Rocky Tar Pit

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Zendikar vs Eldrazi (DDP) Uncommon
Vintage Masters (VMA) Uncommon
Mirage (MIR) Uncommon

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Rocky Tar Pit

Land

Rocky Tar Pit enters the battlefield tapped.

, Sacrifice Rocky Tar Pit: Search your library for a Swamp or Mountain card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

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Rocky Tar Pit Discussion

ShreddedByCrows on Mathas EDH - A Real Pain in the Neck (Get it?)

5 days ago

SenseiRamen Mathas, Fiend Seeker has the ability to be a fabulous political commander, I love your idea there and would definitely give it a try!

Your curve is generally correct, but I feel there are a few things you can change to optimize your deck (and I'll avoid expensive suggestions, in order to keep it affordable, suiting your budget). First of all, you could consider running two more lands (Mathas surely is a cheap commander but it better suits a more controlish game plan. I would prefer to run 36 lands in this purpose. I recommend you to give a look at the Rocky Tar Pit (it's basically a budget fetchland) and Myriad Landscape. The new Field of Ruin might interest you as it's a great political tool. Forbidden Orchard also is nice and affordable. Smoldering Marshand Canyon Slough are not that expensive and can help you stabilize your mana pool. And, only if it fits your budget issues, both Blood Crypt and Godless Shrine are good investments.

The Planar Bridge, even if it's a great card on its own, doesn't really match with your objectives. It's slow and will take too much time to be effective. If the ''tutor'' effect was what you were searching when you put this one into your deck, I suggest you some cards as Increasing Ambition or (a slow but more versatile card) Ring of Three Wishes.

An idea I find interesting with Mathas will concern the addition of a sacrifice outlet. With cards like a Skullclamp and a Bloodghast (I know, it's not a budget card actually, but you can find it for something like 10 euros now that it has been reprinted - if you're looking for a budget version, you can run the Reassembling Skeleton / Endless Cockroaches), it provides you an excellent card advantage, with cards like Ashnod's Altar / Phyrexian Altar it gives you the necessary resources for the late game. Not to say that the red colour also gives you access to tons of cards which allows you to take the control of your opponents' creatures for one turn (Captivating Crew for example)! Alongside the altars, those cards could enable you to kill the creatures you put a bounty counter onto and so you will gain the reward and gets nice value while slowing your opponents. It may require some testing time but it seems pretty decent.In control options, you have Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos and Attrition that could get the job done.

Tetzimoc, Primal Death seems really good here, and I'm glad someone finally decided to give it a try! With a Cloudstone Curio, you can bounce it back to your hand and restart clearing the board as much as you want, but you will have to think about adding other valuable etb effects and recursion's cards like Phyrexian Reclamation.

For more ''prison'' effects, there is the Windborn Muse and the brand new Baird, Steward of Argive.

Sheoldred, Whispering One is not a cheap card, but feels like a staple for your strategy and your deckbuilding.

You may give a try to Revel in Riches, but it's a greedy card. It has proved to be better than Black Market for me. In a tricolourous deck like yours, I will definetly play it.

You need more control tools. Hero's Downfall, Phyrexian Purge, Dreadbore, Orzhov Charm, etc. are great ones.

There is a lot of cards in your actual deck build that don't feel like a good idea since they just don't match with any strategy. Let's start with the Hoarding Dragon. It's a slow tutor and I can understand why you choose to play it, but it doesn't feel like a good idea. Jaya Ballard, Task Mage : the hate cards are bad because they often feel too situational and becomes dead cards. Even if Jaya provides you other options than the hate the blue guy one, she stays bad in comparison with other cards you could play (not saying that about expensive cards - even for a budget deck, she's just bad - cut it). Kulrath Knight doesn't do much in your deck... I mean... it's not such a bad card but come on, you want to pay 5 mana on something else than just a flying lil' body with wither. Kozilek, the Great Distortion is a great card, but it feels too slow here as you don't play anything to ramp, and, more important for your deck, it doesn't match with anything. If you absolutely want some eldrazi there, so add in some ramp cards and play Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, it will be much more efficient and synergize better with what you want to accomplish. Only 10 enchantments is not enough to get value from your Mesa Enchantress. Tariel, Reckoner of Souls is slow and doesn't do much. Shunt feels too situational. Righteous War is far from being interesting here, you will always prefer having Swiftfoot Boots over them... and I don't even know if you need those boots... no, I'm pretty sure you're fine without. Celestial Dawn doesn't do much and you will most of the time pay 3 to do nothing...which is bad.

A few suggestions :

  • Endless Whispers could be funny and fits very well the political theme!

  • Afterlife is a control tool which also left your opponent with a creature, it's nice not to make enemies.

  • Descent of the Dragons another control tool leaving your opponents with creatures. If your prison theme is strong enough, this card could be a staple as it puts 4-4 flying. Your opponents will slowly kill each other.

  • Disrupt Decorum mad flavorful card for a mad Mathas dude.

  • Besmirch not the best card ever, but could be interesting there.

  • Mogg Infestation lul

  • Chaos Warp doesn't kill your target, but it's still a really good and versatile answer.

  • Sarkhan the Mad look at the -2! (you will need a lot more protections if you go for it though, and chose to go for a lower curve (which is not such a bad idea btw))

  • Painful Quandary just a powerful and annoying control card - beware, it often attracts a lot of hate.

  • Solemn Simulacrum helps you to stabilize your mana base and gives you card draw.

I hope it would help you! Good luck with the deckbuilding and keep up the good work. :)

n0bunga on Rise of the Praetors

2 weeks ago

Not so much a suggestion as something to consider, BUT, if you're looking to fix your mana on a budget, the Mirage Fetches work wonders (and grab your shocks, too!)

Bad River, Grasslands, Flood Plain, Rocky Tar Pit, Mountain Valley. Sadly the last two only get one of your colours, but Krosan Verge gets you an Overgrown Tomb and Hallowed Fountain for example, despite needing to activate.

Izu_Korasu on Vampiric Flood

6 months ago

ive never been a fan of storage lands, maybe Rocky Tar Pit as an additional on-color fetchland?

also Cabal Coffers seems borderline unplayable without Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth (maybe instead of Vault of Whispers)

also Rakish Heir, Indulgent Aristocrat and Mephidross Vampire seem like solid counter lords for the deck, while Gatekeeper of Malakir and Viscera Seer seem like reasonable utility (also Skullclamp)

Randomsome1 on Ez-Summon Dragon *Budget Upgrade Suggestions*

6 months ago

If you're interested, there are cheaper fetchlands from Mirage: Grasslands, Rocky Tar Pit, Mountain Valley, Bad River. For a deck that runs White and Green Krosan Verge is amazing! The Panoramas are decent fetchlands too. The Bouncelands are also a good budget option for filterlands, and have synergy with resetting your Vividlands. The Lairs from Planeshift synergize with Vividlands too. The Guildgates and Lifelands are pretty good cheap duel land subs too.

For more in depth on your options there is a great website called Manabasecrafter.com. Pick your commander and ALL the possible lands are organized and listed for you. Unfortunately, the site does not show prices, so you need to look those up separately.

LVL_666 on Edgar Markov EDH Prototype

7 months ago

So, I picked up the Edgar Markov deck the very day it came out. I keep mine stock, and it's a beast. The deck functions incredibly well out the box. I see that you've decided to pursue some of the new vamps released in Ixalan. Good choice. I see you've definitely done your EDHREC research lol.

I understand you're on a budget, so there's at least one more fetchland you could use: Rocky Tar Pit. What sucks is that the set is incomplete :( so you don't have any more options past that from the Mirage Fetchlands. Your deck is incredibly tribal, so Coat of Arms could be useful. But if you're facing another tribal deck, then it could also backfire. Maybe going the route of ramp could be useful? I see you have some EDH staples, but you don't have Coalition Relic or Chromatic Lantern. They're not too expensive, are they? If they're not within your budget, you could also go with the Boros and/or Rakdos Signets.

The deck itself looks like a very solid build, and definitely a real contender at the table. The only improvements I think that could be made are in the manabase and rocks you include. Solid build though, it gets a +1 from me!

mollycat on HELP ME PLZ

7 months ago

Ok ok so, i have a commander deck with Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund as the commander. The deck itself has functioned pretty well up until recently, i have been getting completely rekt early game. Do keep in mind i have not been playing long and do not have a great understanding of cards or of a good build, in fact this is the first deck i have ever built. All i really need help with is early game because dinos have been destroying me as of late. The deck is built as follows:i have no clue what im doing dragons

Attack_of_Mogis on The Ur Dragon's Raging Rainbow Party Friends

7 months ago

New mana base looks pretty awesome. I have some recommendations though. The enemy fetches are expensive, but the Mirage slow fetches aren't. (Bad River, Rocky Tar Pit, Mountain Valley, Flood Plain, and Grasslands). I know that Prof over at Tolarian Community College recommends 10 fetches, so you could try those.

I still don't like Crucible of the Spirit Dragon, but that's because I was losing badly, and I had a chance to hang on if I drew any land that could produce colored mana the turn that it came down. Crucible is a pain to use. I would replace it with something else. Personally, I feel lands like those belong more in an Atraxa deck.

Also, have you thought of Sarkhan Unbroken yet? Even if you can't ultimate him, you still get mana fixing, card draw, and Dragon tokens.

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