To what extent is one allowed to use prepared notes in a paper magic tourney? To what extent is one allowed to ask players questions between rounds or between games? Are there hard and fast rules for this?
@letseeker Sure then. I think Sphinx is a great call then. If people aren't running swords I think it's a great way to exploit that.
In a vaguely related suggestion. I would for sure test Chalice in this list. (which might seem crazy and might be... but hear me out.) I'm really really high on mainboard Chalice post it's restriction. And this deck looks like it would be great to me. On the high end of the card, you can do sweet things like drop it for 1 on turn 1... which looks great. Taking away Misstep and Flusterstorm (Fluster still pretty much works through Chalice at 1) you have 7 cards that get hit by Chalice (Though you really don't have Brainstorm in?)... compare that to 12-17 that get hit in a lot of Gush decks that run Preordain Brainstorm Ponder GitProbe... Over time they will have so many more dead draws that Chalice can turn into better than an Ancestral. And you can still combo off using Tezz with little problem. Basically, there are commonly played decks who would be hurt by Chalice much more than you.
You can also be gutty and drop a ton of Moxes and then Chalice at zero on turn 1 based on the deck. That kinda play against some Shops variants seems pretty good.
Or you can drop it for 2. That shuts off 4 cards in your deck, 2 of which are Mana Drains. And it cuts off a really good way to beat you. Null Rod or Stoney Silence, which has got to be a big part of and Agro creature plan against you I would think.
Lastly, with Tinker, 3 Thirst, 3 Thoughcast and Tezz, I think the likelihood of Chalice being actually bad is pretty low. Most bad scenarios involve just Tinkering it, or Thirsting it away I would guess... anyway. I'd test it. I like it because I think it just steals a lot of games off the jump, which is why it was restricted in the first place. More now, since people somehow think it's been banned altogether and run a ton of Moxes again.