Familiar's Ruse

Familiar's Ruse


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

WotanubisReturned on Fairy Two-Step

2 months ago

I found you looking for decks with Familiar's Ruse; I am surprised it doesn't see more play given its synergy with Snapcaster Mage. Borrower sees play all over and does seem like a good replacement for Vapor Snag. I was going to lean into Fairies and run Spellstutter Sprite over Spectral Sailor but the flash and 1 cmc is just too good for Sea-Dasher Octopus and I don't ever create much of a board presence to have high Fairy numbers. I am now looking to wedge in some Thing in the Ice  Flip because of my problems handling aggro playing the Historic version on Arena isn't going to get better.

WotanubisReturned on Fairy Two-Step

2 months ago

This looks great and I love the explanations you put down. I was wondering if a full playset of Familiar's Ruse was too many for my Sprite Remix and this convinces me.

Tropical_December on cEDH Advantage Thrasios Proof of Concept

2 months ago

Sweet tech, I like it. Is it worth it to have two?

Stony Silence would be better than Null Rod, no? Silence doesn't help Dockside Extortionist and is tougher to remove in most cases. In corner case situations it is also uncounterable with Destiny Spinner.

Is Counterspell Pulling its weight? I guess it is the next best, but do you really need that many counterspells? Familiar's Ruse is a dinky little counterspell that may have fringe benefits for your deck, or it might just be cute.

If you can find space I think Deafening Silence would be a great addition, it hardly affects your combos, but is pretty damaging to other strategies.

War_Machine_800 on Army of Allies

3 months ago

This looks like a fun deck! I would play it as is, but I'll still leave some card ideas in case anything sparks your interest. Since there are a couple of higher cost creatures, you might want to replace some with Veteran Warleader.

If you want to try to capitalize on your ETB triggers then you will want some cards that let you flicker your creatures. Essence Flux, Cloudshift, and Ephemerate are all one cost instants letting you do this. You might be able to save some creatures from dying using these as well.

If you're ok with just putting them back in your hand for extra benefits then Call to Heel lets you draw a card and Familiar's Ruse lets you counter a spell. There's also spells like Peel from Reality or Unsummon if you want to target the opponent.

Of course you could always replace some basics with multicolor pain lands or something like those Temple Gardens you got there. Other than that you might just want some more noncreature spells to give your deck some more versatility.

Barbarian_Sun_Pope on Erayo, Soratami Filibuster

4 months ago

Glacial Fortress and Temple of Enlightenment are a nice budget replacements for Evolving Wilds depending on whether you want speed or scrying. Cancel is not a good replacement for Counterspell (there really isn't one if you think about it) because there are plenty of counters with the same converted mana cost that does more, i.e. Faerie Trickery//Dissipate, Disallow, Dissolve, Hinder (personal favorite), etc.. If you're looking for 2 mana counters I'd suggest Negate/Psychic Barrier (simple and to the point), Rune Snag (better with time), Remand, or Familiar's Ruse/Deprive. As far as a replacement for Shield Sphere goes, there are cheap defenders out there. While not at the same cost Wall of Omens and Wall of Denial does a fantastic job of keeping attackers at bay, you could also double up on Fog Bank with it's slightly bigger cousin Guard Gomazoa. Lightmine Field/Archangel of Tithes/Ghostly Prison also does a pretty good job of keeping attackers at bay. Hope this helps.

ItsMorphinTime on Primordial, Percieve, Omni-Unlock, Research, KILL.

6 months ago

May I suggest Deprive out for Familiar's Ruse? It seems like a counter spell that allows you to replay a morph is better. What about Craterhoof Behemoth for Krosan Cloudscraper? Cloudscraper, while a morph, is a 13/13 for 9. Not even trample, and it also costs two green every turn. Craterhoof seems like a good idea for it. Also, Casualties of War? Why? It seems like Sword of Feast and Famine as another untap effect is much much better.

Tibus on Alela, Enchantress of the Fae

7 months ago

It's been a while and wanted to revisit your deck I see you've made some changes and I've played with quite a few cards with my own variant of the deck (currently not up-to-date, check back later today I'll update it).

Cloud Cover has saved Alela's butt more times than I wish to count, if you can get your hands on it Fierce Guardianship is a no-brainer, there are other less expensive cards that can also act as strong counter spells in the deck such as Abjure and Familiar's Ruse. Dowsing Dagger  Flip and Sword of Sinew and Steel are both really solid additions with all the 1/1 flyers you have to beat face in with. Sword can also give Alela protection from kill, burn, and some exile effects while clearing artifacts and planeswalkers. Teferi's Ageless Insight can turn those "draw 1 on hit" effects into "draw 2 on hit" effects. Although this next card is more of a win-more effect Shark Typhoon really synergizes well with your no creature deck creating even more 1/1 massive flyers. also Reconnaissance Mission is another Coastal Piracy

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

8 months ago

Man, Martyr Proc seems phenomenal, but here's my best attempt:

Priest Hilden's Pup

Creature - Dog

As an additional cost to cast Priest Hilden's Pup, return a creature you control to its owners hand.


Sacrifice Priest Hilden's Pup: You or target spell, permanent, or card you own gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Activate this ability only if your life total is greater than twice your starting life total


Returning the creature to hand will help Martyr of Sands as well as Using the protection from removal of Familiar's Ruse and providing protection itself with its activated ability. Sacrificing itself works as fodder for Proclamation of Rebirth.

I'd like to see another walker from my list earlier, and yeah, I forgot about Xenagos.

  • Naga (Snake-like)
  • Aven (Bird)
  • Ainok (Dog)
  • Loxodon (Elephant)
  • Kithkin

I assume Udrek of Shiv was a Viashino, please specify, thanks!

I really want to see more non-human walkers from WotC, so until I'm satiated, I'll foist this upon you

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