Graven Cairns


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
Zendikar Expeditions (EXP) Mythic Rare
Shadowmoor (SHM) Rare
Future Sight (FUT) Rare

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Graven Cairns


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Graven Cairns Discussion

taq on Urza's Cruelties

2 weeks ago

Just realized that Graven Cairns may not help a lot. I need something that converts colorless mana to red/black. Maybe more Rakdos Signet but hoping for lands instead. Need to do some research...

Slymaster9 on Alesha 4.0

3 weeks ago

Today I took another look at my land base.Currently I run 13 basic lands (4W, 5B, 4R). This is a lot in any non-green deck.Also there are 3 lands that can be upgraded. Nomad Outpost,Windbrisk Heights and Opal Palace. I have found a few upgrades. I will be adding both filterlands that contain Red, I don't see much value in filtering between white and black, which I often want both. But changing red into these will be a good change. These will both replace one basic land ( Rugged Prairie replaces a Plains and Graven Cairns replaces the fourth mountain)
Path of Ancestry works as a strictly better Nomad Outpost so it will replace the outpost (which will be the last land that enters tapped).

Windbrisk Heights will be replaces by my Diabolic Intent, 36 lands overall without Fast Mana rocks I hope to be enough.

Once I obtain one, I will replace Opal Palace with Phyrexian Tower. Both etb untapped and the Tower is a powerhouse piece I have long chased after.

The fifth Swamp will be replaced by Foreboding Ruins

Which leaves the basic count instead at 10 (3W,4B,3R)There is one last upgrade to the mana base I would want to make, which is add the third and final OG Dual Land, Badlands replacing the fourth swamp. Bringing all basic lands to a neat 3/3/3 split.

StopShot on Mid-Range Moo Moos

3 weeks ago

Boros Reckoner can be tricky to run in this deck since it practically costs . Since your Swamps do nothing I'd recommend replacing them with Blackcleave Cliffs or you could remove 2 swamps and 2 mountains for 4 Graven Cairns which can make a Swamp tap for double red.

Slymaster9 on Alesha 4.0

3 weeks ago

Yesterday I have made the following change:

Angel of Invention > Aven Mindcensor

The angel's anthem effect is negligible in my build, and the token producing does not do enough. Aven is anti-tutor, but more importantly it's effect is assymetrical.

I have also ordered the following cards:

Dark Confidant

Eidolon of Rhetoric

The Confidant's card draw is extremely good. And the only reason the Eidolon hadn't already been added, is because of the crazy expensive foil price.

I will have to test where to make the cuts. My first thoughts would be Pia and Kiran Nalaar and Mentor of the Meek. Pia and Kiran are sort of a pet card, but looking back, I have been phasing out all token producers and I feel that has made the deck better. Pia and Kiran helped me win a game just last saturday though, combined with [Marionette Master]... Hmm difficult. Maybe cut Pia and Kiran and Marionette Master, add in a Sun Titan?

Mentor of the Meek is another pet card, but Confidant's draw effect is a clear upgrade.

I have also tested out Dire Fleet Daredevil and it's every bit as busted as I expected it to be. If you are in a meta that has Snapcaster Mages (or would run them if it were not for the price), get them while their price is low! Even just taking a Blue's player's Ponder felt amazing.

(I also took a Thirst for Knowledge, grabbing 3 cards and then ditching a Duplicant was hilarious)

I am also adding Cataclysm to the maybe board. It is a strong Mass Land Destruction/Boardwipe spell. But if we keep a Land, a signet, Alesha (and maybe any enchantment as bonus) we are set up for the win.

I am also considering both filter lands that contain red (Graven Cairns & Rugged Prairie) Because this will allow us to filter red mana into Alesha's ability. But I am quite happy with this mana base, so I am reluctant to mess with it. Not to mention that they are quite expensive and I think they might be reprinted soon.

multimedia on Here Comes the Pain!

1 month ago

Hey, Rancor is quite a good card with the sac theme and Kresh because it can keep going back to your hand and gives trample. Slap it on a creature you control give the creature more power, then when you get Kresh into play sac that creature and put Rancor on Kresh.

I like Anger and Brawn here as these are two powerful abilities to give Kresh. Victimize is a very good budget reanimation spell that also lets you sac a creature.

Creakwood Liege can create a 3/3 creature each turn as sac fodder as well as pump just about all other creatures in the deck including +2/+2 to Kresh. Evoke creatures: Shriekmaw and Spitebellows are good with Kresh's ability because they can sac themselves with evoke while also being removal. Sidisi, Undead Vizier is very good, can sac itself or another creature to tutor.

Other cards to consider:

Budget lands to consider to upgrade the manabase:

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Marchesa, Black Rose (Budget Undying Hoard)

1 month ago

Hey, looks good. Consider digging a little deeper away from undying for budget cards that have great synergy with Marchesa?

Unspeakable Symbol is a good starting point because it can for the cost of life put a +1/+1 counter on any creature. Sage of Fables, counters can be removed to draw cards. Any Wizard that ETB after Fables then gets a counter this includes Marchesa because she's a Wizard. This Wizard interaction has good synergy with Wizards who give you value when they die: Disciple of Bolas(card draw and life gain) and Vindictive Lich(opponent disruption). These Wizards with Fables, Marchesa and a sac outlet is powerful.

No mana cost sac outlets are very much needed to take the most advantage of Marchesa's abilities: Carrion Feeder, Viscera Seer, and Yahenni, Undying Partisan. Both Feeder and Yahenni can put counters on themselves.


Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Super Budget Dragon EDH Red/Black

2 months ago

Hey, very well built budget Dragon deck.

I have a few budget suggestions:

Exhume could replace Crucible of Fire. +3/+3 pump for Dragons is overkill. Turn one Faithless discard Utvara Hellkite turn two Exhume Hellkite. Reforge could replace Fearsome Awakening it's the worst of the high casting cost reanimation spells here. Having a wheel effect is good with the reanimation strategy.

Rakdos dual lands that ETB untapped. Cairns was just reprinted in Iconic Masters it's price is low. It's seems very good here with many double black and double red casting costs. 10x Swamps, Marsh and Slough is a fine number for Tainted Peak and it can still be tapped for colorless if no Swamp. Shadowblood is a Signet like land which is good.

Bog is an excellent black utility land, exiling an opponent's graveyard with a land is very helpful.

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