Raven's Crime


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH 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
Modern Masters (MMA) Common
Eventide (EVE) Common

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Raven's Crime


Target player discards a card.

Retrace (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying its other costs.)

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Raven's Crime Discussion

mahdik on Raking Minds

1 day ago

I was playtesting my own version of the deck like I said I would ;), and I may have a suggestion. Raven's Crime might be a good idea as a 1 of in the main against control match-ups or heavy draw match-up; having too many lands in hand happens a lot and you could utilize that. Or you could play less lands and more action, but we both know where this is going; ''I don't understand, there's plenty of lands in my deck, like idk, 14?''.

I would also run more Castigate in the main. It's a really good card, maybe a bit costly, but more often than not in my playtesting I draw it really late game and sometimes my opponent has legit no cards in hand, the deck being so discard heavy in a format as attrition based as pauper. Even in modern, decks running full playset of toughtseize and inquisitions have that problem, too many is as bad as not enough. I know I suggested to play Raven's Crime, and it can sound contradictory, but I'm confidant saying a third one wouldn't be so bad.

Actually, in all honesty, I would REALLY like the deck to be 10-20 cards bigger XD. There's so much good cards in those colors that would deserve a spot x( A Crypt Rats for bad situations, or even some Unearth for low drops shenanigans. I guess that's what a sideboard's for XD

And lastly, just a question, is graveyard that common in your meta? You sure load your side of grave hate for a deck that runs 2 Relic of Progenitus in the main xD

Sinucidere on Only Three Cards Matter

1 week ago

meadbert, those are some awesome ideas. The Geth's Verdict combo seems awesome for this deck. It would give the deck a bit more resiliency and I could use discard outlets like Raven's Crime to gather all of the cards.

Given the amount of lands in the deck I could relax a bit more about having to be able to draw into my next card, and I can focus more on using Dakmor Salvage. I do want to maintain as much the idea of playing at least 75 lands to the deck, as the deck is made for some giggles. If I focus more around the idea of searching out Dakmor Salvage, the deck should have more leniency towards running non tutor spells.

Ad Nauseam and Nostalgic Dreams are amazing suggestions, and I feel kind of silly to at least have not considered Ad Nauseam.

SynergyBuild on how much impact do people ...

1 week ago

Blue-Black or Mono-Black, with some in Jeskai, Rakdos, Grixis, and Izzet

Really, blue has some reasonably good card draw, specifically Augur of Bolas, Mulldrifter, Preordain, Ponder, and interaction in the form of Counterspell and the occasional Deprive. Otherwise, they don't have a great set of wincons, sweepers, or removal, so they need another color to get those.

In comparison, black has Gurmag Angler, a great wincon, and the best removal in the forms of Evincar's Justice, Echoing Decay, Shrivel, Pestilence, Cuombajj Witches, Disfigure, Chainer's Edict, Oubliette, Doom Blade, they have lifegain, discard like Duress, Distress, Chittering Rats, card draw like Phyrexian Rager, Thorn of the Black Rose, Sign in Blood, and mono-colored payoffs like Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Tendrils of Corruption. There are even more great control cards from hate like Nihil Spellbomb, efficient spells like Cartouche of Ambition that just do a lot, land destruction like Choking Sands, more discard that is splashable like Addle, and the other following cards:

Diabolic Edict, Wrench Mind, Raven's Crime, Innocent Blood (for creatureless lists), Dead Weight, Crypt Incursion, Complete Disregard, Nausea, Reaping the Graves, Undying Evil, Read the Bones, Divest, Rancid Earth, Icequake, Dusk Legion Zealot, Okiba-Gang Shinobi, Tragic Slip, Crypt Rats, Stinkweed Imp

That isn't to say a good mix of both isn't the best option, it probably is. You lose the mono-black payoffs, but get Probe, Forbidden Alchemy, Soul Manipulation. Really though, black is more useful than blue.

TheSurgeon on Dimir Cipher

1 week ago

Your main creature cipher focus is really on Invisible Stalker. Everything else seems like aggressive Fodder.

That being said, Mental Vapors and Undercity Plague ultimately seem a bit high cost for their effects. vapors could easily be replaced with Raven's Crime. And for Plague, I would suggest just throw in another Shadow Slice, and go to town with those on the stalkers.

Looking at your mana curve, (pretty sexy, btw) you may want to consider perhaps adding in a slightly heavier blue mana base. I love your approach here, whether it be intentional or accidental. The first 4 turns are almost guaranteed to be low cost blue spells and you need to make your board presence as soon as possible. To do that, you need to guarantee you're gonna pull blue over black at the start of every game. Just tip the scales to 11x island and 7x Swamp. Then the black mana will be available right when you need it.

Good luck!

APPLE01DOJ on Lore That hits Hard

4 weeks ago

I'm impressed that you could throw together a 3 color mana base on a budget.

I like the idea but you're asking a lot for things to fall in place consistently. First 21 lands and you want to reliably cast a 4 CMC spell. I think that you could use a little more digging. Cathartic Reunion might be a better option than Raven's Crime. Yes you lose the ability to target the opponent but you dig a little deeper. Another option although it's not as budget friendly could be Mission Briefing. The next issue is even if you get to exile a Temporal Trespass with Living Lore turn 4. You still only have a vanilla 11/11 that dies to Fatal Push so maybe something like Spellskite or Apostle's Blessing could find it's way into the 75. Apostle's Blessing also help you get through for combat damage should you choose to go that route.

PooperDix on

1 month ago

Great concept, I highly suggest the newly reprinted Raven's crime, and plenty of land to support the retrace effect, works wonders especially late game. Had 2 different people start to counter spell it, I was laughing so hard, like go ahead pay to discard, that's cool.

I wouldn't run less than 18 mana here, and would suggest going high on it for Raven's Crime

Run 4 raven's crime 4 Duress, 4 Funeral Charm. Coercion is a good one too

skmbc on Mono-Black Control

1 month ago

I've been building a similar deck, http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/the-gate-modern-4/

-I ran Desecration demon aswell when I first began building it, but usually got trampled by go-wide strats. Abyssal Persecutor is an awesome card with all the removal you're carrying it's easy to sac him to a gatekeeper or something.

-Vampire Nighthawk is another great card that helps with lifegain if you choose to run a few Phyrexian Arena, Sign in Blood or Night's Whisper.

-Funeral Charm is an awesome card for this type of deck, especially once youre able to get an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, you're able to have instant speed discard, removal, or sneak a few points of damage in with swampwalking or buff your creatures.

-Really try to get in some Collective Brutality in over distress, its awesome utility and if you decide to run some Bloodghast or Dakmor Salvage+Raven's Crime you get some extra value.

-I would replace mutilate with Languish and probably move it over to the side, you're pretty overstocked on removal often a sweeper shouldn't be a big deal.

-Nihil Spellbomb is great budget GY hate for black.

-Fatal Push Cast Down Geth's Verdict are all great alternative sources for removal. I like running atleast one geth's because Thrun, the Last Troll is a card that I see often.

-Pithing Needle is awesome against resolved planeswalkers and other activated effects like manlands.

-Vampire Hexmage is great aggresive planeswalker hate

-Pack Rat is a nice win con that dodges removal and plays with your board wipes

-Runechanter's Pike works pretty awesome if you have enough card draw to get through and dump a bunch of sorceries

Hope this helped keep rocking the mono black!

Gattison on Holy Chit, Earring Ghosts!

1 month ago

PooperDix: After a lil playtesting, I made some changes.

Added Doomed Dissenter, Dark Ritual, a couple Mortuary Mires and replaced Unnatural Endurance with something better for this deck.

When I find some Raven's Crimes I'll start a mediocre sideboard and put them there for now.

Look any better?

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