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1 Judith, the Scourge Diva
1 Mausoleum Wanderer
1 Opal Palace
1 Guildmages' Forum
1 Olivia, Mobilized for War
1 Combat Celebrant
1 Dragonskull Summit
1 Drowned Catacomb
I'm trying out Mausoleum Wanderer as another way to protect my board, specifically Marchesa. I know it seems like a contradiction that I'm axing Olivia, who protects Marchesa, but the cost is too damned high. Wanderer has evasion, which is great for getting in and if I keep using Dethrones instead of attacking the threats, it'll be so big that no one will be able to pay the tax. I also think that players are going to try to play around it as much as possible. This means that it's probably going to do a lot of work that I won't even notice, such as having a player not pay Rhystic Study because they want to be able to pay the Wanderer off. Some silly synergy is Kokusho, the Evening Star and Kira, Great Glass-Spinner being Spirits for Wanderer's trigger.
Finding a cut for Wanderer was a tad difficult. In my mind, I was thinking of getting rid of Stubborn Denial but it is such a good card. I already have so few Counterspells that I shouldn't be axing more, especially if the goal is to have counter backup to protect Marchesa. I started thinking about the floors on cards and Combat Celebrant came up. Much like Márton Stromgald, the Celebrant does nothing if I'm behind or if it doesn't have a +1/+1 counter on it. He makes me greedy and stupid so I won't Skullclamp him for draw because of the potential damage numbers. I do remember in the last few games not having the time to cast the Celebrant. If I can't devote time to a 3 mana Creature, then he is probably safe to cut.
With the increase of spot removal hitting Marchesa and colour-screw I've had in the last few months, I decided to add Opal Palace and Guildmages' Forum. My Creatures are so efficient I think it will be OK for me to overpay on them when I'm coloured-screwed. It is OK to pay 2 for Benthic Biomancer if I don't have Blue anywhere else. Palace and Forum will have Marchesa come into play with +1/+1 counters, so that there's less for me to worry about regarding 'dies to removal'. I decided to axe the two Checklands because they could possibly ETBT; I did think of removing Tainted Isle but the fact that it always comes into play untapped leaned me towards the Checks.