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 Post subject: Nin, Command Artist
AgePosted: 2011-Aug-18 12:37 am 
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I've been play testing this for the last two weeks and I think I've finally gotten it to a point that I'm happy with. I just want to polish it a little further. My overall objective with this deck was to build around my favorite guild and make it do my favorite thing in all of magic: deflection effects. I felt Nin was the general to get the job done because she fills my hand and allows me to remain untapped each turn. For this deck the normal counterspell effects just won't cut it- any counter had to feel a bit 'sly.' I have a small sub-theme with indestructible creatures and board sweepers and another sub-theme with morph creatures which I feel fits well into the deck's tricky feel. I also went heavily into artifacts and placed a few cards in there to exploit this. Anyways, I invite you all to take a look and tell me what you think. Suggestions are always welcome. :)

GENERAL
Nin, the Pain Artist

JUST FOR NIN (5)
Darksteel Myr
Darksteel Plate
Mogg Maniac
Shield of Kaldra
Stuffy Doll

RANDOM STUFF (4)
Staff of Nin
Spine of Ish Sah
Tormod's Crypt
Maze of Ith

HAND SIZE/CARD DRAWING (10)
Aeon Chronicler
Empyrial Plate
Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
Psychosis Crawler
Sturmgeist
Library of Leng
Spellbook
Venser's Journal
Ivory tower

ARTIFICERS (5)
Copy Artifact
Master Transmuter
Sculpting Steel
Tezzeret the Seeker
Transmute Artifact

COUNTERSPELL/DEFLECTION (15)
Commandeer
Counterlash
Desertion
Foil
Force of Will
Gather Specimens
Mindbreak Trap
Misdirection
Pact of Negation
Redirect
Ricochet Trap
Spelljack
Swerve
Thwart
Wild Ricochet

CLONES (5)
Clone
Phyrexian Metamorph
Rite of Replication
Sakashima the Impostor
Vesuvan Doppelganger

BOARD SWEEPERS (10)
All Is Dust
Blasphemous Act
Chain Reaction
Devastation
Jokulhaups
Magma Phoenix
Nevinyrral's Disk
Obliterate
Oblivion Stone
Pyrohemia

MANA ROCKS (10)
Chrome Mox
Darksteel Ingot
Lotus Bloom
Lotus Petal
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Mox Diamond
Mox Opal
Mycosynth Wellspring
Sol Ring

LAND (35)
Academy Ruins
Buried Ruin
Kher Keep
Reliquary Tower
Tolaria West
Darksteel Citadel
Thawing Glaciers
Lonely Sandbar
Forgotten Cave
Remote Isle
Smoldering Crater
Cascade Bluffs
Command Tower
Evolving Wilds
Izzet Boilerworks
Izzet Guildgate
Reflecting Pool
Scalding Tarn
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls
Terramorphic Expanse
Vesuva
Volcanic Island
Island (x6)
Mountain (x6)

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"Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!" -The Witch King of Angmar
"But no living man am I! You look upon a woman." -Éowyn, daughter of Éomund


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 Post subject: Re: Nin, Command Artist
AgePosted: 2011-Aug-19 12:55 pm 

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Age: Drake
There are several other morphs that fit the theme as well as other swerve effects.
quicksilver dragon
brine elemental - you already have the other piece of the combo too
goblin flectomancer
ricochet trap

chromeshell crab
fathom seer
mischievous quanar- one of my favorite cards

fortune thief- you can keep him alive with swerve effects too.


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 Post subject: Re: Nin, Command Artist
AgePosted: 2011-Aug-20 9:30 pm 
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Ricochet Trap and Fortune Thief are absolutely perfect! Thanks for the suggestion. I'll pick them up tomorrow. The other suggestions, while good, didn't quite make my cut.

I also just traded for a copy of commandeer which I switched in for my rite of replication.

Any other ideas? I love posting my decks on these forums- you all give me the best advice. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Nin, Command Artist
AgePosted: 2011-Aug-20 11:09 pm 

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A card that might be or might not be fun with your deck is Worldslayer. It is very fun to play a Darksteel Sentinel ATOT and then equiping it with Worldslayer and attacking, leaving you with a 3/3 indestructible, viligance creature that every time it attacks it will wipe out the board again and again, your playgroup won't love you, but you'll laugh a lot :)

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 Post subject: Re: Nin, Command Artist
AgePosted: 2011-Sep-11 5:05 am 
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I ran the worldslayer for a while actually but I found it had two major drawbacks: 1) in the early part of a game I could never spare the expensive mana to play and equip it and 2) sometimes I actually got it out and equipped with an indestructible- and my play group hated me for it. I ended up exchanging it for an easier to play early board sweeper in Chain Reaction which comes in more useful in more games and doesn't royally tick off my friends. lol

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