Do you, like myself, wish for the day when you could slap a Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the Unthinkable down on the table and watch your opponent wince slightly at the thought of having to throw 10 cards straight into the graveyard?
I longed for those days until I saw this new little diddy that we have to play with in M12. All you have to do is add equal parts Jace’s Archivist to Jace’s Erasure.
Most people recognize that the erasure is annoying, but it doesn’t really give you too great of an edge over your opponent as your library is dropped by the same cards that they lose.
What if you could get a little edge, and speed the whole thing up? Well that’s exactly what Jace’s Archivist does for you.
You get a fresh 7 cards, and your opponent gets a fresh 7 cards, but your opponent also has to mill 7 more cards. Now, you’ve just turned Jace’s Erasure into something of an annoyance.
You just put your opponent on a 3-4 turn clock, and, as a blue mage, you have nothing but answers in your hand every turn thanks to Jace’s Archivist.
Building a deck around this gem is all too easy since it just takes 4 Mana Leaks
Mana Leak, 4 Unsummons
Unsummon, and 4 Negates
Negate to ensure that you won’t have to worry about too many things.
The Unsummon works like an effective counter since they are discarding their hands. For added fun, throw in Phantasmal Image
Phantasmal Image to ensure that any creature coming out finds itself staring down its own barrel.
Also worth mentioning, if you happen to have any merfolk mesmerists, you could put those in just for some added color. It will also help when you didn’t have to do anything defensive and have some extra mana to burn at the end of your opponent’s turn. I know two isn’t a huge gain, but it will put their clock down to three turns if you’re playing with the combo out.
See what kind of fun things you can do with these guys, and let us know what you think!