Risk Factor


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Rare

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Risk Factor


Target opponent may have Risk Factor deal 4 damage to them. If that player doesn't, you draw three cards.

Jump-start (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a card in addition to paying its other costs. Then exile this card.)

Risk Factor Discussion

dusterGGG on WOS Jund Quick Thud

4 days ago

If you want more consistency and speed consider replacing Risk Factor with Crash Through or Warlord's Fury .

TypicalTimmy on New Alara

1 week ago

As far as Grixis goes, I'm not sure about it.

  • Quid Pro Quo refers to one party expecting or exchanging services to another party for something in return: Like sharing company information to get stock benefits

This means you would be wanting to trade with an outside source - your opponent, for benefit.

An example of a card that already does this is Risk Factor and the older version Browbeat . Basically it says "I'll let you keep your life if you let me draw cards."

Another one is Dash Hopes .

So while precedent surely exists within Grixis for this type of thing, my question would be how would it accurately function? You are effectively giving your opponent control over the game, as a smart opponent will always give you the worst option available.

For example;

Sanguinary Elemental

Creature - Elemental

Quid Pro Quo - As Sanguinary Elemental enters the battlefield, an opponent may pay 4 life. If they do, sacrifice Sanguinary Elemental.

Bound by the richest form of dark magic, blood elementals of all kinds hunger for sacrifice; At any cost.


Maybe they let you keep the creature because they have a Lightning Bolt in hand? So why pay the life when they can still kill it just as easily?

Wanderlust814 on Mocking Jay (Tribute) ....is painless

2 weeks ago

Was able to field test this deck last Thursday May 23rd 2019. It was as much fun to play as I had hoped. The group I played it against has made a few suggestions. Vexing Devil and Risk Factor . I would like Vexing Devil more if it had flying, or another activated ability. I think I will try it just to add some pressure. Risk Factor, I like it because it gives me another Browbeat but with Flashback (Discard and pay).

I believe I will pull Tempest Efreet as it just doesn't seem like I ever use it, and maybe 1 or 2 Lava Blister s, to see if I can make more use of the Dwarven Driller s. Not as flashy as the blister, but once they hit the field look out.

Aheb on Mogis 1V1

3 weeks ago

Thanks it's indeed a cool deck to pilot ! And I like the fact that people do not fully expect what they're running against.

Regarding your advices it's just I don't own them atm but they would of course be in the deck if I had them !

Mogis is not a mandatory turn 4 in fact I'd rather have opponents ressources already reduce before droping the god (obviously my line of plays depends on the matchups and the game)

One things that still bother me with this deck is the lack of draw and Risk Factor did not really help in this way

UpperDeckerTaco on Firebending V1.0

3 weeks ago

I like your version. It seems to be a little more controlling than mine with the bigger top end. My package is a little more burn heavy with emphasis on getting to the combo and making it stick. I can see the potential for Risk Factor , and the other cards of that sort, it is just not what my deck is attempting to do. I do like your version, and depending on where the meta goes, I may end up using your list to make some adjustments along the way. Thank you for the input. +1

BlackyMTG on MONO sUperfriends

4 weeks ago

@SynergyBuild, what’s the reasoning for cutting them? Kasmina is amazing. Card manipulation, protects herself with the wizards, the wizards she makes turns on Wizard's Retort , and her passive ability protects my other walkers. Dovin slows down pretty much any deck in the meta to help me get to late game for Commence the Endgame . Narset, Parter of Veils brings a huge hand up against any other control deck and also shuts down Risk Factor .

SufferFromEDHD on The price of Glory. (Neheb, the Eternal)

4 weeks ago

Electrodominance and Finale of Promise are great mana dump

Scour from Existence for pesky enchantments

Risk Factor low CMC for high damage or cards

Pyrohemia is excellent with Stuffy Doll which fits Neheb

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Risk Factor occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%


All decks: 0.08%


All decks: 0.38%

Red: 5.46%

Rakdos: 2.14%