Stroke of Genius

Stroke of Genius

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Target player draws X cards.

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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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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 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

Stroke of Genius occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Blue: 0.39%

UR (Izzet): 0.47%

Latest Decks as Commander

Stroke of Genius Discussion

Azeworai on Atemsis, Gochta!

1 month ago

Ah, quirky commanders are always an oddity, but delectation to brew. Now, Mono-Blue isn't exactly my forté, but I believe I may be of aid.

So, I am an adherent to running fewer lands; Thirty-six in Mono-Blue should be a crime. In their lieu, I would recommend many cantrips. If it goes three cards deep, say Preordain, then I consider it a half of a land. Four or more cards, I deem a full land. At least, this is with my experience in gameplay. As such, Impulse is absolutely lovely. Two-mana, instant-speed, what more could a player desire?

Forbidden Alchemy, Chart a Course, Strategic Planning, and Frantic Search are of note.

Baral, Chief of Compliance could be absolutely lovely: For one person, at least.

Spellseeker has never disappointed me. She finds Cyclonic Rift, Preordain, Counterspell, and Finale of Revelation, for ones in the decklist.

Every deck needs graveyard hate! Tormod's Crypt and Relic of Progenitus are both things that Trinket Mage can tutor for, but there are far more options out there. If you are to add Tolaria West could search for Scavenger Grounds.

Quicksilver Fountain is fantastically mean, though effective. It combos painfully well with Oboro, Palace in the Clouds. Target the land with the fountain, bounce it in response, whereupon the trigger fizzles and you are not to be afflicted by infinite islands.

Anent what I would cut:

Flow of Ideas seems slow, sorcery-speed, and expensive to cast. Big draw spells shouldn't be dependent on board-state unless you're playing green and have no choice. Try Stroke of Genius or Pull from Tomorrow.

This deck looks to have some busy early turns, seeing the abundance of 1-3 mana spells. Myriad Landscape enters tapped and still requires mana to ramp. I'd prefer just another Island. Though, a land worth considering is Riptide Laboratory just has quite a bit of utility.

Something I merely wish to put out there; I dislike Temple of the False God very much. That's all for that point.

One direction you could take this deck is group-hug. It draws you cards, keeps others from heeding your schemes, and allows for kills out of the blue. (get it?)

I suppose that's all from me. May fortune be with you!

Nodrog666 on Numot Stax

1 month ago

Hey man! Good first draft! I like some of the ideas in here. I have some constructive criticism for you, so, as brutally honest as I will be with my suggestions, keep in mind I’m just offering my best advice on how to improve this list. I tested this deck a bit and here’s some thoughts I have:

More Tutor / Draw: You’re running very little card advantage, which I noticed when I was testing this deck. There isn’t enough dig or deck manipulation going on here. Basically every time I found myself durdling. Here are some suggestions:

More spot removal: Your deck doesn’t have a lot of ways of dealing out targeted removal. Mass Land D and other sweeper spells are great and all, but you also need ways of handling individual problems as they arrive. Here are some suggestions I have:

More Persistent harassment: You’re running MLD, Tax, but you aren’t running a whole lot of effects to consistently torment the opponent. Smokestack, Pendrell Mists, Kataki, War's Wage, Manabarbs keep pressure on your opponents. Even just running more stuff to slow things down (Winter Orb, Tangle Wire, Kismet, Rule of Law, Stranglehold etc.) would be useful here.

Consider less creatures, more enchantments: Hatebears are cool, but consider the fact that they are easier to kill than their enchantment counterparts. Magus of the Moon dies much easier than Blood Moon and you want these effects to have a good return on investment. This one is more food for thought than actual criticism.

Suggestions for cuts: Hall of Heliod's Generosity (?): It’s a great card, but right now you aren’t running enough Enchantments to justify it. Most of the time it’s going to just tap for colorless. If you run more Enchantments, it’s a keeper! (I think I’m going to try and find a slot for my own deck)

Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain: This is pretty vestigial. It’s not really pulling much weight. Cut it.

Karn, Silver Golem: See above.

Remorseful Cleric: This is too squishy. Run Tormod's Crypt instead. Just as easy to recur (moreso, in fact, cause Academy Ruins sees it) and it lowers your curve.

Tomik, Distinguished Advokist: I get what you’re going with here, but you’re blowing up your lands anyway, making them untargetable is kind of moot. There’s a bunch of hatebears I’d rather run in this slot.

Burning of Xinye / Wildfire: These are weak, you can do way better for MLD in your colors. Add Sunder (Cheaper at Instant speed!).

Saltblast: This card is kind of bad. Costs waaay too much for targeted removal. Also, is completely dead against decks that run white. I’d honestly remove this and replace it with Wrath of God instead.

Karn, the Great Creator: Not doing enough. I see the combo with Mycosynth Lattice, but Hellkite Tyrant is a much better combo.

Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis: This card isn't great. If you want Elspeth, put in Elspeth, Knight-Errant or Elspeth, Sun's Champion instead. Both make tokens as a +1 ability.

Empowered Autogenerator: Too slow, too expensive. It’s not as good as it looks. Ideally, rocks should slot into the 0-3 CC range. If you desperately wanted something in the 4 slot, why not just run Thran Dynamo instead? It’s more consistent.

Firemind Vessel – See above.

icionsix on

2 months ago

Hey! My friend built something pretty similar. What works super well for him are the X draw blue spells. In your deck, given the amount of mana it can produce, I think they'd be even more potent. I see you have a couple already, but I think playing as many as you can would be worthwhile.

Pull from Tomorrow, Gadwick, the Wizened, Stroke of Genius are a couple to consider.

I would probably cut Dictate of Kruphix, Sunder, and Library of Leng. Dictate because the symmetrical effect really hurts it, Sunder because it's really really mean, and Library of Leng since the effect you really care about is built into your commander. I don't know your meta though, mass land bounce could be perfectly acceptable.

Thrasios, Triton Hero could also work great as a mana dump and a ramp engine, although he has a heftier price tag.

This is just my hot-take, cool deck dude.

Chaotic_Justice on Starscream

2 months ago

So, if you want to mill or make your opponent draw out their deck, some cards that are going to help you get there are as follows:

Traumatize

Stroke of Genius

Blue Sun's Zenith

Braingeyser

Damnable Pact

Howling Mine

Dictate of Kruphix

Nemesis of Reason

Jace, Memory Adept

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Fraying Sanity

Sphinx's Tutelage

Consuming Aberration

Hedron Crab

Glimpse the Unthinkable

Archive Trap

Dreamborn Muse

Forced Fruition

Once you mill your opponent out, you still need to make them draw a card. There's alot of options, but to name a couple others that weren't mentioned earlier are Otherworld Atlas and Prosperity .

Use Pili-Pala and Grand Architect to create infinite mana and then cast Archeomancer and Mercurial Pretender to blink Archeomancer to pull those instant and sorcery cards back from the graveyard to continue to force your opponent to draw out their deck.

As a back up, get rid of all the jank in the deck and throw in about 20 Persistent Petitioners with Thrumming Stone , and all the tribal stuff like Coat of Arms , Stoneforge Masterwork , Adaptive Automaton , and Vanquisher's Banner . You can either use the petitioners to mill out opponents or you can just swing them. Nobody will expect that. Hell, throw in Archetype of Imagination for good fun.

Milesfuzz on Kaho Reweave (Tidespout Version)

3 months ago

Why not Blue Sun's Zenith instead of Stroke of Genius ? Can be a legitimate wincon for killing the whole table while also helping you draw your whole deck

Dragonalex1112 on Aluren Yarok

4 months ago

Hello, I saw the infinite mana outlets and was wondering if there would be a spot for an X cost draw spell like Blue Sun's Zenith , Finale of Revelation , Stroke of Genius , or Gadwick, the Wizened as another way to draw to a win-con or maybe draw an opponent out of the game.

king-saproling on 6 Converted Mana Costs

4 months ago

Atemsis is super rad! Maybe instead of vanilla creatures you could play cards of various cmc that provide card value or supply mana? I'm thinking things like Brainstorm , High Tide , Mind Spring , Braingeyser , Chart a Course , Stroke of Genius , Blue Sun's Zenith , Worn Powerstone , Concentrate , Firemind Vessel , Rush of Knowledge , Covenant of Minds , Recurring Insight , Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar , Flow of Ideas . That way, if you have two cards in hand that have the same cmc, you can play one of them for more cards (or for more mana, which would incur more cards via Atemsis's activated ability), increasing your odds of having 6 cards with different cmc when Atemsis connects.

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