Royal Assassin


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

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Set Rarity
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare
2011 Core Set (M11) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare
Tenth Edition (10E) Rare
Ninth Edition (9ED) Rare
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Rare
Eighth Edition (8ED) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Rare
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Rare
Revised Edition (3ED) Rare
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Rare
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Rare
Collector's Edition (CED) Rare
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Rare
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Rare
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Royal Assassin

Creature — Human Assassin

: Destroy target tapped creature.

Royal Assassin Discussion

Botanicum81 on Royal Assassin Out of Retirement

6 days ago

Xica I am aware of Viridian Longbow being a superior like card, but I just like the flavor of Royal Assassin and want it in a deck.

Xica on Royal Assassin Out of Retirement

6 days ago

Well in my humble opinion Royal Assassin is a worse version of Viridian Longbow , for the following reasons:
- Its much easyer to be played around
- Its also a multi card combo, but its support cards (tap spells & effects) tend to be worse than the deatttouch creatures going along the bow which, even in the worst case present some damage.
- It sorely lacks a second playset, i mean you can play 4x Pathway Arrows as Viridian Longbow 4-8 to make the deck more consistent, you don't have that with Royal Assassin .

APPLE01DOJ on Royal Assassin Out of Retirement

6 days ago

Spellskite comes to mind, Lightning Greaves too.

I know you said you have them already but in case you don't Gigadrowse & Exhaustion .

The issue I see though, is what will your main wincon be? I think Royal Assassin on a clear board is still a bit too slow.

Botanicum81 on Royal Assassin Out of Retirement

6 days ago

RoarMaster Hidden Strings is a card I do plan to include. I am also looking for black, and possibly red cards that synergize or provide hard protection to Royal Assassin . Thank you for you reply.

Botanicum81 on Royal Assassin Out of Retirement

6 days ago

I primarily play Modern with a splash of Pauper. My preferred formats aside; I love Royal Assassin . I am very aware Royal Assassin is not a relevant in Modern, but still would love to build a deck around my all-time favorite card. I know such a deck would never reach the level of major tournament play, but I was thinking something Modern Casual or even something that might have some success at FNM. I know a lot of blue cards synergize well with Royal Assassin ’s ability (cards that allow you to tap a target creature), so the deck is definitely going to be U/B Control deck, or maybe if it is doable; a Grixis Control deck.

Any suggestions would be awesome or any links to existing decks would help. I am aware of blue tap down cards, and would like card suggestions that are “outside-the-box”.

BelugaWhale217 on In the Hands of the Fates [PRIMER]

1 week ago

You said you needed to cut some cards, so here are my suggestions.

- Chittering Rats ; I get that you can flicker it, but that effect doesn't do enough to keep it.

- Royal Assassin ; I feel as if a creatures threat goes beyond its ability to turn sideways.

- Palace Jailer ; Sure you're removing something, but the opponent whose thing you just exiled will just attack you, get their thing back, plus get the monarch. Even if they don't someone else will because they want to draw cards.

-The last one is your choice, but I would get rid of a basic land because you have a good amount of lands and mana rocks already.

PookandPie on Staring Contest: A List of Blink-Effect Cards

1 week ago

Rings of Brighthearth isn't an ETB copy device. It only copies activated abilities like Royal Assassin .

The card you're thinking of is Strionic Resonator , which copies triggered abilities.

Cereal_Killer on B/W Humans Angels

3 weeks ago

First of all, what's your budget?

Then, aren't 26 lands a bit too much?

Since you play , I'd suggest two of the best removal this colours have in modern: Path to Exile and Fatal Push , that could fit the deck instead of Anguished Unmaking , Cast Down , Grasp of Darkness , Declaration in Stone , Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim and Royal Assassin (the assassin basically does nothing: it enters at 3, it's easily removable and it's effect isn't so good cause you only destroy tapped creatures)

A good angel that could fit this deck is Restoration Angel : it's a chap mana angel, it has flash and it's ability could be used to save one of your creatures from an opponent's removal or to make another golem with Blade Splicer (which it's also a human). In my opinion it should replace Angel of Condemnation , which it's too slow and can be easily removed

Kambal, Consul of Allocation is a good card, but it should go, if you really want it, in sideboard: in some games you won't need it

Thoughtseize it's a very good card, but in only 1x it doesn't make sense. Put some more of it (or Inquisition of Kozilek , personally I'd put 2/3x of both) or cut it

Are Always Watching and Spear of Heliod worth? You win due to flying big angels, does it have sense to cast a turn 3 card that doesn't affect so much the game?

If you put in at least 3x Path to Exile and 3x Fatal Push you won't need The Eldest Reborn . It's too slow, the opponent chooses what to destroy and most of the times you'll lose before doing the third effect

Some good cards could fit here are: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Champion of the Parish (only if you make it more human tribal)

Is it only my impression that Lone Rider  Flip stands here only because it's a human and not due to it's ability? I mean, how many times would you be able to flip it?

I understand it's something funny to make if it works, but I personally don't like Bruna, the Fading Light . It increases your mana curve, can be easily removed and if opponent has something to deal with graveyard or exile things (like Rest in Peace , Relic of Progenitus , Leyline of the Void or Path to Exile ), you won't even use it's effect.

However I like Gisela, the Broken Blade , it's cheap and it has good abilities. Could it be worth leaving only her in the deck without Bruna, the Fading Light ? Well, this is up to you

Thraben Inspector it's a good card, why don't you make it a 4x?

Plansewalkers: I'm not sure about Elspeth, Sun's Champion and Sorin, Grim Nemesis , I mean, they have good abilities, but on turn 6 do you really want to cast them? The only way to see if they fit it's playtesting them

Lands: depending on your budget, Marsh Flats , Godless Shrine , Field of Ruin or Ghost Quarter , Isolated Chapel , Shambling Vent could be some ideas

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Royal Assassin occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.07%

Dimir: 0.03%

Orzhov: 0.02%

Mardu: 0.07%

Jund: 0.03%

Esper: 0.02%