Journey Into Nyx Brews, pt. 4

Random, rather casual decks, although still standard legal.

Oracle of Bones

Last Wednesday in a draft, for the first time ever, my opponent managed to trick me into giving him a free spell with [scryfall]Oracle of Bones[/scryfall]. It doesn’t ever seem to work, but he managed to get me to give him a free [scryfall]Pinnacle of Rage[/scryfall], which won him the game. I should have known it was about to happen as this player was pretty new and he’ll probably learn a wrong lesson from it, as based on what I know about this particular player, he would definitely go for maximum value and not try to bluff. Therefore, in the next game I did pay the tribute, but partly only because I was planning to kill the Oracle anyway with a [scryfall]Lightning Strike[/scryfall].

But since I like to be open to options, I thought maybe we could use the [scryfall]Oracle of Bones[/scryfall] for something. What’s more appropriate than [scryfall]Worst Fears[/scryfall]?

Hopefully we can make this be truly worth its name

Hopefully we can make this be truly worth its name


Of course, if we were truly playing standard, this wouldn’t be a very sound strategy, but who cares? I’d like to see this happen at least once. However, you won’t ever see it again, if you do see it that one time. Also, we can’t really afford to play that many copies of [scryfall]Worst Fear[/scryfall] in your deck, but there are gladly other cards, you can combo off with. Sort of.

[cardlist title=Grixis Spells]
4 Oracle of Bones
4 Electromancer
1 Archaeomancer
1 Nivix Guildmage
1 Stormchaser Chimera
1 Keranos, God of Storms
1 Worst Fears
3 Blast of Genius
1 Rise of the Dark Realms
1 Stolen Identity
2 Firemind’s Foresight
2 Extinguish All Hope
1 Bile Blight
1 Mizzium Skin
1 Shock
1 Dissolve
1 Cyclonic Rift
1 Crypt Incursion
1 Hero’s Downfall
1 Doom Blade
1 Ultimate Price
1 Dragon Shift
1 Quicken
1 Diabolic Tutor
4 Temple of Malice
4 Temple of Deceit
4 Temple of Epiphany
4 Steam Vents
4 Blood Crypt
4 Watery Grave
2 Mana Confluence

That manabase is probably a bit too heavy on the “pay life” side, and it isn’t actually balanced at all, but on the other hand, that’s 18 sources for all three colors. That’s pretty good. I was thinking I’d like an [scryfall]Enter the Infinite[/scryfall] in there, but since [scryfall]Laboratory Maniac[/scryfall] isn’t Standard legal, that might not be a good idea.

Doesn’t really matter, since there’s no way this deck can win games. (Well, in real life. In Magical Christmas Wonderland, maybe.)

Disciple of Deceit

Well… wow. I’m not really the combo kind of guy and although I like to brew, I’m not that much into the deeper recesses of RTR, so I don’t really know how to best abuse this guy’s power. However, I do know Theros block pretty well, so we can get a bunch of stuff from there.

Anyhow, I do know two things: we want to keep this guy (well, gal based on the picture, but who knows, after all, she’s [scryfall]Disciple of Deceit[/scryfall]) alive and we want to trigger the inspired.

Probably a woman, but I wouldn't count on it.

Probably a woman, but I wouldn’t count on it.

We’re also playing [scryfall]Dakra Mystic[/scryfall], because why not? After all, for us, cards present plenty of opportunities, not just one card, so to control the draws of our opponents somewhat is very powerful. All in all, this deck is not very good, because it lacks in power. It does have a lot of angles, but none of them lead to victory. Still, probably fun to play and with better knowledge of the cards in the format, someone else would be able to make a really, really good deck around this idea.

4 Disciple of Deceit
4 Pain Seer
4 Siren of the Silent Song
2 Dakra Mystic
2 King Macar, the Gold-Cursed
4 Crypsis
4 Triton Tactics
4 Boon of Erebos
4 Necrobite
4 Hidden Strings
2 Aqueous Form
4 Temple of Deceit
4 Watery Grave
7 Island
7 Swamp

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