Stratus Dancer


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dragons of Tarkir Rare

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Stratus Dancer

Creature — Djinn Monk


Megamorph (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for . Turn it face up at any time for its megamorph cost and put a +1/+1 counter on it.)

When Stratus Dancer is turned face up, counter target instant or sorcery spell.

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Stratus Dancer Discussion

BlueScope on Holding priority with split second

1 month ago

@Gidgetimer: I agree with you in general, but in the presented case, it doesn't make a difference, and that's what I'm talking about. They described in detail what's on the board and in the opponent's hand, and I don't see any reason to assume that there are other cards involved we're not aware of. By context, it even seems evident that they were aware of this entire information at the time it happened, because otherwise, there'd be no reason to play around it in this fashion.

That said, Stratus Dancer could interrupt this play one way or another, and the only reason to play spells one by one is to not get hosed by Time Stop or Counterflux spells, none of which stand tall against split second. Unless I'm forgetting a very specific morph card or similar effect, this is a perfectly calculateable scenario.

Gidgetimer on Holding priority with split second

1 month ago

BlueScope just because split second is involved doesn't make it any less sub-optimal to respond to Heartless Hidetsugu's activation with Molten Disaster rather than doing one thing at a time. You have already pointed out that if there is a morph out there is a possibility of Stratus Dancer and there are other morph creatures that counter when flipped up. There are also triggered counter spells and mana abilities that require a discard along with madness counters.

Granted you can check to make sure that none of these things are possible before casting the spells. Alternatively, you can just follow the best practice of putting one object on the stack at a time (unless there is a reason for multiple) and not get "got" if you miss something.

BlueScope on Holding priority with split second

1 month ago

It's not only the optimal play, but the only one that guarantees that what you're trying will succeed - once you start activating things by activating Heartless Hidetsugu's ability (which means you would have priority), there's no way for your opponent to stop you from doing all of what you want, because even if they secide to act on a hunch in response to your activation of Hidetsugu, you will have priority after putting a spell or ability on the stack, and by destroying their creatures with a split-second spell, you completely lock down their play in this situation (while in general, you could still get hosed, for example by a Stratus Dancer unmorphing).

I'm not sure what Gidgetimer is missing here - or what I'm missing, in case I'm in the wrong. However, what Colgate seems to be missing is that you only need to cast Disaster with X=2, meaning the only opponent's life totals you would be missing with this action would be 22 and 21, which is a small enough margin.

Fairmount on It turns out that it was a Leveler the whole time!

1 month ago

Irrigated Farmland! Cloudcrest lake is not good but the art is nice at least :D

Hidden Dragonslayer and Stratus Dancer would be great in the sideboard

Xithon on Fun with morph

2 months ago

Thanks for your comments Doran_The_ButtFighter,

I like the idea of switching Voidmage Prodigy and Voidmage Apprentice with Stratus Dancer and Willbender it seems more cost effective overall. I find too often that I am one mana shy in one way or another when I really need my morphed creatures to counter something. For that reason I'm also strongly considering putting Swan Song back in the deck so I can counter those pesky boardwipes. Also, Cryptolith Rite could easily replace Commander's Sphere and I would gain a lot more value out of this deck's large creature base, another great suggestion!

Surrak Dragonclaw was in a previous version of this deck before I made it morph-focused. I don't really use alternate commanders and my meta is such that I am the one who is most often doing the counterspelling. I like this card, just not for my group at the moment.

Finally, we both agree that Hooded Hydra is awesome! Therefore it'll stay right where it is ;-)

Good luck building your own sneaky morph deck and have fun with it!

Doran_The_ButtFighter on Fun with morph

2 months ago

Okay okay last comment! Stratus Dancer instead of the Voidmage Prodigy, Willbender, Dulcet Sirens is awesome in EDH, Temur Sabertooth to reoccur useful morphs/save them from dying, Qarsi Deceiver for obvious synergy, and Cryptolith Rite so you can use morphs that you done need atm to help pay other morph costs.

AmazingGrace15 on Animar's Hydra Horde

2 months ago

It's looking good bro. I have some suggestions for cards that are on the weaker side:

Equilibrium -- I feel like this card sounds good in theory, but I feel like it is taking up space for a more valuable card (maybe something like Rhystic Study?)

Icy Blast -- chances are obviously high that you're going to have a creature with power greater than 4, but you'd be better off just using Cyclonic Rift (which I see you already have) or some other form of removal (maybe Blasphemous Act, Starstorm or Chain Reaction?)

Predator's Rapport -- I don't really see this as being a life-gain deck. It is more of a beat-down deck.

Mindswipe or Overwhelming Denial -- These could work, but I'm definitely partial to plain ol' Counterspell.

Stratus Dancer -- again, I'm partial to Counterspell.

Some cards you might want to add:

Erratic Portal -- you have a lot of bouncing creature cards. With erratic portal, you can bounce your creatures and instead add a more powerful creature (maybe like one I listed below)

Alpha Status -- might seem a little weak, but if you can get it out and enchant Animar with it, that's one big dude.

Maybe you might want to look into the archetypes: Archetype of Aggression, Archetype of Imagination, or Archetype of Endurance.

I know this is a creature based deck, but personally I think having at least one or two artifact/enchantment removal cards would be handy. Maybe something like Krosan Grip or Appetite for the Unnatural?

I see you have a decent amount of creatures that tap for mana, but I also recommend something like Darksteel Ingot or Transguild Promenade.

So far it looks like a good build. I'm looking forward to seeing it in action!

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