Humble Defector


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) None
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon
Fate Reforged (FRF) Uncommon

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Humble Defector

Creature — Human Rogue

: Draw two cards. Target opponent gains control of Humble Defector. Activate this ability only during your turn.

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Humble Defector Discussion

ZendikariWol on Valduk Voltron

1 week ago

Barrage of Expendables, in my opinion, is worse than Tooth and Claw as a sac outlet. Why? Barrage costs mana.

Now Barrage would probably be better if it was, say, 2 damage. But why I say Tooth/Claw takes it is trading up. You can eat a Sun Titan with 2 carnivores. You're getting... let's say, 2 or 3 carnivores every turn. So you keep those up on the defense, they just sit there, a giant rattlesnake. Who wants to attack into 3 3/1s that you are 100% certain the defending player is willing to sacrifice? No one in their right mind.

If you want card advantage, you have two big plays.

1) Dark-Dweller Oracle. Just. Just Dark-Dweller Oracle.

2) convince a buddy to play group hug. Yeah, we're into mind games now. Jace Beleren, Edric, Spymaster of Trest, Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis, Humble Defector, and that's just scratching the surface. I have played a lot of group hug, but I have never played a game where everyone on board wasn't drawing 2 or more cards every turn.

Vile-Wesker on Thantis Political Slaughterhouse

3 weeks ago

Vincentc1 I've won quite a couple games through Revel in Riches especially if you count in the times where it manafixed me and or allowed me to play something I else couldn't have payed for. The biggest surprise in the deck has been Dragonlair Spider for me though. Getting those 1/1 blockers each time and opponent casts a spell is just insane for this deck. I liked the look of Golgari Charm and Heroic Intervention I'll side board em and test it out. Been kinda looking for Fogs with an Edge and these sure look like they'd do that.

I have multiple playgroups, this deck is more for at the kitchentable with beers n friends. I got 3 decks that are somewhat too solid to play after a bunch of beers because of how competitive they can be and just demolish themed decks.

Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH, Hentai, the Corrupted ReAnime.tor and The Scorpion God makes minds Rot. are my more feared decks. And I generally like to play something more lighthearted after I do a match with one of those. This deck being one of those more lighthearted ones. I also have another with Xenagos, God of Revels as commander. Wich basically lets me punch one person out of the game and then I get hated out of the game. This one I play more politically as I just keep cursing the player that is just then winning at the time making people incentivised to attack em. Or I give away other goodies like Humble Defector.

Suns_Champion on I Will Survive | Varchild EDH

2 months ago

Thanks for the comments and upvotes!

Daedalus19876 hate it when that happens! I made a rookie mistake and made a deck right before school started, and promptly forgot all about it!

The land base was just an interim land base until I can find more time to optimize it. Thanks for the jump start!

I love the free pump spells and Mana Geyser and will find room for them if I ever have time for more than a quick comment lol!

Humble Defector is a pet card, but I see the point on the other two. Not sure about my Valduk, Keeper of the Flame sub-theme.

Thanks again! Any more comments/suggestions appreciated!

Daedalus19876 on I Will Survive | Varchild EDH

2 months ago

I wrote you a huge, detailed comment... then my computer crashed and erased what I'd written >.< Given that, I'm going to write it out as essentially bullet points and if you have any questions or want clarification, I can give more detailed thoughts :)

Let's start with the landbase. I'd cut down until you mostly have Mountains, and rebuild from there. Lands you may have missed: City of Shadows, Safe Haven, Command Beacon, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Lands I'd definitely cut: Desert of the Fervent, Field of Ruin, Forbidden Orchard, Forgotten Cave, Homeward Path (your opponents will get the Survivors back...), Temple of the False God, and possibly Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle. I'd run as many basics as possible, then play Ruination, Extraplanar Lens, etc.

Beyond that, I still don't see Blades of Velis Vel! ;) I'd also run Mana Crypt, if you can fit it in the budget (T1 commander seems GOOD for this deck). I am a huge fan of Mana Geyser in mono-red, as well as some free pump spells for Varchild (such as Blazing Shoal and Downhill Charge). You could also devour all of your Survivors to Descent of the Dragons...heh. Perhaps Conjurer's Closet to steal Survivors every turn?

In terms of cuts - I'm not really convinced by Bloodforged Battle-Axe or Humble Defector here. Solemn Simulacrum also is always one of my first cuts in this sort of deck.

I hope this helps! :)

Suns_Champion on Firesongs

2 months ago

Hi! Sorry it took so long to get back to you!

I think you're missing Comet Storm and Molten Disaster, which are the two best X-spells available. Add those and replace Bonfire of the Damned and Hour of Devastation.

I personally do not like Revitalize, Reviving Dose, Ritual of Rejuvenation, or Spiritualize. Just my opinion.

Try out Humble Defector, The Immortal Sun, Treasonous Ogre, and Solemn Simulacrum.

Good luck!

Suns_Champion on Varchild's World War

3 months ago

This is awesome. +1! Varchild's War-Riders is a great find! love Valduk in here too!

Some suggestions from another mono-red player:

Neheb, the Eternal. He should be self explanatory, but if not, he gives you so much mana in the 2nd main phase it's stupid. This will let you tap out, attack, then after that cast your entire hand, or equip whatever you want to whoever you want. Want to pay for Loreseeker's Stone? He's your Minotaur. Want to Skullclamp and entire army of 1/1s? Can do boss. Can't recommend him enough. He also combos with Aggravated Assault if you're into that.

Helm of the Host might be fun! Extra (non-legendary) commanders for extra tokens AND even better, you can sack one of them to get all the survivors and keep your original Varchild. Also combos with Godo, if you're into that.

Speaking of sac outlets, I'd consider adding some for emergency situations. Ashnod's Altar etc. Or maybe some for blink effects? Erratic Portal or Voyager Staff? Maybe that's getting too janky.

Mimic Vat might be awesome here too... Exile Varchild with it, pay three mana every turn to attack, give tokens, sac at end of turn, get tokens. Something to consider.

Other cards that go along with your theme: Humble Defector, Rite of the Raging Storm, Homeward Path, and Infiltration Lens.

Great deck! I might make one now haha!

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