Hired Poisoner


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

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Common

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Hired Poisoner

Creature — Human Assassin


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Hired Poisoner Discussion

The_Potato_Judge on Art of the Kill

1 week ago

Hi there!

Nice deck and +1!

I am currently working on a deck somewhat similar to this one which has a low land count and expects a lot of its own creatures to die. I'm not sure how important modernity is to you, but I think that Ruthless Ripper is just a little bit better than Hired Poisoner.

With the former, you can still cause your opponent pain without relying upon combat. I'd replace the Hired Poisoners with Ruthless Rippers if I were you. Even if you do nothing but sack him to feed another card's ability, you'll still make your opponent lose 2 life. You will almost always have black cards in your hand to use that ability, and having the card in your deck with more ways to hurt your opponent is almost always better.

EskkeMo on Mono black aggro

1 week ago

I do notice that you have this as a mono-black aggro deck, but I have noticed most of your creatures are on the higher tip of the scale for cmc. It is generally for a aggro deck to have a low cost, decks like that have a very fast pace to them in order to finish the game before the enemy board state gets too large for you to handle. I personally suggest the following for creatures: Diregraf Ghoul Cabal Evangel Hired Poisoner Rat Colony and finally Two-Headed Zombie

All of those creatures are below a total of 4 cmc, and you are able to have as many rat colony cards in a deck as you like, so they can compensate for the amount of creatures you have in the deck. Your land count does not need to be tampered with, 20-24 is the golden number for a 60 card deck.

A bit of aggression you can give to someone by spells rather than creatures can be from cards like Mind Rot or Duress, duress being you have that in already, both can be cheap but controlling what your opponent can play and draw.

Hopefully my contributions do assist in the long run, if not, its still my 2 cents.

Darth_Savage on Golgari self mill

2 weeks ago

I might keep Splinterfright, with Nemesis of Mortals, but I'd probably rather play Hooting Mandrills or add a few more keywords and use Soulflayer. Off the top of my head Gladecover Scout and Hired Poisoner plus your already existing creatures with trample could give a pretty scary Soulflayer.

Varolz, the Scar-Striped is great if you are using something like Hunted Horror, Death's Shadow, Force of Savagery or even Yargle, Glutton of Urborg, so might be worth considering. This does mean shaping your deck to try and get Varolz, above all...

In such a creature heavy deck Throne of the God-Pharaoh would also make sense and if you choose to use delirium Traverse the Ulvenwald would be a good way to fetch your finisher. There is a but, graveyard hate is very common in modern, so you need a plan that lets you adapt if your graveyard is exiled, honestly this is where something like Throne is really useful, since you can still cast your creatures.

Hope this helps with your brew.

SpookyToe on Mulch -- $13 Golgari Graveyard

1 month ago

I'd say play the cards you love. Pauper is a format where you can do much about anything, new decks come and go constantly (unlike formats like modern where there are certain decks that don't really change tier or competitive consistency). There's lots of ways to go with a GY deck in pauper, and GRN brings tons of possibilities with Rhizome Lurcher or possibly Hired Poisoner. Screw most of the suggestions on here, follow your heart.

mistarilledawn on Dr Deathtouch

2 months ago

Hired Poisoner, Tidehollow Strix, and Pharika's Chosen all feel too vanilla for me. Yes, they fit the theme, but they don't have much of an upside besides that.

Circuitous Route also feels a bit off, maybe considering cutting it, or replacing it with something else?

Also, you've probably already considered it, but Atraxa, Praetors' Voice would also be an interesting and on-theme idea for a commander.

M_Malcom on Death forest

2 months ago

I’d put in a set of Hired Poisoner and a set of Sorcerer's Wand so now you always have one in the chamber to gun down things that can block and with archer to a little off the top.

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