Posted: April 03, 2018
In the first week of Tech Tuesday, a Compleat weekly column written by Gravez, we will take a closer look at River’s Rebuke.
River’s Rebuke is a sorcery card depicting a key moment in the lore of Ixalan. Recognising the potential threat of the invaders, Brazen Coalition led by Vraska, and sharing in their goal of finding the Golden City of Orazca, Kumena convinced Tishana to help him stop them. Together the two Merfolk leaders summoned the aid of the waters and crashed the pirate ships, destroying them in the process.
The tech choice is not limited to swarm decks. River’s Rebuke allows control decks to get a few additional turns to breathe while denying the opponent all the counter and token progress they might have accumulated (returning a token to hand removes it from the game permanently). That doesn’t only present an enormous loss for token based decks (Wg/Wu tokens, Vampires…), the tempo setback can be devastating to GR midrange decks and even UB control.
Unfortunately the card is not an auto-include for a reason. While it is an excellent addition against several of the most popular decks, the card is absolutely dead in others. The most popular deck in the last week has been RDW, where blue-based decks tend to have difficulties stabilizing with bad draws. River’s Rebuke is card that will only add to that problem, and should be mulliganed away. At 6CMC, Rebuke is also quite costly, and can either impair the mana curve or sub in for other, more important cards.
To put it short, River’s Rebuke is an excellent tech card for decks in blue that are facing a lot of swarm, token or ramp decks. Unless your matchups are predominantly against RDW and are already running blue, you should at least give it a try.
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