Thalakos Seer

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Premodern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Thalakos Seer

Creature — Thalakos Wizard

Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

When Thalakos Seer leaves the battlefield, draw a card.

NV_1980 on Grinding with Yuriko

2 months ago

Hi m8,

This deck looks very nice. I'm using Etrata, the Silencer and Phage the Untouchable in mine as alternative (yanky) wincons. I also really like using Thalakos Seer because of his 'when leaving the battlefield' trigger.



azja on Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow (1st CEDH deck)

4 months ago

Haha don't worry, none of my other decks are as organized and thought out as my Yuriko list!

As for the tempo of your deck, it probably depends on the other decks in your playgroup. I tend to play Yuriko against my friends' higher-powered decks, which is why mine is built for a speedy t2 Yuriko. But if their decks are more medium-powered, you could slow it down and play value creatures like Baleful Strix and Thalakos Seer, and/or more expensive ninjas like Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni, Silent-Blade Oni, etc.

Guerric on [Primer] Crouching One-Drop, Hidden Ninja *Update*

4 months ago

Thanks for the feedback xram666, and I appreciate the kind words!

As for the cards, I totally forgot about Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire! I remember when that was revealed I vowed to try it out in several of my black decks (since in any context it's a repeatable black tutor), but the top deck manipulation in Yuriko is unparalleled. Thanks for pointing that out- I will definitely put that in.

As for Thalakos Seer, I am aware of it and have thought about trying it out, but what holds me back is that I used to play Baleful Strix, which performs similarly to the seer. I ended up not liking it as much because one mana is just so much better than two for enablers. Being able to play the enabler, use ninjutsu, than replay the enabler in the second main to be ready to attack and enable ninjutsu the next turn is just so good. I also find that card draw is at a bit less of a premium in Yuriko since she draws so many cards anyway, so I didn't find that pulling Baleful Strix really made much of an impact that way.

I know that a lot of people play Brainstorm, but I personally don't like it too much in commander due to it's one off nature. Setting up one attack with only the top three of my library just doesn't inspire me all that much. I'd rather just use Scroll Rack, Soothsaying, Insidious Dreams, or Lim-Dul's Vault, which are more impactful, or Sensei's Divining Top, which is repeatable, or tutor with Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire (thanks again!) or Mystical Tutor or Scheming Symmetry. Its just hard to justify the slot for me, but I am an extremely value-centric deck builder, maybe to a fault!

Umezawa's Jitte is amazingly flavorful, which is a huge plus for me. Its also just such an iconic card in magic's history, which is another plus. It's also definintely good, and could definitely work. For me my intuition is that it might just be a bit too midrange with my approach. Usually when I play creatures are going into and out of my hand, which makes the cost of re-equipping it over and over again burdensome. I've always played with Sword of the Animist, which is one of the best non-green ramp cards there is, but I usually abandon it after I get a few lands out because I want to use the creature for something else. I definitely think it could work, especially if you're disciplined enough to keep building up charges till you can dome someone with it, but I'm not sure I have the discipline! That being said, its a cool card, and if I had a copy I would probably be trying it just because it's that cool.

Thanks again for all the suggestions!

xram666 on [Primer] Crouching One-Drop, Hidden Ninja *Update*

4 months ago

Very thorough and good primer. Definitely a +1 from me. I would just address the power level of the deck earlier.

Have you considered Thalakos Seer yet? It has CMC 2 but brings value even when brought to hand with Ninjutsu.

Another interesting card for top deck manipulation is Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire.

Also, I am very surprised not to see good old Brainstorm.

And with all the Unblockable creatures, what's your opinion on Umezawa's Jitte?

azja on Yuriko (Optimized) Primer

4 months ago

@freezerboy Thank you for the comment!!

Thalakos Seer (and similarly Baleful Strix) are definitely powerful with ninjutsu and extremely close to being in the decklist. I chose to lean towards speed/mana efficiency with my deck, so they unfortunately didn't make the cut. If it were a bit slower and value-based (i.e. playing better ninjas than Skullsnatcher) I would likely include them.

The decks in my playgroup are a bit too competitive for Hatred on an unblockable creature to work consistently, but I would love to see someone try that out, it's just janky enough to work :')

As for Tainted Strike, if I targeted one of my unblockable creatures wouldn't it just deal 2-3 infect and not much else? Maybe I am missing the synergy here, let me know!

freezerboy on Yuriko (Optimized) Primer

4 months ago

Though you have the 2 cc rule for the deck, have you thought of Thalakos Seer. Basically unblockable and you get card draw from the ninjutsu ability. I've also found that Hatred or Tainted Strike can win the game in one go with so many unblockable options.

cnielsen0523 on You Know, I'm Something of a Ninja Myself - EDH

4 months ago

You should consider Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow as a card advantage source in the 99 with all those spicy high CMC topdecks. Also Thalakos Seer if you like 2-drop enablers with upside, it plays out similarly to Baleful Strix.


5 months ago

Here are some other recommendations if you like:


Nether Traitor, Thalakos Seer, Blighted Agent

Big Boys that aren't Eldrazi

Deep-Sea Kraken, Ancient Stone Idol, Chancellor of the Spires, Devouring Strossus, Denizen of the Deep, Hullbreaker Horror, Icebreaker Kraken, Inkwell Leviathan, Kederekt Leviathan, Leviathan, Nezahal, Primal Tide, Tidespout Tyrant

Since ninjitsu bypasses attack triggers, then cards like Leviathan can actually be semi-viable. Good luck with the new concept, I know that I'm going to be making a ninja demon/kraken deck that should be absurd.

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