Thriving Rhino

Thriving Rhino

Creature — Rhino

When Thriving Rhino enters the battlefield, you get {E}{E} (two energy counters).

Whenever Thriving Rhino attacks, you may pay {E}{E}. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on it.

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Set Rarity
Kaladesh (KLD) Common

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Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Highlander Legal
Pioneer Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal
Pauper EDH Legal

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Thriving Rhino Discussion

Kogarashi on Effects while attacking

1 year ago

If your asking if your opponent could tap down the Thriving Rhino to prevent it from attacking, the answer is that it depends on when they're trying to tap it.

Combat is broken up into several steps. It starts with the Beginning of Combat step, which is when any "at the beginning of combat" abilities will trigger. It's also a chance to play instants before attackers are declared, but after the active player's main phase. This is where your opponent would want to use a tap spell to tap any creatures before they can attack.

After this is the Declare Attackers step, which is when you actually declare attackers, and when Thriving Rhino and Ordeal of Nylea both trigger if you declare it as an attacker. You get to declare attackers before anyone gets priority to cast spells or activate abilities, so at this point it's too late to tap a creature to prevent it from attacking.

If your opponent wanted to prevent Thriving Rhino from attacking, he should have done it before attackers were declared, and before the two "when this creature attacks" triggers were triggered. If that was his intent, then those actions should have been rewound to the Beginning of Combat step so he could attack, meaning your energy was unspent and your Ordeal of Nylea still attached to the Rhino. If he allowed them to trigger and resolve, and had no issue with that, then the Rhino is already declared as an attacker, and tapping it won't prevent it from continuing with the attack.

Gidgetimer on Effects while attacking

1 year ago

What happens is entirely dependent on when exactly the tap spell (I am going to use Blustersquall in my scenarios just to have a spell to name, but it works with all similar spells) was cast. The combat phase has five different steps and all players must pass priority in succession with the stack empty to advance to the next step. We are only concerned with the first two steps in this scenario, the Beginning of Combat and Declare Attackers steps.

If your opponent wanted to prevent the Thriving Rhino from attacking, they should have cast Blustersquall when they got priority in the Beginning of Combat Step. This would tap the rhino before he attacked. He therefore would not be able to attack and neither his ability nor the ability of Ordeal of Nylea would trigger. The ordeal wouldn't place a counter on him, and you would not get the opportunity to pay to put a counter on him.

If your opponent lets you progress to the declare attackers step, you will be able to declare him as an attacker and tap him before any player receives priority. If you do, both his trigger and that of Ordeal of Nylea will trigger. At any time after you have declared the Rhino as an attacker your opponent can still cast Blustersquall targeting him, but tapping him at this point will not remove him from combat.

Be aware that you can not just start declaring attackers after you are done on your main phase to make the second scenario true. The flow of the game requires that each player pass priority in succession with the stack empty to proceed to the next step or phase. If you want to just keep bulling ahead in your turns, be prepared to rewind the game if anyone wants to take an action during a priority pass you skipped. If you want to be a bit more cautious with revealing your plans you can simply announce your intent to change step/phase and wait a couple of seconds before taking any actions. "Move to attacks" and a pause allows people to respond and doesn't take up too much time. I am personally in the habit of announcing each of my steps and phases because it reminds me of triggers and also allows people to respond.

As for your side question about Ordeal of Nylea; the Ordeal triggers and puts a counter on the attacking creature each time it attacks. If you already had at least one counter on the creature, you could resolve the Thriving Rhino's ability first and the sacrifice clause would sac the enchantment and trigger the Cultivate effect. It is important to note that Thriving Rhino's trigger only gives you the chance to pay once each time it attacks putting a single counter on it.

nmiller on Effects while attacking

1 year ago

We were doing a two headed giant at boy scout camping. I had a Thriving Rhino that had my partner's Ordeal of Nylea on it and 4 energy. I spent my energy on Rhino and i think the Ordeal triggered, which is another question in itself. Anyway, my friend on the enemy team then did a tap spell (I cant remember the name) on my rhino and said that worked because it was at instant speed. Does the tap work? Ignore typos...

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Attune with the Ban Hammer! (Pau-liferate)

2 years ago

Vigean Hydropon, as much as I love the card, isn't super great unless you're running some fight effects. Which you should probably be running anyway; your curve is so low and aggressive I encourage playing Prey Upon, Epic Confrontation and even Cartouche of Strength over your Fogs and Wrap in Vigors, which are more sideboard material.

You absolutely need to be running 2-3 Riparian Tiger to be able to contend with the boogeyman of Pauper. It's also just a solid lategame beater.

Depending on whether you find yourself getting chump blocked a lot or not, Aetherstream Leopard could be better than Thriving Rhino, although the former does have a cap on how big it will get.

Fuel for the Cause might be interesting. It's a rather expensive counterspell, but it's some form of removal, and synergistic with your list.

In short, I'd cut the Hydropons for the Tigers, replace Fogs with Prey Upons, and divide the Wrap in Vigors and Thrives for Fuel for the Cause and/or another fighting card.

BigDaddyFourEyes on Fast Counters

3 years ago

This is an interesting deck with a nice concept. You may want to look into things like Gladehart Cavalry and Verdurous Gearhulk as finishers in this deck. You could also include an energy aspect with things like Longtusk Cub and Thriving Rhino.

VeggiesaurusRex on Energy Runner

3 years ago

I'm not entirely sure why you decided to splash blue here. I like Empyreal Voyager as much as the next guy, but you could run Lathnu Hellion, Thriving Rhino, or even Electrostatic Pummeler in it's place and I don't think the deck would suffer at all.

Zulfi on

3 years ago

Try consisting out your creature-base. Go for 3 or 4 of each creature instead of a bunch of 1-2's. Start with your big hitters, specifically Bristling Hydra. He's such a wonderfully adaptable creature and is good in almost any situation. Next, find a better hitter than Thriving Rhino. Maybe just go up one Aethersquall Ancient and one Hydra. Next, I'd replace Void Grafter with Blossoming Defense, for the mana efficiency and the buff.
Also, 23 mana is not a necessity, especially with a 2.78 ACMC, 3 Attune with Aether, and 2 Servant of the Conduit. You could afford to go down a couple.

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