Illusionist's Stratagem


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


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

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

1 month 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

1 month 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

2 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.

scotchtapedsleeves on Oona Queen Of Combo

3 months ago

I'd recommend adding more Ghostly Flicker-like combo enablers. Displace, Illusionist's Stratagem would work!

If you're concerned about how it works, I'd be happy to playtest against it on!

Rider1860 on Brago, King Eternal - Complete Guide

3 months ago

The section on mana ramp is spot on. I would add a not about the new Mox Amber but it isn't as good as other options. Both Vessel of Endless Rest and Commander's Sphere are searchable with Trophy Mage which can be an extra point in their favor.

Under card draw you have Induced Amnesia twice.

I would mention Tower Geist as an option. The card draw can be good and it gets better with graveyard recursion. Can be searched with Recruiter of the Guard.

Skyblinder Staff makes Brago hit more often. I added this after Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite started to see more play in my local meta.

Cloudform and Lightform I can never sing the prais to highly on these in Brago. Manifesting the top of the library then returning it face up later if it's a permanent is amazing value. Of the two Cloudform is better but they are both good.

Illusionist's Stratagem, Peregrine Drake, and Archeomancer give near infinite draws and mana. though I don't suggest it unless you have a lot of creatures. Ghostly Flicker is better I think.

Champion of Wits is a great way to cycle through your deck and can come back as a 4/4 token if it is in the grave.

Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign can make sphinx tribal work.

Fall of the Thran is the best Armageddon we have ever had in my mind. Every turn we can destroy all lands and during ours we get two back. I might change my mind after more testing but it has helped me win every fnm I took it too since it's release.

onehitterquiter on Bring Out Your Dead!

3 months ago

Ghostly Flicker, Illusionist's Stratagem and Displace seem like they'd be good here. Extra good if you toss in a Peregrine Drake.

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