a good idea because it messes up the Thopter Assembly trigger. There is a way to get around it by always having it in your hand at the beginning of the turn, but I'd rather not risk forgetting. Then there's a lot of artifact tutoring and other powerful artifact cards as well.

Here's the (extended) deck list:

16 Lands:
4 Darkslick Shores
4 Drowned Catacomb
5 Island
3 Swamp

6 Mana Artifacts:
4 Mistvein Borderpost
2 Mox opal

28 Creatures:
4 Memnite
4 Etherium Sculptor
4 Glaze Fiend
4 Master of Etherium
4 Master Transmuter
4 Sphinx Summoner
2 Thopter Assembly

12 Other Spells:
4 Preordain
4 Fabricate
2 Time Sieve
2 Tezzeret the Seeker

Sideboard:
3 Go for the Throat
4 Mana Leak
3 Countersquall
3 Tidehollow Strix
2 Unwinding Clock
My favorite combo is probably: Painter's Servant + Teysa, Orzhov Scion. I'm a huge fan of the Orzhov, after all.
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Jace's Erasure + Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur. Not broken, not impossible to stop, but really, what more do you need than drawing seven and having each opponent mill seven as an end of turn, uncounterable effect?

Pisses people off, to be sure.
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