Humble Defector

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Humble Defector

Creature — Human Rogue

: Draw two cards. Target opponent gains control of Humble Defector. Activate this ability only during your turn.

austintayshus on Friends (Group Hug, Gates and Landfall...)

2 weeks ago

love the deck! I might recommend Humble Defector as a fun card draw spell and political tool.

SufferFromEDHD on Zirilan of the Claw Dragon Chompy Dragon Stompy

1 month ago

Good suggestion. I'm going to use Hanweir Battlements  Meld over Hall of the Bandit Lord even though I prefer Hall but it needs Urborg or Yavimaya to be functional.

Relying on Crucible of Worlds to "fix" Lotus Vale might be too narrow for a creature deck. You are absolutely right about Strip Mine target #1.

I'm embarrassed I missed Ruby Medallion in one of my mono colored decks.

I like your thinking with Humble Defector. Nice with Zedruu but not in my dragon machine gun combo.

Both planeswalkers are test spots. They were designed specifically for mono red dragons so I'm giving them a shot. Masterclass triggered ability is really neat. It has not been anything special so far in testing. Fireblood is always useful. Loot, ramp, or 20 power in dragons.

Thanks for stopping in with the profitable suggestions Profet93 This is one of my favorite decks because it perfectly showcases reds main tribe/speed/strength. I want this to be the fastest and strongest glass cannon possible!

Profet93 on Zirilan of the Claw Dragon Chompy Dragon Stompy

1 month ago

SufferFromEDHD

Hall of the Bandit Lord/Hanweir Battlements  Meld - Haste

You mention how lotus vale is a one tap activation. From my limited perspective, I only see it's detriment. 2 lands + 1 land (that you could swap it with) = 3 mana. Lotus value = 3 mana. Where exactly is the benefit? I see a big strip mine target that gets neutralized by dampening sphere. Ignoring the color aspect, I feel Scorched Ruins would be better suited. It combos with your rings and deserted temple for infinite mana. Then using that infinite mana + top = Draw your whole deck, cast lattice and cast your entire deck. While the combo is not the primary reason for the swap, the benefit of 4 (colorless) mana vs. 3 (colored) mana is the primary focus.

How has Sarkhan the Masterless been working for you? It's static ability seems cool, but since the deck doesn't go wide, how does it play out? It's +1 is nice but makes it more susceptible to removal. It's -2 isn't anything too crazy. While not an entirely serious suggestion, have you considered swapping it out for Karn, the Great Creator? Karn creates a hard lock with lattice, allows recursion for your artifacts and can even animate opposing artifacts for political reasons

Urza's Incubator/Ruby Medallion - Ramp

Maybe Humble Defector - Politics + synergy with homeward path

legendofa on Rakdos the Defil-Loving, Kind, Salt …

9 months ago

One more for you, with Humble Defector. (Did every card in the game get a LotR reprint?)

Suns_Champion on Your Cheap Obscure Overperformers?

1 year ago

Bolt Bend. For 1 mana more and $60 less, you get a deflecting swat.

Humble Defector + "I'll give it to you if you give it right back to me." it's the offer people can't refuse. I rarely get fewer than 8 cards if he's played early enough.

Generator Servant. for when you want that big cmc commander 2 turns early, with haste.

Blood-Chin Fanatic in my Korlash, Heir to Blackblade deck. Absolutely blasts people and has become the main win-con.

Canoptek Wraith, the new and second copy of Burnished Hart, another cheap favorite.

Hostile Negotiations. If you're messing with your yard at all, this is like drawing 6 cards.

Fraying Line. Weird little board wipe, can be slow unless you flash it in before your turn...

Medomai's Prophecy. solid lil value engine, draw to cards for casting what you would have anyway, your commander.

Bestial Fury. on anything that wants to deal combat damage, this card presents a tricky choice to your opponents.

zretrareo27 on RW EDH Brion 2022

1 year ago

My 2016 EDH deck - revamped for 2022! use commander Brion Stoutarm to Fling your opponents creatures with cards like Act of Treason, and if you're lucky - use Bazaar Trader to keep them!

I've tried to keep this deck nearly 50% White and 50% Red.

I've narrowed the premise of this deck down to the following categories, 50 Cards to the first, and 10 cards to each other category, give or take.

50% of the Deck is the Commander, Land, Mana rocks, and Draw.
10% is Steal/Keep
10% is Removal/Wipe
10% is Bringing Cards Back
10% is Brion Fodder and Fetch cards
10% is Double Damage and Powerful Flyers

Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated. That being said, I will probably not be able to afford the more expensive cards Land Tax, Smothering Tithe, Lifeline, Smuggler's Share etc. that are not already in this deck. However - It's still fun to check them out! If you like it, up vote!


With this revision, I've cut many of the fancier, slower dual lands to opt for faster basic lands. I've also added Weathered Wayfarer.

I've removed cards that target artifacts and enchantments like Kami of Ancient Law, instead opting for better utility cards like Quarantine Field that target "nonland permanent".

I've made some recent changes to this deck, hopefully to address that mid game I am struggling with tempo, as well as running out of mana to cast the creature or steal spell and have enough to activate Brion's ability. Some cards like Deathrender and Thornbite Staff have been removed (even though they were good in concept) to add more playability.

I also found that after all the sacrificing, mid game I was running out of defense, so some additional creatures have been added with dual purpose, such as Angel of Sanctions and Emeria Shepherd.


Decksplanation:

Double Damage:
Fiery Emancipation gives me triple damage. Calamity Bearer works specifically to Brion's sac ability. Angrath's Marauders, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Gratuitous Violence all make the damage I do twice as effective.
When creatures I steal die, Stalking Vengeance beefs them. When I summon large creatures into play Warstorm Surge deals damage to my opponent, and when I sac those, Stalking Vengeance hits them on the way out.


Fodder:

Malignus, Serra Avatar, and Soul of Eternity all act as giant bombs to throw at the opponent.
Hofri Ghostforge allows for me to steal an opponents creature, fling it at them with brion, and then keep a spirit copy of that creature.


Draw:
Magus of the Wheel and Reforge the Soul provide the opportunity to get a fresh hand at my whim. Humble Defector is an easy and fun, card that helps me forge alliances with other players in multiplayer while getting me TWO extra cards per turn.
Skullclamp works perfect with the sacrifice ability and is easy to cast.
Well of Lost Dreams is insane when played late game for Brion's lifelink ability and can be fetched with Hoarding Dragon or Open the Armory Sin Prodder gives me a potential extra card per turn, or the chance for an opponent to take damage to the face... and then I can pull it out of my graveyard later with my other cards! Basically a win/win. Mangara, the Diplomat and Mila, Crafty Companion  Flip serve to deter attacks and draw.


Fetch:
Hoarding Dragon serves as a flyer, a sacrifice, and can grab any rocks, Skullclamp, or Well of Lost Dreams.
Open the Armory helps grab Skullclamp, Well of Lost Dreams, or Gift of Immortality.
Recruiter of the Guard is specifically to get Bazaar Trader for the huge advantage of keeping my opponents things, but can also grab Duergar Hedge-Mage for removal or Sin Prodder (amongst a few others). Weathered Wayfarer can grab any land, such as Buried Ruin or Arcane Lighthouse.


Mana Rocks:

Boros Cluestone, Commander's Sphere, and Mind Stone are all serving as early ramp and later card draw.
Sol Ring because Sol Ring.


Removal:

Archon of Justice is quite powerful in this deck, as it allows for a flying creature, then a source to sac, and remove a card permanently.
Angel of Serenity gives me the option of 3 recursion or 3 removal.
Duergar Hedge-Mage can be played and replayed in this deck for knocking off annoying enchantments or mana rocks.
Magus of the Disk is one of the board wipes.
Grasp of Fate, Oblivion Ring, and Banishing Light all allow for really flexible removal. Same for Quarantine Field except allows for extra targets for more mana. Chained to the Rocks works the same, but only for creatures. Angel of Sanctions works similarly, but is a creature. Ryusei, the Falling Star really just acts as weenie removal and a sac source from a flyer.


Bringing them Back (and sometimes keep it!):

Adarkar Valkyrie Sac an opponents creature, then get it permanently!
Bazaar Trader Take it with a steal and keep it!
Angelic Renewal Sac my own creature, get it back! Gift of Immortality Sac my own creature, get it back... again, and again!
Emeria Shepherd play a land, get a card! Play a Plains, get a creature to sac!
Mistmoon Griffin Flys, defends, and sac-able, then get back a creature from the graveyard!
Squee's Embrace fun and easy to play, and retrievable with Tragic Poet.
Tragic Poet, a low mana cost creature to get any enchantment in my deck back for any reason. Fun with Squee's Embrace, Angelic Renewal, etc. Returned Pastcaller a flyer that lets me grab a Threaten or Breath of Life. Angel of Serenity gives me the option of 3 recursion or 3 removal.


Stealing their Creatures:

Captivating Crew steals every turn! No wasted card space here, just a reusable sorcery.
Conquering Manticore powerful flyer, that steals!
Zealous Conscripts You can steal anything! Anything! Lands? Mine. Artifacts? Mine. Works great with Bazaar Trader.
Act of Treason, Portent of Betrayal, and Threaten are all basic steal spells.
Malevolent Whispers, Mark of Mutiny, and Traitorous Instinct all give me steal with buffs for Flinging.
Harness by Force allows for more than one thing to be taken if the extra cost is paid!


Powerful Creatures:

I'll be the first to admit, these don't reallllly fit in with the deck. But they're so awesome it's hard to remove. Akroma, Angel of Fury
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Aurelia, the Warleader

Beebles on Samut Nayanara

1 year ago

Hey, nice to see we share a commander! Some tips when browsing your list.

Check out my primer here: Samut, Inspiring Warleader | V-SNC

IHATENAMES on

1 year ago

Perhaps Chandra's Ignition instead of alpha brawl?

Humble Defector instead of mad prophet? or some cheaper loot effect? 4 mana tap to loot is expensive.

A few ideas I don't know where to suggest cutting.

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