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Creature — Human Pirate
When Rishadan Brigand enters the battlefield, each opponent sacrifices a permanent unless he or she pays (3).
Rishadan Brigand can block only creatures with flying.
Rishadan Brigand Discussion
3 months ago
I also notice you're running a lot of 1-for-1s. It's important to remember that in EDH you're frequently playing against at least 2 opponents, and more frequently than not you're facing 3. Thus, you're already facing 3x as many cards as you have on your side. (Alliances being discounted as they only work when you're trying not to lose, as opposed to when you're trying to win.) In this sort of situation, 1-for-1s aren't where you want to be. I suggest Ashes to Ashes over Contract Killing and Toxic Deluge over Walk the Plank . (I realize this may remove some of the flavor.) Cast Down is worth reconsidering as well. Perhaps Pyroclasm or Volcanic Fallout would be better.
Cavern of Souls is expensive and ranges from very effective to irrelevant. If you have money and your meta is like mine and filled with countermagic, investing in it is a good idea.
I usually suggest Slate of Ancestry only for decks heavy on the 'spam little dudes' plan, but this deck strikes me as often having a sizable army on the field. You should consider running it.
I'm not sure how good Angrath, Captain of Chaos is. I advise either Pithing Needle or Sorcerous Spyglass instead. They deal with walkers, but more importantly they also deal with ANYthing with a non-mana activated ability. You may be partial to Sorcerous Spyglass if only because it depicts a pirate in the art; I also think it is slightly better, as you can strand a fetch land in the opponent's hand before s/he has a chance to even play it.
Bribery is a good card in EDH if your meta is filled with fatties and the like. I advise maindecking it.
I would run Daring Saboteur over Storm Fleet Sprinter . EDH games are often decided by card advantage/card selection, and the Saboteur gives you the ability to loot, at least a little. Similarly, you might consider running Faithless Looting .
Notion Thief isn't a pirate, but he steals things... Same goes for Dack Fayden , and they're both superb in EDH. You should at least consider running them. (Note that together, if you target an opponent with Dack's +1, you draw two and that opponent discards two.)
Syphon Mind is a good draw spell, if you like the idea of 'stealing' things from your opponents.
Silent Gravestone is on-flavor and provides a level of graveyard hate. It stops most reanimation spells, and cycles as a worst-case scenario. I prefer Grafdigger's Cage , but the Silent Gravestone is likely more on-flavor.
Role Reversal is another card to consider, as it allows you to swap a treasure for a more powerful artifact or a dorky creature for a fatter one.
Good luck with deck building!
5 months ago
Yo here is my deck list to take some ideas from~
Commander / EDH
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Some includes that I would highly recommend for your build are cards like:
- Peregrine Drake
- Eldrazi Displacer
- Rishadan Brigand
- Rishadan Cutpurse
- Rishadan Footpad
- Glen Elendra Archmage
- Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
- Tezzeret the Seeker
All are pretty much value cards that are super abuseable with Brago, and as RecklessN7 mentioned as well. The parallax cards are a hell of a good enchantment to run as well and I would consider them as well!
8 months ago
Since pirates are fairly weak as a tribe, you're going to need to limit what others can do and attack their resources in order to chip in for the win. Your commander helps with creatures, so I would attack the hand and mana to slow them down.
I recommend discard like Capital Punishment , Dark Intimations , Discovery / Dispersal , Herald of Anguish (great with treasures!), Syphon Mind , Liliana's Specter , Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip, Scythe Specter , Siren of the Silent Song , Skull Rend , Tasigur's Cruelty , and Torment of Hailfire .
While land destruction is often looked down upon as unfun, if you decide to keep with a lot of small creatures, you can come out at an advantage by keeping the lands on the board low. You'd have to build your deck to accommodate that, though. For that, you have Mana Vortex , Tectonic Break , Desolation , Epicenter , Ember Swallower , Rite of Ruin (again, great with treasures), Boom / Bust , Impending Disaster , and Wake of Destruction . You'll also find that creature stealing effects snowball, since you can remove blockers to get in with your pirates. Insurrection , Expropriate , and Blatant Thievery will all serve you well.
Some generic tribal cards will also help. Cards like Vanquisher's Banner , Shared Animosity , Door of Destinies , Konda's Banner , Kindred Dominance , Kindred Discovery , Coat of Arms , Metallic Mimic , Adaptive Automaton , Obelisk of Urd , Path of Ancestry , etc. will help shore up the weakness of the tribe.
Finally, I would head to EDHREC just to see the staples that are played in Grixis colors, as well as for your commander and whatever theme you choose to go with. You can also toggle to budget in the top right in order to see what will make it easier to build without sinking a bunch of money into the deck. However, keep in mind that cards like River's Rebuke don't scale up well to multiplayer, so you'll find the choices people make are very different. While cards like Cyclonic Rift , Sol Ring and Vandalblast will hurt the pocketbook a bit, they're good investments for whatever Commander decks you choose to build in the future.
If you don't like what you see, you can also head to Scryfall to search for cards. They'll let you limit the results to cards in your color identity, put price limits, and let your rank the results by how much commander play they see.
10 months ago
I have had Lavinia of the Tenth in the deck before and it really didnt do much in my playgroup's meta, it either made me a target or it did nothing at all. a fellow flicker player who uses Derevi, Empyrial Tactician and her advice made sense at the time. I Still have the card if that changes.
Stonehorn Dignitary is something ive been considering but im going to be playtesting a bit more to see if Its something id want in the deck, I own this card but havent put it in yet to see how it would work. i like the effect as it will STOP a player i know who uses commander damage and I could use it to play politics. just havent found a slot for it.
Rishadan Brigand If i could infinite flicker this, that would be amazing. Before I order it or test it any further id have to check how my deck currently plays and find a weak card to remove to put this in its place. I might buy it and playtest with it within the coming weeks. Thanks :D
10 months ago
1 year ago
I've wanted to try a stax deck. But there's a muldrotha in my pond so I've put it in the backburner. Maybe the idea will resonate with you!
1 year ago
Megalomania Thanks for the feedback. I see what you mean and have to admit i didn't spot that problem early enough. I tend to forget that most blink cards target things I control, not own. I am still keen to keep the steal theme going though likely as a sub-theme to support a main blink theme. My game plan with stealing is to play a game of attrition through the blink theme and incrementally add value to my board by stealing other things. That said, I have only recently gotten the cards for the deck so ill know better how it plays out once i pilot it awhile.
Parallax Wave completely slipped my mind and will definitely add that to the deck. I also saw your Aminatou stax list and am considering putting in Rishadan Cutpurse and Rishadan Footpad (Rishadan Brigand is a little pricier but might consider it) for a bit more control.
1 year ago
For one-sided stax, I use creatures like Rishadan Footpad, Rishadan Cutpurse and Rishadan Brigand. They don’t look like much but when you’ve got cards like Winter Orb and Blind Obedience in play, they work quite well in cutting everyone down to size.
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