Illusionist's Stratagem

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

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Set Rarity
Aether Revolt (AER) Uncommon

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Illusionist's Stratagem

Instant

Exile up to two target creatures you control, then return those cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

Draw a card.

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Illusionist's Stratagem Discussion

Guerte on Naru Meha - cEDH Combo

1 week ago

So after doing some research, Illusionist's Stratagem needs to have one target for Naru Meha to work. She can change targets, but not add any, so if you cast it with no targets, all she will copy will be the draw a card ability.

legendofa on Repeatable Flicker in Blue Green

4 weeks ago

First two thoughts are Deadeye Navigator (permanent with flickering activated ability), and Eternal Witness with Displace, Ghostly Flicker, or Illusionist's Stratagem (generally useful cards with good synergy).

wallisface on UG planesblink

1 month ago

Not to try and steer you in any particular direction, but I feel if I were building this deck i'd be doing something like. It probably looks quite a bit different to what you're actually after, but might give you some more ideas to play around with.

3x Judge's Familiar

3x Augury Owl

4x Coiling Oracle

4x Gilder Bairn

3x Harbinger of the Tides

3x Rishkar, Peema Renegade

3x Mystic Snake

3x Nulltread Gargantuan

4x Metallic Mimic

24x Lands

4x Animation Module

4x Paradise Mantle

4x Turn to Mist

2x Illusionist's Stratagem

3x Kiora, Master of the Depths

3x Kiora, the Crashing Wave

2x Nissa, Voice of Zendikar

Some reasoning behind what I've done: Mystic Snake and Nulltread Gargantuan seem good but having 4 of each seem a bit too many. Tempest Caller seems to me at least like a pretty poor 4-drop (considering this turn you'll want to be either dropping a walker or holding up counter-magic). Metallic Mimic is great and combos with Animation Module greatly (if you name servo) for as many servos as you can afford each turn. Also helps spread around some love - though you could also name Druid, Snake, or Bird for a degree of value. Rishkar, Peema Renegade seems like a great include to give you the ramp you will soo badly need. I didn't think Elvish Pioneer cut the mustard so I ditched him. I threw in Judge's Familiar instead as it seems to give you more control options, and slow your opponent down.

Paradise Mantle seems great for this deck as not only giving you some easy mana ramp for creatures that you don't really want to be attacking with, but also gives Gilder Bairn a free way to tap without needing to attack!

Your existing instants seemed a bit slow so I figured Turn to Mist could be more useful as far as costing less mana, but also being able to be used on opponents creatures in times of need. as a backup, 2 copies of Illusionist's Stratagem will give you some late-game card draw. Finally I added a 3rd Planeswalker to the mix (reducing the others down to 3-ofs each) so that you have better odds of having multiple walkers down at a time. Nissa is also great for pumping the army while also creating blockers for stall. I think ideally there'd just be 2 of each Kiora, to make way for 2-of a 4th walker, but not sure which one fits the theme best.

Spirits on Un-FLICKING-believable!!!!!!!!!!

2 months ago

Hi hoardofnotions,

Thanks for the comments on Spirits Wall.

What do you guys use to value your decks? We use Deckstats.net Un-FLICKING-believable!!!!!!!!!! Deck. $60.82 - Basic Lands $1.10 = $59.72. We always found TCGPlayer.com (Sidebar) was always missing cards (Caution triangle), and was so variable made it unpleasant. Interested to know what you guys settled on.

Rakdos Charm in all honesty is not the best, but it is modular (graveyard protection), and it kills a go-wide token strategy that you indicated to have issues with. Also, or alternatively, you can run board clearing, like Chandra's Ignition or Whipflare.

Ontop of Dualcaster Mage + Ghostly Flicker + Piranha Marsh, Archaeomancer + Peregrine Drake also work.Animate Dead + Worldgorger Dragon can also, but he is high risk. Maybe some additional Tutors to consistently get the Ghostly Flicker.

Rite of Replication + Dualcaster Mage / Naru Meha, Master Wizard is infinite Wizards (Don't even need to kick it). Rite of Replication is good on it's own too, especially with all the ETB's you run. Add a Gray Merchant of Asphodel and that's a win-con (unless the opponent is playing heavy life gain), does 60 damage to each opponent ( x 6 Gray Merchant of Asphodel + 5 triggers) by itself, and you gain 180 life.

I see the mana fixing in the base, but so many tapped lands can slow you down too much. May overcome this with the ramp?

Dinrova Horror I understand he can be a powerhouse, and recurring him makes him good, but High CMC, and can't target yourself (efficiently anyway).

Dreamscape Artist that is a hell of a price to pay, I wouldn't. If it could pull any land maybe, but not basic.

I'm not sure Duplicant is effective enough, and high CMC, for his $ cost in a budget format. There's lots of ETB's to abuse, for sure, he is one of them, but not sure worth it. Would rather have money for a Rite of Replication.

Withered Wretch and Ingot Chewer are ok, but I would rather have a Rakdos Charm, I realize can't flicker them, but those creatures aren't the greatest anyway, and Withered Wretch doesn't benefit from flicker.

I would play but evaluate Discovery / Dispersal, doesn't provide any card advantage, have to see how often it is Surveil a card into the graveyard that you return as a %. If it inconsistently works, I wouldn't run it. If you find your usually recurring the card it throws, or your aggressive enough to dig for a combo piece, might be ok. Hard to evaluate.

Evil Twin (CMC4) can be great, or not. Situational. Same with Memory Plunder, too random, too situational. Difficult to evaluate it's value, I usually stay away from those.

Animate Dead is very high $, again would rather see something like a Rite of Replication in it's place.

Nightscape Familiar is not a terrible ramp, and he has Regenerate, so can block Non-Flample pretty good.

Devastation Tide scares me to, because you probably rebuild your board the slowest (or close to the slowest). I wouldn't want to reset myself, after doing all the ramping work. Might be situational good on occasion, but rarely on a miracle. There is a blue card (not Cyclonic Rift that does opponents stuff, name escapes me now, but it has a very high CMC)

Commit / Memory at CMC4 seems pretty high too. Seems to much, lose the game with it in hand and unable to cast, or saving CMC4 and don't end up using it. Not Flash or anything (other than the copy spell guys) to really utilize the saved mana, or draw, etc. Some with the artifact returns/recur though.

Burnished Hart is really good, I know he doesn't ETB, but if you can recur him, lots of ramping. A little $ expensive too.

Most of your drawing is CMC 3+ which, I understand early turns your playing tapped lands for the most part, so you're slowly moving, then turn 3-5 your trying to draw. You have a couple tutors, but you might get overwhelmed before you can get to it. Luckily in a multi-pod, you'll probably be left alone for a while, but hard to evaluate if your fast enough. Since you restrict to only Tier 4+ commanders, you may have enough time, our league doesn't restrict, just restricts the budget, Animar or Brago, you'd never get ahead of, so you have that going for you!

Cloud of Faeries + Deadeye Navigator + Dimir Aqueduct or Izzet Boilerworks or Rakdos Carnarium does indeed make infinite mana.

Razaketh's Rite is high CMC, but the Cycling makes it playable if drawn in opening rounds.

Sever the Bloodline is great for Horde removal too (or indestructible), or Bile Blight. Not sure how often you see it though, we have 1/1 Snake and 2/2 Wolf and */* Vampire in our league. Tragic Slip too (instant speed).

Murder is a good budget removal too. Can free up some $ with a Dissipate instead of Counterspell.

I like the draw on Illusionist's Stratagem but the CMC4 sucks, it's still good though because it triggers the 2 creatures, which you need.

Custodi Lich is awesome (for the extra draw and the sacrifice), but his $ and his CMC5 make him not budget friendly. Plus he many not even get the target your really want to kill, and sorcery speed. Once the Monarch is on the table, if you don't have a way to take it back, you may actually hurt yourself by giving away card advantage.

Notion Thief is best with Wheel of Fortune type effects, or when you play "all players draw a card" type effects. Not sure if you've found him consistent enough in this flicker type build?

Good deck idea, like the flicker. +1.

ownagefactory on Pir & Toothy's Counters, Blinks, Copies and Draws!

4 months ago

Another thing to note about flicker cards. You can use them to reuse helpful ETB. Your list has a few good ones Armorcraft, deepglow, witness, ridgescale, or even flickering something that hit the battlefield before your Master Biomancer landed. Illusionist's Stratagem, Ghostly Flicker, Displace.

passascats on Aminatou ETB/Flicker

4 months ago

So, I'm a huge flicker/ETB fan. I like what you have started here. I personally really like Ghostly Flicker or Illusionist's Stratagem because of how well they combo with cards like Archaeomancer, Mnemonic Wall, or Possessed Skaab; generating a nice mana limited loop of flickers. Also, Sudden Disappearance would be hilarious after pulling an ultimate from your commander.
Good Luck!!

Roryrai on Naru Ghost Tide

4 months ago

Intuition is incredibly versatile, and it may be worth it off of that alone. I'll do some thinking on potential piles and whether or not it's worth it. I had it in an earlier version of the deck and took it out for lack of good piles, but the deck was a lot less streamlined back then so it's probably worth another look.

The best winning pile I'm thinking of right now is something like Snapcaster Mage, Illusionist's Stratagem, and Ghostly Flicker, which, assuming you can make 10 mana, means they'll always give you Ghostly Flicker unless they have grave hate for Snapcaster Mage.

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