Notion Thief

Notion Thief

Creature — Human Rogue

Flash

If an opponent would draw a card except the first one he or she draws in each of his or her draw steps, instead that player skips that draw and you draw a card.

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) None
Dragon's Maze (DGM) Rare

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Legality

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

Notion Thief occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

UB (Dimir): 1.45%

UBR (Grixis): 0.81%

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Notion Thief Discussion

Jack32226 on Rot and Ruin (Muldrotha EDH)

13 hours ago

EternalFreeze - Thank you for commenting! Yes, Cephalid Coliseum has some very nice synergy with Narset, Parter of Veils and Notion Thief. I've also been seriously considering cards like Jace's Archivist or Windfall because of those two cards (plus these wheel effects discard your hand, which you can then replay with Muldrotha).

As for Lunar Force, I have a couple issues with it. The biggest problem is that it will never counter something you want it to. Because of this, I think it's better to analyze the card not as removal/interaction but as a stax piece. Ideally your opponents will either not play a spell or one person will waste a card out of their hand to remove Lunar Force. Now, as a stax piece, are their better alternatives? There certainly are in my opinion. Lunar Force just seems to make too little an impact at too great a mana cost.

If you're looking for a good stax piece though, I would recommend Zur's Weirding. I haven't included it in my decklist since my opponents can stop me from drawing important X-spells (which can't be replayed with Muldrotha), making the card a little awkward. But with a different deck focus, that card is very good.

multimedia on "Library.exe has stopped working" | Phenax Primer

2 days ago

Hey, you're welcome :)

Good eye, Naru + Flicker + Phenax + Elixir to tap Naru to mill before it's blinked with Flicker, nice work. You're right, Altar of the Brood combos with Naru + Flicker and it's also a good card outside of the combo since it's repeatable. In fact Altar could replace Apprentice or another creature that has an ETB mill ability because outside of the combo these creatures are less good then what Altar does.

A reason to add more mana rocks is because the avg. CMC is high, rounded up it's 3.7 and there's a lot of four drops. When you have a lot of four drops then being able to play turn two ramp is very helpful. Phenax + Eater + Elixir is your main combo and it's a mana expensive combo. If adding Naru + Flicker combos then having more ramp makes them better too because the combo costs seven mana. Dark Ritual is a card to consider adding.

Cards to consider cutting to add Naru, Flicker, Altar, Zenith and Zone:

  • Submerged Boneyard
  • Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker
  • Keening Stone
  • Into the Story
  • Dauthi Embrace

I think you can push your deck a lot further even with the low budget. Ideally if you're playing combos you want tutors especially since you're playing black, but I understand not including them because of the lower budget. Scheming Symmetry and Diabolic Tutor are both worth adding. Mana efficient draw spells or repeatable draw sources can't completely replace tutors, but they can sure help.

These cards can be excellent support because they help to draw into or find the better cards in your deck. Wheels are good with Notion Thief and Psychic Corrosion. Madness can be repeatable with cipher. Drift can transmute to get one of Elixir, Flicker, Freed or Alarm. Muddle can transmute to get one of Guildmage, Greaves, Mindcrank, Orb or Rift. If not transmuting then both Drift and Muddle are fine since Drift has 5 toughness/flying and Muddle is a pseudo Negate.

With the lower budget draw spells and mana rocks are your best early game plays. These can help to setup combos, make land drops and have ramp for mid and late game, the stages of the game when your deck performs the best. Consider streamlining the creature base? Keep the creatures that are part of combos and cut a lot of the others?

Streamlined creature base example:

  • Guildmage
  • Drift
  • Thief
  • Naru
  • Notion
  • Alchemist
  • King
  • Tree
  • Eater
  • Syr
  • Aberration
  • Hightower

Bonehoard is the best card of the cards that are creatures who have power/toughness equal to all creatures in all graveyards. Because of it's ability to equip to another creature then in my opinion you don't need to also play Wright, Mortivore, Nighthowler. Hightower (flying, huge power/toughness) and Abrerration (mill, huge power/toughness) are the better high CMC creatures who are not part of combos because they can become huge and do something without having to attack.

Ziabo on Kess, Dissident Mage Storm

1 week ago

Looks really good!

Few suggestions I can see

Copy Artifact you can get another Mana Rock. Or have another Combo Stick

Also Notion Thief! That dude with a wheel effect is absolutely broken! flash him in when casting Windfall get 28 cards in hand.

Past in Flames is essentially Kess in a spell. Same as Underworld Breach

Just a few thoughts to help the flow a bit.

but over all looks good! +1

phsycord on Consultation Kess: a Primer

4 weeks ago

Why do you play Reanimate over Unearth? Reanimate just gives you the option to also recur Notion Thief, while not being able to cycle this card away. I think Unearth would be stronger?

Valius on Drawing Dead

1 month ago

Mirko Vosk isn’t all that great unless he can connect with the opponent. You’ll do more mill with your walls than you will with him. Replace him with Avatar of Woe

Sire of Stagnation isn’t really on theme here, and is expensive. You’re better off with Lord of the Void or Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger if you’re looking for an impactful creature, but I’d probably choose Geth, Lord of the Vault or Oona, Queen of the Fae since they’re more on flavor and are good mana sinks if needed.

You have very little spot removal, Hero's Downfall , Doomblade etc, so be careful there. Also, Black has access to Plague Wind In Garruk's Wake and even Mutilate , and you definitely should be running Cyclonic Rift over Aether Gale . Board wipes are important, and you’ll have the largest toughness to survive those “all creatures get -x/-x” effects, so make use of them - Toxic Deluge would probably be the absolute best.

There’s good equipment to increase toughness, like Slagwurm Armor and Accorder's Shield , and Illusionist's Bracers on a mortivor or nighthowler is potentially deadly.

Don’t forget about Laboratory Maniac , because you can mill yourself.

All those cards that mill opponents when you draw a card are taking away from other cards you need unless you’re drawing a ton of cards in a turn. Notion Thief and Teferi's Puzzle Box is the absolute best combo for dimir (imho) and pairs well with those cards, but a lack of Howling Mine like effects makes these cards less relevant to the mill from your walls. Memory Erosion will just do you more work.

Tutoring is important if you’re running combo, so don’t forget Diabolic Tutor or other expensive ones if you feel like buying them.

Bojuka Bog .

Dimir-doppleganger and Lazav, Dimir Mastermind are kind of must haves to make use of opponents’ big beefies and eldrazi (if any).

Biggest thing is just remember you’re trying to mill a billion at a time, not little bits here and there. If a card isn’t milling a ton, replace it with something else that’s more impactful. Combo pieces are nice, but without tutoring they’re unreliable.

Card I think are a MUST HAVE, though, are definitely Necrotic Ooze , Lazav, Dimir Mastermind , Cyclonic Rift , propoganda, Crawlspace , and Bloodchief Ascension . At least find space for those.

Valius on Phenax: You Don't Need Those

1 month ago

I had a Phenax deck and it was super fun to play. Mine was a bit more turtle-y than yours, so I ran a suite of walls like Glacial Wall , Wall of Junk , and Guardians of Meletis . Equip those bad boys with Slagwurm Armor and you got yourself a milling machine and defense. There’s a ton of blue and colorless walls out there with ridiculous toughness that pair well with Phenax and give you pretty awesome blockers that let you just mill someone for 20+ at their end step if they dare attack you.

You also open up protection such as Crawlspace , Propaganda , Collective Restraint , and Koskun Falls . If you go that route. Phenax wants your creatures to tap to mill, which is why I liked walls, but swarm decks prove to be a problem, which is why I like these cards in my deck.

Otherwise, good combos in a deck like this that I enjoy was Notion Thief + Teferi's Puzzle Box so that opponents can never have cards, And Bloodchief Ascension since you’re running Mindcrank for infinite mill and damage. And Fraying Sanity could mean instant death to one person.

I really like the interaction Necrotic Ooze has with mill decks, and same with Grimoire of the Dead . Psychic Strike is a good milling counterspell with the added benefit of not needing double blue to cast.

And don’t forget, Laboratory Maniac is fantastic since you can also be a mill target, not just your opponents! Scry and Tunnel Vision yourself and you’ve won.

Redshift_cEDH on Consultation Kess: a Primer

1 month ago

Thanks! I have thought about Spellseeker but it doesn't make the cut for me. I'd be looking at Grim Tutor first and that still doesn't quite make it into my 100 mostly due to the CMC. The thing is, we are ideally attempting a win after a big haymaker play that accrues us heaps of value. Something like sticking an Ad Nauseam , or Notion Thief + a wheel. In longer games this might look more like riding a Mystic Remora for a few turn cycles. This is not always how it goes of course but it's the plan, it's how we'd prefer to piece the combo together rather than assemble the pieces individually by tutoring. Spellseeker can't get Naus, Necro, Dockside, Wheels, Notion Thief, etc.

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