Stroke of Genius


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Urza's Saga (USG) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Stroke of Genius


Target player draws X cards.

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Stroke of Genius Discussion

allaboutthatmana on Chain Veil Teferi

1 week ago

So first off, I have been using this list as my main source of inspiration for building my own... So thank you for being so in depth! I have been working on adjusting your list to my meta and I was wondering if Walking Ballista could be a better infinite mana outlet than Stroke of Genius? With Stroke you have to be able to get it back into your hand and target players. With ballista, you can just dome all of the opposing players. It can also be a helpful piece of interaction for combo decks that are reliant on their commander (see Arcum/sisay). I know that we are not running a lot of creatures because we usually cannot tutor for them/running creature hate. But I just wanted to hear your thoughts on this option. THANKS!

entheogeneral on Top Ten on Isochron Scepter?

1 week ago

Anything can be dealt with if you somehow land a Darksteel Forge + Nevinyrral's Disk or some other thing that can stay on the field (like Pernicious Deed). And I use the Dramatic Reversal combo to win mostly with Sol Ring and Darksteel Ingot and use said mana to deck someone (or myself) with Stroke of Genius. TO clear things up, I really enjoy this community, you guys are all so helpful and intelligent (unlike those who play Yugioh, ha!) but I make no attempt whatsoever to filter myself on the basis that nothing matters anyway. I don't have any disrespect for the LGBTUVWXYZ community, what with me being somewhat queer and all. Anyway, view me as you want and thanks for the contribution.

smiffdemon on Izzet R&D

2 weeks ago

Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir might be just the extra edge you need to stop other control colors from messing up your game plan. I agree with you about using Opportunity over Stroke of Genius. X spells are great to dump into late game, but Mizzix can use them more optimally than you can, and Opportunity is consistently reliable. Jace's Ingenuity is also good and so is Pull from Tomorrow.

All of the cards you have under "possibly insert" are super powerful Izzet cards. I'd definitely consider running them!

Lo_Pan on Dial M for Murder (of crows)

2 weeks ago

Out --> In (+/- CMC): Reason

Urza's Incubator --> Cloud Key (+0): Urza's Incubator is not worth $20 to me; then again is CK worth $8 for this deck?

Teferi's Protection --> Ghostway (+0): TP is another $25 card that I'm not interested in adding here at that price. Ghostway only wrath-protects creatures, so that will have to do.

Hindering Light --> Grafted Exoskeleton (+2) I'll go slightly more in on the infect backup plan. HL is underwhelming more often than not.

Plains --> Scavenger Grounds (+0) This deck needs some way to interact with the Graveyard.

Stroke of Genius --> Tezzeret's Gambit (+0) Nudging higher on infect plan B.

Oloro_Magic on Competitive Teferi Stax

2 weeks ago

sabon when you are untapping with Teferi you will have enough mana to activate The Chain Veil more than once meaning you can plus Teferi filtering through your deck for a win-con such as Stroke of Genius until you need to minus him again to create more mana, basically he will never die as you can plus him more than you minus him.

Monkeylordz on Grand Arbiter budget Deck

3 weeks ago

Cool budgety deck. The first thing I recommend at least 38 lands, especially in a control like this one. Also, you probably need more card draw. Sphinx's Revelation, Blue Sun's Zenith, Stroke of Genius, Rhystic Study, Mind's Eye, etc. are all cards that scale late game, which is what a control deck wants. Also, counterspells that replace themselves like Exclude and Dismiss are quite good. ALSO, for the last time, you might want some mana rocks. You can cut back on some low impact things like Judge's Familiar.

Happy brewing, and remember, commander is all about what is fun for YOU!

hoardofnotions on Ramos the Voltron Spellslinger

3 weeks ago

This could be possible cuts

curse of bounty, helping your opponenets seems like a bad move

humble defector, better card draw out there that dosen't help your opponenets

aqueous form, maybe Artful Dodge for more cast triggers on ramos

plasm capture, too mana intensive for 5 color. I imagine it'll be sitting in hand cause you can't cast it a lot.

fist of suns, you're only discounting 5 spells in your entire deck with this card

You might need some more card draw, maybe Stroke of Genius, Rhystic Study, Rishkar's Expertise, Consecrated Sphinx

Mana Reflection is $expensive$ but turns 10 mana from ramos to 20. That's a lot

Right now I'm seeing lots of good stuff additions and that's something that can happen when you build around such an open ended general in all 5 colors.

If you pick a theme and focus on it I think you'll find yourself with a stronger overall deck.

Goodstuff can be a theme as well by the way, but even goodstuff needs a little direction.

I've been working on a new budget deck called Thrax, Assassin for the Budget that is probably a little to focused on it's theme of blinking creatures. If you want to check that deck out and suggest anything that crosses your mind I'd appreciate it!

Have fun with the deck!!!

Jamminmagician on big purple 4 arm guy

4 weeks ago

Not to mention Alchemist's Refuge!
Replace Whirlwind with Hurricane and Pull from Tomorrow with Stroke of Genius for the better option to deck an opponent to death at instant speed. Also grab yourself a Mystical Tutor as a second copy of your spells and a means of retrieving the blue sun's zenith after it shuffles in!Cut your planeswalkers for harder to kill threats, or at least better walkers like Kiora or Ugin.
Get that rashmi into your deck for the synergy with Momir and start adding more simic creatures like Thrasios, Triton Hero and Prime Speaker Zegana

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