First, you make sure you can’t take Eldrazi Temple
, as that’s the actual best card in the opponent’s hand. Given that that’s off the table, you’ve got some good options.
You can rule this one out pretty easily. The opponent can cast Thought-Knot
without it, and taking Endbringer
is better than taking the Spirit Guide
used to cast it. It gets tougher after that.
Often with discard, especially discard on a 4/4 body, you want to take the card that the opponent can play next. It makes them skip their next turn, and lets you increase the pressure you are placing on them. In this case, the opponent can play either Thought-Knot or Dismember
, so there’s no way to prevent them from having a good play on the subsequent turn.
It’s tempting to take the only removal spell. Taking Dismember means the opponent will play a Thought-Knot
on their next turn, likely taking Reality Smasher
. At that point, you can attack and offer the trade—a trade the opponent is likely to turn down. They will then play Endbringer
, and you will be in a terrible spot. Given that your Thought-Knot isn’t racing effectively and can’t even attack past Endbringer, taking Dismember isn’t very appealing.
means that the opponent is likely passing the turn with Dismember
up. Even if you draw a 2-mana land, playing Reality Smasher
exposes it to Dismember, while costing you your City of Traitors
. Your next play is probably just attack with Seer, have it get Dismembered, and play Eldrazi Mimic
. The opponent then plays Endbringer, and you hopefully topdeck a land to play Smasher, and hit for 10. The opponent then
locks down the board with Endbringer. Bad times, and a reason to not take Thought-Knot.
The way all of these lines play out, you lose to Endbringer
. The opponent has too much defense in Dismember
, so you are unlikely to end the game before you meet the End. As such, you should take Endbringer and hope to topdeck better than the opponent. You are behind, but taking Endbringer gives you the most time to attempt to draw out of the situation.
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