Maga, Traitor to Mortals
Legendary Creature — Human Wizard
Maga, Traitor to Mortals enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
When Maga enters the battlefield, target player loses life equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on it.
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|Saviors of Kamigawa (SOK)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Maga, Traitor to Mortals occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.0%
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Maga, Traitor to Mortals Discussion
2 months ago
It's not a bad start, but there are some clear ways to take the deck in a better direction. Firstly, keep in mind your playgroup and the ever-present specter that ruins people, "play group politics". When approaching a deck, always consider how certain cards and interactions will affect the playgroup. Some people will not particularly care until you just dome someone out of nowhere, while other people may just act when they see things they dislike. Playing to politics isn't something Rakdos does well, but the ideal way to approach is through "minimal" bad stuff that helps you keep the target off your back. It's always fun to talk about how oppressive a deck or strategy can be, but once people grow aware and start countering you, the tables will indeed table against you.
But that said, onto the said ways to better this little carnival cruiseliner of doom.
Let's start with the fun stuff. The whole point here is to play every Big Chungus for minimal cost. You should be looking for either beefy dudes to beat your opponents with or high end utility cards that aren't literal neanderthals.
Akroma, Angel of Fury: Not the most exciting of cards, but in a W/U heavy meta, she'll put in work.
Vilis, Broker of Blood: A beefy fella that keeps the machine movin', or dare I say, schmoovin'.
Maga, Traitor to Mortals: Ever slap someone with this guy for 87? It never gets old.
Artisan of Kozilek: Recursion plus Annihilator. It's self-explanatory.
Ulamog's Crusher: A useful ape.
Demon of Death's Gate: Not the most elegant of chonkers, but never underestimate a good old fashioned ass whoopin'.
Drakuseth, Maw of Flames: Burninate the countryside. Burninate the peasants.
Grave Titan: Generates free board presence while applying pressure.
Pathrazer of Ulamog - Annihilator 3 that demands lots of stuff to be thrown under the bus.
Hateflayer: Wither makes for an all around strong option when slapping something for 5 damage.
It That Betrays: "This is mine now" the card.
Here I'll go over more miscellaneous creatures. You mostly are going to want creatures that either fulfill Rakdos's requirement or are general good stuff.
Nirkana Revenant: Old fashioned mana ramp that can go super Chonk.
Crypt Ghast: Ironically, the church will help the demon. Extort puts life loss on board while opening up mana.
I'll address the deck further another day as I'm getting tired.
3 months ago
6 months ago
I just stumbled on your list after finally making a TO account. I really like some of the inclusions you have! Unfortunately this deck has SO MANY options available to it that it's tough to cull it down to 100.
Speaking from experience, I cant even fit everything I'd like to in my build after adding a Candelabra of Tawnos and a Bazaar of Baghdad , and now your build is making me want even more toys! (My Muldrotha build is an X spell variant with Maga, Traitor to Mortals and Walking Ballista ). I'm really digging the Bear Umbra inclusion! (I'll have to get another copy though, as I dont want to cannibalize it from my Sigarda Voltron)
Thanks for sharing this with everyone!
7 months ago
The real Trump deck would be mono black with Maga, Traitor to Mortals as the commander.
1 year ago
Animation Module - Missed out on that one, great idea
Blade of the Bloodchief - I feel as though it's not gonna be used to its full potential most of the time, since, while Vish Kal likes counters, this deck isn't a counter deck that much.
Citadel Siege - Same reasoning
Walking Ballista - Maybe, but I have reservations about adding it since I can't really see myself ever using the ability to gain more counters, so it'd enter with x counters and id either sac it to Vish, or use it all up to blast someone.
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet - Already in.
Endless One - Similar reasoning to Ballista
Hangarback Walker - Definitely can see it being useful, though I worry I'll never really cast it for a high enough x to get that much out of it
Hythonia the Cruel - Too expensive really, trying to keep the cmc as low as possible
Karlov of the Ghost Council - Lifegain is just a byproduct of the cards in the deck, I might actually make it less lifegain oriented, so while he can be great removal, I don't think he'd be that useful. Might take a bit more consideration to full decide
Krav, the Unredeemed - Not really sure about him, maybe board for now
Maga, Traitor to Mortals - Would be way to expensive to cast to get a significant amount of life drained, can only see him being played late game to get that final bit of damage in.
Marionette Master - While a great card, I don't have any ways to sacrifice artifacts, so her ability is moot
Mikaeus, the Lunarch - Not a counter deck
Thanks for your suggestions. I think I should refine the objective of the deck a bit more and appreciate your assistance, WarriorMagic
1 year ago
Flooremoji So I'm comparing the deck to storm (as it is actually very similarly in set up), gifts storm actually fairs decently well post board to GV hate, bouncing just enough spells to go off, this build actually has more interaction in the main and even more post, so I actually don't feel to bad about being disrupted. My main fear is still burn and discard decks, which should still have a large advantage over me.
Maga, Traitor to Mortals is extremely comparable to Blue Sun's Zenith . I haven't really thought about another win con, my thought process is that once I'm going off, my opponent has exhausted all interaction and I'm home free. If was worried about a rogue surgical to my only win con I can use the loop to fill my hand with counters of course.
I don't really see the appeal of Mirror Sheen ? what am i missing?
I've considered a few other single bounce affects, what do you have in mind?
It's pretty much turn 4 consistent, but thats with no interaction from either side. I'm thinking about adding Pact of Negation but that's pricey
Dictate of Karametra is probably the card highest on my list of potential adds. I'm just not sure how to include it or if it even needs to be included. part of me thinks I need to do a 4-2 split or a 3-3 split (to mimic the bears in storm), but the problem is that it's even slower which then means that I need more interaction but I have to make room for it somehow. I'm scared to pull out filter or ramp because it feels really good atm so I'm kind of stuck. The thought of giving my opponent access to all of that extra mana a turn before me terrifies me in this hyper linear metta though. It's really some thing I'll learn from extensive time with the deck (I literally found the combo last night so I'm very new to the build, it will become more refined over time)
I almost picked the deck up tonight to take to an event but I decided it would be better to proxy it and goldfish it until I really understand it. (I'd test it on here but i swear whenever I play test storm on here its like twice as inconsistent on the site as it is in paper, I could just be crazy though)
1 year ago
From what i've seen, the deck is more resiliant to GY hate depending on the version. This is a great asset, and my main problem with the gifts version. Also from what i've seen, the deck can make room for boardwipes and hand desruption before comboing. As you saw, I used Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and Maga, Traitor to Mortals as win conditions. Have you found any better ones? How do you feel about adding Mirror Sheen ? Could you imagine some of the blue mass bounce spells in your deck? At what turn does it go off? Have you ever wanted Dictate of Karametra ? How often does giving opp extra mana help them too much? Hope these stimulate you!