Distortion Strike


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE) Common

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Distortion Strike


Target creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn and is unblockable this turn.

Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)

Distortion Strike Discussion

DerektheRed on Stalker

6 days ago

Seems like a fun idea. If opponents don't play creatures to prevent the win-con, swing for commander damage.

Ninjutsu isn't going to help you much since Etrata triggers on damaging a player, but the return to hand effects are smart. IMO, for this deck to work you need better evasion and better protection. Whispersilk Cloak is a 2-for-1 and should definitely be in your deck.

Evasion: I don't flying is sufficient, you need unblockable. Amphin Pathmage , Artful Dodge , Deepchannel Mentor , Distortion Strike , Glaring Spotlight , Key to the City , etc etc.

Protection: Since Etrata is a potentially fast win condition (from any one opponent's perspective), they'll gun hard for her. Swiftfoot boots is not enough. You have access to cheap 1-shot spells like Unlikely Aid and Without Weakness , or equipment ( Darksteel Plate , Hammer of Nazahn , Shield of Kaldra , etc.)

Funkydiscogod on New Alara

1 month ago

ZendikariWol First, and most importantly: Storm Scale doesn't apply to custom sets. Second, that article and I have measured popularity in two vastly different ways: They determined popularity by polling players, I determined popularity by looking at the cards people play with in modern.

They didn't have the luxury of knowing what mechanics people would still enjoy years later: that article was written in 2016. They list "Rebound" as the most popular mechanic in the set, but the only Rebound spell we see in competitive Modern is Distortion Strike not even printed in that block.

We could argue about which method of determining popularity is the best, but judging from your "I'll just post a link as if this proves me right without any further elaboration" dishonest debate tactics, I don't think we'll get very far.

sleeper_agent007 on Ninja Shenanigans

1 month ago

This looks a bit like my first draft. Here are few comments.

I would run more 0-1 drops because you really want to be dropping Infiltrator or Deep Hours on turn 2. You want to get the card advantage going early otherwise you risk falling behind as the game progresses. After all, Ninja have smaller bodies, no natural evasion and are costly if not supported by cheap enablers. You can consider Tormented Soul or maxing out thopter.

I would also try to maximise your mana by adding cheaper support spells. With the in mind, I would run Duress over Thought Erasure and Vapor Snag over Doom Blade .

I REALLY like your idea of pushing Naga and Tetsuko. I would probably run the full set of Mist-Syndicate Naga and replace Cunning Evasion with a full set of either Distortion Strike or Shadow Rift so you can keep connecting with Naga and making clones. Cover of Darkness would be even better if this is just for casual kitchen table magic.

The Naga/Tetsuko synergy would be my prinary focus in this build and I might be dropping Fallen and Moonblade for Skullsnatcher and an extra Mistblade Shinobi since they are both cheap and ca potentially wreck opposing strategies by exiling cards from the yard and clearing the way your clone army. Both also benefit greatly from Tetsuko.

Overall it is very inspiring!

birb.fm on Close Your Eyes (And Count to Ten)

1 month ago

Hi Trenchcoatcreep!
Teferi, Time Raveler is another really neat card that works in a couple ways. His plus one lets you cast Scale Up (or Distortion Strike if need be) at instant speed, but the real kicker is his static ability, which when coupled with Inkmoth Nexus , lets you turn him into a dude during combat, making it so that your opponent can't Fatal Push or Path to Exile Inkmoth! And if you ticked up and have Scale Up in hand, that's an unanswerable 6/4 flying infect dude before any other pump has been applied! That's pretty sweet if you ask me. Cheers!

lavafrogy on Bouncer at a TITI bar

1 month ago

what about rebound cards like Distortion Strike or Virulent Swipe that would benefit swiftspear and TITI

ZendikariWol on Burn fiend

2 months ago

I have a similar concept with different execution. I go full blue/red and I play pauper so I’m only running commons. As a result, Slip Through Space and Distortion Strike are my best friends.

I am also now considering... literally every card in this deck that costs phyrexian mana. Thanks for the ideas!

bradc1988 on U/R Kiln/Delver

3 months ago

Distortion Strike is in my opinion strictly better than Artful Dodge .

Faithless Looting doesn't really fit in this. Opt , or Manamorphose or more Serum Visions would be better for actual card advantage.

Stubborn Denial interacts with Kiln Fiend and Nivix, and it goes wider, might be worth testing over Dispel .

Also some fetchlands like 4x Flooded Strand s to filter your deck so you draw into better cards would help consistency.

+1 and have fun smashing face.

Catpocolypse on Infecting my friendships

3 months ago

I don't see the "Devastating Speed" portion of the deck. You have no 1 drops. An INFECT deck has NO 1 drops. That's not "Devastating Speed", that's derogatory and slow. You need, Need, NEED Glistener Elf . Or at the very least, Blight Mamba .

Instead of using black kill spells, use spells like Distortion Strike or Aqueous Form to get past blockers. You can also use cards like Simic Charm or Apostle's Blessing to get past blockers or defend against trouble creatures. Vines of Vastwood , Apostle's Blessing , Simic Charm , and Veil of Secrecy can do multiple things as well as protecting your creatures. Pendelhaven is an important part of any Infect deck.

Black is just too slow for even a mildly competitive Infect deck, because EVERYTHING is at least 3 mana, which for an Infect deck is WAAY to expensive mana wise.

@itachi45 Help me out here.

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Distortion Strike occurrence in decks from the last year


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