Doomsday



  • Can we still build a decent Doomsday deck with a single Gush and in the current meta of aggro-shop decks?
    Doomsday decks struggled in a field full of resistors but the field has shifted to a more creature based Shops variety and less resistors. (Mostly due to restrictions)
    I wanted to see if we could put together a Doomsday deck from the bottom up, rather than just changing some cards here and there from an old version of Doomsday.dec.

    In theory, Doomsday would be better than Yawgmoth's Bargain/Griselbrand and the likes, since we can still "go off" with a low life total in the current creature-centric vintage metagame.
    Also, Doomsday could be stronger than Paradoxical outcome, since the artifact count and reliance on artifacts can be relatively lower, reducing our weakness to null rod decks. Although we could still be open to wasteland/strip mine.

    All thoughts welcome.

    Edit:
    Decks for reference

    Doomsday Maniac
    http://tcdecks.net/deck.php?id=22527&iddeck=174034

    Cobra Gush Doomsday
    http://tcdecks.net/deck.php?id=6981&iddeck=50641

    Cobra Gush (No Doomsday)
    http://tcdecks.net/deck.php?id=6868&iddeck=49847



  • The key to Doomsday, in my opinion, is the same as it's always been: Kill your opponent the turn you cast Doomsday.

    Unfortunately, an On-Board Ravager+Ballista makes that impossible. Also, I don't believe Doomsday is a Dark Ritual deck. If anything.

    It's no secret that I love me some Doomsday, so I will share some tips with you; shout out goes to David Szatkowski, who I played at Eternal Weekend at 4-1, so at the time he was doing well and made me realize I really wanted to play the card again.

    Key Questions
    How do you replace 3 Gitaxian Probe and 3 Gush?
    The key here is to play at least 2, and maybe 3 Sensei's Top. The card replaces the top card of your Library, so it can act as a Gush essentially, in that you stack your deck with the standard Gush kill with Gush as the top card, and it allows you to win easily. Sometimes setting up Preordain/Ponder/Brainstorm stacks are tough, so this is a big deal.
    [TOP]
    Gush
    Ancestral Recall
    Black Lotus
    Laboratory Maniac
    Gitaxian Probe
    [BOTTOM]

    Draw Gush. Stack is now
    [TOP]
    Sensei's Divining Top
    Ancestral Recall
    Black Lotus
    Laboratory Maniac
    Gitaxian Probe
    [BOTTOM]

    You Gush, then Ancestral, Etc.

    Removing 6 cards from our deck via Restrictions, while the format is also changing from having a Prison Deck to having a hyper-fast Affinity deck does more than just make us say 'What 6 cards can I play in place of these cards?". We have to entirely redefine the path our deck is designed to take until it's critical turn, how our deck interacts with the current metagame, and we have to determine exactly what cards assist us in taking that path.

    • Jace, Vryn's Prodigy

    This card is giving me headaches trying to figure out exactly what doomsday piles you can play with this card in play, because there is a vast difference in when it's not flipped versus when it is flipped.

    • Dack Fayden

    Dack is really good, but I find myself wondering if a Red Splash is worth it. Red does give us some of the best spells in the format against Workshops, while black gives us great spells against Dredge, and Blue has great spells available against other blue decks. Overall, my question is, is Dack good enough with only 2 or 3 moxes, lotus, and Lotus Petal? Dack does assist our Doomsday Piles, which is always nice.

    • Jace, The Mind Sculptor

    If Dack's mana cost was a concern, JTMS is a worse concern. However, this card undoubtably win's the game.

    • Meditate

    I played this before, in 2010 when Gush was restricted the 2nd time around. That list can be referenced at the bottom of this post. However, there is no way I play Meditate in the current iteration of this deck, in the current iteration of this format.

    • Opt

    I have considered playing this card as another cantrip - Either this or Peek. Peek is nice as it gives information that we can use on our opponent's end step in advance to setting up our Critical Turn. I just really like Opt's new art.

    • Chromatic Sphere

    This card is a great one at it filters our mana to get to Doomsday, and more importantly, it is a mana source, and drawing the card is attached to that mana source, so if you resolve Laboratory Maniac with 1 mana open and 0 cards in your Library, you win the game regardless how many ways your opponent could otherwise remove the Maniac. I did this on stream to beat a Dismember the day Gush/Probe were restricted on MTGO, and it felt FREAKING FANTASTIC.

    How do you keep up with the Workshop decks?
    I was really a fan of Pithing Needle in my Snapcaster deck, to the point where I will be playing this card (Again) in Doomsday's Sideboard. In the past, we named Wasteland so we could use Ingot Chewers to extend through Spheres, but right now I worry more about them racing us or having Ravager+Ballista making losing half our life a really big deal. Pithing Needle on Ravager and/or Ballista is pretty good, and the card also does well vs Dredge.

    What is the best way to beat the Dredge Decks?
    I found Yixlid Jailer is really good, but getting to 1B when you're not playing full power is difficult. Another card I'm a HUGE fan of is Planar Void - It's one of those gems from back in the day that's really good, but it is still Misstepped. Note it's a trigger, not a replacement effect, so you/opponents can still do things like 'Ancestral,Trigger, respond Snapcaster Ancestral'. Pithing Needle is good here as well, and I might be tempted to even sideboard a Bojuka Bog.

    Is Laboratory Maniac and Tendrils of Agony still the best win conditions?
    I'm torn on Laboratory Maniac, but I think you need to keep it. Tendrils isn't actually a card I want to play - without Fastbond and Gushes you won't get the storm count + the Mana to successfully Tendrils someone. There are risks to not playing the Tendrils of Agony (if you don't replace it with a different win condition) - You cannot remove Laboratory Maniac to Force of Will otherwise you die immediately, Swords to Plowshares, Pyroblast, etc. all become a lot more risky for you, and you don't have a successful finisher after Yawgmoth's Will. These are all items I am working to rectify. Other options would be to go back to the Mind's Desire + Becon of Destruction Kill, which has it's own risks, or playing a Monastery Mentor, which I've done a lot of scenarios with to find a Doomsday stack that wins, or Tinker+Blightsteel which you can set up a Time Walk turn with Doomsday, but is mana intensive and requires you to play enough artifacts to support Tinker. Bottom line, there is a great win condition out there - we just need to find it.

    Is Doomsday a combo or a control deck?
    Doomsday is a control deck the same ways Gifts Ungiven was a control deck in the mid-2000's. You control the game until you cast your key spell and the game ends. As such, I recommend playing 1 Dark Ritual, because you can Mystical Tutor for it in a pinch. I also recommend playing a Merchant Scroll as it can find a counterspell or a Gush, and I recommend playing Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor. One card I don't like playing, because I am already playing 2 top-of-the-deck tutors I am not a huge fan of, is Imperial Seal.
    On top of that, I also suggest playing 2 to 3 Doomsday, but also playing a Treasure Cruise and a Dig Through Time.
    Your deck should be designed to go off on turn 3 or 4, and Cruise and Dig both fire at around that time on average, and more than likely can draw you into a Doomsday or a way to get Doomsday. Having 4 Doomsdays always felt like to much even in 4 Gush days, and in the 1 Gush/1 Probe really limits our ways to fire a Doomsday on Turn 3 without too much risk.

    Hopefully this is enough of a post to get discussion going.

    Sidenote: WTF Soly with a very good post. I'm losing my edge.

    Soly Doomsday from 2010: http://www.eternalcentral.com/xtreme-games-08-15-2010-top-8-decklists-coverage/



  • @13nova just want to say great informative post. Thank you for writing all this up!

    Doomsday has always been one of my favorite cards and decks and I hope there is a good 75 out there after since recent restrictions. It is certainly possible it just requires even more thought and analysis which is one of the great parts of playing the deck to start with in my opinion.

    I’ve tried some off the wall lists in the doomsday stack such as running it with Dragon combo and have also tried mono black doomsday with cruel bargains. Those probably weren’t good options. But they were a lot of fun.



  • @poxeveryturn I myself have tried:

    • Careful Study+Unearth combo to shave mana on Laboratory Maniac
    • A handful of Planeswalkers
    • The old Research//Development Kill
    • The Beacon Kill
    • Tinker/Blightsteel Colossus/Time Walk
    • Dark Ritual Storm with Doomsday
    • Flash/Hulk Kill (there isn't a good way to set this up to guarentee a kill because they all require guys)
    • Shared Fate
    • Shelldock Isle, Emrakul, Cloud of Fairies


  • @13nova the shelldock eisle one was fun I’ve tried that before. Never tried hulk/flash but i can see why that would that issues.

    I saw a list trying Barren Glory. I imagine it was horrible and possibly the result of a lost bet, but i would love to see it happen.

    What were you doing with the planeswalkers in the stack? What was your plan there? We’re using them in conjunction with Maniac or alone?



  • @poxeveryturn They were in conjunction with the Laboratory Maniac. They weren't going into piles, but helped start/extend them.



  • @13NoVa
    Great post.
    Been handling some family matters and with work, so, that has left me pretty drained and hadn't checked tmd.

    You actually echoed most of my concerns/thoughts. The reason for me bringing up Doomsday was the fact that lab maniac is such a compact finish and can be very resilient to hate. I was trying to wrap my head around how to use JVP somewhere in a Doomsday list with Gush and Probe down to singletons.
    Jtms would be great but i believe too slow without power. Maybe a one of?
    Even running lotus cobra to try and speed us up, is a liability nowadays and without Gush, it totally relies on fetches to generate the mana we need. Would we really benefit from running off color mox in Doomsday without a storm finish?
    I'm working on a list and will post soon.
    I've just been going back and forth on if I want More than two DRit and an alternate kill or just focus on the maniac finish.



  • I would use Deathrite Shaman before Lotus Cobra with Gush restricted.



  • @john-cox The problem with shaman is it does nothing the turn it comes down, meaning you really only want it on turns 1 or 2. Then again, Cobra costint 2 means I don't want it either.



  • @13nova difference is with a fetch in play and land in the doomsday stack, lotus cobra gives us 2 mana, while shaman would maybe give us 1 that turn. If we aren't looking to "go off" before turn 3, Cobra seems fine as a turn 1-2 play to give us a possible free maniac and free draw from the stack via fetch post Turn 3 Doomsday.
    All that being said, I'm not sure I want cobra anymore either way. It's not needed unless we don't have black lotus. Just another option.



  • @ten-ten I think I play the deck more like I did at Gencon 2013. Here's my list for reference:

    [Business] (37)
    4 Force of Will
    2 Mental Misstep
    2 Flusterstorm
    2 Thoughtseize
    1 Duress
    1 Hurkyl’s Recall
    4 Gush
    4 Preordain
    1 Gitaxian Probe
    1 Ponder
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Sensei’s Divining Top
    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Mystical Tutor
    1 Vampiric Tutor
    1 Merchant Scroll
    1 Demonic Tutor
    4 Doomsday
    1 Fastbond
    1 Yawgmoth’s Will
    1 Laboratory Maniac
    1 Tendrils of Agony

    [Mana Sources] (23)
    2 Dark Ritual
    1 Black Lotus
    1 Lotus Petal
    1 Mana Crypt
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Sapphire
    2 Polluted Delta
    1 Misty Rainforest
    4 Scalding Tarn
    3 Underground Sea
    2 Tropical Island
    1 Volcanic Island
    2 Island

    [Sideboard] (15)
    1 Mountain
    4 Ingot Chewer
    1 Ancient Grudge
    2 Hurkyl’s Recall
    1 Teferi’s Realm
    1 Thoughtseize
    1 Pyroclasm
    1 Extirpate
    3 Xantid Swarm

    Interestingly enough, this was before I went to 4 Gitaxian Probes, so this list is easy to modify.

    -3 Gush
    -1 Doomsday
    -1 Fastbond
    -1 Dark Ritual
    -1 Mox Emerald
    -2 Tropical Island
    -2 Scalding Tarn

    +1 Mental Misstep
    +1 Sensei’s Divining Top
    +1 Peek
    +1 Treasure Cruise
    +1 Dig Through Time
    +1 Rain of Filth
    +2 Polluted Delta
    +1 Swamp
    +1 Underground Sea
    +1 Mox Ruby

    Final List (Without Sideboard)

    [Business] (37)
    4 Force of Will
    3 Mental Misstep
    2 Flusterstorm
    2 Thoughtseize
    1 Duress
    1 Hurkyl’s Recall
    1 Gush
    4 Preordain
    1 Gitaxian Probe
    1 Ponder
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Peek
    2 Sensei’s Divining Top
    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Dig Through Time
    1 Treasure Cruise
    1 Mystical Tutor
    1 Vampiric Tutor
    1 Merchant Scroll
    1 Demonic Tutor
    3 Doomsday
    1 Yawgmoth’s Will
    1 Laboratory Maniac
    1 Tendrils of Agony
    [Mana Sources] (23)
    1 Dark Ritual
    1 Rain of Filth
    1 Black Lotus
    1 Lotus Petal
    1 Mana Crypt
    1 Mox Ruby
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Sapphire
    4 Polluted Delta
    1 Misty Rainforest
    2 Scalding Tarn
    4 Underground Sea
    1 Volcanic Island
    2 Island
    1 Swamp



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