Master of Cruelties


Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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.

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Master of Cruelties Discussion

Spirits on Kaalia in the works(Final Draft Maybe?)

2 weeks ago

Hi Khentimentu,

Welcome to the world of Kaalia of the Vast, fellow play Kaalia, Mirror Breaker

Dragon Tempest is a CMC2 Fervor, Mother of Runes won't like it but she'll live!

Grand Abolisher is very nice, means Kaalia of the Vast can attack and play an A/D/D on your turn without interference. He is $6 though, so doesn't help your under $200 budget, but you have some room it looks like.

Karmic Guide is pretty cheap, has protection: and has recursion built-in, I really like her, she can be abused too if you choose. Could easily replace Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, he's too random, and can't get your graveyard.

Should also spend the $8 on Master of Cruelties. Instant kill-con.

Terminate is an inexpensive removal, more modular than Condemn. Lightning Bolt feels a little under-powered with all the good Exile in .

Archfiend of Depravity is a reasonably good budget demon. Mortify is a good budget removal spell. Aegis Angel is a good budget angel, and protects Kaalia of the Vast. Bladewing the Risen is good budget recursion dragon. None are auto-includes though, but there's some stuff there they could replace.

Hellspark Elemental feels wrong, does he combo something? No synergy.

Talisman of Indulgence > Rakdos Signet > Manalith (Commander's Sphere is better too, Cultivator's Caravan)

Battlefield Forge is a budget land that can get rid of some of the "ETB Tapped" lands your running.

Crackling Doom feels in the flavor of this deck because of the red spells you play. Thunderous Wrath is awesome to top deck, but sucks in the hand, can always just burn a player if drawn at a inconvenient time. Bogardan Hellkite also feels kind-of in this flavor too.

Flameblast Dragon won't work if he enters tapped and attacking, you'll have to wait until next turn to activate his ability.

Whip of Erebos its $3 I think, but gives all your creatures lifelink, and has recursion build in. Especially great to trigger guys like Rune-Scarred Demon.

I'm testing Demonlord Belzenlok, I think he's going to work out, I have a feeling.

Since your playing Ugin's Nexus, not knowing the commanders, I'm thinking Ob Nixilis, Unshackled might support that too.

Necropotence is $6 I believe, but can help with the draw issues.

Hopefully you find something useful here. Nice build. +1.

Thorbogl on First commander deck. B/R/W

1 month ago

well i guess, if Master of Cruelties is a too easy win, something like Doomsday isn't exactly what is asked for, since it's an even easier win.

i'm no kaalia expert, but i guess she goes well with haste enablers, aswell as extra combat steps.

a deck list might be nice for further help

Seedubs3 on First commander deck. B/R/W

1 month ago

Looking for recommendations with combos involving Kaalia of the Vast but I was hoping to steer clear of the easy Master of Cruelties win.

So far I basically just threw all my angels and demons together and said "well that's not efficient" lol so please any recommendations are appreciated :)

Ishio on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 month ago

This deck is literally my favorite. I love to pull a somewhat similar version of this deck (differences is a few expensive lands swapped, and a few enchantment choices). This deck has so much utility that I love how it never plays the same way twice.

I myself have studied the ways of O'Sensei Ueshiba, and Tohei Sensei (who was a student of O'Sensei Ueshiba), so I understand the philosophies of Aikido enough to help me make these proper plays. I will say, sometimes it's great to use your opponents and sometimes to buff them. I also love to get an early blow in with a combo of Master of Cruelties, Key to the City and Acidic Soil. I've taken out 3 opponents with that in one turn, leaving me in a 1v1 situation with the Monarch.

The only thing I need to try and fit in there is a Reliquary Tower as there are times I can't get rid of cards and am drawing in too much.

I'm curious about your inclusion of Dark Depths for Selfless Squire. Was there just no other real option?

I like to keep my deck up to date with some of your exclusions and inclusions. Well done!

kamelyan on Alesha, ETB+Tokens

1 month ago

Solemn Simulacrum seems an obvious choice for this commander.

Master of Cruelties would be sickening.

Recruiter of the Guard would make a nice recurring tutor, and maybe tutor for Angel of Invention.

And if you have second-thoughts about attacking, run Reconnaissance and Maze of Ith.

ghostfire86 on Kaalia of the Vast

1 month ago

Rakdos the Defiler, who shuts down opponents on the sneaked drop Kaalia gives him while negating his initial effect that one turn. Basically a second Master of Cruelties.

Kothophed, Soul Hoarder is a decent shell that gains you draws on the cheap. Crucible of Worlds, Sinkhole, and Ghost Quarter is a nice add on to this if you go land destruction later. If you added him Id get rid of Unburial Rites instead because he would trigger off of Living Death for each creature they sacrificed.

Magus of the Moat is just money for a Kaalia deck.

Bastion Protector is a nice add on for protection and commander damage buff that most dont consider for Kaalia. Death by commander damage using Kaalia? Is tha even a thing? Yep.

Demon of Wailing Agonies is lovely for forcing sacs.

Archfiend of Depravity is solid.

Anteus3575 on Need Help With Master of ...

1 month ago

add some disruptive red and black spells with a lot of creature removal to make sure that Master of Cruelties can attack without being blocked, and some protection for it too Blood Moon

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