Dowsing Dagger


Lost Vale


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare
Promo Set (000) None

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Dowsing Dagger

Artifact — Equipment

When Dowsing Dagger enters the battlefield, target opponent creates two 0/2 green Plant creature tokens with defender.

Equipped creature gets +2/+1.

Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may transform Dowsing Dagger.


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Dowsing Dagger Discussion

Daedalus19876 on Thousand Cuts: Tetsuko EDH | *PRIMER*

2 weeks ago

Yeesh, I've gotten behind on answering comments here!

Regoober and Doctorlobo89: Aww, I'm flattered :D You should try building this - it's pretty darn fun and strong!

jakethewhale007: Honestly, Raven Guild Master is there to mess with combo decks. I keep hitting people and exiling Food Chains :3 It is one of the weaker cards here, but people's reactions are too amusing for me to stop playing it.

ohmless: Sigil of Sleep is honestly amazing here, and Ovalchase Dragster is an unblockable 6 damage per turn. They've both proved to be pretty astonishing in this list. Imprisoned in the Moon does seem like a good addition, however.

alucardvanguard: I'm not confident in my ability to connect with Dowsing Dagger  Flip (given that it boosts their power AND toughness). Citanul Flute is actually pretty good, since I can sink mana into it in the late game if it turns out I didn't need to use a counterspell, and it always gets me the creature I need.

gdm1989: I'm afraid it can't be used :( its color identity is black.

TCG-Player on Balan, Wandering Knight | Equipment Voltron

2 weeks ago

I am finally about to build this awsome deck ^^ hype hype

But I have a few questions first:
- What would you recomend playing instead of Argivian Archaeologist for people without an unlimited budget?
- How good is Eternal Dragon?
- I do not own a Sword of Fire and Ice or a Sword of Light and Shadow yet and i am kinda sacred that they will be reprinted in the near future. What would you advice to avoid loss of money there? Invest in Masterpieces? Wait to buy them?
- What is your opinion on replacing Mana Crypt with Dowsing Dagger as a budget/power decreasing cut?

And one off-topic question:
- What do you think of Rafiq of the Many as a Voltron Commander?

Thank you in advance :)

elgosu1337 on First Try at Commander, Plz Help

3 weeks ago

Your list does look pretty decent. Shalai is illegal in this deck because of the green mana symbols.

Your land base is probably running too many tapped lands, although it might be ok with a control strategy. Sea of Clouds is a new untapped dual which slots in easily, probably better than Prairie Stream since you don't have that many basics. I would recommend replacing a couple of lands with artifact ramp like Thran Dynamo and Worn Powerstone. Chromatic Lantern works really well with your Caged Sun. Not a fan of Burnished Hart although it's better with flash from Raff. Dowsing Dagger  Flip is really good if you can flash it in before your turn so you know who doesn't have blockers. Sword of the Animist is also decent ramp. Marble Diamond and Sky Diamond will also work.

Definitely add in a Cyclonic Rift, arguably the most powerful spell in Commander.

Phyrexian Metamorph can be cast at instant speed and becomes whatever artifact or creature you need it to be. Sakashima the Impostor becomes an extra copy of one of your legends. Helm of the Host could be useful since you have so many legends, and Hammer of Nazahn is a great trick to grant indestructibility and free equip costs.

You might be able to benefit from As Foretold since you can flash in free spells on each of your opponents' turns.

ZorrosRage on Eerie Hunters (Modern - Casual)

4 weeks ago

could use Dowsing Dagger , and Suture Priest

Could find a way to add black for Trespasser's Curse

Murphy77 on Going Down in History

1 month ago

Serra Angel is too expensive to cast for it to be playable early in the game. I would consider dropping the angel for 2 Danitha Capashen, Paragon and 2 Blackblade Reforged. You could also make the deck a bit more aggro by dropping 2 Traxos, Scourge of Kroog for 2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider. I like the idea of reducing the casting cost of heroic cards, but would try for a few more win-cons that come into play earlier in the game. By turn 4, you could have Kari Zev equipped with the Blackblade and attacking for 7. This attack will only grow with time. I also like the idea of Dowsing Dagger  Flip in this deck.

Kelvin-escesare on Blood Brothers **Budget**

1 month ago

It's hard to evaluate Dowsing Dagger at first glance since it does a variety of things. However we can compare it to existing cards to decide if it's good. Forbidden Orchard deals 2b to 4b damage for negative mana (b=number of Blood Seekers). Hunted Phantasm deals 5b+4t (t=turns) for 3 mana. Since Dagger creates two tokens and deals 2 damage/turn half the time (0 half the time since you need Phantasm), we can say it deals 2b+t damage for 4 mana. That's a 3-6 damage spell for 4 mana. Might as well play any burn spell. Basically any other equipment also seems better. The other two are twice as good for cheaper.

That's why I play so many cantrips, because some combo pieces (like Phantasm and Orchard) are overwhelmingly better than others.

Zulfi on The Knights Who Say, "Ni!"

1 month ago

Khunjund: You're absolutely right, Dowsing Dagger  Flip is a little underwhelming, especially since it goes against the tribal thread of the deck. For now, I'm going to try playtesting Triumph of Gerrard in its place, as History of Benalia simply is not in my budget. I think that Triumph of Gerrard should work well getting counters onto the likes of Paladin of Atonement, though I'm also trying the deck with Elenda, the Dusk Rose so it loses a little bit of its potential usefulness.
You were absolutely right though, the deck was being bogged down being somewhere inbetween aggro and midrange, so I'm open to trying to find things to try and smooth it over!

InquisitorBiggie: History of Benalia is a card I'll sneak in there one day if I can manage to collect them, but that $20 pricetag is unfortunately too high to pay outright.
As I just said above, I just edited the deck a little bit to run Triumph of Gerrard as a little mini History, and also in place of Dowsing Dagger  Flip. I'm not quite ready to part with Helm of the Host quite yet, but the day may come.
Sanctum Seeker is a strong contender, however I just parted with Elenda, the Dusk Rose and Vona, Butcher of Magan in exchange for Seal Aways and Knight of Grace for a little smoother mana curving, so the Vampirism is a lot smaller, but if I change it back, I'll definitely have to consider him.

InquisitorBiggie on The Knights Who Say, "Ni!"

1 month ago

History of Benalia is an easy sell in a deck where all the nontoken creatures are knights. It would nearly double the cost of the deck if that is a concern for you. It would also help smooth out the mana curve.

Dowsing Dagger  Flip and Helm of the Host may not be as useful as you hope, particularly the latter - thanks to Kaladesh, artifact hate is a common trait in standard decks in my experience. Perhaps sideboard a couple Sanctum Seeker in case your opponent is handing out artifact killers; that card works with both the knights and your token strategy. The same sentiment applies for Blackblade Reforged, although I imagine that one would be a lot more directly useful to your aggro deck, particularly in combination with On Serra's Wings. With all the legendaries you have it shouldn't be too hard to equip it.

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