Rush of Knowledge

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 (C14) Common
Scourge (SCG) Common

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Rush of Knowledge

Sorcery

Draw cards equal to the highest converted mana cost among permanents you control.

Rush of Knowledge Discussion

Alkadron on PDH(UG) - Harold they're lesbians

2 months ago

This deck can go infinte with basically any card with the word "untap" in the text.

So: Freed from the Real , Vigean Graftmage , Galvanic Alchemist , Pestermite , and Peregrine Drake would all have to go. Without Pestermite and Drake, Ghostly Flicker and Displace are only OK cards, so you could drop them as well if you like.

Drift of Phantasms , Muddle the Mixture , Vedalken AEthermage , Expedition Map , and Merchant Scroll are the tutors you'd be dropping.

As for what to add... Whatever you want, my dude.

This deck generates the mana to go very very big. Ulamog's Crusher , Hand of Emrakul , Eldrazi Devastator are good face-beaters for big-mana decks. Oakgnarl Warrior and Krosan Tusker are pretty solid choices too. Wildheart Invoker is a good mana-sink. Rush of Knowledge is important for the go-big plan.

This deck also has the resources to go wide, if you like - you could fill the deck with small-mana value spells (evasive creatures, equipment, auras, counterspells, control), and pour your enormous piles of mana into Lore Weaver to draw into all of it.

Sky's the limit, my friend.

JuQ on Rafiq of the No Interaction

1 year ago

Hi, I have My own Rafiq deck and it actually works quite consistently (at least in my meta of kitchen table magic) Rafiq of the mostly himself.. Rafiq is an amazing commander because he needs really little help to destroy your enemies wich leaves you a lot of slots open in the deck to oil the engine of the deck. On top of that he has a really nice color identity.

I Use 39 lands which may be a bit more than enough, but at least you don't get stuck.

To pump Rafiq I focus mainly on evasion so they dont just chump-block him, Cartouche of Knowledge, Rancor, Shield of the Oversoul, Steel of the Godhead, Unquestioned Authority, Whispersilk Cloak Shroud can be a hinder but this card is just bananas.
When I find an opening or I have a counter in hand I use Might of Oaks (if he hasn't been blocked) or Enlarge to one shot a player (7+3+1)x2= 22.
All those auras you use that give Rafiq just a super big body are a bit overkill in my opinion. If you just give him +2/+0 and some evasion he will only need two attacks to kill someone. Leave you mana open and brag about all the counterspells in your hand.
Forgotten Ancient: Almost forgot about this guy. Gives no evasion, but makes anyone super big.

It looks like you are lacking serously in card draw. Card draw is crucial in Commander because you won't be able to kill and fend from all other players just with your starting seven cards. If you are the player that's drawing one card each turn then you are most likely not going to win.
Hunter's Insight will draw you 8 cards for three mana just attacking with a butt naked Rafiq that happens to be unblocked.
Hunter's Prowess is a heavier version of the previous, with a sexy +3/+3 and trample. I hope you draw the Reliquary Tower.
Snake Umbra: Up to two cards per turn and protection from death.
Pull from Tomorrow: instant braingeiser, nuff said.
Fact or Fiction, Concentrate, Secrets of the Golden City: just flat card draw with a moderate cost, gotta keep the cards comming.
Rush of Knowledge an underated spell. will get you easily four or more cards.
And seven more cards that are cantrips.

Reactions abound:
Counters: Stubborn Denial, Swan Song, Arcane Denial, Disdainful Stroke as cheap counters. Faerie Trickery, Hinder because there are stuff that you just don't want to leave in a graveyard. This spells should be Dissipate and Void Shatter instead, It's in my "to do" list. Bant Charm one of the most versatile card in the game, the three options are good.
Blossoming Defense: protection/boost, Shelter: protection/evasion, Valorous Stance: Protection/removal.

Removals, if I'm not unblockable I will open a way myself!. My phylosophy with removals is "exiling matters" if I use a card slot in a deck in a removal, I want that thing gone for sure, gone forever and not triggering anything:
Bant Charm, Selesnya Charm, Crib Swap, Reality Shift, Curse of the Swine, Valorous Stance. Also Snakeform and Polymorphist's Jest get the job done against indestructible creatures. Provoke is a pet card of me, you gotta see their faces when you meddle in combat between opponents getting one or both of the creatures dead.With the naturalize effects I also want stuff exiled, too many gods and indestructible artifacts. Sylvan Reclamation, Return to Dust, Forsake the Worldly and then those that don't ecile but are too good not to use: Acidic Slime the ooze with deathtouch is quite unwelcomming for big attackers, Qasali Pridemage too on theme with the deck, Trygon Predator reusable naturalize and can destroy two each attack.

My decks are usually low on board wipes, they are boring because they set everyone back, you included. They are only a last resort for me, it works better for me removal of strategic targets but I still run three of them Cyclonic Rift as you, AEtherspouts set one player back to stone age and he'll become the punching bag of the table, Tragic Arrogance board wipe that you lets your main guy live and the worst creature of your opponents.
I have a card slot in the deck (I think I lost a card somewhere), one of the cards I may put is Cataclysmic Gearhulk

For big final play I don't need more than Finest Hour (same as you, no brainer for the deck), Medomai the Ageless to play three turns in a row every time until they kill it.

What I think you are doing wrong:
Yes, you land count is low, it is not 35 but even lower: Maze of Ith doesn't give you mana and Serra's Sanctum in your opening hand wont give you mana either. Then you have the three fetchlands that will take another land from the deck you may need to draw later. The moment you play first time Rafiq everybody will have have their hand overflowing with removals and there will be fewer targets more deserving of removal than him, it will take you forever to get back on your toes.

You lack awfully on card draw, you only have Rhystic Study, Betrayal, Enchantress's Presence, I you don't happen to draw one of them or they get detroyed, the deck will lag and you will lose. In a blue and green deck is a crime to be low on card draw, you need many cards to be sure you get to draw some of then and then they will call to each other, the more you draw the more draw cards you'll get to keep the drawing going. About ten to fifteen cards to draw is a nice number. If you put too many you will find yourself drawing only draw spells, not good either.Rhystic Study is a great card, works on its own and in the worst case slows your opponents, keep it.
Betrayal unless you find a card with a crazy ability that may get abused untapping several times, this card is a bit weak, It's better in a control deck that is already tapping the opponents' creatures.
Enchantress's Presence You have to make up your mind, is this an enchantress deck? because if it is you better be including all the enchantress (Argothian Enchantress, Femeref Enchantress,Mesa Enchantress and Verduran Enchantress) Eidolon of Blossoms, Kor Spiritdancer, Sram, Senior Edificer, and swap several of the cards for enchantments that do something similar (I.E. mana rocks for land auras like Wild Growth). Then you will have a decent card engine.

Eldrazi Conscription big flashy card that's more than Rafiq actually needs, it will be a dead card in your hand until you finally get some way to cheat it to the battlefield. You may at one point be able to cast it but you will run out of mana and expose yourself to removals. You could wait until you have 10 mana, but do you really want to? I would take it out of the deck unless I could consistently cheat it to the battlefield (like having Bruna as commander).

Flickerform Tried this card a lot of times, 90% of the times you won't have four mana available when you need it, that's a lot. also it gives nothing else to Rafiq.

Ghostly Prison and Propaganda: You said you want to kill your oponents as soon as posible, yet you keep building a pillow fort around you. Make up your mind!

Tooth and Nail: The same, you say you want to push voltron to the limits, but you can't help but including the nine mana cost spell that puts the combo in the battlefield.
The point of having a voltron commander is that he is the win condition.

Your deck want's to be too many things (a voltron deck, an enchantress deck, a control-combo deck), but at the end of the day is none. Try to focus on your game plan, you can't just fill a deck with good stuff and expect it to work consistently.

Thing2 on The Locust God

1 year ago

This deck looks like a wild ride! For the most part it looks like you just need to hit 6 mana and it will go off the chain.

Cuts:

Coat of Arms - You have more win conditions in this deck then I can count, this one is more dangerous than the others.

Forgotten Creation - This doesn't net you cards and is likely to die before it does any good. I would stick to out of hand wheels.

Jace's Archivist - Same as above but I think this one is worse since it has the potential to hook up other players.

Nin, the Pain Artist - You might have to explain this one to me? Are you drawing off your own creatures? Seems slow.

Evolving Wilds, Myriad Landscape, Terramorphic Expanse, Thawing Glaciers

I think you want a fast land package here and very few to 0 come into play tapped lands. Once you start wheeling you will just be looking for a land that comes into play untapped and then wheel again...At least that's how I imagine this deck working.

Fateful Showdown - Doesn't net you cards, doesn't kill that many threats without a lot of cards and its 4 mana.

Blood Sun - The reason Blood Moon and Back to Basics are so good is because they stop people from playing cards. This just stops certain threats like Kor Haven and Maze. This deck seems to just want to win rather than police the board.

Firestorm - This card seems dangerous and the upside not that good. It needs enough legal targets so unless the board is full of targets and you have a ton of cards AND you are sure no one has a counter up...

Add:

I spent less time on looking at adds as I am sure you have some in mind already but here are a few that I would consider.

Mirage Mirror - Nuf said.

Knowledge Exploitation - Its whatever you need.

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth - Prevent yourself from milling yourself! I know you have the spiral and reversal but this is a good fail safe..also I wouldn't worry about not having targets for Pull from the Deep and others, it seems like that will never be a problem for this deck.

Solemn Simulacrum & Burnished Hart - I think these both deserve a spot. Getting to 6 mana as fast as possible seems very important.

Neheb, the Eternal - Card is dumb.

Glen Elendra Archmage - I used to not play with this card cause I thought it was annoyingly good...I was right.

Omniscience - This deck is already broken.. might as well.

Recurring Insight & Rush of Knowledge - Regular card draw is good too!

Propaganda - This one might need to be added to the deck later when our group starts killing you as soon as possible =).

Spell Swindle - My favorite counter spell.

Thespian's Stage - Copying someones Gaea's Cradle seems good.

NoSoyYucateco on More Cards, More Fun

1 year ago

Nice deck. I think your issue lies in your mana base a bit.

I would add more low-CMC ramp cards to help you push out more lands in the early game. You have access to green, so I would swap out some of these artifacts for that. There's nothing wore than losing your ramp after a Cyclonic Rift or Planar Cleansing. Think about Cultivate and Kodama's Reach, which are excellent in 3-color decks. Farseek, Rampant Growth, and Sakura-Tribe Elder should also be included. Generally speaking, these are among the best turn 2 plays you can make as a green player. Tweak your basics to include more forests to help ensure you have the right colors to play these early, and then grab your mountains and islands with them.

Next, I'd look at some of the cards at the higher end of your mana curve and cut them for cheaper draw spells. Warstorm Surge doesn't actually have that much synergy here. It costs a lot to drop it, and does nothing until you can pump out more creatures. I'd take Faithless Looting over it.

Vicious Shadows is also a bit underwhelming for the mana you're investing in it. There are too many variables for it to be consistent, and if I am going to pay 7 mana for something, it better do exactly what I need it to, immediately. Swap it for Careful Study.

Panharmonicon very rarely does anything for you in this deck. It's much more effective in Riku of Two Reflections or other decks that are keenly focused on ETB triggers, which yours is not. Swap it for a big draw spell, like Recurring Insight (which is amazing with Kydele), Rush of Knowledge, or Tidings.

Lastly, I'd take out these cards and replace them with basic lands, because 31 lands isn't enough:

Favorable Winds, Spontaneous Generation, Enigma Drake, Jace's Phantasm, Imperious Perfect

These cards either have very little synergy, don't do enough for what you are paying for them, or are too conditional.

Anyway, sorry for the novel. I really think if you make these changes, you'll speed up the deck and make it a lot more consistent. I hope this helps!

Mave on Tropical Island Fun

1 year ago

I think that sacrificing your creatures with a dying trigger is a nice approach but the other ones are more for reanimation. You won't get Eldrazi Devastator or Ulamog's Crusher out in any deck with a similar theme as a competetive one. Even against casual bogle it would easily lose.

Maybe you could abuse the ability to get the emerger out early in the game like playing 3-4x Dispersal Shield, 1-2 Rush of Knowledge and maybe but just maybe 1-2 Accelerated Mutation

If you play green you have to use at least some destroy all enchantment cards in the sideboard and something that deals damage to each flying creature (against faeries). Maybe Echoing Truth against token?

If you want to try agains some not that competetive Deck you can play against one of these: Arcane Dredge Burn, Pauper Merfolk GU Aggro or Thoughtpicker Magemark Control

Jund_Machinist on Jhoira wip

1 year ago

Draw: Ponder Preordain Wheel of Fortune Rhystic Study Mystic Remora Serum Visions Impulse Mystical Tutor Rush of Knowledge Recurring Insight

Removal: Spell Pierce Memory Lapse Arcane Denial Dispel Delay Misdirection Mana Leak Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Cyclonic Rift

Mana Rocks: Lotus Petal Mana Vault Chrome Mox Coalition Relic Grim Monolith Basalt Monolith Mox Diamond Prismatic Lens Mana Crypt

The only creatures I see that I like are Ulamog the ceaseless hunger, artisan of kozilek, conduit of ruin, void winnower, stormtide leviathan, rift elemental, kederekt leviathan, it that betrays and the time counter dudes. You probably want more impactful giant things with ETB's preferably.

Jund_Machinist on Jhoira wip

1 year ago

Draw: Ponder Preordain Wheel of Fortune Rhystic Study Mystic Remora Serum Visions Impulse Mystical Tutor Rush of Knowledge Recurring Insight

Removal: Spell Pierce Memory Lapse Arcane Denial Dispel Delay Misdirection Mana Leak Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Cyclonic Rift

Mana Rocks: Lotus Petal Mana Vault Chrome Mox Coalition Relic Grim Monolith Basalt Monolith Mox Diamond Prismatic Lens Mana Crypt

The only creatures I see that I like are Ulamog the ceaseless hunger, artisan of kozilek, conduit of ruin, void winnower, stormtide leviathan, rift elemental, kederekt leviathan, it that betrays and the time counter dudes. You probably want more impactful giant things with ETB's preferably.

ClockworkSwordfish on Home Alone: The Braids Edition

1 year ago

Don't forget that Artisan of Kozilek, Oblivion Sower and the other various eldrazi won't trigger their "when you cast" abilities when Braids puts them into play. You might feel they're big enough to be worth it anyway, but you might also want to replace some (particularly the sower!) with something like Darksteel Colossus, Blightsteel Colossus and/or Quicksilver Gargantuan. I also feel like this is the type of deck that could easily make use of Rush of Knowledge!

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