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Creature — Human Pirate
When Rishadan Cutpurse enters the battlefield, each opponent sacrifices a permanent unless he or she pays (1).
Rishadan Cutpurse Discussion
3 weeks 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!
1 month ago
Outside of cEDH, decks like hatebears in Gaddock Teeg shells, etc. are popular, what does Harmonic Sliver do against them xD
1 month ago
First, what do you mean be stax?
There are tons of types. Often, it is in reference to a few, but there are tons.
Land destruction/land hate is a common type, but it is massive in scale is style:
Ravages of War , Armageddon , Ruination , Winter Orb , Back to Basics , Impending Disaster , Wildfire , Myojin of Infinite Rage , Decree of Annihilation , Cataclysm , Jokulhaups , Tectonic Break , Obliterate , etc.
Tax effects are plentiful too, Trinisphere , Nether Void , Sphere of Resistance , etc. are often considered staxy, Grand Arbiter Augustin IV , Thalia, Guardian of Thraben , Vryn Wingmare , Glowrider , Thorn of Amethyst etc. are taxing, but so are Pendrell Mists , Magus of the Tabernacle , The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale , Kataki, War's Wage , etc. count too.
Even color hate like High Seas can count in that department, etc.
I don't think you can ban stax.
1 month ago
Hey, nice version, but I think there's too many five drops, six drops and seven drops here. 16 five drops are making the avg. CMC of your deck higher than 4.
4.2 avg. CMC is too high especially when playing a three drop Commander. You can narrow down the five drops and keep the best ones: Mulldrifter, Peregrine Drake, Liliana Vess, Devastation Tide, Oath of Teferi and cut the rest. The same can be done for the six drops keep: Duplicant, Terminus, cut the rest. The seven and higher drops keep: Razaketh, the Foulblooded and that's it.
Vela the Night-Clad is a six drop, but if you combine her with Felidar Guardian and Aminatu then it's a combo to make all your opponents lose all life since both Aminatu and Guardian are continually leaving the battlefield which triggers Vela infinite times. Consider including both Vela and Guardian as your main win condition with Aminatu?
Consider cutting many of the high CMC cards for lower mana cost cards that interact with Aminatu or give you good value for the mana cost? Budget cards $3 or less each to consider adding:
- Wall of Omens
- Rishadan Cutpurse
- Brago, King Eternal
- Animate Dead
- Telling Time
- Swords to Plowshares
- Reality Acid
- Oath of Jace
- Oath of Liliana
- Dovin's Veto
- Ashiok, Dream Render
- Narset, Parter of Veils
- Return to Dust
- Talisman of Dominance
Budget land $3 or less each upgrades to consider:
1 month ago
Strionic Resonator plus mana rocks that produce at least 2 mana together is what makes up Brago's premiere combo. Putting those into the deck, alongside ways to find those cards, will probably improve your deck substantially.
Currently, you have 12 mana rocks, but a good number of them are... less than efficient. Talisman of Progress shouldn't be too expensive and is a straight upgrade to any of your 3+ mana rocks (a rock on turn 2 means Brago by turn 3. 2 mana and less rocks are king because Brago's mana cost is 4). Fellwar Stone , Everflowing Chalice , etc., should all be fairly cheap options in the 2cmc range that, when combined together, let you go infinite with Brago and Resonator. The more expensive rocks, like Chrome Mox , Mana Vault , Grim Monolith , Mana Crypt , and Mox Diamond are helpful but not necessary, so for now stick to the good 2cmc rocks that don't enter tapped.
Once you go nuts with Brago and Resonator, you can use Rishadan Cutpurse to make everyone sac all of their permanents. He's actually just decent on his own, oddly enough, so I'd recommend running it over Resolute Archangel (the best way to not need to gain life is to keep your opponents from having anything). Venser, Shaper Savant is fantastic in and out of the combo because he can return a spell to a player's hand as well (so if someone is trying to cast Obliterate or some big spell like that, you can buy a turn by casting Venser, then keep him from getting the mana to cast it again by blinking him and bouncing the caster's land).
Act of Authority is one of Brago's best cards. The turn you cast it, you can exile two artifacts or enchantments, and then do it each turn thereafter as well. It's pretty handy. It's similar to Reality Acid, which I see you already run. Aura of Silence is perfect for Brago- slow your opponents down, and if they play anything of any value, destroy it.
Of course, having ways to find these cards is invaluable, and the single largest boost you could probably give the deck, dollar for dollar, would be in accessible tutors. Fabricate would find Strionic Resonator or Sol Ring, Enlightened Tutor could find you removal (Reality Acid, Act of Authority, Aura of Silence, etc), your Sol Ring, or Resonator, or a stax piece, more on that later. Mystical Tutor could find the aforementioned tutors, draw, protection, sweepers, etc.. Merchant Scroll would find Mystical Tutor or protection. Reshape could be used to find Resonator or Sol Ring. There are more, but these are a reasonable starting point.
Lastly, the most competitive way to play Brago? Stax. By stax I mean controlling the board using cards like Winter Orb , Static Orb , Stasis . Stasis is absolutely ridiculous in this deck should you assemble any rock that produces blue (cause you swing Brago, blink himself and the blue producing rock, and nobody gets an untap step ever again). Your opponents can eventually find a way out of this by killing Brago, but it can buy some fairly invaluable turns. Cards like Aven Mindcensor , Cursed Totem , etc., can also slow your opponents down or interfere with integral strategies (Sisay and Yisan, for example, have to find a way around Cursed Totem in order to even play lol). This manner of play is absurdly un-fun, though, so if you have a budget group (which it looks like your deck fits into), I wouldn't recommend playing Brago as stax, and just play basic control until you can find your Resonator and win that way.
Hope this helped.
2 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!
5 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.
6 months ago
Hey, looks good, nice first attempt at making a budget Commander deck.
Budget cards to consider adding:
- Spellseeker: each time she's blinked potentially tutor for an instant or sorcery
- Mystical Tutor
- Diabolic Intent
- Telling Time
- Serum Visions
- Mystic Remora: powerful draw in blue, reset it's upkeep cost each time it's blinked
- Restoration Angel
- Rishadan Cutpurse: Rishadan's are underrated creatures with a blink strategy
- Rishadan Footpad
- Caves of Koilos
- Prairie Stream
- Sunken Hollow
Cards to consider cutting:
- Azor, the Lawbringer
- Dream Eater
- Knight-Captain of Eos
- Disinformation Campaign
- Slaughter the Strong
- Illusionist's Stratagem
- Diabolic Tutor
- Akroma's Vengeance
- Authority of the Consuls
- Tranquil Cove
- Scoured Barrens
- Sejiri Refuge
Good luck with your deck.
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