Creature — Elf Shaman

When Riftsweeper enters the battlefield, choose target face-up card that's removed from the game. Its owner shuffles it into his or her library.

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters (MMA) Uncommon
Future Sight (FUT) Uncommon

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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
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Riftsweeper occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Golgari: 0.17%

Riftsweeper Discussion

Flawless_Sin on Food Chain Tazri

2 weeks ago

mericci815 Pull from Eternity or Riftsweeper can be helpful if you face that card a lot. Just a suggestion. Otherwise, alt win-con here is Laboratory Maniac .

Tylord2894 on Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath (w/Primer)

2 weeks ago

I think the core of the deck is solid. There are a lot of cards that I really like and didn't even think about. There are some areas that I think can be improved. A lot of these tend to use be what I use, but we have different playstyles.

Cards that I think are missing/should be added:

Things that I'm confused about:

multimedia on Meren of Clan Nel Toth - Bring out your Dead!

1 month ago

Hey, those steps are correct, nice. Kokusho is a busted card if you can loop it dying :)

Remember you don't have to use just Seer you can use any other nonHuman creature you have on the battlefield as the second creature with undying includes Hulk to loop Kokusho. Seer is nice with undying creatures in combination with Yawgmoth since you can sac your creatures, one at a time, to scry looking for an answer and then remove the +1/+1 counters from your creatures with Yawgmoth. As long as you have a nonHuman creature, Seer, without a +1/+1 counter and enough life then you can continue the undying loop with Yawgmouth. Combine the scry of Seer with the draw of Yawgmoth and it can help to draw at instant speed into a spell to protect the combo such as Blossoming Defense or Veil of Summer and you can do this in response to opponents removal.

Other advantages of using Yawgmoth in the combo is recovery from removal and resiliency. Yawgmoth's ability can at instant speed remove a +1/+1 counter from a nonHuman creature which can save that creature with undying. This is helpful because an opponent can in response kill a creature with a +1/+1 counter on it which then that creature can't return to the battlefield with undying. Since you can remove the +1/+1 counter with Yawgmoth then in response you can save that creature.

Phyrexian Delver can act as repeatable recovery for the combo at instant speed since it can reanimate creatures of the combo because of the Yawgmoth + undying interaction. This is especially helpful to reanimate Mikaeus because he should have a huge target on his head when he hits the battlefield and he can't give himself undying therefore if he's removed the whole combo is stopped. An advantage of using Kokusho is gaining a lot of life that can be used if you need it to reanimate creatures of the combo with Delver or do a lot of scrying with Seer.

Swords to Plowshares and other exile removal will stop the combo because an exiled creature doesn't die thus it doesn't trigger undying. You can stop the exile with hexproof or shroud, but without having Sylvan Safekeeper it's easier not to stop, but to recover from the exile with Riftsweeper . Riftsweeper is unique because it can remove a card you have in exile and you shuffle that card back into your library.

Since Riftsweeper is a creature and all the cards of the combo are also creatures then Hulk can tutor for Riftsweeper as well as the creature you shuffled back into your library. Riftsweeper is a nonHuman creature and it's ability is an ETB ability, you can loop it with undying. Yawgmoth + Mikaeus allows you to loop Hulk meaning any creatures you put back into your library with Riftsweeper you can tutor for them with Hulk and just keep continuing the combo through your opponents exile removal. Having Yawgmoth, Riftsweeper and Safekeeper is great overall protection for the combo.

multimedia on Meren of Clan Nel Toth - Bring out your Dead!

1 month ago

Hey, yes I don't think you need Primus because it's high mana cost creature that I don't think your deck needs.

The nice thing about using Hulk combos with Meren is she provides resiliency with reanimation. If you draw some of the creatures of the combo early you can just play them and sac them to get experience counters. Meren can reanimate one/two drops very easy only needing max two experience counters.

Wake the Dead can at once reanimate all the creatures in the combo or a few depending on how many are in your graveyard and Wake has good synergy with Hulk. Riftsweeper is helpful support since your graveyard is prone to being exiled by an opponent. Riftsweeper can remove a card from exile and shuffle it into your library.

Hulk is the enabler to tutor for all the creatures and put them onto the battlefield at once, but you don't technically need Hulk to combo since you can just play all the creatures normally or assemble them via reanimation and still win with the combo. Lesser Masticore who's part of the combo has good interaction with reanimation theme. The ability to discard a creature from your hand when it ETB can be helpful to setup reanimation. It's a way to discard Hulk if it gets stuck in your hand.

Mikaeus + Ballista + Seer can be tutored for with Hulk if you add more steps in the process. Not all at once with Hulk, but a two step Hulk process. You need a creature who can reanimate Hulk: Phyrexian Delver and/or Body Snatcher . For the cost of 7 life Delver can reanimate or Snatcher can when it dies reanimate Hulk.

Snatcher has good interaction as an enabler with reanimation theme because you discard a creature from your hand such as Hulk and then if you can sac Snatcher reanimate that creature. A reason to use Snatcher instead of Delver with Hulk is it's four CMC not five letting you tutor for another one drop: Snatcher + Seer + Sylvan Safekeeper . Safekeeper can protect the creatures of the combo by sacing a land to give a creature protection from opponents targeted removal. Seer can sac Snatcher which reanimates Hulk and then Seer can sac Hulk.

When using Delver

  • Step 1: Hulk dies tutor for Delver + Seer.
  • Step 2: Reanimate Hulk with Delver costing 7 life.
  • Step 3: Sac Hulk with Seer tutor for Mikaeaus + Ballista.

When using Snatcher

  • Step 1: Hulk dies tutor for Snatcher + Seer + Safekeeper.
  • Step 2: Sac Snatcher with Seer reanimating Hulk.
  • Step 3: Sac Hulk with Seer tutor for Mikaeaus + Ballista.

There's nothing wrong with using Tooth and Nail for the Mikaeaus + Triskelion combo. The problem with Tooth and Nail is you can't cheat it's nine CMC other than just having lots of ramp. Hulk you can more easily cheat onto the battlefield with reanimation especially reanimation that sacs the creature you reanimated. Hulk as an enabler has lots of overall synergy with Meren and the reanimation theme since it's a creature.

qjone003 on Trostani Graveyard Tokens

2 months ago

Added Riftsweeper and it won me the game, highly recommend.

qjone003 on Trostani Graveyard Tokens

2 months ago

I think that Riftsweeper would be a fantastic addition to this deck so you can start returning your exiled creatures to your library.

DSquirrel on

2 months ago

Mindslicer might be good, can be devastating to keep recurring, forces people not to have a hand

Riftsweeper can help get things back from exile and is on a creature i have found this to be valuable in my meren deck

nCrPuppet on

2 months ago

Looking to fit Reanimate into the deck. Have Twilight Prophet , Overgrown Tomb , Praetor's Grasp , Yahenni, Undying Partisan , Grim Haruspex , Riftsweeper , Pernicious Deed , and Westvale Abbey  Flip on the way. With the group I play with we don't do combo or a lot of land destruction so I have tried to tune it as best I can without those elements.

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