Cryptolith Rite


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Rare

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Cryptolith Rite


Creatures you control have ": Add one mana of any colour to your mana pool."

Cryptolith Rite Discussion

Patryn on Najeela and the war bound

2 days ago

Mana Base: In an ideal world you'd have 10 duals, 10 fetches, the good rainbow lands, X shocks (built around your card colors), Gaea's Cradle, and a basic or two. Most people won't have this but you can replicate it with 10 shocks, 5 battle lands, as many fetches as you have, up to 10 check lands, and up to 10 basics (5 regular, 5 snow so they work with Tainted Pact.) Depending on your average CMC I think you can cut one land (I run 34).

Ramp: Ideally all of your ramp would be 1 CMC or less so you can use it in your opening hand to get a turn 2 Najeela. You could add more dorks like Deathrite Shaman , Avacyn's Pilgrim , and Elves of Deep Shadow . I personally don't like dorks since they die to wraths but most of the best Najeela decks run them. You could also add Wild Growth and Utopia Sprawl (depending on forest count).

I'd cut Commander's Sphere, Darksteel Ingot, Pillar of Origins (can't tap to activate Najeel'a ability), Fellwar Stone, Kodama's Reach, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Rattleclaw Mystic, and Farseek. Normally I'd say cut Chromatic Lantern but it helps fix your mana base so depending on how your revised mana base performs you can decide whether or not you still need the lantern. Also Harvest Season is cool but depends on how many basics you end up with and its slow.

Combo vs. Pump: You currently run approximately 5 cards that go infinite. When you go infinite it doesn't matter if you're attacking with infinite 1/1s or infinite 6/6s. This is a personal taste call but if you like the combo finish I would cut almost anything that pumps your team and replace it with tutors / counterspells. I'm personally not a fan of Cryptolith Rite because of needing vigilance / a ton of warriors but it helps fix your mana base so up to you. I'd also replace Bear Umbra with Sword of Feast and Famine if you have it.

I'd cut Beastmaster Ascension, Anointed Procession, Door of Destinies, Oketra's Monument, and Lovissa Coldeyes. The only pumps I do like are Bramblewood Paragon and Metallic Mimic because they come down turn two which lets you start the pain train turn 3.

Other: In my opinion you want to keep your CMC as low as possible because if you have 5 mana you could be activating Najeela or keeping up mana for counterspells/protection spells.

Here are some other random cut suggestions: Brighthearth Banneret, Grand Warlord Radha, Hearald of Dromoka, Mardu Strike Leader, Ogre Battledriver, Thrasher Brute, Behind the Scenes, Bow of Nylea, (replace Bow and Behind the Scenes with Reconnaissance and Dolmen Gate for sure) Lightning Greaves, Swiftfoot Boots, and Driven/Despair.

TLDR: Reduce CMC and focus on combo instead of pump. I want to say that I see why you put every card in the deck and I'm sure the deck works fine as is so feel free to take any of my advice or none of it. I play Najeela a lot in a semi-competitive environment and here is my deck if you want more ideas Najeela, the Blade-Blossom. I keep a ton of stuff in the Maybeboard of things I used to run or think might be cool.

Saljen on Sliver Combo

5 days ago

Is this designed for 1v1 EDH or multiplayer EDH?

Looks like you're missing some of the staple draw / ramp cards for 5c Slivers.

Descendants' Path , Mirari's Wake , Smothering Tide , Herald's Horn (ramp and draw), Domri, Chaos Bringer , Cryptolith Rite all provide ramp in one form or another.

Guardian Project , Phyrexian Reclamation , Sylvan Library , Vanquisher's Banner , Distant Melody , Domri Rade , Kindred Discovery all provide draw in one form or another.

The Domri's are particularly compatible with Slivers, as each +/- ability is incredibly relevant to the creature heavy deck.

Spirit of Resistance and Pariah both combo with Sliver Hivelord to prevent you from taking any damage.

You DEFINITELY need to be running Cyclonic Rift . If you're playing Blue in EDH, that card needs to be in your deck. It's too good to ignore.

This is just some advice coming from a fellow Slivers player. My deck is about 75%, but it's mostly lands (shocks, fetches, duals) that I'm missing. Here's the list if you're interested.

schulle on Riptide Madness

6 days ago

Hi there, first thing that I would suggest is cut your Force of Will it's a powerfull card but in my opinion you have too few card's to pitch for it and most of them are too essential so Counterspell would be just better in this deck. Also some rampspell's could also help,because you have such a strong manabase you should prefer cards like Nature's Lore , Three Visits or Skyshroud Claim over Cultivate effects. Cryptolith Rite should also give your welcome redundance of the effect of Manaweft Sliver in enchantment form. Depending how much you still want want to spend Alluren is strong with this tribe and you would definetly get The most out of it on your table,if you want to add it you should look for more Big carddraw spells like Windfall cause your hand will be fast emptied.

Juha on Merry Merrow 3.0

1 week ago

Thanks for the link! Your deck is a pretty rough draft, and it's heavy on the tap-for-mana side... One of the tricks in this deck is to balance the combo with the win conditions, and the opponent interference.

I've thought about Shrouded Lore as it basically is a one draw card, and that's what this deck wants. Song of Freyalise would sometimes be a better alternative to Cryptolith Rite . But it really locks your play for the next turn...

I think the most important card in this deck is Past in Flames as it gives the combo-play more flexibility.

enpc on Overlord Overkill

1 week ago

CyborgAeon: Cheers for the response. I had looked at using Freed from the Real , however my biggest concern with it an Bloom Tender is that you end up producing WBRG each loop (assuming you have your commander out). This in turn is not enough to loop Sliver Overlord and then means I can't combo via it. That's why I went for Umbral Mantle instead - it lets me produce WUBRG from both Bloom Tender and Selvala, Heart of the Wilds . I was also thinking of adding Gaea's Cradle so that I could put Umbral Mantle on Kiora's Follower as well.

The reason I was looking at Nivix Guildmage was that as well as producing infinite mana, he can act as a draw engine for Timetwister and Noxious Revival without the extra card requirements. Though Izzet Guildmage seems good too, I had kind of forgotten about him. Talking to a mate about it, he was actually recommending Riftsweeper instead, which does go all in on the Acidic Sliver line but technically provides redundancy on every pieces.

I'm on the fence about Copy Artifact - it's not bad but I don't think I need it here.

As for Overlord himself, I get that he's basically a dedicated combo piece. But the benefit of him is that he provides access to all five colours, provides a tutor for the deck win condition and can help get there faster by tutoring 2 mana BoPs in the form of Manaweft Sliver and Gemhide Sliver . He's also naturally a 7/7, which is nothing to scoff at. I did think about Hivestone but decided not to run it as it's only good for mana fixing, which I can get with Cryptolith Rite . I was thinking about Arcane Adaptation which gives Overlord deck-wide tutor, but for now am under the opinion that it's too mana inefficient. I might change my mind on this though.

Juha on Merry Merrow 3.0

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the comment Split-second43! Paradise Mantle and Cryptolith Rite do almost the same thing for this deck. I've gone for 4x Rite because it enables the 1/1 haste tokens generated by Akroan Crusader .

Murphy77 on Santa’s Little Helpers (Budget Elf Tribal)

2 weeks ago

I have had fun with Vivien Reid in an elf tribal deck. Elvish Clancaller fits right into the theme. With only Joraga Warcaller adding counters, I would tend to replace Solidarity of Heroes and Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip with Cryptolith Rite .

While Primordial Hydra is great late-game, it might slow you down early (but I might be saying this because I only have 2 in my files and have never really played it), while one or two Beast Whisperer and one or two Collected Company can speed up the deck. I also like the idea of being able to flash in something like Heroic Intervention to protect my attacking army.

While I would lean toward trying to speed up the deck while dropping the average cmc, it is clear that this will probably blow the budget. I do, however, have an elf tribal deck that could benefit from some of your cards that I had not considered.

Nahganom on Bringing an Army to a Duel

2 weeks ago

I have a similar deck that plays well, here: Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist.

Having options for tapping Mirri without attacking is helpful. Cryptolith Rite is good, but I'd also add Glare of Subdual . Both have done a lot of work in my deck. Maze of Ith and/or Kor Haven will help complete the pillow fort.

Since she has first strike, Basilisk Collar , Godsend , or Bow of Nylea will eliminate most worries about her dying in combat.

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Cryptolith Rite occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

GW (Selesnya): 0.73%

Golgari: 0.21%