Guest Meddling: Doom Inevitable (Mirrodin Besieged)
Being invited for guest-meddling, I decided to look into the MBS deck that seems most appealing to me: Doom Inevitable. Although I’d rather get my after work drink with the Mirrans than the Phyrexians, the subtlety and wit with which they are pursuing their goals – though we already know the outcome – hint at a long-term master plan that needs to be admired.
Just to recap, here is the decklist as shipped:
1 Armored Cancrix
1 Barony Vampire
1 Caustic Hound
2 Fume Spitter
2 Myr Sire
2 Phyrexian Rager
2 Pierce Strider
1 Psychosis Crawler
1 Vedalken Anatomist
2 Contagion Clasp
1 Doom Blade
1 Flayer Husk
1 Horrifying Revelation
1 Mind Control
1 Spread the Sickness
1 Steady Progress
1 Steel Sabotage
2 Trigon of Corruption
But let’s start the meddling, tightly sticking to Ertai’s rules of having the featured sets as the card pool and not using rares other than the ones given.
Speaking of those, they already hint at where we are going:
* Psychosis Crawler: calls for card draw, and a lot of it
* Bonehoard: stock the graveyards well, either by using removal or discard
As the Psychosis Crawler speaks of life loss, poison is not an option for this deck. Neither is token generation or graveyard hate due to the Bonehoard.
Other aspects the original list hints at are
* equipment in the form of living weapons, preferably to be used with otherwisely weak creatures
* counter distribution via proliferate as given in the Scars predecessor Deadspread
* removal by -1/-1 counters
* defense as a means for stalling
Going along with the implications of the two rares, the strategy for the final deck can only be to gain card advantage, clear the path and finish. Some life loss on the other end of the table along the way would not hurt either. In order not too dilute this plan too much, I decided to drop the proliferation along with the -1/-1 counter shenanigans. These intentions finally lead to the following list:
1 Psychosis Crawler
4 Phyrexian Rager
2 Pierce Strider
2 Perilous Myr
2 Myr Sire
2 Vedalken Anatomist
2 Doom Blade
2 Go for the Throat
Comments on the cards:
* Psychosis Crawler / Bonehoard: As mentioned, these are the spine of the deck.
* Oculus: This little guy is all we want, a cheap chump blocker contributing to both our goals: card advantage and a well stocked graveyard.
* Phyrexian Rager: Another guy stalling the ground and getting us a card. We won’t whine about the life loss.
* Pierce Strider: Nothing special here, but the three life can make the difference.
* Perilous Myr: A guest star here, this out-of-line Myr supplments the removal suite here and fits well beyond the battlefield.
* Myr Sire: There is his brother, a nasty self-replacing weapon-picking ground-polluting Mirrodin native.
* Vedalken Anatomist: Despite not neglecting the -1/-1 counter subtheme, the ability to tap away opposing creatures while weaking them makes this man a secret weapon for the deck.
* Mortarpod: This one was not featured in the original version of the deck, but for obvious reasons we’ll have a playset: At a low cost we can go ballistic while contributing to the size of the graveyard. Plus: The Pod and the Oculus seem to be made for each other.
* Doom Blade, Go for the Throat: The instant removal suite is split evenly between those two in order to provide versatility.
* Preordain: A deck featuring blue consists of four Preordains and 56 other cards.
* Vivisection: Whatever is true for the Mortar Pod fits for this spell as well.
* Skinwing: An upgrade for our blockers that grants evasion and thus provides incentive for a little attack or two
And for reasons of completeness, here are the cards that did not make it to the build:
* Armored Cancrix, Barony Vampire: Vanilla creatures without a special issue? Perhaps some other time …
* Contagion Clasp, Spread the Sickness, Steady Progress: As stated, proliferate is left out in order not to provide to much diversion.
* Fume Spitter, Skinrender, Trigon of Corruption: No proliferation implies no -1/-1 counter tricks.
* Flayer Husk, Strandwalker: Living weapons are appeling, but we already have our specimen.
* Disentomb: Though being quite useful elsewhere, weakening Bonehoard is not a goal here.
* Caustic Hound: Nice body, lifeloss included but a litte too much burden in the upper right corner of the card.
* Horrifying Revelation, Mind Control, Steel Sabotage: Yes, being sneaky, countering, discarding, milling is what UB do … but our plans are already laid out.
So there we are after clearing out the strenghts of the Doom Inevitable deck while turning down what seems diverting from the final goal. Adapt the attitude of keeping an overview with sadistic wit, plan, observe, react and strike at the right time.
Wolfgang Brandner is a longtime Lament reader. This is his first article for the site.
I don’t think you need proliferate for a Flametongue Kavu to be good. I’d have kept Skinrender before Pierce Strider. Also, compared to Skinwing, Flayer Husk has more synergy with Vivisection and is better on defense because you can reliably equip it twice in the same turn if you have to block after you attack, and Strandwalker’s lower equip cost and bigger butt seem pretty relevant. And if you’re gaining card advantage, Mind Control seems nice…it’s a pretty big 2-for-1 removal spell that also gives you a win condition.
I totally agree with you, i would keep skinrender and mind control too, they offer card advantage without the need for sinergy with other cards, and they count as removal, which is always a good thing.
I almost suggest Corrupted Conscience over Mind Control, but switching to poison damage mid game would slow you down. I agree that Mind Control is great for the direction you’re going with this deck. You can always equip a Mortar to the MC’d creature in case they try to take it back. 🙂
Good article man! Nice, concise, and to the point. Well done.