Hostage Taker


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

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Hostage Taker

Creature — Human Pirate

When Hostage Taker enters the battlefield, exile target artifact or creature 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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Hostage Taker Discussion

milse on Timestream Black and Blues

5 days ago

Interesting idea, but I think you can do better than Slippery Scoundrel. Maybe Wanted Scoundrels or dire fleet hoarder or Warkite Marauder or Hostage Taker or Deadeye Brawler or Deadeye Tracker.

Instead of Recover maybe Duress or Walk the Plank or Vanquish the Weak? Recover is really expensive and you need something to slow them down (or speed you up) while you're setting up your pieces. Maybe Sword-Point Diplomacy?

I think I'd go with Hostage Taker and Duress (with Walk the Plank and Vanquish the Weak in the sideboard).

BS-T on Nicol Bolas, Brawl Pharaoh

6 days ago

Interesting point about the artifact destruction - there's not much meta data yet (comparatively) with such a new format.

I'd be tempted to put at least something more in as all you have is Abrade and while it's always useful having modal options, you might need to off a creature with it and then you've got nothing (well I guess Hostage Taker kind of counts).

Maybe put in a By Force? To drop I would look at one of Tormenting Voice, Tragic Lesson or Chart a Course. As you say, with a 60 card format things can be a squeeze, so you don't want to put yourself too often in a position where you have to choose something to discard out of all good options. Search for Azcanta  Flip gets a pass in this category for being awesome!

princev1125 on I Put a Spell on You

1 week ago

I really love the idea behind this deck! It reminds me of something I would have come up with when I first started playing (I mean this in a very positive way!), as it is both plausible and creative!


At this point, I'm sure you're getting tired of reading, but before you go, I will suggest one more thing: either add green or cut blue for green. This allows you to ramp with cards like Spring and Thunderherd Migration, which will power out your big cards earlier!

Hopefully this was at least somewhat helpful. Feel free to reach out with your thoughts on my suggestions. Excited to see how you change it up. Please keep me updated on the results.


3 weeks ago

Have you tried using Hostage Taker or Deadeye Brawler?

ShinnTheHuman on Dimir(U/B) Pirate Beginner v1.1

1 month ago

I suggest that you concentrate your deck on more of a midrange deck instead of adding the mill plan with Fleet Swallower and Navigator's Ruin. This would allow you to add more strong pirate creatures such as more Hostage Taker and Dreamcaller Siren. I also think that Sailor of Means isn't as strong as other pirates in the deck and could be removed for more copies of other pirates.

copperdood on magicsheep

1 month ago

Hey dude! Thank you so much for your recommendations on my pirate deck. Funny story is that i actually ordered Hostage Takerand Dire Fleet PoisonerBefore i saw your comment. So im glad to see that these were not terrible ideas. Also ordered some other pirates in general. The deck will be uppdated when the cards arrive.

I will most likely follow your advice with the Banner. But that has to wait for next payday hehe.

magicsheep on

1 month ago

Finally a standard deck that was deckcycled! I mostly review standard decks, and today there were almost ONLY commander decks, so I couldn't help people...If you ever need any help, or have any questions, click magicsheep and leave me a comment. I'll respond within a day.

Either way, let's get down to your deck. To be truthful, I could name a dozen expensive cards (Metallic Mimic, The Scarab God, etc.). I would recommend these cards, but it seems like you're trying to stay with a budget theme so hopefully my suggestions reflect that. :)

To tie this entire deck together, Vanquisher's Banner can hopefully help you dig the cards you need. As a finisher/win con, Torment of Hailfire is relatively cheap ($ wise) and can be very powerful in the right deck. Warkite Marauder is also super annoying and can be, quite frankly, a win con in the right deck. In addition, Dire Fleet Poisoner can change the entire board state for only . Hostage Taker is also quality removal that would go great here. I'll playtest this deck as is and give you suggestions.

Honestly, I feel like you could take this deck in two different directions. The first is create a competitive standard pirates deck which is probably $100-$200. The other is create an almost pauper like budget pirates deck. Please tell me which one (or a different approach, if you have one) so I can tailor my suggestions specifically to your wants.


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