Mairsil, the Pretender

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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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Mythic Rare

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

Mairsil, the Pretender occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Mairsil, the Pretender Discussion

DrukenReaps on Commanders that create an interesting ...

1 week ago

Hmmmm I think the ones I play that change how the game works the most are Mairsil, the Pretender and Queen Marchesa .

Mairsil uses the exile zone in a way very little else does and makes life really hard for my opponents. They want to remove my AEtherling and my Staff of Domination and this and that. But the only thing they can actually get at is Mairsil which is tricky because of things like Aetherling. I play with some newer players who really struggled to understand how he works. I did my best to explain it over and over. It got frustrating for me and them at times but I think it caused them to become better magic players quicker. I have left a few of the strongest things out of the deck. Laboratory Maniac just doesn't belong at my table for now.

I know Marchesa is a rather well known commander but she adds the Monarch to the game. At this point no other commander does that. The Monarch of course can go from being under my control to someone else's to yet another persons, etc etc. It can create an environment where people attack with creatures when they might not otherwise. People take bigger risks for a little bit of draw. It caused me to build a rather well made pillow fort deck. But to also know when to leave the door open to small attacks to enable other synergies.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on I want to build a ...

1 week ago

I agree with multimedia that Grixis seems like a great colour combination to represent the Joker.

I haven't seen the movie, so I can't say anything regarding most of the scenes. Looking at the possible Grixis commanders, the following jump out to me flavourwise:

Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge she turns opponents insane and becomes stronger.

Mairsil, the Pretender : Very fitting artwork, and he becomes stronger the longer the game goes.

Mishra, Artificer Prodigy : Vnother fitting artwork, and his decks tend to do some very convoluted stuff. Joker isn't that much about machines though.

Nekusar, the Mindrazer might work as well, especially with regards to the next paragraph.

I've heard that there's something strange with the clocks in the movie. How about Midnight Clock to represent this?

DrukenReaps on Theros: Beyond Decks

1 week ago

My Mairsil, the Pretender Should I Pretend This Or That? might be getting as many as 4 changes. Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded and Thassa, Deep-Dwelling come with effects already in the deck on a handy dandy indestructible source. So they are pretty much guaranteed to go in. Shadowspear is neat and, imo, perhaps a bit stronger than it should be but allows me to get rid of some stuff more easily. Though I'm much more on the fence on that one. I guess Nyx Lotus is kinda an obvious one to mention but I'm hesitant to include it with Mairsil. I generally don't have a lot of things in play so my devotions stay pretty low but the effect could be useful.

New Thassa will also go in my newly built Yarok Desecrated Tokens but nothing else jumped out at me for that deck.

I don't think I'm making any other changes but I still need to check over the entire set again.

DrukenReaps on I got $100 and Want ...

1 month ago

Hmmm then maybe something more like Shadowborn Apostle or Persistent Petitioners ?

I've also found Mairsil, the Pretender and Grothama, All-Devouring to be fun and janky decks no matter how you build them.

Drakorya on Is Urza's Blueprints a Good ...

1 month ago

I feel like there's probably two types of deck that Urza's Blueprints could be good in: big mana decks that lack alot of good card draw (like mono-green Azusa, Lost but Seeking ), or decks that look to use/abuse activated abilities of artifacts with cards like Rings of Brighthearth and Voltaic Key .

I think the card could really shine if you can take advantage of not having to pay mana into it's activation cost, by either untapping it repeatedly or copying the ability. But it would lead to alot of feel-bad moments when you devote 12 mana into it just for it to eat a removal spell. You could try to cheat on the costs with cards like Mairsil, the Pretender or Myr Welder .

Rhadamanthus on Mairsil and Wishclaw Talisman? How?

2 months ago

Please use double square brackets around a card's name to create a link. It's the easiest way to make sure everyone understands what's going on in your question: Mairsil, the Pretender , Wishclaw Talisman

There's no special interaction here. You're right that if the Talisman is caged, Mairsil won't be able to activate the ability because there won't be any wish counters. Wishclaw Talisman would just be another tutor effect for a Mairsil deck (which is still very useful for a deck like that).

DrukenReaps on Commanders with Tons or Activated ...

3 months ago

I know you don't want black but the first thing I have to suggest is Mairsil, the Pretender he doesn't have any activated abilities himself but play him once and he becomes an AEtherling . Then just keep paying and he gets more and more abilities from more and more things. He doesn't really have too many of the normal staples either or at least not the way I've built. Sol ring of course and some other mana things but my Should I Pretend This Or That? is fairly unique.

There are some other commanders that include black that fit the activated ability thing really well but I'll restrain myself... Marath, Will of the Wild is crazy powerful. Zacama, Primal Calamity leads to some great shenanigans though he is a little slow to get there. Phelddagrif is all huggy but fits in with the no black activated abilities thing.

Not sure if you are interested in walkers but Estrid, the Masked and the other walkers that can be commanders do use activated abilities... You should take a peak at them here

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