Mage-Ring Bully


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic Origins (ORI) Common

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Mage-Ring Bully

Creature — Human Warrior

Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

Mage-Ring Bully attacks each turn if able.

Mage-Ring Bully Discussion

Pscioed on $10 Super Budget Aggro

1 year ago

@HotRodScott: I like all of your suggestions for tuning up the power, I hadn't even considered Manamorphose or Gitaxian Probe! We'll have to wait and hope for the price on Gitaxian Probe to go down a bit, but as for the rest, they are just way over budget for this particular build. In a $20-30 version, there is a lot more room for the $1-3 cards. Sanguinary Mage seems not great compared to any of Mage-Ring Bully, Immolating Souleater, or Akroan Crusader (I can't speak highly enough of this guy). I also was running 4 Assault Strobe, but found it was too many redundant copies. I cut it down to 3 to make room for more trample/haste cards. You might be ok going down even more, since you run cantrips. Thanks for the feedback!

Pscioed on $10 Super Budget Aggro

1 year ago


When I'm sideboarding, I usually start by trimming Reckless Charge, so probably start with those. You might also be interested in cutting 1-2 of the heroic creatures, since the synergy with Lightning Bolt is non-existent. Something like:

4 -> 1 Reckless Charge

2 -> 1 Akroan Crusader

0 -> 4 Lightning Bolt

Another option is to lose the all in plan with Immolating Souleater + Assault Strobe, and just mainboard Mage-Ring Bully + Lightning Bolt. This makes some sense since Lightning Bolt doesn't combo with double strike to do 6 damage. This is probably better, but leaves the Johnny in me a little dissatisfied:

3 -> 0 Assault Strobe

4 -> 0 Immolating Souleater

4 -> 3 Reckless Charge

0 -> 4 Mage-Ring Bully

0 -> 4 Lightning Bolt

Pscioed on $10 Super Budget Aggro

1 year ago

Immolating Souleater is actually a combo piece with Assault Strobe/Temur Battle Rage, allowing for turn 3 kills even over top of gain lands and chump blockers.

That means Mage-Ring Bully is copies 9-12 of aggressive 2 drops, and I think there is a lot of value in the speed/curve of the 1 drops instead. Sweet card though, definitely goes well with popular (expensive) cards like Lightning Bolt and Searing Blaze.

Wonky.wombat. on $10 Super Budget Aggro

1 year ago

Have you thought of adding Mage-Ring Bully instead of Immolating Souleater, as bully actually has prowess.

DragonFaceEater on Prowess is cool I guess...

2 years ago

For a deck based around noncreature spells, this sure has a lot of creatures in it. Now, I haven't played a prowess deck before, but I feel like you don't need to run every single prowess creature in here, especially cards like Bloodfire Expert, Dragon Bell Monk, Ingenious Skaab, Jeskai Sage, Jeskai Student, Mage-Ring Bully, Sanguinary Mage, Spellweaver Eternal, Umara Entangler, none of which have any significant abilities. To replace these, I'd run some mana ramp, which you have a criminally low amount of (one, in Chandra, Torch of Defiance). You could run Sol Ring, an EDH staple that every deck needs, also Azorius Signet, Izzet Signet, and Boros Signet, and if you want to get rid of your ramp later in the game, Mind Stone, Commander's Sphere, Hedron Archive, and Dreamstone Hedron will suit your needs. Some other ramp cards that can work really well in your deck are Chromatic Lantern, Coalition Relic, Coldsteel Heart, Corrupted Grafstone, Darksteel Ingot, Dowsing Dagger  Flip, Fellwar Stone, Gilded Lotus, Khalni Gem, Primal Amulet  Flip, and Pyromancer's Goggles. Obviously, you souldn't run all of these, but you should definitely consider them. The average commander deck should have around 10 ramp cards, though yours may want a few less, considering it's an aggro-ish deck. Also, Ponder's really good.

Cooperlogan on Jori En, Bargain Diver

2 years ago

I like the deck for sure. I would definitely recommend some Prowess creatures, as it just like a wasted opportunity to not run them in this kind of Izzet deck. Monastery Swiftspear, Mage-Ring Bully, Stormchaser Mage, Pearl Lake Ancient, and Sage-Eye Avengers could all do really well in this deck.

Eilel on Mr. Nibbles (Cheap deck)

2 years ago

I play a very simular deck with a bit more expansive cards like Lightning Bolt (still not too expansive) if you want a budget option Shock works well. They are great of getting the final points of damage to an opponent.

I only play 12 creatures, all with prowess! Monastery Swiftspear is the all star of the deck, don't have it in your sideboard, play it in your main instead of Mage-Ring Bully. Consider the change of Uncaged Fury to Temur Battle Rage, since it has the possibilty to gain trample and is more cheap in mana.

Titan's Strength is a bit overkill if you already play Brute Strength and Rush of Adrenaline, Brute Force is probably the best pump spell you can have!

Cards like Vapor Snag will make sure your creatures get through to an opponent.

Kiln Fiend is a great budget option and much better then Mercurial Geists since it only costs 2 mana, play an Expedite and for 3 mana you have a 4/2 haste! Mercurial Geists is also a 4 drop and in my opinion I think Niblis of Frost is the better 4 drop!

Anyway, Love your deck!

HotRodScott on Heroic RDW

2 years ago

Love it! I play a very similar type of deck Burness (mono red prowess). I love Manamorphose in it because it gives you a free prowess trigger, card draw and mana fixing (not that it's as important since we're mono red, but could arguably let you cast your phyrexian spells w/o shocking yourself.

I've gone back and forth on Mage-Ring Bully and Sanguinary Mage as well, and currently have the mage main board due to the control as you mentioned. I have him in the sideboard for heavy control/removal. I use more non-pump spells (rituals/cantrips) so I tried to stay with prowess even with a higher CMC rather than go with another 1-drop heroic.

Have fun!!

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