Matchup Mulligan: Dimir ReScaminator

Final Dredge Hand Answer

Hand No. 10: (on the play)

[[Mox Opal|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Brainstorm|]] [[Echo of Eons|]] [[Chrome Mox|]] [[Commercial District|]] [[Burning Wish|]]


You don’t need [[Lion’s Eye Diamond]]! Cast [[Lotus Petal]], [[Mox Opal]], and then [[Chrome Mox]]. With the Imprint trigger on the stack, cast [[Brainstorm]]. Put [[Echo of Eons]] as the top card. From there, finish resolving Imprint, play [[Commercial District]] and Surveil away the blue sorcery. On the next turn, Flashback [[Echo of Eons]].

The EPIC Storm vs. Dimir ReScaminator

the epic Storm

Main Deck

  • 4 [[Ponder]]
  • 4 [[Brainstorm]]
  • 4 [[Burning Wish]]
  • 3 [[Beseech the Mirror]]
  • 3 [[Galvanic Relay]]
  • 3 [[Echo of Eons]]
  • 1 [[Tendrils of Agony]]
  • 1 [[Song of Creation]]
  • 1 [[Gaea’s Will]]
  • 4 [[Veil of Summer]]
  • 4 [[Dark Ritual]]
  • 4 [[Lion’s Eye Diamond]]
  • 4 [[Lotus Petal]]
  • 4 [[Chrome Mox]]
  • 2 [[Mox Opal]]
  • 2 [[Cabal Ritual]]
  • 4 [[Misty Rainforest]]
  • 3 [[Bloodstained Mire]]
  • 1 [[Underground Sea]]
  • 1 [[Volcanic Island]]
  • 1 [[Bayou]]
  • 1 [[Undercity Sewers]]
  • 1 [[Commercial District]]


  • 4 [[Thoughtseize]]
  • 2 [[Echoing Truth]]
  • 2 [[Boseiju, Who Endures]]
  • 1 [[Consign // Oblivion]]
  • 1 [[Grapeshot]]
  • 1 [[Galvanic Relay]]
  • 1 [[Empty the Warrens]]
  • 1 [[Tendrils of Agony]]
  • 1 [[Beseech the Mirror]]
  • 1 [[Echo of Eons]]


Hand No. 1: (on the play)

[[Dark Ritual|]] [[Dark Ritual|]] [[Chrome Mox|]] [[Beseech the Mirror|]] [[Burning Wish|]] [[Misty Rainforest|]] [[Echo of Eons|]]


Let’s get one thing clear about this matchup: you can’t beat everything! They have [[Grief]], [[Daze]], [[Wasteland]], [[Force of Will]], and sometimes [[Thoughtseize]] or [[Stifle]] (but less common). It’s crucial to discern what we can and can’t afford to lose to based on the hand; stay flexible and mulligan wisely.

With these seven cards, we’ve decided we lose to [[Force of Will]] but can beat everything else on the play. In game one situations, Dimir ReScaminator does not have main deck copies of [[Force of Negation]], so we can go all-in with a 60 percent chance of success!

Use [[Misty Rainforest]] to tutor [[Underground Sea]], cast [[Dark Ritual]], [[Dark Ritual]], [[Chrome Mox]] (Imprint: [[Burning Wish]]), and then [[Beseech the Mirror]] floating . If [[Beseech the Mirror]] is countered, we’re a [[Lion’s Eye Diamond]] away from being back in this game. If [[Beseech the Mirror]] resolves, tutor [[Gaea’s Will]] and win the game!

Hand No. 2: (on the draw)

[[Bloodstained Mire|]] [[Misty Rainforest|]] [[Ponder|]] [[Veil of Summer|]] [[Veil of Summer|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Cabal Ritual|]]


You don’t need to be fast! Unlike Grixis Delver, Dimir ReScaminator is not a fast deck. Even with a first turn [[Grief]], there is no additional reach like [[Lightning Bolt]]. The closest thing is [[Orcish Bowmasters]], which can typically be played around. The biggest fear in the matchup is a fast [[Atraxa, Grand Unifier]] off of exactly [[Entomb]]. As mentioned in Hand No. 1, “You can’t beat everything!”

So slow and steady can win the race. It’s better to be slower on the draw as [[Daze]], [[Wasteland]], and [[Grief]] are reduced in effectiveness. The concern for most people would likely be a pair of [[Veil of Summer]] on the draw. Dimir ReScaminator is still a deck with [[Force of Will]] and [[Veil of Summer]] is often on double-duty against discard — it’s actually fine. Let’s make our land drops, tutor some Surveil lands, and not feel pressured to move before the situation calls for it. Be patience!

Hand No. 3: (on the play)

[[Galvanic Relay|]] [[Echo of Eons|]] [[Commercial District|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Veil of Summer|]] [[Galvanic Relay|]] [[Dark Ritual|]]


Don’t be afraid to mulligan! The opposing deck has a lot of interaction and mulliganing versus the discard deck can be scary but this hand loses hard to [[Wasteland]] and pretty much everything else. While [[Commercial District]] does help look for more mana, we can’t protect ourselves with this [[Veil of Summer]] or even Cycle it to draw another card.

Hand No. 4: (on the draw)

[[Misty Rainforest|]] [[Undercity Sewers|]] [[Lion’s Eye Diamond|]] [[Dark Ritual|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Lion’s Eye Diamond|]]


“It’s discard proof, right?” Yeah, I guess so. You could try to find a payoff and a protection spell off of [[Undercity Sewers]] + [[Commercial District]] but it seems unlikely. It would almost be better to pray to draw [[Galvanic Relay]]. You’re roughly 43 percent each turn to draw an action spell, which is higher than before, but I would rather leverage the London Mulligan than play this hand out.

Hand No. 5: (on the play)

[[Echo of Eons|]] [[Ponder|]] [[Brainstorm|]] [[Chrome Mox|]] [[Volcanic Island|]] [[Veil of Summer|]] [[Bloodstained Mire|]]


This is great, a consistent hand that can play a longer game. We even have [[Veil of Summer]] for [[Grief]] or [[Force of Will]]. I would likely play [[Bloodstained Mire]] and pass. You could cast [[Chrome Mox]] (Imprint: [[Ponder]]) as well to play around [[Daze]] if we need to [[Veil of Summer]] on the first turn. Doing so would go down a resource and I would like to [[Brainstorm]] [[Chrome Mox]] back. If they have it all, cool, because losing a [[Ponder]] or [[Brainstorm]] to [[Grief]] plus [[Daze]] would be a fine trade. If an average circumstance happens, we get to [[Brainstorm]] plus [[Bloodstained Mire]] on the second turn.


Recommended sideboarding:


[[Beseech the Mirror|]] [[Galvanic Relay|]] [[Echo of Eons|]] [[Tendrils of Agony|]]


[[Beseech the Mirror|]] [[Galvanic Relay|]] [[Echo of Eons|]] [[Tendrils of Agony|]]

Hand No. 6: (on the draw)

[[Galvanic Relay|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Lion’s Eye Diamond|]] [[Bloodstained Mire|]] [[Dark Ritual|]]


“You can’t beat everything!” Having [[Galvanic Relay]] in hand will beat everything we’re concerned with except exactly [[Grief]] on the first turn. Take the chance! Even if the opponent has it, we can tutor [[Undercity Sewers]] or [[Commercial District]] off [[Bloodstained Mire]] to help find another action spell.

Hand No. 7: (on the play)

[[Echo of Eons|]] [[Lion’s Eye Diamond|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Burning Wish|]] [[Beseech the Mirror|]] [[Brainstorm|]] [[Brainstorm|]]


In post-board games, almost every Dimir ReScaminator deck sides in two copies of [[Force of Negation]]. This brings the odds to draw a free counterspell effect up to 55 percent. If they mulligan, the odds jump to 79 percent. I often say, “we wouldn’t take those odds at a casino, don’t do it here!” What’s the potential upside? Starting the game on a new seven-card hand with a [[Mox Opal]] in play? The risk is so high and the reward is built into the mulligan system. Don’t make bad decisions.

Hand No. 8: (on the draw)

[[Gaea’s Will|]] [[Veil of Summer|]] [[Galvanic Relay|]] [[Bloodstained Mire|]] [[Misty Rainforest|]] [[Underground Sea|]] [[Ponder|]]


People look at any hand with [[Gaea’s Will]] and instantly want to mulligan. But in matchups without a fast clock, it’s perfectly acceptable to Suspend it on the first turn. In fact, this play is even better when you can [[Galvanic Relay]] leading up to it. Additionally, if we avoid [[Grief]], [[Veil of Summer]] can protect [[Gaea’s Will]] — I’m in. Not to mention, the Surveil lands from Murders at Karlov Manor really shine in these types of games.

Hand No. 9: (on the play)

[[Song of Creation|]] [[Cabal Ritual|]] [[Echo of Eons|]] [[Chrome Mox|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Bayou|]] [[Lotus Petal|]]


This hand is deceptively good. We’re can hardcast [[Song of Creation]] on the play. If it resolves, we discard [[Echo of Eons]] end of turn. This sets up a lot of potential success on the second turn. If [[Song of Creation]] is countered, any discard spell puts [[Echo of Eons]] to the graveyard! Allow the opponent to do the work for us.

Hand No. 10: (on the draw)

[[Echo of Eons|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Echo of Eons|]] [[Lion’s Eye Diamond|]] [[Volcanic Island|]] [[Galvanic Relay|]]

Stay tuned for the next article!

I’ll provide my answer in the next Matchup Mulligan.