Chart a Course


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Uncommon

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Chart a Course


Draw two cards. Then discard a card unless you attacked with a creature this turn.

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Chart a Course Discussion

legendofa on Gonti / Use their wincon

1 day ago

This is one of my favorite casual archetypes, and nice execution here. I would suggest cutting the Sultai Charms and maybe a couple of Chart a Course for some 1-mana discard, like Duress or Thoughtseize, depending on your budget. It's not truly ramp, but adding some 1-2 mana control pieces like discards and counterspells help get you the time you need. I also suggest adding at least two more lands.

How is Villainous Wealth working for you? I've never been able to get it running right without a much heavier green presence. Is it treating you better?

ZorrosRage on 10-Bolt Wizards

3 days ago

I really enjoy Distortion Strike in my wizard deck. Def recommend it with rebound. Lets you get in. I also liked Spell Pierce

Haven't played with Mission Briefing yet def need to get some of them

maydaymayes on Merfolk Menagerie

1 week ago

Shoku I like Status / Statue over cast down for sure. But I really think the deck needs Chart a Course although I can understand branchwalker taking it's place because it helps your draws. Worth testing that slot.

Orion93 on Is the new Lazav good enough for standard?

1 week ago


Probably the only decent mention was Chart a Course . I won't be attacking super early but it could be useful late game. I'll likely add Chemister's Insight instead though just for instant speed playability.

dropping out detection tower for 2 more multicolored lands as well.

I like Lazav being able to push through late game if I've got a doom whisperer in grave. Or he can hinder key attackers by becoming a predator on my turn.

enhanced surveillance fills both purposes. It filters my draws and it can put my early game throw aways back into my deck.

Thanks for trying. The deck doesnt need much focusing. Its pretty much how I want it right now. I have 16 surveil triggers and 6 creatures that benefit from it. I'll play with a couple numbers but not all. 4 phantasms is too many and 4 spybugs is too slow.

Finix54eva on Is the new Lazav good enough for standard?

1 week ago

Hi Orion93

Firstly, Shalai, Voice of Plenty isn't a problem as board wipes with 'all' and not 'each' will hit creatures with Hexproof. Second, you can remove Nullhide Ferox's Hexproof using his own ability and Shalai, Voice of Plenty, herself, doesn't have Hexproof. Thirdly, if you are going to use Lazav, the Multifarious you need to have creatures in your graveyard and I don't see you running worthwhile creatures to copy.

If you are running for surveil then run 4 Dimir Spybug and 4 Thoughtbound Phantasm as they are going to become the important parts of your deck.

You say that Enhanced Surveillance serves to throw away unneeded cards away, but then you say it is used to save your graveyard from exile, so what perpose does it serve if you are just putting the unneeded cards back into your deck again.

Dimir and control decks like it live mostly in the opponents turn so having more instants than sorceries, having creatures with flash and low cost sorceries will help you conserve mana for your opponent's turn, in order to respond to their plays properly.

Overall, I your deck needs to be more focused on what it is trying to do whether control, mill, graveyard control, etc. I do suggest that you, in this type of deck run Chart a Course instead of Notion Rain as I feel in this current deck you are going to attack instead of going for other means of winning, and because Chart a Course is cheaper than Notion Rain and you don't lose life when you use it.

In conclusion you should rethink your deck and come up with a better one which is more concentrated on what you want to do in your games.

Good luck with your deck and come back to me when you've had some development.


Gcen on Mono Blue Tempo (Budget & Competitive)

1 week ago

Hey! I love this deck and your description as well! My deck is really similar to this build. I am really intrigued about giving this deck a surveil theme though. Thoughtbound Phantasm seems really strong especially in combination with Nightveil Sprite which we run in this tempo deck anyway. And like you said, cards like Mission Briefing and Unexplained Disappearance seem nice as well. But what would you take out? I'd imagine to take out: 4x Mist-Cloaked Herald, 2x Exclusion Mage, 2x Wizard's Retort and take in: 4x Thoughtbound Phantasm, 2x Unexplained Disappearance, 2x Sinister Sabotage and somehow Mission Briefing as well. Maybe for Spell Pierce or Chart a Course? I could also see changing Chart a Course into Discovery / Dispersal.

What do you think? :)

ZorrosRage on (Budget) UR Wizards

1 week ago

Being able to get 2 cards has made the Chart a Course feel worth it, and more like I have gas most of the time. It can be clunky if you can't attack but I like it at 2.

Distortion Strike just feels like an all star most of the time when you get it. If they don't wipe your creatures it's +2 power with prowess and direct hits with a single creature over 2 turns.

saj0219 on (Budget) UR Wizards

1 week ago

I really like the idea of Distortion Strike, though I don’t know where I’d put it yet.

I considered Chart a Course, but didn’t like the non-synergy of needing to wait until after I attack to avoid discarding a card, which would pump my prowess creatures to no effect. Has it worked well for you though?

Thanks for the suggestions!

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