Gather Specimens


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase 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

NV_1980 on Your soul, is MINE!

4 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.

CaptSillva on Your soul, is MINE!

4 months ago

Expropriate, Blatant Thievery, Commandeer, and Gather Specimens are all some nice cards that play into this strategy. Also delve spells are fairly good with this commander as well since the "die" clause of its effect can only trigger it you allow it to go to your graveyard which would prevent you from recasting it. However if you use these Dig Through Time, Logic Knot, and Treasure Cruise you can remove it from your graveyard and put it back into your command zone. Relic of Progenitus would also serve a similar purpose, as well as giving you the ability to hate out graveyard based decks. Also since you are already running four other 1 cost artifacts you could consider Trinket Mage.

epajula on 'Ownership' is such a grey area

4 months 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

5 months 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 Jhoira EDH

6 months 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?

8 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.

8 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.

8 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!

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