Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dominaria (DOM) Uncommon

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Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage

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Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage Discussion

Bxbx on Sen Triplets Handcontrol

5 days ago

@mortifolkmurphcaster: Hi, thanks for commenting and first of all: sorry for me taking so long to answer you. I'm not that active on tappedout anymore and only saw your comment today.

I'm glad you liked my deck and found some inspiration for your own. The deck evolved quite a bit over time and the deck description isn't up to date anymore (the decklist is almost up to date though). So before answering your questions I might make a few remarks about my deck in its current state:

I discarded a lot of the cooler but clunkier cards, that initially gave rise to the deck, like Head Games , Jester's Mask , Ghastlord of Fugue , Seer's Vision and Mindleech Mass , because they just weren't doing anything useful in most games, especially when I was already behind.

Two of the cards that stayed in and that are crucial for where the deck is now are Silent-Blade Oni and Doomsday Specter . Because both of those cards work well with small creatures that have etb effects I decided to create this really creature heavy build. But maybe there are better ways of building the deck and especially Doomsday Specter can be quite disappointing sometimes.

I can also say that I seldomly find myself casting Sen Triplets but I don't know if this is because of my play mistakes or because of the triplets drawing too much hate. I recently added Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage to help Sen Triplets get down (one can also use Shimmer Myr ). When I win games, I most often do so because of a Bribery after a long and exhausting attrition war or something like that. Unfortunately I wasn't able to pull off an infinite combo win that used the cards of my opponents yet.

I didn't know about Thrull Surgeon and Pilfering Imp . Thanks for the suggestions! I will not include them in the current build because it does not play enough from the graveyard to recur them regularly. I focus on creatures that have an etb effect, and then I bounce them back to my hand.

Windfall effects in combination with cards like Narset, Parter of Veils are brutal and, although I do not shy at treating my playgroup like that, I would not include them because I see a nombo between effects that give everyone 7 fresh cards and my strategy of casting/discarding the opponents cards. My deck does not play out cards that fast which is reinforced by the fact that I sometimes play the opponents cards instead of mine with Sen Triplets . So Windfall would likely help the opponents more than it helps me. While it is good as a combo with Narset, Parter of Veils and Notion Thief , on its own it doesn't fit into the overall deck strategy that well. But maybe one could trim down the mana curve a bit more and then all the small creatures in combination with windfall effects and Notion Thief could be strong, but I'm not quite sure.

Ok, I think that's all for now. Again, thanks for your comment!


3 weeks ago

My thoughts on it are:

1: The color swap MUST be a Commander's PRIMARY color i.e. Green w/ Animar, Black w/ either Marchesa, etc. (playgroup vote in the case of no clear primary color). This prevents you from just adding a few cards and forces a big change up.

2: Playgroup Votes before you even attempt the change. You won't get away with something degenerate like adding green to Marchesa, the Black Rose .

3: A little honesty goes a long way. Explain your planned deck strategy and if you've noticed a card that would be too OP... offer to not run it or let them know you'll drop it immediately if it turns out to be too OP (i.e. W/U Sisay I'd offer to omit Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage )

lil_cheez on Faith in Superfriends

1 month ago

+1 for unique commander!

Any thoughts on Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage ? You can play all you legendaries and artifacts with flash so it is neat

Jefello on Yeva Draw-Grow (Budget)

2 months ago

So, i've assembled the deck with some small changes (my pod has a lot, A LOT OF HATE so basically i needed to + wrap in vigor and sylvan safekeeper) but the deck is amazing. I don't win every game, after all i'm not playing a tier 1 deck on a competitive level but my pod has a good Power Level overall. But on every single game i've been treated as a "thread" every time. Thanks for the deck man, not only i've had tons o'fun but it inspired me on building a Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage but instead of combos, you lock the game (infinite turns with Magistrate's Scepter or locks with Lavinia, Azorius Renegade / Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir + Knowledge Pool .

bushido_man96 on Budget Blackblade

2 months ago

Another thought I had in regards to the number of artifacts you are running; you might look into Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage . Low budget, and allows you to play a bulk of your deck at instant speed. Might be useful.

Mask of Avacyn offers Swiftfoot Boots protection on a budget, and Hot Soup is another good card for evasion.

bushido_man96 on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

4 months ago

Love your legendary build, MrXilas! +1!

I'm dropping my Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage deck for review again. I've freed up a copy of Phyrexian Arena that I could add to it, but is it worth it? Any other offers and upvotes are greatly appreciated!

Raff's Renewal

Commander / EDH bushido_man96


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