This Keranos, God of Storms deck is an Izzet copy and steal deck. Blue and Red are the two best colours for thievery. Keranos is a jealous and greedy God who can't keep his hands off of others' property! The point of this deck is to either clone or steal opponents' threats to use against themselves. It allows you to engage in a lot of politics about what to steal and when. Keranos himself acts as a draw and control engine.

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The first few turns involve ramping and digging through the top of the deck for control, copy, and steal effects. Blue is great at digging with many cheap sorceries and instants that can set up the top deck and search for bombs. Once Keranos is online he helps with the digging by drawing through land top decks.

Ramp Cards: Goblin Electromancer, Baral, Chief of Compliance, Izzet Signet, Wayfarer's Bauble, Thought Vessel, Mind Stone, Fellwar Stone, Myriad Landscape, Temple of the False God, and Commander's Sphere.

Early Dig Cards: Brainstorm, Ponder, Preordain, Serum Visions, Supreme Will, Anticipate, Telling Time, Impulse, Glimmer of Genius, Fact or Fiction, Desolate Lighthouse and Halimar Depths

After doing some early ramping and hand sculpting, Keranos should be cast. He will help control the board with his lightning bolts and draw through lands on the top deck. We can now cast our stealing and copying effects, countering threats when necessary. The late game mass thievery options will be discussed in phase 3. We want to hold on to those for when there are really juicy targets.

Steal Effects:

Bribery: Wow is this card efficiently costed! 5 mana to steal the best creature from any deck. This is commander. There will be some sad soul who will see his Avacyn or Avenger of Zendikar stolen.

Dominus of Fealty : I like that this creature has enough Devotion to turn on Keranos by itself. The ability to steal any permanent each turn is very flexible.

Desertion: stealing an important artifact or creature (a commander, perhaps?) as it's being cast.

Vedalken Shackles: I love that this allows us to steal a creature at instant speed and keep it as long as we want. The deck has a lot of islands so the island requirement is rarely a problem.

Besmirch: My favourite single shot "threaten" effect. We're essentially controlling a creature for 2 turns: the turn we steal it and then the next turn when it has to attack someone else. This can create interesting political situations.

Treachery: One of the busted Urza's block "free spells". Steal any creature and then have mana open for countering, drawing, etc.

Aethersnatch: steals ANY spell. Exsanguinate? Mine! Avenger of Zendikar? Mine!

Ray of Command: steals at instant speed. It can grab a blocker or an attacker.

Word of Seizing: wonderfully flexible. Steal anything at split second speed (sorry Counterspell!). It can mess up combats. It can stop combos from going off. It can let you ultimate an opponent's Planeswalker for yourself.

Act of Aggression : Another instant speed steal effect. Has a flexible mana cost when you're willing to spend a little life.

Cloning Effects

Faerie Artisans: Commander is teeming with ETB effects. This card lets us copy each one!

Saheeli's Artistry: 2-for-1 special. Even if the Artifact copied is a mana rock, this is still great value.

Stunt Double: goes along with the typical blue "draw-go" strategy. Flash him in during an opponent's turn for a nasty combat surprise and then pseudo-haste for next turn.

Dack's Duplicate: haste and dethrone are nice mechanics to have on a clone. It can make for some fun surprises.

Clever Impersonator: probably the most flexible clone ever printed. Copy the best permanent out there.

Phyrexian Metamorph: not quite as flexible as Clever Impersonator, but still very good. The fact it can be cast for 3 mana if you pay 2 life is nice too.


Desertion: Mentioned already in the steal section. It can be used as a traditional counterspells in a pinch.

Counterflux: especially useful at stopping infinite combos and protecting one's own spells since it can't be countered.

Counterspell: the classic and still one of my faves.

Dissolve: on theme with Keranos since it allows you to scry.

Insidious Will: Can be a straightforward counterspell, a copier, or a redirect. Love its versatility.

Negate: another cheap Counterspell. For the most part we don't want to be countering creatures anyway. We want to be stealing or cloning them.

Swan Song: gives them a little birdie in return for countering a spell for just one mana.


Goblin Bombardment, Ashnod's Altar, and High Market: Many of our steal effects are temporary. I'd rather add insult to injury and sacrifice our stolen goods for some extra value.

AEtherize: Really messes with the opponent's tempo. Gives me some more time to steal and copy threats.

Illusionist's Gambit: not only saves you but forces that opponent to do your dirty work by attacking someone else. Kinda like goading an entire army.

Vandalblast: One-sided Artifact boardwipe.

AEtherspouts: similar to Aetherize, this card is in as some protection and tempo. It buys me time. I rather not kill creatures outright as that prevents me from stealing or copying.

By this time we have enough mana to cast our bigger bombs. Our graveyards will be full of instants and sorceries to recur back to hand and we'll be able to copy our bomb cards for the win.

Mass Thievery and Cloning

Rite of Replication: Common blue staple. Make 5 copies of the best ETB creature out there (or Dominus of Fealty !)

Blatant Thievery: steals the best permanents permanently

Molten Primordial: This creature can create massive swings in the board state. He's a big beater in his own right with haste

Reins of Power: can be used either defensively or offensively for combat shenanigans

Insurrection: Classic red finisher. Steal everyones entire army and beat them down

Mob Rule: Baby Insurrection. Not quite as powerful as his big brother but usually gets the job done. Copy this spell and you can pick both modes.

Expropriate: most often a Blatant Thievery with a Time Walk attached. Opponents will often scoop if you copy this spell.

Spell Copiers

Mirrorpool, Insidious Will, Reverberate, and Twincast all let us copy our key instants and sorceries for extra value.

Graveyard Recursion

Mystic Retrieval and Pull from the Deep: Basic recursion that allow us to bring one or two spells back to hand.

Snapcaster Mage: Offers a surprise weenie that can flashback a spell at a very reasonable cost.

Spelltwine: Lets us cast both our own best spell and an opponent's best spell.

Mizzix's Mastery and Past in Flames: turn our graveyard into a massive bomb.


Made a couple changes in recent weeks:

Call to Mind - - - >Supreme Will : I like the versatility of Supreme Will. Most of the time I use it to dig but it can counter something in a pinch.

Thran Dynamo - - - >Baral, Chief of Compliance : My 4 drop slot has a ton of cards and this deck doesn't really need the big mana boost Thran Dynamo provides. Baral gives me another spell cost reduction like Goblin Electromancer and will sometimes dig.

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feyn_do_alduin says... #1

I never liked being only allowed to steal at sorcery speed, here are some more versatile options. think of it this way, someone motions to attack you and you can use that to get rid of some creature you want off the board

Act of Aggression, Blind with Anger, Disharmony*, Grab the Reins, Temporary Insanity, Turn Against.

: good for pro-red cards*: only good in defense, and strictly worse than the others

February 12, 2017 12:42 p.m.

Tk4890 says... #2

Conjurer's Closet for your pick of the goodies you stole?

February 12, 2017 1:14 p.m.

golgariizzet says... #3

Nin, the Pain Artist is amazing with keranos for massive card draw

February 12, 2017 3:45 p.m.

Tk4890 says... #4

I disagree... Keranos is just the FIRST draw each turn.

February 12, 2017 3:58 p.m.

golgariizzet says... #5

Stolen Identity, Daring Thief,Polymorphous Rush,Hypnotic Siren are all good too! i have a legendary izzet deck that is quite fun and my first deck i built Legends Of Izzet (legendary tribal) check it out if you like. +1 from me i love it and i love izzet.

February 12, 2017 4:03 p.m.

golgariizzet says... #6

Tk4890 yes keranos is for the first correct but he is indestructible so when Nin, the Pain Artist deals x damage to creature and its controller gets x cards so use nin hit keranos if he is a creature and you get card draw and don't lose any creatures.

February 12, 2017 4:11 p.m.

Genswift says... #7

I did not see it anywhere in the suggestions but Dack Fayden is insane for stealing things; if you can use his ult then all of your spells steal things. Plus if there are potent artifacts in your meta he just nabs those off the bat!

All in all I like the concept of this deck!

February 12, 2017 11:32 p.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #8

feyn_do_alduin, you're right that having instant speed steal effects is helpful. Out of the cards you mentioned, Grab the Reins seemed the best due to its flexibility. I've thrown it in.

golgariizzet Tk4890 and Genswift: thanks for your suggestions. Those are all great cards. However, I'm slowly cutting back on the number of permanents in the deck. I'm trying to focus in on the copying/recurring of sorceries and instants that blue and red do so well.

February 13, 2017 1:15 a.m.

Gattison says... #9

"Aikido," which uses the opponent's momentum against them, would be the hub for "copy & steal" decks. I didn't know until somebody told me either, lol.

Otherwise nice deck! +1.

February 22, 2017 8:41 p.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #10

Gattison....oooo thanks! didn't know that!

February 22, 2017 10:04 p.m.

Dk1997 says... #11

now i feel like someones spying on me, i made and still have a keranos thief deck, that i made at least 2-3 years ago, mine is alot of fun and i actually stole someones blightsteel colossus and copyied like 10 times, was great, oh and did i mention that i did all this in a 3 turn loop i hade because i had 2 extra turns, so i was able 2 attack with all the blightsteels more than once

April 9, 2017 8:08 p.m.

Daniboydas says... #12

Really nice deck with a cheap cost! +1 for more decks like this :)

July 14, 2017 12:08 p.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #13

Daniboydas glad you like it. You can Remove Treachery and Bribery to make it cheaper. I used Control Magic for a long time and it worked just fine

July 14, 2017 12:12 p.m.

nadder447 says... #14

Great, great deck; very clean and polished, you clearly know what your doing. Also, not enough people play Keranos in my opinion, so bonus points for that. I could recommend Grenzo, Havoc Raiser, he could be a lot of fun in here especially if you can get him out early. He's a thief and he goads your opponents creatures, keeping the board in chaos.

July 27, 2017 3:50 a.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #15

nadder447, thanks for your interest in the deck! I've tried Grenzo in the past and my concern with him was that he only triggers off combat damage. The doesn't make early aggro moves. It holds back until it can steal or copy juicy targets. Being an early aggro creature, Grenzo kinda works against that. He is a super fun creature though :)

July 27, 2017 12:31 p.m.

IAMtheBW says... #16

could I suggest Charisma? If you reveal a nonland card you get to steal a creature, plus it gives 3 devotion :)

August 2, 2017 6:56 p.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #17

IAMtheBW, thanks for your suggestion. This deck prioritizes sorceries and instants so any enchantments I add would have to have a very powerful effect. With Charisma, I see that it would operate as a rattlesnake card with my opponents avoiding attacking or blocking the enchanted creature. I would rarely be able to attach it to Keranos himself as most games he stays an Enchantment. My devotion would already have to be 7 before casting Charisma. That rarely happens. Thanks for your feedback :)

August 3, 2017 9:33 p.m.

delusiions says... #18

Since you have a high number of high costing cards, i would add in As Foretold cuz its great!

August 6, 2017 1:57 p.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #19

delusiions thanks for your suggestion. I've added As Foretold to my maybelist. My concern with it is that it's slow to get going and would just get hated out before I got a lot of value off of it. That's why I like cost reduction cards like Goblin Electromancer because the benefit is immediate. Still, As Foretold can get crazy good if it sticks around so I'll think about making some room for it :)

August 6, 2017 4:24 p.m.

delusiions says... #20

I would just say dont really use it early so politics dont getcha killed, then when its at like 6 or 7 start using it

August 6, 2017 4:26 p.m.

Have you thought about Thada Adel, Acquisitor? She grabs a ton of mana rocks from opponents, and it seems like your curve could use this kind of effect. When not stealing rocks, she can take whatever else seems useful. She is a possibility for my Keep Your Friends Close But Your Enemies Closer deck, but I have not yet tested to see where things stand with it yet, so testing will potentially show if she would help.

September 11, 2017 4:39 p.m.

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