Hostage Taker

Hostage Taker

Creature — Human Pirate

When Hostage Taker enters the battlefield, exile another target creature or artifact until Hostage Taker leaves the battlefield. You may cast that card for as long as it remains exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast that spell.

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Format Legality
Historic Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Modern Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Arena Legal
Pioneer Legal
Block Constructed Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Legacy Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Hostage Taker Discussion

ghostmode on Historic Party Bus

2 weeks ago

I had a lot of fun with Bant Party Bus lol, but this brings up some cool ideas! Hostage Taker seems interesting if you could squeeze the use out of him, and Blood for Bones seems great. I wonder if there's a Scholar of the Ages brew with Blood for Bones.. that combo is awesome lol.

The Battlement is awesome. I was using lots of Elvish Visionarys and Llanowar Visionarys (ramps a bit too!) and the main idea of the deck was Leyline of Anticipation. It's hilarious flashing in Battlement to scoop up blockers and then instant-speed Shatter the Sky to draw a card, sweep the board, and get my entire board back drawing 5 more cards lol. Elite Guardmage seems pretty good here, maybe I'll have to try that!

Yorion, Sky Nomad and Thassa, Deep-Dwelling are really great inclusions that both fit into your Esper colors as well. And Cloudshift can do some stuff! I found less use in Long Road Home but it exists and can also target the opponents creatures last resort if you need to eliminate a certain effect temporarily.. I've had that happen.

zapyourtumor on

4 weeks ago

Yo where is Hostage Taker and Thief of Sanity

Nemesis on Cube additions

1 month ago

Kelvin-escesare on Clawbind Prison **Primer**

1 month ago

Skybind is just a value engine so I don't think its particularly worth running more copies that are typically dead.

It could be worth it only if your up against lots of midrange/control opponents playing lots of enchantment hate.

Teferi also works well with Wishclaw. In other lists, I'm testing a copy of Hostage Taker, which can also reuse Wishclaw repeatedly in a pinch (especially combined with Yorion, Fires, and Teferi), and give alternative lines of play.

Tylord2894 on Does the owner or controller …

2 months ago

The owner of the Sol Ring would get it back. When something changes zones, it has no "memory" of its previous existence.

Let's examine what would happen in a simpler example. You cast Hostage Taker and exile my Sol Ring. Hostage Taker then leaves the battlefield somehow. The Sol Ring then enters the battlefield under my control. It has no memory of its previous controller only its owner.

The same idea applies here. Even though you controlled your opponent's Sol Ring when it was exiled, the exiled Sol Ring doesn't "remember" who controlled it last. All it "knows" is who its owner is. When you blink Hostage Taker with Aminatou, they get their Sol Ring back immediately (during the resolution of the blink effect). Luckily, this means that you can target it with the Hostage Taker ETB trigger.

Hope this helps!!

Chomp16 on Does the owner or controller …

2 months ago

The other night, I played Hostage Taker and stole an opponents Sol Ring, and then cast it the same turn. Then, my opponent stole Hostage Taker and blinked it with his own Conjurer's Closet targetting the sol ring that I stole, but was unable to cast it at that time. I then blinked the Hostage Taker with Aminatou, the Fateshifter. Who gains control of the sol ring? Me because I controlled it when it was exiled, or my opponent, who "owns" it?

Lordeh on Standard Bans

3 months ago

Lets not forget the greatest errata ever on Hostage Taker which needed to be changed before the set because it caused a draw if played without a valid target other than itself.

mckayeaston on Princess Bride Tribute [HELP ME!]

3 months ago

The poison that Wesley was immune to could either be Moonglove Extract or Vial of Poison.

Dread pirate Roberts: Fathom Fleet Cutthroat or Fathom Fleet Captain or Hostage Taker and Dire Fleet Poisoner could represent the time Wesley spent as the pirate.

The boat Wesley uses might be Fell Flagship or Sleek Schooner or Shadowed Caravel. The boat the princess is kidnapped in could be Smuggler's Copter or Dusk Legion Dreadnought.

Shrieking eel: Shriekmaw or a Slipstream Eel equipped with Fireshrieker.

Dying Wish could represent the scene where Buttercup pushes Wesley down the hill and he yells "as you wish!"

Their battle "to the pain" could be Pain's Reward or Painful Quandary or Decree of Pain.

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