Stroke of Genius

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Urza's Saga (USG) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Stroke of Genius

Instant

Target player draws X cards.

Latest as Commander

Stroke of Genius Discussion

piawesome on Let Me Drive

6 days ago

So take everything I say with a grain of salt, I don't really play control decks that much so this is just more of a feeling on my end. 1. The deck looks cool. While this might not make you a ton of friends at the table especially if you get Narset, Parter of Veils out, it does look good. To that end though I'd just make sure you have some solid win cons in your deck and an idea of how to get there. 2. As silly as it sounds I feel like you might want a little more direct card draw as opposed to just card advantage or card selection. Something like Stroke of Genius or even Blue Sun's Zenith . 3. I also feel like your a little low on actual removal. You have a bunch of tap effects but not a ton of hard kill spells. Your also in white which has some of the best ones, Swords to Plowshares , or any number of cards similar to Wrath of God . While it might not feel like it right now if you ever end up behind on board your gonna wish you had those. 4. A bunch of your tap effects are based around tapping creatures you control, specifically Aura of Dominion and Freed from the Real . I'm not sure if you have enough creatures to make those super useful. However, I certainly could be wrong cause you have quite a few token generators. Those are just cards that stood out to me as possible cuts, though I don't really know what to replace them with. I guess Sun Titan is never bad? Ps. Whats up with Mimic Vat ?

Rorolith on Buff tokens

2 weeks ago

all of your lands enter tapped, which makes it kind of slow for the CMC of your creatures. to replace Stroke of Genius you could add Blue Sun's Zenith or Braingeyser . Herald of Anafenza is a token creator with outlast. Abzan Ascendancy puts counters on all your creatures to make them get the benefits of Abzan Battle Priest and Abzan Falconer . if you want more things with outlast that benefit all your creatures Ainok Bond-Kin , Mer-Ek Nightblade , Tuskguard Captain , Longshot Squad . those are options, not what will necessarily make your deck better.

xaarvaxus on Saheeli beatdown

1 month ago

Your list shows 2 copies of Stroke of Genius

Any consideration for including Inventors' Fair ?

KillTheIslandUser on Strange Women in Ponds, Distributing Swords...

1 month ago

put a seat of synod in there. Easy turn 1 commander with a 0 drop artifact.

Also while dicking around.. I remembered Aether Spellbomb also works better than Codex Shredder with intuition piles, also gets us anything. Not just artifacts from our graveyard. Codex shredder still works... but Aspellbomb is nicer, and free to cast too with Etherium Sculptor . SO we can use it to get Mirran Spy , Lotus Petal / Lion's Eye Diamond , then Abomb, or Isochron Scepter . Abomb also makes it so that you can loop getting back what ever you want to your hand. So you can just make everyone draw all whole entire deck too using stuff like Stroke of Genius .... or what ever you want.

Optimator on Human Fly

1 month ago

I know you're looking for non-wheel card draw. I don't love cantrips in EDH unless there is a number-of-spells-matters effect in play but they can smooth out a deck a bit. Ponder , Preordain , Portent , Sleight of Hand , Serum Visions , etc. The sweet spot in around 3-5 CMC for me, ideally drawing CMC -1 but there aren't a ton of spells that efficient. I don't love Divination in EDH (2 for 3) but it's the gold-standard in 60-card decks for a quickie hand refill. There are tons of efficient cards like Divination too.

There are a ton of "draw 3, discard 1" for 4 or 5 mana, which are okay. Sift , Trial of Knowledge , and Amass the Components , for example. Many are costed for being commons, which isn't where you wanna be in EDH. There should be plenty of good, efficient cards to draw from though. At the same time, you have a lot of great high-CMC draw, like Consecrated Sphinx and Thought Reflection, so having a few Divination effects might smooth out your draws.

Some suggestions: Concentrate , Windfall , Cathartic Reunion , Plea for Power , Tidings , Nin, the Pain Artist , Finale of Revelation , Mind Spring , Braingeyser , Stroke of Genius , Blue Sun's Zenith , Fact or Fiction , Chart a Course , Ugin's Insight , Treasure Cruise , Dig Through Time , Kumena's Awakening , Fevered Visions , Honden of Seeing Winds , Reverse Engineer , Read the Runes , Precognitive Perception , Distant Memories , Arcane Encyclopedia , Endless Atlas , Trail of Evidence , Theft of Dreams , Borrowing 100,000 Arrows , Nezahal, Primal Tide , Kefnet the Mindful , Cavalier of Gales , Combustible Gearhulk , Thassa, God of the Sea , Shared Discovery , Secrets of the Golden City , Vivisection , Weight of Memory , Recurring Insight , Breakthrough , Niv-Mizzet, Parun , Deep Analysis , Gush , Invoke the Firemind , Expansion / Explosion , Chandra, Flamecaller , Dragon Mage , Wild Guess , Tormenting Voice , Arch of Orazca , Runehorn Hellkite , Conqueror's Galleon  Flip, Kraum, Ludevic's Opus , Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist , Commune with Lava .

IMMG54 on Rashmi Control

2 months ago

I'm curious why you included Stroke of Genius and not Pull from Tomorrow seeing as they're both instants and mana doesn't seem like that big a problem for you.

bushido_man96 on The Best Riddle is How this Deck Wins

3 months ago

Have you thought about running more bulk card draw to help win the game? Spells like Blue Sun's Zenith and Stroke of Genius that can fill your hand and possibly help you win? A card like Soothsaying can help you set up the top of your library, too, to find the missing piece to win.

Also, note that Aemsis's ability triggers on damage, not just combat damage. A card like Hermetic Study , or some equipment like Wolfhunter's Quiver , Thornbite Staff , or Pathway Arrows can help you out, too.

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Stroke of Genius occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Blue: 0.39%

UR (Izzet): 0.47%