Devious Cover-Up


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

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Common

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Devious Cover-Up


Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard. You my shuffle up to four target cards from your graveyard into your library.

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Devious Cover-Up Discussion

sceptikal on 85-card Teachings Creatureless Control

1 week ago

QuietMyth: I'm definitely aware of the existence of Devious Cover-Up . I actually have a 60-card list on private that plays 2. Frankly, I don't like it. It feels clunky, expensive, and unreliable to me. I know that playing >60 is less than ideal and I don't think it's douchey to point that out. However, I intentionally chose to not include Cover-Up as I (so far) much enjoy this list compared to my 60-card Teachings list with 2x Cover-Up.

QuietMyth on 85-card Teachings Creatureless Control

1 week ago

It's pretty clear you don't keep up with what's going on in pauper, there is never any reason to play more than 60 cards. Especially now that Guilds of Ravnica gave us a card that does exactly what you want. Devious Cover-Up as a 2 or 3 of means you can never get milled out.

It sounds douchey to you i'm sure when people say "No, cut it to 60" but it's not. It's just the truth.

Njirk on Dragonlord Silumgar

2 weeks ago

Hi there, I'm from the advertise your commander thread.

I used to have a Nin, the Pain Artist deck based on stealing and copying your opponents stuff. I always liked to win using your opponents cards, so its nice to see a deck with a similar theme.

I think your current build has a lot of room for optimization as there are many cards that have strictly or subjectively better counterparts. These are some suggestions for cards I would replace and what with:

I would probably drop the flicker subtheme you currently have because you dont run a lot of creatures and go down a few lands (37 should be fine) in favor of more draw (Rhystic Study & Mystic Remora are nice). Also, one of the good things about black is the access to tutors. By adding tutors you increase the consistency of your deck, as they effectively serve as an extra copy of all the other cards in your deck. Lim-Dul's Vault, Beseech the Queen and Dark Petition are some good relatively cheap ones. (If you want to invest a bit of money in it, Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor are great.)

I hope this helps and good luck with deckbuilding!

PS. Dont forget to comment on the previously posted deck in the 'advertise your commander deck' thread. ;)

Darkshadow327 on Baral Ultra Budget Hate

4 weeks ago

Mana Leak, Last Word, Wizard's Retort, Overwhelming Denial, Devious Cover-Up, Desertion, Countervailing Winds, Bone to Ash, and Countermand are all some counterspells you don't have in here if you want more counters.

Lazriel on Blue Mind Hu-Mill-iation!

1 month ago

I know this isn’t mill, but it is reliant on having a fat graveyard of instants and sorceries and gives you an alternate win condition. I did scan the comments and learned a lot about focusing on mill and how to multiply the effects nicely, but I always like a back up plan. Rise from the Tides. Just one of course, and maybe just in the sideboard. I’m working on a mono blue control deck of my own right now that has the lightest mill using Drowned Secrets to make all blue spells mill spells. I’m only running two because I want to focus on control more than mill. Also from Guilds of Ravnica, it’s a little heavy yeah but works as a counter and helps you not deck out as well: Devious Cover-Up. My deck is also hardcore budget. It’s only 35 bucks cause I’m super poor. Mission Briefing is another card I think will be neat for blue for a long time. I’m not that good at magic or anything though, just some thoughts. And a new favorite of mine, Curious Homunculus  Flip. I don’t have him but Baral, Chief of Compliance does the same thing with card draw potential. He’s probably the better card considering he’s a five dollar card and the Homonculus is 24 cents.

KaladeshKat on Izzet Mill

1 month ago

You need 24ish lands. Only having 18 is going to cripple your win-rate.

You are running some non-optimal cards. Sinister Sabotage is Cancel with an upside. Devious Cover-Up is pointless here. Sabotage is better or you can put in Chemister's Insight.

Chemister's Insight is good in the 4-spot, you can cast it twice and it will mill at least 4 at a time.

Some removal would be good. Lava Coil, Shock, Lightning Strike are all decent red removal.

Overall if you are trying to win via mill with the corrosion effect you need more card draw (as well as a sideboard.)

Newbasaur on Niv Mizzet Combo

1 month ago

Should Devious Cover-Up or Elixir of Immortality be in here.

Awoken_Leviathan on No Mercy

1 month ago

The fact that your relying on the counter spells to keep you alive as you build up to Nezahal as well as protect him once he's out means you'll be using each one you can get your hands on. I'm saying if you come across a particularly removal heavy deck, mill, or even a mirror match then Devious Cover-Up will help you get things back out of the graveyard whether they be more counters or a removed Nezahal.

As for cuts, I might get rid of syncopate, since your opponent will quickly realize you're playing a lot of counters then they'll play less valuable cards first. If you choose to counter those then you'll use quite a bit of mana and the end result is they can let their spell be countered and play a better one directly afterwards. In my opinion the only time it is truly effective is if either A) You're completely mana swamped, or B) Your opponent has a tendency to tap out.

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