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

StoryArcher on Fairy Two-Step

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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

2 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

3 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.

Pernicious_Dude on Faeries Multiplayer

3 months ago

Looking at this deck is stressing me out, and I mean that as a compliment. This looks super annoying to play against!

Have you considered using Familiar's Ruse as a way to keep chaining your ETB effects or reuse adventures?

WotanubisReturned on Fairy Two-Step

7 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.

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