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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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Historic Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Departed Deckhand Discussion

Magnanimous on U Control

5 months ago

Remove most of your creatures. Most of these decks focus on using small evasive threats to pressure and gain card advantage, by the time you cast your 4+ CMC creatures (or Bident of Thassa ) it will likely be too late to really make an impact, especially for such underwhelming threats compared to Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet , Questing Beast , etc. If you do want bombs, I'd suggest 6 at most that should all be castable on 4 lands or fewer without Thassa, God of the Sea like weaknesses. Your three drop creatures ( Uninvited Geist  Flip and Thassa, God of the Sea ) are at best a 3/3 unblockable and an easily disrupted threat that will most likely not be a creature for most of the game. Departed Deckhand is also way to fragile in my opinion, but if the downside doesn't factor into gameplay often then it could be fine.

This format has two competitive mono-blue decks that I know of, Mono-Blue Devotion in Theros (starring Master of Waves ) and "Burchett Blue"/Mono-Blue Aggro from a relatively recent set. I recommend basing your deck off of one of those lists and adding more powerful cards, making the deck cheaper/faster (standard allows for slower games), and/or changing the deck to suit your metagame ( AEtherize might be a great sideboard card).

I'd prefer to play the Burchett Blue variant but heavier on control with few threats and tons of instants. The threats would likely be a total of around 8 Pteramander , Thing in the Ice  Flip, and Baral, Chief of Compliance . The other direction is a more creature heavy version that wants to end the game quickly with Tempest Djinn and Master of Waves , using tempo creatures and Curious Obsession for value. That version would have few non-creature spells, likely just 4 Curious Obsession and up to 8 counters/interaction cards. This is the only deck where I think Leyline of Anticipation could be good, but I generally dislike the card as most of your threats are cheap (allowing you to easily keep mana up anyway) and there's not a huge advantage to playing creatures at instant speed. You could also do something in the middle, but try to have some idea which side you fall on, spell heavy or creature heavy.

Suggestions/Cards to think about: - Chart a Course - Spectral Sailor - Pteramander - AEtherize - Tempest Djinn - Master of Waves - Tidebinder Mage - Mausoleum Wanderer - Merfolk Trickster - Siren Stormtamer

BMHKain on Help Wanted for Admiral Beckett ...

7 months ago

Brass' Codex of Complex Outerversal Type Lavishing

Commander / EDH* BMHKain


(Sometimes, even a Lead of their Ship needs some backup; even if the First Mate is a complete Dumbass...)

NOTICE BEFORE QUESTION: Throughout development of this deck, a lot of you actually wanted Admiral Becket Brass as a Tribal Deck to be more true to actual Pirates, especially flavor in various ways (Is opposed to Tribe Concept in general.), & having good stuff backing up this claim. For this one, FLAVOR in addition to being viable is the Ultimate Fact. Because that's what so many would've wanted.

Q1: This deck is >100 Cards, so this should be a no brainer; what to cut, matey?

Q2: Cards here like Angrath's Marauders , & Timestream Navigator are Pirates w/ more well gimmicked abilities. Angrath's Marauders is like a one-sided Furnace of Rath , But Timestream Navigator is great for a 2-Card Infinite Turns Combo. Flavor-wise, what second piece would be good in a deck w/ her? If she is to stay?

Q3: Is Angrath, Minotaur Pirate truly needed? Maybe I just might not need him; I'd like the opinions of others though...

Q4 FINAL: By this point, to stay true to Pirate Flavor, what other cards to replace for the 100 Card Target; while having quite some Deceit Elements, Earned Trust Breaking for Yourself, Theft, basically anything Grixis can do for personality traits? This is so I can ensure a true to life deck that can be viable in-game.


Jpinkman on The Unblockables

1 year ago

4x Curious Obsession is a must in a deck like this. also i'd ad 2x Chart a Course i would remove all Departed Deckhand , all Storm Fleet Sprinter and tetsuko too. 8 unblockable creatures could be enough (maybe u can go with 10). u will need some walls too (from 4 to 6), and some negate - spell pierce, check my monoU modern deck, it works really fine, you can do something similar in standard too.

Lord_Olga on Mono Blue Unblockables

1 year ago

Looks fun! I’d probably recommend using bigger playsets of fewer creatures. Some of these seem a little redundant. For example, instead of having 2 Slippery Scoundrels and 2 Departed Deckhands, you could just have 4 Departed Deckhands.

Some things, such as Triton Shorethief, Master of Waves, Nezahal, Primal Tide, Entrancing Melody, and Frost Walker seem a little bit random as well. Its kinda like you have 2 decks that got mushed together. Id try to focus on this unblockable thing you have going and get rid of the fluff.

There are also cards that are a straight upgrade from current cards in here. Like Slither Blade being the same as Triton Shorethief, but with the unblockable ability you’re looking for. So I’d probably do some research and see what cards do these abilities with less conditions and similar mana costs.

Finally, I don’t really see any big wincons. Looks like you’re pretty much just trying to whittle down your opponents life bar with unblockables. Try to find something that uses being unblockable to your advantage that will act as a big finisher.

SayoKel on Mono U Tempo (GRN)

1 year ago

elvishimpersonator It would be cool for that, but you can't enchant Departed Deckhand with Curious Obsession. You sac it if you try to enchant it. I appreciate your feedback though.

elvishimpersonator on Mono U Tempo (GRN)

1 year ago

Departed Deckhand could be another good unblockable creature for the curious obsession

FastIsFaster on UW Spirits

1 year ago

I like this deck and have been playing around with Standard Spirits myself. Instead of running Sanctum Spirit I run Mirror Image as it can be copies 5-8 of Supreme Phantom or Departed Deckhand. Great to see Slaughter the Strong, I think a lot of people are sleeping on how strong that card can be.

imsohacked on

1 year ago

Departed Deckhand will die when supreme phantoms comes in and buff it?

Not sure though

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