Murderous Rider

Murderous Rider

Creature — Zombie Knight


When Murderous Rider is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, put it on the bottom of its owner's library.

(You may cast Murderous Rider from exile if you sent it on an adventure.)

Swift End

Instant — Adventure

Destroy target creature or planeswalker. You lose 2 life.

(You may cast Swift End for from anywhere that you have the permission to cast this, then exile it on an adventure instead of putting it into your graveyard. When you have not chosen to cast Swift End, this card is treated only as Murderous Rider in whatever zone it is in.)

(Example scenarios for Swift End: You may cast this off of Melek, Izzet Paragon . You may not target this with Snapcaster Mage . Thalia, Guardian of Thraben increases the cost of this. Electrodominance requires X=3. If your opponent owns this and you cast it, only you may cast Murderous Rider when it goes on an adventure. You may cast this from a cascade spell if the spell has a cost greater than Murderous Rider's cost.)

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Standard Legal

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Murderous Rider Discussion

Sorin_Markov_1947 on

4 days ago

Pretty plain Esper Control list. Most of your cards are pretty low in power though.

Unsubstantiate is pretty weak counterspell/bounce. Saw It Coming is better 9/10 times.

Solve the Equation , The Birth of Meletis , Professor Onyx , Archmage Emeritus , even ECD (depending on the matchup) are all pretty slow. Esper lists in Standard right now have a lot of value packed into them. Most of them use Yorion, Sky Nomad as a companion and love to blink things like Omen of the Sea , Treacherous Blessing , ECD, and Sad Robot . Skyclave Apparition is usually pretty good too, as it removes things much earlier than other exile effects.

Speaking of removal, let's work on that. Murderous Rider is not a good rate anymore. Bloodchief's Thirst , Heartless Act , or Eliminate are the removal of choice usually, and Shadows' Verdict the sweeper.

I'd even probably take out the 4x Neutralize for some combination of Disdainful Stroke , Essence Scatter , and Negate .

With Strixhaven coming, I expect Elite Spellbinder to be a good addition to control. It blocks well and disrupts your opponent's curve.

In the sideboard, with the prevalence of control, 4x Mystical Dispute is a necessity. You'll also want something for the mono-red aggro matchup, probably more Shadows' Verdict s. Against mono-white aggro, you want Shadow's Verdicts and maybe some Ravenform . Shark Typhoon is also good in the control matchup (hint: you'll almost never cast it, but cycling can't be countered and gives you a card back). Disdainful Stroke should also add up to 4x between mainboard and sideboard, as the control deck of choice at the moment loves to run big spells. Unfortunately, this deck will fold to Dimir Rogues and I can't think of a sideboard plan that would change that. Their fish tactics are just too good against dedicated control decks.

shadow63 on Anyone else tired of 1-set …

1 week ago

We can have any number of sets on a plane it's just wotc has been choosing to do it with only 1 set per plane. But yeah it bothers me we see something cool like adventure Murderous Rider and we get like 5 playable cards and a couple of decent payoffs. Kaldheim was over stuffed with 10 different groups plus the gods so that should of been 2 sets

mrweaselman on Walking Dead

1 week ago

Idk who this Willy is, but no you.

This deck is a really a mono black build that you happen to run blue for Diregraf Captain . The way I see it you can either keep with the build you're going for, which to me seems like mono black, or you can go a much different dimir amass path with cards like Vizier of the Scorpion , Gleaming Overseer , Lazotep Plating ,

Let's assume you do mono black, then let's start with creatures. Brain Gorgers and Stromgald Crusader are garbage, Tomebound Lich is mostly used in dedicated reanimator decks, and Extremely Slow Zombie is a card from a joke set, so take those all out, along with Diregraf Captain . That's 11 out. Add 2 Murderous Rider , 3 Liliana's Reaver , 2 Undead Augur , 3 Diregraf Ghoul .

For noncreature spells, take out Negate . The best mono black removal is probably Walk the Plank . So take out Go for the Throat and Ultimate Price for 3. Gravepurge and Return from Extinction can be replaced with 3 Call of the Death-Dweller . Take out Bontu's Monument for another copy of Liliana, Untouched By Death or vise-versa. Take out Necromancer's Stockpile , I just don't think it's that good. For a five drop $1-2 slot, Open the Graves is better than Call to the Grave .

If you followed all that you should have 6 slots left. Add one more Swamp so you're at 22. Then maybe 3 Dread Wanderer , 2 Fleshbag Marauder , and flex card like Risen Executioner or something fun.

legendofa on Whither Blooms the Darkness?

1 week ago

Sorin_Markov_1947 Thanks for taking a look! I'm mostly building around Witherbloom Apprentice because it's in my favorite color combination and I enjoy the grindy, attrition-y gameplay it suggests. I don't expect it to be a power card, but I'd like to make it as solid as possible. It's a new personal favorite, that's all.

Alrund's Epiphany is completely a placeholder card until I find something better, and I'm not sure how I overlooked Professor Onyx . I've been playtesting with Grim Tutor primarily looking for Elder Gargaroth , or Murderous Rider as needed. Miscast is in because I'm predicting that the upcoming Standard will be heavy on spellslinger decks, but I'm going to sideboard/remove it as reveals continue.

The main focus is drain, and I'm going to dig hard into that when I get a chance.

Titus7007 on Cacophony

1 week ago

Yeah, I keep playing it though because it's been effective in a lot of different metas. Yes, Murderous Rider in over those other two because this is more than most things, a lifelink deck. Lifelink is the main win-con against aggro for me (aside from murdering everything I can). getting beats in through the air with a lifelinker is crucial.

Sorin_Markov_1947 on Cacophony

1 week ago

It's been a while!

That makes sense. I did notice the dates on most of these comments. Belated congratulations on reaching Mythic, btw! The highest I've ever gotten is Plat 2.

I see that, but six mana is something I don't see myself getting to very much with this deck. Even then I could be just casting multiple spells.

Btw, why Murderous Rider over something like Bloodchief's Thirst or Heartless Act ? Is the 2/3 lifelink body that relevant?

BrassLord on Faceless Betrayal (updated)

2 weeks ago

Dimir Zombies seems to be the way to go! Duress Feed the Swarm Cling to Dust or something like Blood on the Snow are all decent sideboard inclusions for any deck running black.

Surprised not to see Murderous Rider in the list, that card is a pretty decent utility zombie! If you're leaning into the self mill thing, I've been on the painful receiving end of an early game Egon, God of Death  Flip. Also the flip side of Jorn, God of Winter  Flip is really useful with snow permeants.

For recursion, Corpse Churn and Call of the Death-Dweller are both really good ways to get back your zombies. Lurrus of the Dream-Den is another often overlooked source of recursion, though not a zombie. It does give you a more consistent grindy end game though when paired with Priest of the Haunted Edge and an early Liliana's Steward .

fuster on Grimgrin Zombies

3 weeks ago

Tarnoduds wow, looks like these cards are from the 2 most recent Standard sets, and honestly I've been so out of the loop on new releases lately that I wouldn't have known they existed. Thank you for the suggestions.

I think I could realistically see myself replacing Hero's Downfall for Feed. It is a mana cheaper, after all and I don't mind that it's sorcery speed given the lower CMC and enchantment removal, plus I already have Murderous Rider in the list, which does the same thing as Downfall, but with a 2/3 zombie attached.

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