Gather Specimens

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Printings View all

Set Rarity
Shards of Alara (ALA) Rare

Combos Browse all

Gather Specimens

Instant

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

Price & Acquistion Set Price Alerts

ALA

Ebay

Recent Decks

Load more

Gather Specimens Discussion

epajula on 'Ownership' is such a grey area

2 days ago

I would recommend Alchemist's Refuge, Aethersnatch, Gather Specimens, Insidious Will, Kefnet's Last Word, Confiscation Coup, and Dack Fayden. I played a deck similarly with Mizzix (It is now time to put on your 3-D glasses). You may also want to consider Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar to say opponents creatures after you steal them, or sac your own so they can't be manipulated.

Ziembski on In the Lab of the Mad Scientists

1 week ago

Rabid_Wombat of course there are other.

Hitting Eternal Dominion and Decree of Annihilation is probably win since You are picking value of opponents libraries while everyone else have nothing.

Soul Conduit + Treasonous Ogre mean You can pay almost your whole life and switch it with someone elses.

Scrambleverse/Thieves' Auction + Brand often makes everyone else scoop.

Warp World + Gather Specimens is also crazy good and often end games.

Other simple cards that win games late are Insurrection and Disrupt Decorum.

This deck doesn't really aim straight to win, more just to make fun games. You can also win with long painful games making everyone into topdeck mode while killing everyone slowly with Creeping Dread and Gibbering Descent.

Once, I "won" using Head Games and Worst Fears at opponent. Gave him all combo pieces to hand and won while controlling him. At least it felt like winning :D

Ziembski on Eldrazi Chaos - Jhoira

1 month ago

Glad to see another Chaos deck!

With so high average CMC (4,76 is reaaally high), You would definetly make use of Psychic Battle. You are also running Timesifter (I love this card), so Sensei's Divining Top could make this "chaos" more controlable for you. Top lets you sort higher CMC cards to top and make more use of those two cards.

Gather Specimens is GOLD with Thieves' Auction and Warp World. Drop it right after casting one of those and take all creatures. Same goes for Brand, but it also work wonders with Scrambleverse.

You are also using few flip enchantments, where Krark's Thumb is working like Top mentioned above. With Thumb, You can choose in 75% of cases, whenever creatures deals double damage or dont deal it at all with Impulsive Maneuvers. This also works with Tide of War, since it's always You flipping a coin.

I will try and suggest more cards later, but You surely should see my In the Lab of the Mad Scientists deck for more ideas.

Funkydiscogod on Can i borrow it?

3 months ago

Knowledge Exploitation should be in the sideboard. It's a lot of effort to go through, and I don't think there are many instants or sorceries worth casting for (assuming you're getting the discount). It's not like Cruel Ultimatum is very common these days.

Bribery or its budget replacement Telemin Performance would probably be better, but still sideboard for those decks where you know what you're going to get. Telemin Performance gets bonus points because it's lethal to creatureless decks. So, anyway...consider replacing Knowledge Exploitation with Muse Vessel or Commandeer or Gather Specimens.

I like Wizened Snitches and Knacksaw Clique, but what about using their noncreature counterparts? Lantern of Insight and Ornate Kanzashi have possibilities here, too I think.

Pheardemons on You shall be punished for your sins.

4 months ago

I understand your stance on Bribery ComboCrazy, but I'll keep it in lust since a lot of my meta plays stuff like Craterhoof Behemoth, Scourge of Valkas, ect as wincons. HOWEVER, I like Gather Specimens and Desertion. I'll definitely consider them.

ComboCrazy on You shall be punished for your sins.

4 months ago

Bribery should be under envy, since you're staking something that's someone else's. Also Gather Specimens and Desertion are great envy cards. I feel like Roast would be a total meme in a deck like this, even if it's not that good, it's always fun to roast someone's creature and then make a joke about it lol. Also maybe run Norin the Wary, under pride, because he's useless and you're proud of it. Anyways I'll comment again should anything come to mind, this deck looks fantastic, great work with the theme!

ElementalEd on Trampoline Sen

5 months ago

Cards I would cut/replacement:

For Win conditions:

Really up to you tbh. But i think the following options synergize well with your deck.

1) Artifact Win Cons:

Lattice + Forge + Nevi disk. (or really any destroy all artifact)

2) Bounce win con

This one is a bit tricky, but can be done.

This usually revolves on getting ahead with mana rocks or using trickery.

Sunder would be what wins you the game, but Armageddon would work equally as well. Get ahead on rocks a few turns early, the cast it. Or pair it with a card like Taniwha

3) Cloning / stealing wincons / game ending spells

4) Entering the infinte.

Any win con that works with Enter the Infinite.

Infinite mana or omniscience is a play your deck

or even just a Psychosis Crawler.

  • You might have to make more room for these win conditions. but it at least provides you with options assuming that your opponents don't have much to work with

pshawver on

8 months ago

you have dedicated hate for his two decks.

Gather Specimens, Mindbreak Trap, Telemin Performance, and Render Silent

Like some are ok but really not that good except against him

Load more