Mairsil, the Pretender


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Mythic Rare

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Mairsil, the Pretender

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

When Mairsil, the Pretender enters the battlefield, you may exile an artifact or creature card from your hand or graveyard and put a cage counter on it.

Mairsil, the Pretender has all activated abilities of all cards you own in exile with cage counters on them. You may activate each of those abilities only once each turn.

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Mairsil, the Pretender Discussion

DrukenReaps on Looking For More Jank

4 days ago

I have a pretty good Mairsil, the Pretender deck, Should I Pretend This Or That?, but I'd like to make it jankier instead of more powerful.

I want to find more cards like Chaos Wand . That is either artifacts or creatures with weird activated abilities. The stranger the better.

Thanks for your thoughts.

DrukenReaps on Favorite Voltron Commander and why?

6 days ago

I love Mairsil, the Pretender . He can be troublesome to get going because you really need to cage a flicker effect like AEtherling . Once that is out of the way though he turns into one of the hardest to kill commanders I've ever played or seen played. I usually don't kill people with commander damage like a normal voltron deck does but the option is there. Usually I combo off with him in some gross fashion like Tree of Perdition + Spikeshot Elder . Still I tend to think of the deck in a manner similar to voltron because of how commander reliant it is.

Boza on Ir'revrykal, Entropomancer

2 weeks ago

First of all, this is a bit too similar to Mairsil, the Pretender . Secondly, you cannot own other people's cards. That is why cards like Demonic Attorney are banned in everything.

Secondly, I like the bit of lore that you added and it will be nice to incorportorate. The entropomancer class sounds really broken in terms of abilities.

How about this:

Ir'revrykal, Entropomancer
Legendary creature - Human? Wizard

Flying, First strike

When ~ enters the battlefield, create a Legendary artifact token named Sphere of Annihilation with ":Exile target creature." and ", sacrifice ~: Put a creature exiled with ~ under your control."


This should keep the flavor, while toning down the power level.

Darkshadow327 on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

3 weeks ago

Hmm, Mairsil, the Pretender could be fun. Etrata, the Silencer would be too, but I feel like you have to build around her more.

Thanks for the suggestions!

On a side note, who else thinks we need a vampire for a commander so we can include all colors of vampires?

Daedalus19876 on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

3 weeks ago

Darkshadow327: Could do Mairsil, the Pretender (put Bloodline Keeper  Flip in the cage if it dies, plus get additional silliness with tap abilities). Or Kess, Dissident Mage to reuse tutors, but that seems less synergistic.

DrukenReaps on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

1 month ago

What is all this noise even about? Prime Speaker Vannifar is easily 'high power' if not competitive... Birthing Pod is a powerhouse of a card and having it in the command zone should be great. Probably going to suffer from similar issues to Mairsil, the Pretender though...

Needs/wants haste and requires some amount of setup to go off in one turn.

jasonkrivera on Card creation challenge

2 months ago

One of my favorites is Mairsil, the Pretender.

Mairsil's Ring

Legendary Artifact - Equipment


Equipped creature has, ", : You may exile an artifact or creature card from your hand or from your graveyard and put a cage counter on it." and "Once per turn you may cast an exiled card you own with a cage counter on it."

Name your favorite commander (creature/planeswalker) and create a card for your EDH/Commander deck.

jkicker1 on Inalla Abuses the Stack

2 months ago

Thinking of swapping out these cards:

  • Reliquary Tower: While playing I found that having no max hand size was not that necessary as card draw was used more to keep hand stocked at 7. Also notably with Omniscience drawing a lot of cards, I can play them before the end of turn. Finally, sometimes I find that I am drawing cards because I want to discard certain cards in my hand so I can mana cheat them out with graveyard retrieval.

  • Arcane Lighthouse: This deck does not use enough single target removal to warrant a colorless land drop.

  • Nevinyrral's Disk: Without a built-in synergy like Avacyn, Angel of Hope or having Mairsil, the Pretender being my commander, this card is too slow of a board wipe. There is enough non-specific permanent removal in the deck to play something faster like Damnation.

  • Ashnod's Altar and Trophy Mage. Very rarely do I find a need for a sacrifice outlet and without another cheap but powerful artifact, Trophy Mage does not have any real good fetch target.

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Mairsil, the Pretender occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Grixis: 0.09%