Master of Cruelties


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dragon's Maze Mythic Rare

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Master of Cruelties

Creature — Demon

First strike, deathtouch

Master of Cruelties can only attack alone.

Whenever Master of Cruelties attacks a player and isn't blocked, that player's life total becomes 1. Master of Cruelties assigns no combat damage this combat.

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Master of Cruelties Discussion

odiffido on Saskia the maniac

6 days ago

i would suggest maybe having some elves like Elvish Mystic. maybe also add some cyclops or cards like that. a great add to this deck, i think will actully work amazingly would be, Master of Cruelties. maybe add Hot Soup to get some of you big creatures to deal damage.

Pheardemons on Horror, Carnage, and Annihilation. All are Rakdos.

1 week ago

skywatcher - First off thanks for the comment

Secondly, Master of Cruelties was thought of for the deck. One of the problems I had with keeping it was how hard it is to keep on the board. Granted, I already play Whispersilk Cloak and double strike cards like Berserkers' Onslaught which could greately increase the chance of him working. Not to mention he does combo with Exquisite Blood if he hits, plus the demon count. Thanks for bringing him back up, I'll definitely consider him.

usaDiabetic on Great Khan Punchy McStabbers

1 week ago

jdwork thanks! It's one of my favorites to play.

I've been considering adding a few sweepers as a panic button vs some tribal and token decks.

Also considered Blade of Selves for the sole purpose of putting it on Master of Cruelties haha...there are actually a bunch of other targets for the blade so we'll see.

On3wheels on The Best Tymaret Deck You'll Ever See

1 week ago

theother64 Excellent suggestions. Ad naus will be added soon. Just working on lowering CMC a bit first. On the same note, instead of Murderous Redcap I use Walking Ballista. Works with Impact Tremors or Goblin Bombardment and as a back up infinite mana outlet for Worldgorger if Tymaret,Bloodghast or Reassembling Skeleton is unavailable. Also much lower CMC. Which is good for Bob and ad nauseum.

Master of Cruelties is a beast. But he's there for when everything else goes wrong and can turn the tide of a game. Its one card that gets the whole tables attention and is great at soaking up removal and counters. Super fun to entomb/reanimate early and just slaughter mana dorks and hatebears. If he gets threw, sac with Tymaret for a kill.

I ran Necropotence for a while, and it bounces in and out of this list. The discard into exile is hard to work around..but when i works it works well.

I feel ya on the fragility of worldgorger, much like necropotence, if things go wrong, they go really wrong. But the deck already had the package minus Gorger. Gravecrawler is my primary win. only had to add one card to add a pretty solid secondary win. All combos have their weaknesses. Just have to be aware of them....timing is everything.

As for Sign in Blood and Night's Whisper, I'm never sad to see one in my hand, but could probably be better. Sign in blood is my necro stand in when i get frustrated with it. Could probably swap one for Infernal Tutor. Been testing the transmute cards but not super impressed yet.

Steelspike on how would i get started ...

1 week ago

36 lands seems to be the magic (pun intended) number for lands in an EDH deck, but not the only source of mana. Rocks like Commander's Sphere, Darksteel Ingot, and Chromatic Lantern are pretty much staples.

I don't personally use the cluestones or keyrunes unless I'm playing just the two colors, but that's just me.

On to the actual deckbuilding.

I like to use a single theme/card and build a deck around whatever mechanic said card has. If that theme is in certain colors, there are some things I prefer to use.

Some examples:

Selesnya: Privileged Position + Sterling Grove

Gruul: Familiar Ground + Gruul War Chant

Simic: Murkfiend Liege

Rakdos: Master of Cruelties

Boros: Iroas, God of Victory

Izzet: Mindwrack Liege

Azorius: Azorius Guildmage, Decree of Silence + Solemnity


duff87 on Alesh

2 weeks ago

Im really having trouble making a decision on what i should take out to put Master of Cruelties in. i already replaced Crow of Dark Tidings with Buried Alive. i was thinking maybe Butcher of the Horde, but i dont know because i only have a small amount of sac-outlets. please if you have any suggestions at all i would greatly appreciate it.

MRDOOM3 on Angel Commander Deck

2 weeks ago

I personally would also throw in a few dragons and demons in here to get the full benefit out of Kaalia's ability, especially since she is basically a (best-case scenario) turn 5 win with Master of Cruelties.

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