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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Gidgetimer on Can Sengir Nosferatu's Bat summon ...

1 week ago

Please link all cards using double brackets.

Sengir Nosferatu

Mairsil, the Pretender

The way copy effects interact with cards is a little different than your understanding, but the difference is important to understanding the answer to this question. When a card references itself using only the card name it means "the permanent this ability is printed on". So for example Inferno Titan's fire breathing ability would allow Mairsil to give himself +1/+0. When a card says "a card named ..." or "creatures named ..." then it is looking for that specific name, no matter what it is printed on. So if you are playing a 60 card format and cage Korlash, Heir to Blackblade you could discard a Korlash and get two swamps. Similarly the bat from Mairsil could pull the caged Sengir Nosferatu from exile, but can not bring Mairsil because it is not a card named "Sengir Nosferatu".

Also the command zone is not "inside" the exile zone, it is a completely different zone. However it is a public zone and abilities can track it if it goes to the command zone instead of exile.

Rhadamanthus on Can Sengir Nosferatu's Bat summon ...

1 week ago

You can use double square brackets around a card's name to link it. It's the easiest way to make sure everyone reading your question understands what's going on: Sengir Nosferatu, Mairsil, the Pretender

No, this doesn't work. That "name replacement" only applies to abilities on an object that refer to itself by name. When a card changes zones it becomes a new game object, and the ability given to the Bat token doesn't refer to the object on the battlefield that originally created the token. The token created by Mairsil will still say "a card named Sengir Nosferatu", meaning it can't bring back Mairsil (but it can bring back the caged Nosferatu).

Also, the command zone is not "inside" the exile zone. They're two separate zones. If a commander would go to exile then its owner can choose to move it to the command zone instead. Oblivion Ring's 2nd ability won't be able to bring anything back in that situation because there's no "exiled card". You might be thinking of Banishing Light, which can bring the card back from the command zone because of the different way it works.

Neotrup on What does Riptide Replicator summon ...

2 weeks ago

A colorless typeless creature (similiar to morph creatures) with power and toughness equal to the charge counters on Mairsil, the Pretender, so probably a 0/0. Also, Riptide Replicator doesn't have any triggered abilities, it's first two abilities are static abilities which are replacement effects modifying how it enters the battlefield.

foxboy93 on The Pretender

3 weeks ago

Mairsil, the Pretender

Quicksilver Elemental

Gilded Lotus

Prismatic Geoscope


Just for reference


Please describe to me, among the 4/5 cards listed in the combo, which one is allowing you to:

"Untap for U Mana"

Besides Hateflayer, there is no other way to untap Mairsil with the listed cards in the combo. I am unsure where you are getting an extra untap ability from, but it is not with the listed cards.

As described, this combo WOULD work if you had a way to discount the mana you were using. Add in Heartstone or Training Grounds and this combo DOES work:

Tap for UUUUse U for Quicksilver ability - refresh abilitiesUse UU to untap with Hateflayer - Quicksilver allows U mana to be used in place of any other color (training grounds makes it so its U, letting you make infinite mana if you cannot target a player for example)Mairsil now has the ability to tap again for UUU and can repeat the steps for an insta-kill

Neotrup on Mairsil, the Pretender + Kaho, ...

4 weeks ago

Kaho, Minamo Historian's abilities are linked, the activated ability only refers to cards exiled by the first ability. As Mairsil, the Pretender does not have the first ability, there will be no cards exiled with it to cast with the copied ability. As you pointed out, when the ability refers to the creature by name, it refers to the card that actually has the ability, so you won't even be able to cast cards exiled by the original Kaho now in a cage.

chosenone124 on Mairsil, the Pretender + Kaho, ...

4 weeks ago

I cast Mairsil, the Pretender and exile Kaho, Minamo Historian with a cage counter on it (also Akroma's Memorial for haste). Can I tap Mairsil and pay 4 mana to cast Kaho?

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