Volrath, the Shapestealer

Volrath, the Shapestealer

Legendary Creature — Shapeshifter

At the beginning of combat on your turn, put a -1/-1 counter on up to one target creature.

: Until your next turn, Volrath, the Shapestealer becomes a copy of target creature with a counter on it, except its base power and toughness is 7/5 and it has this ability.

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal

Volrath, the Shapestealer Discussion

yourdreamingfriend on Otrimi, the mutating Headache

2 weeks ago

Hey, I love your deck! A few notes which might make this deck play a little smoother.

  • Blighted Agent - I'd recommend that you take this card out. This is a Human Rouge, which means that you can't mutate onto this like you probably want to.

  • Diabolic Tutor - I'd recommend that you take this card out. If you were trying to go for a budget tutor effect, Grim Tutor is being reprinted in M21, and is sure to be cheaper in this coming set. That being said, a better alternative might be Uncage the Menagerie which is more creature focused, or some of the Transmute effects like Dimir House Guard or Dimir Infiltrator which tutor for a specific CMC

  • Deadly Tempest - I'd recommend that you take this card out. It seems that as a creature focused deck, you are almost always going to be suffering the most from this board wipe. Other alternatives would be Black Sun's Zenith or just a good ol' fashioned Damnation

  • Migration Path - I'd recommend that you take this card out. 4 mana to put 2 basics onto the field just isn't that good unfortunately. I'd recommend changing this out for a 2 mana Rampant Growth or a 3 mana Cultivate which is being reprinted in M21. In addition to changing Migration Path to one of those options, I would add a Traverse the Outlands. Your commander guarantees that this is a 5 mana 6 land ramp. I'd probably take out Villainous Wealth to make room for this change.

I think that is a good start! I actually have a Volrath, the Shapestealer commander deck which seems to have a lot of similar themes which is where I am getting inspiration from. Hope you enjoy!

Fatboy26105 on Volrath, "Cloned to Perfection"

1 month ago

EdhOutlaws have you gotten to play this one much? I am looking at building a deck built around theft and Volrath, the Shapestealer seems like a perfect commander. I was looking at going RUG but I am getting persuaded by this list.

IrateWarrior on Nicol Bolas, Dreadhorde General

2 months ago

Think Contagion Engine is to high of a cmc compared to other proliferate? Does wonders in my Volrath, the Shapestealer deck and you have a lot more reward from it

Poly_raptor on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

3 months ago

I’ll take a look Deadpoo111... I did upvote this already but I’ll see if I have any other ideas :)

Does anyone want to have a look at my new deck.

Counterman counterman, does whatever a counter can

Commander / EDH Poly_raptor


It’s a Sultai deck, based around Volrath, the Shapestealer but it’s not just a -1/-1 counter deck, it plays around with all the counters, music counters, divinity counters, corpse counters.. over the next few days of Ikoria spoilers I will update it as it looks there will be lots of new counters in this set

Gidgetimer on Volrath, the Shapestealer interaction with ...

4 months ago

Spells and abilities target if, and only if, they use the word "target". Both of Volrath, the Shapestealer's abilities use the word "target", so neither can be used on a creature with protection from him or shroud.

I'm a bit confused by the last sentence of your question. What do you mean by "Does the protection stops him even thought he targets himself"? Volrath targets the creature with the counter on it, he doesn't target himself.

Gaurwaith on Volrath, the Shapestealer interaction with ...

4 months ago

Hello! I would like to know how does Volrath, the Shapestealer interacts with creatures with protection or shroud.

For example: let's say I control Volrath, the Shapestealer and Stonecoil Serpent with x counters on it. Does the activated hability of Volrath targets him so he can become a copy of the Stonecoil Serpent? or Does the protection stops him even thought he targets himself ?

Thanks in advance

LittleBlueHero on Edgar's Dega Vampires

4 months ago

I know this deck is retired but it still seems like the place to go with Vampire tribal related questions.

Are Dolmen Gate or Iroas, God of Victory worth running as another Reconnaissance type effect? They would still allow us to get attack triggers off our smaller creatures when needed.

Also after some teasers from this years upcoming products we know Baron Sengir will be getting a new card. For flavor reasons I kinda hope he's still mono black but from a commander standpoint I wouldn't mind if they gave him a new color treatment like they did for Volrath, the Shapestealer this past year

Mortlocke on Trying to focus my Atraxa ...

6 months ago

Decklist: The Song of Phyresis

I've created a Vorthos Atraxa, Praetors' Voice Infect/Stax/Counters deck that focuses on Soft Locking opponents while proliferating infect counters to seal the win. I've had some limited success, but I feel like i'm stuck in terms of how to further push the deck toward being consistent in locking the board/limiting opponent options. To mitigate that i'm considering Static Orb . It's effect is similar to a card already in the deck - Tangle Wire and to circumvent it's effects on my mana production the deck has cards like Astral Cornucopia and Storage Lands that take full advantage of proliferation triggers, and not necessarily needing to always be untapped.

But what to cut? Currently, what's highest on the chopping block is Volrath, the Shapestealer Regrettably, it feels more like a win-more than something that directly contributes to a cohesive strategy (it is rather good when I can copy an infect creature though!) For such an iconic character I feel the card has a lot of big limitations - namely the limitation on the shapes it can steal. If it could steal the form of a legendary - then it would be always be a 2nd Atraxa. But alas, that is simply not the case - giving it very limited use. I feel like cutting Volrath is definitely the way to go...but should Static Orb take it's place? Also, what other cards would you cut? What would you slot in?

p.s. My friends/meta and I don't subscribe to the silly notion of "fair" magic. All magic is fair magic.

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