Sygg, River Cutthroat


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

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Set Rarity
Shadowmoor (SHM) Rare

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Sygg, River Cutthroat

Legendary Creature — Merfolk Rogue

At end of turn, if an opponent lost 3 or more life this turn, you may draw a card. (Damage causes loss of life.)

Sygg, River Cutthroat Discussion

PhyrexianGameplay on Sisay Citadel

2 days ago

also, what do you think about Rhys the Redeemed , and Sygg, River Cutthroat ?

HashMasta on Naughty Rogue Party

2 months ago

If i were you, i would get rid of the banneret. its got some value dont get me wrong but everything already costs like 2 or 3. if you swap it for Slither Blade or Vampire Cutthroat then you wouldnt really need it.

personally i would run Countersquall of like a 2 main and 2 in side but thats mainly cause my meta has like 80% either esper or jeskai control bullshit.

and i would do Remand over mana leak cause its more card draw. and would also do Lurking Informant . Its basically a lantern control variant that is absolutely devastating if used right.

also personally i would do Dismember over go for the throat but hey theres like 4 different options just kinda depends what you like

Sygg, River Cutthroat is a pretty good card to that allows more card draw easily. Rogues have some of the best card draw that you can get aside from merfolk and is a really underrated tribe but really good.

Grimoire Thief is also a really good card if you looking for a more midrange option instead of aggro but even if it is aggro would atleast run some in the side just incase.

thom-le on Doomsday Plot (Lazav)

2 months ago

Hello, thanks for your comment. To answer your questions I refer to this deck's control strategy, which has to follow a specific deck building. The main thing in playing this theme is not to be aggressive, but instead be constantly waiting for the best moment to act and react. To have a chance of winning the player has to look for

  • Safety
  • Card draw

The safety part is threat assessment. Avoid attackings that low the life total is necessary. For this case I play Phyrexian Obliterator , normally this stops many direct combat damage (because nobody wants to sacrifice permanents). I like this card, because it's cheap (on mana costs) and its a creature (which is important for my commander Lazav, the Multifarious ). It is also a psychological adventage to have this card on the battlefield.

This deck has actually only 16 (!) creatures included. So playing this deck means, you have to make sure, that no big army swings againt you. There are some options for me: Reducing possible creatures by a Stax-strategy (with cards like Pendrell Mists , Static Orb or the already included Tainted AEther ) and to make sure that there won't be a big combat step (with Silent Arbiter , which is also a creature. Ensnaring Bridge is very flexible and therefor included, Propaganda would also work well). In the end it's important to avoid hate against this deck. Otherwise the builded safety is in danger.

The second point is card draw and searching cards. On the first sight Sygg, River Cutthroat may not be the greatest card with beeing only a 1/3. But the card adventage comes silent. You are drawing cards, when the opponents hit each other as well as when your creatures deal (3 or more) damage. For a control deck card adventage is important, because of having answers in the hand. It's pretty a shame if someone is going to play a Craterhoof Behemoth for a swing or some opponent wants to combo off and you can't counter that specific spell.

Control Strategy doesn't mean to counter everything. It says that you have to have the best reaction on the right time. Last card here is Maralen of the Mornsong . The intention is that this card is in the graveyard. Only on the endstep before your turn you change Lazav, the Multifarious into this card for searching your library for a specific card (maybe for a Damnation or Cyclonic Rift ).

I chose to take away the combo-side of this commander. There are so many decks around to play this Johnny/Jenny-strategy, but I prefer the control theme.

ShutUpMokuba on Understimated Commanders

3 months ago

Hello everyone,

Being the underdog in a commander game is an advantage because the opponents focus more on other players giving you the time to build up your strategy. Who are your favourite commanders that everyone understimated the first time you've used them?

Mine was Sygg, River Cutthroat .. Being a fan of the Professor i wanted to give him a try, as he suggested, and the result was great. Everyone laughed at my commander, no one cared about me untill they realized they had basically lost..

ZendikariWol on Your Signature Spellbook

3 months ago

Okay 1) make Athreos, God of Passage the commander. Then you can play Edgewalker and FREE APOSTLES!!!

Now, my spellbook?

Forced Adaptation : through my time as a magic player, I have been... well, forced to adapt. For my first several years, the only people I had to play with were markedly wealthier than I and knew more about the game, having played with players of a level I did not have access to. I had to get tricky to stand a chance, and tricky I got! Not only that, but counters is one of my favorite archetypes to play, and I have built many a variant over the years (I think 5-8 just on my account), as you’ll see is consistent with several strategies down the line.

Meren of Clan Nel Toth : I tried to four or five different aristocrat decks, which I likely put together and took apart a total of a dozen times or more. Aristocrats is another favorite of mine, though I’ve brewed comparatively few. The one that remains? My Meren brew. She has served me well- so well, in fact, that outside of competitive settings I no longer play her.

Bloodhall Priest : I still remember the day that I laid eyes on a madness deck the first time and thought “being empty-handed can be a good thing?”, and something just connected. I don’t have my madness deck anymore, I sent it to a new player that I got into the game. Hope she’s enjoying it.

Roon of the Hidden Realm : bounce is another one of my favorite strategies, and I’ve never seen a commander who does it like Roon. Who’s got the boons to make you swoon? It’s Roon. It’s Roon.

Vigean Hydropon : represents my current +1 counter deck: my two-headed giant variant. I LOVE this brew, and no one sees the grafts coming.

Zurgo Helmsmasher : represents my current politics deck. Like a couple other strategies, I have thrown everything at the wall to see what sticks with this, and my current edition I call “Zurgo Backswing”, lovingly nicknamed “swing bitch, I dare ya”. I suspect it may be fairly similar to your Queen Marchesa deck, ShutUpMokuba.

Jace, Memory Adept : mill is an archetype near and dear to my heart. My second deck was a mill, and it was terrible, but I knew that one day I would finally mill someone out- that eventually my work would be completed. Well, nowadays I have no mill deck, but I think I might brew one in 2hg- mix in a little pillow fort...

Sygg, River Cutthroat : and finally, one of my favorite commanders ever. This deck is truly a thing of beauty. She has draw for days, removal, spelljack, mill, everything a blue/black player could ask for. I love her dearly.

PartyJ on Yuriko, the Tiger’s Shadow EDH

3 months ago


I haven't been playing with or against this commnader yet. But it's one that floats on my list too.

Without looking at cuts, I would seriously consider these cards:

Enough food for thought :-)

Good luck!


ZendikariWol on 36 Planeswalkers in War of ...

4 months ago

So big hot take, from what I've seen... I love the idea of more planeswalkers. The more fun characters I can see depicted the better, and I love playing walkers (especially as someone who's super into EDH, where walkers can have a lot of impact if you use them properly).

But beyond that, I just wanna see these characters get their due. There's something I want from all of these, from a gameplay perspective. But more importantly, from a vorthos perspective, I'd love to see the fun we have with these characters at the same place at the same time. ESPECIALLY Sorin, Nahiri, and Tibalt!

... but

What if we made some of them legendary creatures? For example, Tibalt could be a red/black legend that works a lot like Sygg, River Cutthroat mixed with Rakdos, Lord of Riots ? See what I mean?

zentay98 on Yuriko, the Tiger's Insidious Dreams

4 months ago

I think you could really use Sygg, River Cutthroat in this deck.

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