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Creature — Human Pirate
When Crafty Cutpurse enters the battlefield, each token that would be created under an opponent's control this turn is created under your control instead.
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Crafty Cutpurse Discussion
2 months ago
I would not be surprised to learn Wizards was considering GRN when they printed Crafty Cutpurse. Boros and Selesnya are both known for token generation, and this card makes that strategy pretty dangerous.
That said, I'm not sure how much value Crafty Cutpurse has as a sideboard card though for a number of reasons. First, keeping four mana open is a lot. Second, the card is highly situational--for it to work, not only must you have drawn into it, but your opponent must be using a very specific activation. Even in matchups where it works, you're more likely to draw it at the wrong time or only net a couple soldier tokens. The latter is not bad, but still not that exciting. Third, there are better options with wider applicability. While Crafty Cutpurse can put you vastly ahead, I'd generally rather have a counterspell or wrath. Those at least have general utility, and can be useful whenever you draw them.
2 months ago
So I'm looking through all the cards that will be in standard when Guilds of Ravnica is released and I noticed that Crafty Cutpurse would (possibly) be a sideboard option when going against token oriented decks. Cards like March of the Multitudes and Divine Visitation can be shut down by Crafty Cutpurse
Am I missing something or is this already common knowledge?
3 months ago
You don't need Deceiver Exarch, Crafty Cutpurse or Stunt Double in the deck. I know it's an expensive card but Leyline of Anticipation is a better fit than Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, The leyline is cheaper mana wise to cast and isn't going to draw the board hate Teferi will get.
Also consider a Rogue's Passage
Also 20 Basic lands is not going to cut it, you want about 32 to 40 lands (38 is the sweet spot) and another 8 accelerates, Enchantment, Artifacts, Sorceries, ect that gets more Ramp and or land draw.
4 months ago
Pia and Kiran Nalaar could definitely work, yeah. And the shock damage is surprisingly relevant against small, annoying creatures. But what to cut...I'm not entirely convinced on Dark-Dweller Oracle since I would rather not lose my tokens to get card draw. Thanks for your thoughts! :)
Suns_Champion: Thanks, man! Crafty Cutpurse belongs in the "sideboard" of this deck once I've tuned it a bit further (I can steal opponents' tokens directly, AND do janky things like the ones you mention!). Flameshadow Conjuring and Feldon of the Third Path are both things I've been considering: what would you cut? The only problem with them is that they require me to cast my large things rather than cheat them in somehow...and Rite of the Raging Storm is cute, but it doesn't help me build up a large number of tokens. Hmmm. Similarly to the last thing, what would you cut?
Thank you both for your thoughts!
4 months ago
Nice work! Looks like a good time, +1!
Glad to see phyrexian processor and mimic vat already here.
I like the fact that treasure tokens work for this too! Maybe go heavier into those with some Ixalan stuff.
This might be a little too janky, but Crafty Cutpurse combined with Decent of the Dragons or Mogg infestation makes my mouth water.
8 months ago
So here is the thing. You only need about 40 or so cards that help pirates to make a deck feel piratey. And a lot of these pirates are kinda awful.
Creaturewise, I would cut Brazen Buccaneers, Cloud Pirates, Daring Buccaneer, Deadeye Tormentor, Dire Fleet Hoarder, Dire Fleet Interloper, Slippery Scoundrel, Storm Fleet Spy. They are pretty weak and their payoffs aren't great.
Crafty Cutpurse is a fun pirate who can surprise answer a bunch of EDH strategies. Dreamcaller Siren has some interesting surprise tricks. Kukemssa Pirates lets you steal artifacts from people. Ramirez DePietro is the original badass pirate. Shapesharer is a pirate and lets you copy value pirates, such as neckbreaker. Changeling Berserker is a 5/3 pirate with haste who lets you retrigger ETB effects later. Adaptive Automaton is another lord to help buff your pirates.
Land and mana wise, you want about 44 sources of mana. My rule of thumb is 38 lands, and 6-8 mana rocks for a 3 colour deck. Sol Ring is a staple as well. Signets, Commander's Sphere and stuff, all good. Path of Ancestry also gives a free scry when used to cast pirates.
For enchantments, Call to the Kindred basically is a 2-1 as people kill it before it gets going and it doesn't have great odds of hitting a pirate. Curious Obsession, Navigator's Ruin, Swashbuckling, Trove of Temptation are all low impact or actively harmful. I would cut all them.
For artifacts, you have a lot of eh ones. Pirate's Cutlass is a low impact card, but thematic. Sleek Schooner and Dusk Legion Dreadnought are so weak they aren't even worth playing. Captain's Hook is just +2/+0, menace, as your creatures all have the pirate typing.
Door of Destinies is a powerful artifact in tribal decks that can get out of control pretty easily. Heirloom Blade is a more powerful, impactful weapon to equip your creatures with, as it also lets you chain through your deck. Herald's Horn lets you psudo draw more and gives a cost reduction. Obelisk of Urd is an anthem effect. Stoneforge Masterwork is an equipment that rewards a large boardstate. Skysovereign, Consul Flagship and Smuggler's Copter are both high impact vehicles who are good to tutor up, and from the new set Weatherlight fetches up artifacts when you deal damage which is fun.
For your instant/sorceries, you want to be more high impact or efficient. Duress only hits 1 person in a multiple player game. You also want some flat out draw cards. This is more up to you, but Terminate is good removal. Jace's Ingenuity is solid draw.
8 months ago
Have you considered throwing in some Ratchet Bombs? It's a good way to answer the tokens made from Hunted Horror since it seems like all your removal is black, plus it takes care of all tokens in one shot for 2.
Otherwise it's not the most efficient answer, but Crafty Cutpurse is a pretty fun card to combo up with the Hunted creatures if you find enough mana.
9 months ago
Looks pretty fun; pirates have always been the runt of the Ixalan tribes so I hope this is successful. Some general thoughts:
- You don't mention it in 'what's not working' so I assume you haven't had issues with it, but the lack of card draw in here does stick out. The whole deck is literally built around evasion, so Curious Obsession seems like a perfect fit.
- Spell Pierce might help with the BW token matchup, as you can hopefully decelerate your board buildup to stop them playing their key token-barfing enchantments on curve and just fly over any weenies they manage to get out. If you want to make them mad you could try Crafty Cutpurse - even dropping it on curve is likely to steal you at least a handful of tokens, which you can then use for blocking what they've already got or speeding up lethal. Then, when they do their big play next turn, you cast Siren's Ruse and REALLY ruin their day :)
- About the manabase - again, disregard this if you're making it work, but I don't think Radiant Destiny deserves to be here. This is already a 3-colour aggro deck, so hitting the land drops you need to curve out is already an issue, and you only have 3 lands that support it. I'd say cut it and strengthen the other colours you're having trouble with.
- Kitesail Freebooter needs to be a maindeck 4-of. Aggressively statted, flies, gives you perfect information AND lets you pinch their key curve topper, combo piece, or boardwipe. What's not to like?
I hope this helped, good luck!