Mairsil, the Pretender


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Mairsil, the Pretender Discussion

Yesterday on Beyond (Censored as it discerns "something")

1 week ago

I'm afraid there's nothing that causes only your opponents' ETBs not to trigger. At least that I know of. If you wanted, you could use some effects like Roon or Eerie Interlude that exile your Hushwing Gryff until end of turn. There are somewhat fewer of these effects for non-creatures though.

Recurring from exile isn't super common. I'm not sure I have much to help you with there, sorry. I can suggest a few cards that otherwise fit the theme and are decent value.

The new Apostle of Purifying Light is kinda basically a better Withered Wretch.

Myr Welder plays with exile a bit and can help recur some abilities from your graveyard while exiling them. It can also grab pieces that help it combo from opponents' graveyards if the stars align. There's also Mairsil, the Pretender .

It's not exile-related, but Phyrexian Dreadnought is one of the best classic examples of amazing value except for ETB.

I don't... know exacty what you're planning on doing with Mirror of Fate, but you might want to consider Doomsday too.

A few other cards that do things with exile include Mana Severance for thinning out your deck, and Yawgmoth's Will and Magus of the Will because I am seeing a decent bit of graveyard recursion in here too. You probably already know Necropotence exists. Bag of Holding just loots and plays with exile... sort of, but you can put the cards you discard under it even if Necropotence is on the battlefield. Worldgorger Dragon is... a card. But I'm probably just delving into territory you already know about from searches now.

Also, it doesn't really do anything especially for the deck, and it's silver-bordered but I feel obliged to mention AWOL .

I love the idea for the deck. How has it been performing for you?

legendofa on The "M" Deck

1 week ago

If I may offer a couple of thoughts:

Morophon, the Boundless is the only commander option if you want more than three colors; none of the 4-color cards and none of the partners start with M. Green is by far the smallest color here, so unless there's some card you need in green, you might be able to cut it. That leaves Esper, Grixis, Jeskai, and Mardu as three color options, and Jeskai doesn't seem to have any commanders that start with M either.

So under my (very basic and shallow) analysis, your best bets are Morophon, the Boundless , Merieke Ri Berit , Mairsil, the Pretender , Marchesa, the Black Rose , Mishra, Artificer Prodigy (maybe?), or Mathas, Fiend Seeker .

dingusdingo on Who Do You Voodoo?

3 weeks ago

Mairsil, the Pretender

You get access to Grixis, which has many nice curses for voodoo magics. Lets you continually use and abuse tap effects from spooky creatures. Also, he's a human wizard

Ryanh12 on The Pretender's Cage

1 month ago

wouldn't you be unable to gain infinite mana due to Mairsil, the Pretender 's ability restriction, not allowing you to use Pili-Pala 's ability more than once per turn??

ulysses2009 on Targeting with Quicksilver Amulet

2 months ago

Thank you! I was thinking about using it with Mairsil, the Pretender , therefore it is an important difference ;)

MizzMizz on Mairsil, The Pretender

2 months ago

It's no secret that when you sit down for a game of EDH and someone at the table slams a moderately tuned Mairsil, the Pretender deck down, you and everyone else thinks to themselves "oh God, here we go.."

I'm curious about this build and forgive me, but also perhaps a bit salty. Mairsil just seems so unanswerable once shes cages things that allow her to flicker, or cages the dreaded Nevinyrral's Disk . It seems that there is no choice but to deem the Mairsil player as Arch enemy as soon as the game starts because of how broken these decks can get.

What are everyones opinions? Are there enough answers for caged cards? I know about the eldrazi processors, and cards like Pithing Needle and counters like Disallow and Stifle but in my opinion, there just aren't enough answers for a Mairsil deck.

Has anyone found a good way to shut these decks down?

DrukenReaps on Strong Non-Infinite builds

3 months ago

Mairsil, the Pretender tends towards combos but some of them are more like wicked interactions and are not infinite.

Spikeshot Elder // Hateflayer + Tree of Perdition + a way to reset Mairsil's toughness like AEtherling , this allows you to kill 1 player each turn.

Laboratory Maniac + Mirror-Mad Phantasm , empty library with a caged mirror mad and win.

And using Pestilent Souleater or Vector Asp with AEtherling is sneakier than most people realize.

Raitis on Mairsil v6

3 months ago


I have a question about the Riptide Shapeshifter combo. So you cage Riptide Shapeshifter and name vampire, mill till you hit Bloodline Necromancer , get back Mairsil, the Pretender and cage something, then name demon and mill till Razaketh, the Foulblooded (if not already in the graveyard) and sac Bloodline Necromancer for a reanimation spell and get back Bloodline Necromancer . 4 mana is required every time to activate Riptide Shapeshifter and to get to the end it is like 10 mana. Also, what is the combo with ''Raza+Vamp+Riptide''? It work with infinite mana, I guess. Also, do you have any experience against graveyard hate? How do you not get completely destroyed by it, if any hit the field? Thanks for the answers and just a side note- you most likely have the best/most interesting Mairsil deck on this website.

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