Callous Oppressor

Callous Oppressor

Creature — Cephalid

You may choose not to untap Callous Oppressor during your untap step.

As Callous Oppressor enters the battlefield, an opponent chooses a creature type.

: Gain control of target creature that isn't of the chosen type as long as Callous Oppressor remains tapped.

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Set Rarity
Onslaught (ONS) Rare

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

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Callous Oppressor Discussion

Archon_Bel on Need Help Developing an "Ertai, …

4 weeks ago

Lol so in building the Ertai deck, I ended up deciding to build a different commander instead: Merieke Ri Berit. Since my original plan with Ertai was to have a theft subtheme, as I was putting cards like Merieke and Callous Oppressor in, I thought to myself, "You know, wouldn't Merieke just be a better commander overall for this?"

I'll be posting the decklist to my profile in a bit if anyone's interested in looking over it and giving advice/suggestions. Thanks to those of you who pitched in some ideas for Ertai, though!

FormOverFunction on Favorite Janky Cards?

2 months ago

Callous Oppressor always makes for an exciting debate. After that, it makes for a busy Nin, the Pain Artist or Sadistic Hypnotist in my torture deck. I usually ask the sliver player to name a creature type, as everyone has generally been picking on him already :D

Gidgetimer on Few questions regarding card:Callous Oppressor

1 year ago

Situation 1- The copy will have the same abilities as the original and an opponent will choose a type as it enters. It can be the same or different as the type chosen for the first. (This is assuming Clone, Cackling Counterpart, or other copies that enter the battlefield.)

Situation 2- Mirage Mirror (and similar things that copy without the creature entering the battlefield) will never have a creature type chosen and can therefore take control of any creature. Mirage Mirror (and other things that only copy until EOT) however will not have the ability that you may choose not to untap it, and you will lose control of the creature on your next untap step.

Situation 3- The creature will have 2 control changing effects applied to it. When one of the Callous Oppressors dies only the effect from it will end. The other one will still be granting you control of the creature.

SurpriZe on Few questions regarding card:Callous Oppressor

1 year ago

Situation #1: If I have a Callous Oppressor in play with a chosen creature type and make a copy of this card, will the copy be affected by the same creature type choice? Meaning, will I be able to take control of the originally "prohibited" creature type with the copy?

Situation #2: If I copy Callous Oppressor with Mirage Mirror, will I be able to target any creature type with the copy? Since Mirage Mirror doesn't enter the battlefield when copying.

Situation #3: I control two Callous Oppressors, then both of them use their ability on one creature under opponent's control. Then, if one of the Callous Oppressors dies, will the original owner get control of the creature or will the second Callous Oppressor still control it on my side of the battlefield?

Sheld on I'll hold on to that for you!

2 years ago


As for the rest, I agree that Callous Oppressor is not the greatest card because it only steals one creature at a time but I don't think the fact that you can't steal one creature type makes it much worse (also you choose which opponent chooses the creature type so just don't choose tribal player and most of the time the player will just protect his commander and not much more with this) and I thought it can be a fun political card so I wanted to show it to you.

Secondly, I definitely don't think you should change any of your boardwipes, the suggestions were just what you could add if you wanted more of them.

And lastly, I have to agree that Drift of Phantasms would make the deck less fun (but more powerful). I probably wouldn't even run Curiosity and Ophidian Eye if I made this deck because from my experience infinite combos make decks a lot less diverse as you tend to win a big percentage of games with them.

NV_1980 on I'll hold on to that for you!

2 years ago

Hi Sheld,

Thanks for taking a look and the tons of advice; appreciate it. On to feedback :)

Argent Mutation does fit the sub-theme nicely. It also fits the 'if-I-draw-you-get-hurt' theme. Definitely worth considering. This card may be the one to replace Tormenting Voice. Still need to get one though.

Callous Oppressor seems a bit iffy to me. First, I can only steal one creature with it, and only as long as I control Oppressor. Second, I need to put one of my opponents in control to decide what I may/may not steal. This often works counter-productive too.

Bribery is a fantastic card, but a bit pricey for me at the moment.

Considering that this deck already contains an ass-load of draw and scry cards, the cards within the list you mention (Faithless Looting, Ponder, etc.) don't seem all that necessary to me. They're great cards for sure, but not needed in this configuration.

The deck's second sac outlet (Ashnod's Altar was recently replaced with a ramp card, because if I can't keep a stolen creature, usually I manage to kill it off in some other way before anyone can get it back (rivals of the opponent I just stole something from, are often quite keen to help me out in this manner :)).

Actually, Cyclonic Rift and Mizzium Mortars are my boardwipes of choice in this deck, but I've never really needed them much to be honest. Besides, why kill/bounce everything if instead we can just steal the best bits?

Yes, Drift of Phantasms could tutor for Eye, but it's hardly necessary. I use the Niv + Eye/Curiosity combo only if I can't win in a more fun way. Adding a card only because it can specifically tutor for these ... ? Meh, I'd rather let someone else win. Good game :)

Thanks for your comments so far. I may not have used much of your advice, but you've made me think in detail about my deck!

Sheld on I'll hold on to that for you!

2 years ago

Hi NV_1980,

I love this deck! I really like when people go off the beaten track and come up with something original in their decks and I also like when cards in a deck synergize well with each other instead of being powerful good-stuff cards and you certainly accomplished both of these with this deck.

It is hard for me to give advice on deck without play-testing, so I will just write down some cards that seem to fit your deck well, but you will know better if they are actually worth playing.

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