Smothering Tithe


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Rare

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Smothering Tithe


Whenever an opponent draws a card, that player may pay . If the player doesn't, you create a colourless Treasure artifact token with ", Sacrifice this artifact: Gain one mana of any colour."

Smothering Tithe Discussion

apex457 on white power but not the racist one

8 hours ago

You're running Near-Death Experience but no way to safely keep your life at 1, I would recommend replacing it with Smothering Tithe

Asimiir on Consult T&T

14 hours ago

jaymc1130 I've made like 10 games this weekend with the Elixir in. The fact is that in my playgroup it helped me in only 2 games. The Elixir made me win one because I was against a Oona deck and for the other game, it made me gain just enough life to stay alive and allow me to combo off.

I see why Elixir of Immortality should be in the deck over Smothering Tithe . Thanks a lot for the advice!

enpc In the first place, in my play group there was 5 Urza deck... yes yes 5.... Now there is only 1 Urza in our playgroup and I guess you're right: Trinket Mage is not needed anymore and I'll make the switch for Fabricate . Thanks!

SideBae on Oloro Life A Plenty

23 hours ago

I've always liked Oloro, Ageless Ascetic -- he was my first general.

One card I've always liked for Oloro is Zur's Weirding . With the constant life-gain from Oloro, Zur's Weirding can hold down an advantage like nothing else.

I've always thought Path to Exile is way overrated in EDH. Swords to Plowshares , which I see you've included, is better mainly because it doesn't ramp your opponents. In a format filled with people routinely doing mana-intensive things, I think you'll be better off running something like Ashes to Ashes .

Ponder , Preordain and Brainstorm are three REALLY good cards. Like Xerox decks in Vintage, in EDH it is advantageous to replace a part of your mana-base with cantrips. This allows you to dig for lands if you need them, and spells if you don't. Running these three, along with similar cheap card-draw, will allow you to run around thirty-two or so lands. Brainstorm goes from good to great if you have a high number of shuffle effects, from things like the Polluted Delta you're running. Similarly, Sleight of Hand or Serum Visions are good; they should be run only if you're already running the first three and still need more cantrips.

Similar to cantrips, card-positive draw-spells (i.e. Spells that draw more than one card) are also real good. Painful Truths , Fact or Fiction , Thirst for Knowledge , Night's Whisper , Echo of Eons and Windfall are great includes. Windfall and Echo of Eons are especially powerful if you also run Narset, Parter of Veils .

I highly suggest replacing your three-mana rocks with two-mana rocks. Chromatic Lantern , Pristine Talisman and Commander's Sphere are not as good as Talisman of Progress , Talisman of Hierarchy and Talisman of Dominance . Fellwar Stone , Mind Stone and Thought Vessel are also good two-mana rocks; Chrome Mox and Mox Diamond are good, though wildly expensive.

Ashiok, Dream Render is excellent if your format has a lot of fetch lands; it also hoses graveyard decks.

Ancient Tomb is a better Temple of the False God -- if you have access to it, you should run it. 'Enter the battlefield tapped' can be pretty not-good; while cards like Dimir Aqueduct are card advantage in that they produce more mana from the same number of lands, they aren't as good as a standard dual (at least in my opinion). Silent Clearing , City of Brass and Mana Confluence are all better than the Karoo lands. Caves of Koilos , Adarkar Wastes , Underground River , Reflecting Pool , Forbidden Orchard and Exotic Orchard are similar.

Kaya's Guile can be good, depending upon your meta. Same with Kaya, Orzhov Usurper and Rule of Law / Eidolon of Rhetoric effects.

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is REALLY good, though he is about $30 these days. Pairing him with Stasis can produce an instant win; similarly, Smothering Tithe can pair with Stasis for a similar effect.

I don't think Felidar Sovereign is very good. Typically you cast it during your main phase, and it has to last an entire turn cycle with your life total above 40 (or 38, in Oloro, if you stack your triggers right) before it will win the game. During this time, all of your opponents will be doing all they can to remove it. I think it may be easier to win with a Laboratory Maniac / Jace, Wielder of Mysteries + Demonic Consultation / Doomsday combo. Running Silence can help protect this combo.

Force of Will and Mana Drain are the gold standard in counters, though they'll cost you about the same as a used kidney. Dovin's Veto , Spell Snare , Dispel and Swan Song are all good considerations; if your meta is filled with fat creatures, Exclude can be good, too.

Search for Azcanta  Flip is a great card in control-style decks. I advise at least testing it, as well as Counterbalance .

I think you can run either Ghostly Prison or Propaganda -- I don't think both are necessary, especially since you're running Enlightened Tutor already. I advise running Ghostly Prison over Propaganda , as it doesn't die to Pyroblast / Red Elemental Blast .

It's worth replacing Evolving Wilds or Terramorphic Expanse with Prismatic Vista , if you have access to it.

Since it seems Aetherflux Reservoir is your main win condition, you may want to consider running Fabricate and Whir of Invention as tutors. If you want to go real deep, Transmute Artifact is a good card (though, also, REALLY expensive).

If you want to start cutting down on your creature-count, you can run some REAL nice stax pieces. Tainted AEther , Night of Souls' Betrayal and Overburden are good cards.

Necropotence is a good card in life-gain. Aura of Silence is just good, period.

Darksteel Mutation is good removal for an opposing commander, even if it is already indestructible. Imprisoned in the Moon is similar.

Mystic Remora is a great card, especially if you're looking for more Rhystic Study effects.

Alright -- I gotta go to bed. Good luck with the deck building!

davidsays1 on Selvala "Twiddlestorm Explorer" cEDH Primer

2 days ago

EVERYBODY PARL(T)AY that is my current decklist and its amazing for me atleast, i love seeing other selvala players. I remember the first time i played Smothering Tithe that was extremely scary for the people in the game with me lol

xaarvaxus on Heaven's Legion

3 days ago

With so many high CMC cards, you could really use a good suite of artifact ramp: Sol Ring , Worn Powerstone , Marble Diamond , etc. as well as the new white ramp staple, Smothering Tithe .

Given that little in this format stays dead, you may want to look at some more removal that exiles [and is less conditional]: Swords to Plowshares , Return to Dust , Crush Contraband plus have catch-all removal with Generous Gift as with all of these flyers, a 3/3 elephant isn't going to do much to you.

A piece of equipment you may want to consider is Moonsilver Spear . I used to use it with my angel deck but removed it because its a bit slow in getting out there but it certainly fits the theme well.

Karmic Guide fits the reanimation theme you have going.

Asimiir on Consult T&T

4 days ago

jaymc1130 I'll try that. I'll swap out Smothering Tithe to put in Elixir of Immortality . I don't know if it's a good thing or not but you made me realize that I don't have any recursion at all in the deck. So there it is.

Also, what do you think about adding a Walking Ballista to the deck? I feel like it could help me to get rid of some creatures in addition of being another mana outlet. I would take out Swords to Plowshares to put in the Walking Ballista .

ZombieCat on Avacyn's Spirit Bomb |[Primer]|

4 days ago

Hiya ejoelgregory,

I have considered Smothering Tithe and personally, I feel that it's too slow for this build and my meta. It's relying on your opponent's for mana (1 mana per turn unless they have a draw engine, per opponent that doesn't pay) and I'd rather have Gilded Lotus since I can access 3 mana immediately. If my meta becomes more draw intensive then yes, Smothering Tithe would be an auto include.

Asimiir on Consult T&T

4 days ago

Hey jaymc1130 ! About Timetwister , in really want this card soooooo bad but since it cost like 3k, i'm piling my money to get one someday...

About Copy Artifact , it is there to copy Isochron Scepter or a mana rock like Mana Vault or Mana Crypt . If I'm taking it out, what should I put in instead?

And for Smothering Tithe , it in there just because I don't own a Dark Confidant

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Smothering Tithe occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.08%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.08%

White: 0.5%

WB (Orzhov): 0.85%