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Ruin Raider
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Type: Deck Idea
Variant Tag: conConstructed
Format: Vintage
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Main Deck - 100 cards, 90 distinct
Name  Edition Price Type Cost
Rarity Color
Creature (28)
1 Body Double
$0.62 Creature - Shapeshifter
1 Cemetery Puca
$1.97 Creature - Shapeshifter
1 Clever Impersonator
$5.59 Creature - Shapeshifter
1 Consuming Aberration
N/A Creature - Horror
1 Cryptoplasm
$0.79 Creature - Shapeshifter
1 Dimir Doppelganger
N/A Creature - Shapeshifter
1 Dreamborn Muse
$0.65 Creature - Spirit
1 Duskmantle Guildmage
$0.76 Creature - Human Wizard
1 Evil Twin
$0.28 Creature - Shapeshifter
1 Fathom Feeder
$0.32 Creature - Eldrazi Drone
1 Geth, Lord of the Vault
$9.46 Legendary Creature - Zombie
1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
$0.57 Legendary Creature - Aetherborn Rogue
1 Havengul Lich
$1.70 Creature - Zombie Wizard
1 Hedron Crab
$3.86 Creature - Crab
1 Lazav, Dimir Mastermind
N/A Legendary Creature - Shapeshifter
1 Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker
N/A Legendary Creature - Vampire
1 Nemesis of Reason
$7.00 Creature - Leviathan Horror
1 Nightveil Specter
N/A Creature - Specter
1 Notion Thief
$0.64 Creature - Human Rogue
1 Oona, Queen of the Fae
$5.64 Legendary Creature - Faerie Wizard
1 Phenax, God of Deception
$8.28 Legendary Enchantment Creature - God
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
$8.59 Artifact Creature - Shapeshifter
1 Sepulchral Primordial
$2.37 Creature - Avatar
1 Sire of Stagnation
$1.12 Creature - Eldrazi
1 Stunt Double
$2.48 Creature - Shapeshifter
1 Thada Adel, Acquisitor
$3.44 Legendary Creature - Merfolk Rogue
1 Vizier of Many Faces
$0.45 Creature - Shapeshifter Cleric
1 Wrexial, the Risen Deep
$1.95 Legendary Creature - Kraken
Instant (9)
1 Cyclonic Rift
$16.79 Instant
1 Desertion
$3.02 Instant
1 Grisly Spectacle
$0.17 Instant
1 Hero's Downfall
$3.00 Instant
1 Induce Paranoia
$0.19 Instant
1 Insidious Will
$0.58 Instant
1 Memory Plunder
$0.88 Instant
1 Psychic Spiral
$0.25 Instant
1 Psychic Strike
$0.18 Instant
Sorcery (10)
1 Extract from Darkness
$0.25 Sorcery
1 Increasing Confusion
$1.33 Sorcery
1 Life's Finale
$2.30 Sorcery
1 Mind Grind
$2.20 Sorcery
1 Necromantic Selection
$0.61 Sorcery
1 Rite of Replication
$5.06 Sorcery
1 Startled Awake
$2.16 Sorcery
1 Stolen Identity
N/A Sorcery
1 Traumatize
$1.96 Sorcery
1 Whispering Madness
$0.51 Sorcery
Artifact (13)
1 Altar of the Brood
$3.10 Artifact
1 Darksteel Ingot
$0.65 Artifact
1 Dimir Cluestone
$0.33 Artifact
1 Dimir Keyrune
$0.24 Artifact
1 Dimir Signet
N/A Artifact
1 Keening Stone
$1.50 Artifact
1 Mesmeric Orb
$22.36 Artifact
1 Mimic Vat
$1.54 Artifact
1 Mindcrank
$0.80 Artifact
1 Sol Ring
$3.61 Artifact
1 Spectral Searchlight
$0.21 Artifact
1 Talisman of Dominance
$1.27 Artifact
1 Trepanation Blade
$0.21 Artifact - Equipment
Enchantment (3)
1 Fraying Sanity
$2.76 Enchantment - Aura Curse
1 Mind's Dilation
$4.33 Enchantment
1 Sphinx's Tutelage
$2.34 Enchantment
Planeswalker (1)
1 Jace, Memory Adept
$5.51 Planeswalker - Jace
Land (36)
1 Bojuka Bog
$2.00 Land
1 Choked Estuary
$1.63 Land
1 Command Tower
$1.61 Land
1 Darkwater Catacombs
$1.97 Land
1 Dimir Aqueduct
N/A Land
1 Dimir Guildgate
$0.25 Land - Gate
1 Dismal Backwater
$0.28 Land
1 Dreadship Reef
$0.29 Land
1 Drowned Catacomb
$6.93 Land
1 Duskmantle, House of Shadow
$0.25 Land
1 Ghost Quarter
$1.80 Land
7 Island
N/A Basic Land - Island
1 Jwar Isle Refuge
$0.29 Land
1 Lonely Sandbar
$0.21 Land
1 Maze of Ith
$17.28 Land
1 Nephalia Drownyard
$0.63 Land
1 Opal Palace
$0.46 Land
1 Rogue's Passage
$0.25 Land
1 Secluded Glen
$4.93 Land
1 Submerged Boneyard
$0.22 Land
1 Sunken Hollow
$2.92 Land - Island Swamp
5 Swamp
N/A Basic Land - Swamp
1 Temple of Deceit
$3.24 Land
1 Vivid Creek
$0.34 Land
1 Vivid Marsh
$0.30 Land
1 Watery Grave
$9.05 Land - Island Swamp
Sideboard - 0 cards, 0 distinct
No cards here. :(

Cards I need:
Sword of Body and Mind
Mirage Mirror

More card draw?
More ramp?
Graveyard hate?
Mind Funeral/Glimpse the Unthinkable - Efficient mill
Black Sun's Zenith/Decree of Pain - Boardwipes
Syphon Mind - Card draw that can also enable Lazav
Imprisoned in the Moon - Pretty slow removal, but it can answer almost anything, including annoying commanders
Nighthowler - Fast finisher
Guiltfeeder - Fast finisher
Ashiok - Early presence and potential to steal big stuff early
Animate Dead - Cheap creature theft
Phyrexian Arena - One-time mana investment for a lot of cards in the long run
Aetherspouts - Good for staying alive, while also putting stuff on top of library for milling. Only deals with one player, though
Mirror Gallery
Infinite Reflection
Whispersilk Cloak - Unblockable Lazav with Trepanation Blade? Or just make a clone unblockable so I can ninjutsu it back to upgrade it
Ninja of the Deep Hours - Reuse clones
Grave Betrayal - I'm probably not killing that many creatures, but stealing dudes when they die is... nice
Fool's Demise – Steal their dudes one at a time... provided they die
Diluvian Primordial - More playing their cards. Likely to play at least 2-3 spells, while Mindleech Mass might never connect
Blatant Thievery - Good thievery
Altar of Dementia - More mill, and stop Homeward Path etc
Memory Erosion - More mill
Jace's Mindseeker - Too small effect?
Clone - Pretty boring clone, but probably have enough other clones
Liliana Vess - Mostly here for the Rise of the Dark Realms ulti, but getting there is slow. Forcing discard can however help Lazav, and she can serve as a tutor when needed.
Mindshrieker - It probably doesn't do enough, only milling a single card, but it's repeatable and an early play
Hedonist's Trove – With only two colors, there's a limit to how many cards I can play from other players' graveyards, though being able to play their lands and playing multicolor lands will help. I do need some graveyard hate
Perplexing Chimera - Some chaos could be fun
Dragonlord Silumgar - Some control magic on a deathtouching stick
Chancellor of the Spires - Steal some spells, and perhaps start with some mill
Lord of the Void - Huge flier that "mills" and steals stuff
Scion of Darkness - Reuse bombs in their graveyards, with a big flier that can be cycled if stuck on lands
Sphinx Ambassador - Flier with repeatable, controllable creature theft
Szadek - Repeatable mill that can get pretty big
Supplant Form - "Removal" with an instant speed clone
Clone Legion - Should be a good finisher
Followed Footsteps - New dudes every turn
Winds of Rebuke - Bounce + "mass" mill
Burnished Hart - Ramp
Manic Scribe - Early play, and possibly repeatable mass mill, but delirium is probably too hard to trigger
Everflowing Chalice - Ramp
Beacon of Unrest - Reusable theft
Memory Lapse - With lots of mill available, this can work as pretty much a hard counter
Counterspell - Just a good counterspell
Silumgar's Command - Good versatility
Dig Through Time - Strong card selection
Identity Thief - Can attack as the best creature on the board each turn
Leyline of Anticipation - Play everything at instant speed
Perplex - All three modes are useful, but it can miss out on countering a crucial spell
Saheeli's Artistry - Can clone two things
Gigantoplasm - Can clone a utility creature and still have it be useful in combat
Corrupted Conscience - A Control Magic that makes almost any creature into a real threat
Mirror Match - Protect myself from a big attack, and possibly get a bunch of ETB triggers
Psychic Intrusion - Hand disruption and stealing something, but quite expensive
Talent of the Telepath - Mill + spell theft, but I'm not that likely to get spell mastery with the current spell count
Arcane Denial - Decent counterspell
Mind Harness - Very cheap control magic, but restrictive and only temporary
Necrotic Ooze - Pretty good with mill
Avatar of Woe

Creeping Tar Pit
Coral Atoll?
Thespian's Stage
Shizo - Get Wrexial etc through


Considered cuts:
Notion Thief - Steal their draws? This fits better in Nekusar
Mimic Vat - I know it says Mimic, but I can only imprint creatures that die, not those that get milled
Startled Awake - Too expensive to keep going?
Maze of Ith - Doesn't tap for mana
Duskmantle - Mills only one at a time, so a colored source might be better
Thada Adel
Cemetery Puca

Control Magic - Limiting the number of this type of spells. Would rather take any permanent (Take Possession, Volition Reins), or have this on a stick (Keiga)
Millstone - Too slow
Shapesharer - Most clones lose their Shapeshifter creature type, making this not very effective
Fiend of the Shadows - Requiring me to pay mana for the spell is going to be difficult unless I'm playing against UB decks
Cackling Counterpart - Can be used twice, but can only copy stuff I already have
Tempt with Reflections - Don't really want to offer other people clones
Mirror Mockery - Placing this on an opponent's creature probably isn't going to get me much stuff...
Illusory Gains - Don't want my opponents to decide who I control
Volition Reins / Take Possession - Take any permanent, but probably too expensive
Neurok Stealthsuit - Not sure I need to protect any specific creatures, since I might be able to get most back from graveyards, and Lazav has hexproof anyway
Pilfered Plans - Card draw and a little bit of mill, but probably too small
Polymorphous Rush - An on-theme finisher, but quite expensive and not guaranteed to be useful
Reduce to Dreams - Soft reset of the board, but probably too narrow
Aetherling - It's a shapeshifter, but other than that it doesn't really fit
Circu - Doesn't really do anything
Mercurial Pretender - Reusable clone, but can only copy my own creatures
Mind Stone - Playing more colored ramp
Vesuvan Shapeshifter - Reusable clone, and morph is fun, but the timing restriction is kind of awkward and 5 mana is a bit expensive
Grindclock - Pretty slow (replaced with Mesmeric Orb)
Faerie Conclave - Quite minor benefit at the cost of coming into play tapped. A 2-power attacker is unlikely to do much in a multiplayer commander game, but could be an unblocked attacker for ninjutsu
Mindleech Mass - Quite expensive
Ink-Eyes - Not very likely to get more than one creature, though the regen might help
Sakashima's Student - Too many clones already, and this is probably the worst of them since I probably won't be attacking all the time
Soul Manipulation - Can only counter creatures, but can get back a clone
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