Disdainful Stroke


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful 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 2018 (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.

Disdainful Stroke Discussion

Murphy77 on Count on Elves M

1 week ago

Thanks djnewellmit,

Agreed Disdainful Stroke is more versatile than Negate . I must admit that I overlooked it and have been using Quench as my fall-back. I will certainly sleeve up this deck and try it out at an FNM.

djnewellmit on Count on Elves M

1 week ago

Disdainful Stroke is a great sideboard card. I would recommend it over Negate , or at least a 2/1 split. The only spell that I even care about that Negate can hit that Stroke can't is Deafening Clarion . Otherwise, Stroke answers every sweeper and planeswalker that must be answered. Goblin Chainwhirler and Thief of Sanity are problematic creatures, but that's why you have the Incubation / Incongruity in the 75. As a benefit of running the adapt package, when you leave mana up for an end of turn adapt, it gives you the counter-magic option.

Loizo on Self-mill Jace

2 weeks ago

Yes but with at least 4 counterspells ( Negate Essence Scatter Disdainful Stroke and Hornswoggle and without Clear the Mind . Please explain to me why you think it's good (it's a sorcery so it won't save you from Vraska's Contempt or Bedevil .)

multimedia on Can't save description on deck

3 weeks ago
[[card:Disdainful Stroke]]

In your description above Stroke is missing the second ending bracket. That's causing the bad brackets error.

HollowProphet on Can't save description on deck

3 weeks ago

Deck: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/where-is-your-scarab-god/

I know the error happens in the "Swaps:" section and below because if I take it out, the deck saves. How do I fix it?


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My first non-precon build. Please, check the acquireboard before suggesting anything that is already on my list. I am going for graveyard play and mill with that zombie theme. 

### **_Updated: 3/31/19_**

### **Cut:**

- [[card:Swamp]]

- [[card:Call to the Grave]]

- [[card:Paradox Haze]]

- [[card:Counterspell]]

- [[card:Disdainful Stroke]]

- [[card:Swan Song]]

- [[card:Negate]]

### **Add:**

- [[card:Mana Confluence]]

- [[card:Fleshbag Marauder]]

- [[card:Unbreathing Horde]]

- [[card:Entomb]]

- [[card:Diabolic Tutor]]

### **Undecided:**

- [[card:Whispering Madness]]

- [[card:Endless Ranks of the Dead]]

### **Swaps**

- [[card:Entomb]] for [[card:Diabolic Tutor]]

- Take out one [[card:Swamp]] - [[card:Mana Confluence]] is already in the decklist.

- [[card:Fleshbag Maruder]] for [[card:Disdainful Stroke]

- [[card:Unbreathing Horde]] for [[card:Paradox Haze]]

SynergyBuild on Why Utter End, and cards ...

3 weeks ago

What are some of the most popular instants and sorceries according to EDHREC?

Putrefy , Utter End , Terminate , Mortify , Krosan Grip , Hero's Downfall , Crosis's Charm , Bant Charm , Sylvan Reclamation , Go for the Throat , Doom Blade , Murder , Grixis Charm , Cancel , Dreadbore etc.

What do these have in common? Well, they are bad removal (or countermagic... or both), all of which are overcosted.

Why? Well, these all fall under different categories, however, I will go from the easiest to explain to the hardest.

Cancel is too expensive, countermagic should be one or two mana so you don't have to clearly have a sign up that you are holding countermagic. This is really cheap, and I can't compete with that, but Mana Leak or Counterspell would be better in the spot tenfold.

Murder is the same, as creature removal, but at least can be cast on endsteps. The issue lies with that many spells cost less, like even Doom Blade , which I also don't like, or do more, like Terminate , another I also don't like.

Disdainful Stroke is way too specific, so many spells costs 3 or less you may hold up the mana multiple turn cycles in a row without a target, wasting mana and a card. Too expensive considering cards like Swan Song , Spell Pierce , Red Elemental Blast , Flusterstorm , etc. exist. Even at a low price Mana Leak , Negate , etc. do work.

Doom Blade and Go for the Throat are the same, except they still have application when used on an endstep. Too expensive despite that, as Swords to Plowshares , Path to Exile , Dismember , Fatal Push , etc. exist if you can spend the money, while on a budget Murderous Cut , Tragic Slip , etc. do a lot.

Hero's Downfall is just a worse Ruinous Path , another Murder with slight upside. All of these are bad. Go with any of the options in Murder or Go for the Throat / Doom Blade .

Grixis Charm and Crosis's Charm cost Grixis, 3 mana, and are just too hard to cast to be worth the half Vindicate esque effect they do. They bounce anything, kill some things, and one has a minor benefit like 2 extra power. It just doesn't serve consistent enough for removal. 3 mana in Grixis is too much altogether.

Bant Charm is nearly the same, with the counter upside. It has a Dispel attached to it, making it the least bad, but for 3 specific mana, it is simply too much to hold up easily.

Dreadbore is a sorcery, costs two specific mana, and doesn't hit many permanents. I'd rather a Terminate , though I dislike both.

Terminate only hits so many permanents, and costs 2 mana. I'd replace it with most of the cards mentioned at Go for the Throat / Doom Blade above.

Sylvan Reclamation five mana is too much unless it is a sweeper. This has utility, hitting two permanents, and is an instant with landcycling, but the mana cost needed to be 1 lower to be efficient. Nature's Claim , Return to Dust , Disenchant , Natural State , Naturalize , etc. are all better.

Krosan Grip is sweet against some decks, don't get me wrong, however, is too specific and too high mana cost to be argued better than a Beast Within or Nature's Claim or Natural State .

Utter End is too high mana cost to be worth it. It is a worse Anguished Unmaking , another bad card, and is just too much to warrant using it over a card like Chain of Vapor , Swords to Plowshares , Nature's Claim , Dismember , or any of the other 1 cmc removal spells.

Putrefy / Mortify staples for price, not because they are good. For better options, look at the ones listed at Go for the Throat / Doom Blade or the ones listed at Sylvan Reclamation .


(BTW this was an April Fools, all of these cards can be good or bad in specific metagames or decks.)

-Arcanity- on UW Mystic - Make all the birbs

3 weeks ago

There seem to be a lot of viable upgrades. First off, replace Thought Collapse with Absorb . This is nearly a strict upgrade as milling is pretty useless and the one white mana can be managed with your stock 2-color manabase. Summary Judgment also isn't at constructed power levels. You could replace it with Ixalan's Binding or Seal Away . You can also try Teferi if you own copies, but I'd not run out and buy them just for this deck. The sideboard can see a lot of changes made: split Negate with Disdainful Stroke . Add another big creature to beat aggro, maybe another lyra or an Angel of Grace . Also Sorcerous Spyglass and The Immortal Sun are both great anti-walker options/

gnizz00 on Ultra Budget Glue Deck (standard)

3 weeks ago

When it comes to sideboard cards, I think Surge Mare is awesome. Would also recommend Disdainful Stroke and possibly a few other counterspells ( Essence Capture & Negate ). Entrancing Melody and Deep Freeze are also viable options.

Don't know much when it comes to green cards, never really enjoyed that colour. More of a blue player, which is why I only have blue cards to recommend ^^

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Disdainful Stroke occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.05%


All decks: 0.0%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Blue: 0.27%