Trepanation Blade

Trepanation Blade

Artifact — Equipment

Whenever equipped creature attacks, defending player reveals cards from the top of his library until he or she reveals a land card. The creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each card revealed this way. That player puts the revealed cards into his or her graveyard.

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Casual Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Unformat Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

Trepanation Blade occurrence in decks from the last year

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Trepanation Blade Discussion

MapPsycho on Cats with Swords???

15 hours ago

Also just wanted to say I really like your build! It's pretty well balanced(I have no issues with running Alters, this game can be ridiculously expensive), and there are many cards in here(such as Trepanation Blade, and Saltcrusted Steppe) that I love but rarely see due to nobody in my playgroup running them.

Barbarian_Sun_Pope on Dimir Unblockable Equips

1 week ago

Have you considered Invisible Stalker? It's got protection built in and it is also unblockable. Triton Shorestalker can also be pretty good additional copies of Slither Blade if you want to double up. Looter il-Kor is practically unblockable and also provides some card filtering. If you do go this route you could also add in Cloak and Dagger because it auto equips. Also, not sure if Paranoid Delusions quite fits this deck, since it appears you could probably win through damage so much faster than milling. Not counting Trepanation Blade since it does both damage and mill. Hope this helps.

Dyrkus on Mill... Baby.... I just wish I could quit you...

2 weeks ago

A few of my favorites for mill could be useful here, and also work rather well amongst themselves:

Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker

Trepanation Blade

Destroy the Evidence

They'd be good for a double-down on the ability you already have from Consuming Aberration.

grievances on I must break you. (Lazav Dimir Mastermind)

2 months ago

Nice win tonight against a Sisay and Ephara deck (a Kozilek deck bowed out early after missing a land drop - weenie). Despite not having any great creatures to steal, I had the Mesmeric Orb out early enough to get my Consuming Aberration up into the 80s, and Lazav as a Marchesa, the Black Rose giving me a little insurance in case of a board wipe. I made one small mistake using an opponent's Teferi's Protection, b/c it shut down my Mesmeric Orb for a turn which was supposed to get my opponent to mill his Approach of the Second Sun... ha! But I survived with a Trepanation Blade-enabled upgrade to a 5/5 for Lazav, which got me JUST over the hump getting him to 0 life. Good time all around!

plainsrunner on Catch-22: Damned if You Tap, Damned if You Don't

2 months ago

It looks like this deck is all about ramp, into even more ramp. While the symmetrical ramp effects seem like they can be a win condition in themselves given your commander's ability, I'd be wary of them, since your opponents can easily use those effects to beat you before the mana burn can take them out. Also, you only have 3 cards that I can see that prevent the mana from burning you too, and two of those only work for one color of mana. I think you may need to figure out what your win conditions are and add more in, probably in exchange for some of the ramp.

Zulaport Cutthroat is a staple in aristocrat strategies, but this doesn't seem like an aristocrat deck. Same with Mayhem Devil.

In a similar vein, how many creatures (besides your scute swarm tokens) do you really want to be sacrificing? Hecatomb and Primal Growth seem good in decks that have lots of sacrifice fodder, but most of your creatures seem like the kind you'd want to be keeping around.

Trepanation Blade seems more suited to a mill deck. any particular reason you included it here?

Braid of Fire seems like a terrible card in this deck. Since you don't have many permanents with mana sinks built in, and no mono-red instants, the only way to keep yourself from dying to this card is to have Leyline Tyrant or Horizon Stone out, which is hard to guarantee, even with the tutors in this deck. A card that will straight up kill you except in very specific circumstances, in which case it's kind of a win-more card, seems like a good one to toss.

Exploding Borders is way overcosted. It can do at most 3 damage to a player, and get you a basic land. The damage is negligible, so the only important part of the card is the land, which can be done for half the cost. If you really want that much ramp I'd suggest replacing it with Skyshroud Claim, which is the same mana cost, less colors to have to pay, gets you twice the lands, and gets them untapped. The fact that they have to be forests is balanced out by them not having to be basic.

You only have 7 landfall triggers that are affected by Ancient Greenwarden, and three of them are your bounce lands, forcing you to bounce two lands when you play them instead of just one. While getting an extra Scute Swarm trigger is nice, I don't think it's worth it in this deck that otherwise doesn't really care about landfall. The ability to play lands from your graveyard is already covered by two other, cheaper cards, so I'd cut this one.

T_Dog345 on T_Dog345

9 months ago

Alright, let's see if maybe this will help. I'm really new to everything on here sorry. //Lands 2 Dismal Backwater 1 Dimir Guildgate 2 Submerged Boneyard 4 Evolving Wilds 2 Desert of the Mindful 1 Arcane Lighthouse 1 Reliquary Tower 1 Temple of the False God

//Spells 4 Duress 2 Ghoulcaller's Chant 3 Macabre Waltz 3 Sleep 4 Slip Through Space 2 Taigam's Scheming 4 Tome Scour 4 Lich's Caress 4 Sovereign's Bite 4 Resourceful Return 3 March of the Returned 1 In Garruk's Wake 1 Army of the Damned 1 Dutiful Return 1 Decompose 1 Worst Fears 1 Rise of the Dark Realms 4 Hubris 4 Countermand 1 Tezzeret's Touch 1 Paranoid Delusions 1 Coerced Confession 2 Mind Sculpt 1 Compelling Argument 1 Index 1 Redirect 1 Dream Twist 2 Gift of Tusks 2 Rewind 3 Thought Scour 2 Psychic Spiral 1 Gigadrowse 4 Negate 1 Overwhelming Denial 1 Dramatic Reversal 1 Impulse 2 Cremate 3 Crypt Incursion 2 Grim Harvest 1 Scarab Feast 1 Grim Return 1 Gravepurge 1 Dark Ritual 4 Font of Return 3 Death's Approach 2 Cast into Darkness 1 Triskaidekaphobia 1 Grave Betrayal 1 Endless Ranks of the Dead 3 Invisibility 2 Curiosity 4 Curse of the Bloody Tome 3 Illusory Wrappings 3 Ice Over 1 Chronic Flooding 1 Navigator's Ruin 1 Chant of the Skifsang 3 Bone Saw 3 Millstone 3 Tormod's Crypt 2 Trepanation Blade 1 Ghoulcaller's Bell 1 Masterwork of Ingenuity 1 Sol Ring 1 Nihil Spellbomb 1 Illusionist's Bracers 1 Codex Shredder 1 Profane Memento 1 Loxodon Warhammer 1 Bonehoard 1 Trusty Machete 1 Mirari 1 Argentum Armor

//Creatures 1 Archetype of Finality 1 Overeager Apprentice 1 Agent of Erebos 1 Butcher Ghoul 1 Risen Executioner 1 Dutiful Attendant 1 Sly Requisitioner 1 Sepulchral Primordial 2 Zombie Assassin 1 Nightmare 1 Marshmist Titan 3 Graven Abomination 4 Workshop Assistant 4 Guardians of Meletis 2 Phyrexian Revoker 2 Ornithopter 1 Juggernaut 2 Veilborn Ghoul 2 Minotaur Abomination 4 Undead Servant 3 Gravedigger 2 Mogis's Marauder 2 Bogstomper 4 Walking Corpse 3 Corpse Hauler 4 Gravewaker 2 Returned Phalanx 3 Faerie Miscreant 1 Master of Predicaments 2 Benthic Giant 1 Stormtide Leviathan 4 Screeching Skaab 2 Seer of the Last Tomorrow 1 Floating-Dream Zubera 3 Fog Bank 1 Possessed Skaab 3 Armored Skaab 2 Murmuring Phantasm 1 Wall of Frost 4 Doorkeeper 1 Clever Impersonator 1 Jace's Mindseeker 1 Oculus 1 Mindshrieker 1 Willbreaker 1 Spellweaver Eternal 1 Wall of Mist 1 Sultai Skullkeeper 1 Diregraf Captain

Metachemist on Wrexial Kempo

11 months ago

Duskmantle Guildmage is an auto win con against one player with Mindcrank on the board. Or a complete table wipe with Dakra Mystic if all three are on the board.

Memory Erosion is already in the deck but I do like the look of Psychic Corrosion

Trepanation Blade never seems to hit more than 3-4 cards due to deck building trends, I'd be more inclined to put in Shadowspear if I was gonna put another piece of 'tron tech in.

Geth, Lord of the Vault is pretty cool but I like the Thief and the Specter over him just due to their low CMC, 3 is a lot more attainable than 6.

Tormod's Crypt probably wouldn't be a bad idea but I've got a bit of a rep for always running it as a "pet" card so I was trying to avoid it so as not to be predictable. Elixir of Immortality is a classic and I'll probably play test it.

I think you're correct about Fraying Sanity it's not bad a closer but honestly I've got the Commander kill win con built in as a late game closer as it stands. Fact or Fiction is a tough one, if nothing else it always creates tension at the table and can lead to good politicking but I think there are better options for sure.

Archaeomancer was left on the cutting room floor due to barely having a dozen viable targets for it. I'd rather spend the 4 mana elsewhere, especially in a deck with no bounce/ETB abuse

Sphinx's Tutelage now that has some solid potential, especially as another infinite mana dump that leads to crushing the whole table.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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