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

Hamster2558 on I need help with this ...

4 days ago

This is a combo where you take Master of Cruelties from the graveyard with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death and instantly kill your opponent if no blocks are declared. I have the deck sorta started up but I do not know what else I should add. I am also trying to keep this budget as well, so please do not make expensive suggestions.

Here is a link to the deck-Alesha, Who Smiles at Cruelty (Project)

sylvannos on Master of Cruelties

4 days ago

A Reanimator list with the usual suspects seems like the best option. The goal is to Dark Ritual -> Entomb -> Animate Dead a giant dude. Usually, Griselbrand, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Tidespout Tyrant, Sire Of Insanity, Ashen Rider, and Borborygmos Enraged are the usual targets. Master of Cruelties is nice, though, because you can just cast it off of Lotus Petal + Dark Rituals.

UnleashedHavok on Alesha, Who Luls at Death

5 days ago

This is why I like talking to other players, I had not thought about that interaction with Sun Titan and Doomed Necromancer, thanks Rikente! My digs with Buried Alive may look much different, we'll see. I'll have to figure out the most strategic way to get those pieces. My normal targets in a casual game are Anarchist, Solemn Simulacrum, and a sacrifice outlet. What do yours normally look like in a casual setting? Obviously in a competitive setting I'll either go for an infinite loop or a Master of Cruelties, depending on the board state.

foxboy93 on Alesha, who smiles at death

1 week ago

Its not a bad build for a beginner, however there are some cards I personally don't like, in my many times of testing

Ankle Shanker - Its not a BAD card, but if you reanimate, it doesn't trigger his ability, cause he was never declared as an attacker. Otherwise, its an ok card, but a card like Master of Cruelties would be better and provide a game winning play.

Burnished Hart - With a low curve, Sad Robot is better in the long run. Sure this guy gets you lands, but you are better off running more Signets or mana ramp

Ponyback Brigade - I'm not saying its a bad card, but for the mana you are paying, you aren't getting much value. I'd run something with more utility, like Knight-Captain of Eos, which synergizes with the deck but ALSO creates tokens for blocking or helps to fog the field if someone goes wide. Mogg War Marshal, Noosegraf Mob are other inexpensive (money wise) cards that make tokens as well

Rakka Mar - Other than being recurable, this doesn't really provide you much advantage. a 2/2 that makes a 3/1 isn't overly fantastic.

Behind the Scenes - While it is good, there are much better things you can run. The only creature you don't really want dying is Alesha, so focus more on cards that keep her alive or swing in without issues.

Impact Tremors - Less effective than Purphoros, God of the Forge (though a better "budget" card), I don't see alot of "abuse" you get from it. In my version of the deck, I have at least 9 token producers, two of which are on attack only so I get more value from them. I recommend either going more tokens, or focus more on things of yours dying, like Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat and Falkenrath Noble to start draining life from the opponents.

Mana base is what it comes to for a budget deck. Can't really comment on it too much

One thing that shuts down an Alesha/any ETB focused deck, is cards like Torpor Orb and Hushwing Gryff. While these may or may not be in your meta, having the answers to them is key. Wear / Tear, Disenchant are two artifact AND enchantment removal, and inexpensive (money wise), helping you turn off other strategies or things that are hindering your plan or can slow down people.

Personally I'd remove Mardu Banner, and instead include Fellwar Stone, if nothing else. This gives you another signet like effect, and is low enough CMC to help you get to where you need to go. Non-budget I'd get a Chromatic Lantern as an upgrade

I'd change Day of Judgment to Wrath of God. Personally the anti-regen can really hinder people like Ezuri, Renegade Leader or people who play Asceticism.

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Cards I'd consider adding:

Goblin Bombardment - A combo with Karmic Guide and Reveillark, allowing for infinite damage to kill everyone.

Murderous Redcap - With another sac outlet, this and Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit goes infinite, dealing damage to everyone.

Sadistic Hypnotist/Mind Slash - Both of these cards, while can only be used at sorcery speed, can help to disrupt players hands and can help to take them off of cards, without overly affecting your board, depending on whats going on.

Mindless Automaton - Personally I like card draw guys you can use more than once. Mindless Automaton can fuel discard effects, while also adding to the card draw. Even if you reanimate him, he gets blocked, you get to draw a card. Other card draw effects I'd consider are Phyrexian Arena, Greed, Smuggler's Copter ect.

Open the Armory/Steelshaper's Gift - Both help you to get much needed equipment out. Non budget version would be Enlightened Tutor, Stoneforge Mystic ect. Tutors are very much needed to get cards you need, but with enough card draw you can easily offset the loss of "I need X Card" to "I can draw multiple cards and dig into it", or use Viscera Seer to begin scrying to it.

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As noted, the deck seems fine as a whole, but there are some cards I'd change for more consistency. I will link my deck below for reference. I personally really like my current build, and just need to work on tweaking it as I try new things and see what works and what doesn't. Hope this helps!

Foxboy93's Alesha, Who Smiles at Death: "We Are Negan"

akumawerewolf on Alesha EDH

1 week ago

It seems like in most cases with this deck, you are looking to finish them off with overwhelming amounts of tokens unless you either get the Reveillark, Karmic Guide combo or Master of Cruelties. If you are going for that sort of more aggro-heavy style instead of more combo oriented, I have a few suggestions:

Angel of Invention is just incredibly good in Alesha and in this sort of deck especially, as it provides a buff to the whole board + either a couple more tokens or an extra large flyer.

Skullclamp is just way too good with so many 1-toughness creatures and sac outlets

Drana, Liberator of Malakir also helps keep your whole board incredibly threatening and ramps up really fast

Animate Dead also gives you another potential combo with the Sun Titan and Karmic Guide, as it works as an infinite sac outlet.

Pampelone on Kaalia EDH

1 week ago

Chickens_are_awesome Thanks for the suggestions! I've n idea why i didn't have Rogue's Passage, but i've added it now!

regarding Master of Cruelties, i don't really want to use it. I just don't think it's a funny card. I do have it in my sideboard though ;)

Chickens_are_awesome on Kaalia EDH

1 week ago

Nice, I also have a Kaalia edh deck, if you want to check it out it is on my profile. I think Master of Cruelties is good because if you play him with Kaalia and they can block him they are dead. Also Rogue's Passage is good for Kaalia and master of cruelties

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