Edric, Spymaster of Trest


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Conspiracy (CNS) Rare
Commander's Arsenal (CMA) Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare

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Edric, Spymaster of Trest

Legendary Creature — Elf Rogue

Whenever a creature deals combat damage to one of your opponents, its controller may draw a card.

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Edric, Spymaster of Trest Discussion

JohnnyCRO on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

3 days ago


Not unlike Najeela, her tribal appeal isn’t worth the opportunity cost of going “real” tribal.

Deck having her at the helm usually want to make her single triggers count, providing cheap evasive creatures (eg Slither Blade ) and possibly a way to bounce her back to the hand so she can be played again for the trigger. She can get rolling with a lucky shot or two for a time warp effect (or not so lucky with Mystical Tutor and the like). And if she can get through, Doomsday or Insidious Dreams for stack of extra turn spells usually can go for the game.

Basically think of her as a somewhat weaker dimir Edric, Spymaster of Trest ; evasive combat dmg for extra turns and value.

Now, IMO she isn’t just another Edric. It would be a stretch to call Edric strictly better, but I think he is significantly better. Green also compliments blue better than black here by getting Edric the needed pieces to combat stax, recur extra turns spells and the ramp necessary to cast 5+cmc spells by t3-4. Black provides tutors and some creature removal, but I don’t imagine it living up to what green offers here. Also, Edeic is less complicated to milk for advantage. Re-playing Yuriko would require constant mana expenses to keep things rolling and hence would slow you down. Also, she digs slower than Edric. I didn’t test optimized competitive Yuriko, but without tutors to go for Doomsday or Dreams, she seems far slower and far less explosive than Edric.

However she clearly can do more than mid-power generals. With a tutor (which black has) and an open opponent, she can end the game without passing the turn (in one turn effectively). She can get rolling as early as t2 consistently, requiring only an attacker and UB mana. Finally, she has a clear wincon and a value engine sitting in the command tone, making the deck run smoothly off of her alone if need be.

High power seems to be the place for decks that can be badass outside cEDH and decks that can pull cEDH strategies similar to those of their more competitive peers, but not with the efficiency it would take for them to be widely considered “competitive”. And Yuriko compared to Edric seems to fit the latter description perfectly.

(Disclaimer; I don’t play cEDH. I keep my ear to the ground and I play as powerful decks as my budget allows. But I don’t have the budget or the people needed to play cEDH regularly. However I did try to build Yuriko and I’ve been playing and studying Edric for about a year. Written up there are my thoughts on the 2 that came up as the result. If my “references” aren’t enough for you, you’re free to ignore everything I wrote. I just wanted to share my 2 cents on something I was asking myself 6 months ago)

Enogvizush on We Don't Need No Education

1 week ago

Dang! It seems every deck idea I think of is already done! Nice deck, it lays low enough to not be hated while it builds up and doesn't really present any real threats to target except for your commander and looks effective while not playing dirty. I might suggest Edric, Spymaster of Trest as a backup Bident of Thassa if you need more cards. Song of Freyalise could help your mana ramp some (even though the mana is short-lived) or serve as a player killer late-game if you don't get any other mass trample effects.

SharpRaptor on Najeela

1 week ago

Recommended Cuts


Blightsteel Colossus - Curve reasons

Graveblade Marauder - Cute but effect probably isn't good enough

Hamletback Goliath - Curve reasons

Khenra Eternal - Bad card basically. Though we want this slot to be at that mana cost

Khenra Scrapper - Again. We want aggressive cards like this but we can do better

Saskia the Unyielding - Big target on your head. Colour intensive. Not a warrior

Savage Knuckleblade - Colour intensive

Taurean Mauler - Doesn't work towards our game plan. Doesn't trigger off combat damage doesn't buff others.

Tenacious Dead - Just bad

Tolsimir Wolfblood - Buff isn't universal and its expensive

Zhur-Taa Druid - We want mana dorks. But only taps for green and its colour intensive to cast.

Maybe Cuts Or Later Cuts

Thunderfoot Baloth - Expensive but ok effect.

Hellkite Charger - Maybe cut. We already have access to this effect at cheaper cost

Zurgo Helmsmasher - He's good. But doesn't help the rest of the game plan


Maybe Cut

Clan Defiance - Doesn't impact the board enough to make us win the game.

Lavalanche - Effect we want but possible to find cheaper?


Fires of Yavimaya - Replace with Rhythm of the Wild


Artifact Mutation && Aura Mutation - Change with generic artifact or enchantment removal

Crackling Doom - Doesn't do enough


Oketra's Monument - Doesn't trigger enough and the mana reduction isn't relevant enough


Attacking / Combat Matter Cards

Blood-Chin Rager - Warriors have Menace

Herald of Dromoka - Warriors have Vigilance

Chief of the Edge - Warriors get +1/+0

Raiders' Spoils - Very good card draw

Lovisa Coldeyes - Warriors +2/+2 Haste

Mindblade Render - MOAR card draw

Ogre Battledriver - Your warriors that enter will be 3/1s when attacking

Jazal Goldmane - Massive Buffs

Mardu Woe-Reaper - Graveyard Interaction

Thrasher Brute - Drains an opponent with warrior etb triggers

Edric, Spymaster of Trest - MOAR CARD DRAW

Combo Pieces

Cryptolith Rite - Lots of mana, infinite combats

Phyrexian Altar - Sac some of the tokens to activate Najeela

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician - Win the game

Sword of Feast and Famine - Win the game if you have the lands

Nature's Will - Win the game if you have the lands

Bear Umbra - Win the game if you have the lands


Archetype of Aggression - Trample

Purphoros, God of the Forge - This guy doesn't need explanation

Cyclonic Rift - ....yeh

Heroic Intervention - Anti-Wrath. Rootborn Defenses Dauntless Escort Join Shields

Divine Visitation - BECAUSE ANGELS

Harvest Season - we make a lot of tapped and attacking creatures. We want mana

Throne of the God-Pharaoh - Alternate win cons

Shared Animosity - Massive Buffs

Anointed Procession Parallel Lives - More tokens

Aggravated Assault - Easier Najeela trigger without keywords


Aven Wind Guide - Gives our tokens flying and vigilance

multimedia on Thrasios/Tymna

1 week ago

Hey, lots of good cards here, but I don't see any clear transition between the early gameplan and the late gameplan and the deck description doesn't match the deck list. If you want to draw cards in the early game with Tymna then you need more than four evasion 2-3 drop creatures who are good at attacking. There's not enough ramp which makes playing the late game of 7-8 drops not viable unless you're playing 40 lands which is not something you want to do if you want to take advantage of combat with Tymna.

My advice is add Edric, Spymaster of Trest and look at lists with him as Commander. Mimic his strategy and include Tymna. Edric and Tymna are good draw engines alone or together with little evasive creatures. White lets you add hatebears. Black you can include a sacrifice strategy with Cutthroat and Artist. Craterhoof who you already have with Natural Order /Thrasios is an excellent mid/late game win condition with lots of little creatures.

1con1c97 on Partners in Pinging

2 weeks ago

I took out Bident of Thassa , Coastal Piracy , and Edric, Spymaster of Trest . Let me know if I am still missing some. I also noticed Tana, the Bloodsower says combat damage so I changed the description and will likely remove some or all of the cards that simply provide the ability to tap for damage as that was the main reason they were in.

Kiyomei on 京 An illusion? What are you hiding? (CEDH-$T4KS) 京

2 weeks ago


Hey there mate, if your meta has a lot of Edric, Spymaster of Trest / Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive / Najeela, the Blade-Blossom / Krenko, Mob Boss token type decks or "Weenies" that just want to just slam you down with low beaters you might want to look at a bit more casual hate... Although our Hatebears have nice bodies that can deal with low power beaters fairly well like take for example Runic Armasaur is an excellent blocker but if they manage to get out of hand and snowball into a lot of tokens because other people are open, Cyclonic Rift is your go-to MVP!

( Meekstone is a bit more targeted to a casual meta but it might work sometimes and so could Reverence ... you just gotta tune your Derevi to your meta and perhaps my "sideboard could help you find a few cute cards to your liking!!)

京 An illusion? (SideBoard) 京

Commander / EDH* Kiyomei


(Under "CreatureStax" you might find some fun stuff)

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite surely deals with a lot of these decks but isn't always easy to get onto the battlefield that early apart from cheating her out with Loyal Retainers through either Survival of the Fittest or Fauna Shaman or just a genuinely explosive starts. But Edric and most of these decks still want to set up for their "Combo turn" be it extra turns or Infinite combat steps so you still need answers to that trough the form of Stax we are already using And just take some hits or prepare to block with this Creature heavy deck :).

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Edric, Spymaster of Trest occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

G/U (Simic): 0.49%