Magic the Gathering Card Analysis Blatant Thievery

“Blatant Thievery” is a blue sorcery spell printed as a rare for the Magic the Gathering expansion set known as “Onslaught.”  This is an ideal card to have if you are using a control deck with blue cards.  Should that be the case, Blatant Thievery is definitely one card to have.  Currently, Blatant Thievery is legal in the following formats: EDH (Elder Dragon Highlander), Onslaught Block (Onslaught, “Legions,” and “Scourge”), Legacy, Vintage, Freeform, Prismatic, Tribal Wars Classic, Classic, Singleton 100, and Commander.

The converted mana cost for Blatant Thievery is seven.  You will need three blue mana and four colorless mana to play Blatant Thievery from your hand onto the battlefield.  For what Blatant Thievery can do, the seven mana is worth it.  But, use Blatant Thievery in a match where there are more than two players.  Blatant Thievery is not that great in a one-on-one match due to better options being available.  Keep in mind that an opponent could possibly counter Blatant Thievery with something like “Counterspell,” “Mana Leak,” or “Cancel.” 

What does Blatant Thievery do in the first place?  When Blatant Thievery is cast, you get to take control of one permanent from each opponent.  The effect lasts indefinitely.  Be sure that the permanent has neither Shroud nor Protection from Blue. 

With the existence of permanents known as planeswalkers, Blatant Thievery is pretty useful.  If you have three opponents and they all have a planeswalker out, you can play Blatant Thievery and take all three of them. 

You can also steal creatures, artifacts, enchantments, and lands as well.  But Blatant Thievery is best used to steal planeswalkers.  There are not many spells that allow you to steal planeswalkers.  If you cannot remove an opponent’s planeswalker out of the equation, the next best thing would be to steal it.

In a one-on-one game, there are better alternatives to use.  There is the typical “Control Magic” in which lets you take control of a target creature.  There are spells such as “Dominate” and “Bribery” which can also be used.  For black decks, there is the black enchantment called “Enslave.”  For permanents in general, there is “Take Possession” from “Future Sight” with the added effect of Split Second.  For one-on-one matches, those cards are better than Blatant Thievery.  This is due to Blatant Thievery’s casting cost and effect. 

Should you be in a match with more than one opponent, by all means use Blatant Thievery.  Overall, it is a pretty good card.  But, use this in a match in which you have more than one opponent.