Ruthless Sniper


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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Ruthless Sniper

Creature — Human Archer

Whenever you cycle or discard a card, you may pay 1. If you do, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

Ruthless Sniper Discussion

Poly_raptor on Neheb - Minotaur Discard

1 month ago

Interesting deck, I think you should go lore down the efficient discard route than the Minotaur theme.

I’d run a Smuggler's Copter and Ruthless Sniper

Maybe cut some of the common Minotaurs and replace them with some other options in your sideboard that would be more valuable? I’m not sure, I’ve been trying to build a v similar deck for a long time and have always struggled to make it click! So maybe I’m not the best to listen to!

Happy brewing

Grunyarth on Midrange Cycle

11 months ago

This deck looks sweet, I want to build it...

I love the Ruthless Snipers in the sideboard :)

bshred8 on Ultra Budget Mono Black Discard

1 year ago

Turn 5, if you don't miss a land drop, you could cycle at least one thing and return it to your hand, as well as activate Faith of the Devoted or Ruthless Sniper. That's not to mention the multiple 5-drops you have to play, so even if you don't have anything to do you should have something to do.

Raremeeet on Returning player looking for optimization ...

1 year ago

Hey guys I'm new to the forum and returning to Magic from a long break. The last set that came out before I gave it up was the Urzas set.

Anyways, out of boredom I started playing magic duels on my Xbox and then reconnected with some of my old friends who still play magic. I'd like to get a paper version of the my favorite deck from duels but am so out of touch with the game I'm not even sure what's out there. The format is pretty casual, but from what I can tell most of the decks my friends use would likely fall into modern format, but there are also some really old cards too, so im pretty flexible as far as sets I can use. Lastly I'd like to keep this fairly budget, I like the game but am not sure I'm ready to sink real money into it yet... and yes I realize that means the the liliana in the deck list has to come out.

The main thing I like about this deck is the interaction between the ruthless snipers, the various discard enablers and the madness mechanic. So I'm hoping you all could make some suggestions to take further advantage of that. I realize some cards in there aren't great but they're what i have available on the video game.

2 Cryptbreaker, 3 Ruthless Sniper, 2 Sanitarium Skeleton, 2 Lightning Axe, 3 Furyblade Vampire, 2 Call the Bloodline, 2 Macabre Waltz, 1 avacyn's judgement, 2 Distemper of the Blood, 3 Bloodmad Vampire, 1 Olivia, Mobilized for War, 4 firey temper , 1 Liliana, the Last Hope, 1 Avaricious Dragon, 2 Bloodhall Priest, 2 Merciless Javelineer, 1 Biting Rain, 1 Cut / Ribbons, 2 Horror of the Broken Lands, 1 Incorrigible Youth,

9 swamp, 9 mountain, 2 Dragonskull Summit, 2 Geier Reach Sanitarium,

smashadams83 on The Cycle of Toxicity - Hapatra EDH

1 year ago

I like that suggestion. Ill give it a try. As far as 1 mana creatures as discard outlets theres a few nice options:

Harvest Mage.



Llanowar Mentor.

Putrid Imp.

Ruthless Sniper- well not technically a discard outlet but can be abused with heavy discard/cycling

I think of all these, the imp is the most efficient.

Blargmax on -1/-1 Counters for Everyone!

1 year ago


Thank you for your suggestions! I've been thinking about adding Ruthless Sniper for a while, but now that I have Key to the City, it makes the Sniper that much better. I like the idea of Stinging Shot as a sideboard option at least.

As for Trespasser's Curse, I do have a friend at my local FNM who has a scary token deck (like, 80 humans levels of scary). I do see your point about creature deterrence, but let's play a little game of "devil's advocate": perhaps the opposite would happen, and that people with creature-based decks would be encouraged to cast creatures more often to try to overwhelm me. I might keep them in for now, but your point is completely valid and well received. Thanks again!

audiofission on -1/-1 Counters for Everyone!

1 year ago

i had a Trespasser's Curse in my zombie deck and i'm not too sure its that effective there and i think the same here. even though its a nice effect, i don't think you have enough in the deck to really keep it. All the -1-1 counters are going to deter him away from dropping guys anyway... maybe more of a sideboard.

I like trying out something related to help you with that card draw from the The Scorpion God with more counters. Maybe Stinging Shot -1-1 counters plus the added effect of cycling if they dont have fliers. Or Subtle Strike or Ruthless Sniper. idk any card to build that snake army

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