Cruel Sadist


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2015 Rare

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Cruel Sadist

Creature — Human Assassin

B, T, Pay 1 life: Put a +1/+1 counter on Cruel Sadist.

2B, T, Remove X +1/+1 counters from Cruel Sadist: Cruel Sadist deals X damage to target creature.

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Cruel Sadist Discussion

TheVectornaut on Damien Dhark

1 week ago

robgould339, I do like the focus now. I will say that Griselbrand and Ob Nixilis Reignited might be a little overkill. The lifelink on Griselbrand does have strong synergy with cards like Prey Upon, but at 8 mana, it may be difficult to even cast him at all. Without the ability to cast him almost for free, as in reanimator, it becomes much more likely that you won't have enough life left to abuse his ability. As for Ob Nixilis Reignited, I find that I usually end up using him for his -3 ability. Since this deck is already pretty great at destroying creatures, I imagine that will narrow his use down to just drawing an extra card every turn. And at that point, I'd probably just use Bloodgift Demon. I suppose it is possible that if you can manage to stay ahead on the board, you just might be able to pull off his ultimate (which is something I achieve very rarely in my dimir control deck). If that works out, he certainly can be a viable win condition.

As for Quietus Spike + Cruel Sadist, I think it's a nice combo. The question is whether or not you'll draw them in conjunction enough to justify their inclusion. Compare it to Vampire Nighthawk + Prey Upon. The nighthawk is still good, even when you don't have a prey upon to go with it, and the prey upon is still good if you don't have exactly nighthawk to go with it. Here, Quietus Spike and Cruel Sadist become a lot worse if they aren't paired with each other. If you go with it, I'd at least consider swapping Quietus Spike to Basilisk Collar, seeing as it is cheaper and that lifelink is more likely to come into effect than the life halving.

I was also doing some searches and came across Gnarlwood Dryad, Narnam Renegade, and Wasteland Viper. Seems like any of these could be an objectively better Sedge Scorpion, so that's cool. The viper in particular increases the value of any non-deathtouch creatures in the deck.

robgould339 on Damien Dhark

1 week ago

TheVectornaut once again, thank you. I have added some of your suggestions, but went slightly different with adding ole Ob Nixilis Reignited and Quietus Spike as well as Cruel Sadist. Thoughts?

owen.donnelly on Dragons, maybe?

1 month ago

You know you can have up to 4 copies of one card in a deck excluding basic lands right? Think about adding in some one cards that only cost one mana such as Ruthless Ripper or Cruel Sadist. I would also take out Scion of Ugin and add a full playset (4 copies of) Dragon Tempest. As far as legality goes, you can switch the format to Modern, a format where your deck will be fully legal. Your land ratio looks a bit high at 27, I would think about moving down to 24 lands and using some dual lands such as Temple of Malice and Akoum Refuge. You could do shock lands such as Blood Crypt, but those are more expensive and it seems like you're going for a more budget deck.

Good luck, I hope my suggestions help!

bowdika on Atraxa Bant

1 month ago

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice is an amazing commander! Here is an idea for creature removal based on +1/+1 counters: Retribution of the Ancients. It allows you to take excess counters and kill creatures. Also, Cruel Sadist does basically the same thing, except it's a creature. Hope this helps!

Tyrant-Thanatos on New player requires help with ...

1 month ago

If you want some more actual assassins for your "assassin deck", I might suggest Mer-Ek Nightblade, Ruthless Ripper, and maybe Kiku, Night's Flower.

Kiku may not fit the theme that well, but she's a personal favorite of mine.

Cruel Sadist isn't fantastic, but it synergizes with the +1/+1 counters thing you've got going. Could be good enough for kitchen table.

DaringApprentice on The Adamant Ones

5 months ago

Sick deck, I'm a big fan of Abzan counter-based strategy! If you're interested, here are some budget suggestions for this deck: Bloodspore Thrinax, Chorus of the Conclave, Cruel Sadist, Custodi Soulbinders, Death's Presence, Grave Betrayal, Necroplasm, Realm Seekers, Rite of Passage, Savage Summoning, Spiritmonger, Strength of the Tajuru, Sunscorch Regent, Sunscorch Regent, Varolz, the Scar-Striped, and Vulturous Zombie.

Some budget ideas for the lands are Stirring Wildwood, Vivid Meadow, Vivid Grove, Vivid Marsh. Less budget, but very useful: Command Tower.

ThinkJank on Queen Marchesa's Bloody Reign

7 months ago

If Monarchy becomes a popular enough mechanic in EDH, and cards like Skyline Despot become commonplace, I think one card that might benefit this deck is Behind the Scenes. Those 1/1 hasty guys Marchesa generates become that much more annoying when they have a semblance of unblockability, and they can ensure nobody else holds the crown for more than a turn.

Also, does Deathgaze Cockatrice do much for you? The flying is nice for retaining Monarchy, but 4 mana for such a fragile creature seems like a steep cost.

All in all, this looks like a super fun deck! There's a lot of cards that I don't see very often in EDH. Butcher of the Horde, Cruel Sadist, Flameblade Angel... Interesting cards that I might have to explore!

Quicksilver on Anafenza, Abzan Siege Commander

8 months ago

Cruel Sadist is super bad. Daghatar the Adamant is slow and is really only useful if you can double the counters you move from one creature to another, with cards like Doubling Season or Hardened Scales. Wall of Limbs doesn't really synergise enough with your deck, and it's ability is expensive as well. I'll second the Champion of the Parish suggestion, and further recommend Thalia's Lieutenant, Den Protector, Juniper Order Ranger and Managorger Hydra. +1 for using Anafenza, the Foremost

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