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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Set Rarity
Modern Masters (MMA) Common
Eventide (EVE) Common

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

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Raven's Crime Discussion

Subtlety on Mono Black Pox Control

1 week ago

Hi Balaam_ and thanks for the feedback.

I have Dakmor Salvage because of this. Smallpox->Sac or discard Dakmor->next turn->Dredge->take hand->play again.

And the next is.. Play Raven's Crime with retrace->discard Dakmor-> next turn dredge play Raven's Crime retrace again..

Do you suggest something else?

channelfireball12345 on Kinochirophobia

1 week ago

I love to see Gnat Miser put to good use in a list like this one, and even though I'm well aware of its flavor connection to the theme of the deck, I unfortunately think it isn't likely to be very impactful for two reasons. First, it is already unlikely that your opponent will have many cards in their hand to begin with on account of the deck's discard suite. Even if you can play it in the dream scenario, which is turn one on the play, if your opponent has a land and a one drop, its effect becomes all but irrelevant for much of the game; this scenario is not made any more unlikely by the fact that pauper is a relatively fast, low-to-the-ground format, for the most part. Supposing you somehow happen to play multiples in the same game, I still think you're better off with a hard turn one discard effect such as that of Raven's Crime. Secondly, I think you need to be mindful of mana curve considerations, as currently you're running a whopping 26 one drops.

abby315 on Cutting Cards

2 weeks ago

I'm a person who likes to build "engine" decks, so I'm a big fan of using custom categories as seen here to parcel out my cards into ways they contribute to my strategy.

For one thing that helps me weigh cards that are dissimilar; e.g. Raven's Crime is certainly lower power than Leyline of the Void, but since my engine is opponent discard, it becomes more valuable for the whole deck. So, with that deck (and all decks that run on an engine), I always try to make cuts first from the Utility slot first. After that, I just cut the weakest cards from each category.

I think almost all EDH decks are either engine or combo-based even at lower power levels, just because having access to one card 100% of the time encourages that kind of deckbuilding, so the above approach works for most decks. For decks that are just straight aggro or value, I would just make cuts based on power and, after power, how much I like them. :P

vorpalaxe on Monoblack Infect [Competitive/Primer]

2 weeks ago

I love what you are doing here. here is what i am thinking after looking at it for 5 min. +4 Ichorclaw Myr -4 Phyrexian Vatmother -2 Raven's Crime -4 Mazemind Tome +2 Shadowspear +2 Infiltration Lens +2 Demonic Embrace. anyway dont take me too seriously. I just started brewing a mono green infect but im not feeling it. I have a red deck and a black vampire deck. really happy with those. ill post a link. for this deck i was thinking you have too much discard in the mainboard. that is why id say take out raven's crime. if you want the option of discarding lands late game, even though infect has no late game lol, then i like Demonic Embrace because it can finish an opponent. Raven's crime is useless to recast if they have no cards. I see dragon's claw in the sideboard. I generally advise against that unless you are also red. personally, I have duress in the sideboard for my black deck. I use Cry of Contrition in the main deck. mostly for budget purposes but I find that it is an excellent card to play on turn three or four. if it plays right, they could discard two powerful cards. against burn, for example, it does not matter which cards they discard.

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Nemesis on Cube additions

1 month ago

Xica on Silent Scepter

1 month ago

If you want a hard lock with Teferi, Time Raveler i would suggest going into esper colors.

And using targeted discard on opponent's upkeep, if you add Raven's Crime you get a recursive discard.
Thats a 2 card combo, as opposed to the Silence + Teferi, Time Raveler + Isochron Scepter combo, which is very inconsistent thanks to the number of cards it asks you to find in your 60.

Xica on Esper Shadows - Plunge into Death!

1 month ago

Among other things you could choose the instant speed discard route with the usual targeted discard and a few copies of Raven's Crime, that is only available to esper, thanks to Teferi, Time Raveler - if you don't like counterspells that much.

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