Grip of the Roil


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Standard Legal
Frontier Legal

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Oath of the Gatewatch Uncommon

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Grip of the Roil


Surge (You may cast this spell for its surge cost if you or a teammate has cast another spell this turn.)

Tap target creature. It doesn't untap during it's controller's next untap step.

Draw a card.

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Grip of the Roil Discussion

dcs619 on Mono Blue Brains

3 weeks ago

Playing this deck a lot in casual to get a feel for it. It does well for slower decks, but against aggro you really need a Engulf the Shore or Grip of the Roil to start in hand. 3 lands to start is kindof a must too.

DanaBarrosReincarnate on Mono Blue Control... Fast Enough for standard?

1 month ago

not sure this will be of any help to you, but i've been messing around w/ a couple control decks lately & you might be able to glean some ideas off of them:

deck 1:

deck 2:

the first is a mono-blue energy control deck. The engine is Dynavolt Tower plus Glimmer of Genius with some spirit synergy sprinkled in. I love the IDEA of both Baral & thingy  Flip, but w/ the emergence of Fatal Push, they seem less effective overall. the rest is similar to what you already have, tho i think i focused heavier on counters rather than bounces, which i'm not 100% on tbh

second deck is an Izzet Fevered deck based around Fevered Visions (duh), & (mostly) instant-speed draw&burn cards. i kno yr running mono-blue, but figured maybe you could get some ideas abt alternative blue spells to use in yr own. for instance, Grip of the Roil, in my experience, is a killer card w/ that surge cost, & i kno Docent of Perfection  Flip is high-cost but i wanna say 80% of the games i've played w/ this deck i've managed to flip him by turn 6, which is fucking DEVASTATING for the opponent & hilarious 4u. also, again, i kno yr running mono blue, but i'd at least CONSIDER splashing red for Fevered Visions bc the combo of every-turn card draw + bouncing their permanents = they're almost always gonna take dmg. unless of course they're aggro, then you sideboard the fevah out for more blockers (Niblis of Frost, much like docent  Flip, has performed extremely well for me in most scenarios)

hope this helps!!!

GamingInTheDark on Mono Blue Control... Fast Enough for standard?

1 month ago

I have been playing this deck at FNM and gone 3-1, 3-0, and 2-1. Some changes I made were as follows.



PlagueRats on Cataclysmic Displacement - Control

3 months ago

@Maadscientist17 ya, so Pressure Point over Anticipate, I really think Pressure Point is better here. This strategy is all about tapping creatures and drawing cards. If games go right Pressure Point feels more like Part the Waterveil then Anticipate. The mana base is the deciding factor, there's more White mana then Blue available so this way you can cast Pressure Point and Grip of the Roil with four lands and expect to have drawn a fifth land and one of the eight Cataclysmic Gearhulk or Fumigate for next turn.

The best is Pressure Point against Vehicles - Smuggler's Copter They have to waste a turn and a card making the creature that crews the Vehicle. Then you play an easy instant speed two drop and they can't attack and you draw an extra card. It works out because the whole deck continues in that way and eventually you wipe the board.

I've found card selection isn't that important, since there is a very good distributed balance of card types. This isn't really a combo deck, it's really more about drawing a balance of four card types more then specific cards. You need lands (26 cards), a couple cards that deal with a creature and/or draw cards (20 cards), a boardwipe (12 cards), and a threat or two (16 cards).

Wonky.wombat. on Mono Blue Spirits ($25)

4 months ago

Maybe replace two Uninvited Geist  Flip and two Island with four Mausoleum Wanderer and replace Chilling Grasp with Grip of the Roil, as that replaces itself. Maybe also add some Void Shatter to completely get rid of something.

Neotrup on Can you use tap spells ...

4 months ago

When the active player passes priority to go from the start of combat step to the declare attackers step. This will make it tapped down so that it cannot attack. If you wait to see which creatures are attacking, it will be too late to stop them from attacking, but you can still cast Grip of the Roil to tap down a vigilance creature so it can't block on your turn, or just to draw a card.

Gabiane on Can you use tap spells ...

4 months ago

Hey guys, I was wondering if there was a time during the declare attackers phase (on opponents turn) where you could tap a creature with Grip of the Roil so it is no longer attacking, of if you could do this in response to declaring attackers?

OBDog11 on Tap it down (Gravity Bomb)

4 months ago

I'd like to make a few suggestions, as I have played this deck since I saw his video the day after it was posted.

  1. This deck is dead against control, and there is a card called Sphinx of the Final Word. It makes them cry, and should replace Spontaneous Mutation as a 2-of in the side. Mutation is helpful, but SotFW is vital against control.

  2. Niblis of Frost is great in here, so please run four in the main. It can replace one Grip of the Roil because it is fairly overpriced without surge, and you want to cast it during your opponent's draw step, which means you won't be hitting surge every time.

  3. The decision to switch Geralf's Masterpiece for Torrential Gearhulk makes sense, but masterpiece is strong in here. He will be made even stronger (as a three-of, which I will address later) if you add four Thing in the Ice  Flip because he will stay out when the Thing flips. I would replace all four Rush of Ices with it because sorcery speed is bad and the awaken isn't that helpful. Torrential is also fairly short on valuable targets in here, and isn't worth it to this deck. On top of that, getting to six lands does not happen every game, so it has potential to be a totally dead card.

  4. Void Shatter. Full four in the side replacing Spell Shrivel and Deny Existence. It is significantly better than both.

  5. Replace Disperse with Imprisoned in the Moon because it permanently stops them. Tapping for mana doesn't matter if you can turn their liliana into a literal waste instead of just delaying it. Also, flavor.

  6. Uninvited Geist  Flip is nice because it still gets through even if you can't keep all of their creatures down, and it triggers Nebelgast Herald. It should replace one Stitched Mangler, one Geralf's Masterpiece, and one Nebelgast Herald.

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