EDH Deck Tech: Nekusar, the Mindrazer
Hello & welcome to this weekly deck tech! This week we’re looking into EDH at a very friendly Group Hug, euhm…I mean Group Slug deck: Nekusar, the Mindrazer.
Now you all might know that I love making people draw cards and be friendly to every player, well this deck does sort of that, in a less friendly way. The goal of the deck is to make everyone draw a bunch of cards, just like a Group Hug deck, but you might punish your opponents for doing so, and they might hate you for it. I need to point out that this deck draws A LOT of hate, so be careful not to die too quickly. Let’s jump into it.
You want to have as many redundant effects like the one your commander offers, to make sure the deck is as effective as possible. So cards like Fate Unraveler, Underworld Dreams, Psychosis Crawler, Spiteful Visions, Niv-Mizzet the Firemind, Kederekt Parasite, Phyrexian Tyranny & Breathstealer’s Crypt. With all those cards you are assured to really punish your opponents from drawing all those cards.
Make like a Group Hug deck and just make everyone draw cards! I’m personally not a huge fan of this strategy since we’ll see some way better way to trigger your Nekusar effects in a bit, but it’s still a legit strategy. If you want, you can pack up some cards like Fevered Visions, Howling Mine, Temple Bell, Dictate of Kruphix, Forced Fruition, Prosperity, Minds Aglow, Kami of the Crescent Moon, Seizan Perverter of Truth, Skyscribing, Fascination, Font of Mythos, Otherworld Atlas & Anvil of Bogardan. But like I said, I’m not a big fan of this strategy, I much prefer the other way to go that I’ll talk about in a bit. Honestly, I’d just play Forced Fruition & Fevered Visions if I were to build a Nekusar deck.
If your opponents are drawing tons of cards they will have to discard some eventually. Also, a whole lot of your cards also hand discarding as a side-effect so it’s a win-win. You need a few cards that take advantage of your opponents discarding, as well as yourself discarding. Some good options are Archfiend of Ifnir, Waste Not, Liliana’s Caress, Megrim, Sangromancer, Shadow of the Grave, Geth’s Grimoire & Bloodchief Ascension. Use discard to your advantage to punish your opponents & benefit you.
Now this is the strategy that I love, this feels much better than going the Group Slug way imo. With these effects you make your opponents draw massive amount of cards in a short period of time and can be repeated fairly often since you have access to so many of them. You can lash out ENOURMOUS amount of damages in a single turn with these. Play some cards like Timetwister, Commit//Memory, Teferi’s Puzzle Box, Molten Psyche, Winds of Change, Whirlpool Warrior, Magus of the Jar, Time Reversal, Day’s Undoing, Time Spiral & Memory Jar. Shuffle up those cards and draw yourself new hands constantly, as well as your opponents!
Another amazing way to deal massive amounts of damage; those effects trigger in the same way as the previous ones, but they also trigger all those discard cards we’ve seen before. You can get insane amount of value from those, with cards like Jace’s Archivist, Windfall, Whispering Madness, Reforge the Soul, Incendiary Command, Dark Deal, Wheel and Deal, Magus of the Wheel, Runehorn Hellkite, Dragon Mage, Wheel of Fortune, Wheel of Fate & Collective Defiance. Spin that wheel!
You’re going to attract a lot of hate, so you need answers to deal with whatever people send your way. Good thing is that you have access to some of the best colours for answers, so you can play cards like Cyclonic Rift, Disallow, Arcane Denial, Crosis’s Charm, Terminate, Evacuation, Counterflux, Dream Fracture, Sudden Spoiling, Hero’s Downfall, Grixis Charm, Swan Song, Blasphemous Act, Decree of Pain, Vandalblast, Baral’s Expertise, Dreadbore, Damnation, Black Sun’s Zenith, Slaughter Pact & Pact of Negation. Grab yourself enough answers to survive a few turns.
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There are some sweet sweet cards that don’t fit in any of the previous categories that just go so well with this deck. Cards like Library of Leng, Venser’s Journal, As Foretold, Thought Vessel (and any other mana rock in your colours to be honest, you need some cheap rocks to accelerate quickly), Nightscape Familiar, Baral Chief of Compliance, Chasm Skulker, Notion Thief (with Laboratory Maniac obviously), Reverberate (or any cheap spell that copies sorceries) & Mizzix’s Mastery. All those cards bring something really helpful to the deck and can be very, very powerful.
That’s it for this week! Go forth and make your opponents hate you for making them draw all those sweet sweet cards! But be careful of all that hate your getting, you wouldn’t want to die too early. I hope you guys enjoyed the deck tech as much as I did. If I missed anything let me know. I’ll see you guys next week for a Standard deck tech!