Ruthless Knave


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Uncommon

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Ruthless Knave

Creature — Orc

, Sacrifice a creature: Create two colorless Treasure artifact tokens with ", Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."

Sacrifice three Treasures: Draw a card.

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Ruthless Knave Discussion

Kingleil on Token Mastery

2 days ago

@Miracluez I think that sacrifice theme does alter the trajectory of the deck; which focuses on Lich's Mastery. You will lose life, so you must make sacrifices to that card sadly. Bontu the Glorified could be interesting potentially, but when I have such a powerful minion as Torgaar, Famine Incarnate rocking my opponent without restrictions before him; the selection of Bontu is harder to justify. With sacrifices, Torgaar also comes out at 1 mana less than Bontu and hits harder. Ten points of life off my opponents starting life total, and then he's a 7/6. That does not make for an unattractive three drop, it just means his damage table is less consistent. His ability to scry one for a sacrifice, and gain a life means a potential card draw, and is handy, but I don't think that adds a permanent to the table like the Ruthless Knave which is important. The knave could also then still attack for zero mana, albeit for 2 points of damage less.

Cast Down only works on non-legendary creatures, and while it is very strong, isn't as versatile as Vraska's Contempt and does not add a token to the board like Fungal Infection. I like the spell a lot, and I think it will see tons of play. Rite of Belzenlok is a non-starter simply due to the demon it generates at the end of its cycle. While a demon is huge; the upkeep cost ruins Lich's Mastery. Bone Picker is somewhat compelling and can get in there as a flyer; and I did consider it very heavily. But, when sized against the Ravenous Chupacabra it does not compete. While the Bone Picker is a nice monster that will get in damage, that would not be his primary focus as a selection. This slot should be dedicated to removal I believe, in a body form or spell form for this deck's needs, and Ravenous Chupacabra does that. You pick a target, and it dies. The Bone Picker does this in a selective fashion and requires you to ask your opponent to be stupid enough to chump block into it, or block it, which is not likely because it flies. It is a great card, but I just wanted more direct methods of control on-demand.

Rzepkanut on Mazirek Sac-Storm: The Contraption of Life & Death

2 weeks ago

I would cut the Slum Reaper before the dog. He's Maz's best friend after all, plus the reaper has redundant copies in the 3 drop slot. I think Pox under performs unless it's played after Mazirek, so that could be an ok cut. For the last card I'm stuck between Dark Prophecy, Reprocess, and Ruthless Knave. None of those cards are really bad, so cutting one is hard for me to figure out. All three of those cards have helped me win games but have also helped me lose in different games. Personal preference and your metagame will determine this choice I think. I'm curious how it all works for you. Come back and post a message after you've played with it and let me know what you chose. Cheers.

joshw335 on Give My Life

3 weeks ago

You need to get shock lands in there first, including Godless Shrine, Sacred Foundry, and Blood Crypt. Also, put in Throne of the High City for another way to get Monarch.The Immortal Sun is a useful toolbox when you don't have planeswalkers.Your deck creates a lot of tokens, so Anointed Procession and Westvale Abbey  Flip is a good start, and Ruthless Knave can give you more mana through treasures.You then need to protect your monarchy, so creating a pillow fort using Windborn Muse+Norn's Annex+Ghostly Prison+Suppression Field. After that, Luminarch Ascension would be useful to you and Spear of Heliod can make sure your opponent loses the creature who steals the crown from you.For some control options, Chandra's Ignition+Queen Marchesa creates a board wipe, while Terminate, Anguished Unmaking, Hero's Downfall, Mortify, and Unmake provide more targetted removal. You also have some options in things such as Butcher of Malakir, Grave Pact, and Dark Prophecy because you will have creatures dying consistentlyTo make it faster, consider: Dark Ritual,Gilded Lotus, Pyramid of the Pantheon, Dowsing Dagger  Flip, and Ashnod's Altar

Shliken on

1 month ago

Sacrifice decks are great, especially when coupled with cards that have "leave the battlefield" triggers. Some cards that help maximize sacrificed are Ashnod's Altar and the Ruthless Knave. These pair well with cards like Dire Fleet Hoarder, Festering Mummy and Tattered Mummy. Cards like Supernatural Stamina keep them from actually dying, and if you consider pirates then March of the Drowned is super helpful! Good luck!

magicsheep on Bontu's Glory

1 month ago

Great deck Gregorian_17! I think it's a great deck, but with a couple of improvements it could become overpowered and fantastic. I'll try and playtest this deck a little bit, and get back to you on that.

Right now, you have a lot of advantages for your creatures dying, but I feel that you need more sacrifice outlets. It's hard to find these cards that allow you to sacrifice creatures in standard, but Defiant Salvager is probably good to have at least one of. Morbid Curiosity is also a useful draw card that can help you bring in extra value. Ruthless Knave and Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip are really useful to gain life and mana.

Unfortunately, most of the sacrifice cards are red or not in standard, and sometimes both. Either way, I think this deck can be really powerful, although consider splashing some modern cards. If you want any more advice, feedback, or card choice decisions, just contact me on my wall.

Very creative deck, definitely worth an upvote :)

Falco101 on

1 month ago

The main strategy I'd go with is generating large amounts of artifact tokens/creatures to win with either riches or crazy recursion loops with giant beaters, sacking a few myr or thopters with something like Champion of Stray Souls to bring back all your giant beasties. This is just a bunch of possible options that would help with that strategy.

Suggested Lands, don't need that many basics since you won't be fetching that many in U/B
Choked Estuary
Dismal Backwater
Jwar Isle Refuge
Cephalid Coliseum
Geier Reach Sanitarium
Myriad Landscape
Meteor Crater
Arch of Orazca

- Vedalken Engineer
- Renowned Weaponsmith
- Palladium Myr
- Springleaf Drum
- Paradise Mantle
- Mistvein Borderpost
- Lotus Blossom
- Khalni Gem
- Azor's Gateway
- Spires of Orazca

Trixy spells, aka, all your mana are belong to us
- Scattering Stroke
- Drain Power
- Spell Swindle

Remove it
- Imprisoned in the Moon
- Vial of Dragonfire
- King Macar, the Gold-Cursed
- Gild
- In Garruk's Wake
- Sundering Titan

Generate Artifacts
- Magnifying Glass
- Ruthless Knave
- Revel in Riches
- Deadeye Plunderers
- Sly Requisitioner
- Genesis Chamber
- Prototype Portal
- Golem Foundry
- Pitiless Plunderer
- Myr Sire
- Efficient Construction
- Prying Blade
- Tamiyo's Journal

Beasties that like shiny
- Gearseeker Serpent
- Chromescale Drake
- Qumulox
- Barricade Breaker
- Herald of Anguish
- Necrotic Ooze
- Kuldotha Forgemaster

Can't touch this
- Prowler's Helm
- Writ of Passage

Tag, you're dead
- Grafted Exoskeleton
- Quietus Spike
- Scytheclaw

I'm not dead yet!
- Soul of New Phyrexia
- Artisan of Kozilek
- Betrayal of Flesh
- Champion of Stray Souls
- Diabolic Servitude
- Dread Return
- Ever After
- Hell's Caretaker
- Infernal Offering
- Profane Command
- Stitch Together
- Tempt with Immortality

Draw & Filter
- Monastery Siege
- Skullclamp

xhuggels on

1 month ago

Thats always the problem hey. we start by having awesome deck ideas, then we refine it and refine it and make it better and better, just to find that 50 improvements later its just a Net-deck lol. GPG is fun though, if i was going to net-deck i probably would go for GPG myself.

havent really decided what my fnm rix deck will be yet. im still trying to make my infinite Ruthless Knave aristocrat build work, but to be honest ill probably just end up doing some aggro-midrange pirate tribal.

xhuggels on Orzhov Torment of treasures(infinite combo)

1 month ago

if you wanna make Torment of Hailfire specifically work, ive been thinking about maybe do grixis with Storm the Vault and the base treasure combo i got here. you lose the Anointed Procession, which means it wont go infinite anymore, but you may get more consistent damage out of Torment of Hailfire. This deck was actually build because of my pet peeve towards manna-sinks, and i think Ruthless Knave is as good as those get.

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