Staff of Nin


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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 Rare
Magic 2013 Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Staff of Nin


At the beginning of your upkeep, draw a card.

: Staff of Nin deals one damage to target creature or player.

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Staff of Nin Discussion

PartyJ on Artifact Lifegain Sydri, Galvanic Genius

1 week ago

Hi Cabri,

I would recommend the following cards:

I think these additions will improve your build.

If you have other question, let me know!


SimicEDHbro on Hammer Smashed Face • Saskia Dragons

1 week ago

An overwhelming majority of your creature cards has a high mana cost, you may want to look at ways to cheat them out. I can think of Quicksilver Amulet, Selvala's Stampede, Lurking Predators, Elvish Piper, Kaalia of the Vast, Summoning Trap, Descendants' Path.

Also, since your running tribal you may want to look at cards like Cover of Darkness, Steely Resolve, and Coat of Arms.

I would also throw in some draw power as well, a Harmonize, Staff of Nin, and Mind's Eye would do quite nicely. Those are draw engines that have always worked really well for in my decks.

I don't see the point of running Primal Surge if your entire deck isn't going to be permanents, but you do you. If you want to keep the deck budget than Zendikar Resurgent is a cheap mana doubler and draw engine. As a Saskia player myself, I like any Saskia deck that I see that isn't the meta aggro or token spam, so I hope you have good luck getting this deck to where it needs to be. Peace brother!

greyninja on Amonkhet Spoilers and Speculation.

2 weeks ago

So the card that has my EDH gears whirring is Bounty of the Luxa

I keep weighing it against other cards. Take Thran Dynamo: they both add three mana with a cmc of four. Pro: BotL adds colors. Huge con: you can't choose when to activate/add that mana. Also Thran dynamo can go in any deck since it's colorless; so what's to say you can't run both in a u/g/x deck?

Frontier Siege is another comparable card. Great budget option for decks like Omnath, Locus of Mana and Kruphix, God of Horizons since the mana is never wasted. Can't say I see it much on the field though

Let's look at the draw ability. Consistent draw like say Phyrexian Arena, Howling Mine, Honden of Seeing Winds, Well of Ideas, Staff of Nin etc all either have a higher cmc or a drawback (pun intended).

There's a TON of draw power at or near four cmc. Rhystic Study, Font of Mythos, Well of Lost Dreams, Erebos, God of the Dead, the list goes on

Obviously another downside is again you can't choose to draw over adding mana. Unless of course you have a consistent way to remove the counter

Honestly I'd take either ability in my Rashmi deck. I'm hoping it'll draw me into gas one turn, and the next help me drop bombs or save other mana sources open for countermagic

Anyone else have any thoughts on the card? Am I wasting energy on a bulk rare or will it be a rockstar?

No real spoilers on the weekend so we have to discuss what we got haha

SageOfStone on Selvala competitive-ish

2 weeks ago

Oh, yeah it does seem like it would be pretty good to be on mono green when the generic ramp is banned.

I could see you taking advantage of the lack of artifact ramp and just play a bunch of land destruction. Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Terastodon, Acidic Slime, Woodfall Primus. And then just have a way to deal with dorks. Polukranos, World Eater is really good at eating up 1 toughness dudes. Staff of Nin can also do it and draw you cards. If they're unbanned via the rules of your LGS, try out Sundering Titan and Sylvan Primordial.

Are the Eldrazi banned in your LGS? Because both Kozileks and both Ulamogs seem like perfect fits here. I also notice that you don't have Regal Force, which is like the best creature in green.

I highly recommend perusing that ChiDH link, because my friend's Omnath deck is no joke. Its like 10 months outdated, but its still pretty ferocious. He's done very well with it in several tournaments. Remember to add -1 to the link to pull up the proper list though. The linked list is like from when we started playing EDH.

KingMathoro on Thalia lock em up!

2 weeks ago

The pleasure is all mine RedStanley

First off, I like what you got going on so let's build on that. First, I would either add Wrath of God or replace Day of Judgment with it, purely because the dis-allowance of regeneration. Other board wipes that are viable are Fumigate, Akroma's Vengeance, Planar Cleansing, Descend upon the Sinful, Rout, Austere Command and Mass Calcify Secondly you have a lot of creatures and there is a new card coming out called Oketra's Monument which is great for this style of deck. Moving onto your protection, Aegis of the Gods is great and all but Leyline of Sanctity and Witchbane Orb are also nice and can give you extra protection. Along with a card called Personal Sanctuary you will be safe from bolts and what have you. Another card you may want to consider is Crawlspace or Silent Arbiter to help prolong your life. Next we need to focus on alternate win cons, because let's face it sometimes you can't beat face. I recommend adding Helm of Obedience because it combos with Rest in Peace allowing you to mill someone out. The next alternate win con will be Sun Titan, Blasting Station, and Angelic Renewal which creates an infinite loop of sorts. Now for beating face I recommend getting some more anthem effects, things like Always Watching , Cathars' Crusade(maybe), and mayhaps an Akroma's Memorial. I know that I am recommending a lot of non-creature stuff but it works with that you are doing. However there are some creatures that I can recommend, that can help you pull out a creature based win, those being Odric, Lunarch Marshal,, Eidolon of Rhetoric Angelic Skirmisher, Suture Priest, Windborn Muse, Odric, Master Tactician, these guys awesome. Also while mentioning creatures, there are some that seem very under-performing, such as Thalia's Lieutenant and Champion of the Parish, while you have around 60 some odd percent of creatures that are humans you still have the 40% that's not. For money cards I would look for things like Mana Crypt and what have you, things to help you ramp up. Also as I am sure you are aware, mono-white and card draw don't exist really. Which is why I like Staff of Nin and also Mind's Eye and also for some tutoring Ring of Three Wishes they are all helpful in that regard. On that thought as well, it just occurred to me that the combination of Land Tax and Scroll Rack is almost unparalelled for mono white. I would also recommend a fetchland or two, this is becuase they give you the ability to shuffle your deck for a reasonable cost which is nice. Looking at your maybeboard now I really like Pearl Medallion, Weathered Wayfarer, and also the Mark of Asylum. Those are all nice. Speaking of the Asylum, a card that works well with that is Dolmen Gate making the only way that your creatures receive damage is through blocking. OK... I think I am done. I apologize for the long response but I hope this gave you some thoughts.

Daedalus19876 on *RETIRED* The Trial of Zeal: Hazoret EDH

2 weeks ago

Casey4321: I might include Ensnaring Bridge anyway. It's just such a good card...

Delta-117: Ooh, I'll look into Geier Reach Sanitarium! I really should put in Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle as well. The rest of your suggestions are very helpful, and I think most of them will make it into my next draft, thanks!

Workman4137: Thanks for the comment! Unfortunately, I don't think I have enough targeted spells that I want to copy to my own creatures (I don't want to Lightning Bolt everything lol). But I do have a deck centered around Zada herself, if you want to take a look! :) Red Scare: Zada EDH | *PRIMER*

Phaetion: Ooh, got a list? Someone suggested that I put in more artifacts and abuse them with Daretti, Scrap Savant, Goblin Welder, etc, so I might include Staff of Nin and Mind's Eye to do that. Firestorm is in here (and an amazing card it is!) but I'll find a slot for some spellshapers :) Thanks for your comment! You're always welcome to leave a +1 if you like the deck ;)

Dredge4life: Ooh! I didn't think of lifelink with her. I could see that working pretty well. Thanks!

Zimmers_0: I know, she's hard to work with :/ On the other hand, it's oddly freeing to gleefully dump your whole hand to Nahiri's Wrath without a second thought! Haha. Thanks for the comment and upvote!

Phaetion on *RETIRED* The Trial of Zeal: Hazoret EDH

2 weeks ago

I built Hazoret yesterday, and here's my thoughts:

You need a special balance between card draw (to have fuel for Hazoret's ability) and getting her online.

Card Draw: You'll want to keep the number of cards in hand low enough to meet the criteria. Steady draw power like Staff of Nin and Mind's Eye are good here.

Discard: I can think of some you aren't using here, such as Firestorm and Hammer Mage. The Red spellshapers like Seismic Mage are also good.

And, for bonus points, Squee, Goblin Nabob. He needs no introduction.

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