Creature — Faerie Rogue
Brazen Borrower can block only creatures with flying.
(You may cast Brazen Borrower from exile if you sent it on an adventure.)
Instant — Adventure
Return target nonland permanent an opponent controls to its owner's hand.
(You may cast Petty Theft for from anywhere that you have the permission to cast this, then exile it on an adventure instead of putting it into your graveyard. When you have not chosen to cast Petty Theft, this card is treated only as Brazen Borrower in whatever zone it is in.)
(Example scenarios for Petty Theft: You may cast this off of Melek, Izzet Paragon . You may not target this with Snapcaster Mage . Thalia, Guardian of Thraben increases the cost of this. Electrodominance requires X=2. You may cast this from a cascade spell if the spell has a cost greater than Brazen Borrower's cost. If you cast a Petty Theft that another player owns, only you may cast the Brazen Borrower that got sent on an adventure, not the owner.)
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|Throne of Eldraine (ELD)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Brazen Borrower Discussion
2 days ago
Boza thanks for your suggestions!
I don't hate Wildwood Tracker in this deck, however I think the ability to play a 3 drop on T2 or a 4 drop on T3 is too big of an upside to cut Gilded Goose or Paradise Druid for it. Additionally, it doesn't play well with Pelt Collector like Gallia of the Endless Dance or Paradise Druid do.
In my opinion, the downside of Lovestruck Beast not being able to attack without a 1/1 is too high to include it in the main deck. Although it survives a Deafening Clarion , Shock , Bonecrusher Giant , or any bounce effect like Brazen Borrower on its own, it will not be able to do anything without the token or a Wildwood Tracker on the board. I think those two cards you suggested pair nicely, but in a different version of the deck, or even a go-wide version with more 1/1 creature support. Also, Lovestruck Beast does not provide enough devotion to help enable Klothys, God of Destiny regularly.
Ilysian Caryatid seems better in a go-big strategy, possibly using for Rotting Regisaur or Polukranos, Unchained . For the T1 Gilded Goose into T2 Domri, Anarch of Bolas play alone, I find having a T1 mana creature to be much more relevant. Additionally, selecting Paradise Druid over Ilysian Caryatid allows my Pelt Collector to trigger on T2.
I am including 2 copies of Sunder Shaman as a mainboard way to fight against the new Gods, as well as any matches against decks running Doom Foretold , Fires of Invention , or other impactful enchantments. It adds 4 devotion for Klothys, God of Destiny which is huge, and is just an overstatted body on its own. I don't feel bad running the 2 copies in the main, as this is a BO1 deck where having a bit of insurance against problematic enchantments could prove to be very helpful.
The one copy of Escape to the Wilds is a way to refill after a sweeper, and actually outperformed my expectations during the last standard season. You'd be shocked with how much pressure you can apply after hitting 2/3 relevant creatures with its ability, which can be enough to push for lethal the turn after you play it. I've only included 1 copy, as I am testing out Klothys, God of Destiny as a way to push the last few points of damage.
Finally, I see Collision / Colossus to be more of a side board option, where this deck is geared towards BO1 play. I think having the ability to fight with Domri, Anarch of Bolas along side its ability to provide mana and a +1/+0 static anthem effect are much more relevant than running a conditional pump spell. It does pair nicely with Embercleave , and can take down a flying threat, however this deck is more focused on pushing through damage to achieve a win on T4/T5 if possible. Holding up 2 mana for this effect is taking away from a turn that I could just play Embercleave or an impactful creature, and the list is pretty tight so I can't justify making 2 cuts for the copies.
Thank you again for your suggestions! Like I said I think they might be suited for a similar deck but aren't the exact effects I am looking to pull off with this build. I hope I explained my decision making well enough, feel free to disagree or build one however you see fit!
3 days ago
pistolpeteiii: Thanks! It's funny; my current standard deck on Arena is also Mono-U, and it is completely different. It utilizes a lot of tempo-control, like Gadwick, the Wizened , Brazen Borrower , and Unsummon , to push win cons like Brineborn Cutthroat . Didn't even put 2-and-2 together that Wavebreak Hippocamp is far more suited to that completely different Mono-U deck.
I will look into your suggestions and see how it goes. The other advice I received was good, but I think was caught up in not distinguishing the two decks I just outlined like me. For example, I had Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer included but opted it out, etc.
Now that I made the distinction I'm going to push this to a better, more clean cut direction.
3 days ago
I like this build, it reminds me of the popular Roon of the Hidden Realm EDH decks. I have a few thoughts that you might like to consider:
First off I think reducing the number of high end cards, and smoothing out the curve a bit will help you out alot here. Meteor Golem really isn't needed if you are using Agent of Treachery to steal everything, and I would much rather devote those 4 slots to something like Cavalier of Gales . It is a great target for Thassa, Deep-Dwelling , provides plenty of blue devotion, along with being an Elemental for Risen Reef, and is a major recurring threat that is hard to deal with without exile effects. A straight up swap of all 4 copies would be ideal.
I think your card draw is going to be good enough through Cloudkin Seer , Fblthp, the Lost , Risen Reef and Teferi, Time Raveler that you won't need to run Guardian Project . It is at a point in the mana curve where you would realistically like to be impacting the board, and this build is looking to get into the late game quickly. I would rather play a ramp creature such as Leafkin Druid to get your Agent of Treachery out earlier, or a removal effect such as Brazen Borrower to give you more time against any aggressive matchups.
Charming Prince seems pretty weak in this build since it doesn't add devotion for Thassa, Deep-Dwelling or have the Elemental creature typing. There aren't too many better options in standard for Elemental creatures without playing , however Cavalier of Thorns is a good card to pair with Risen Reef . The mana is going to be tough though, so sticking to a base and only splashing for Teferi, Time Raveler will help clean up the mana. Alternatively, you could run Gilded Goose instead to get your 3 CMC cards on the board turn 2.
It wasn't mentioned whether or not this was intended to be a budget build, so I am sorry if the cards mentioned are either out of price range or too high of rarity to craft with wildcards on MTG Arena, but the power level in standard is extremely high as of Throne of Eldraine and this deck would need to be tuned pretty well in order to be competitive. I hope you like my suggestions!
4 days ago
I like the build, however I have a few comments regarding the overall play pattern of the deck.
In this build I would absolutely include all 4 copies of Thassa, Deep-Dwelling , with the goal being to complement 4 copies of both Thassa's Oracle and Cavalier of Gales . The ability to manipulate the top of your deck this much every end step with one of these combo pieces out is absurd. With the devotion and body from Cavalier of Gales , and huge body of Thassa, Deep-Dwelling , it gives you a way to win the game through attacking if the Thassa's Oracle plan doesn't come together quick enough. That being said, you would need to go up to somewhere around 25/26 lands to consistently hit your 4th and 5th land drops on time. I think this plan is much more powerful than playing Syr Elenora, the Discerning , so I would cut her.
I think the mix between instant speed spells and sorcery speed spells is a little awkward in this build, especially in the case of Wavebreak Hippocamp . On turn 3 you play your Wavebreak Hippocamp , however don't have mana open to cast a counterspell, card draw, or bounce spell to trigger it. Effectively you took your turn off by playing a low power creature, and left yourself open to a strong turn 4/5 play from your opponent. For this reason I would elect to choose 1 route or another, with the sorcery speed route being more strong in my opinion.
I would elect to play cards such as Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer , Vantress Gargoyle , Corridor Monitor , or even Queen of Ice in your lower curve slots. You want to be slowing your opponent down while you set up big mana plays, and all of those cards provide good effects to do so through blocking/tapping. Brazen Borrower works nicely with those effects, so I would keep that in for sure. Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner is an option to replace some of the card draw you would be lacking if you cut Glimpse of Freedom and Thirst for Meaning , as she would trigger from Vantress Gargoyle , Cavalier of Gales , and Thassa, Deep-Dwelling if you have the devotion. Plus her ability will help you ramp by untapping lands or your Nyx Lotus . Reducing the amount of instants would make cards like Narset, Parter of Veils and The Magic Mirror much worse so I would cut those in this type of build.
So to summarize, I would make sure to include the following:
- Vantress Gargoyle
- Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer
- Thassa, Deep-Dwelling
- Cavalier of Gales
- Castle Vantress + Island to get 25 lands
I would consider adding the following:
I would remove the following:
4 days ago
Argy, I have been playing mono blue devotion. The list that you see posted most often wasn’t getting the job done. I swapped the set of Curious Obsession out in favor of a play set of Wizard's Retort . In this deck is basically Counterspell . I also removed things like Spell Pierce and Dive Down . There just weren’t enough moment’s where they go the job done. I added in more Brazen Borrower and went to a full set of Harbinger of the Tides . Even if I am not bouncing and tapping a lot of stuff for tempo plays I am usually playing my stuff at opponent’s end step so I can leave counter mana up for things I honestly cannot deal with.
I find control to be a decent matchup for me most of the time, as long as I keep Teferi, Time Raveler off the board. I can outlast most of my burn matchups.
Things I have trouble beating are dredge and Gruul aggro. As long as I can stick a Grafdigger's Cage , I can close out games 2 and 3 against dredge with minimal stress. Against the Gruul deck, I can slow them with Tidebinder Mage , but between Gruul Spellbreaker and Embercleave , I have trouble keeping my life above 0. Steel Leaf Champion is also stupid good against this.
5 days ago
jroyhood: Thanks! I didn't take it face value (for example, the Brazen Borrower has worked so well for me I couldn't take out 2). But, I'm going to heavily playtest this new version, having included a lot of your advice.
Thoughts on having Thassa, Deep-Dwelling be included at all? Her ability plays well very well with Cavalier of Gales , Syr Elenora, the Discerning , & Thassa's Oracle , but other than that, she might not be the perfect inclusion. Of course, however, I made this deck because I'm a Thassa fanboy..lol.
6 days ago
I really like this iteration of drawing out your own deck. I think Wavebreak Hippocamp is definitely mainboard material. The ability stacks, so if you can manage to have 2 or 3 out at the same time, you will really capitalize on playing Opt or Glimpse of Freedom . I think you should run 2 or 3 Wavebreak Hippocamp s, a playset of Opt , and a playset of Glimpse of Freedom . In a deck where drawing is your main way to win, it can't hurt to have at least 8 instant draw spells, especially in synergy with The Magic Mirror and the Hippocamp.
I don't see the need for a playset of Brazen Borrower . 2 would be plenty. WIth the amount of draw/scry power already present in your deck, I don't think you would need Castle Vantress . Personally it feels too steep a mana ability to play well.
I would take out Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor and the 2nd Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer and add an additional Omen of the Sea . Narset, Parter of Veils is much more solid from a control standpoint than Kasmina, and offers quicker deck cycling. Although, that last one may be a matter of preference.
Hope this helps! Ultimately how you like to play matters most. I definitely like the structure of this deck, though. Seems like it's really easy to hit Thassa's Oracle and/or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries .
1 week ago
Also, there are plenty of BUG decks already made, I think the idea of a UG tempo/control deck is pretty interesting though. You could replace some of your black removal with bounce spells and add in a few more creatures or planeswalkers to add pressure or to deal with opposing creatures. Courser of Kruphix , Tireless Tracker , and Thing in the Ice Flip come to mind. In any deck (but especially this one) Brazen Borrower will be amazing, I really like Frilled Mystic and Hydroid Krasis , but they might be a bit too expensive to run 8 total. If I were to make a UG tempo deck, I'd have Thing in the Ice Flip, Brazen Borrower , and maybe two other creatures and pack the rest of the deck with Opt , Unsummon , Censor , etc. with room for a few green bombs of your choice ( Tireless Tracker and Hydroid Krasis are good for that).