Rishadan Brigand


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

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Set Rarity
Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Rare

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Rishadan Brigand

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

SideBae on Ocean Bound, Yet Bound by the Ocean

3 months ago

I highly suggest running Rishadan Brigand , Rishadan Footpad and Rishadan Cutpurse . They're all pirates, but their surprise 'tax' abilities make them really powerful.

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.

Ancient Tomb is an almost strictly-better Temple of the False God . If you have access to it, you should run 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 .

Control Magic is a better Abduction , and you may have luck with it in the maindeck. That is probably a meta call though.

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!

hkhssweiss on Braggers Can't Be Choosers

5 months ago

Yo here is my deck list to take some ideas from~

Kneel Before Your King (Stax)

Commander / EDH hkhssweiss


Some includes that I would highly recommend for your build are cards like:

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!

triproberts12 on Ten Piece (Pirate Tribal)

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.

I would also lean more heavily into treasures. Mechanized Production acts as a second copy of Revel in Riches to that end, and Brass's Bounty will help get you there.

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.

As for old pirates, consider Rishadan Brigand , Rishadan Cutpurse , Rishadan Footpad , Talas Explorer , Talas Warrior , and Cloud Pirates .

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.

Daggerfella on Aminatou Flickering Queen

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

IAmTheWraith on Aminatou Flickering Queen

10 months ago

MAybe some creatures with oppressive blink abilities like Rishadan Brigand, Lavinia of the Tenth, or Stonehorn Dignitary to really hold your opponents down while you advance.

UUUUmage on Need to get Muldrotha more ...

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!

I wanted to use Pendrell Mists, Rishadan Cutpurse, Rishadan Brigand, Rishadan Footpad and Mystic Remora type stuff to tax and grind people down.

heavenorhell on Stealing's not too bad

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.

Megalomania on

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.

Add mass flicker effects like Eerie Interlude and Parallax Wave to achieve an even more devastating effect.

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