Harsh Mentor

Creature — Human Cleric

Whenever an opponent activates an ability of an artifact, creature, or land on the battlefield, if it isn't a mana ability, Harsh Mentor deals 2 damage to that player

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Harsh Mentor Discussion

Agusdakilla on With Fire And Storm ($30) MTG Core 19 Budget Burn

1 week ago

Hey there, these are the recommendations I’d make for your deck:

Take out: 2x Harsh Mentor, 4x Fervent Paincaster, 1x Primal Amulet  Flip, 1x Mountain, 2x Warlord's Fury.

Put in: 2x Soul-Scar Mage, 4x Shock, 1x Vance's Blasting Cannons  Flip.

Good luck with the deck! If I get any other good ideas, I’ll add another comment.

kamelyan on Burn

2 weeks ago

Manabarbs, Spellshock, and Harsh Mentor are mono-red cards that I used in my group-hate deck:

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xyr0s on Aggro and Burn

2 weeks ago

It looks a lot better now. Still a bit heavy on 3 and 4 drops for a burn deck, though. Perhaps Manabarbs is more of a sideboard card, since it's useless against other fast aggro decks, but is going to shine against control. You could replace it with Harsh Mentor, as even fast decks use fetchlands, so that one will rarely be completely wasted. Also, Skullcrack > Lightning Strike (it is strictly better, since it's the same card with an additional and relevant effect).

digitalogre on Best Mono Red Burn Cards

1 month ago

The rest of the cards I have in my burn deck that differ from your list revolved around me emptying my hand to allow ensnaring bridge to protect me. They may or may not meet your criteria (and most probably don't as they just double the initial lightning bolt but some are direct damage) but thought I'd list them anyway:

Cursed Scroll, Isochron Scepter, Firestorm, Fire Servant, Hazoret the Fervent, Masticore, Dual Casting, Harness the Storm, Pyromancer Ascension, Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, Increasing Vengeance, Searing Blood, Skullcrack, Thunderous Wrath, Harsh Mentor

FancyTuesday on Can Harsh Mentor still shock ...

1 month ago

Y̶e̶s̶,̶ ̶H̶a̶r̶s̶h̶ ̶M̶e̶n̶t̶o̶r̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶s̶t̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶c̶k̶ ̶P̶l̶a̶n̶e̶s̶w̶a̶l̶k̶e̶r̶s̶.̶ The change is that you no longer target the player and redirect damage to a Planeswalker, you now target Planeswalkers directly and they're going to change the language of targeted damage spells and abilities to reflect that. The errata is retroactive and is as follows:

  • Spells that used the language "target creature or player" will be changed to "any target", which will be shorthand for "target creature, player, or Planeswalker"
  • Spells that used the language "target player/opponent" will be changed to "target player/opponent or planeswalker"
  • Spells that deal damage to players but DO NOT specify a target will not be changed, and will not affect Plansewalkers. Ex: Hurricane, Earthquake

H̶a̶r̶s̶h̶ ̶M̶e̶n̶t̶o̶r̶ ̶s̶a̶y̶s̶ ̶"̶t̶a̶r̶g̶e̶t̶ ̶c̶r̶e̶a̶t̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶y̶e̶r̶"̶,̶ ̶m̶e̶a̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶O̶r̶a̶c̶l̶e̶ ̶t̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶"̶a̶n̶y̶ ̶t̶a̶r̶g̶e̶t̶"̶,̶ ̶a̶l̶l̶o̶w̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶h̶i̶t̶ ̶P̶l̶a̶n̶e̶s̶w̶a̶l̶k̶e̶r̶s̶.̶

EDIT: That's wrong. Harsh Mentor doesn't target, he falls into the 3rd category and cannot hit Planeswalkers.

Thebiggalactus on Can Harsh Mentor still shock ...

1 month ago

With the planeswalker redirection rule change, does Harsh Mentor still have the ability to shock planeswalkers? If not is it the same for every card that used to be able to do it?

Thebiggalactus on Is walking Ballista ping ability ...

1 month ago

I'm making a standard deck that uses Harsh Mentor, and I remember people talking about if it affected Walking Ballista but I cant remember if it actually worked or not. I have no clue if it shocks them if you crew a vehicle either. Thanks for any answers! Its really appreciated.

Pervavita on Burn Quest

1 month ago

Ramunap Ruins I think would be nice as a last ditch game ender; even if it doesn't end the game often for you chances are the few points of life loss in the course of a game will mean nothing to you.

Harsh Mentor you might want to consider as it really hurts those greedy mana bases.

Rampaging Ferocidon should be good in the sideboard for you against life gain decks and token decks.

have you tested Rift Bolt? If you set up right you can suspend it the turn before you crack your Quest and then on your upkeep your Rift Bolt goes off (no mana this turn) and you crack your Quest in response to have a free 6 points of damage followed by your other spells.

Abrade can give you some flexibility in your sideboard as well to deal with artifacts that are troublesome like Damping Sphere but also give you a removal spell if you deem you need it in a matchup.

Hope that helps you out.

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