Deflecting Swat

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Deflecting Swat


If you control a commander, you may cast this spell without paying its mana cost.

You may choose new targets for target spell or ability.

IMMG54 on Edgin Shananigans Deck

1 month ago

I think you meant Deflecting Swat not Deflecting Palm

nhhale on What is Your Opinion of …

1 month ago

I commented on this thread a while ago but I think my opinion has changed slightly since then.

While there are many good reasons to use proxies, there are a lot of things to watch out for. For example, now that you can afford to put Dockside Extortionist, Cyclonic Rift, and Necropotence in every one of your decks with the right colors, what are you going to do? There are dozens of staples out there that are good in every deck. Rhystic Study is still good in your spellslinger. Force of Will and Deflecting Swat are great even in decks that don’t rely as much on your commander. If the overall price of your deck is not a factor you take into consideration when deck building, your decks (and subsequently, your games) will quickly become less unique.

Furthermore, proxied cards hold no value. It may cost you more now to pay for the full value of your deck, but by doing so you are assembling a collection of cards with real value rather than worthless pieces of cardboard.

The collecting aspect of the game is lost upon those that only use proxies. This may not be interesting to some players, especially those who are just starting to play. Nevertheless, as players expand their circle of friends in the community, I have observed they often feel more integrated when they actually care about the product. I used to not care at all about alternate artwork and printings of cards. Now, it’s become one of my favorite parts of the game.

All this is not to overshadow the many good things that have been said about proxies. I agree with most, if not all of what has been said in their favor. However, I would invite anyone who uses proxies to consider using them less. Dig around in the penny box at your LGS. Pay more attention to some of the incredible (and diverse) artwork that WOTC has commissioned for cards you love. Above all, don’t just dump your whole decklist into a website that will print cards for you. Consider supporting your LGS first. I can seriously guarantee you will enjoy the game more if you do.

SpeedOfLightning on We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s EDH Story

2 months ago

lhetrick13 - Very true! To be honest, that combo to draw has made me consider cutting Polyraptor from the deck. I know it seems crazy to remove such a powerful dino, but if I had to remove one to avoid the combo, I'd rather have the ramp and add in another powerful dino or Forerunner of the Empire.

Wow, you're absolutely right! All this time, and I just realized that. I completely agree, Steely Resolve or Privileged Position could offer better protection. I may opt for Whispersilk Cloak however, as the unblockable could make a larger impact. What are your thoughts on Asceticism over Steely Resolve or Privileged Position? I found that Asceticism is very similar, even same mana cost. But being able to tap 2 to regenerate a creature could definitely be a life saver.

Deflecting Swat is a fantastic card in any deck, but you're right; it's a big investment. I'm only adding it as I had a copy of it in another deck. Might I suggest Bolt Bend as a budget option? I plan to replace the Deflecting Swat with that. It offers the same effect for only one mana if you have a strong enough creature. Since we'd be using it to protect Gishath, you'd likely have the reduced mana cost already.

lhetrick13 on We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s EDH Story

2 months ago

SpeedOfLightning - Good thoughts on the Forerunner of the Empire and Rampaging Ferocidon. I avoid the Marauding Raptor + Polyraptor combo because technically it creates an infinite loop that you can not stop and technically ends the game but the presence of Marauding Raptor would complicate that!

For protection, you might consider Steely Resolve or Privileged Position over cards like Swiftfoot Boots. I am assuming you are likely wanting to protect Gishath and she already has Haste that is kinda redundant. Whispersilk Cloak has more potential is you are set on an equipment. Deflecting Swat would be a great addition but that is a solid investment. Trying to pick up one myself but there are other more pressing needs than that at the moment.

SpeedOfLightning on We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s EDH Story

2 months ago

lhetrick13 Thanks for checking out the deck!! And oh yeah, it certainly can. I plan to add a little extra protection, but focus on ramping as well in case Gishath gets taken out. If at first you don’t succeed, hit them with your giant dino-queen again!

Forerunner of the Empire is definitely a great recommendation! I’m in a place of trying to find the right cards to cut to make room for cards like him. Rampaging Ferocidon is a great recommendation as well, but I chose to cut it as it started to to ding me whenever dinosaurs hit the field from Gishath. Plus, I’ve found that Marauding Raptor and Polyraptor end up being an inadvertent draw. Add Rampaging Ferocidon and I’d lose.

All of those other dinosaur cards have served their purpose, but some I’ve kept more for sentiment than strategy. Bellowing Aegisaur and Territorial Hammerskull are two of my favorite dinosaurs. Territorial Hammerskull is still a great card as it can tap down a big creature and clear the way for Gishath. But I may cut a card soon to add in Deflecting Swat. Great for protection, and includes a dinosaur to boot!

Profet93 on A Solid 4/10

2 months ago

SacredAtsira Fair point. How about other general utility such as Deflecting Swat? Or are you look for suggestions that boost overall synergy rather than just powerful cards that improve the deck? I love swat so much. It redirects targetted removal, draw, extra turns and more! The ability to bluff with commander on board can be a powerful deterrent in some cases if you politic correctly. I wish I had more synergistic suggestions for you. I do like this deck, I would love to play this deck as a Norin player. You would always have a min of 2 power on board, seems fun to pilot as well to play against.

Crow-Umbra on Musashi's Mosh Pit [Primer]

4 months ago

No prob Venoctus, glad I could be of some assistance. That exchange was easily one of the most absurd ones I've experienced firsthand in my nearly 10 years on this site. It's all good though.

Deflecting Swat and Flawless Maneuver are at their most fun when you get to surprise people with them, instead of the other way around lol. Flawless Maneuver has saved my board on a few occasions, but I haven't used Deflecting Swat as much. I think I've used it to steal Auras on the stack a couple times lol.

I think when Isshin was first spoiled, I looked at a lot of the Samurai from original Kamigawa block that have Bushido. I quickly realized that Bushido only triggers when the creature is blocked or blocking. I think there are more Warriors that have attack triggers of some kind. The few Samurai with attack triggers mostly care about solo attacking Samurai/Warriors. I've seen a few Isshin Samurai/Warrior tribal decks that also have an Exalted subtheme, which are pretty cool.

Generally speaking, I've tried the Voltron solo-attacking strategy in a couple of earlier EDH decks, and they had a hard time in my playgroup. A lot of my friends token go-wide boards, and some play Aristocrats which would absolutely eat my Voltron strats if I didn't have my Tajuru Preserver on board lol. Fun times.

Venoctus on Musashi's Mosh Pit [Primer]

4 months ago

Deflecting Swat and Flawless Maneuver are such good Cards, really heavy. And the suprice when you have no Mana but counter also....

And btw thrank you Crow-Umbra because the comment about the weird dude.

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