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Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Rogues (Lurrus) by Seth Manfield

'Dimir Rogues (Lurrus)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Seth Manfield

Event: 2020 Season Grand Finals

Rank: 5th-8th

Standard

Market Price: $127.40

Cards

Eliminate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.41

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with converted mana cost 3 or less.

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Lofty Denial

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.13

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}. If you control a creature with flying, counter that spell unless its controller pays {4} instead.

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Agadeem's Awakening

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $13.40

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Return from your graveyard to the battlefield any number of target creature cards that each have a different converted mana cost X or less.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.86

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Vantress Gargoyle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.48

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Flying
Vantress Gargoyle can't attack unless defending player has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Vantress Gargoyle can't block unless you have four or more cards in hand.
{T}: Each player mills a card.

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Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.40

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Kicker {2}{B} (You may pay an additional {2}{B} as you cast this spell.)
Destroy target creature or planeswalker with converted mana cost 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, instead destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Soaring Thought-Thief

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.25

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Flash
Flying
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Rogues you control get +1/+0.
Whenever one or more Rogues you control attack, each opponent mills two cards.

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Into the Story

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.27

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This spell costs {3} less to cast if an opponent has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Draw four cards.

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Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $3.40

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Agonizing Remorse

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.30

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it or a card from their graveyard. Exile that card. You lose 1 life.

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.42

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
• Remove up to three counters from target creature.

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $5.06

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has converted mana cost 2 or less. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Temple of Deceit

Color Identity:B,U

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Temple of Deceit enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Deceit enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Frantic Inventory

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.13

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Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of cards named Frantic Inventory in your graveyard.

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Lullmage's Domination

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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This spell costs {3} less to cast if it targets a creature whose controller has eight or more cards in their graveyard.
Gain control of target creature with converted mana cost X.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.61

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Drown in the Loch

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $3.06

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.
• Destroy target creature with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.

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Silundi Vision

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.27

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Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.48

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Zagoth Triome

Color Identity:B,G,U

Market Price: $6.92

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({T}: Add {B}, {G}, or {U}.)
Zagoth Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Thieves' Guild Enforcer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.45

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Flash
Whenever Thieves' Guild Enforcer or another Rogue enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills two cards.
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Thieves' Guild Enforcer gets +2/+1 and has deathtouch.

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Skyclave Shade

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.24

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Kicker {2}{B}
Skyclave Shade can't block.
If Skyclave Shade was kicked, it enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, if Skyclave Shade is in your graveyard and it's your turn, you may cast it from your graveyard this turn.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.08

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.16

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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If you follow Standard, you know Dimir Rogues is putting up incredible results on Magic Arena. The strategy attacks on a dual axis that is hard to beat. It can adopt the role of the aggressor, or it can choose a mill approach if the game stalls long enough, thanks to Thieves' Guild Enforcer. It even offered a decent matchup against decks featuring the now-banned Omnath, Locus of Creation.

Omnath is creating waves in Modern too—so what if you wanted to port Dimir Rogues for Modern usage?

Thieves' Guild Enforcer

Rogues are usually seen as underpowered, but present a lot of synergies. With Zendikar Rising's release, there is a stream of new Rogues that can support the tribe for Modern. The biggest draw to playing the tribe is their evasiveness—not in the traditional sense with keywords such as flying or trample, some Rogues are just straight-up unblockable. Furthermore, some Rogues benefit from either attacking or dealing damage to the opponent, so unblockability is an essential trait.

Budget Dimir Rogues

Building Dimir Rogues on a budget is achievable as the bulk of the strategy consists of commons, uncommons, and newly printed cards.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Rogues (Budget) by Emmmzyne

'Dimir Rogues (Budget)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Emmmzyne

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $109.28

Cards

Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.53

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with converted mana cost 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.22

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

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Slither Blade

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Slither Blade can't be blocked.

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Glint-Sleeve Siphoner

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.28

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Menace
Whenever Glint-Sleeve Siphoner enters the battlefield or attacks, you get {E} (an energy counter).
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay {E}{E}. If you do, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.55

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Gonti, Lord of Luxury

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.39

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Deathtouch
When Gonti, Lord of Luxury enters the battlefield, look at the top four cards of target opponent's library, exile one of them face down, then put the rest on the bottom of that library in a random order. You may look at and cast that card for as long as it remains exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast that spell.

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Thieves' Guild Enforcer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.45

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Flash
Whenever Thieves' Guild Enforcer or another Rogue enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills two cards.
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Thieves' Guild Enforcer gets +2/+1 and has deathtouch.

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Soaring Thought-Thief

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.25

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Flash
Flying
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Rogues you control get +1/+0.
Whenever one or more Rogues you control attack, each opponent mills two cards.

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Darkslick Shores

Color Identity:B,U

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Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Dive Down

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.13

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Target creature you control gets +0/+3 and gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Feed the Swarm

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.42

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Destroy target creature or enchantment an opponent controls. You lose life equal to that permanent's converted mana cost.

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Aether Hub

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When Aether Hub enters the battlefield, you get {E} (an energy counter).
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay {E}: Add one mana of any color.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.16

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Zareth San, the Trickster

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.58

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Flash
{2}{U}{B}, Return an unblocked attacking Rogue you control to its owner's hand: Put Zareth San, the Trickster from your hand onto the battlefield tapped and attacking.
Whenever Zareth San deals combat damage to a player, you may put target permanent card from that player's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Oona's Blackguard

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.23

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Flying
Each other Rogue creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.
Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Repeal

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Return target nonland permanent with converted mana cost X to its owner's hand.
Draw a card.

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Stinkdrinker Bandit

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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Prowl {1}{B} (You may cast this for its prowl cost if you dealt combat damage to a player this turn with a Goblin or Rogue.)
Whenever a Rogue you control attacks and isn't blocked, it gets +2/+1 until end of turn.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.86

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Clearwater Pathway // Murkwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Earwig Squad

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.05

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Prowl {2}{B} (You may cast this for its prowl cost if you dealt combat damage to a player this turn with a Goblin or Rogue.)
When Earwig Squad enters the battlefield, if its prowl cost was paid, search target opponent's library for three cards and exile them. Then that player shuffles their library.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.10

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Destroy target creature if it has converted mana cost 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has converted mana cost 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Creeping Tar Pit

Color Identity:B,U

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Creeping Tar Pit enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.
{1}{U}{B}: Creeping Tar Pit becomes a 3/2 blue and black Elemental creature until end of turn and can't be blocked this turn. It's still a land.

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Drown in the Loch

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $3.06

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.
• Destroy target creature with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.

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Sunken Ruins

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $7.20

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{T}: Add {C}.
{U/B}, {T}: Add {U}{U}, {U}{B}, or {B}{B}.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.56

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Your objective is to curve out with Rogues and turn sideways. You have the option to employ a mill game plan if you have multiple copies of Thieves' Guild Enforcer and Soaring Thought-Thief out. If you want to be aggressive with your budget, you can remove the Darkslick Shores and Clearwater Pathway for a set of Choked Estuary, 2 Swamps, and 2 Islands.

Perhaps a name you've had heckled at you in a session of Dungeons & Dragons, Stinkdrinker Bandit is one of the best cards in the strategy.

Admittedly, its stats and casting cost are far from impressive. However, you are looking to play Stinkdrinker Bandit at a discount for its prowl cost to boost your evasive Rogues. Not to mention, the Bandit's ability stacks, so having a couple on the board will end games quickly. Stacking this alongside Oona's Blackguard and Soaring Thought-Thief will push through a bunch of damage and mill a lot of cards.

I have added a couple of Glint-Sleeve Siphoner as a way to draw cards during the mid-to-late-game. Including a couple of Aether Hub will help your mana fixing and offer an energy subtheme to the build.

The one copy of Zareth San, the Trickster is purely for flavor reasons. Similar to Fallen Shinobi, Zareth San can come in at four mana and take a permanent from the graveyard under your control. Note, it says "permanent," so taking lands, enchantments, or artifacts is an option.

Cling to Dust is one of the best commons to come into Modern for some time. Its intended purpose was to combat Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath in Standard. However, it has additional functionality as so many Modern decks care about the graveyard. One mana to redraw and remove a potential threat with the bonus to gain life is incredible value for Modern. Graveyard exiling effects are necessary given you may mill an Uro in your matches, and this is an ideal answer for it. Otherwise, you have interaction in Inquisition of Kozilek, Drown the Loch, and Fatal Push to keep the board clear for your Rogues to swoop in.

If you want to go for the full flavor win with Dimir Rogues, you could add a couple of Sleight of Hand and a Rogue's Passage. Sneak Attack isn't Modern legal, unfortunately.

Semi-Optimal Dimir Rogues

Once you are proficient with Dimir Rogues, there are various upgrades you can choose to power up the tribe. Fortunately, these are small as the bulk of Dimir Rogues is initially built on uncommons and affordable rares.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Rogues (Semi-Optimal) by Emmmzyne

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Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $245.43

Cards

Surgical Extraction

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.31

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles their library.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $11.22

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Slither Blade

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Slither Blade can't be blocked.

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Island

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Soaring Thought-Thief

Color Identity:B,U

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Flash
Flying
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Rogues you control get +1/+0.
Whenever one or more Rogues you control attack, each opponent mills two cards.

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Aether Gust

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Zareth San, the Trickster

Color Identity:B,U

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Flash
{2}{U}{B}, Return an unblocked attacking Rogue you control to its owner's hand: Put Zareth San, the Trickster from your hand onto the battlefield tapped and attacking.
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Inquisition of Kozilek

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with converted mana cost 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Collective Brutality

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Gonti, Lord of Luxury

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Deathtouch
When Gonti, Lord of Luxury enters the battlefield, look at the top four cards of target opponent's library, exile one of them face down, then put the rest on the bottom of that library in a random order. You may look at and cast that card for as long as it remains exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast that spell.

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Drown in the Loch

Color Identity:B,U

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.
• Destroy target creature with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.

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Clearwater Pathway // Murkwater Pathway

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Darkslick Shores

Color Identity:B,U

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Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature if it has converted mana cost 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has converted mana cost 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Thieves' Guild Enforcer

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Flash
Whenever Thieves' Guild Enforcer or another Rogue enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills two cards.
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Thieves' Guild Enforcer gets +2/+1 and has deathtouch.

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Feed the Swarm

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature or enchantment an opponent controls. You lose life equal to that permanent's converted mana cost.

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Stinkdrinker Bandit

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Prowl {1}{B} (You may cast this for its prowl cost if you dealt combat damage to a player this turn with a Goblin or Rogue.)
Whenever a Rogue you control attacks and isn't blocked, it gets +2/+1 until end of turn.

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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

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Oona's Blackguard

Color Identity:B

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Flying
Each other Rogue creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.
Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card.

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Earwig Squad

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Prowl {2}{B} (You may cast this for its prowl cost if you dealt combat damage to a player this turn with a Goblin or Rogue.)
When Earwig Squad enters the battlefield, if its prowl cost was paid, search target opponent's library for three cards and exile them. Then that player shuffles their library.

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Mutavault

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Sunken Ruins

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {C}.
{U/B}, {T}: Add {U}{U}, {U}{B}, or {B}{B}.

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These upgrades will offer a more consistent game plan and let you keep up the pressure post-board.

Maindeck

Sideboard

Brazen Borrower is the ideal card for the strategy. Not only is it a Rogue, but it also generates excellent tempo, which this deck uses to great effect. Vendilion Clique shares the same typing if you prefer to attack your opponent's hand. Running three Brazen Borrower and one Vendilion Clique is a decent configuration if you want diversity in your threats. Mutavault is a pseudo-Rogue that benefits both from both Stinkdrinker Bandit and Soaring Thought-Thief. Two is the max amount I would run as the colorless source can damage your tempo and curve early on. Watery Grave is an obvious addition as you want both of your colors untapped when playing a tempo strategy.

From the sideboard, you have Surgical Extraction to exile threats, as you will be milling away cards due to Thieves' Guild Enforcer ability. It's ideal against Ad Nauseam, Izzet Storm, and any Tron strategy. Collective Brutality is to respect the Prowess and Burn archetypes as these will be your worst matchups.

Optimal Dimir Rogues

After you feel comfortable with the strategy, you can improve on the build further with these upgrades.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Rogues (Optimal) by Emmmzyne

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Cards

Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.55

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Earwig Squad

Color Identity:B

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Prowl {2}{B} (You may cast this for its prowl cost if you dealt combat damage to a player this turn with a Goblin or Rogue.)
When Earwig Squad enters the battlefield, if its prowl cost was paid, search target opponent's library for three cards and exile them. Then that player shuffles their library.

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Gonti, Lord of Luxury

Color Identity:B

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Deathtouch
When Gonti, Lord of Luxury enters the battlefield, look at the top four cards of target opponent's library, exile one of them face down, then put the rest on the bottom of that library in a random order. You may look at and cast that card for as long as it remains exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast that spell.

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Oona's Blackguard

Color Identity:B

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Flying
Each other Rogue creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.
Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card.

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Darkslick Shores

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Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Drown in the Loch

Color Identity:B,U

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.
• Destroy target creature with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.

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Thieves' Guild Enforcer

Color Identity:B

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Flash
Whenever Thieves' Guild Enforcer or another Rogue enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills two cards.
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Thieves' Guild Enforcer gets +2/+1 and has deathtouch.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature if it has converted mana cost 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has converted mana cost 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Feed the Swarm

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature or enchantment an opponent controls. You lose life equal to that permanent's converted mana cost.

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Stinkdrinker Bandit

Color Identity:B

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Prowl {1}{B} (You may cast this for its prowl cost if you dealt combat damage to a player this turn with a Goblin or Rogue.)
Whenever a Rogue you control attacks and isn't blocked, it gets +2/+1 until end of turn.

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Bitterblossom

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life and create a 1/1 black Faerie Rogue creature token with flying.

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Zareth San, the Trickster

Color Identity:B,U

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Flash
{2}{U}{B}, Return an unblocked attacking Rogue you control to its owner's hand: Put Zareth San, the Trickster from your hand onto the battlefield tapped and attacking.
Whenever Zareth San deals combat damage to a player, you may put target permanent card from that player's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

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Mutavault

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Soaring Thought-Thief

Color Identity:B,U

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Flash
Flying
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Rogues you control get +1/+0.
Whenever one or more Rogues you control attack, each opponent mills two cards.

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Slither Blade

Color Identity:U

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Slither Blade can't be blocked.

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Surgical Extraction

Color Identity:B

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles their library.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Collective Brutality

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Clearwater Pathway // Murkwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Maindeck

The addition of Polluted Delta allows mana fixing and filtering to mitigate flood. You can get away with Flooded Strand, but this will narrow your options as Swamp is a crucial basic within the build. Polluted Delta is ideal in this instance, and running four fetches is enough overall.

Bitterblossom is excellent in Dimir Rogues as it generates a continuous stream of threats which happen to all be Rogues. It only gets better in multiples, and offers evasiveness which complements the theme of the strategy.

Thoughtseize replaces Inquisition of Kozilek, but you can run both if your metagame is heavily combo-orientated. If this is the case, I suggest cutting a Fatal Push and two Cling to Dust to accommodate these. If you want to optimize the build further, you can run a playset of Cavern of Souls to make those Rogues uncounterable. I suggest waiting on a reprint, as these are incredibly expensive currently and are overdue for a reprint.

One of the advantages of playing Dimir Rogues is there are various ways to approach the build. If you would prefer to adopt a focused tempo game plan, then running a couple of extra Drown in the Loch or Remand may be an option. If you anticipate a Prowess or Burn metagame, then adding a couple copies of Dive Down will give you an advantage. A lot of the Rogues in this build are 1 toughness which does not line up well against Lava Dart, so Dive Down offers some counterplay.

Also, there are a couple of other Rogues you can slot in if you anticipate Death's Shadow or Control archetypes within your local metagame.

Cunning Nightbonder can negate any countermagic so you can deploy your threats with ease. Granted, Cunning Nightbonder may become a lightning rod for removal, but that's not a bad thing either. Sygg, River Cutthroat can generate card draw given how aggressively Modern decks lower their own life totals. Rakdos Death's Shadow is the breakout strategy with Zendikar Rising's release, and Sygg could be a decent way to draw cards given the approach of Death's Shadow. I would only run one or two given its unique functionality against particular strategies.

Through playing Dimir Rogues, you will execute many cunning schemes against your opponent. Over time, you will improve your proficiency with the strategy allowing you to display dexterity in other archetypes, maybe extending into a second class. I expect Dimir Rogues to stealthily become a tier 2 strategy with the continued support of the tribe, especially with Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms due next year. Until then, keep doing those Rogue things that Thieves' Cant.