At the beginning of your upkeep, exile the top card of each opponent's library. Until end of turn, you may cast nonland cards from among those exiled cards, and you my spend mana as though it were mana of any colour to cat those spells.
Stolen Strategy Discussion
2 weeks ago
I LOVE this deck strategy, and there's a lot of cards that can support it (it's also super fun in commander). You are in red so if you want to go the Traitorous Blood , Hijack , etc. route, you easily can.
First thing that comes to mind of though is Knowledge Pool . Absolute sh*tstorm every time, so much fun.
Lastly, you have a bunch of other things thrown in here that don't follow this game plan (but do follow the game plan of your commander well). Things like Tatyova, Benthic Druid . I'm thinking you should make this specific deck less of a Stealing Deck, and just make it a better Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis deck. Then take all your Stealing cards and pick a different commander for that deck strategy (because it does sound super fun).
Some options for different commanders could be: Show
- Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge : You lose white and green, but keep red and blue (your current most important Stealy colours). You also gain black which could give you some good graveyard steals
- Zedruu the Greathearted : You lose blue, which could be a big loss. But this also changes your deck strategy from Stealing to switching, which isn't that big of a difference but could be a lot of fun. Switch your Steel Golem for your opponents commander.
- Admiral Beckett Brass : Thieving, conniving, pirates. What more do you need? Still keeps your blue and red, and throws in black as well.
This is all off the top of my head, but I hope you get some help from it.
2 weeks ago
Feldon of the Third Path is great recursion in .
4 weeks ago
This is to playtest Tears, and Strategy is the least impactful card right now. I think I could set up some really strong turns with this card, especially in conjunction with a lot of the other effects I have.
4 weeks ago
Doomsday is in, but the Lab Man pile is out.
Ordering a few more foils. Looking to increase the creature presence, and I need to ensure I still have viable DD piles for the Dramatic Scepter win. Fortunately I only need to draw a total of 3 cards, not 6 like with Lab Man.
Thief of Sanity is in. Evasive cheap body, and his ability lets me steal a card from hand and cast it myself. Total Nicol Bolas play. Similarly, I'm getting foils of Stolen Strategy , Etali, Primal Storm , Grenzo, Havoc Raiser , and Fiend of the Shadows . Not everything will likely go in, but they're all pretty on-theme.
Rakka Mar is in for the Bolas flavor text and board presence.
I'd also really like to add Tezzeret, Artifice Master . Makes flying blockers and draws cards, and if he gets his Ultimate it's an immediate Omniscience. No real downside, and he is a slave to Bolas, after all.
I'm running a risk of making the average CMC too high. The early game is rough unless I specifically have good defenses in hand.
More suggestions welcome.
1 month ago
1 month ago
@duffman24, thanks for dropping by. Those are two very interesting suggestions. I've tested one of them-- Experimental Frenzy --in another deck (my mono-red Grenzo list) and it was just okay. It's definitely not as good as Outpost Siege . In addition to a skewed mana curve, frenzy will only shine when we have access to top deck manipulation, like a sensei or scroll rack. We cannot play multiple lands per turn, too, and that's often a problem with frenzy (you play a land and then there's another land, so you're forced to pass). There's another card, Stolen Strategy , that does something somewhat similar to Outpost Siege . At first glance, that card seems to be much better than outpost and frenzy but in practice, it's actually pretty mediocre. The problem is that more likely than not, you'll exile lands, and you cannot cast lands, and when it's not lands, you'll likely exile some irrelevant spell from your opponents. Of course, the value of such a card will scale with the quality of the decks that you are playing against, but so far, my experience with it tells me that it's actuall worse than frenzy and much worse than outpost. In the same vein, there's a new card called Light Up the Stage that I've tested extensively and is really, really good in aggro lists. I've removed ascendancy to find a space for it--that's how good Light Up the Stage is. (I've updated the list to reflect that change.)
Now, let's talk about Smothering Tithe . The card ramps like crazy because no one ever pays for it (unless 1v1'ing or 2v1'ing) and has pretty good synergy with Akiri (each treasure is a +1/+0). That said, unless you have a reliable way of spending the mana it generates, the card is only okay. Say, if our commanders had an activated ability like Thrasios, Triton Hero , this card would be very good because it would allow us to use the mana to generate card advantage. However, that's not the case and this makes me very reluctant to play smothering tithe here. I've no doubt that frenzy takes precedence over smothering tithe in any boros list. Our main issue is card advantage and we need all the help we can get to generate card advantage, not necessarily ramp. However, it also works pretty well with jokulhaups, so that might be something to consider. I guess I'll have to test it at some point.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Thanks BlazinT! Much appreciated.
MattN7498 Thanks for your comment. The nice part of this deck is that there are numerous cards that can win you the game that wouldn't normally be considered wincons. Of course Gisela, Blade of Goldnight equipped with Sunforger gets the job done real quick so does Price of Progress , Rakdos Charm , Deflecting Palm , Bloodchief Ascension , and Master of Cruelties and many others.
I've played this deck countless times now and I've never worried about closing out games - the later the game goes the more confident that I have a lock on it.
Stolen Strategy occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%