Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

Legendary Creature — Monkey Pirate

Whenever this deals combat damage to a player, create a Treasure token and exile the top card of that player's library. Until end of turn, you may cast that card.

Dash (You may cast this spell for its dash cost. If you do, this gains haste, and is returned from the battlefield to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step.)

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zAzen7977 on KAALIA'S CATACLYSM - Aggro/Stax [cEDH Primer]

3 weeks ago

Great points XinZhao, I agree that the board state required to set up Bloodthirster is too complex to be consistent, I’d rather run something else.

Thanks for the suggestion Last_Laugh, I hadn’t seen Spirit Mantle before. I wouldn’t run it in this build, but it could be really handy in a more aggro-heavy deck.

I’m experimenting with the current decklist. As compared to the old list, I’m running more creature-based ramp (Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Dockside Extortionist, Professional Face-Breaker, Ancient Copper Dragon), more anti-storm stax (Chancellor of the Annex, Liesa, Shroud of Dusk), and every Rule of Law effect (making it easier to stick the RoL + Possibility Storm combo). I swapped Council's Judgment for Angel of the Ruins, and dropped Damn and Teferi's Protection for a couple extra lands to ensure consistent mana access. I’m going to test this version for a while and see how it goes.

Papini on I wanna be a man, mancub

4 weeks ago

Gleeock yes the ape/monkeys are a little dull, but recently they've been printing one good one every few sets Kogla, the Titan Ape, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Silverback Elder and now Kibo, Uktabi Prince. I hope they keep up this trend.

Garruk's Uprising is a bit awkward because it only hit on 8ish of your creatures but the trample is amazing. I'm still looking at the card draw in the deck it feels borderline... I was thinking about maybe putting in Goblin Engineer to fetch Idol of Oblivion or other cheap stuff but it doesn't feel great.

MrGuizee666 on Grixis wincons viability

1 month ago

wallisface Thanks for your valuable input. Unfortunately I can't buy Ledger Shredder, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer or Murktide Regent yet, they're too expensive. Gonna brew some decks with Manamorphose. I thought about using creature cards like Monastery Swiftspear, Sprite Dragon and Dreadhorde Butcher with Mutagenic Growth, Gut Shot and Manamorphose for explosive damage.

wallisface on Grixis wincons viability

1 month ago

I think you're going about this a bit wrong. Grixis decks typcically don't want to be winning by any kind of big flashy-combos, or high-mana-cards. Their gameplan is typically to grind away any kind of proactive play from the opponent, and then quickly edge-out a win before the opponent can recoup from all that early-game disruption.

To that end, iconic Grixis spells include Lightning Bolt, Fatal Push, Inquisition of Kozilek, Thoughtseize, Counterspell, Spell Pierce, and Stubborn Denial, as well as occasionally some stuff like Drown in the Loch, Expressive Iteration, and Unholy Heat. Their creatures are often cards that can hit hard fast, or come with free value - things like Death's Shadow, Snapcaster Mage, Dragon's Rage Channeler, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Gurmag Angler, Ledger Shredder, and occasionally things like Tasigur, the Golden Fang or Murktide Regent.

So, their gameplan is typically a very straightforward one - every one of their cards provides value on its own, everything is fairly low-mana-curve, and the overall goal is to quickly disrupt your opponents ability to play, and then kill them before they recover.

In terms of the cards you've suggested, I would say they don't really fit into any kind of typical Grixis shell, for the following reasons:

  • Cormela, Glamour Thief is a very high-costing card with very low relative value for that mana-investment. Same goes for Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God.

  • Grapeshot is a combo card and something better having a deck dedicated towards making it work. Instead of trying to do value-plays, you try and combo off asap. This archetype already exists in Modern as Storm, so has no real home/reason-to-exist outside of that. Similarly, as Grixis isn't trying to do any flashy combos, Manamorphose & Dramatic Reversal have super-limited/non-existant use.

  • Lazav, the Multifarious doesn't really do anything or add anything important to be worth building around, imo. Grixis decks especially often have a super-low creature count, which makes its ability pretty niche. Maybe it's a "pet card" that could fit as a 1-of in a death's shadow brew?

  • Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger is a fine card to include in Grixis decks, as many decks already run this (though often as only a 1-of or 2-of at most) - it definately requires some deckbuilding considerations to include it though. I think Ob Nixilis, the Adversary could potentially fit within a Grixis shell, though Grixis decks do often run a very small quantity of creatures, and this may pose a problem.

Now, most of these cards you can still easily build decks around, though I would say you generally don't want to be trying to fit them into typical "Grixis" builds. Some of these cards fit a lot better in UR combo decks (Grapeshot, Manamorphose) for example. I would say that all the cards you've mentioned will have some home within modern, baring only Cormela, Glamour Thief (the card is trash) and Dramatic Reversal (there's just better ways to achieve anything this card is trying to achieve).

Daveslab2022 on Question about cards that utilize …

1 month ago


I think what people are trying to say here is that you would be better off either making your deck more control-y with less finishers, or less control-y with a more well rounded creature base.

I do also recommend streamlining your deck.

In the list that wallisface threw together you win by controlling the board early, landing one of your threats, and protecting it to the end of the game. That’s exactly how a control deck functions.

And you’re wrong, you actually do want to counter early game spells because you don’t have a good way to remove them depending on their impact. You have 0 removal currently in your deck.

If your opponent lands an early Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer or you’re playing against an Elves deck and they flood the board on turn 2/3 before even a single one of your counters is playable.

Essence Backlash is not a good card. It’s too situational, and even if you are playing against a heavy creature deck, dedicating 4 mana to a counter is too much, even if you do get to do a little damage with it. You need cheaper counters to get “underneath” your opponent. This means you can play a 2-3 mana spell on turn 4/5 and still hold up 2 mana for a Counterspell.

tylerdollars on Winota V.

2 months ago

Hey king-saproling thanks for taking a look!

I would love to add Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer but I am having quite a bit of trouble finding one in stores.

In a former version I did have Iron Myr but as the deck requires more white mana I cut it in favour of a faster one drop. The other suggestions can definietly work in Winota but I want this deck to be as low to the ground and as efficient as possible and I fear adding these 2 drops would require me waiting another turn to get her out and get her triggers going.

king-saproling on Winota V.

2 months ago

I take it Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer is excluded due to price?

You might consider these too: Iron Myr, Magda, Brazen Outlaw, Wily Goblin. These all get Winota out a turn faster, and then can attack the next turn and trigger her ability.

Dead_Blue_ on How is Ragavan Remotely Balanced?

3 months ago

Ragavan is broken. That being said I’m okay with it existing in the format. Decks should have already been packing at least a play set of interaction before it existed anyway.

Thing is we can all agree that Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer is more powerful than Deathrite Shaman and it’s allowed to be in the format than DRS should be too. Golgari needs a boost as it is

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