This is, by far, my oldest EDH deck. I have even begun hunting the best, coolest and foil-iest cards I can for this deck. I really like the strong card advantage and the sorcery-based control style it plays, and you will probably notice a few staples are not included (details listed below). Definitely stoked now for the big number of Bolas-y cards being rumored for M13!
First off, some of the fundamentals:
-No infinity and beyond: I like recurring stuff and really getting mileage out of my cards, but infinity just doesn't go well with the group.
-Cool vs. Perfection: I don't play this as the best, most perfect Grixis control deck. I play it because it is fun, shows off a lot of powerful cards and really can compete with a variety of decks.
mana with so many shuffle effects, no other real use. Manabase is solid enough
-Elixir of Immortality: Never needed to search this out, insignificant board effect
-Crosis's Charm: Always been meh, not really flavorful
-Crucible of Worlds: Drawn out unnecessary hate from tables, only real synergy was with
-Fact or Fiction: Replaced with a 4cc draw spell with NB in the art
-Evacuation: Opponents could recover faster than I can with it
-Word of Seizing: Felt like too mana intensive for the effect, may re-add if
planeswalker decks become popular again
-Blue Sun's Zenith: Too mana intensive
-Starstorm: Too mana intensive, usually was a 3cc cantrip
-Fire // Ice: Not enought board impact
-Merchant Scroll and Mystical Teachings: I hate showing the tutor target, and I was stretching so many slots on two toolboxes (Trinket Mage) I couldn't run better cards. I have trimmed the Trinket package a ton, and cut this one altogether. -Vampiric Tutor and Mystical Tutor: Did not give me the target, and had them milled/Bribery'd/etc too many times. I tend to hold the tutor until the last minute I can or use when I can easily recur it, so they were just not doing it for me.
-Sower of Temptation: Good, but a 'walker activation is better. Bribery is better. I've considered Treachery, but I took it out once with the dumb amount of artifact mana I had. Might be worth reconsideration, but creature versions are just so frail.
-Psychatog: Let's face it, he is horrid card disadvantage in a place where tempo just does not cut it much. I have a great love of Dr. Teeth, but he wants his own deck. Funny enough, he was replaced by Phyrexian Arena, to do the opposite of what he does.
-Desertion: I don't like leaving five mana untapped and passing the turn. I am OK with things like Mana Drain, but this is mostly played in a tap-out sorcery-based control. Counters have to be cheap (if not free)
-Treachery: Enchantment removal is becoming more and more plentiful, so I have been more focused on steal effects that do not end at end of turn/with enchantment removal (much like NB planeswalker does himself)
-Off-color fetches (like March Flats: Doesn't feel right in the deck. Same reason I've not foiled the Reflecting Pool
-Sword of Fire and Ice: I don't run a lot of creatures, thus not much to equipment it to. Plus, it disappointed me when I seen SoFaI deals the damage and doesn't trigger the discard-awesomeness of Nicol Bolas.
Some of the cards I have in mind to add: Black Sun's Zenith - Auditioning currently, but I don't want to get too Wrath-heavy (thinking 3-4 is the right number) Chaos Warp - Seems really good, and is nice permanent removal, still considering Spell Crumple - It will either be this or Hinder, but probably not both. I think Hinder is easier to recur, but I don't usually grab Hinder when I am recurring blue instants. Seems like Crumple could be there and I wouldn't even notice, and can improve my chances of drawing nonland.
I've noticed that the deck really can slug away, for a long time, but it really has a difficult time actually ending the game. It can grind away really well, but decks like Karador do a better grind job, and without infinite comboes it relies on winning via stolen wincons or beating in the red-zone with really sub-par creatures. Suggestions and comments welcome!
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