Desperate Ritual


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Might vs Mind Uncommon
Modern Masters Uncommon
Champions of Kamigawa Common

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Desperate Ritual

Instant — Arcane

Add to your mana pool.

Splice onto Arcane (As you cast an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

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Desperate Ritual Discussion

Spirits on Mizzix, the Storm EDH

2 days ago

Hey etheraldreamer, Inexorable Tide is excellent, see where your going there. The reason I don't run it is simply its CMC 5, I'm hoping to already be setup with Mizzix of the Izmagnus around there. Longer term you'll get more value playing a Inexorable Tide.

Austin_Smith_of_Cards, excellent suggestions. Lava Spike + Desperate Ritual + Izzet Guildmage is an excellent kill combo. Adding it to my description above. The only part I don't like is that the Lava Spike, standalone it's not that great. Desperate Ritual although a little under powered, is still borderline playable card. Usually I prefer combos where each card is okay on it's own, but not always, see Pili-Pala.

Stroke of Genius has been on the cusp, for a long time. I keep questioning whether to get it in there or not. Visions of Beyond seems like the best remove for it, but I'm so low on Isochron Scepter targets as is. I've had 2 scenarios in 7 games now where i've had to wait 2 turns to pull an instant with CMC 2 or less for the Isochron Scepter so I know that I need more targets not less. Curious Homunculus  Flip / Voracious Reader  Flip is more likely.

I have Scour from Existence in my maybeboard, Purphoros, God of the Forge is a key reason why Scour from Existence is key. Chaos Warp for me just doesn't do it. In play testing I'm still trying to figure out if 1) Play for my infinite combo, or 2) Have control to stop other combos is the correct play. Thus far I haven't lost (yet, but been at 1 life). Can't remember all the commander's I've faced (No Prossh, Skyraider of Kher yet so that would be a real challenge). Some commanders: Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Breya, Etherium Shaper (seems to be the flavor of the month right now), Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Kaalia of the Vast, Oloro, Ageless Ascetic, Karn, Silver Golem, The Gitrog Monster, can't remember any others. So verdict is till out on that. It's VERY good.

Fact or Fiction is funny, I just took it out of the deck Friday to test some other cards in it's place. I very much missed it in this weekend's games. Fact or Fiction returning to the deck soon as I figure out the removals. I'm considering removing the Isochron Scepter, that would change up a few cards that are simply there just to be targets, but then again when I think of an Isochron Scepter + Counterspell or Isochron Scepter + Mystical Tutor or Isochron Scepter + Cyclonic Rift... hmm, how do I not want that recursion, or a Visions of Beyond! = Draw 3 cards.

All Excellent suggestions, any or all should be in the deck. I'm still trying to figure out my fringe cards. Training Grounds maybe.

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Mizzix, the Storm EDH

3 days ago

Love the decklist! Very detailed description with all the combos and interactions is very helpful, too! I considered building a cheese Izzet Guildmage arcane combo deck for modern, but EDH might be the way to go.

I'm just going to throw out the Lava Spike + Desperate Ritual + Izzet Guildmage combo out there, in case you didn't know it (you probably did _ ).

I think Stroke of Genius should be included as a third outlet for infinite mana. You have a ton of cantrips, tutors, and other card draw, but redundancy never hurts in a dedicated decklist.

Scour from Existence might be a little expensive, but it deals permanently (lol) with stuff like enchantments that U/R has trouble dealing with. Also gets rid of indestructible stuff.

Fact or Fiction is a stellar card advantage spell at instant speed that draws two/three cards, and lets you choose what to draw. Whatever you don't need is Mizzix's Mastery fuel later!

enpc on Brewing For Knowledge/Pain

1 week ago

Depending on how mnay artifacts you want to run, Paradox Engine could be worth a slot. Especially if you include cards like Pyretic Ritual and Desperate Ritual and Isochron Scepter. Cards like Fellwar Stone, Chrome Mox and the like are also good. You could even consider Thran Dynamo if you wanted.

i would also recommend swapping Fact or Fiction with Mystic Confluence - while it doesn't dig as deep, it's such a flex card that ti's not an issue. Also, Rewind is not good as storm deck counterspell. Swan Song would be a much better fit.

Snap157 on Titanic Rush

1 week ago

Oh man sit back this got my juices flowing...

Maybe Emblem of the Warmind for haste as well?

Infinite mana with Desperate Ritual, Pyretic Ritual, High Tide or Seething Song

Infinite damage as the combo goes off with Impact Tremors and Blasting Station

Manamorphose for infinite draw

Would a combo with Twiddle+djin+Kiln Fiend be possible? Future deck idea maybe?

Gonna need some more ramp to get that Djin out as well.

Good luck, this looks awesome! have fun +1

PixelatedScarecrow on Shock and Awe(R/W Burn)

1 week ago

I have a couple recommendations, particularly in your creature slots. Goblin Guide is strait up the best one drop for burn, and Eidolon of the Great Revel is also amazing (yes I know it deals damage to you but your goal is to kill your opponent before that matters). I would recommend taking out the Soulfire Grand Masters Satyr Firedancers, and Desperate Rituals. Lifegian isn't that important because you just want to kill your opponent before they can kill you, you don't really care about their creatures because again you're trying to burn them out before it matters, and the rituals just remove burn spell slots from your deck and make it more likely that you're gonna run out of burn before they're dead. I can understand if you don't wanna pick up the recommended cards though because they're kinda pricy, but there are some more budget options. Rift Bolt is just another slightly slower Lightning Bolt, and Skullcrack can be rather important in some match ups. If you wanna make both changes I think Vexing Devil and Browbeat are the next up in the chopping block, but they're fine cards. I actually recommend adding a fourth Vexing Devil if you don't like the cards mentioned above.

sonnet666 on StevenDF16

1 week ago

I'm up for that, although it seems that I only have 1 Desperate Ritual up for trade right now. I can add in Twilight Drover and Death's Presence from your wants in its place if that's fine with you.

Darth_Savage on rakdos land control

1 week ago

Lava Spike or Crack the Earth could be handy and let you leverage Desperate Ritual otherwise nice deck.

IlGuale on Devour

1 week ago

Hi, the only cards i can think of as a suitable, modern legal replacement for Rite of Flame are Desperate Ritual and Pyretic Ritual. The downside is the CMC of 2 instead of 1.

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