Ravenous Trap


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Zendikar (ZEN) Uncommon

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Ravenous Trap

Instant — Trap

If an opponent had three or more cards put into his or her graveyard from anywhere this turn, you may pay {{0}} rather than pay Ravenous Trap's mana cost.

Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Ravenous Trap Discussion

Darth_Savage on Noob Saibot

2 days ago

This looks loads of fun, but you might be playing it at the wrong time. It's almost guaranteed that your opponent has graveyard hate, given decks which use; Stinkweed Imp , Bloodghast , Living End , Vengevine , Hooting Mandrills , Arclight Phoenix , Flamewake Phoenix , Bedlam Reveler , Striped Riverwinder and more all exist.

Rest in Peace and Leyline of the Void are the big hate cards, but Nihil Spellbomb , Relic of Progenitus , Tormod's Crypt or Ravenous Trap are all options people use too. Basically the graveyard is being hated on...

You might be better playing like the spirits aggro list with; Supreme Phantom Selfless Spirit and Spell Queller and switch to the Mortal Combat / Iname, Death Aspect plan from the sideboard, if you did that I'd also stick Nether Traitor in for either, free hits or removal bait. On its own Nether Traitor won't warrant the grave hate so hopefully your opponent sides it out. Hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.


1 week ago

I would suggest replacing Ravenous Trap with Grafdigger's Cage. The trap tends to be a nonbo with Jace's Phantasm and Wight of Precinct Six and Consuming Aberration because you actually want to populate the opponents graveyard; but you want to benefit more than your opponent.

I have a Dimir Mill primer on my page if you are interested in other ideas.

Darth_Savage on Vampire Nocturnus/Elenda Lifegain

1 week ago

The main deck looks better, I'd be tempted to add another sacrifice outlet Viscera Seer, probably just as a 2x, replacing Drana's Emissary.

Your sideboard, needs some work, possibly:

4x Invoke the Divine --> Anguished Unmaking (you have plenty of life gain)

2x Never Happened --> Ravenous Trap or Tormod's Crypt

2x Seal Away --> Journey to Nowhere or Pillory of the Sleepless

2x Squire's Devotion --> Bontu the Glorified or Trespasser's Curse

Darth_Savage on Power 4 is Ferocious

1 week ago

I'd run Leyline of the Void if you didn't need 3-4 copies of it, I don't really have sideboard space for that. I don't particularly like reactive grave hate like Nihil Spellbomb, Tormod's Crypt or Ravenous Trap. I've had to explain these scenarios to my opponent on occasion:

1 - Faithless Looting in the graveyard, pay flashback cost. Can the opponent respond with hate to remove the Looting before it's cast with flashback?

No, they can't. Flashback is not an activated ability, it's a static ability that allows you to cast the card directly. By the time they can respond, Looting is on the stack, not in the graveyard.

2 - Adorned Pouncer in the graveyard, pay the eternalize cost. Can an opponent respond with hate to remove the cat before I can pay for eternalize?

No, they can't. the exiling of the cat is part of the cost of eternalize.

3 - Cast Soulflayer. Can an opponent respond with hate to remove the graveyard before I can delve 4 cards?

No, they can't. Since delve does not used the stack, you cannot respond to it, as it is akin to paying the mana cost for the card. Pretty much what happens is the delved cards are removed, then the hate removes the remaining cards in the graveyard.

The two best graveyard hate cards are Leyline of the Void and Rest in Peace, I can't fit Leyline in, so Rest it is...

Darth_Savage on A Blood Bond- (B/W life combo deck)

4 weeks ago

So, I was thinking about your deck and have a couple of additional thoughts. First your mana curve isn't great, you have too few early plays. Second the Leylines are no use unless they are in your opening hand, here I'd suggest Ravenous Trap and Aegis of the Gods as replacements. For your mana curve, well I took a copy of your deck and tried to work out a sensible way to balance it a bit more, it isn't perfect, but might help you curve better, have a look at A Blood Bond - Demo

RGleason on Phenax Mill

2 months ago

I think that Intruder Alarm has a place in every Phenax deck. It's so good to be able to keep your creatures untapped and not have to worry about tapping them to mill until you know they will untap immediately so you can always have blocks up. It is also almost criminal to not be running Eater of the Dead as, depending on the decks you are playing against, it often goes close enough to infinite against opponents and mills them entirely with just the one card. I also believe that Ravenous Trap is an absolute bomb when you're playing mill against a reanimator deck.

I'm not crazy about the one off spells that just mill for a few, especially because these decks are often trying to play the long game because milling 300 cards not easily done against more aggresssive decks (ie almost every other deck ever). So for me I tend to focus less on slowly ticking away at my opponents libraries and more worried about controlling my opponents until I can combo off, and I tend to have more success with that. Especially because most people tend to not enjoy watching their deck get thrown away.

SentinelElf2711 on Competitive UB mill modern (2018)

2 months ago

ZorrosRage Yes, it's a good card, but it has 3 problems: don't sinergize at all with Crypt Incursion, if you don't have it on turn 1 it is a really heavy card to play and it is an enchant, so pretty easy to destroy. So I prefer some Surgical Extraction and Ravenous Trap, that are istants and they cost zero :)

jover98 on Budget 8 rack

3 months ago

lagotripha Thanks a lot for the suggestions!

I will consider adding a couple of Memory Plunder in the sb since it can be very useful against certain control decks, but it's very specific and can be a dead card very often. I will try it out and let the card speak for itself.

Ravenous Trap seem less versatile than Nihil Spellbomb since the artifact can be played as early as turn one and sit on the table until you need it. It also has the ability to cycle itself so I feel like its way more versatile and suitable for this deck than the trap.

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