Disdainful Stroke


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
Frontier 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
Commander Anthology Vol. II (CM2) Common
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

eliakimras on Vial Smasher & Kraum EDH

2 weeks ago

May I suggest Shadowblood Ridge instead of Temple of the False God. This filter land may help you pay for a turn 2-3 Vial Smasher the Fierce. Also Exotic Orchard and Shivan Reef are not expensive. You might want Ancient Excavation, Steam Augury, Fact or Fiction instead of Frenzied Fugue, Thought Scour and Extract from Darkness for fuel for Delve. Mind's Dilation, Sunbird's Invocation, Stolen Strategy, Fury Storm and Fevered Visions can often win the game by themselves. You might want some counterspells which can also be card advantage: Izzet Charm and Arcane Denial. Disdainful Stroke and Swan Song stop almost everything for cheap. Have you tried Phthisis? Bojuka Bog and Rakdos Charm are good against graveyard decks (which is a popular theme). You may also consider Brainstorm for better control of your draws.

Loizo on Streams of Change

2 weeks ago

Very good deck in my opinion. Maybe just that little Arcane Flight seems slow when Hadana's Climb  Flip does so much more. I read that you're doing with what is around but just saying, the card kills people ;) especially now that you have Tishana.

Also the strength of the pack could be replaced by Gift of Growth which untaps a merfolk Kumena taps and attacks for more... If you find more cuts, Negate is the first counterspell you should get. Then Disdainful Stroke, Essence Scatter, ...

Have fun drowning opponents in merfolk value! It's really nice to see a thread like this on my favourite format

Malikin on Jeskai Control (Mono-Red Hate)

3 weeks ago

multimedia: Wow, thank you so much for the detailed feedback. I want to make sure I address everything you pointed out.

I completely agree with your assesment on the Syncopates. I forgot to update my decklist, but I changed out 2x Essence Scatters for 2x Syncopate and the card has had a big impact in a lot of my games. My counterspell package looks like: 4x Sabotage, 2x Syncopate, 2x Ionize, 1x Negate. I had been running the Ionizes just because it could hit any spell, but I think that having the Syncopate's in the main cover that versatility nicely. I will consider switching the 2x Ionize for 2x Essence Scatter and possible adding a Syncopate, as per your advice.

I like the suggested sideboard package a lot. I hadn't thought of a Disdainful Stroke over the third Negate, partially due to how my local meta has been building their decks, but I can definitely visualize its usefulness in some matchups. I also agree with your assessment on the Extinction & Warbosses additions, I think I just had to justify it before I pulled the trigger, haha.

I really want to run 4x Revitalize as well, as I agree that the card can be really useful in a lot of my matches. It's really hard for me to justify cutting a Chemister's Insight though, just because it is one of my favorite cards in the deck. I do find myself sideboarding a copy or two of it out though almost every match against aggro, so I'll test out the deck with 3 copies and see how it performs.

Thanks again for such a detailed review, I really appreciate the feedback!

DrowZgam3r on Esper Determination

3 weeks ago

Some cards you may want to consider.

I hope some of these suggestions help.

hoardofnotions on Got your divers license?

4 weeks ago

Larick9 thanks for the suggestions and upvote.

I really think Thousand-Year Storm is super cool and I want to build a deck around it, this deck I think has taken a different turn though.

Precognition Field seems like a more restrictive Future Sight. I think I could really use this type of effect though, just need to find a cut. The hard part lol

Thanks for giving your opinion on the card debates, I think I need to update them as Vandalblast is out of budget range and I'm on the Forbid train 100%.

A bigger debate I'm having now is which is better, Disdainful Stroke or Negate?

merflock on U/G(Simic) Guilds of Ravnica Merfolk

4 weeks ago

For me Disdainful Stroke has been better than essence scatter, being able to counter Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and other control finishers while also being able to deal with Lyra Dawnbringer and other cards from the Boros midrange deck, whick is a bad matchup.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Flame On (Grixis Control)

1 month ago

TheAlexGnan the last few days I've been testing game 3 vs Tron whenever I have 5 minutes (with Tron sideboarded to the best of my ability). I have a decent win percentage (I haven't been tracking) but not as good as I think is necessary. I'm surprised and impressed that you're 6-6.

Surgical Extraction without a ld effect is really bad. And surgical with ld still leaves me way down on cards. I've actually lost quite a few games because I stumbled after getting them off of Tron, which seems a bit awkward.

For now I'm going up to 2 Field of Ruin and 4 Fulminator Mage and 4 Anger of the Gods in the sideboard. It's probably not correct to be all-in on those cards, but I won't know for sure unless I test a bit.

We also have Damping Sphere available. From the testing I've done with it before, it is actually really effective. They can get around it by hardcasting (like always) or with Oblivion Stone, but it might be worth looking into doing a 2-2 Fulminator-Damping split.

Disdainful Stroke is fantastic vs Tron and I can imagine how good it is vs Primeval Titan, however I really think I'll miss the extra Countersquall vs burn and storm. I'm not sure which is more relevant, but I suspect the Countersquall will win me over in the end.

I dropped the 2nd Countersquall because I found I was flooding on counterspells a little bit too much vs tron, which is a problem I noticed when playing Delver.

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