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Creature — Elemental

Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)

(2)(Red), Untap: Hateflayer deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.

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Hateflayer Discussion

DudeMan1031 on A Burning, Stinging Sensation

1 week ago

Those are all great cards for the deck, but I'm building this as on theme as possible for casual play and none of these put -1/-1 counters on creatures. Well, save for Hateflayer, but I'm just not a fan of a 7mana creature with no immediate value.

I will expand the maybeboard tho for people who want a stronger version. Thanks

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on A Burning, Stinging Sensation

2 weeks ago

You've got plenty of ways to lay on the -1/-1 counters, but you need some hard removal to take of bigger stuff. Terminate should be included.

Rakdos Charm is a versatile tool that is highly effective against multiple types of decks (artifact, graveyard, tokens).

Vandalblast is super great. Use it turn 2 to counter a Sol Ring, or blow up all the mana rocks later.

Hateflayer is a powerful beater with synergy with your theme.

Dreadbore is another hard removal spell worth considering, especially since -1/-1 counters don't work against 'walkers.

Talisman of Indulgence should probably be included as another mana rock.

Some permanents (enchantments) are near-impossible for Rakdos colors to deal with, which is why Chaos Warp continues to be a valuable removal too.

foxboy93 on The Pretender

3 weeks ago

Mairsil, the Pretender

Quicksilver Elemental

Gilded Lotus

Prismatic Geoscope


Just for reference


Please describe to me, among the 4/5 cards listed in the combo, which one is allowing you to:

"Untap for U Mana"

Besides Hateflayer, there is no other way to untap Mairsil with the listed cards in the combo. I am unsure where you are getting an extra untap ability from, but it is not with the listed cards.

As described, this combo WOULD work if you had a way to discount the mana you were using. Add in Heartstone or Training Grounds and this combo DOES work:

Tap for UUUUse U for Quicksilver ability - refresh abilitiesUse UU to untap with Hateflayer - Quicksilver allows U mana to be used in place of any other color (training grounds makes it so its U, letting you make infinite mana if you cannot target a player for example)Mairsil now has the ability to tap again for UUU and can repeat the steps for an insta-kill

BlueScope on Blinking Mairsil

1 month ago

If Hateflayer is caged, its ability will only deal 4, not 5 damage, bringing your opponent down to 5 life, not 4, and therefore will require more than a single activation of either ability to finish them off.

As for mana rocks, keep in mind that they tap to generate mana, so exiling more than one would most likely be pointless. Try to get a cage counter on Gilded Lotus, and leave it at that.

Also, please mark an answer to remove this question from the unanswered queue, or otherwise ask if there's still unclear elements.

SG083180 on Blinking Mairsil

1 month ago

If I use AEtherling or Deadeye Navigator or Essence Flux to exile and immediately return Mairsil, will that allow me to use all abilities again? Having a debate with other players on whether using Spikeshot Elder + Tree of Perdition then blinking Mairsil, the Pretender with AEtherling will allow you to then use Hateflayer + Tree of Perdition to take 2 opponents down to 4 health and then use the Hateflayer and Spikeshot Elder to hit both opponents for 4 and win the game.

YouGotFranked on Mairsil - Versatile Stax

1 month ago

3 cards to consider: Hateflayer combo with Tree of Perdition for an insta-kill on a player. Illusionist's Bracers and Rings of Brighthearth let you double down on your activated abiities without being too reliant on Quicksilver Elemental

DuTogira on Jigsaw

2 months ago

You lack removal for high priority threats to the deck. While you definitely have a great nest-egg thing going with Mairsil, i'd look into cutting some of the lower-payoff creatures and artifacts from the list in favor of more removal/counter magics. Reality Shift, Chaos Warp, Toxic Deluge, Cryptic Command, and cards of that sort would likely be productive in contending with high tier decks, as you will need to have the ability to stop them from going off on you as early as turn 4.
I'd definitely look at cutting Azami, Lady of Scrolls, Memnarch, Argent Sphinx, and Hateflayer (not sure about hate flayer... a lot of lists seem to like him) from the list.
Very cool deck idea though

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