Raven's Crime

Raven's Crime


Target player discards a card.

Retrace (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying its other costs.)

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Raven's Crime Discussion

KoRnF3wzed on BW Blink Rack

1 week ago

Honestly I wouldn't run Syphon Life in the side unless you're running at least 4x Raven's Crime and 1x Dakmor Salvage in the main as being able to lock your opponent into discarding a card per turn is very strong in rack races, but the ability to turn that into Gaining 2 life against, say, burn, is very powerful. When I ran Smallpox 8-Rack MonoBlack, I ran 22 lands, and still found not enough, Flagstones of Trokair definitely helps a lot of that, but if you're needing lifegain, run Kaya, Orzhov Usurper , (with Rest in Peace , her Ult basically wins you the game).

zapyourtumor on BW Blink Rack

1 week ago

raefgall Blackmail is indeed a pretty good card here, it's just that my list is super tight already. If I had space I would probably put in a third Raven's Crime first, then fourth lili. When I first saw Syphon Life I was really skeptical, since it requires three lands (which doesn't always happen in a smallpox deck) and doesn't have much payoff so I thought it wouldn't be great against aggressive decks. However I've heard it mentioned enough that I'll try one in the sideboard. It's just that I'm not sure how good it is since this deck also has a really greedy manabase with only 21 lands (while most Smallpox 8rack decks run 24), and I think a fourth affliction might be better for racing opponents.

lagotripha on Hell's Kitchen

2 weeks ago

I like the deck, but a few quick goldfishes have left a lot of draws feeling awkward - something like a little more draw/discard would go a long way. Definitely deserves some tinkering. Something like Key to the City or Collective Brutality would be my go-to 1-ofs, possibly Raven's Crime to improve the control matchup?

It feels close but not quite there. Something in the lands, or 1-ofs should take it the rest of the way.

Chutney_Shining on Top of the Deck To Ya

4 weeks ago

Hello stranger, whom I have never met! Awesome concept! Some ideas that come to mind for refining this:

I think your mana curve is super high compared to the number of lands you're running. Since mono-black doesn't access to a lot of ramp, I'd suggest switching out some of your higher costs sorceries, such as Gruesome Discovery , with something like Duress . Similarly, I think that life gain cards like Increasing Ambition are too high costed, and don't really support your overall strategy. I'd suggest replacing with things like Raven's Crime , which you can retrace, or Dying Wail which offer better timing and utility.

Similarly, I think Headhunter and Hypnotic Specter probably have better synergies than your rogues. I really like [card:Black Cat], but think we could do more to trigger it on our terms. Carrion Feeder could be a cool addition, as could Legion Vanguard or Malevolent Noble .

Fiend Artisan is spendy, but would be such a powerful tutor and likely game ender in this build. Hell's Caretaker and Golgari Guildmage are significantly less powerful, but still allow you to exploit repeated triggers of your cats and Sangromancers. If you preferr an enchantment approach, Malevolent Awakening also works well.

I would definitely suggest upping the number of Painful Quandary , and definitely increasing the number of lands you're running to 20-22. I also think 4-8 removal spells, such as Murder , Doom Blade , or Poison the Cup would help respond to enemy threats and interruptions. I'd reduce the number of sorceries to make room - the looping creature threats have more of a long term board presence.

If budget weren't a consideration, a couple of copies of either Massacre Wurm or Sheoldred, Whispering One would make great finishers.

I hope this helps!

zapyourtumor on 8-Rack BW

1 month ago

You have smallpox but aren't really leveraging it to break symmetry with your opponent. Definitely go 3-4 Lingering Souls since you can discard it to smallpox or lili. Also, you're running BW with 4 urborgs and smallpox yet no Flagstones of Trokair ? I'd add at least 3-4 of those as well. You can probably cut down on some Thoughtseize because having 8x full targeted discard effects isn't really necessary since you should be emptying your opponent's hand pretty fast anyways. Plus they are crappy late draws if your opp only has lands in hand.

Running Lingering Souls (and Raven's Crime ) might have some nonbo with Rest in Peace , so you could use Leyline of the Void or Dauthi Voidwalker instead for grave hate. You could also run Delirium Skeins in the sb against Leyline of Sanctity .

zapyourtumor on Living End

1 month ago

I don't understand what you are doing here. The cycling creatures are pretty normal, and I assume the mill cards are to target yourself, so you can mill out more creatures and resurrect more when a Living End resolves. But there are still many problems I see with your deck.

1) Your sideboard has 40 cards. There's a max of 15.

2) You have the suspend cards Ancestral Vision and Living End , but no way to cast them except for their suspend function in the mainboard (only in the sideboard).

3) Even if you include cascade cards, the classic Living End trigger, the lowest costed cascade card is 3 cmc, and you have a ton of other 1-2 cmc cards so that won't even work.

4) You have Claim / Fame , but only 1 legal target for it in the whole deck, which is Snappy.

5) Raven's Crime is presumably there to help you discard your creatures, since I don't see how it would have any use targeting the opponent. But all your big creatures already have cycling, making this card essentially useless.

6) Your threat density is extremely thin, with only 15 big cycling creatures for Living End . This also makes it harder to keep cycling through the deck, and makes self mill less efficient as you are likely to only get around 2 creatures in the grave after a Glimpse the Unthinkable .

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