Rishkar's Expertise

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Rishkar's Expertise

Sorcery

Draw cards equal to the greatest power among creatures you control.

You may cast a card with converted mana cost/mana value 5 or less from your hand without paying its mana cost.

Housegheist on Miirym, Sentinel Wyrm: Double Dragon

1 hour ago

My thought with Korlessa, Scale Singer (1/4 Body for 2 cmc!) and the Scaled Nurturer was, that it's improtant to have some creatures out. Korlessa let you cast your Dragons from top of library which is kind of card potential. The nurturer fits into your 2cmc ramp-theme...

And it don't hurt to draw them lately since Miirym would create copy of them both unlike the rocks.

Any thoughts on Return of the Wildspeaker or Rishkar's Expertise? Oh, Minion of the Mighty could be a funny one

thefiresoflurve on Attack effects and phases(Assist pls)

2 days ago

You're in color for it, so: Harmonize / Colossal Majesty -> Rhystic Study. It's cheaper/equal cost, and usually nets at least three cards before getting blown up, or taxes 3 cards' worth of casting prevention.

Palladium Myr -> Growth Spiral Yes, your mana curve is a little high. It's still not advisable to run colorless mana sources in a 3-color deck without good reason (e.g. Ghost Quarter).

Your ramp, overall, is really weak, so there are some cuts we can make: The Magic Mirror -> Arcane Signet. Yes, Magic Mirror is kinda fun, especially when that once in a blue moon hits and you can cast it for free. But that's so unlikely... Also, you should remove 3 islands for: Gruul Signet, Simic Signet, and Izzet Signet. Tuktuk Rubblefort can come out for Farseek. (There are better sources of haste in red we can add in later).

There are a couple kind of unique interesting cards that I want to address the math of: First, Rishkar's Expertise. Right now, your deck has 48 valid targets for it. Of those, you're hopefully going to cast at least 3 by the time you get to have 6 mana up, leaving 45. Of those, you have 2 sorceries which are uncastable (not sure about Ancestral Vision - I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now). You also have 2 uncastable instants, leaving 41. Of those, 5 are some kind of counter/change target spell, which you can't really use at sorcery speed in a sane manner. Leaves 36 usable cards, so honestly I think it's fine. Now, Rishkar's expertise itself is going to be a dead card a lot of the time because you only have 18 creatures, soooo there's that. I wouldn't run it with less than 25, personally.

In a similar vein: Spellbinder. Super interesting, fun card. However, you have a few cards that are unusable with it: anything with X in its cost (3) and any counters/change target spells (5), leaves 19 valid targets, and you really don't want to bank on not getting your ramp spells (5) early.

those are just the changes I see at a glance that I'd make. I may think of more/better ones later. Happy building!

Trumpet on Dragons

1 week ago

So I added the needs help because I am trying to make a plan for the next round of upgrades. I don't really know what I should focus on next. The manabase is pretty solid, although I wouldn't mind picking up a Mana Confluence and Forbidden Orchard when they are reprinted. I have been thinking about putting in a Scaled Nurturer but don't know what to take out. When I first built this there were 40 lands and the curve was quite a bit higher. Over the past 5 years, whenever I made swaps, I always made sure it was for something at the same CMC or lower, so it has gotten leaner and maybe I could replace a land for the Scaled Nurturer.

Cards that I'm not 100% about:

Sarkhan's Triumph: So tutors are great, and this has been good, but I don't run any 'I win' combos and ever since I've gotten the overall density and card quality to be pretty high, it's almost been a wash as to whether or not this is just another random dragon in the deck where I don't need to invest an extra 3 mana.

Crucible of Fire: This is solid IF there are 3+ dragons on the board. I don't have any of the dragons that make tiny dragon tokens (1/1s, 2/2s), so this is not that amazing unless I'm already winning or if it sticks around after a board wipe making anything I play more threatening. I've been thinking about putting in the unbreakable formation that I have instead, just because that also can give a small +1/+1 boost or can save my entire board from most wipes.

Whip of Erebos: This can be great, but it can also be a dud. The lifelink has won games for me. The graveyard recursion has also won games for me. But this has often done nothing. If I could find a card that is the same CMC or less that has the same type of upsides with less downside risk, I'd be happy to replace it.

Rishkar's Expertise: So this one also has a lot of variance. Sometimes it's insanely good, other times I feel like I could be doing WAY more with 6 mana. Like sometimes it's a draw 10+ and play a 5 CMC card, other times it's a draw 4 play a 2 CMC card. Basically I'd give up a little bit of power for something with a considerably higher floor.

Eldmoi on Ur-gonomics

4 weeks ago

Thanks, I'll definitely take those suggestions into account! I look forward to playing this deck, hopefully I won't be taken out of the game first when I find a pod to play in and can make friends with other players at the LGS and play EDH on a regular basis. I'll look into some more shock lands and triomes with basic land types like Ziatora's Proving Ground and Ketria Triome and find copies of Nature's Lore and Three Visits. Replacing some more non-creature cards to add in other dragons also sounds like a good plan. After seeing it in Arena I was considering Moonveil Regent for some extra card draw but I could see adding Rishkar's Expertise as well. I'd like to have closer to 30-33 creatures and have more creature spells than non-creature spells so I'm almost there. Thanks again for the help, I didn't even know about a majority of the cards you suggested and I can see why they get so much play in EDH!

Decidares on Ur-gonomics

1 month ago

Hey Eldmoi, thanks for the info. There's a quite a bit I would recommend optimizing. The long story short is that most of the dragons I'd recommend are already on my budget primer that you've seen and my super budget deck list that was part of the primer but is also available here if you're interested here.

First of all, you need to make sure your deck has a decent amount of ramp to cast your awesome dragons within a reasonable amount of time. If you are on a budget then I'd recommend Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, and Sakura-Tribe Elder at the very least. Other options for cheap ramp are Farseek, Wild Growth, and Fertile Ground. If you want to further optimize ramp, then adding in Nature's Lore and Three Visits on top of some forest based shock lands (e.g. Stomping Ground or triomes (e.g. Ziatora's Proving Ground would be ideal.

Second, you want to optimize your mana base by minimizing the number of taplands and ensuring you have the colors you need. Any tap lands that tap for only 2 colors (e.g. guild gates) could safely be dropped for basic lands. Tri-lands like you mentioned are decent enough to start off, because they can tap for 3 colors, but even those are suboptimal in the face of options like Dragonskull Summit and Blood Crypt. Furthermore, almost 50% of your deck requires red mana, so I'd ensure your lands reflects that.

Regarding the planeswalkers you have, I'd say Sarkhan, Fireblood is the most useful (distantly followed by Sarkhan Unbroken and Kiora, Master of the Depths). I'd consider cutting the others.

Some things off the top of my head for instants and sorceries: I would consider Crucible of Fire to be a win more card. Lozhan, Dragons' Legacy is almost a strictly better Sarkhan's Unsealing. Damn and Farewell are really good board wipes that aren't as mana intensive as some you're running. Garruk's Uprising is a very potent form of card draw. Monster Manual is probably better than Thran Temporal Gateway in most cases.

Finally the dragons. There are so many good dragons to consider, many of which I've mentioned in my deck primer, and many of which are available on most dragon lists online, that I'll focus on highlighting dragons I would recommend removing:

  • Acid-Spewer Dragon - Overcosted and doesn't do much. Deathtouch isn't as useful on a dragon that should be big enough to kill most thing it hits in the first place.

  • Backdraft Hellkite - Most instant and sorceries you have are too expensive or are simply aren't as immediately useful (e.g. don't want to board wipe your own dragons). The most useful ones you run are removal, but at that point you can just play dragons that can inherently remove things like Steel Hellkite.

  • Crosis, the Purger - Hard to save mana to take advantage of its effect. It'll feel bad to take advantage of its effect in casual metas anyways. If you really want to run a dragon like this then Teneb, the Harvester might be more fitting but even then I wouldn't really recommend it, because of the mana investment needed to make it work.

  • Dragonmaster Outcast - Not a good early game play and easy to kill later on.

  • Dream Pillager - This dragon is overcosted and is mostly a means of pseudo card draw. I'd just play an actual card draw card instead like Ancient Craving or Sign in Blood or Rishkar's Expertise.

  • Kargan Dragonlord - Costs too much to do too little. We have so many dragon options, even in budget decks, that vanilla dragons simply aren't worth it.

  • Malfegor - Discarding our hand isn't good to do unless it involves redrawing more cards (e.g. Knollspine Dragon).

  • Necromaster Dragon - Summoning vanilla 2/2 zombie tokens for 2 mana isn't good value in a dragon deck, and you have to go through combat to get it off. In a world where Ancient Gold Dragon exists, it's hard to justify an effect like this. Dragon Broodmother and Lathliss, Dragon Queen and Miirym, Sentinel Wyrm would be far more effective token generators.

There's always more we could do to optimize any deck, including mine for sure, so I'd be happy to comment more later if you'd like. But I also want to emphasize that as long as you and your playgroup are having fun, you really can't go wrong :)

bushido_man96 on Who wants some keyword soup?

1 month ago

Here's the issue with Minion Reflector as you explain it: the "Legend Rule." So, you're going to cast Kathril, and then pay an additional to make a token copy of it. Problem is, since it's the same legendary creature, then you have to sacrifice one of them. If you sac the original Kathril so you can attack with the hasty one, then you not only up the Command tax for the next cast of Kathril, you also lose the token copy because you have to sacrifice it at the end of turn. If you sac the token copy, then you still didn't get to attack with it, spoiling the haste portion of it. It would probably be much better suited in a deck that is focusing on lots of creatures with ETB or LTB abilities. In here, I don't think it's going to do as much as you'd like.

You could probably replace it with one of those draw spells. Spells like Night's Whisper are good, reliable spells, and I think I run it my Kathril deck. But don't discount Rishkar's Expertise. It will do more than you think it will, for sure. Players are going to likely key on Kathril once it hits the board, and you don't want to run out of gas, so keeping the grip full is important. Return of the Wildspeaker is another good option. When Kathril comes down, he's probably looking at coming down with more than 5 power. Drawing 5 cards can be game-changing, especially in the late game when you are looking for answers.

As a general rule, I try to run at least 10 sources of ramp and 10 sources of card draw in my decks. If there is card draw on the Commander, I may cut that number down some, but not much. Kathril has a pretty high CMC, so ramping into him is important, so running a few more than 10 ramp spells might be a good idea.

Hope this helps!

Jhi69 on Kyler leads Humanity to Victory

1 month ago

DareiJuxis, Avacyn, Angel of Hope is not an option for me. I like the card too much to take it out. I still want to test The First Iroan Games and Nils, Discipline Enforcer has worked well so far in my meta. I ordered the Wild Beastmaster and will test it. Masako the Humorless synergizes well with Saryth, the Viper's Fang so far.

I put Eternal Witness, Reverent Hoplite and Rishkar's Expertise in the deck and will test them over the weekend.

Dazard on Who wants some keyword soup?

1 month ago

@ bushido_man96 Thanks a lot for your comment (and upvote). I'm always happy about some advices and guidance :)

Oriq Loremage is already locked in.

I mainly want to use Minion Reflector to be able to distribute twice as much counters with Kathril, Aspect Warper to either my other creatures or Kathril itself. So while the original Kathril has to hold back with attacking (summoning sickness), the token (copy) of it can already swing in for some heavy commander damage due to the haste ability. To me this sounds like a good plan, or am i missing something here?

Carddraw-wise i feel the same - there should be more in it. But isn't Rishkar's Expertise a bit situational? What if i just got boardwiped? And if i have the "big guys" out already i am probably fine anyways even with a thin hand. Or is this just me, being an unexperienced mtg player thinking stupid stuff like this? Maybe just add "simpler" card draws like Night's Whisper etc.?

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