Iron Maiden


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Urza's Legacy (ULG) Rare

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Iron Maiden


At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, Iron Maiden deals 1 damage to that player for each card more than four in his or her hand.

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Iron Maiden Discussion

Snickles@EDH_only on Mogis Trigger

1 month ago

alright, so I did some more digging - I've been kicking around a similar deck idea for a while. here's some of the stuff you might be interested in:

Pain for everyone:

Citadel of Pain, Copper Tablet, Power Surge (read the errata for this one, it makes more sense, Shadows of the Past, Pyrohemia, Pestilence, Dark Suspicions (or Bulwark, depending. kinda mutually exclusive), Rivalry, Skullcage, Wheel of Torture, Iron Maiden and Circle of Affliction

No creatures for You!

Death Pits of Rath (which couples well with Pyrohemia and Pestilence from earlier), along with Circle of Flame, Heat Stroke, Magmatic Core, Mudslide, Wave of Terror, War's Toll, Storage Matrix, and Noetic Scales.

Punishment and protection

Pia's Revolution, War's Toll, Bitter Feud (kinda a furnace of wrath - but only for those two against each other), Defense Grid.

probably some stuff in here you considered already, just figured I'd sift through this stuff and see if anything was to your liking

andylkell on Nekusar's Wheel

4 months ago

I really like this deck. It definitely puts a target on your back since people like drawing cards, but not losing life for doing so. You may consider adding Propaganda just to keep people from attacking you. I was confused at the addition of Glistening Oil at first, but then I realized you can put it on your commander and kill VERY quickly, great interaction. The deck looks pretty tuned, but if you were looking for different options, you might consider Iron Maiden or Viseling so they get damaged based on the number of cards in hand or extra forced card draw like Fascination, Prosperity, Minds Aglow, Kami of the Crescent Moon, or Dictate of Kruphix. May even consider Past in Flames to get back those instants and sorceries in the late game. Just suggestions, but again, it looks pretty good as is so I'm not even sure what you would take out.

Also, don't forget Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind and Curiosity are a lethal combo even if they aren't infinite.

cdkime on Nekusar, Offerer of Knowledge

4 months ago

I had a couple of suggestions:


Jace's Archivist is a pretty nifty card to have, as it gives you a repeatable, inexpensive wheel.

Chasm Skulker can get quite large, particularly if you're throwing wheels around. Makes for a great blocker, as, even if it should die, you've just generated a substantial number of chump blockers.

Psychosis Crawler can be a decent blocker if you have many cards in your hand, and its damage ability can be quite nifty.

Sangromancer goes well with wheel effects, netting you fairly significant life gain.


Winds of Change is an easy to cast wheel card.

Windfall triggers both discard effects and draw effects.

Whispering Madness triggers both discard effects and draw effects, and can be imprinted on a creature to cast repeatedly. I generally don't use its cipher effect all that much, as I go more pillow fort Nekusar, but you've got a lot of creatures here, so might be more effective for you.

I might consider more removal--black has some good destroy creature effects, red is wonderful for artifact hate, and Blue has permanent bouncing, which can help with some pesky enchantments black/red don't usually cover.


Personally I run a bunch of pillow fort enchantments and artifacts (Dissipation Field, No Mercy, Propaganda, etc.), but that does not seem to be your strategy.

Megrim is a slightly worse costed Liliana's Caress, but I've found it's generally worth the slot.

Forced Fruition is great--players have to choose to take 7 damage every time they play a spell.

Helm of the Ghastlord combos well with Nekusar--every time they draw a card, so do you, and they also have to discard a card. It helps neutralize the biggest threat with Nekusar--you're giving your enemy the chance to get their combo pieces.

Phyresis is something I have been testing out some--infect + wheel mechanics can be really deadly, really quickly.


Teferi's Puzzle Box - Large card draw every turn, and disrupts their hand.

Iron Maiden - fairly inexpensive artifact giving consistent damage.

skull_kid on Winter Orb Lockdown

4 months ago

@tmsandro because stasis hurts yourself too as it says players and there is no oracle text changing it however Winter Orb can be abused to keep your untap step while limiting your opponent. I can get behind the black vise over Iron Maiden if you can get them

as for upgrades try Anvil of Bogardan over Howling Mine it removes hand size and has the mine's extra draw effect

Spoosky on you don't need mana to play magic!!!!

4 months ago

if you have the control of the table, could be Iron Maiden can help you

Love-in-Theory on Fourth Circle (Forcefeed)

4 months ago

Rzepkanut- I can't believe I forgot Psychosis Crawler!

Iron Maiden will go in here, along with Sturmgeist.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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