Master of Cruelties


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander 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

-Dragona97- on Xantcha, Sleeper Agent

15 hours ago

Wow, thanks for that detailed answer, triproberts12!

I already bought the deck meanwhile (just could not resist xD) but since I own a Phyrexian Tower from Ultimate Masters and run it in my Kokusho deck I replaced a swamp with it (just didn't think about it when I made the decklist and remembered it some days ago), I also replaced the Ashnod's Altar with Phyrexian Altar at the same time because they have the same mana cost and it gives me black mana.

I would love to add No Mercy (also to my Kokusho deck and simply ever black deck I own) but I am not at the moment out of money reasons. My Intention with Maddening Imp is to destroy creatures I don't want to see against me with summoning sicknes right away (unlike Nettling Imp Maddening Imp affects them as well). Maybe it will be a bit clunky and I'll replace him but I will have to see how it does in play.

Cover of Darkness seems pretty nice, I really will concider it! Although the Whispersilk Cloak was mainly to be able to hit with Master of Cruelties but maybe I will replace those again if I don't see it working. Shizo, Death's Storehouse looks very nice as well (my playgroup is running a lot of black though) but if it's not too expensive I might add on my next purchase. Especially because it is so much better than Rogue's Passage as you say.

I even got a Blood Crypt from Ravnice Allegiance but I'm not a greatfriend of the shocklands or signets, can't really say why xD

I don't know if Koskun Falls would be so great since I don't run that many creatures. The Haunt of Hightower I added mostly because I got it for free and it fits in a little. Maybe you're right about Words of Waste but I will have to see how it does when beeing played. I still have a couple of ideas on the maybeboard from my earlier versions of the deck. For example Sire Of Insanity would be great but I'm still a little bit too afraid really count it in.

Btw, I even bought the Syphon Mind in foil ;)

Thanks again for the great answer, I really appreciate it, because I rarely get answers on my decks!

PsychopathicRenegade on Cruelty

23 hours ago

Just my opinion here, but it can be nasty to have in mind for future decks. A really nice combo with Rogue's Passage and Master of Cruelties is to add a Brutal Hordechief . Since you're already adding a combo off of Master with Passage, it makes for a nice bonus when you also drain life. While they won't lose the game since one happens during declare attakers, and the other happens at the end of declare blockers, it's still pretty fun to do. It's really just an "insult to injury" combo piece.

However, if you splash white in there at some point, Kaalia of the Vast can be a one-shot combo with Master of Cruelties playing off of her ability.

-Dragona97- on Xantcha, Sleeper Agent

1 week ago

Thanks,TheNocholas, I thought about it and because I am going to buy the Rakdos Guild Kit, I decided to cut Victory Chimes and Harsh Mentor to add Whispersilk Cloak and Master of Cruelties .

falc0n1234 on Alesha Combo

1 month ago

This deck mostly relies on the combos, but you can win through beating down your opponent with cards like Sire Of Insanity , Noosegraf Mob , and you could probably do pretty well by putting in Duplicant to do some damage as well. Master of Cruelties is a good way to kill an opponent as well, if they don't have blockers.

BMHKain on Any ideas for Xantcha Politics?

1 month ago

@DrkNinja: (I'll have to see what I can truly contribute to your decks unlike last time...) Currently, I have 8 cards under, & I wonder what kind of Void to fill for 8 others. I'm literally wondering what 8 cards could be suggested to get to the needed 100. Since you are working on your own deck at the same time DrkNinja, I might want at most 8 suggestions for this (Sad that Soul Conduit + Stunning Reversal was rejected; It can turn a game to an opponent's disadvantage, Master of Cruelties Style.). Any suggestions? Maybe I could find something else as well, but for now, I sense my Creatureless Superfriends Deck is in grave danger...

...(& since Gruul Clans seems to be my favorite Guild currently, I actually have plans to change my Grand Warlord Radha deck to a Ruric Thar, the Unbowed one, Might as well find as many creatures as possible for the deck w/o any use of Instants, Sorceries, basically anything not a Creature or Land. NO EXCEPTIONS, & NO REFUGE.)

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

1 month ago

Hi HunterXDante,

Thanks for the comment. I'll take a look at your deck and share some feedback on your page.

Archangel of Tithes is ok, 3/5 flying for CMC4 isn't terrible. The stax isn't board changing. Assists with go-wide strategies, unless their tokens also tap for mana, but usually those are Impact Tremors type hits anyways. I don't think he strong enough with all the impressive A/D/D available. I'd rather have the Rakdos the Defiler in many situations, he seems weak (I know, I struggled with him for VERY long), but he can slow down Grixis/Izzet decks just long enough that I can combo before they do. Or if I'm mana screwed or something, or Kaalia of the Vast being controlled, he can keep the board even. Creates an ok lock with Volrath's Stronghold sometimes too. Master of Cruelties can do the job against Grixis/Izzet usually too, but if they have a Baleful Strix or Bitterblossom or something you're going to lose to a Show and Tell + Omniscience combo without a tutored Rakdos the Defiler.

Lord of the Void is amazing, I just took him out last week to test Mausoleum Secrets supported with a Street Wraith (why play 99 card commander when you can play 98 card commander with 38 life :). He was great when versus Eldrazi decks, or even Mono Green/Big Green Commanders. The reason he eventually got cut is because of his lack of Trample. Flample would be an auto-include, found he wasn't connecting enough and inconsistently.

Archfiend of Despair also is great, I've been putting him in an out testing various new cards. Thought he would act like a Gisela, Blade of Goldnight but didn't work that way. Rarely does Life matter that much in Commander (Combo commander), but sometimes it does, Selesnya for example, Often he slows down combat between opponents, unless they get the strategic advantage. I try and combo instead of damage, if my primary strategy was damage, he would be an auto-include. Very good. His CMC8 was the ultimate reason I didn't go with him, would never tutor him (better options available) and didn't support my primary win-con (but very helpful for secondary).

Entomb I'm just not sure what to pull with it? It does support Mausoleum Secrets and can be cool early Iona, Shield of Emeria with a Reanimate for example. If you're playing Entomb (and a reanimation sub-theme) definitely play Gamble as well. I just feel I don't have enough early recursion to really take advantage of an Entomb. Chances are if you do the hyper-geometric probability is low for it's utility, someone like Kess, Dissident Mage LOVES this card.

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Master of Cruelties occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

Rakdos: 0.48%

RBW (Mardu): 1.13%