Mage Slayer

Mage Slayer

Artifact — Equipment

Whenever equipped creature attacks, it deals damage equal to its power to defending player.

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Set Rarity
Planechase (HOP) Uncommon
Alara Reborn (ARB) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal

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Mage Slayer Discussion

Azeworai on Radha, The Lands Matter To Me!

3 months ago

Alright. Into phase two of a lands deck! So, the very best thing you can do is abuse Glacial Chasm. Use land tutors to find defensive lands, such as Maze of Ith or Strip Mine for the sake of dissuading attacks.

Furthermore, the glory of a land-based strategy is that your battlefield always remains untouched. Wraths never do, or typically don't, tarnish your board-state.

In short, I'd recommend perhaps 2-4 wraths and a Glacial Chasm package. Drownyard Temple goes well with it. Effects such as Crucible of Worlds and Ramunap Excavator are imperative for replaying the Chasm from the bin, thusly negating the sacrifice cost. With extra-land effects it can be very potent. Life from the Loam is also strong, granting another form of card advantage with cycling lands.

These crucible-type strategies also grant another line of attack with Strip Mine. I sometimes randomly "win games" turn three by just an Azusa, Strip Mine, and Excavator.

There is a time in the game when you do not need more mana, so saccing some of it to Dust Bowl or the sort takes away from others' resources whilst you hide behind Glacial Chasm.

For wraths, Blasphemous Act is always strong, Molten Disaster's split second is great (combos with Glacial Chasm), and Chain Reaction is just good.

If you need to live more, just more interaction is great. I only run a few in my lands build, but it's a matter of taste. Beast Within is never lacking.

With great wraths comes great planeswalkers. You need some more value engines and constant draw! I don't care what people say, they're still fine in commander. Especially in lands decks, for a multitude of wraths keeps the table away:

  1. Wrenn and Six is just lovely with a cycling land.

  2. Vital Force ultimates quickly and draws much.

  3. Best Nissa  Flip is ALWAYS strong, for she finds a land early and draws cards late.

  4. Vivien Reid draws and murders. She's great but slow.

  5. Chandra, Torch of Defiance may not say "land" but draws, ramps, kills, and kills some more.

For non-planeswalker card draw, Harmonize is solid, Outpost Siege is always fine, Mirri's Guile and Sylvan Library are great if within budget, and Once Upon a Time goes within all green decks I own.

For what I would cut:

Chandra's Ignition is cute but an eleven-mana kill.

Boundless Realms just ramps you more at seven mana.

I'd remove one of either Mage Slayer or Power Matrix. The deck should probably be a little less punchy and opt more for a long game.

The rest of what you remove comes down to repeated gameplay. The standard I hold my decks to is having ramp and draw fully assembled by the end of turn-four if uninterupted, if you need a reference.

So, more lines of attack outside of combat, disruption, and defensive options.

Good luck! It all comes down to choice.

sub780lime on Kenrith's Poisoned Ring

4 months ago

I've been thinking about building one of these out. One thing I feel is missing here is enough pinger enchantments/equipment. In addition to Viridian Longbow, Thornbite Staff and Pathway Arrows are both options and I would run all 3. I wonder about Throne of Geth, does it have enough targets. There are the artifact creatures you are running and a couple of them have good synergy with Throne of Geth. That being said, while it's pricey, having Dockside Extortionist in here adds value in multiple ways. The ramp, of course, but it also can give you quite a few targets for Throne of Geth. I love Mage Slayer in here. It's a great pick! Probably outside budget, but every infect deck should have Blightsteel Colossus, lol.

HungryWampa on Xenegos with the Double-Down, Throw-Down!

5 months ago

Malignus and Mage Slayer are pretty fantastic in Xenagos. Also, you can never go wrong with Lurking Predators in a stompy deck with green.

Podma101 on Run To The Hills!

5 months ago

mythbuster128 Thank you for the suggestions! To address each:

Five-Alarm Fire and Vicious Shadows seem a bit slow for what I would like to do. If I find that I am having a hard time connecting during combat, I think I would be more likely to include Five-Alarm Fire as a way to pressure people further.

Mage Slayer, Knighthood, and Kresh the Bloodbraided I don't think do very much. I don't anticipate any of my creatures to get so big that Mage Slayer would be worth the slot. Knighthood won't end up doing much either, as smaller creatures with first strike don't appear very threatening. As for Kresh the Bloodbraided, he ends up becoming big, but that is it. No built in evasion or other upside.

True Conviction has always felt win-more to me, but maybe I am wrong. That is something I will keep in mind in the future, but for the time being I don't think it slots in here.

Primal Vigor is good, and I would include it, but I personally can't justify purchasing that card. This would be the only deck it could slot into, so I don't think the price is worth it. If the price somehow drops, then it would go right in.

Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip, Druids' Repository, and Helm of the Host should go in, hands down. I just need to see where they fit as I whittle the card count to 100.

mythbuster128 on Run To The Hills!

6 months ago

There's too many cards to start suggesting removals, so I'm gonna make some more suggestions instead. This reminds me of my good old token decks, so I have a lot of goodies for you. Clearly this is all aggressive stuff so here ya go:

Five-Alarm Fire, Eldrazi Monument, Mage Slayer, Knighthood, Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip, Druids' Repository

MRDOOM3 on Gishath, Prehistoric Shepherd

9 months ago

Door of Destinies , Metallic Mimic , Mirror Entity , Shared Animosity , Steely Resolve , Urza's Incubator , Cavern of Souls (only if you're willing to shell out the money), and Coat of Arms are some pretty nice tribal staples to put in here.

The worst thing that could happen to any creature-heavy deck if someone decides to pop a Supreme Verdict or a Merciless Eviction and wipe out your entire dino legion (trust me, I've played a game with my Trostani tokens deck where one of my opponents cast a Damnation, followed by a Mutilate on his next turn, and it was not too healthy for me). Heroic Intervention is a decent budget option to avoid this. If you're willing to dump some more money into this deck, Teferi's Protection is much more versatile creature evasion.

Asceticism is another decent card to have in a deck like this, along with Sylvan Library (again, only if you're willing to shell out the money for it, it's practically a staple in any EDH deck with green). If you can ramp up to it, Tooth and Nail is an AMAZING creature tutor that also lets you crap them out same turn.

Urabrask the Hidden is another nice little card that gives creatures haste, and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger or Mirari's Wake can allow you to ramp up to higher numbers more easily.

Domri Rade 's ultimate is pretty decent for any face-smashing deck. Arlinn Kord  Flip's ultimate, along with Mage Slayer , and I suppose maybe even Siege Behemoth (though he kinda breaks the Dino tribal vibe a bit), allow you to skip that potential wall of chump blockers and/or pillowfort enchantments like Propaganda or Ghostly Prison. You also can run Triumph of the Hordes , Finale of Devastation , Savage Beating , World at War , or Relentless Assault if you really, really want to beat someone's face into a pulp.

Xenagos, God of Revels is nice for doubling Gishath's damage output, along with Gratuitous Violence and Berserkers' Onslaught , and hence, revealing more cards with Gishath, which means more dinos on the field. Strionic Resonator can double that triggered ability for even more cards revealed.

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