I always felt Lavamancer was situational. From my personal experience I've beaten the card more often than not. He's mana intensive, does not have haste, can sometimes be staring at an empty graveyard, sometimes my creatures are out of range for him. I can interact with harbinger and tidebinder. He's not useless, I've definitely lost to him before.Quote from sixfootsev3n »4 path is a lot for burn, it shows how much I dislike eldrazi and DSJ. I think typically it's a 2-3.
I've often felt it's very hard to keep up with the amount of lords you have and that my creatures are quickly outclassed. But I will definitely give this a try.
If your ever interested I'd love to get some games in on MTGO, try out your suggestions vs a skilled fish pilot.
Also how insane is grim lavamancer vs you?
We can probably arrange playing a match or two, though I generally prefer to play in competitive leagues.