Ruthless Ripper

Ruthless Ripper

Creature — Human Assassin

Deathtouch

Morph—Reveal a black card in your hand. (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for . Turn if face up at any time for its morph cost.)

When Ruthless Ripper is turned face up, target player loses 2 life.

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Ruthless Ripper Discussion

5dollarMTG on fart tribal

7 months ago

Ruthless Ripper. +1

BLOODGUILT on Oops, all spells (almost) ***Help Needed***

9 months ago

After some research, looks like other people are using 5 lands and building around Deathmist Raptor with some of the morph cards and megamorph cards out there. Temur Charger and Ruthless Ripper seem like good options to trigger Deathmist Raptor . You could remove Fork in the Road , Sphinx of Foresight and maybe one copy of Undercity Informer . I dont think sphinx does enough for you. The game plan seems to be mull until you get one forest and land fetchs. so why bother stacking your deck for the hope of moving one land to the top? Fork in the Road just seems like the worst fetch in the deck. i can see it messing you up when you need that other land. What do you think?

Rorolith on Golgari Deathtouch

1 year ago

Gifted Aetherborn should be main, Blacklance Paragon . in place of hired poisoner, if you want it to be a 1 drop, add Ruthless Ripper or Vampire of the Dire Moon .

HalbrechtHalbrecht on Black Plague

1 year ago

Hey there! Sorry for the delay. I looked through a ton of black cards, and then have done a bit of playtesting myself. Below is the list I have been refining towards all night.

I agree with your assessment of Bloodline Keeper — awesome card! but not as good in this deck.

In my playtests, I found that I actually didn't need very much card draw. The Priest gave me a little, which was enough. So I completely removed Mask of Memory for more synergistic effects.

This list generally "goes off" turn 6 - 8 and wins straight away.



Decklist

Creature (16)

4x Blood Artist
3x Geralf's Messenger
4x Priest of Forgotten Gods
3x Qarsi Sadist
2x Undercity Informer

Enchantment (11)

4x Bitterblossom
4x Bloodchief Ascension
3x Grave Pact

Sorcery (9)

4x Beseech the Queen
4x Collective Brutality
1x Torment of Hailfire

Land (24)

24x Swamp

Maybeboard

Ruthless Ripper
Syphon Life
Smothering Abomination



Card analysis

Torment of Hailfire is an amazing finisher if you have lots of mana but are stalled out otherwise. You don't want more than 1x of it, especially since you can tutor for it if need be.

Collective Brutality proved to be one of the best additions to the deck. Early on, you can activate its third mode to help get Ascension counters. Once Ascension is activated, then its discard mode gets the Ascension trigger. It also can kill a creature, triggering all of your death synergy. It's just so flexible!

I cut Grave Pact down to 3 copies, just because it has a higher CMC and you really don't need more than 1 in play (maybe 2 if going against a deck that "goes wide"). Considering you have 4 tutors, this means you basically have 7 copies of it, so you're nearly guaranteed to be able to get it.

I like the addition of Undercity Informer , but he has no stacking effect and doesn't have to tap, so having more than one in play isn't helpful. He also feels like a mid- to late-game play, when you have the extra mana and creatures to sac them all and finish off an opponent.

Geralf's Messenger did some major work in this deck. Absolutely loved getting him. I considered even upping him to 4x. I'm not as in love with Qarsi Sadist , but I was also never disappointed to draw him, as the Exploit sac outlet provided another means to put a counter on Ascension, as well as trigger any Artists or Grave Pacts I may have in play.


Maybeboard thoughts

I was looking at Ruthless Ripper because I think it's very important to get Ascension online as quickly as possible, which means being able to make the opponent lose 2+ life during his turn, not just during yours. Currently, the only instant-speed option is Priest of Forgotten Gods (or an Undercity Informer if you have a Geralf's Messenger with no counter on it or 2+ Artists out). The Ripper provides another instant-speed option that doesn't rely on having another card out. But other than that, there's not any other synergy with the deck. I haven't playtested it, though.

I was considering Syphon Life just for its Retrace ability, which can help in mana flood situations, late game if things are stalling, etc. I haven't playtested it, but again, other than its repeatability (which gives you card advantage), it doesn't do multiple things like Collective Brutality or Qarsi Sadist does.

I would try out a 1x of Smothering Abomination just to give the deck reach if the game goes long. I like the idea of card draw that doesn't drain you life. Since many of your creature deaths will be due to sacrifice, it's almost as effective as Dark Prophecy . And while it costs 1 mana more, it also gives you another creature. Even its downside of forced sacrifice isn't that bad, since you can turn it off at any time by sac-ing itself to its own ability.

Kjartan on Murder all the Things

1 year ago

How did you end up with 4x Hired Poisoner and 0 Ruthless Ripper ?

Do you just like Hired's picture that much better, or what?

Kjartan on Murder all the Things

1 year ago

I assume this is built out of cards you owned at the time of construction, and that's why you only run 2 Murder and 2 Asphyxiate /3 Assassinate , as well as having a 2/2 split between Ruthless Ripper and Hired Poisoner .

Even so, I have to question you on some of these other choices:

Assassin's Strike seems like a terrible option. This late in the game, your opponent likely doesn't even have anything to discard, essentially making it a 6 mana sorcery removal spell.

Contract Killing also seems bad, since your only 6+ mana card is Assassin's Strike . And unless you hold a lot of cards back, those clues, with 5 lands in play, or not gonna do a whole lot.

Destroy the Evidence definitely also seems bad. Most decks don't care about losing a land this late in the game, and milling them will more than likely just help them. Since you're not a land destruction deck, nor a mill deck, I don't think you have a way of capitalizing on this card.

As for suggestions, something to deal with non-creature decks, and some overall better spells. Doesn't have to be expensive, just Duress , more Murder s, Victim of Night n' all that.

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