Master of Cruelties

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance: Guild Kits (GK2) Mythic Rare
Dragon's Maze (DGM) 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.

Master of Cruelties Discussion

bohlandc on saskia, midrange

2 days ago

Thoughts on Master of Cruelties or Alesha, Who Smiles at Death . Alesha would hit about 10 or 11 cards.

wallisface on Sweet Symmetry

3 days ago

I don’t think Master of Cruelties (or your other red cards) are worth running, and is probably better served as being a third bridge. It feels like you should just keep this deck as BW, the red splashes you’re including all seem to be sub-optimal cards, i don’t see them helping you much.

Vicious Rumors is probably another card worth ditching - you have tons of hand disruption already and so its not particularly helpful.

Consider saving up for some Liliana of the Veil - they’re pretty useful in any control build like this

Ripwater on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 month ago

precociousapprentice, ah okay. Don't get me wrong, but is winning with that combo any different than helm + Leyline? I admire your decision to make the deck in a more aikido way, it's the spirit of the deck. But it still feels like you are forced to deal with a very competitive meta and thus playing these kinda (in my opinion) a bit cheap combo's and in no way in the aikido spirit you claim trying to go back to.

I've played I think over 30 games (a lot less then you have ofcourse) with your old build and I agree with your opinion about the previous build. I also often had the feeling we played more stax and too much big flashy things. But at least Gisela, Blade of Goldnight did exactly what we want to do, use our opponents power against each other AND serving as a wincon.

Also cards like Comeuppance already won me games, of in worst case scenario set my opponent a lot back. Where you choose to ignore these, in my opinion again, very good and thematic cards for the deck.

And things like Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder , Gifted Aetherborn or Serra Ascendant in what way to these add to the spirit off the deck? Putting those in while taking out Master of Cruelties for example? Also wouldnt Duelist's Heritage not be a better option for bruce? And also more in line of the deck? And card's like Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker ?

Yes, they are maybe less competitive, or at least more expensive to put down. But again I kinda have the feeling you are maybe in a very competitive meta.

Dualcaster Mage is something I'm still curious about as well... I love the Reverberate effect's. To the point where I run Fork , Reverberate and Reiterate (the buyback is worth it)

Also Rebuff the Wicked has proven very very valuable for me, when they try to go after your Sunforger

Again I'm in no way trying to bash on your choices or making fun of them. If it comes out like that, then I am sorry in advance. I'm just trying to have a healthy discussion with you :)

Another question, how do you deal with people smacking you in your face either way? I had moments where I really tried to lay low. Only having marchesa out (sometimes I was the monarch, sometimes I wasn't). But then still people tend to attack me for no reason what so ever. Or even worse take Marchesa out, leaving me basically open.

Itake on Master of Ninjutsu

1 month ago

I haven't thought about that (but it sounds like an interesting idea!), but I have thought about the difficulty of playing Master of Cruelties . Usually you can get the kill at the earliest turn 6, that's a lot of time for things to go wrong.

But when the deck works, you have enough control to last that long. Especially if you get Mistblade Shinobi and Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive out.

Putting in more Alesha's and discard/mill cards would mean having to put in a lot of cards just to get Master out quicker. Not sure what to remove, but do you have any idea on what kind of cards to add for that to work?

I'm very excited about the upcoming Ninjas! I'm thinking of swapping out one or more Ninja of the Deep Hours for Ingenious Infiltrator . Mist-Syndicate Naga sounds a bit slow but I'd like to test it out, might be great with Higure, the Still Wind .

Funkydiscogod on Best Gruul Creatures to trigger ...

1 month ago

You can one-shot an opponent with no creatures or removal with Master of Cruelties , Torgaar, Famine Incarnate or Magister Sphinx .

If you put a Rakdos the Defiler into play with the ability, you don't need to sacrifice anything.

Putting a Silent Arbiter into play attacking means you can attack with any number of critters, but they can only block with one.

I wonder if there's some combination like (first thing I can think of) Taj-Nar Swordsmith + Grifter's Blade , but good.

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Master of Cruelties occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Rakdos: 0.42%

RBW (Mardu): 0.71%