Rafiq of the Many


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
From the Vault: Legends (V11) Mythic Rare
Shards of Alara (ALA) Mythic Rare

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Rafiq of the Many

Legendary Creature — Human Knight

Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, it gains double strike until end of turn.

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Rafiq of the Many Discussion

JoeBlondie on Sram - Dwarf Enchantress

6 days ago

Under observation:

Felidar Cub and Monk Idealist mostly I want to be sure that the redundancy that they bring is useful and not unnecessary. We rely on these effects to neuter opponents' removal and get more value from our best cards, but it can be very bad when you start to draw more into recursion cards instead of the actual things that you want to recur while your graveyard is empty.

Balan, Wandering Knight Balan is a weird card in this deck. You look at it and you can obviously imagine plenty of situations where she can be awesome. The problem is that, up until now, there has been almost any game in which I was happy to have her in hand. The thing is that her role is to beat faces, and beat them hard, but, even when you have her in your opening hand (which is not ideal, ideally you want to draw her a couple of turn later) she comes down after Sram or some other hatebear/auramancer/whatever. This is a problem because, either you have already someone bashing faces with swords and you don't want to overextend or you are in a bad shape due to some sort of lockdown/ Jace, the Mind Sculptor / whatever and she does nothing. The only times she is very good is when the table is recovering from someone's sweeper. In that case she is probably faster than anybody. Also, Armory Automaton does a similar job while being cheaper, tutorable and easily recurrable.The reason that I still keep her in is that I can see her winning games if I better figure out her role. Clearly she could be an alternative commander for the deck, and I have seen versions with her at the helm. I can see why: sword + Inquisitor's Flail and she is already in one-shot territory by turn 4-5. However, if that's the plan, you might as well build Rafiq of the Many which does the job better and you would have a stronger deck. I don't know.

Junk_Heap on The Loneliest Pup In Commander

4 weeks ago


  • Thanks for the compliment! This deck is a labor of love and I am glad it shows.


  • Swiftfoot Boots is preferable to Lightning Greaves because we can continue to add more equipment and auras after they are attached. With no other creatures in the deck we cant swap around Lightning Greaves to get around the disadvantages of Shroud.

  • If only Rafiq of the Many was a mono-white enchantment. He would be in the deck for sure!


  • If I were to add a creature boardwipe to the deck Divine Reckoning would be it. I use it to great advantage in my Kemba, Kha Regent deck. Divine Reckoning could be a positive addition to this deck in the right meta.

  • Angelic Benediction can be a good addition, but the mana cost seems a bit too high for what it does. Likewise with Cathedral of War the free buff from a land is nice but I cant abide the fact that it enters play tapped.


  • Sensei's Divining Top is not legal in the 1v1 MTGO Commander format. It used to be in the deck before I changed it to match the new MTGO format since most players of 1v1 Commander on MTGO migrated. Being a mono-white deck I would run Sensei's Divining Top if I could!


  • I am a big fan of the Kaldra equipment set in a more casual environment but I think its too expensive to find a home in this deck. Plus, making a token would make Isamaru less lonely and we cant have that!


  • Thanks for the positive feedback! A budget build of this deck in the 1v1 MTGO Commander format would be difficult; I just dont think it could stand up because we lose our fast mana. But, if you wanted to try, you could substitute mana rocks with higher CMC. It will slow you down overall but could add the mana you need for an explosive winning turn.


  • Thanks for the suggestions on equipment that grants Vigilance. The 0 CMC even helps some of our cards that care about the amount of artifacts and equipment we have on the battlefield!


  • Kusari-Gama is a great suggestion for metas that are token heavy. Definitely a card to watch!


  • When Sram, Senior Edificer first came out I swapped him in for Isamaru, Hound of Konda to see how the deck would operate. A commander with a cantrip stapled to it is great, to say the least. If I was not dedicated to the pup I would strongly consider running Sram, Senior Edificer.

  • Extraplanar Lens with snow basics has been considered for a long time. I just like the buff from Gauntlet of Power too much. In addition, I run the Regecca Guay APAC plains with the deck and I cant disrupt that level of flavor.


  • Thanks for the compliment and congrats on making the deck IRL! Regarding Field of Ruin I just think Ghost Quarter is stronger. Field of Ruin definitely has its advantages but the activation cost is too high in my opinion. If you run it let me know how it operates and I may change it out!

bomb_arie on [Rafiq 2.0] To Serve & Protect [cEDH]

1 month ago

Warpath251 thanks for the advice. Tricks of the Trade is actually one of the cards that I was planning to drop anyway in this deck, too expensive CMC for the bonus it gives. I like the scry-bonus with Aqueous Form but it lacks the pump-bonus which I really want in every Aura in the deck.

In fact I am considering Infiltrator's Magemark to fill this slot. Gives a +1/+1 bonus and makes Rafiq of the Many hard to block. It can be played under any creature to give the bonus which might be handy in combination with Umbra Mystic.

GregorinWoefin on Battle Hippo

2 months ago

darmpark Looks like fun! Though one of the cards is now banned Prophet of Kruphix but if your playgroup is fine with it then power to ya! I was also going to mention that Questing Phelddagrif isn't Legendary but then I saw the reason in the comments lol.

Also just to touch on your earlier comment, I actually like Phelddagrif more then Rafiq of the Many Mostly because I can bounce him to my hand for one blue which is super strong in my opinion in commander. But I also.... Flying purple hippo too awesome not to. LOL

KumaLKS on The Loneliest Pup In Commander

2 months ago

It kinda makes me sad that Rafiq of the Many can't fit in this deck.

Flagellum on Final Deck Input

2 months ago

Trying to determine my final deck as my meta seems to have disbanded. Problem is I have several projects going that aren't finished which will end up being melted for this last one. Trying to do something different from my other decks for a little variety but if they rely on the same strategy then that's okay. Budget should be kept around $15 per card max since this is my last hooray so to speak. However, I do own most of the staples so any suggestion will be considered. Here are the decks I currently run:

Decks I Currently Run

Purphoros, God of the Forge: my main man. Token spam and by far my favorite deck.

Karametra, God of Harvests: big stompies and land ramp.

Rafiq of the Many: enchantress voltron. Though even an enchantress can be suited up and work just as well should Rafiq keep eating removal.

Karlov of the Ghost Council: extort/lifegain with a touch of voltron and combo.

The Gitrog Monster: dredge/Dakmor Salvage combo deck. Very dependable and its a frog.

Breya, Etherium Shaper: my most competitive (aside from Gitrog and Purph) combo artifact deck

Edric, Spymaster of Trest: 1 drop evasive goodness

Brago, King Eternal: I've ran him very hardcore stax. While effective no one wanted to play against him so I've since lessened the stax effects.

Decks I'm Considering/Have Partly Built

Doran, the Siege Tower: big butts matter. Lots of Meekstone effects or power based wraths. What I have built seems inconsistent probably in part to vanilla critters with high toughness. That's great if Doran is out but otherwise not so great. I Don't want to go voltron bc I have Rafiq and Karlov nor do I want a good stuff build as that gets rather pricey.

Seton, Krosan Protector: ramp with big stomp finishers. What I have built seems consistent but you may have to dig to find a win con. Stax effects through Hall of Gemstone/Ritual of Subdual. Only concern is it is similar to Karametra aside from using creature ramp as opposed to land ramp. However, the synergy is pretty impressive and can lead to explosive plays.

Talrand, Sky Summoner: lots of bounce but entirely commander dependent. Could go Polymorph tucking a drake with use of Proteus Staff to whip out bombs. No real fast win con though. I've built this before and it was hilarious but it ended up getting pieced apart for other decks.

Or any other ideas anyone else has. The above 3 decks are mostly built already just needs finishing.

Calyptic on

3 months ago

Not sure if you're going for a Voltron-ish deck here with slamming constant counters on her or just your creatures in general. I assumed because her cheap ability it was to boost her, in which case, having much more creatures with Exalted would boost her. Best example is Rafiq of the Many, whom I myself have an exalted focused deck and it's very fun to play.

Of course that would mean you would only attack with one creature per turn to get the exalted counters, but you would also get double strike thanks to Rafiq.

other than that, I would say your best bet is to put a few more proliferate and +1/+1 counter spells rather than that many creatures or lands, but I could be wrong on that, so take from that what you will.

Look to Green and Blue for counters and proliferating, maybe to even out your colors a bit more, but that's up to you. I really like the idea this deck is presenting.

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