Familiar's Ruse

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Uncommon
Lorwyn (LRW) Uncommon

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Familiar's Ruse

Instant

As an additional cost to play Familiar's Ruse, return a creature you control to its owner's hand.

Counter target spell.

Familiar's Ruse Discussion

Ebro on Draw it all

1 month ago

In jeskai colors? There isn’t much tbh. Unless you want to Pili-Pala Grand Architect which you’re already doing. Maybe stalling is your best bet. If you have access to Rewind or maybe Absorb Render Silent or Dovin's Veto Familiar's Ruse and Archaeomancer for infinite answers to countering stuff

deadcolossus on

1 month ago

They caught on to telepathy. It was good while it lasted. Anyways... I cut Merfolk Spy and Hypnotic Siren for Memnite and Cloud of Faeries and swapped tele for Familiar's Ruse . Free dudes give a crazy good start and pair nicely with ruse. I had a game where i untapped my elvish guidance land with cloud into an ezuri. Also the free dudes super cantrip with beastmaster.

TheSeffMan on Derevi Combo

3 months ago

seuchansauce enchantment and artifact tutors are kind of a moot point here because the deck depends on creatures to make the combo go off. Almost all enchantments and artifacts are purely for card draw and utility. I do think I will be replacing Vedalken Orrery with something else, more than likely Spellseeker , the only issue being Spellseeker can't find the combo pieces Displace and Ghostly Flicker . The reason I'm not running cantrips is the same reason, they don't build a graveyard or provide body blockers to throw in front of attacks, stuff like Elvish Visionary , Mulldrifter , and Coiling Oracle do, and are recurrable with blinks and graveyard recursion. Familiar's Ruse does seem playable, as does Disappearing Act , so I might slot them in. Yavimaya Coast seems good as well, same as Adarkar Wastes . Thanks for the help!

rveca on Familiar's Ruse is marked as ...

3 months ago

They fixed Prismatic Vista and Intruder Alarm , but now my deck is EDH illegal because of Familiar's Ruse ....

Icbrgr on Tamiyo's Ruse

3 months ago

@Megalomania Frozen AEther looks perfect for this! The decks synergy/theme is my favorite part of piloting this deck. In multiplayer/the beginning I need to heavily rely on not being taken out quickly by other players in hopes that they fear over extending themselves/leaving themselves open to be taken out... my playgroup has a lot of fair creature heavy decks so Propaganda / Dissipation Field and Crawlspace are my "big plays" early on and I do pretty well at being hard to kill/not worth killing if im able to draw into/play those.... But I have learned to not play Silent Arbiter until its 1V1 because he just inconveniences everyone and get blown up and usually me right after lol... but the late game if i manage to get to the 1v1 Familiar's Ruse really shines and the win will come... but it takes For-ev-er.

Rocko822 on Budget Golos Maze's End

4 months ago

Here are a few cards I think would be good in the deck.

String of Disappearances

Ephemerate

Familiar's Ruse

Disappearing Act

Select for Inspection

Clutch of Currents

Archaeomancer

These are mostly just cheap boop spells which is the way I’m trying to build Golos.

Icbrgr on I'm the Next Modern Hokage!!!

5 months ago

Familiar's Ruse is worth considering as a 1-2 of for reusing Ninjas and generating tempo.... Shuriken is great for flavor but I'd highly recommend Ronin Warclub / Quietus Spike instead.

SideBae on Teenage Mutant Ninja Owls

6 months ago

Cover of Darkness is a good tribal evasion-giver.

I highly suggest some sort of top-deck manipulation. Unfortunately, a lot of the best cards in this arena are very expensive: Jace, the Mind Sculptor , Sensei's Divining Top and Scroll Rack all cost a pretty penny. Soothsaying is another good option, as it lets you stack heavy CMC cards on top of the deck to hit opponents more reliably.

I don't think 3-drop mana rocks are very good. I suggest Coldsteel Heart instead of Commander's Sphere .

You should consider the new ninja they spoiled today: Fallen Shinobi. I think it'll be pretty good.

I think Demonic Tutor is better than Insidious Dreams . I think you should run it if you have access to it. Lim-Dul's Vault is a good sort of tutor, is more affordable, and also allows you to stack your deck with high mana-cost cards to flip off your general.

Commandeer is a good piece of disruption with a high CMC. It's still about $20 though.

Counterspell is superior to Familiar's Ruse . Also, Mana Drain is superior to Counterspell , although that card is very difficult to get ahold of.

Windfall is a good way to refill your hand.

If your meta runs a lot of mass draw effects, Notion Thief is a good inclusion. Similarly, Ashiok, Dream Render is a good card.

Preordain is similar to Ponder and Preordain . I suggest it for the same reason the other two are good.

Bolas's Citadel is a good way to get cheaper cards off the top of your deck. Also, if you combo it with the aforementioned Sensei's Divining Top , you can clear annoying lands off the top of your library.

I don't think you should run 36 lands. Cutting 2 or 3 is very much on the table.

I see you're running extra turn cards. You should consider Time Stretch and Nexus of Fate .

Board wipes are always important in EDH. Toxic Deluge , Damnation and Cyclonic Rift are all REALLY good.

Augury Owl should be mainboard. You can play it, scry something big to the top, attack with it the next turn and then ninjutsu out your general to flip the fatty.

Repeal is a good way to return some ninjas to your hand for protection, and doubles as removal. It's also a cantrip. I also suggest Chain of Vapor as a one-mana bouncer.

Night's Whisper and Chart a Course are good two-mana draw-twos.

Jace, Wielder of Mysteries / Laboratory Maniac with Tainted Pact / Demonic Consultation is a good combo you can run as an alternate win condition.

I think there're probably better one-mana counter spells than Abjure . Dispel , Spell Pierce and Turn Aside are all good cards.

Baleful Strix is a good creature you can return with a ninja. When it enters it draws a card, so being able to repeatedly cast it will give you a lot of card advantage. Looter il-Kor and Cloud of Faeries are also good two-drops to be running, as they are difficult to block and provide extra value.

Twilight Prophet is a good card, as it draws extra and works within your decks theme.

Curtains' Call is a good, cost-reducing creature that can two-for-one your opponents.

Morphic Pool is a good dual land.

Good luck with deck building!

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