Gather Specimens


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
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shards of Alara (ALA) Rare

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Gather Specimens


If a creature would come into play under an opponent's control this turn, it enters the battlefield under your control instead.

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Gather Specimens Discussion

Boza on New to edh need help ...

3 weeks ago

Honestly, interaction with other players is the way to go in terms of growing as a magic player. I echo the previous suggestion of Rashmi, but want to add a similar one: Prime Speaker Zegana.

Zegana Wizard Control melds mild control aspects with Wizard tribal theme to enable a unique approach to the meta that is very interactive. I think the deck is perfect for those willing to learn more about the game, as it allows you to interact constantly with the opponents and especially in multiplayer, hones your skills to do threat assessment. Cards like Gather Specimens and Spelljack are true skill testers - they depend on your opponents decks and your own accurate timing to maximize their value, helping to hone your skills.

However, Zegana herself is awesome commander that enables many different strategies, so any number of builds are possible. Additionally, the next MTG set in the beginning of 2019 will feature Simic as a guild, so the deck will get even more tools.

KingOfWhales on Newambi

4 months ago

Remove Isperia, Supreme Judge for Sphinx of Magosi and maybe Jareth, Leonine Titan

Remove Elder Deep-Fiend for one of the 2 big leviathans or a huge draw card, you likely won't be using its emerge and for 8 mana you should have a win condition.

Stealing commanders is extremely good, hence Control Magic. Remove that threat and get a threat for the price of 4.

Opt and Think twice aren't bad but you could do much better imo Impulse is a good example, or you could go with more counterspells like Muddle the Mixture.

I'd run Sapphire Medallion over Expedition Map if you're looking for ramp. The medallion lets you keep 1 less mana open or those instants, and speeds up your game, and is better ramp in general when you don't have some crazy land like cabal coffers. You usually search for the bounce land with map, which isn't really speeding your curve up and only nets you 1 more mana per turn after its played compared to the medallion (in the worst case). Maybe searching for Soldevi Excavations would be worth it, but you aren't really using its scry ability when you get it in our games. Same goes for Felwar stone if you are fine with color fixing without it (And I think you are). If you're casting one spell per turn then they are equal. If you are casting more than one spell per turn, then they are not equal.

The boots are good in a creature focused deck, but you aren't running a creature focused deck and your commander (unlike before) isn't the crux of your deck. Run more artifact/enchantment removal or counterspells in place of them.

Cataclysmic Gearhulk won't get rid of the biggest threats, use an Ixodron, Phyrexian Rebirth no or another board wipe. Or Thing in the Ice  Flip.

If you want a good blocker with flying, rather than the drake, run Fog Bank. This is the last time I'll mention that thing and I'll stop bugging you about it.

The biggest thing though.... what's your wincon? Before it was an 18/18 monstrosity of a land, but I don't really see anything now. You could steal wincons with things like Desertion, Spelljack, Gather Specimens, Control Magic and especially Rite of Replication, I think these would fit perfect in your deck.

ZorrosRage on Eerie Hunters (Modern)

4 months ago

Hunted Horror, Blood Seeker if you can fit them all also lol then you can fit the Trespasser's Curse.

Gather Specimens could be fun too

sadly Faerie Artisans isn't modern legal could be fun too

graft on Inalla meets Roon

5 months ago

I'll always upvote wizard Massacre Wurm. This deck is pretty hilarious. I wonder if there's a good Gather Specimens type of effect that could fit in the deck. Maybe Gonti, Lord of Luxury? Good stuff!

StonedJesus on Daxos's controlling hug

6 months ago

Opal Palace, Swiftfoot Boots, Lightning Greaves, and maybe more removal would be beneficial.Frost Lynx, Man-o'-War, Gather Specimens, and Cloudshift all seem unnecessary. Cyclonic Rift is a must

NV_1980 on Your Soul, IS MINE!

11 months ago

Thanks for commenting CaptSillva!

Expropriate and Blatant Thievery have both been considered for this deck but rejected because of their high CMC. They are powerful to be sure, but I have never felt the need to include them. I think Commandeer is only useful under very specific circumstances and I like versatility in my cards, so I am not going to include that either.

Gather Specimens can be interesting though; even if it is expensive to cast. I often find myself playing against token decks, in which my opponents often manage to summon a whole host of beasties simultaneously; so I will try to find this card somewhere and add it.

I have never used delve spells. The whole idea of exiling my own GY to cast stuff just does not sit well with me. Especially considering that I would like to use Elixir of Immortality to the best of its ability. Also, consider that Keiga is not meant to go to the graveyard at all during play (though it will sometimes undoubtedly happen); eventually that would make casting her way too expensive. The whole point of this deck is to make cheap clones of her as often as possible (and have those go to the GY when the legend rule kicks in).

Trinket Mage? Meh. None of the 1-cost artifacts in this deck are important enough to my strategy to include a tutor specifically for them. At least with Fabricate, I can tutor for any one of them.

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