Familiar's Ruse

Familiar's Ruse

Instant

As an additional cost to play Familiar's Ruse, return a creature you control to its owner's hand.

Counter target spell.

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Familiar's Ruse Discussion

Durahan-Brewer on Modern Dimir Ninja Fae

2 months ago

zapyourtumor

I appreciate your suggestions & input, thanks! I've been teetering on swapping Mana Leak w/ Counterspell for awhile, but due to lack of tron players here I hadn't made the change yet. I am committing to swap, thanks! Familiar's Ruse I've ran before and it is nice, but often is also not optimal either particularly early.

I.e turn 2 negate/or against removal heavy decks. Plus Ingenious Infiltrator on board if being stonewalled, still good since Changeling Outcast can net me draws w/o committing any mana.

Dauthi Voidwalker I have ran before and have mixed feelings since almost never want to actually nin off of him (losing dmg most of time + turning off exile and hard BB recast) The card has good utility against certain decks and is nice w/ Brazen Borrower as 3 ticks to speed up clock.

Drown in the Loch I can't run w/ Dauthi, and is also not a card I want to see early game unfortunately (where this deck needs to be establishing something being more Mid-range) maybe if I ran Thoughtseize

I am thinking Counterspell is here to stay as you said Blue leaning. Testing Dauthi Voidwalker again since grave hate is good in current meta, if Dauthi was a ninja would be too clean. Excited for what return to Kamigawa (Neo?) will bring !

zapyourtumor on Modern Dimir Ninja Fae

2 months ago

I don't see why you are running Mana Leak instead of Counterspell, the deck already leans towards blue so the mana cost shouldn't be a problem. Familiar's Ruse might also be a good way to bounce your ninjas, since getting them through blockers by themselves can be difficult.

About your maybeboard, I think Dauthi Voidwalker is a fantastic option for grave hate, since it has Shadow. Wish it was a ninja or faerie though. Drown in the Loch is also great as a counterspell and removal spell, although without much removal/countermagic/discard I'm not sure how good it would be here.

I don't think Dress Down is worth it here since it's a complete nonbo with all of your creatures.

Have you found Merfolk Trickster and Snappy to be pulling their weight? I feel like any creature that isn't a faerie or ninja has to be doing a lot more for the deck than either of them are doing.

StoryArcher on Fairy Two-Step

4 months ago

Damn, now I'm trying to decide between Faerie Impostor and Faerie Seer ... I need more one-drops, but if I replace Imposter then I have to bring back Familiar's Ruse which upsets the apple cart all over again.

What to do, what to do...

StoryArcher on Fairy Two-Step

4 months ago

zapyourtumor

Alright, I've reconfigured things a bit. I got rid of the Familiar's Ruse (which has been so good for me for so long) as well as Vapor Snag . This let me beef up on Faeries, increasing the total to 30. The potentially reusable Brazen Borrower x3 gives me the ability to bounce their stuff, while Quickling x4 and Faerie Impostor x3 to bounce mine. Vapor Snag is more versatile than Faerie Impostor , but being able to add in more 2-power flyers for only one mana each really helps with the clock, and this deck benefits from having as many faeries as possible on the board.

Mana Leak , Counterspell and Spellstutter Sprite gives me 12 counterspells, potentially more since the sprite can be reused. I also threw in an additional Island to bring me to 22 lands total.

StoryArcher on Fairy Two-Step

4 months ago

zapyourtumor

It's actually 14 if I go 3x Familiar's Ruse , 3x Spellstutter Sprite , 4x Mana Leak , 4x Counterspell ... even more once you consider the recursion potential of Spellstutter. Even Vendilion Clique can function as a counterspell at times.

That does seem high... though I'm never been sad to have a counterspell in hand, especially considering that they all have 2 casting cost and no restrictions regarding target. Hmmmmm...

zapyourtumor on Fairy Two-Step

4 months ago

How do you predict the reprinting of Counterspell will affect your list?

Some might say its strictly better than Familiar's Ruse but FR lets you reuse Miscreant/Mistbind/Spellstutter/Vendilion. Are you planning to replace the 4x Mana leak with 4 counterspells?

SMSGarrett on Army of Allies

5 months ago

Ephemerate and Familiar's Ruse are both intriguing! In fact, Strionic Resonator hardly ever gets used and it was an easy switch.

Mafuhsa on Faerie Tricks *tribal

5 months ago

I just happened across your deck. I know it's been a while since you uploaded, but here are my suggestions:

I play an oona deck as well. I think playing card draw that doesn't require you to commit to board will help. I play Sire of Stagnation and Consecrated Sphinx .

Notion Thief works well too. I just find I get targeted when I play it, so I took mine out of the deck.

As for removal protection, cheaper counterspells help. Familiar's Ruse is cute and flavorful, but Swan Song is cheaper, and doesn't require you to have a creature to bounce. Insidious Will is flexible with modes, but I've found Narset's Reversal works better almost every time, while being 2 mana cheaper.

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