I'm trying to come up with an idea for a Gatecrash deck with the sole purpose of trying to make the Dimir actually work. I will save all other players the work and I will simply list some ideas of mine that simply have not taken flight.
When I first tried to construct a Dimir deck, I simply piled all of the Dimir-marked Gatecrash cards I owned (which is ALL of the commons and uncommons in Gatecrash - I split a booster box) and put them all into a deck that relied on cyphering off of unblockable creatures. The only problem? Every single good card had a mana cost of 4 or greater.
Scrapping that idea, I moved on to a proxy deck filled with Invisible Stalkers and Hands of Bindings (I should mention I have Hands of Binding), which went faster than cyphered cards on Deathcult Rogue or Incursion Specialist. Still, my friends use creature/burn decks and decks that target your life itself (talking about Boros and Orzhov, here), so I edited my deck again. This time, I focused on mill/kill, which uses the Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank combo to finish off an opponent in a minimum of 5 turns.
You can probably guess the problem here.
On top of also being a proxy deck, this one made my friends target me first in free-for-alls and I always died first. So, I most recently put in all cheap (CMC cheap, not $ cheap) Dimir cards I have, including Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Soul Ransom, Nightveil Specter, and Whispering Madness. Speaking of madness, you would think that there's really no theme to this deck from the look of it. That turned out to be correct, and none of my cards worked out well together. The high part of the deck was when Consuming Aberration worked with my cyphered cards (on Deathcult Rogue) and I killed my opponents with a Way of the Thief enchanting it - yes, I had a Gate.
So, basically, my efforts to be a loyal Dimir fan are being shaken by the combination of the numerous possiblities of card combos and their extremely high mana costs. I am afraid that there may not be any good possibilities in Gatecrash for Dimir, but I want someone, somewhere in the world to prove me wrong.
Using any cards from Gatecrash (it doesn't have to have a Dimir mark on it and it can be any color - not just blue or black), please help me to build the very best Dimir deck possible. I would prefer not to use any cards from Ravnica: City of Guilds because transmuting is not really what I'm going for in this deck.
If anyone needs more specifics, I will monitor this post daily so feel free to ask questions.
The Eye of Lazav is watching us all.