Skill Borrower

Skill Borrower

Artifact Creature — Human Wizard

Play with the top card of your library revealed.

As long as the top card of your library is an artifact or creature card, Skill Borrower has all activated abilities of that card. (If any of the abilities use that card's name, use this creature's name instead.)

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Set Rarity
Shards of Alara (ALA) Rare

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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Vintage Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Noble Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Highlander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Unformat Legal

Skill Borrower Discussion

sergiodelrio on High-cost abilities

20 hours ago

Skill Borrower might fit in your deck?

sergiodelrio on [Turn 3 Win] Snoop Mogg

1 month ago

Could splash for Skill Borrower and Set Adrift (or similar cards) in case you wanted to push the combo aspect.

DarkHero on Mairsil, The Pretender Things That ...

9 months ago

Doing a little Brewing with Mairsil, the Pretender because I love commanders that let you use cards that don't see a lot of play. I've definitely come across some interesting stuff.

I'd like to share some of the interactions and also inquire about what others are thinking as far as efficiency and fun, or any other combos/interactions not mentioned.

  1. There are ways to get around the "only once per turn" wording. This is probably the most confusing piece of decks based on this Commander. The most obvious choice is Quicksilver Elemental , allowing you to pay to essential get a new instance of an ability. I am lead to believe that flickering Mairsil will also reset this rule. But if this is wrong or there is a way to make it more clear (OR OTHER WAYS TO DO IT) please share.

  2. AEtherling , Torchling , and Morphling are just about mandatory for protection and evasion.

  3. Untap effects are powerful, making Pili-Pala combos a thing, but I'm not sure what makes the most sense here. And finding a home for Horseshoe Crab .

  4. Skill Borrower can basically be a Mairsil Lite

  5. Loot Effects are excellent because Mairsil doesn't care if the target are in hand or in graveyard.

6. Pack Rat can be used to create copies of Mairsil, which one will die, but it can be used to evade and get additional uses of abilities.

7. Vector Asp ...

8. Anthroplasm + Sage of Hours in cages makes for extra turn shenanigans

9. Soul of New Phyrexia + Nevinyrral's Disk in cages creates one sided boardwipes on a stick.

10. The Chain Veil ? Could Grixis Superfriends be a thing with a combo here? If anything you get the ability without the drawback.

11.And this is the big one. Mirror-Mad Phantasm . So the wording here is different, "a card named..." means we won't replace the name with Mairsil, so we will rummage through our deck looking for another Phantasm, that isn't there. So we are able to put our entire library into the graveyard. From here we can use a combo based around Narcomoeba , Bloodghast Fatestitcher , Dread Return , Laboratory Maniac , and flashback Deep Analysis for the win. It's a little janky, but it is essentially a 2 card combo with a little support.

12.Aside from that, Necrotic Ooze would love all these activated abilities in the graveyard.

Again I'm looking to provide some clarity, for others and myself, on good ways to take this commander. If anything I've shared is wrong or there are better ways to do it, please let everyone know!

hellhole3927 on On Tilts

1 year ago

LiquidGaming yep you definitely play my type of decks. Right now I'm still trying to put some finishing touches on a Modern Protean Hulk list I've been working on. I also just finished making a Skill Borrower combo list which seems legitimately good The Gob Kabob... breaking things that shouldn't be broken, lol. I've always had an interest in Legacy Delver, but can't find anyone to play some Legacy with at my LGS. And yes I play a TON of EDH. Since you seem to like my type of decks I would recommend you take a look at Kruphix, God of Horizons control combos, at first this card seems SO CHILL, but whenever I walk into my LGS to play some EDH... Player on my left: "we need to kill John first", Next Player: "we already know that", Player on my right: " Goblin Guide for turn, John I'll attack you". It's funny since it's actually come to the point of them making decks just to deal with Kruphix, God of Horizons .

hellhole3927 on Lurking Footsteps [[Hulk Flash]]

1 year ago

I could be wrong about how much some of the things I'm am going to list may effect your deck, but these are my thoughts on your list.

1) Cut the FETCHLANDS. Yes this seems like a bad idea at first, but as a three color deck with so much card draw in it already they don't provide much help with mana fixing. Okay, but then you say they thin the deck. Yeah they do, but they hurt all of your bottom deck manipulation making all of your Serum Visions , Opt , and Sleight of Hand even more mediocre than they already are.

2) Cut 1 Reveillark . I started my list with two, but I found with so much card selection I could always find a way prevent myself from drawing at least one and that's all you need in the library for the combo to work. Something to remember also is that since you have so many discard outlets drawing Reveillark will never be a problem for you. All you have to do is discard the one Reveillark in your deck and use Protean Hulk to find Viscera Seer and Body Double , Body Double enters as Protean Hulk , sac the new Protean Hulk (aka Body Double ), find Mogg Fanatic and another Body Double , have the new Body Double enter as a copy of Reveillark , and proceed to loop the Mogg Fanatic and Body Double for the win.

BTW, I recently finished building a Skill Borrower combo deck for modern if you wouldn't mind would you take a look at it and let me know what you think of it? The Gob Kabob

Boza on Type 4 cards

1 year ago

For that type of deck, I think you need to separate the deck into themes. For example:

Falco101 on Yuriko, Ninja Fun

1 year ago

Since your wincon is life loss through revealing cards, here are some more helpers to get there faster

Twilight Prophet
Nightshade Schemers
Future Sight
Magus of the Future
Vampire Nocturnus
Skill Borrower

Juha on Skill Borrower 3.2

1 year ago

Thanks for the upvote JKRice !

Necrotic Ooze sure is a strong candidate for this deck! I think I'll have to squeeze at least one into it.

Too bad it doesn't benefit from: 3x Conundrum Sphinx, 3x Sage of Epityr and 4x Skill Borrower. I also have an idea that this deck should not be hurt too badly by sideboard gravehate... But it's definently something I need to sit down with a stout and think about!

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