Enhanced Surveillance


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Uncommon

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Enhanced Surveillance


You may look at an additional two cards each time you surveil.

Exile Enhanced Surveillance: Shuffle your graveyard into your library.

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Enhanced Surveillance Discussion

GingerSquatch93 on Abusive Surveillance, Volume One

1 day ago

xhuggels the idea for the "mill-surveil-control" version would be to get out four Enhanced Surveillance ASAP so you can churn out as many Creeping Chill as you can at the same time, like when Dream Eater enters play. Keep chucking the Creeping Chills to the bottom of each surveil trigger so you never draw them, draw and get Dream Eater's Surveil 4, which then, with four "surveil an additional two" triggers from Enhanced Surveillance, I'm smacking an opponent for 12 life, which if I've been chipping away with an ever-growing and counter-protected Spybug, can be fatal. Add to that the fact that I've been milling up to 8 cards off their library with each blue spell because of Drowned Secrets. By the time Dream Eater comes out, that effectively ends the game right there if it's not over sooner. I'll be putting up a "Volume Two" as the "mill-surveil-control" version of this sometime in the next two weeks as well.

Thanks Oldschool930! I like to write descriptions for the decks I really get into and this is one of them, glad you enjoyed it!

BrandonNass on UB - Surveil

1 day ago

After playing this deck a bit, I learned a few things. Dimir Spybug is fantastic, cheap, gets big quickly, and is hard to block. Thoughtbound Phantasm is also good. A 2/2 for U is already good, and it gets big and loses defender quickly. Nightveil Sprite is the repeatable surveil trigger that makes them both shine.

Price of Fame is okay even without a legendary target, but only due to the surveil. Thought Erasure is well-costed, effective, and a great surveil card. Sinister Sabotage and Unexplained Disappearance are both good. Creeping Chill is okay, but only really if you cast it from the graveyard for free. Notion Rain is great, and has amazing artwork IMO. Not much to say about Sinister Sabotage, it is Cancel with surveil attached. Disinformation Campaign is disappointing without surveil in it, and Enhanced Surveillance is best limited to 2 per deck.

GingerSquatch93 on Abusive Surveillance, Volume One

1 day ago

xhuggels noncents There was a previous version of this deck that existed with four Vicious Rumors, though I forget exactly what I replaced it with. The plan at that time was to draw either that or Thoughtbound Phantasm and the relevant land source and always have a turn-one play. I am now, however, toying around in my head with a "mono-blue" surveil-mill-control featuring Dream Eater as the "big guy in the room" and Enhanced Surveillance with Drowned Secrets. Mono-blue is in quotes, primarily because I am also considering keeping a set of Creeping Chill in the deck, without mana, or minimal black sources (shock or checklands). Use the Enhanced Surveillances to dig through my deck faster, looking for counters and the Creeping Chills, and then use Devious Cover-Up to start chucking things into back into the deck.

hydrothermia on Janky Sultai Surveil

2 days ago

Welcome to Tapped Out!

I too am running a Sultai deck in Standard currently, so good luck in your endeavors.

It would probably be a good idea to show the land base to know how balanced or unbalanced it is. Currently you're at a 2.46 CMC average meaning you should probably have 24 lands, but you do have Llanowar Elves, so you could get away with 23. Though I'd invest in some Evolving Wilds if you can't get a hold of any of the following lands: Drowned Catacomb, Hinterland Harbor, Overgrown Tomb, Watery Grave or Woodland Cemetery. That will allow you to search for a land in the event you only get two colors during your first couple of turns.

I'd look into Ochran Assassin as it has good synergy with Vraska, Golgari Queen, allowing you to use a creature that doesn't need to be unblockable. Thoughtbound Phantasm and Dimir Spybug would be good additions here. Instead of Demon of Catastrophes, Doom Whisperer is a primo card right now.

You could also use Enhanced Surveillance and Gaea's Blessing to recycle your graveyard back into your library after you get a flipped Search for Azcanta.

xhuggels on Dimir surveil(discard theme)

3 days ago

Thank you for your suggestions Chillsabre, and thank you for taking the time to look at the deck!

You make a valid point that Nightveil Sprite with Disinformation Campaign will discard more cards than Pilfering Imp, but there are three reasons why Pilfering Imp is my prefered option compared to Nightveil Sprite. 1. Pilfering Imp has a more powerful discard mechanic than Disinformation Campaign, since you not only get to look at your opponent's hand and plan your next turn or two based on that information, but it also allow you to choose which card your opponent discards.

  1. Pilfering Imp can discard as early as turn 2, which is in fact my very first step in the deck strategy, while Disinformation Campaign can only start at turn 3, and Nightveil Sprite will only start adding to the theme on turn 4.

  2. If the opponent has a 2/2 flyer on the field, Nightveil Sprite stops doing anything to help the strategy, while Pilfering Imp requires a killspell before it sacrifices itself in order to stop it.

I have mixed feelings over Dream Eater. It surveils 4, which along with Enhanced Surveillance can setup your next 4-6 draws the way you want them, which is really nice, and it bounces a creature when it enters the battlefield, which is also really nice. It has flash so you can play around your opponent's mana and ensure your first attack goes through, which is again, pretty amazing. The only problem this card has is that it dies to Lightning Strike and Wizard's Lightning and Cast Down, which is super lame. what i do know however is that i do not like Doom Whisperer. I have played against it many times, and most of my opponents lost the game simply because they used his surveil mechanic and got close enough to death to where i could deal the finishing blow. In fact, opponents tend to win if they do not use his surveil, since...you know...6/6 flyers are strong. In this deck however i dont think Doom Whisperer will surveil much at all.

You are completely right about Blood Operative. It mainly plays against jump start cards and golgari creatures, since you can weaken what their cards get by reducing the number of creatures in their graveyard, but against aggro its kind of a really bad card. i started with 3 copies, and as i playtested it was reduced to 1. i found that even in matchups it does well you never need more than one copy in the deck. right now it is in there because, its my favorite art in the set and i like how its a constant option, but i may do what you suggested and put him in the sideboard.

Chillsabre on Dimir surveil(discard theme)

3 days ago

You would get a better consistency running something like Nightveil Sprite along with the Disinformation Campaign than running Pilfering Imp and Enhanced Surveillance.

Also, since your opponent wont really have anything in his hand, consider slotting in Doom Whisperer over Dream Eaters. They are more expensive but gives you control over when to surveil.

Consider putting Essence Scatters into the main deck for early removal of creatures such as Steel Leaf Champion.

Blood Operative is effective against jump start cards but not great in other match ups. Consider moving them to the sideboard and replacing them with something else.

GingerSquatch93 on Abusive Surveillance, Volume One

4 days ago

noncents it could, but to me it seems more like a more mana-expensive Unexplained Disappearance that surveils more. Now, tie that into a deck that's got Enhanced Surveillance in it with things that have effects similar to Creeping Chill in that you can mill-exile them, sure. Maybe throw in some Drowned Secrets to mill out your opponent and you might get somewhere that way. The only creature that I've got in here that's an ETB Surveil is Lazav, and he's more likely a fall-back plan because if I've lost a Doom Whisperer something has gone wrong. That being said, shapeshifting him into a Doom Whisperer has a benefit, it makes a Doom Whisperer that is immune to Cast Down.

xhuggels, absolutely, its more of a "I need some spare life here" kind of card. More often than not, its because I lean on the black mana view of life being an expendable resource if I need it to be, especially with the Surveil-Creeping Chill combo I have in here.

xhuggels on Dimir surveil(discard theme)

5 days ago

I started out with 26 lands, but i lowered it cause i wanna get them out of the way faster so when i exile Enhanced Surveillance the deck is that much stronger.the lowered landbase is also why Syncopate doesnt work in this build. Waiting for a land past the 4 mana mark is fine, since discard spells tend to he cheaper on mana than counter spells are. Im willing to go to 24 though. Will think on that one.

I was thinking the same thing about creatures sticking. My answers for creatures only start at turn 4 or 5. Etrata, the Silencer, Phyrexian Scriptures, Discovery / Dispersal, Dream Eater. Been thinking Cast Down, but i really like the Dead Weight idea too. Also been looking at Mephitic Vapors, as it also surveils while dealing with tiny creatures.

Pilfering Imp is the only card that does what i want it to do other than Thought Erasure. And i really need to ensure that play on turn 2. I play it as a chump blocker during the rest of the game for the most part. As an opening play i dont think it takes effort at all. There is nothing else i can play turn 1, so its not like it takes more mana than it should.

The sideboard is a bit wonky right now, so its all up for change.ill add another copy.

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