Book of Rass


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition IV (ME4) Uncommon
Chronicles (CHR) Rare
The Dark (DRK) Uncommon

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Book of Rass


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Book of Rass Discussion

Suns_Champion on multimedia

2 days ago

multimedia no worries! Thank you so so much for the help!

I checked out your elf deck, awesome coding! And is that Quenya from Lord of the Rings I see? Respect!

I was wondering if you'd be okay if I posted your comments and my following response on my deck page; I like to have everything in one place and the comments don't delete there as they do on the wall. let me know!

Now, to respond to all the suggestions! Again thank you for the advice!

First off I'd like to mention that I'm not a huge fan of most X-spells, and I wanted to stray away from them somewhat because I know that's what many people are going to to with F&S. I understand the value of X-spells with F&S is huge here, but they kinda need a ton of mana pumped into them, and I don't think Boros can consistently do that. In situations where I can't get Neheb, the Eternal to stick they become less effective, even if X = 10 and I gain 100+ life, it doesn't seem worth it to me because now I've just pissed off the other 3-5 players and will probably be crippled by the clapback. Second, I'm trying to focus on Sunforger and my combos a lot more, as I think that is what will make my deck stand out when all is said and done. So Combo/sunforger first, value/x-spells second. I don't want to strip stuff away from my Sunforger for more X-spells because I feel like I'll want Sunforger goodness more. So there's some thoughts that will hopefully explain my choices and why I will or won't take some of your suggestion :)

Hopefully all that makes some sense.

Again I definitely see the reasoning for all of the suggestions. Just not the direction I want to go :)

Again thank you so so so much for the advice! Let me know if I can post it on the deck.

I don't want you to think I don't appreciate all the help and suggestions, I really do! It's just that this time around I have a different vision for my deck that a lot of these can't fit into. Thanks again friend!

Suns_Champion on Super Smash Boros | Firesong & Sunspeaker EDH

6 days ago

Yashiry thanks for the upvote and comment! I was looking at that one but wasn't sure if I liked just infinite life, but then I realized I have Treasonous Ogre and I could add Book of Rass in here for another sweet combo! I'll have to restructure some things but I like it! Thanks! This gives me more to do with Imperial Recruiter also, solidifying his inclusion.

So much work yet to be done! Keep the comments coming!

KillDatBUG on Phyrexian Grimoire

2 weeks ago

Yeah, it's fine. The whole "paying life to draw cards is broken" concept doesn't apply here because the amount of life you have to pay makes the card a lot worse than Necropotence or Yawgmoth's Bargain. Makes it a lot closer to the card you wanted; a combination of Greed and Book of Rass.

DemonDragonJ on Phyrexian Grimoire

2 weeks ago

Book of Rass is an interesting and obscure older card that is noteworthy for being a colorless version of Greed, but is not nearly as well-known as the other card, so I was disappointed that there was not a combination of them in New Phyrexia.

Therefore, here is my conception of what a Phyrexian version of Greed and/or Book of Rass would be:

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Greed costs 4 mana to cast, while book of Rass costs 6, so this card costs 5, as a compromise.

What does everyone think of this card? Is it a fair and balanced card?

DemonDragonJ on Masters 25 Speculation and Wishlist

2 weeks ago

Now that the entire set has been revealed, I suppose that it was inevitable that not every card would be amazing, that there would be some mediocre cards, but I am overall very pleased with this set. I will not be purchasing any booster packs or booster boxes, but I will certainly purchase singles.

I would have liked to have seen Book of Rass reprinted, since that card has never been reprinted but it very awesome, as it is essentially a colorless version of Greed, which would work in any deck.

Coward_Token on Gahiji: Forever War

4 months ago

Glad you could extract something useful from my questionable ramblings, have some more:

For the purpose of ramp, would you consider Mana Echoes? Now hold on, I know this isn't a tribal deck, but from what I can see there's a decent amount of overlap when it comes to the subtypes of the large quantities of creatures your cards can generate, either for yourself or others (it works in either case):

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Obviously the exact amount of mana you'll get will probably vary a lot between both different turns and games, but I think on average it will be pretty high. (If you do decide to get Mana Echoes, also switch Beast Within for Crib Swap. Less arms dealing but much more ramp. If you want to amplify ETBs I guess you could also include a championing changeling creature.) The fact that you'll get some extra mana during other people's phases might be a little awkward though, but you could maybe use some combination of Symbiotic Deployment, Carnage Altar, Slate of Ancestry, Book of Rass, (Mind's Eye) and Inheritance as card advantage mana sinks (in that category there's also Seer's Sundial, Mangara's Tome and your old friend Mentor of the Meek, although I don't think they're very reliable on turns other than your own). (On a related note, I assume you've already looked into Pursuit of Knowledge, Abundance and Sylvan Library?)

Finally, mandatory killjoy condescension: This might be a silly question, but is Mystic Barrier still giving you a net positive of enjoyment? The reason I'm asking is that while I can see why the card is fun from a broad perspective, it seems to me that it conflicts with the two main aspects of the deck, which I think would make things less fun since it limits the escalating purpose of the deck. (Man, do I sounds square right now.) First of all, one person is forced to attack only you, which conflicts with the pillow fort cards' point of encouraging the opponent to go for someone else, which also kinda means any tokens they've been given go to waste for the purpose inter-enemy damage. Second, escalating curses like Curse of Opulence become less powerful when they can't pain a target on someone, which both detracts from the previously mentioned inter-enemy damage, the relative deterrence of your pillow fort (why attack someone with Ghostly Prison if you can get Gold from a cursed player?) and your own ability to broadly benefit from such general chaos both directly and indirectly. I'm well aware the deck is more about entertainment than winning all day every day, so it's not irrational to keep the card if it's doing you more good than harm, but I think it's worth considering. (Also, since you've got Academy Rector you could potentially replace the Barrier with a single overcosted but powerful & fun enchantment that works in line with the deck, like Sandwurm Convergence, Zendikar Resurgent, Lurking Predators or even Vicious Shadows.)

That's all, hope reading that didn't take too much of your time and you'll be able to squeeze something good out of it, keep up the good work

Eiti3 on no man lands

1 year ago

You beat me to it. As soon as I saw this little guy I wanted to make another landless EDH deck but I see I was far too late. Although, there are a few things I'd change...

  • Sensei's Divining Top: Allows for that easy access for when you don't have what you need.
  • Chromatic Sphere, Chromatic Star, Terrarion, and I could've sworn there was another one like Terrarion: These help you draw and keep the mana you have.
  • Trading Post, Ichor Wellspring, Mind's Eye, & Book of Rass: Need that draw. You're severely lacking.
  • Krark-Clan Ironworks: Super quick and easy ramp for how many 0-drop artifacts you run.
  • Scrap Trawler: This guy alone should quell all doubts for the the previous suggestions. Sac Terrarion to itself to get back a Lotus Petal, etc.
  • Metalwork Colossus: Much like your other affinity creatures, but comes with his own recursion system!
  • Cloud Key & Foundry Inspector: Further lower the costs of your artifacts alongside your already Helm of Awakening and Semblance Anvil.
  • Cultivator's Caravan: Possibily the best 3CMC mana rock since Coalition Relic.
  • Kuldotha Forgemaster: Sac 3 0-drops to get Mycosynth Golem. Worth?
  • Golem Foundry: While not being the best, dudes are pretty great and they easily sac to Krark-Clan Ironworks when needed.
  • Prototype Portal: Pop out endless Sol Rings thanks to Paradox Engine generating infinite mana or you know get Gonti's Aether Heart or Ugin's Nexus out over and over again for self-giving extra turns.
  • Inspiring Statuary: Put this one on the side burner in case you want to run more eldrazi or whatnot. This itself is a mana rock that only spends it's mana for non-artifact spells, but in a more non-heavy artifact deck, it could work wonders. Just keep it in mind if you decide to run more non-artifact threats.
  • Lifeline: While it may benefit your opponents, it keeps not only your creatures alive but allows you to hit with Hope of Ghirapur without the need of recasting with the commander tax.
  • MagicalHacker on The greatest library in the mutliverse!

    1 year ago

    I think there are enough books in magic to not need to resort to scrolls too. Some that could replace the scrolls: Otherworld Atlas, Book of Rass, Thran Tome, Scour the Laboratory, Insidious Dreams, Metalworker, Anarchist, Oath of Lim-Dul, Personal Tutor, and Twisted Justice.

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