Ruthless Sniper

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander 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.

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Ruthless Sniper Discussion

bshred8 on Ultra Budget Mono Black Discard

1 month 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 ...

2 months 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

3 months 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.

Greenseeker.

Cryptbreaker.

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!

5 months ago

audiofission,

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!

5 months 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

billium813 on

7 months ago

Hour of Glory is strictly better than Final Reward here I think. Also, still budget.

Ifnir Deadlands or 1-2 Grasping Dunes may be some nice utility lands to add.

Ruthless Sniper is really good if you can get a cycle/discard theme going. If you do want to go this route, Desert of the Glorified and Key to the City may not be so bad. It helps Archfiend of Ifnir as well.

Enganeer on -1/-1 Scorpion God Deck

8 months ago

Correction, you just accounted for all that... nice!

May I suggest Ruthless Sniper, you might have already though about him, but he definitely fits your theme and gives you a solid 1 drop. He also gives you a second interaction with discard/cycle, cause otherwise you're relying a Ifnir alone.

Second thought, I might suggest Merciless Javelineer, as he offers evasion, provides discard, and throws down counters at the enemy. He is however, a 4 drop and is red. Just a thought.

razelfark on Black/White

8 months ago

Cards I would try to remove from deck because you either lack cards to support them or are just on the weak side:

Embraal Bruiser: lack of artifacts

Graceful Cat: not very strong for its mana cost

Mummy Paramount: lack of zombies to trigger effect

Ruthless Sniper: lack of cycling cards to trigger

Queen's Bay Soldier: there is a white 2 drop that is the same thing but has lifelink (Bishop's Soldier). Would use that over this.

Anointer Priest: not enough token spawning cards. Would maybe keep if you play a set of Oketra's Monument.

Liliana's Defeat: strong vs black, but best not to run cards like this in a mainboard because you never know if your match up will make use of this card from the start.

Getting more of Gifted Aetherborn would help a lot likely.

If possible you may want to also use Walk the Plank unless your friends are playing merfolks.

Hope these suggestions are helpful. Tried to make suggestions that would not brake the bank. Its a nice deck you have there for making it out of a builders kit.

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