Ruric Thar, the Unbowed


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dragon's Maze (DGM) Rare

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Ruric Thar, the Unbowed

Legendary Creature — Ogre Warrior

Vigilance, reach

Ruric Thar, the Unbowed attacks each turn if able.

Whenever a player casts a noncreature spell, Ruric Thar deals 6 damage to that player.

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Ruric Thar, the Unbowed Discussion

foyle99 on Unbowed

3 days ago

Ruric Thar, the Unbowed seems like a good choice for EDH, particularly against those noncreature-heavy control decks that make me want to throw my collection out the door. Into the Roil? That's 6 damage right there, hombre.

One thing I will say is that Cavern of Souls seems oddly out of place in what is clearly not a tribal deck. You could easily substitute it for something like Reflecting Pool and get a reasonably similar mana base for about $50 fewer and put Cavern of Souls in a tribal deck where it could be more useful to you. I understand, you'd be losing the benefit of making sure your commander isn't countered, but given that you won't always be getting Cavern of Souls and you'll want to cast your commander whether you draw it or not, it doesn't seem super important. So it sort of seems to me like a slight misuse of a rather expensive card.

But, then again, I'm talking to a guy who owns Gaea's Cradle, so my views on prices may be slightly different from yours. I'm a piss-poor student and I think I may have enough disposable income to afford Cavern of Souls in 10 years. And when I do get it, it's going in the nearest tribal I can find.

Doyle345 on Card creation challenge

4 days ago

Kailani, Bender of the Rapids

Legendary Creature - Merfolk Shaman

Whenever another green creature enters the battlefield under your control, destroy target artifact or enchantment you don't control.

Whenever another blue creature enters the battlefield under your control, return target creature to it's owners hand.


Make a new Ruric Thar. Here's the old one: Ruric Thar, the Unbowed

Sgtpopnfreash on Raging Stax

2 weeks ago

Hey, R/G Omnath is straight my favorite casual commander however he really suffers against more competitive tables. As you get more competitive not only does everything get faster but creatures also get way less relevant so the lightning bolt from elemental deaths becomes less impact-full to the game. If you wanted to keep the flavor of this deck and the colors maybe try Ruric Thar, the Unbowed. He is really good against all but some of the best decks i.e Protean Hulk decks and other creature strategies but hes is such a hard stacks piece against storm and other things. If that interests you this is the competitive list that gets thrown around for Ruric Thar, the Unbowed --Ruric Thar [Competitive] - Your Heart is a Muscle it has some similarities to your list.

Kosmokatze on The Rock

2 weeks ago

Once again I managed to do some games - Once again I would be happy to know your thoughts about some cards that I will possibly test in the next weks ;)

I have found similar ongoing card draw effects like Coercive Portal and Sea Gate Wreckage very useful and I am thinking about Throne of the High City now. The fact that you don't have to introduce the monarch effect as long as you don't want to makes it interesting in my opinion. On the defensive it simply stays a colourless mana source. Against reactive control my hand is typically quite empty when I finally can resolve a threat. I lost games because of falling behind subsequent U based cantrip/card advantage. The monarch effect could possibly be good in a race to catch up.

I had mixed results with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. I made the mistake of playing Urborg in matches against UB control, Grixis control and Storm. My opponents where benefiting more of the effect and in the latter case that has lost me the game. Sometimes it helped me, but these moments have been less memorable and significant. Do you feel similar or do you have a good reason to play it?

Tasigur, the Golden Fang is very strong without question. However, in most situations he is a Tarmogoyf for one black - I used his activated ability rather infrequently when I had nothing better to do. I am thinking of Gonti, Lord of Luxury in his place. With deathtouch Gonti is also good on the defense and provides card advantage. The probability of stealing something useful is pretty high and he expands the available options. Even if he leaves the battlefield surprise awaits around the corner ;)

My results with Praetor's Grasp have been underwhelming. Against combo decks I am considering Ruric Thar, the Unbowed and splashing red (Taiga). I think I could possibly resolve Ruric Thar fast enough if I am lucky, he can be tutored and recurred with a number of effects. He is versatile as threat and an answer; aggressive and simultaneously protects with reach and vigilance. I think of testing him in place of Demon of Dark Schemes. The Demon is decent so far but in comparison I would prefer Massacre Wurm as six-drop, because his effects is one sided and can close the game imediately.

Unfortunately I have no results for Deadeye Tracker so far, but will definitely try it :)

Pieguy396 on Starting Commander for beginner

4 weeks ago

I would say a classic deck to get people started is something like Xenagos, God of Revels or Ruric Thar, the Unbowed, or the like. Play big things and turn them sideways.

Blo on Please explain rule 306.7

1 month ago

As all of this is speculative, please take it with a grain of salt, but...
It was stated somewhere that the iconic Lightning Bolt for example would be errata'd to 'target creature, player or planeswalker' along with a lot, and I mean a lot, of errata's.
It would be quite logical that everything that can target a player would be errata'd to target player or planeswalker (as long as the ability makes sense of course, planeswalkers can't discard cards i.e.).
If so, Ruric Thar, the Unbowed would still be able to do the above.

Also, lorewise, or game introduction wise (idk) we are planeswalkers already ;)

Blo on Please explain rule 306.7

1 month ago

So Rule 306.7 as I found on the internet states:
If noncombat damage would be dealt to a player by a source controlled by an opponent, that opponent may have that source deal that damage to a planeswalker the first player controls instead. This is a redirection effect (see rule 614.9) and is subject to the normal rules for ordering replacement effects (see rule 616). The opponent chooses whether to redirect the damage as the redirection effect is applied.

Basically you can always redirect your damage to your opponent's planeswalker thanks to this redirection rule effect. Ruric Thar, the Unbowed is no exception to this, because you are the controller of the damage source and thus you get to choose whether or not you want to apply the redirection effect when Ruric's trigger resolves.

jotjot on Please explain rule 306.7

1 month ago

I have Ruric Thar, the Unbowed, its my opponent' s turn. Opponent has a PW on his side of the battlefield, then he casts a non-creature spell. Ruric triggers, can the controller of ruric redirect the damage to the oppnent's PW? 306.7 PW Ruling

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