The EPIC Storm (TES) is the best Ad Nauseam deck in Legacy, this is because TES is optimized to abuse the card. By this I mean that we’ve intentionally lowered the overall converted mana cost of the deck while turning these cards into accelerants, by now you’ve realized I’m talking about: Chrome Mox, Mox Opal, Lotus Petal, and Lion’s Eye Diamond. That’s not the entire story though, maybe you haven’t realized but TES only plays a single card that can be revealed to Ad Nauseam that costs more than two mana! This is fairly different from Ad Nauseam Tendrils (ANT), which is actually a Past in Flames deck, that plays between three and four cards that cost four mana and then even Dark Petition! It’s fairly easy to see why TES’s optimization of Ad Nauseam make it a very powerful card.
Something to keep in mind that Ad Nauseam is an instant, you can cast the spell in response to a Brainstorm or on an end step. There’s also the “Chrome Mox trick” — which is to cast Chrome Mox, in response cast Ad Nauseam, and in response to Ad Nauseam activate Lion’s Eye Diamond! You do this in order to be able to imprint after Ad Nauseam has resolved and is only viable if you didn’t have a card you could imprint prior to casting Ad Nauseam.
I would definitely keep this opening hand, it’s a turn one Ad Nauseam!
I would start off by playing the Underground Sea and the following it up by casting Lion’s Eye Diamond (Storm 1).
Lotus Petal (Storm 2) and then Mox Opal (Storm 3).
Note: If you cast Mox Opal last, it doesn’t give your opponent the opportunity to decide to counterspell an artifact to shut you off a mana.
Tap Mox Opal and cast Rite of Flame (Storm 4 — ).
Note: You should tap Mox Opal to cast Rite of Flame because if you use Lotus Petal or Lion’s Eye Diamond later on in the turn, you’ll lose Metalcraft, it’s also good to cast Rite of Flame before Dark Ritual because Dark Ritual is an instant which means you can respond to effects such as Daze.
Tap Underground Sea and cast Dark Ritual (Storm 5 — ).
Cast Infernal Tutor, holding priority, sacrifice Lion’s Eye Diamond for (Storm 6 — ).
Note: If you had any cards in hand, Lion’s Eye Diamond would discard them which works very well with Infernal Tutor‘s Hellbent clause.
Cast Ad Nauseam (Storm 7 — ).
Note: I prefer to float in most situations because The EPIC Storm has fewer red cards to Imprint onto Chrome Mox post-Ad Nauseam, where we have plenty of spare black cards such as Thoughtseize or Duress.
Note: I personally like to continue to flip until it’s no-longer safe to flip. This will help you a small percentage of the time if your opponent has something that you didn’t expect, you’ll have additional or spare resources to play around whatever that card may be.
Cast Lotus Petal (Storm 8 — ), Chrome Mox (Imprint: Infernal Tutor) (Storm 9 — ), and then Lion’s Eye Diamond (Storm 10 — )
Cast Rite of Flame (Storm 11 — ) and another Rite of Flame (Storm 12 — ).
Tap Chrome Mox and cast Dark Ritual (Storm 13 — ) into Duress (Storm 14 — ).
At this point it’s safe to cast Burning Wish (Storm 15 — ) into Tendrils of Agony (Storm 16 — ).
Note: Notice how easy it was to get to sixteen storm? If you ever needed to in this scenario, you could continue to play more spells into Grapeshot in an effort to play around Veil of Summer.