Rhystic Study

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander's Arsenal (CMA) Common
Prophecy (PCY) Common
Promo Set (000) Common

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Rhystic Study

Enchantment

Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may draw a card unless that player pays .

Rhystic Study Discussion

LastEdegy on Willowmaker

6 hours ago

@Conaxi4783 - Hmm.. i didn't remember Revel in Riches .. although, it's not as reliable, as i would like.. but, i'm going to include it in the maybeboard.. might do a couple of playtests with it.. with Smothering Tithe , i had it in a previous iteration of this deck, but i chose to cut it because my playgroup has a couple of house rules, that puts a bounty on certain cards that we feel are annoying to play against.. Smothering Tithe , Rhystic Study , Sol Ring , Gaea's Cradle , Sensei's Divining Top & Lion's Eye Diamond are those cards currently.. whenever one player destroys/exiles any of those, they would get a point in our league per month.. although Sol Ring is still in my deck, it's not as eye catching to remove from the battlefield, unlike those others, so I had to cut it.. Thanks for the suggestions btw.

@hamdeadly - that could be useful, although my deck has a couple of enchantments that i would not rather destroy, and would prefer single/multiple targeted removal spells like Return to Dust .. maybe as a last resort.. but i will keep that mass removal spell in mind, if ever i would update this deck.. thanks!

@Jobiji - that's a viable strategy! let's see if i can replace one of my creatures for Vhati il-Dal .. thanks!

SideBae on Urza, Sort of budget-ish

1 day ago

Hey! So I have a few suggestions. Feel free to ignore any/all of them:

  1. Cantrips are your friend in combo decks. Preordain and Ponder are the gold-standard here, since they dig pretty deep for one mana. You're including Brainstorm is good, but I'm not sure it's good enough without non-mana intensive shuffle effects (i.e. some form of fetch lands) to make sure you don't accidentally lock yourself with two cards you don't want on top. While cards like Prismatic Vista and Scalding Tarn can be expensive, depending on your meta something like Terramorphic Expanse or Evolving Wilds might be good enough. Flood Plain and Bad River are also worth considering. Other cantrips ( Opt , Sleight of Hand , Serum Visions ...) are ok but should be considered secondary to Preordain and friends.

  2. Grafdigger's Cage is currently one of the best hosers in EDH, and it does not stop Urza's ability (since Urza's ability exiles the card before casting it, you never cast spells directly from your library). I think it's better than Darksteel Relic , since it still taps for mana and can be a turn one play while having a direct effect on the board state. Tormod's Crypt is a similar card you may want to consider. I think Relic of Progenitus is better than Phyrexian Furnace , especially since you're not running Snapcaster Mage .

  3. Everflowing Chalice seems like a good rock. I've never been a fan of Mox Tantalite , since taking several turns to hit the board is a major drawback. Everflowing Chalice is a slightly worse Mind Stone , but you can cast it for zero when Urza is on the field and have a build-your-own Mox Sapphire .

  4. Retract and/or Hurkyl's Recall can act as pseudo- Paradoxical Outcome s for the purposes of rebuilding mana or building storm-count for Temporal Fissure . They're admittedly not as good, but since you're already running Paradoxical Outcome you may want a redundant card for that effect.

  5. You may want to revisit your counter-suite. Consider substituting more efficient cards for Dissolve and/or Exclude , since three mana is a lot to pay for a counterspell. Things like Spell Snare , Dispel , Spell Pierce , Swan Song , Pact of Negation and/or Delay are all good ways to protect your combo without using too much mana.

  6. I think Mystic Remora is probably better than Rhystic Study . First, it comes down faster (T1 or T2), which means it catches your opponents' rocks when they're casting them in the first few turns. Second, four mana is a lot less payable than one, so you're more likely to draw even in experienced metas. Finally, your strategy is typically going to be a combo strategy -- so you don't need a PERMANENT shield, just one that will last long enough to protect you until you go off with Urza.

  7. Cyclonic Rift is the best board wipe in blue. It's $20 nowadays, but if you can afford one you should definitely run it.

  8. Dig Through Time is an excellent card, as is Treasure Cruise (though I don't like cruise as much as dig in combo decks like this, since it sees fewer cards). Running one of them seems like a good idea.

  9. Chain of Vapor is REALLY good. If you can cast it and bounce an opposing stax piece ( Cursed Totem , Collector Ouphe , Damping Sphere ), it rarely gets reflected. And even if it is, you're likely to just be able to recast whatever they bounce on your board. More importantly, you can use it to bounce a bunch of your low-cost artifacts to both net mana and build storm. So... yea.

Good luck!

Vimozahr on Life Lost v2

2 days ago

Hey, see your Topic and want make some suggestions.

Life-Loss Combo with your Exquisite Blood - Combopieces: Defiant Bloodlord or Sanguine Bond .

I think here is no Question ;).

Second Combo: Exile with Aminatou, the Fateshifter the Felidar Guardian and with Felidar Guardian infinite Aminatou, the Fateshifter Corpse Knight will deal infinite Dmg.

Rhystic Study is a must have for every Blue Deck, Brainstorm & Ponder also for Topdeck-Control. Smothering Tithe give you more Ramp/Mana if your Opponent dident pay. A Land Tax is so awesome, take 3 Basics out the Deck every Turn, and your Chance to Draw Combopieces is better. (Also if you must Discard Basic-Lands (Handsize).

Here is my old Vapire Deck, its more Casual but maybe you find more Ideas for your own Deck. [PreCon] Legion of Dusk - Orzhov Vampire Tribal

Have Fun. Greez Vimozahr

WickedlyRested on Brudiclone Stompies

1 week ago

I'm under the belief that card quality is better than quantity, you shouldn't need more than 7 cards in your hand at a time. I would go with the Fellwar Stone for the colored mana. A sometimes overlooked thing with blue suns is that with infinite mana and a few draw spells you can draw your deck, put Blue Sun's Zenith back, draw it, then mill the table out one by one. You just need a way to draw it again for each opponent, like Ponder or Preordain . Its an infinite mana outlet that has more mid-game utility than Comet Storm in my opinion. Lastly, I would recommend Rhystic Study over Consecrated Sphinx , as you can land it much earlier, it'll slow the good players at your table down, and will punish the less good ones by letting you draw cards; also it draws slightly less threat.

WickedlyRested on Brudiclone Stompies

1 week ago

Personally I don't think you need Expedition Map or Idol of Oblivion . In this deck map is basically a 3 drop mana rock, which you've been trying to cut back on, and as for the idol: you're in blue there are plenty of better card draw options. Options such as Blue Sun's Zenith , Rhystic Study , or even Consecrated Sphinx , and as for the token creating abilities of the idol, I feel like there are much better uses for 8 mana than a 10/10 beater with no abilities.

Osbert on Yarok and Ya-roll

1 week ago

SideBae unfortunately "as it enters" is not an ETB trigger. ETB triggers have the distinct text starting the sentence with "When", "Whenever", and "If."

Your deck seems solid but I would suggest adding in some more draw power. There are easy to mention (but expensive) cards like Rhystic Study and Sylvan Library but Yarok can enhance effects like Guardian Project and Soul of the Harvest to become very potent. There are plenty of 2-3 CmC creatures that have a draw ETBs that are worth considering as well.

Creature tutors can be even more valuable than generic tutors. I suggest including Eldritch Evolution , Neoform , Prime Speaker Vannifar , and Birthing Pod to turn your used ETB bodies into fodder to find even more creatures with ETBs.

Some of Yarok's most hidden gems are cards that simply let you do more of what you are already doing. Phantasmal Image , Temur Sabertooth , Bramble Sovereign , Progenitor Mimic , Ghostly Flicker , Repudiate / Replicate , Rite of Replication , Mimic Vat , and Crystal Shard are great examples that allow you do copy or reuse ETB effects.

Make sure you include Instant and sorceries for removal because nothing suck more than getting stuck by a Torpor Orb when all of your removal is ETB based. Krosan Grip , Force of Vigor , Return to Nature , Nature's Claim , Beast Within , etc.

SideBae on Ezuri, Claw of HELP!

1 week ago

My first suggestion is you include the big three xerox spells: Ponder , Preordain and Brainstorm . They may not look like much, but superior card-selection for one blue is hard to argue with. I run them in every blue deck, though I think you'll need more shuffle effects to make Brainstorm good. Though I don't recommend them, you can also consider second-class cantrips like Serum Visions , Sleight of Hand and Opt .

My second suggestion is that you include the one-mana mana-dorks. I see you have Elvish Mystic , but running Birds of Paradise and Arbor Elf can be very helpful too. Utopia Sprawl works really well with Arbor Elf .

I think some of the two-mana ramp spells could be improved; I've never been a fan of Rampant Growth . Consider Nature's Lore (or its $100 cousin, Three Visits ) and/or Farseek . These can get non-basics, like your Breeding Pool , and Nature's Lore etbs untapped.

Evolution Sage is a card that MAY be good, but I'm not sure. Not having an immediate board-impact is a major downer, but its ability may be good enough to make it worth including. Playtesting can help.

Windfall is an excellent card-draw spell if you're down on cards. I suggest running Narset, Parter of Veils to act as a stax piece that is particularly abusive with Windfall . (Note that if you do end up with proliferate effects, you can proliferate her and get extra activations.) Other good card-draw spells include Fact or Fiction , Concentrate , Tezzeret's Gambit , Harmonize ...

Mystic Remora is a GREAT card. I personally think it's better than Rhystic Study , but I'm sure that'll raise a lot of hell (I also think Griselbrand should be unbanned, so I'm used to getting yelled at).

Wirewood Symbiote is a card you may want to consider. It words well with cards like your Reclamation Sage and can protect your guys from getting Toxic Deluge -d, and can buy you more triggers with your mana elf etbs for your general.

Depending on how many creatures you tend to have out, Slate of Ancestry could be a powerhouse. If you don't want to use that, running something like Collector Ouphe to fetch off Green Sun's Zenith can raise your decks chances against storm and the like significantly.

Opposition is a card I've been seeing more and more in powerful EDH decks these days. If you pair it with tokens and Seedborn Muse , Opposition can win the game on the spot. Adding something like Winter Orb to the mix can yield even more fun.

You can get more 'at the beginning of combat' triggers by having more combat steps. Consider extra-turn spells, like Temporal Trespass , Temporal Manipulation , Expropriate , Karn's Temporal Sundering , Nexus of Fate ...

Finally, counter magic is a good thing. Idk what the budget for the deck is, but the best counters are Force of Will and Mana Drain . More affordable cards that are still REALLY good are Spell Snare , Arcane Denial , Negate , Fuel for the Cause and the like. Counter-counters (I call them 'second-order counters,' since it makes me feel smart) are also good. Veil of Summer is the best right now, but Autumn's Veil and Dispel are also really good.

Right. That's all I got. Good luck!

Profet93 on jvp

1 week ago

Two questions for you....

  1. How do you win? (Possible wincon can be self-mill through Lab maniac or Jace Weilder of mystery. You could include a leveler and Torpor Orb package). Or are you set on aethurflux, I don't see how you storm out?
  2. How do you plan on protecting your planeswalker?

While I don't have an answer for either of those crucial questions (yet, a bit tired at the moment), here are some general good stuff recommendations that you might like to consider

Riptide Laboratory to reuse wizard ETBs and for protection.

Snapcaster Mage - No explanation required

Gilded Drake - Because f*** the opponent's commander

Ixidron - Acts a blue "board wipe" that fucks with everyone's commander except yours (Note: His ETB still works with torpor orb)

Future Sight - Yes it's costly, yes they get to see the cards you draw (mostly counterspells and draw anyways) but it allows you to dig DEEP and hit land drops. With a (relatively) higher CMC than usual and such few lands, it might be worth considering.

No Rhystic Study or Mystic Remora ? Cyclonic Rift , Mana Drain and Force of Will for eventual upgrades.

Minamo, School at Water's Edge to untap your commander and nykthos

Maze of Ith to protect your commander

Sensei's Divining Top - Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, oh Dreidel I shall play!

I'm a fan of the extra turn package in blue. At worst, it becomes an explore that allows you to activate your commander again. At best, it allows you to go ham on your opponents. I strongly recommend you consider it.

What kind of direction do you want this deck to go in?

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Rhystic Study occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.17%

Blue: 0.84%

WU (Azorius): 1.76%

UR (Izzet): 0.87%

UB (Dimir): 1.22%

GU (Simic): 0.67%

WUB (Esper): 0.9%

UBR (Grixis): 0.64%

BUG (Sultai): 0.56%

GWU (Bant): 1.09%