Gitaxian Probe

Gitaxian Probe

Sorcery

( can be paid with either or 2 life.)

Look at target player's hand.

Draw a card.

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Set Rarity
New Phyrexia (NPH) Common
Promo Set (000) Rare
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Pauper Legal
Casual Legal
Noble Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Unformat Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal

Gitaxian Probe occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

Blue: 0.29%

UR (Izzet): 0.54%

UBR (Grixis): 0.49%

Gitaxian Probe Discussion

DeinoStinkus on How is Red Elemental Blast ...

20 hours ago

Not necessarily, but let's look at white as an example.

White is notoriously bad at ramp, because ramp is not a part of its color pie. So whenever a white ramp card is printed, it automatically becomes a staple. Land Tax, Endless Horizons, Kor Cartographer, Tithe

Another example is Phyrexian mana in non-identity formats. Mental Misstep can be a counterspell in Golgari, Postmortem Lunge reanimation for white, and Gitaxian Probe card draw for red, explaining their popularity (and often bannings) in these formats.

So there are challenges to breaking the color pie. So while not necessarily a bad thing it can also lead to unbalanced scenarios and off-flavor cards.

Lanzo493 on Yarok ETB

1 week ago

Honestly, I’d swap Growth Spiral for Risen Reef. It is true that you don’t have many elementals, but just your commander being an elemental makes it worth it.

Steel Hellkite is a good card in mono color decks that have trouble removing certain permanent types. Like enchantments for red, black, and blue. But your color combo is the best for removing anything that’s a problem.

Expedition Map usually isn’t worth running unless you have utility lands or super powerful lands. It doesn’t really ramp, which is what holds it back.

Frost Lynx doesn’t really impact the board much. Especially since some of the greatest threats don’t need to attack or tap to be a pain.

Narset, Parter of Veils, Snapcaster Mage, Ponder, Preordain, Gitaxian Probe seem like cards that fit a spellslinger deck rather than a good stuff value deck. I don’t know if you’re trying to do that with your deck or not. Just be careful to not do so many different things with your deck that it ends up doing none of them well.

DeinoStinkus on Spellchaser Revisited

2 weeks ago

The Spellchaser format, first created by GoblinElectromancer, has become one of my favorite formats.

For those unfamiliar with the format, here's how it works.

The deck is 75 cards. You can have up to 4 of a single card, and you start at 30 life. The catch is you can only include land, instants, and sorceries (technically interrupts too). The banlist is here: Spellchaser Banlist.

The format seems pretty clear cut. You either run burn, mill, or tokens, right (The exact words of shadow63)? Well, in a way. There have been many unique strategies in Spellchaser that have been invented. The First is Loam, built by SynergyBuild. The deck uses Life from the Loam to mill and get lands continously. The main win con is Field of the Dead. Field is a versatile card. It can go into any deck and generate a large number of tokens. This and Loam are the first two breakthroughs of the format.

The next deck was just me playing around.

SynergyBuild explained the format pretty well on his next post. He made the combo Thespian's Stage plus Dark Depths. I would later reach a similar combo with AEther Snap.

The format, while it may be "solved", is still interesting. Here is a list of power cards for each color:

White

Blue

Black

Red

Green

Multicolored

Land

Also, I'm going to make a YouTube video on it this weekend. Is that okay?

SynergyBuild on Attempt for a new format

3 weeks ago

Okay, did the geometric testing, I was done 6 minutes before writing this comment, which I started at 10:28, that means I think I solved the base of the format in 7 hours and 5 minutes.

I tested the shells against eachtlother, the most consistent was the GU list, after tuning the other lists against it, it was easy to break the simple Life from the Loam, Growth Spiral, Field of the Dead list. All you needed was a Cling to Dust or Surgical Extraction Luckily Extraction meant every color had the option. Both also got around Veil of Summer, which is huge in the format. What else gets around it? Divert and Misdirection, who cards that break the Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, Hymn to Tourach, Sinkhole piles that were beating UG the most, and were a Golgari Depths list. Before Divert, Golgari lists basically just had to fight Veil of Summer, often with Mental Missteps.

This meant UG could side in the redirects and crush the Black lists. I tried Sultai, so Flusterstorm, Miscast, etc. could disrupt the combo, but sadly they couldn't hit the mana consistently enough anymore. Even when they did the deck was sloppy. A countered Crop Rotation was really bad, and Mental Misstepping one was such a tempo swing, it was almost game over. Most lists could use mana on end steps pretty easily, UW control could at least Brainstorm, UG could Growth Spiral or crack a Waterlogged Grove to dredge a Life from the Loam. Black builds could Cling to Dust to draw. Decks had the means to use tempo, easily turning tempo into massive swings. Mystic Sanctuary is huge for UG and UW builds, Entreat the Angels needs it to function, and Cryptic Command/Deprive loops are big.

Muddle the Mixture let UG have too much redundancy, grab a Loam to grind? On it! Be a Echoing Truth to wipe a Dark Depths token or Field of the Dead army? On it. Use it to get a Living Wish to grab a Field of the Dead from your sideboard if your opponent Surgical Extractioned all of the ones in your deck.

It is an absurd card. It can be looped with Mystic Sanctuary. It can get it if it finds a Sylvan Scrying or Living Wish.

Then all that is needed is backup for this stupid deck.

Mystic Sanctuary for Cryptic Command, opponent on Depths? Echoing Truth, want better? Why not steal it with Archmage's Charm. Stupid. The deck was considering without that upside. Field of Ruin, Miscast, Veil of Summer, a sideboard of lands for Living Wish and more choice cards. Gitaxian Probe, great to judge when to do anything, if you are ever afraid of a Veil of Summer, target yourself. Force of Negation can exile opposing Life from the Loams, Boseiju, Who Shelters All, Growth Spiral, etc.

Now onto if they have an answer to tokens, because at this point Lumbering Falls is our best backup. UW gets Celestial Colonnade, which straight up wins in a fight. So we play a Hallowed Fountain and run a couple Colonnade's ourselves. Easy. Plus, unlike UW, we have Loam to recur our Colonades.

Now Bant, with a light splash for colonnade just beat everything. I just found variation of it could be tuned to beat itself, but worse against the field. The deck was evil, super gross to pilot against, felt even worse to play.

It was perfect. I'll write it up and post it.

Balaam__ on Moonlit Nocturne

3 weeks ago

@DeinoStinkus Ok Gitaxian Probe is definitely going in. Thanks for pointing that one out! I don’t understand how Serum Powder works; I’m coming off a 20yr hiatus from Magic and still don’t have a firm grasp on nuances of the game. How would I use that? From what I can gather, if it’s in my opening hand I can basically redraw 7 cards, but how does that help me set up my combo?

DeinoStinkus on Moonlit Nocturne

3 weeks ago

Don't use Ponder, use Gitaxian Probe. Serum Powder can help better set up efficient combo hands.

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