Thalakos Deceiver


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual 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
Stronghold (STH) Rare

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Thalakos Deceiver

Creature — Thalakos Wizard

Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

When Thalakos Deceiver attacks and isn't blocked, you may sacrifice it. If you do, gain control of target creature. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)

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Thalakos Deceiver Discussion

Themysteriousone on Inalla, Cult Leader

1 month ago

It's funny because I got Sower of Temptation and after I got it in the mail I find out about the superior Thalakos Deceiver so I wanna run and see how the first goes first because I already dropped $10 bucks on her lol.

Kedvesem on Inalla, Cult Leader

1 month ago

I've only just added in the Beguiler and haven't drawn her in game. I'm already running the Sower of Temptation. If Beguiler underperforms, I'll definitely consider Thalakos Deceiver. That card looks like a lot of fun! I may have to try to squeeze it in regardless...

Themysteriousone on Inalla, Cult Leader

1 month ago

Is Beguiler of Wills doing you any good? It seems too expensive so I took it out of my deck and replaced it with Sower of Temptation and also Thalakos Deceiver as another option as well.

guardianhunter19 on Who wants to be Queen when you can be THIS?!

1 month ago

I like the 8x8 theory that this deck is built around, I've never heard of it before, but from the article the idea seems pretty sound. The deck itself also looks pretty solid.

You already have more than 8 theft cards, but I'd personally like to suggest Thalakos Deceiver since it steals creatures too and, if it doesn't get shot down, can do it basically unchallenged. Bribery for creatures that aren't even in play and Expropriate for some crazy good theft, are other options. If you want card draw there's also the new one from Ixalan Arguel's Blood Fast which actually fits your sac strategy too because it flips into Diamond Valley which then lets you stay alive using your opponents creatures.

FrigidOfficial on Inalla value town!

1 month ago

I've been working on an Inalla list for a long time and I've been making cuts constantly. If you wouldn't mind, could I ask about some specific cards you're using and why?

Lastly, 38 lands seems like quite a lot. Are you able to move through your deck quickly enough to avoid bricking?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for your time in advance!

MagicalHacker on Old, Hidden Gems in EDH

1 month ago

In my decks, the cards that haven't been printed since the modern frame that I had never seen played before I found them to put them in my deck are Caverns of Despair, Grip of Chaos, Hall of Gemstone, Holistic Wisdom, Primal Order, Titania's Song, Hunting Grounds, Ritual of the Machine, Steal Enchantment, Aura Thief, and Thalakos Deceiver.

Frank_Glascock on Inalla's Tap Studio (EDH Adaptive Combo)

2 months ago
  1. I think my meta is more creature based. Stealing generals is a good strategy for us where it would not be viable in a pure competitive environment. Thalakos Deceiver is a little on the mana intensive side but has the potential to force our opponent's hand. It would be hard in theory for this to be the first or even second worse wizard among the 23 in my version of the deck.

  2. Spending four mana just to Thoughtseize a Swords to Plowshares (for example) out of an opponent's hand is not ideal. Of course, you might have paid four mana to win the game if that is all the instant speed removal they had and the threat of Glen Elendra Archmage forces them to use it.

  3. I am not certain of Mistbind Clique. It can be used outside of Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar to stop an opponent from winning that turn or to slow them down. I just am hesitant playing a situational card that depends on having one of altars to possibly lock out our opponents.

  4. Ixalan was kind to my Edgar Markov deck but I do not see any additions for Inalla. Pillar of Origins only works for 23 cards in my deck and I do not think it is better than the other mana rocks that are in the deck.

  5. Tormod's Crypt is the most played graveyard hate card you listed in competitive circles.

Frank_Glascock on Inalla's Tap Studio (EDH Adaptive Combo)

2 months ago

1A) Sower of Temptation is an upgrade to Beguiler of Wills. Beguiler of Wills has way too many detractions to even be considered. It costs (1) more than Sower of Temptation, has no etb, does nothing the turn it enters unless you pay (1) for Inalla trigger and worst of all you are limited on targets. More than likely your best targets are going to be limited to stax creatures.

B) Is the removal in your meta more enchantment based or do your opponents use instants? I think there is value to cheating removal from players hands. I will tap out to play Glen Elendra Archmage and be ok with it getting exiled by Swords to Plowshares. That is one less removal spell out opponents will have to kill our creature based win conditions. Does this seem reasonable to you?

C) I think Sower of Temptation is the superior card to Beguiler of Wills and Thalakos Deceiver is superior to Sower of Temptation. Yes, it will need to be cast for 3U + (1) for the Inalla trigger and is a turn slower because of that. Shadow was "featured in the Tempest block and made a minor appearance in Time Spiral." Point is 99% of the time the token with Shadow is going to hit any of the other three opponents at the table. You do have to sacrifice the wizard which limits some of our other strategies (Patron Wizard, Voidmage Prodigy, Azami, Lady of Scrolls, ect). The upside is you permanently steal any creature and now you have the ability next turn to take another creature.

2) I agree with you that Mistbind Clique has enough upside that it warrants testing. Our opponents can respond by casting instant speed removal on Mistbind Clique and prevent their lands from being tapped.

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