My attempt at building a somewhat functional pirate theme deck.

General strategy for the deck somewhat depends on what you manage to steal throughout the game, but the general idea is to play semi-defensively until you can bring out 1 or more of the giant sea creatures to finish the job. However there is still a few interactions in this deck:

Mystic Compass ensures all your islandwalkers can get in and it helps cast Submerge for free.

Rishadan Port works well with any of the 3 "Rishadan pirates" (just force an opponent to tap a land in your first main phase and then cast a pirate in your second main phase, so he can't tap for mana in response when you use the Port).

War Barge allows you to (somewhat) decide who gets to attack or not if Stormtide Leviathan is in play (good for politics), it's also part of the classic War Barge + Merfolk Assassin combo. In a pinch it also works with Lux Cannon by shoving a bunch of your opponent's creatures onto the barge and then sinking it with the cannon.

Deadeye Navigator can be quite nasty with either of the 3 "Rishadan pirates" or Man-o'-War / Master Thief , and provides good protection from spot removal overall (you can flicker the Navigator to pair him with any of your creatures, which you can then flicker to dodge anything that targets them).

Charisma combos well with Pirate Ship and Ramirez DePietro himself.

Trade Routes naturally combos with any of the Zendikar "spell lands" (Bojuka Bog, Halimar Depths, Soaring Seacliff , and Piranha Marsh ), and it also helps you get black mana from River of Tears (remember, it produces black the turn it enters the battlefield).

Captain of the Mists helps charge the Lux Cannon for another shot quicker, and is generally very useful (also works similar to Rishadan Port ).

Expedition Map + Academy Ruins sets you up for all the lands you could ever need.

Avarice Totem is great if your opponents don't have anything to use your artifact stealing effects on, since it let's you steal something, and then steal back the totem.

PS: Remember to shout "land, ho!" whenever you get a land from Explorer's Scope!




MartialArt says... #1

A very funny theme based deck like I never have seen before.

It's not the most competitive I've seen but surely one of those with the most style: +1 from me

I would suggest Inkwell Leviathan as a big sea monster, or Kederekt Leviathan to reset the board leaving you with the only creature in the game. Could be a possible win con.

If you don't have landdestruction in you meta Trench Gorger could be a big threat too that gets rid of the lands you don't need any more so you can draw the cards you need.

For card draw I would suggest Underworld Connections wich fits your theme well and maybe Phyrexian Arena .

Dissipation Field might help you to hold opponents away from you.

To make islandwalk more effective Quicksilver Fountain might help.

I hope this helped.

Greets MA

May 27, 2013 8:21 a.m.

TheBoraxKid says... #2

I love the fact you stuck to a theme and made it your own and as functional as possible. This is probably the most deserving of a +1 deck I've seen on TappedOut. Bravo.


June 4, 2013 5:37 p.m.

apt142 says... #3

Oh man. Such a great theme and such a great execution of that theme. Big +1!

June 7, 2013 10:53 a.m.

JE3K says... #4

This is AWESOME! It's crazy how well you have stuck to the theme

June 11, 2013 3:49 a.m.

BluLink says... #5

The flavor of this deck is incredible! +1 man!

June 11, 2013 6:37 a.m.

themlsna says... #6

I would LOVE to play a game with or against this deck. +1
-1 if I find out you don't use salty pirate language 100% of the time you're playing this.


June 11, 2013 3:44 p.m.

apt142 says... #7

It is hard to come up with good on theme suggestions that still can be improvements to the deck.


Dandan -> Giant Shark or Manta Ray (Because sharks are cool!)

Thieves' Fortune could be a limited tutor.

If only Shambleshark was on color...

June 11, 2013 4:24 p.m.

raefgall says... #8

I've been trying to come up with a pirate themed EDH deck for quite some time and had no luck on it. Well done.

June 11, 2013 10:29 p.m.

xephslayer says... #9


June 12, 2013 2:42 a.m.

KingSorin says... #10

Thieving Magpie fits the theme quite well, but whether it's playable i'm not as sure. I'm sure i can find a dimir card that fits the theme well. Maybe Stolen Identity (synergises with rishardan cards) or a Soul Ransom ?

June 14, 2013 3:34 a.m.

doc_brietz says... #11

Maybe stolen identity or aquire would fit the theme. Overall I love it. Even if it doesn't win it fits the flavor theme very well. Piracy doesn't work as well anymore without mana burn. I can see a few artifacts are out of theme, though I am not sure what I would use to change them. Also, Greed could work for card draw. Great deck. For once, something I like.

June 14, 2013 7:12 a.m.

Myomoto says... #12

I like Stolen Identity a lot, seems incredibly flexible (combos nicely with Rishadan Brigand as well). I pondered adding Piracy for quite a while, but it really only works if you get an opponent to agree to let you use his mana (since everybody can just tap their lands for mana while it's still on the stack), although it does help the Rishadan pirates I suppose...

June 14, 2013 12:14 p.m.

apt142 says... #13

Worst case, Piracy is great for getting them to tap out so you can reduce the number of shenanigans during your turn. In some circumstances, it's worth it for that alone.

June 14, 2013 12:18 p.m.

Yawgmoth01 says... #14

Flavorful and playable also. One of the best ideas i've ever seen.

June 21, 2013 8:43 a.m.

zikan says... #15

Virtual high five for pure awesomeness.

June 22, 2013 12:40 a.m.

doc_brietz says... #16

i replaced war barge and lux cannon with a couple of swords. I have done well in multiplayer with an offshoot of this deck, but I need more draw. Sticking to theme makes finding great cards difficult. Plus having to use quicksilver fountain to give my opponents islands just to attack is a pain. Whenever quest for ula's temple is on board with my deck (having went deep in the sea creature theme) things get scary fast!

June 24, 2013 6:45 a.m.

MartialArt says... #17

I would still suggest to use Quicksilver Fountain to slow down your opponents.

June 24, 2013 7:09 a.m.

nexuskid says... #18

this is beautiful..

June 24, 2013 12:10 p.m.

WovenNebula says... #19


June 30, 2013 10:44 a.m.

I feel as if Notion Thief has a place here.

August 1, 2013 8:09 a.m.

CommanderMath says... #21

Nice to see another pirate deck. Check mine out for ideas, such as Great Whale for infinite mana.

Yarr, I'm a Mighty Pirate Playtest

Commander / EDH CommanderMath


January 30, 2015 6:22 p.m.

smack80 says... #22

March 23, 2016 2:59 p.m.

Optimator says... #23

Super dope

June 11, 2016 7:21 a.m.

If you have access to portal cards you can add more pirate creatures all the ones with Talas XXX have been updated to include pirate as a subtype.Ex: Talas Warrior and Talas Researcher

Reef Pirates for zombie pirate fun

Armored Galleon is a Ship now Human Pirate

September 9, 2016 4:13 p.m.

Hybrow says... #25

Rhystic Study .. its kinda pirate-y... if you squint... I know it doesnt exactly meet the theme, but it only takes one person in your playgroup to not want to pay the mana and you will always be flush with cards.

March 16, 2017 5:17 p.m.

Hybrow says... #26

So I am loving the idea of a pirate deck.. because of you I am now mulling over building one. I am adding Rogue's Passage to my build. Works great with Wrexial, the Risen Deep, Thada Adel, Acquisitor, and Kukemssa Pirates

March 17, 2017 11:17 a.m.

No High Tide? cool deck though!

May 4, 2017 1:42 p.m.

JohnCarter says... #28

May I suggest Astrolabe?

June 16, 2017 12:36 a.m.

Optimator says... #29

Hopefully Ixalan enhances pirate synergy and has cool pirates!

June 16, 2017 1:23 a.m.

Optimator beat me to what I was going to say :) +1 from me as I plan on adding pirates to Oona OMG to make Faerie Pirates.

July 19, 2017 8:34 p.m.

NaughtyPIggy says... #31

TBh this deck tastes like chode, the flavour sucks.

July 29, 2017 2:52 p.m.

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