Hostage Taker


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Hostage Taker Discussion

goldlion on Hit the Deck

2 days ago

Don't think I've seen Havengul Lich , that's wicked! Love it. Is Keiga, the Tide Star to high on the curve? Both that and Hostage Taker are excellent if you can recur them.

Kogarashi on Can a card trigger between ...

4 days ago

While abilities may trigger during the resolution of a spell or ability, they don't go on the stack until a player would next receive priority.

  • 603.3. Once an ability has triggered, its controller puts it on the stack as an object that’s not a card the next time a player would receive priority.

In your scenario, here's what happens:

  1. Time Wipe resolves, returning Hostage Taker to its owner's hand.

  2. Hostage Taker 's exile-return ability takes effect immediately, per its Gatherer rulings, so Mulldrifter returns to the battlefield. This triggers Mulldrifter 's ETB, but because Time Wipe is still resolving, the trigger doesn't go on the stack yet.

  3. Time Wipe finishes resolving, destroying all creatures including Mulldrifter .

  4. The active player would receive priority, so the Mulldrifter trigger goes on the stack. This trigger exists independently of its source and, unless Stifle d or similar, will resolve, allowing the trigger's controller to draw two cards.

It's important to note that it is a one-shot effect that returns the card Hostage Taker exiled, which isn't an ability that goes on the stack. It doesn't trigger like the LTB ability of Oblivion Ring .

JustKing on Can a card trigger between ...

4 days ago

Here's the hypothetical.

My opponent casts Time Wipe grabbing their Hostage Taker with a creature that has an ETB trigger under it. Let say it's Mulldrifter

So what happens with the triggers here? Does Mulldrifter come in, draws two, then dies? That made sense to me at first but as I understand the stack right now, when a spell resolves it does everything it says, and then triggered abilities trigger. If that's the case, Mulldrifter would still be around and I draw after the boardwipe right?

Someone please help my brain is smoking.

Joe_Ken_ on Jeleva and her Band of Thieves

1 month ago

Maybe Primal Amulet  Flip would be good for the deck since you've go a bit of a spellslinger build going on.

Then you've got Hostage Taker and Thief of Sanity as creatures who can steal more cards.

Ulaemracosi on The Aminatou Cat-astrophe cEDH

2 months ago

As I understand it, you active The Chain Veil while having Aminatou + Felidar/Spark Double out. You flicker 1 of the 2 to flicker Aminatou, then using Aminatou's now two activations to flicker a land/mana rock and then the Felidar/Spark Double. The Felidar/Spark Double then flickers Aminatou again, netting 1+ mana from the exchange. You do this a few times, then flicker the chain veil and repeat, only this time there's 3 uses of Aminatou and can then flicker 2 things, like lands/rocks for mana or other permanents for utility effects ( Hostage Taker , Reality Acid , etc). You get infinite mana and infinite utility ETB triggers. I've done this a few games with Oath of Teferi , so The Chain Veil is added redundancy though more expensive money wise.

Hellizha on Flick that shit

2 months ago

Nice deck there dude!

Here are some ideas for improving it :

First time that came to me, the lands! Having the fetches could really helps you dig what you need better with the Sensei's Divining Top and the others cantrips effect you got. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is really good to help you fix your black mana, Karn's Bastion is good synergy with the commander itself.

Also, having MORE planewalkers to this deck sound really an advantage. Just the -1 of Aminatou, the Fateshifter could mean doing the abilities more times in the same turn, even better if you have the Oath of Teferi or The Chain Veil .

As for the creatures, I would try to find some space for those super valuable : Snapcaster Mage , Sun Titan , Eldrazi Displacer , Gilded Drake . For better version of Angel of Despair , either Hostage Taker and Ashen Rider .

Last advice would be, get some Wraths!

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Hostage Taker occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.3%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%