Sneak Attack


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters (EMA) Mythic Rare
Urza's Saga (USG) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Sneak Attack


: You may put a creature card from your hand onto the battlefield. That creature gains haste. Sacrifice the creature at the beginning of the next end step.

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Sneak Attack Discussion

Last_Laugh on If Only I Had Thorns Like a Thistle

4 days ago

I gots me a few suggestions. First I'll start with budget options and move into the not-so-budget suggestions.

Budget:Flayer of the Hatebound, Ogre Battledriver, Anger, Dack's Duplicate, Dimir House Guard, Aura Thief (if you play against many Ghostly Prison effects), Falkenrath Aristocrat, Grim Haruspex (omg, get this in here!), Living Death, Metallic Mimic, Venser, Shaper Savant, Urabrask the Hidden, and Jokulhaups (kinda douchey, but very effective).

Not budget: Sneak Attack (should be #1 on your expensive acquire list, it's worth it), Spellskite (redirect the same spell as many times as needed), Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Phyrexian Altar, Sakashima the Impostor (only clone in mtg that can copy your own commander, double dethrone is gross), Fulminator Mage, Toxic Deluge, and Grave Pact

jpermar on The Downward Spiral

6 days ago

A couple tweaks:

Living Death isn't great w/o it being more one-sided (e.g., removing opponents' graveyards). So Damnation is just same thing one mana cheaper.

Sneak Attack doesn't do much, as I almost always have discount from Rakdos, Lord of Riots. So let's bring in Oblivion Stone, another way to punish all those decks playing non-creature permanents!

griffstick on Darigaaz Reincarnated; Good Commander?

1 week ago

He is best used in a deck that uses Sneak Attack type stuff. Or Reanimate type stuff or Elvish Piper type stuff. and try to get him out super early. just not the CMDR. as part of the 99 he is great.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

1 week ago

Just left you a comment Bxbx. Jodah looks very fun indeed.

Here is my Mayael deck again. It is nearing completion, but I'd still appreciate suggestions for ways to improve the deck. I'd like to find a way to maybe get Sneak Attack or Lurking Predators into the deck, but I am not sure if a) they are actually worth replacing another card with and b) what to take out for them. Thanks in advance!

Mayael's Hunting Grounds (Reborn!)

Commander / EDH* Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor


Last_Laugh on Marchesa the Cheesy Winner

2 weeks ago

First let me start off with I'm trying to be helpful but it'll probably feel like I'm ripping the deck apart. Some of my advice isn't budget friendly but worth working up to if you like the deck. If you feel like skipping the rest and just checking out my list for ideas... Marchesa, The Roses' Thorn

I've been playing Marchesa for about 3 years now and my deck started out very similar to yours. I had a very high mana curve and a lot of splashy spells and creatures that did a LOT... but they cost a LOT too and my first 3 turns I had nothing to do and I rarely had a turn I could cast more than one spell.

Marchesa excels when you have synergy on board already and still play her on turn 3 or 4. I suggest dropping most of your 5+ cmc cards in favor of cards under 4 cmc like Baleful Strix, Fulminator Mage, Sage of Fables, Grim Haruspex, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Spellskite (redirect the same spell as many times as needed to drop off the throne), Oona's Blackguard, Metallic Mimic, Phantasmal Image, Phyrexian Metamorph, All 3 signets (in addition to talismans and sol ring), Toxic Deluge, Goblin Bombardment, Necropotence, and Phyrexian Altar.

As far as higher cost spells I'd suggest: Herald of Secret Streams, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Dack's Duplicate, Ogre Battledriver, Urabrask the Hidden, Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos, Sneak Attack, and (this one's kinda douchey but amazingly effective) Jokulhaups.

Spirits on Kaalia - Cheat A/D/D

3 weeks ago

Hypergeometric Formula. Suppose a population "the deck" consists of N items "99 cards", k "31 lands" of which are successes. And a random sample drawn from that population consists of n items "7 cards", x "2 cards" of which are successes. Then the hypergeometric probability is: h(x; N, n, k) = [ kCx ] [ N-kCn-x ] / [ NCn ]

Best to use the calculator! Hypergeometric Calculator

So 99, 31, 7, 2 reading the X successes >= 2 lands in opening 7 cards, is 70.7% (> because 3 lands is still 2 lands)

By turn 4, you've drawn 4 more cards, so your sample size is 11, but now we want 4 successes (lands). 99, 31, 11, 4, >=4 is 47.1% only!

Don't count mana rocks as lands. A normal commander deck has between 35-38 lands, PLUS 8-10 ramp/rocks/dorks (mana accelerators). I run 36 lands, and 7 mana rocks, Chromatic Lantern, Chrome Mox, Fellwar Stone, Mana Crypt, Orzhov Signet, Sol Ring, Talisman of Indulgence, but I also run heavy tutors to pull what i need. I like it, but for longer non-combo games I would run 8.

Sundial of the Infinite has many other uses in longer non-combo games, only on your turn of course:

Angel of Serenity | Permanently exile the creatures, no returning to their owners hand

Karmic Guide | Avoid his Echo, but costs you a turn so not a good trade off

Kothophed, Soul Hoarder | Prevent him from killing you if you need to cast a board-wipe on your turn

Animate Dead / Necromancy | 95% sure it would stop the sacrifice, assuming it goes on the stack

Sneak Attack | Keep it permanently, no sacrifice

Mimic Vat | Keep the token, no exile

Counterspell | If something happens you don't like, counter it, costs rest of turn but prevent catastrophe, can't get any better protection.

Reconnaissance | If you drop in an A/D/D and get an unfavorable block, protect that A/D/D or Kaalia of the Vast

Counterspell those Grixis and Izzet players from End-of-Turn (EOT) casting draw/removal now that they don't need the mana for Counterspell anymore. Also stop Green from Flash casting in their creatures EOT.


Whip of Erebos | Creatures you control get lifelink, unburial creatures from graveyard, and Sundial of the Infinite to keep the creature, no exile. HOWEVER, when the creature does leave play, it will still be exiled due to the replacement effect also generated by the Whip of Erebos

Zealous Conscripts | Not an A/D/D but steals anything on board for CMC 5, and Sundial of the Infinite to keep the creature permanently

Flameshadow Conjuring | Same idea but you play lots of Legendary so don't recommend

You've got some good stuff to pull with Sunforger.

Boros Charm / Eerie Interlude / Teferi's Protection for Protection

Enlightened Tutor for Tutor

Path to Exile / Swords to Plowshares for creature Exile

Wear for Enchantments or Artifacts (not both), Return to Dust can still get 2 as well

You NEED Anguished Unmaking, Sunforger and remove any permanent!!! Utter End

Mortify good creature / enchantment removal. Dawn Charm white limited Counterspell / Protection for CMC2 it's pretty good, even just to Regenerate.

I personally don't like Chaos Warp but it is ok. Deflecting Palm / Comeuppance / Wild Ricochet too, but meh, give me offense! Wild Ricochet at least prevents then doubles the effect vs. Reverberate doesn't prevent anything, Shunt is ok, but there has to be another legal target, and it doesn't double it. 2 for 1 like Return to Dust is how Mardu beats the lack of good drawing.

Oblation or Orim's Thunder (can still kick) meh, meh.

Dark Tutelage is another Dark Confidant who I do play, BUT, Dark Tutelage is harder to remove if it's going to kill you. Dark Confidant easy to block with or sacrifice etc. In budget though, I'd probably play it lol.

Reveillark another recursive guy, but his CMC is high, and not an A/D/D so not efficient / synergy. Bladewing the Risen is good recursion too. 2 for 1! Reya Dawnbringer no Kaalia of the Vast trigger, but demands an answer. Unanswered he can make you golden.

Angel of Despair good budget removal. Aegis Angel good protection. Archfiend of Depravity if you face go-wide or token decks. Steel Hellkite is a great budget removal, he makes most Kaalia of the Vast competitive decks.

Diabolic Tutor is good, high CMC. Resolute Archangel is a nice reset button in longer term games, but CMC7 is very annoying. But Sneak Attack or Quicksilver Amulet.

Hope that answers the questions presented.

Elywood on Kaalia - Cheat A/D/D

3 weeks ago

Spirits, definitely! I think I'm mostly trying to learn/figure out what's a good deck structure look like in terms of lands/ramp/draw/removal/creature before I add in my own personal touch of 'fun things'. The land % calculation is super super useful. Could you give the rough breakdown of how that's calculated? How do mana rocks factor into that calculation?

I'll def start looking into a better land base next. Also taking a look at the other cards you suggested. Do you really think Sundial of the Infinite merits a spot? I do feel like it'll be a dead draw most of the time since it requires Whip of Erebos or Sneak Attack

Any other 'spice' cards you've tried with Kaalia that are pretty fun? Or anything with some more sunforger synergy maybe?

Love your analysis, thanks again!

elgosu1337 on Not Bad Boros

3 weeks ago

Emeria Shepherd is a good card to bring back your dead creatures, and can cheat them in permanently after a Sneak Attack. Swiftfoot Boots is good backup for Lightning Greaves.

I'm not convinced by the planeswalkers included. More instants for the Sunforger package could be useful, for instance Valorous Stance and Wild Ricochet.

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