Departed Deckhand

Departed Deckhand

Creature — Spirit Pirate

When Departed Deckhand becomes the target of a spell, sacrifice it.

Departed Deckhand can't be blocked except by Spirits.

: Another target creature you control can't be blocked by non-Spirits this turn.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Departed Deckhand Discussion

multimedia on Thieving Pirates

3 months ago

Hey, well done on a budget. Nice Sol Ring and Mutavault promos :)

More flying/unblockable Pirates can help to easier trigger Malcolm and Breaches.

Imagination also makes it so your opponents creatures most likely can't block your creatures because they can't have flying. The only creatures who can block are ones with reach or there's an effect to be able to block creatures with flying.

Sources of repeatable draw when a creature you control does damage or combat damage to a player are good with more flying Pirates.

If Lookout soulbond to Lightning-Rig Crew or Glint-Horn Buccaneer then you draw cards equal to the number of opponents you have. Lookout can change who it's soulbond too which is very helpful.

Some Pirates can repeatedly help to clear the way of blockers to do more damage with Breaches and other Pirates.

Any creature you gain control of with Recruiter becomes a Pirate until end of turn. If that creature does damage to an opponent then it will trigger Breaches and Malcolm.

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Pirate Commander

5 months ago

Hey, having more low CMC Pirates who have the better evasion (flying or unblockable) can help to do combat damage to opponents to trigger Malcolm and Breeches.

Lightning-Rig Crew has great interaction with Malcolm to create treasures and Breeches to exile your opponents cards. Since Rig does damage to each opponent you create a number of treasures equal to the number of opponents you have or exile a card from each opponents library.

Sol Ring is a staple mana rock in Commander that can go in every deck you make. Having more repeatable draw is helpful in Commander and when one of your Commanders has flying then cards that let you draw when you do combat damage to an opponent are consistent options:

Some budget lands to consider adding:

Total at TCG Player: $9.86, see list

If this upgrade interests you then I offer more advice of what cards to consider cutting.

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Pirates, argh matey!

5 months ago

Hey, good start on a budget. Malcolm is spelled wrong that's why it's showing in the category Unknown.

More low CMC flying/unblockable Pirates can help to do combat damage to an opponent to trigger Brass:

Merchant Raiders and Coercive Recruiter have good repeatable effects with Pirates. These effects can help to clear the way of blockers for Pirates to do combat damage to opponents. The creatures you gain control of with Recruiter get the bonus of becoming a Pirate until end of the turn which helps to trigger Brass. Both these Pirates are excellent with Fathom Fleet Captain who can be a repeatable source of Pirate tokens.

Shared Animosity can be a powerful repeatable effect for your attacking Pirates. March of the Drowned and Fiery Cannonade are helpful Pirate tribal spells. Chaos Warp, Negate, Feed the Swarm are helpful overall support spells.

Some cards to consider cutting:

  • Walk the Plank
  • Briber's Purse
  • Soul Manipulation
  • Song-Mad Treachery
  • Kari Zev's Expertise
  • Extract from Darkness
  • Angrath, Captain of Chaos
  • Pillar of Origins
  • Deadeye Plunderers
  • AEtherize
  • Adaptive Automaton
  • Door of Destinies

Some budget land upgrades to consider:

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on "He's a Pirate"

5 months ago

Hey, well done, very creative on a budget :)

Arcane Signet, Rainbow mana rock is an upgrade for Charcoal Diamond for the "The nine pieces of eight". Malcolm, Keen-Eyed Navigator is a flying Pirate which helps to trigger Brass and is very good with the treasure strategy since he can be repeatable treasures. Malcolm could replace Trophy Mage since Mage is not a character and only has one 3 CMC artifact that's worth tutoring for and Deadeye Quartermaster can tutor for it.

Departed Deckhand is a Pirate who's consistently unblockable/make other Pirates unblockable is an upgrade for Captain Vargus Wrath since Wrath is not a character. Spectral Sailor flying one drop Pirate/repeatable draw source is an upgrade for Rowdy Crew since Crew is also not a character.

Exotic Orchard, Unclaimed Territory, Path of Ancestry are three budget Rainbow land upgrades which could replace Bloodfell Caves, Dismal Backwater and Swiftwater Cliffs.

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Sea of Thieves

5 months ago

Hey, well done for your first Commander deck on such a low budget.

Because of the low budget all my card suggestions will be $1 or less each. With Brass you want more low mana cost (CMC) Pirates who have evasion that way you can more easily do combat damage to an opponent with three Pirates. The two best evasion abilities to give Pirates are flying or unblockable as these will give the most potential to do combat damage to a player.

  • Departed Deckhand: consistently is unblockable since there's a few Spirits played in Commander, but not in all decks. He can be a way to use mana each turn to activate his ability (mana sink) to make another Pirate or Pirates unblockable.

  • Warkite Marauder: flying Pirate who has a strong attack trigger since you can make one creature of the opponent your attacking a 0/1 meaning if that creature blocks one of your Pirates it will die. This ability makes it easier to do combat damage to an opponent because your opponent is not going to block with the 0/1 and risk losing their creature.

  • Malcolm, Keen-Eyed Navigator: flying Pirate who can be a ramp engine by creating treasures. Malcolm and any other Pirates who do combat damage to an opponent creates a number of treasures equal to the number of different opponents who were dealt damage. Malcolm triggers to create a treasure whenever a Pirate does any kind of damage to a player not just combat damage.

  • Fathom Fleet Captain: Pirate with menace and menace can be evasion, but only if the opponent you're attacking has few creatures to block with since the ability means that Fathom can't be blocked except by two or more creatures. He can be a repeatable source of Pirates, creating Pirate tokens.

  • Coercive Recruiter: doesn't have evasion, instead it has a powerful repeatable effect to gain control of opponents creatures and the creatures you gain control of become a Pirate until end of turn. Recruiter triggers whenever any Pirate you control enters the battlefield (ETB) meaning as long as you have Pirates to cast or Pirate tokens to create they can help to clear the way for attacking Pirates to do combat damage to an opponent.

  • Daring Saboteur: can make itself unblockable and she can be a repeatable draw source when she does combat damage to an opponent.

  • Coastline Marauders: has trample, trample is evasion and he can do a lot of trample damage. With trample extra damage that a creature can do when blocked is done to the defending player instead. If he has 6 power and is blocked by opponent's 2/2 then 4 damage is done to the defending player.

There's some good support cards that can help Pirates to trigger Brass, protect Pirates or give you card advantage to stay ahead in the game.

  • Reconnaissance Mission: can be lots of repeatable draw. Good with Pirates who have evasion because each Pirate who does combat damage to a player you draw a card.

  • Archetype of Imagination: effect to want to ramp into by giving all creatures you control flying and makes it so your opponents can't block your creatures because they lose flying. Only an opponents creature with Reach can block your creatures with flying.

  • In Garruk's Wake: effect to want to ramp into. Board wipe that only destroys all your opponents creatures and Planeswalkers. This is a powerful effect in multiplayer Commander and it can clear the battlefield for your Pirates to safely attack your opponents.

  • Negate: staple counterspell that's easy to cast. Stops a board wipe for two mana.

Rainbow lands in Commander are very helpful when playing many colors. Most Rainbow lands are expensive price cards, but there's three staples that are each less than $1.

These 14 cards suggested could be added for about $8. If interested I offer more advice in another comment, including suggestions of cards to cut. Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Wait.. Budget Pirates?

6 months ago

Hey, you're welcome.

Group Hug draw theme is interesting, haven't seen this theme with Pirates. Breeches ability kind of goes against Group Hug though because the strategy is to make all your opponents exile cards and you want to cast them/play with your opponents cards. You can choose which opponents are dealt damage by Pirates, but sometimes you don't have a choice who you can attack due to the battlefield/board states. You attack the opponents who can't block your Pirates to get value from Malcolm and Breeches; makes politics difficult.

Drawing cards is excellent, but letting all your opponents draw cards does take away an advantage that Malcolm gives you. Because of Malcolm/Pirates you will have enough mana to cast all cards in your hand as well as your opponents exiled cards. If you're drawing cards then you can keep casting cards, advancing your game plan, because of treasures and exile, but if opponents are also drawing just as many cards then you lose this advantage.

Glint-Horn Buccaneer is the real reason right now to want to play Pirates especially using Malcolm as a Commander. When Buccaneer attacks the combo can be a win condition, lots of draw and lots of ramp/treasures which is amazing from one Pirate. It's really a one card combo since all you have to do is find/draw Buccaneer since Malcolm is in the Command Zone.


Some Cards to consider cutting:

  • Brass's Bounty: doesn't do enough for seven mana since don't want to ramp into it with treasures instead needing at least six lands to get enough value for seven mana.
  • Mirror March: Molten Echoes is a better repeatable token producer which makes Mirror six drop redundancy.
  • Sisay's Ring: don't really need four drop ramp; it could be replaced by a low CMC Pirate with evasion to help to trigger Malcolm.
  • Fell Flagship: +1/0 to all Pirates is subpar and rarely will you want to crew it to attack because it has no evasion and isn't a Pirate.
  • Sailor of Means: all it does is make a treasure which is in my opinion not good enough when there's other options that do more.
  • Trailblazer's Boots: the most situational equipment from the rest to potentially make a Pirate unblockable.
  • Pongify: is fine, but there's better options for removal.

Some changes to consider:

Firefuri on Wait.. Budget Pirates?

6 months ago

Thank you so much multimedia, I’d love help on what to cut. You make really good points and I did want to add in Departed Deckhand just wasnt sure what to cut. I hadn’t realised how huge Glint-Horn Buccaneer could be with lots of mana.

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