Hidden Strings


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dragon's Maze (DGM) Common

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Hidden Strings


You may tap or untap target permanent, then you may tap or untap another target permanent.

Cipher (Then you may exile this spell card encoded on a creature you control. Whenever that creature deals combat damage to a player, its controller may cast a copy of the encoded card without paying its mana cost.)

Hidden Strings Discussion

Poly_raptor on Kykar, The Last Airbender

2 weeks ago

I like the theme of this, would you consider cards that can copy themselves and have the words “Cast the copy”?

From reading the text on the commander I think that would trigger her twice,

For example:

AEthertow or other cards with conspire and/or storm and replicate.


Shattering Spree

Chandra, Pyromaster ultimate allows you to cast copies.

Finale of Promise

You could also use cards with the cipher mechanic, Hidden Strings .

Cloven Casting

Swarm Intelligence

Thousand-Year Storm

Just a few ideas :)


Mystigan on Cipher/Heroic

1 month ago

you might want to try adding in Hidden Strings

Mystigan on Blue/Green Heroic Deck

1 month ago

You should think about using Hidden Strings in this Deck. It targets a creature so you tap that creature, say its Staunch-Hearted Warrior Thats 2 +1 +1 Counters then you cipher it to your creature. every time you hit your foe you just added a +1 +1 counter and made your creature basically have vigilance and you can untap a land or target another creature for some more heroic fun.

DukeNicky on Hold Infinity in the Palm of your Hand

2 months ago

having a lot of tap/untap in my Merieke Ri Berit deck I would use Second Wind and Freed from the Real or even Niblis of the Breath even Hidden Strings would play into your gambits

Disasterpiece on Scepter of Doom

2 months ago

Do you think I could use Hidden Strings as an imprinted spell to pave the way towards infinite? The bottleneck is mana and mono blue has little to no land enchantments to make a land produce more than the standard 1. Hidden Strings + Voltaic Key seems like a decent way of making sure that I can activate an Isochron Scepter multiple times and Hidden Strings leaves the door open to tapping another target permanent, which to me points to tapping an enchanted land to provide the mana for even more scepter madness, but again, mana. Thoughts?

ClockworkSwordfish on Blue-White Heroic

3 months ago

I might take out a couple of enchantments for a couple more creatures if I were you - it can be a real drag drawing nothing but spells to point at creatures, but have nothing to do with them because your opponent keeps picking off your critters. Akroan Skyguard and Phalanx Leader are both worth considering.

For your spells, I think the single best heroic enabler in blue/white might be View from Above - since all of your creatures are white, it will return to your hand every time you cast it, letting you enable Heroic as many times as you can afford! Hidden Strings is also strongly worth considering - you can tap two blockers before attacking, then untap up to two of your creatures to activate Heroic on them both. Getting a free pair of Heroic triggers so long as you can land a hit on your opponent each turn should wrap up the game quickly!

jconeil1988 on Dimir Longbow Tutors

3 months ago

wouldn't Hidden Strings , and Viridian Longbow , Hermetic Study , or Psionic Gift be an infinite combo for the win?

Daedalus19876 on Thousand Cuts: Tetsuko EDH [PRIMER]

4 months ago

TheRedGoat: Honestly, Scroll Thief and Smuggler's Copter SEEM bad, but they consistently draw me into my lands and my control pieces. I'm never ever disappointed when I see them in my opener. Inundate isn't a bad idea XD but I'd rather just play Merchant Scroll / Spellseeker to grab Cyclonic Rift for example, in that slot. The other rattlesnakes are... okay? But I'd usually prefer outright control or counters in that slot (I don't like giving my opponents choices when I punish them). I tested Hidden Strings , Last Thoughts , and Hands of Binding , but they all got cut :( Last Thoughts is strictly worse than Scroll Thief in this list, and the other two were too low-impact overall. The issue with Sakashima's Student and Ninja of the Deep Hours is that they're only unblockable ONCE in this list (they have too large of a P/T to be unblockable here). Teferi's Veil and Siren Stormtamer might have a home here, avoiding removal? Honestly unsure, I've definitely considered both. Prying Blade ups my power, which I actively want to avoid XD Verity Circle might make it in here, it's been really REALLY good in The Locust God , though Rhystic Study would get that slot first. Murmuring Mystic could be cute I suppose (paired with Bident of Thassa ? wooooooo that seems hilarious). But Time Stop really isn't my jam in multiplayer: it makes me tap out and be unable to answer anything :( Thanks for the thoughts!

TJFNIJ: Oh, that's cute XD I like that, but it's 10 mana before I get the pump effect (assuming I want to pay echo), so I think I may have to skip it for now.

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