Spell Swindle

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Tokens

Spell Swindle

Instant

Counter target spell. Create X colorless Treasure artifact tokens, where X is that spell's converted mana cost. They have symbol:tap, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Spell Swindle Discussion

jicklemania on EDH *GUIDE*, Baral Combo Control

1 week ago

What do you think about Spell Swindle ? It is a nice counterspell that can ramp you up to an Omniscience .

Odysseus_97 on Kumena will turn you into Simic Slaw

2 weeks ago

Hi Zalen

Welcome to Commander, I hope you will enjoy the format and I am glad that the deck could help you out :)

I haven't considered it, and i am actually up in the air about using it, 6 mana for 6 +1/+1 counters are not that efficient, and the +1/+1 counter theme is a minor theme. The inclusion of Simic Ascendancy is mostly to have a fun win con that can take focus off the growing evasive merfolk army.

Spell Swindle is in my opinion the best budget Mana Drain out there, with a nice bonus of being able to distribute the mana any way you want. Another option is Plasm Capture , but the fixing can be problematic. The biggest issue with these are having to hold up 4 or 5 mana, and sometimes it is not even needed to counter a spell and then you "wasted" a quite large amount of mana. So maybe it would be more efficient running a lesser costed one, like Counterspell or Arcane Denial and then a standard ramp spell like Cultivate / Kodama's Reach or Harvest Season which has done some work when it was cast at the right moment.

In regards to your counterspells, you are definitely on the right path choosing your counterspells, as being able to counter any type of spell is very important in singleton. Ordinary Counterspell would be a strict upgrade to Cancel and you should be able to get one of those from the random boxes at a LGS quite cheap. Negate is quite good, especially if you can counter a boardwipe, when your board is quite large :) Thought Collapse is just a strictly better Cancel .

For a budget the selection looks quite nice, some upgraded versions could be: Counterspell , Arcane Denial and Swan Song .

I will take a look at your deck when i get the time, and leave a comment on your page.

I am in the middle of reworking all of my commander decks, and kumena is coming up, so in the coming month or 2 you might see a larger swap in the deck on the page.

Zalen on Kumena will turn you into Simic Slaw

2 weeks ago

Hello Oddysseus_97, your deck was my inspiration when building my first ever commander deck. I like simic colours because the artwork is usually stunning.

Have you considered Biogenic Upgrade ??

Also, obviously Mana Drain is a better card but since I am building a budget deck, I got Spell Swindle . Can you share some thoughts on it? It sounds a bit clunky on its own being so CMC expensive. My three counterspells in the deck are Thought Collapse , Negate and Cancel .

This is my deck btw, I would absolutely appreciate some feedback :)

https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1954911

Cheers!!

Nephs on The Queen's Egg

3 weeks ago

LVL_666, degli a good alternative to Mana Drain imo, even though it's 5cmc, is Spell Swindle . Gives you mana, like Plasm Capture , but lets you choose when to use it.

NinetyFish on Stone-Cold Gorgonization

1 month ago

Another really evocative deck! Mirage Mirror could be a fun add if you wanted to give Perseus and his shield a shout-out in the deck.

The gemstones/jewelry ramp was a really creative touch that I really liked. Really makes the flavor come through. Have you considered the new treasure token cards? Cards Vraska, Relic Seeker , Spell Swindle , Revel in Riches , Prosperous Pirates , and Depths of Desire could add a fun secondary win condition in Revel in Riches and would help the mana out a lot too! The pirate theme in the treasure cards isn't necessarily on flavor, for sure, but they could represent the maritime aspect of ancient Greece?

multimedia on Davy Jones Pt.2

1 month ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help.

Since you're a new player in Commander my advice is keep it simple. Build this deck around what your Commander does. Admiral Beckett Brass means Pirates and she doesn't do anything unless you have Pirates. Not Zombies, not Vampires or any other tribe, just Pirates.

The steal your opponents nonland permanents/creatures is a fine strategy, but don't go overboard with single cards that only give you a single steal effect on a single creature such as Act of Treason . Brass's combat damage to a player from three Pirates ability and Captivating Crew are repeatable ways to steal your opponents creatures/nonland permanents and that's better, really all you need for this effect.

There's only 27 lands here which is not enough land; you risk getting land screwed (not drawing or have lands on the battlefield). When this happens you're not able to play cards in your hand because you don't have lands on the battlefield. Getting land screwed is not fun and since you're a new player it's even worse as it can possibly make you not want to play again.

Getting land flooded (drawing too many lands/having too much land) is also not fun, but it's better to have lands to cast spells then to not have any lands at all. If land flooded you can at least cast Brass since she's in the Command Zone. All Commander deck builders have to clear deck space for enough lands.


My advice for the manabase is if you don't want to add other lands that you don't have then add more basic lands. Play a total of 38 lands with 15-20 basic lands, split up between Islands, Swamps and Mountains. Play more Islands than the rest, next is Swamps and last is Mountains. There's more blue and black Pirates/cards than red here. If you're willing to add lands you don't already have then I can help you on a budget to upgrade the manabase starting with Command Tower .

11 cards to consider cutting to add more lands:


Other cards to consider cutting to make 100 cards:

As far as cuts to consider, cut single cards that give a single effect such as stealing an opponent's creature for one turn. Only getting to cast a card once and only target one creature to steal for one turn is not good enough. Single card combat trick spells that can only target one creature are lackluster and can be cut. Auras that only help one creature and don't give evasion can also be cut. Ghostly Wings and Aqueous Form are fine since they can give Brass evasion making it easier for her to do combat damage to a player.

Simplify your deck's strategy, go with Pirates and cut the majority of the nonPirate creatures. Creatures such as Wonder , Nightveil Specter and Sower of Temptation are worth keeping especially Wonder. Specter and Sower are good cards to go with the theme of stealing your opponents cards. Clones are fine, but not high mana cost ones that can only copy a creature; honestly cut them.


Some redundancy (multiple cards that do the same effect or close to it) in Commander is good. But, if you're needing cuts then redundancy is a place to make cuts. Draw spells for instance are good redundancy such as Brainstorm , Night's Whisper , Read the Bones . These are all low mana cost/mana efficient draw spells. Opt and Sleight of Hand are also fine, but if you need cuts they can be cut. Draw spells such as Pirate's Pillage , Pirate's Prize , Train of Thought , Think Twice are not good, cut them. Low mana cost (0-2 CMC) mana rocks are more good redundancy: Sol Ring and Signets/Talismans. Chromatic Lantern and Commander's Sphere are much better than the other three drop mana rocks here; Mana Geode and Darksteel Ingot can be cut.

For your deck combat trick spells, counterspells and targeted creature removal is in my opinion bad redundancy. I'm not saying to not have these kinds of effects, but limit the amount of them you play. Counterspell for instance is a staple card of Commander play it, but Cancel , Sinister Sabotage and Rethink are worse then Counterspell, cut them. Sabotage is better than Cancel, etc.

Blasphemous Act and Fiery Cannonade is good redundancy. Murder is better than Doomblade, cut Doomblade. Sorcery or high mana cost instant creature removal can be cut such as Contract Killing and Price of Fame . Bitterblossom and Dreadhorde Invasion is good redundancy, but Bitterblossom is a much better card than Invasion. Invasion is a good card, but if you need to cut a card then cut it because you have Bitterblossom, otherwise keep it.

Spells that give all your creatures evasion of some type are fine, but don't go overboard with including lots of them because these cards do nothing without you controlling a creature; making them dead draws/dead cards in your hand too often. These kind of effects that can give all your creatures evasion are better if they can be repeatable or are a static ability such as Wonder or from an enchantment, not an aura. You want to play cards that can give your creatures lasting evasion more than a single card for a single effect on one turn.

I offer more advice if you would like. Good luck with your deck.

misterbiscuitbarrel on Atemsis, Straigh Flush Exodia

1 month ago

To capitalize on that effect, Freed from the Real and Psionic Gift are good methods of redundancy and capitalization. Playing Blue Commander with no counterspells is a fool's game, I'd at least throw in a Spell Swindle or a Cancel or something.

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