Kor Cartographer

Kor Cartographer

Creature — Kor Scout

When Kor Cartographer enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Plains card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

Browse Alters View at Gatherer

Trade

Have (1) Smokingclays
Want (2) kash27 , typicalmail

Printings View all

Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth (DDI) Common
Zendikar (ZEN) Common

Combos Browse all

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Kor Cartographer occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Kor Cartographer Discussion

Tzefick on How would you give white ...

1 day ago

TL;DR: The pre-text is LONG. Sorry about that, but there's a lot to unfold about the subject. If you just want to skip down to the suggestions I brainstormed, go below the first set of 3 lines.

It is no secret that the Commander community for a long time has regarded white as one of the weaker colors in Commander, especially as a monocolor. Many have pointed their fingers at how well the color achieves mana ramp and card draw/advantage.

White actually do have a small slew of card advantage and ramp cards or cards that in essence cheats the requirement for mana.

White has raw card draw in Mentor of the Meek and Dawn of Hope, although hidden behind a requirement in form of a trigger. Both are triggers that are fairly easy to achieve but not without costs. Not to forget Sram, Senior Edificer (and Puresteel Paladin) - but again behind a trigger requiring a very specific type of deck building. White has additional card advantage through regaining access to cards once lost, like through a Sun Titan getting back small permanents, or Nomad Mythmaker, Order of Whiteclay, or Bishop of Rebirth.

White has ramp in form of Knight of the White Orchid and Kor Cartographer and pseudo card advantage in good ol' Land Tax. The knight has a requirement that you need to be behind to actually ramp, and that aspect goes again in many of white's attempts to imitate ramp and card draw. White can only catch up, they cannot get ahead. These aspects are most recently seen through Verge Rangers (pseudo card advantage - not ramp, you don't get access to more lands than 1 per turn) and through Cartographer's Hawk. There's also Oath of Lieges but that is a symmetrical effect and may as well just benefit some of your opponents as much as it does you.

White can cheat the requirement for mana in a few instances, like casting Resurrection on a higher costing creature, an aspect they share with black and often a favorite when the two are paired. Where they differ is that black usually does it for less mana at another resource expense, and that black has different means to get those creatures out into your graveyard to set it all up. White has none of these opportunities/advantages.

This thread mainly aims to discuss white getting card draw/advantage in the Commander format and how they would achieve it to fit their color identity, but we can talk about the Commander format in general as well. To clarify, the topic is aimed at discussing how white could get card draw/advantage and not really whether or not they should - do feel free to voice your opinion for or against but please keep it limited and instead focus on how card draw could fit into white's color identity. It doesn't necessarily have to be from a place within the current color identity, but could be exploring new design space that hasn't been seen before.


Let's examine how other colors achieve card advantage:

Blue is super easy and the main color that achieves it, they usually do it straight as an investment for the specific purpose of gaining more resources; Concentrate. Blue also has access to looting options where they draw cards and discard cards (or the other way around); Merfolk Looter / Tolarian Winds. Blue also has the largest collection of cards with Flashback, so even once Blue uses a resource from their hand, they can do it again from their graveyard; Deep Analysis - although these cards are usually more costly than their non-flashback peers.

Black is also relatively easy as they imitate blue's investment but at an additional cost; Night's Whisper. As previously stated black can also access their graveyard like white and reuse mainly creatures that have died or otherwise put into the graveyard (from say an Entomb) by using Animate Dead or Zombify. Black's ability even goes beyond their own graveyard and dip into their opponent's graveyard. Black also have some aspect of self-discarding, usually as a symmetrical effect that aims at harming their opponents while still being able to access the cards they lost themselves; like Cunning Lethemancer.

Red is relatively new on this block, as they have for a long while had many of the same issues as white. Red did however have cards that looted (drawing and discarding cards) in the concept of picking up the strongest of a larger selection of cards - this is also called card filtering as you don't get an advantage in resources, only the selection. However red also has a selection of cards with flashback or activated or triggered abilities from the graveyard. With the introduction of impulse draw - so named from Act on Impulse, where red exiles a number of cards from the top of their library for the ability to play those for a limited time. Thus red has achieved temporary card draw.

Green is one of the richest colors in the color pie at the moment, having access to a lot of control cards, protective measures, card advantage, ramp and swingy plays. It is no wonder to me how green is one of the stronger colors in Commander. Green has access to some very strong card advantage cards that fits right into the slow format of Commander. Rishkar's Expertise is a favorite as it combines the Commander format's slow pace, green's affinity for big creatures, and a powerful swing in resources, all in one card. Another is the ability to draw from creatures being cast or entering the battlefield. Outside the slow Commander format, you don't really see these types of cards, but within the format they are strong and valuable. Green also has access to the most flexible way to reuse cards from the graveyard through Eternal Witness, Greenwarden of Murasa, Road of Return - road and Myth Unbound are even commander specific benefits that makes casting your commander cheaper, within the color with the most access to mana acceleration. So the color that needs it the least has ways to reduce their mana demand on casting their commander. I would argue this aspect should have been placed within white and/or blue more than in green. Black is getting in on it with Netherborn Altar, so in the future we might see the other colors circumventing the commander tax in some fashion.

White has very few card draw cards (the best of which are mentioned above) and all are locked behind some kind of condition that is not insignificant, compared to something like Beast Whisperer.


It would seem white lacks behind quite a bit in this aspect. When a color cannot do something itself or not very well, they usually seek toward artifacts to fix their issues. Here you can utilize Mind's Eye or Loreseeker's Stone or Arcane Encyclopedia or Book of Rass or Endless Atlas or Skullclamp or Tome of Legends to name a handful of the better variants. What most of these have in common is that they are expense to cast or maintain or require some specific deck building choices to function.

If the general consensus of Commander players are to be taken into account along with the perceived strength of each color, it would seem these artifacts are not enough to help white overcome its lack of card draw. Furthermore white's other strengths doesn't seem to have enough impact to offset this lack.

The general argument I have seen against providing white with card advantage is; it breaks the color pie, white can utilize artifacts to fix their weaknesses to some extend, white's strengths comes from mass land destruction, taxing (Thalia, Guardian of Thraben) and hatebears (Aven Mindcensor). Again I don't really want this thread to be overshadowed about arguing for/against White getting card draw into their color identity, let's just assume white eventually will get card draw - how would that look like?

Brief discussion on the counter arguments Show

I really like the way WotC incorporated card draw into red, as impulse draw feels red but it is card draw and it helps red smooth out some edges it may have in especially multiplayer formats, such as Commander.

So, if we assume white is eventually going to get card draw, how would it look like? Here's a couple of ideas for concepts on how to incorporate a card draw mechanic with white flavor.




Taxing

Good ol' taxing. We already have Smothering Tithe, so something similar to Rhystic Study could be a possibility. It could be an aura you put on a land, so whenever it is tapped that opponent pays mana or grants you card draw. It doesn't necessarily have to be mana that is taxed, it could also just be the action/trigger itself that is the tax.

A taxing example Show



Warring / "spoils of war"

White is the most militarized color that deals in organized military strategy, being the main color for the creature types Soldier and Knight. White is often associated with combat and attacking as well. Perhaps it should be used to its advantage and provide some means to acquire card draw - figure it a substitute for roleplay wise gaining lands / trade routes / power / intelligence.

Example of war "spoils" Show



Trading

I actually really like the idea of this one, although it may be harder to properly accomplish.

White has before had trades happening like Armistice and Bargain. There's also the advocates and Benevolent Offering but they are not unique to white and is a set mechanic. It's been a while since this was part of white's color pie, but it could be again.

Example on trading Show

The flavor is there, as white is a color of community and peace, so trading seems like a natural byproduct. I really like the political aspect from this mechanic when considering multiplayer formats.



Divination

An alternative to direct card draw; you choose a card type (instant, sorcery, creature, land, artifact, enchantment, planeswalker) and then look at top X cards of your library, you may reveal a card of the chosen type and put it into hand, put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

This reflects the Commune with Nature (which is a green card I know) but it seems to fit white's color pie as the more religious color, to ask the gods/divine/faith for a boon and maybe it is answered, maybe not. Obviously you can deck tech to increase your chances but the idea is a card draw that is not guaranteed. Under the right circumstances it can be stronger than a card draw as it may filter.

Example on Divination Show



Honor the ancestors

I really wanted to create some kind of mechanic that allowed white to dump cards into their graveyard, to synergize with white's inherent ability to generate card advantage through recurring permanents, especially low CMC permanents. As it stands white needs to cast those smaller permanents and have them put into the graveyard from the battlefield - thus making these recurring effects a lot more narrow than their black and even green brethren, who can more easily set up these beneficial plays. But it doesn't seem very much like a white thing to self-mill, ala Surveil, nor do they discard. For white to have this particular synergy you would have to make them gain it without much prior precedent.

One thing that seemed sort of within the flavor of white would be to honor the ancestors, remember the history, keep to the traditions. I think you could work that flavor into some kind of mechanic that could work to white's advantage.

Examples on Honoring the Ancestors Show




Anyway, that's just what I brainstormed for. Like I said before I really liked the flavor on red's card draw and I want white to get something similar. Do you like any of my suggestions or think you can refine them? How would you give white card draw that is flavorful?

Spell_Slam on PDH|Lightning Helix on a Mane

1 week ago

I love this deck! That lion is such a great build-around and it's nice to see a decent boros list for once.

In the early and mid-game, you will be doing a lot of cycling and will likely end up with a lot of excess lands that you won't know what to do with. I would recommend playing more red card draw spells that allow you to filter through them to find more cyclers. Cathartic Reunion and Tormenting Voice would fill in nicely.

In terms of protection, I would really recommend both Angelic Renewal and Benevolent Bodyguard. You can put both of these down before your Commander, which gives you layers of protection that you don't need to invest in reactively. Considering how important your Commander is to your strategy, this is definitely worth thinking about. Something like a well-timed Eland Umbra puts your Commander out of most burn range and is also a layer of protection against destroy effects. You might also consider Cho-Manno's Blessing, even if it's WW, the permanent protection at instant speed is as good as it gets.

One really good piece of tech you are missing is Library of Leng. No max hand size is nice, but being able to cycle a card and put on top of your library to draw it again is completely busted. This means that you can re-use the same card over and over again to trigger your Commander's ability for no extra cost. You could be dealing 2 and gaining 2 for as low as 3 mana whever you want.

In terms of removal, I would really rather see a Journey to Nowhere instead of Lightning Bolt. Oblivion Ring also deals with a lot more than Disenchant.Faith's Fetters is pretty much a staple of White Removal in PDH. They are great ways to remove commanders, since you can then pick them up with something like Kor Skyfisher.

Kor Cartographer is another staple ramp spell for White decks. You're scraping the bottom of the barrel with some of your ramp, so this could be an easy swap.

Your hand should stay be pretty full, so Martyr of Ashes could do a lot of work for you.

I don't really like the Pinger sub-theme. Your Commander already represents tons of removal and damage that you have access to at any time. I think those slots would be better served as protection, board wipes and card draw.

I've never played Bonder's Ornament, but it looks... kinda bad. How has it played out in your experience?

Great deck overall!

TheGreatDistortion117 on Triad of Fate Blink

1 week ago

I suggest adding another card. Currently you have 99 cards total in this deck, and commander decks are required to have 100. As for cards within the deck, here are some for each category:

Eldrazi Displacer, Astral Drift - Good for flickering other creatures

Bloodtracker, Wall of Omens - Good for card draw in a blink deck

Mangara of Corondor, Harmonic Sliver - Good for targeted removal in a blink deck. You're already set on Mass Removal

Kor Cartographer, Knight of the White Orchid - Good for ramp in a blink deck. And definitely replace Burnished Hart with Solemn Simulacrum

Some other cool cards are Scroll of Fate, which lets you cheat out huge creatures by manifesting them and then blinking them Triad of Fates, and Strionic Resonator which basically works like an inferior Panharmonicon.

There you go, you were looking for suggestions, so here are some you could consider. My big thing though is just to make sure you get that extra card in the deck. I hope you found this helpful.

GVDT on Kentaro, the Smiling Weeb

1 month ago

First off, you'll want a couple more lands, commander when you can't play anything sucks

A quick note: The commander you have chosen gives you the ability to run a lot more colorless "utility" lands, some fun ones are: Arch of Orazca Blighted Steppe Buried Ruin etc.

I think you'll want some card draw and some more removal as well as any ramp you can get. Here are some budget options for each:

(Note: most of these are not auto-includes, with you needing to build the deck into them a little, except for ramp, just take some and go)

Card Draw Mentor of the Meek (if it fits with the other cards), Bygone Bishop??, Monarch cards like Palace Jailer will be easier for bushido to defend netting you extra cards per turn, but drawing fire from opponents

Removal Generous Gift, Settle the Wreckage, Day of Judgment, Dusk(most of your creatures duck the board wipe), Urza's Ruinous Blast, Slaughter the Strong, Harsh Mercy (Look at this one if nothing else)

Ramp Sol Ring (I hate that this is a card that goes in any deck, but it pairs really nicely well with your commander's ability), Solemn Simulacrum, Oketra's Monument, Knight of the White Orchid, Marble Diamond, Heraldic Banner, Caged Sun is cool, Kor Cartographer, Gold Myr

Other interesting stuff: Mirror Entity could be fun and interesting, Irregular Cohort really helps pump your samurai numbers, Brave the Elements pairs with all the white critters, Reveillark can get two of your samurai back or be a flying body if needed, Thalia's Lancers can go get an important legendary cards you want, I think Eidolon of Rhetoric may be interesting, maybe good, maybe not, Elspeth, Undaunted Hero's Ultimate is maybe achievable with so many blockers and potential very big with all of your white pips, Heliod, God of the Sun, Changeling Hero

HELLcaster19 on Brago, the Blink King

1 month ago

Leonantti I like looking at other decks with commanders that are the same to mine. There are always little gems tucked away inside them that I generally do not know about!!

Take for instance, Knight of the White Orchid. I did not know that was a thing. I will definitely try and find one so that I can replace Kor Cartographer. :)

You get an upvote!!

HELLcaster19 on Caution! Moving parts!

2 months ago

CaptainToll The deck already includes a Strionic Resonator and Swiftfoot Boots.

Tribute Mage should be one that I consider though, as it would be nice to ensure that Strionic Resonator comes out as early as possible to begin any of my removal loops.

As for including a plethora of mana rocks, I tend to keep them limited down to just a small handful as my blink spells primarily focus on my creatures. I find that players are more likely to pop your rocks, so I rely on the mana advantage that Kor Cartographer and Solemn Simulacrum offer me through repeated creature blinks. This way, I can have an easier time to protect my Thran Dynamo and Basalt Monolith. :)

jakeyuki12 on Melee battles

2 months ago

Okay, let me give you a quick primer. Card draw: Boros colors have a few categories of cards that can provide card advantage. 1) Wheel effects, like Reforge the Soul, Wheel of Fate, Magus of the Wheel, and if you're willing to drop the money for it, Wheel of Fortune. 2) Impulsive draw effects, like Light Up the Stage, Outpost Siege, Vance's Blasting Cannons  Flip, Ignite the Future, many Chandra planeswalkers. 3) Equipment (not technically Boros colors since most are colorless, but Boros is really good at tutoring equipment), like Sword of Fire and Ice, Mask of Memory, Rogue's Gloves, Infiltration Lens. 4) Generic artifacts, like Mind's Eye, The Immortal Sun, Staff of Nin, etc. Ramp: There are plenty of artifacts that can ramp you. Sol Ring is the obvious one of the format, but you can find plenty of artifacts to ramp. White ramps using plains and does so from behind using effects like Knight of the White Orchid and Kor Cartographer. Red ramps all at once and the ramp is typically temporary like a lot of red mana or (lately) treasure tokens. Stuff like Captain Lannery Storm and Dockside Extortionist. Removal: White is the most versatile removal color in the game. The best for creature removal is spells like Path to Exile and Swords to Plowshares. Best for artifacts and enchantments is stuff like Return to Dust and the new Heliod's Intervention. If you want the ability to hit anything, something like Grasp of Fate, Oblivion Ring, or Generous Gift works. White also has great Board-wipes. The best one is probably Austere Command, but new ones like Winds of Abandon (which doubles as single-target creature removal), Cleansing Nova, and Hour of Revelation are also great.

I recommend looking at other Boros decklists on tappedout or using a site like edhrec.com as resources to find possible cards for your deck.

Hopefully this was helpful!

jakeyuki12 on War Master Aurelia's Humans & Soldiers

3 months ago

Hiya!

A few recommendations from a long time Aurelia, the Warleader player.

First off, I recommend bumping up the land count to 37-38. 34 lands isn't enough in EDH to reliably make land drops every turn, so adding more lands would help increase the consistency of the deck. Think of it this way- there's nothing worse than having cards in your hand you can't cast because you didn't draw enough lands to have the mana to cast them.

Next, add in more ways to generate card advantage. Looking over the deck, I saw 5 sources of card advantage (aka ways to get access to more cards to play, typically by drawing but can also be impulsive draw) with 4 ways to tutor for them. There are many wheel effects in red that are not the price of Wheel of Fortune. These are Wheel of Fate, Reforge the Soul, and Magus of the Wheel. Red also has access to some great impulsive draw spells. Outpost Siege is reliable, turn by turn one. Light Up the Stage is another good one that is easy to cast for its spectacle cost. Other notable ones are the c2019 new Ignite the Future, Commune with Lava, and Prophetic Flamespeaker. There are a few more equipment that draw cards like Rogue's Gloves and Sword of Fire and Ice. Finally, there are some great artifacts that have been printed in recent years that can get a consistent flow of cards. These include Tome of Legends and Endless Atlas.

Next is a few more ways to ramp. I counted 8 pieces, with once again 4 ways to tutor. Some simple mana rocks would do the job. Solemn Simulacrum, Burnished Hart, Knight of the White Orchid, and Kor Cartographer could also do the job. I do also recommend investing the money in buying a copy of Smothering Tithe. The card is very worth running in the deck. You already play lands that make every player draw, if you add in wheels for card draw it can be abused even more. Even without those though, it is by far the best EDH card in white and is more than worth the investment.

Finally, as you play the deck, I recommend you slowly take the time to think about the direction you want to really take it in. Right now it doesn't seem to have a huge focus to it, it's doing some equipment stuff, some big attack stuff, some artifact stuff, some token stuff, etc. Find a focus to the deck. Once you do, then you can start to make better decisions on how to make it better.

Let me know how the deck has been running in paper though! Good luck with learning to play Boros and I hope you learn to enjoy it!

Load more