Volrath, the Shapestealer


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Mythic Rare

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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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Volrath, the Shapestealer Discussion

Rhadamanthus on Volrath copies a Beanstalk giant

10 hours ago

Caerwyn: Volrath, the Shapestealer can only target a creature with a counter on it. I assume that's why it was part of the question.

Rhadamanthus on Volrath copies a Beanstalk giant

10 hours ago

Yes, that's right. If a copy effect says something like "except it's still (quality)", that means it won't copy any characteristic-defining abilities for whatever characteristic the given quality is referring to. Volrath, the Shapestealer doesn't copy CDAs for power and toughness.

DesolationDragon on Volrath copies a Beanstalk giant

10 hours ago

If my Beanstalk Giant has a counter on it and Volrath, the Shapestealer copies it, Volrath will remain a 7/5 as per the card right?

BMHKain on Help wanted for Kadena Morph/Manifest... ...

1 week ago

Apologies for the previous dupli-comment. The server was a bit off at the time...

Well, as an update to the deck: at least we can say Volrath, the Shapestealer is out, & Ezuri 2.0 will be staying for a very long while...

Also, being able to BOUNCE Mantfests to your hand w/ Temur Sabertooth , Words of Wind , even Scroll of Fate allows you a choice for Manifestation. While killing the ones you DON'T own via Thieving Amalgam is like a perfect vengeance; even cards like Qarsi Deceiver , Temur War Shaman , Whisperwood Elemental , even Ghastly Conscription , Ethereal Ambush , & even Write into Being .

Also adding Cloudform , We have an amount of 115 cards in so far; or 114 if nobody wants me adding such a card. From there, we have 2 things left; the 3rd Question about what helps Creatures; Morphs/Megamorphs/Manifest all apply to these Bylaws. & since all start as Faceless 2/2 Colorless Face-Down Token Creatures, the question now is: In Colors, what would be good for both , cards, & those w/ eith 2 Power and/or 2 Toughness, or lower even?

From there it's the first, & last question: What to Cut?!

I'll proceed in removing some of these things; they've been established anyway. :)

So, what cards that can support basically any Morphs/Megamorphs/Manifests (Colorless 2/2 Face Down Tokens.) can help big here?

I'm done for now; I'll just remove some things as they're accomplished...

BMHKain on Help wanted for Kadena Morph/Manifest... ...

2 weeks ago

Kadena's Codex of Omnilocking of all Manifestings

Commander / EDH* BMHKain


(I personally ponder IF I should do this for all my decks...)

Q1: There are currently 102 cards in this deck, so the first priority is what cards are worth cutting?

Q2: Any Misc. Cards also worth adding? Since we're dealing w/ Morphs/Megamorphs/Manifests, Stuff that benefit from & ≤2 Power, or anything of the sort can help.

Q3: FINAL: With 2 cards left to cut, but several cards that still deserve a chance in the Maybeboard, what would you choose to put back in, as well as cut?

I hope this help about such a deck like this. Thanks for the Help, if any.

slipperygecko on Omnath, Ramper of Good Green Stuffs

3 weeks ago

Nice! Big smashy green is my favourite! Hydra Omnivore is an amazing card and something I 100% want to slot into my Volrath, the Shapestealer deck but not so much this one. It's a great card but I prefer to alpha strike a player, and also we play a lot of Kingdoms Variant (it's like Bang) in my meta so some of those cards aren't ideal for that.

EDH rocks, I hope you get into it :)

DrukenReaps on Need help getting into 1v1 ...

1 month ago

So I've been playing commander and magic for a long time but I've never been a competitive player. Now my LGS is running 1v1 tournaments with those rules. First time I showed up not even knowing they were doing it so I went in with a Volrath, the Shapestealer deck for the luls and placed I think 7th out of 13? So I went back with something I thought would do better. The Cult Of Duels... I was wrong.

I'm not sure if I want to make Athreos playable in the tournament or if I want to build something else entirely. I'm open to suggestions.

The best decks showing up are deciding the game within the first 4 turns and then winning either that turn or within the next 3. A lot of the meta is creature combat. Decks like combo Krenko, Mob Boss . Another deck is Sram, Senior Edificer with Pacifism tribal and equipment and swing to win.

I rather enjoy combo decks and would really rather have black as at least one of my colors if you suggest something other than my current deck.

ShaperSavant on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

1 month ago

Hello all! Here's our update for C19.





Anje Falkenrath

Anje is a value-generating commander that is an outlet for Worldgorger Dragon. She stands as a sidegrade to Xantcha, Sleeper Agent.

Atla Palani, Nest Tender

Atla has some decent potential to cheat in creatures, some interesting Mirror Entity combos, and built in boardwipe protection in colors that need it. She's limited by her color identity, but is powerful enough to compel competitive exploration and play.

Elsha of the Infinite

A strong value engine and a third of the Elsha/Helm/Top style combo.

K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth

A very powerful cost reducer, albeit in colors that struggle for interaction. Tentatively placing him in Competitive.

Chainer, Nightmare Adept

His "reanimation" ability is a little too fairly costed between the discard and having to cast the creature. Rakdos limits interactivity and reanimator bombs. No obvious combos discovered yet.

Greven, Predator Captain

A relatively powerful draw engine could fuel some hybrid fair/unfair strategies.

Grismold, the Dread Sower

Fairly substantial token producer at a cheap cost.

Slimefoot, the Stowaway

In similarity to Grismold, we've re-evaluated Slimefoot as High Power.

Volrath, the Shapestealer

No obvious combos, but is in a powerful color combination and lends to a lot of synergies.

Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer

Very narrow ability on top of a small pool of morphs.

Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero

Difficult to abuse ability, an unfortunate 'dies' trigger, and in lackluster colors.

Ghired, Conclave Exile

Reasonably strong combat threat with Populate shenanigans, but solidly fair and slow to build up.

Marisi, Breaker of the Coil

Combat slience is hard to abuse in these colors. Goading creatures can be quite disruptive.

Pramikon, Sky Rampart

Can support turtling strategies in combat-oriented metas.

Rayami, First of the Fallen

Very specific hate and a difficult to amass set of keywords.

Sevinne, the Chronoclasm

One copy per turn on a narrow flashback interaction is difficult to abuse effectively.

Tahngarth, First Mate


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