Deck Guide of the Day: Ad Nauseam

While this deck may kil with Ad Nauseam, it is still very much a Lotus Bloom deck. The fast mana it provides completely changes the dynamic of how this deck plays out. An opening hand with a Lotus Bloom can commonly win the game on turn 4 even through some of the various forms of disruption Modern has to offer. A Pentad Prism helps with acceleration and Simian Spirit Guide can be exiled in a pinch, but the real power comes from the suspended Black Lotus.

Ad NauseamLotus BloomPentad PrismSimian Spirit Guide

Ad Nauseam, in conjunction with Angel’s Grace or Phyrexian Unlife, will win the game every time. Both of these white cards will allow you to survive despite falling below 0 life this turn, so you can draw your entire library with the Ad Nauseam. With access to your entire library, you can simply pitch Simian Spirit Guides to cast a Lightning Storm and all of these lands now in your hand to win the game.

Angel's GracePhyrexian UnlifeLightning Storm

This isn’t the only way to win the game, however, with Grace or Unlife. Laboratory Maniac can also get the job done. If you cast Ad Nauseam, resolving a Maniac and then drawing a card is going to require both a greater and more challenging mana requirement, since Lightning Storm only needs Simian Spirit Guides to be cast. You can win without Ad Nauseam, however, by combining the white spells with Spoils of the Vault, going through your entire library with the Maniac in play, and eventually drawing a card with your empty library to win.

Laboratory ManiacSpoils of the Vault

Serum Visions and Sleight of Hand, while not the best card selection spells in the history of the game, are what you have to work with in Modern. Costing only a single mana is important in both finding the combo and being able to suspend a Lotus Bloom that you may find on turn 1 before passing the turn.

Serum VisionsSleight of Hand

Pact of Negation is the final piece of the main deck puzzle as it’s a free counter that will make sure your Lightning Storm resolves. More importantly, it can force through an Ad Nauseam or even counter a big spell on your opponent’s turn when you can’t pay for the Pact since Angel’s Grace will save you. You can cast Angel’s Grace with the Pact trigger on the stack and then go on to win the game with Spoils or Ad Nauseam the same turn!

Here’s the full list:

Creature (5):

1 Laboratory Maniac
4 Simian Spirit Guide

Spells (35):

4 Serum Visions
4 Sleight of Hand
3 Pact of Negation
4 Angel’s Grace
3 Spoils of the Vault
1 Lightning Storm
4 Ad Nauseam
4 Lotus Bloom
4 Pentad Prism
4 Phyrexian Unlife

Lands (20):

4 Darkslick Shores
4 Gemstone Mine
1 Island
1 Plains
4 Seachrome Coast
4 Temple of Deceit
2 Temple of Enlightenment

Sideboard (15):

1 Pact of Negation
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
1 Slaughter Pact
2 Thoughtseize
3 Hurkyl’s Recall
3 Spellskite
4 Leyline of Sanctity

A wide portion of the decks in the format are favorable matchup for Ad Nauseam, and I really believe this to be true. Infect, however, is so bad that it alone could make this deck unplayable in a regular tournament. Though, if you like this strategy, and like to turn 4 people with very little thought, this is the right deck for you!

Thanks Everybody for reading,

Andreas

 

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