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Slate Street Ruffian

Slate Street Ruffian

Creature — Human Warrior

Whenever Slate Street Ruffian becomes blocked, defending player discards a card.

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Slate Street Ruffian Discussion

ColtPale on Put your hands where I can see them

2 weeks ago

A couple cards I'm considering for my deck...

Tormented Thoughts - sac Master of the Feast after combat on T4. Your opponent will either have to drop their entire hand or will only have one or two cards left at which point you Thoughtseize . Huge bump if you have Waste Not on the board

Slate Street Ruffian - block or not, either choice is bad for them

OcelotProblems on Test Black Discard Deck

2 weeks ago

Not a fan of Black Cat since he's terrible. He could be less terrible if you have a way to kill him off like Altar's Reap or Undercity Informer , which could fill the spot currently held by Cremate . I think that would be fun to combo up with Dictate of Erebos . Better yet, replace it with something like Ashiok's Adept and then later enchant it with Ordeal of Erebos for some discard to go with that discard, Drainpipe Vermin is essentially the same card as Black Cat except you can cast it turn 1. I briefly considered Tormented Thoughts but you don't have a creature that would be beneficial to kill off at that mana cost.

Down / Dirty is a slightly more expensive Mind Rot if you are into that kind of thing. (I'm not). However, maybe you could make Mental Vapors a thing. Try it on a creature like Xathrid Slyblade for hexproof shenanigans.

Disciple of Phenax could be a defensive drop that causes discard. Slate Street Ruffian could also be a pain for them.

Balustrade Spy isn't exactly discard, but he'd combo well with Rise of the Dark Realms

I'm a huge fan of Bile Blight as a replacement for Doom Blade .

kylothian on 2014-05-15 update of Need a ...

2 months ago

yeah maybe not sure yet. also if I'm playing it the only way it'd benefit me is if i play it with Wrench Mind or Mindrot ,because then i draw two cards it replaces itself and the discard, but if i'm playing it and a Thoughtseize i only draw 1 card. which wouldn't be worth it because then it only replaced itself and i spent mana to do it when i could've just had a different card to begin with and not pay mana.

If i was playing multiple discard spells in combo with the card it would pay off ,but by the time i have the mana to do that my hand is pretty much empty.

If i modified my deck to use creatures like Slate Street Ruffian and have discard spells then it'd work very well because i could play a discard, attack, and then play it.and if the discard spell was wrench mind i'd be drawing 3 crads which is very much worth it.

thats theory though sometimes testing smacks you in the face.

shinokyofu on

3 months ago

I'm not sure Chandra's Phoenix will be doing a lot for you with only Skullcrack to bring it back. I would almost recommend a couple Flame-Wreathed Phoenix instead of a couple of Chandra's, but I'm not sure. I would also suggest Slate Street Ruffian , and maybe a Cryptborn Horror or two on sideboard. Additionally, some more burn and low drop creatures wouldn't be amiss, I don't think.

StanleyHartman on 2014-04-13 update of Nihilist (Budget)

4 months ago

Looks fun! Ravenous Rats is a black cat that doesn't have to die, and Slate Street Ruffian may have a home here as well, possibly netting multiple discards or some decent damage. There's always Thoughtseize , although it's a bit expensive real money wise. +1 from me for originality and fun factor!

Arcanis86 on Empty Hand

5 months ago

You have a mix of Mill and discard, you should concentrate in only one these!

If Shrieking Affliction is your key card I say go for discard...the 2 Jace, Memory Adept you have should be enough for a plan B win (Mill as 2nd win con). Knowing that Elixir of Immortality is stardard playable mill really should be your 2nd strategy.

Said that cards like Phenax, God of Deception, Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and Nightveil Specter (great cards by the way) are no good for discard. You should look to cards like Disciple of Phenax (works as control and discard), Lifebane Zombie (at least for sideboard), or even Slate Street Ruffian may have a chance on this...

Warmonger on 2014-02-18 update of It's Miller ...

5 months ago

Codex Shredder is great against scry. When they keep the cards they scry, Shred it. After about 2 or 3 times, they try to fool you and leave something they don't want on top, so stop for a few minutes, then go back to it. Keep them guessing.

I agree with DMRxITxUP about the consistency. Yes, you need functionality, but you should try to maximize those functions with repetition, not random variety. Anything that can make a huge difference should be maximized.

I also agree with -Logician about removing the unnecessary creature cards. Sage's Row Denizen , Slate Street Ruffian , Syndicate Enforcer , Gutter Skulk , Horror of the Dim - none of these help toward accomplishing the Mill win condition.

Max our cards like Doorkeeper to mill and Wall of Frost to stall the board. Bump up to 4x of Pilfered Plans , Psychic Strike , Tome Scour , Breaking / Entering , and Mind Grind . This gives you room for about 8 more cards to make 36 spells, giving room for 24 lands.

raca137 on

6 months ago

if Shrieking Affliction is the win condition, then we need the whole deck to focus on it.

Nighthowler is an amazing creature to put on any creature. It also works well with the discard theme.

i would drop the 2 ordeals and 2 diabolic tutors for 2 Nighthowler and 2 Slate Street Ruffian they fit better on the curve and follow the discard plan better. Nighthowler can really punish a deck that has a ton of creatures in it. Price

Low Avg High Foil
$0.03 $0.13 $0.5 $0.23
Power / Toughness 2/2
Color(s) B
Cost 2B
Converted cost 3
Avg. draft pick 8.74
Avg. cube pick 5.10


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Common