Devious Cover-Up


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful 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

TheUtterEnd on Marine Biology & The Benthic Zone

1 week ago

I have built a similar deck and the main win condition is to have the Peregrine Drake and Scrivener or Archaeomancer on the field with Capsize and Ghostly Flicker or Displace in your hand with the other Ghostly Flicker or Displace in your graveyard. You will need 9 mana with at least 3 blue. Now you can Capsize your first target permanent (Yes, even Lands!!). Now cast Ghostly Flicker or Displace targeting Peregrine Drake and Scrivener or Archaeomancer . Peregrine Drake will re-enter and untap 5 lands, Scrivener or Archaeomancer will re-enter targeting Ghostly Flicker or Displace in your graveyard, returning it to your hand. Do this one more time and all your lands will be untapped and you can now Capsize your next target and start again. Demonstrate the loop and you will be able to bounce-back all of your opponents' permanents. You can then attack, pass the turn and Capsize your opponents' lands on their turn as soon as you have priority. Other tips is that Capsize is critical so you may want to wait until you have 11 mana (5 blue) and hold up a Counterspell to protect your Capsize . I also run a Ulamog's Crusher and will leave two potentially problematic permanents an opponent controls and let Annihilator 2 destroy them. Devious Cover-Up is another card that should be considered for this build. It can exile someone else's Capsize and shuffle four cards from your graveyard back into you library. This deck is good at digging and will generally be able to survive until you can assemble your combo. If anyone is considering it, do it. Tatyova, Benthic Druid is a fun commander and don't be afraid to run 40+ lands, this will help Tatyova, Benthic Druid dig out the combo pieces with land drops.

Quadsimotto on Who Wants to be a MILLionaire?

1 month ago

You may be one of those people but you are not using the petitioner so aces on you. You will need a mainboard way to get rid of Nexus. Devious Cover-Up is ideal i think. Perhaps a single copy? Corrosion seems to be your heavy workload card here in conjunction with the verity circle.

Jagd_Tallgeese on Second Rise of the Gravetide

1 month ago

Excalibur478, the previous version of this deck actually ran no counter spells in place of counter creatures, but it was consistently blown out by graveyard hate decks. There is also the problem that I can not flash in Mystic Snake from the graveyard on an opponent's turn when they drop something like a Rest in Peace. I can look in to reducing the number of counter spells or just removing the bad ones like Devious Cover-Up .

sceptikal on 85-card Teachings Creatureless Control

2 months 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

2 months 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 months 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

3 months 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!

3 months 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.

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Devious Cover-Up occurrence in decks from the last year

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