Captive Audience


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Mythic Rare

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Captive Audience


Captive Audience enters the battlefield under the control of an opponent of your choice.

At the beginning of your upkeep, choose one that hasn't been chosen —

  • Your life total becomes 4.
  • Discard your hand.
  • Each opponent creates five 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens.
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Captive Audience Discussion

Senomar on Olivia Leader of Madness

3 days ago

Judith, the Scourge Diva is nice and Bedevil seems OK :) In this fast format my dude you'll never play 3 CCM cards such as Theater of Horrors that does nothing when it arrived on the battlefield except if the draw back is really really really huge (cf Deeproot Waters in my Kumena deck). Won't even talk about Captive Audience ... Unplayable in duel commander.

Gleeock on The Real Slaughter Games ft. Thantis

3 days ago

Been awhile! I like the new direction, a little more thriving off death & hard-to-target stuff. Here is where The Brown Spider has evolved to. Ever think about Swarmyard for a little sub-theme with Hornet Queen + Hornet Nest ? & other insects/spider commander? Also, if you like putting a clock on game-delays, i've found Captive Audience to be fun.

DRmagic2017 on Olivia Leader of Madness

5 days ago

What about cards from Ravnica Allegiance: Bedevil , Judith, the Scourge Diva , Theater of Horrors and (oh, my favorite!) Captive Audience ?

nutrun on RNA - Grixis Control

1 week ago

I created a similar vesrion with Sphinx of Foresight and it is very good.

Consider Captive Audience 1x as second win con.

Boza on War of the Spark

1 week ago

I have to agree with that - planeswalkers are difficult to parse, especially for newer players, and the problem is exacerbated when multiples are played.

However, even with a planeswalker in every pack, the problem will be mitigated somewhat:

  • I imagine there will be lower rarity walkers, which will be less complex (2 abilities only for example);

  • additionally, you can realistically play only 3 out of 6 walkers in your pack, since the other will not fit your colors. And you cannot expect to draw more than 2 of those in the average game.

  • and, most walkers are less complex than certain rares or mythics - i think that Captive Audience is more complex than say Domri Rade ;

  • finally, most walkers really have 2 abilities - a plus and a minus ability and an ultimate, which the opponent does not care what it does, just how much loyalty it takes to activate and stopping it.

superwill123 on Thantis, the Warweaver

2 weeks ago

Your version of the deck looks fun! but here are a few suggestions. . .

1: the hunted cycle is really fun, but there are much better cards that do the same thing, like Genesis Chamber , Sylvan Offering , Captive Audience Akroan Horse , and many more. also [[]] synergieses SO WELL with Thantis, it's hilarious.

2: if you want to give your opponents tokens, you gotta tickle them a little when they come in, and with cards like Essence Warden , Blood Seeker , Rampaging Ferocidon , and Xantcha, Sleeper Agent , they're bound to say "thanks, you shouldn't have. . . really"!

3: If you want the TRUEST pain of all, you simply MUST try making it hurt more to attack you! the trio of pain Hissing Miasma , Blood Reckoning , and Marchesa's Decree will all but guarantee pain for the opponents! but if you want the creatures to hurt, try cards like Caltrops and Circle of Flame to lay on the pain!

In conclusion, your deck is sweet, I took some of the cards in here for my own deck, and I can't wait to see how your deck changes and adapts!

(p.s. Assault Formation could be good if you keep on the wall plan)

Lhurgyof on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

3 weeks ago

Just finished building this baby after grabbing the Rakdos guild kit (I needed those basics). I know I could really use a Captive Audience and a better land base, but other than that any suggestions are helpful.

Rakdos Reconnaissance

Commander / EDH* Lhurgyof


superwill123 on Thantis' Creature Donation Station

1 month ago

Gleeock Thanks for the comment! here are my thoughts on each card:

Primal Vigor : want it, but can't find it anywhere :/

Captive Audience : already added it

Awaken the Erstwhile : added it

Rampage of the Clans : need to get it

Crown of Doom : I tried it, but was generally unimpressed so I removed it

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Captive Audience occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Rakdos: 0.34%