Grimoire Thief

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
Morningtide (MOR) Rare

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Grimoire Thief

Creature — Merfolk Rogue

Whenever Grimoire Thief becomes tapped, exile the top three cards of target opponent's library face down.

You may look at cards exiled with Grimoire Thief.

{{U}}, Sacrifice Grimoire Thief: Turn all cards exiled with Grimoire Thief face up. Counter all spells with those names.

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Grimoire Thief Discussion

kamelyan on Spin the wheel round and round and round

3 months ago

Maelstrom Wanderer cascades into Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker; Maelstrom Wanderer cascades into Great Oak Guardian; Swing with the Largest Forest Ever!

Come to think of it, I usually see Kiki-Jiki paired with card that untaps it, like Zealous Conscripts... but why not run Intruder Alarm? Then it wouldn't matter what creature the goblin targets, there will still be an infinitely large army. Swing with a bunch of Grimoire Thiefs and watch the libraries fly.

Oh my stars, should I make a Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder deck that wins with Scrib Nibblers?

64Demon on

3 months ago

Riddlekeeper, remove Slither Blade add 2 or 3 more Hedron Crab and 1 more of Startled Awake  Flip maybe some Jace's Archivist. If you want your win con to be Wight of Precinct Six that is fine just know he isn't great. Grimoire Thief is fun as well. As for a replacement for Wight of Precinct Six, Jace's Phantasm is good.]

Suns_Champion on Mr. Blue Sky | Baral EDH

4 months ago

Argy thanks for the upvote! Appreciate you looking at all my new decks!

I agree it's busy(I have some graphic design experience so I did think about it), but I had to get that beautiful cover art in somehow :)

Flooremoji thanks for commenting(upvote? :D)!

I thought I already had Mindbreak Trap in there! Must have missed it, thanks for pointing it out!

Grimoire Thief doesn't seem useful in a singleton format.

I'm at 130+ cards so stay tuned for the first wave of cuts! The deck will really start to take shape soon!

Flooremoji on Mr. Blue Sky | Baral EDH

4 months ago

ohh, yes and Grimoire Thief

Odysseus_97 on Kumena will turn you into Simic Slaw

4 months ago

ZendikariWol: Thanks a lot, i am very happy with the name myself :) I agree, i love LRR and their friday nights, would love to get it more frequently, but monthly makes one appreciate them even more.

Regarding Seahunter I have considered it, as it would be nice with a tutor ability for creatures, without having to run Worldly Tutor or Green Sun's Zenith. Your argument about the possibility of untapping him is a thing i did not consider, maybe that will weigh up for the fact i removed him in the first place, which was i only ran 8 merfolk that cost more than 3 CMC. I haven't gotten to playtest the deck as much as i would like, but hopefully i will be able to test out Seahunter in March or April. If you have something you think one could cut for it, please let me know.

Senomar: I agree on running more counterspells, it would defitnetly improve the deck a lot, being the target is not a big deal for me, as people know i am often a pretty good player with some combos up my sleeves, i build my decks to be able to handle it. My deck runs so fast that it is able to run over the people with the most answers to a full board before they can stop it. I have protection in Steely Resolve which i prefer over Asceticism due to the CMC. But i might include Asceticism if i find the space.

Jungleborn Pioneer: A fine card and fits the purpose you have for it, will also be a good way to generate tappers for Kumena. A creature i could add, and maybe cut Grimoire Thief for, but not to certain yet.

Cauldron of Souls: Something i considered, but haven't played enough with the current version, to determine how often i get enough +1/+1 counters for it to be strong enough to keep, since a lot of the merfolk will die with a -1/-1 counter, so i need to have put the +1/+1 counters on them first in most cases.

Aquatic Incursion: I had this in my original build, but decided to remove it, 4 mana for an unblockable is too much mana since i can keep refilling my hand with other spells, and 4 mana for 2 merfolk tokens is not enough to give it space. Cut this card for Path of Discovery which will either ramp or pump your merfolks, and with Herald of Secret Streams a +1/+1 counter would make them unblockable as well.

Benthicore: Not a merfolk and a very high CMC, the merfolks are not good enough for the mana cost and giving it shroud and untapping is a good ability, but i am not a big fan of it.

Thanks a lot for your suggestion, i do agree on the option to counter board wipes, as i have included Lullmage Mentor, Counterspell, Disallow & Swan Song. I did just aquire a Mana Drain so i might include that as well.

Polupus on Greenfolk

5 months ago

Nice merfolk deck!

I would personally cut the mill plan from the deck and focus more on protecting your army.

The ones that stand out to me are maybe Grimoire Thief or Dakra Mystic in place of Ink Dissolver, which seems weak. Surgespanner is another but more costly one to check out.

I think board wipes are your biggest weakness so maybe Mystic Snake instead of Sphinx's Tutelage? It's not a merfolk but it is a creature and counter in one. Draining Whelk could also be good. If you want an enchantment in that slot, I would say Intruder Alarm could be pretty broken in this deck with Lullmage Mentor though I know you said you hate old art (I'm kinda that way too).

Odysseus_97 on Kumena will turn you into Simic Slaw

5 months ago

Bragoran

Once again thank you for the amazing feedback. Alright i might have misread that then, but i think i will primarily work with untap effects, unblockable and a very little sub theme with +1/+1 counters to utilize other effects and gain more damage since the merfolks don't have crazy power so the attacks with unblockable will be more effective. I have never really worked with these themes before and they synergies perfectly with Kumena :)

Deepchannel Mentor I agree that the CMC takes it down some places, and with the multiple islandwalk merfolk, its effect is not out of the world. Altough it has done some work for me in my playtesting against my own decks, so once i have gotten the cards around release i will see how it plays out in my Meta. But it is on my possible cuts list, altough it's one that is a bit higher on the list to might stay.

Fallowsage: It has already done a lot of work for me in my playtesting and i really like it, so i think this one will stay. Its perfect when you drop this on curve with Kumena and then tap it to make kumena unblockable and draw a card at the same time. I do see the strong potential in Sage of Fables and if i find enough things to cut, it is going right in. Maybe swap it with either Triton Shorestalker or Mist-Cloaked Herald, although i do like these one drop unblockables :)

Grimoire Thief: Good point, i will take it into account, i am trying to run a lot of untap abilities so it might turn out to be good. Intially i thought i could use it in a responds to a board wipe, but i might have blanked for a second when i read it the first time :)

Riverwise Augur/Silvergill Adept: I agree, Riverwise Augur has already been cut for some of your previous suggestions to increase the potential of Islandwalk. Suprisingly Silvergill Adept has done very little work in EDH, i often draw it before i have my engine up and running and as the only merfolk in hand so here it is useless at least, so i think it will be cut very soon once i figure the number of cuts and adds :) But then i can use it in a standard deck i might want to try out :)

Distant Melody/Ponder: I agree on the one time uses, have already cut Ponder and i think Distant Melody will go as well, maybe for Sage of Fables or another counterspell.

Time Warp/Savor the Moment: Yes, i kinda wanted to try out some extra turn plays as i have never done that before with my limited play of blue, but i do have Wanderwine Prophets who will likely do some of that work very excellently, and then i could maybe use them in a heavy control EDH build i am thinking of building :)

Neurok Stealthsuit: It would be an interesting include, but i have realised it does not synergies very well and you are right about the mana cost as well. I hope i can find my copy of Plaxcaster Frogling somewhere, cause i really like this one as a utility creature :)

Bragoran on Kumena will turn you into Simic Slaw

5 months ago

Hey Odysseus_97,

Glad you liked some of my suggestions! As I said, I wasn't sure which route you wanted to take so I summed up some options for different strategies. In regards to cuts you could make, I'd consider the following cards:

Deepchannel Mentor: This card has not pulled its weight for me in my Sygg, River Guide deck so I've taken him out after almost a year of testing it. It seems like a heavy investment to me when I have other options like Lord of Atlantis and the likes. If anyone had a different experience with this card I'd be glad to hear them out, but until that time, I'm not convinced.

Fallowsage: You really need an enabler to repeatedly tap/untap it. This card does nothing in and on itself, unless you attack. Not to push you, but Sage of Fables enables you to draw cards indefinitely, either pulling counters off creatures that are leaving the battlefield or using it during an Opponents EOT in Tandem with Kumena's 3rd ability.

Grimoire Thief: The ability is a nice finisher but I wouldn't count on it to do much milling unless you really focus on a tap/untap strategy. Unless you can consistently go infinite with this I wouldn't play it.

Riverwise Augur/Silvergill Adept: since these are ETB effects, and I don't see them doing much flickering/bouncing, I'dd concider not playing these. There are more efficient ways to draw cards.

Triton Shorestalker: there's enough evasion enablers in this deck to cut this. This could also count for River Sneak, but sneak's secondary ability makes for some explosive plays if you have the right cards.

Distant Melody/Ponder: not a big fan of the first due to sorcery speed restrictions and the second only filters once, it doesn't have a big enough impact in EDH games.

In regards to the Maybeboard:

Time Warp/Savor the Moment: Nice cards, but I'dd rather play things to protect my creatures in between turns in combination with untap effects so I can more easily abuse kumena's ability.

Neurok Stealthsuit: with all due respect to chadsansing, stealthsuit does offer protection, but at UU in a Bi-colored deck, I'dd rather have something like Plaxcaster Frogling. it's a colorshifted semi-Sygg, River Guide, it works at instant speed, It synergizes with the deck and its ability costs colorless mana, which offers you more flexibility.

I've already started in taking apart Edric and rebuilding UW Sygg, I will post the results in my decklists.

Happy brewing!

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