Disdainful Stroke


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Common
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Common
Promo Set (000) Common

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Disdainful Stroke


Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Disdainful Stroke Discussion

ImtheRealBear on uwr tempo

3 weeks ago

I would recommend throwing two copies of Runed Halo into sideboard, maybe take out Izzet Staticaster and Wear / Tear. Also remove Disdainful Stroke and up the count on Surgical Extraction and Supreme Verdict. It looks like between the planeswalkers and instants, especially with Snapcaster Mage, you have a good bit of removal and counters, if you're looking for two to cut I would cut Lightning Helix. Granted I don't play much red but these are my thoughts. good luck!

Fromberger on UB Faeries

3 weeks ago

Hi, Lothen, I didnt have the opportunity to try the Affinity matchup yet, but its amongst my reasons for putting two maindeck Spell Snare. The sideboard plan would be something like -4 Ancestral Vision, -2 Go for the Throat, +1 Liliana, the Last Hope, +1 Engineered Explosives, +2 Ceremonious Rejection, +1 Damnation, +1 Collective Brutality.

Regarding Tron, Spreading Seas alone wouldnt be enough and after turn 2 I really wouldnt like to tap for it, also Bitterblossom is the ideal play for turn 2, so my plan of choice was even more counterspells after sideboard ( Ceremonious Rejection, Disdainful Stroke, Countersquall ) and the two Thoughtseize as well. The Vendilion and Mistbind Cliques can take care of the rest. Im actually more worried about the Eldrazi Tron matchup, but I played it last week and the sideboard seemed solid as far as I can tell.

The best uses of Pendelhaven I havent tested yet, namely blocking Lingering Souls tokens and surviving Izzet Staticaster, but its a flex slot. I could try Ghost Quarter later, but im not in love with the idea of playing just one (and the manabase could hardly afford two).

The discard spells I intend to try later in some number between 4 and 8, the current focus on counterspells is just the beginning of it. I am new to the archetype and there is a lot to experiment in it. :)

TheAnnihilator on Jeskai Rush

4 weeks ago

Okay, so your sideboard is all over the place. xD My suggestions: go down to 1/2 Wear / Tear, since they are super blank against most decks. Give a one-of Celestial Purge a shot, as it hits everything relevant from Grixis Shadow and Lilianas and Bobs from BGx decks. I also suggest playing the 3rd and 4th Path in the board. 2x Disdainful Stroke for ETron and GTron, Valakut, Death's Shadow, etc., 1x Ceremonious Rejection for overlap with Affinity and Lantern. 1x Engineered Explosives could be good too.

QKey on BUG Midrange

1 month ago

i would cut Serum Visions since the card is to weak compared to jace. I would replace those for 2 additional Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip, 1 more Inquisition of Kozilek and 1 more Dark Confidant.

I would also shift the Maelstrom Pulse to the SB and add an additional Fatal Push.

Tireless Tracker seems very weak to me, i would replace him with Scavenging Ooze.

For the SB:Engineered Explosives seems a bit random. i would run an additional Damnation. 2 Kitchen Finks will not make a big difference versus burn, as well as Disdainful Stroke and Countersquall, i would replace those with 3 Spell Pierce the one Maelstrom Pulse and 2 Obstinate Baloth

For detailed sideboarding plans, i would suggested some rl talking.

HackSlice on Sultai Delve

1 month ago

Yo cant have 6 Disdainful Stroke;'s in your deck

Killzun on The Scarab God Makes His Triumphant Entrance

1 month ago

No problem, Hata98.

I normally don't run many counters. But I always run Negate, Disallow, Counterspell, Disdainful Stroke. Mostly for protection, unless someone wants to go too greedy, lol.

Wonder is really a life saver and a little better than Eldrazi Monument, because I don't always have a board. Some player in my group run a lot of board wipers, and I mean a lot.

NoSoyYucateco on Kess, Champion of the Gods

2 months ago

Looking good. I like the gods idea.

A few thoughts:

Alhammarret's Archive costs a lot and doesn't do anything until something else interacts with it. I'd rather see you have Recurring Insight in here, personally. It has better synergy with Kess and is also a cheaper card, dollar-wise. And it will almost always draw you a lot more.

Gem of Becoming is pretty slow for what it does. Wayfarer's Bauble is a great T1 drop, and you can sac it when you need it, especially after holding mana open for instants you don't cast. Burnished Hart is also very good.

I can't see you paying the awaken cost on Scatter to the Winds. What about Disdainful Stroke instead?

Also, what are your sac outlets like Blood Bairn for?

It'll be fun to see how each of our decks play out.

Rzepkanut on Dr. Whoona, Queen of the Bae

2 months ago

You asked about strict upgrades, check out this article about Beseech the Queen...


Also Perplex is another card I feel can be upgraded because if it's really important for a spell to resolve they just pitch their hand anyways and the tutor effect is so limited. I realize its mainly there to fetch combo pieces but I think you're better off using a better counterspell or a better tutor. Maybe Disdainful Stroke or Deprive or Razaketh's Rite or Sidisi, Undead Vizier. I could see Arcane Denial getting switched out too so you don't have to give your opponent cards. Deck looks great already though!

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