Master of Cruelties

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

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

Master of Cruelties occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Rakdos: 0.42%

RBW (Mardu): 0.71%

Master of Cruelties Discussion

Scallywallwest on I'm Menacing

1 week ago

rjife: Thanks, I was considering Master of Cruelties! I'll probably only add one copy, as it is a finisher, and I'll only be needing it a little bit. As for Piper of the Swarm, it sounds good, but I think that by turn 3 I'll still be playing creatures and removal spells, and It'll end up sitting in my hand as a dead card.

ZareZare: I completely agree! I'll most likely end up swapping a copy of the Howlbonder for a Master of Cruelties.

Both of you, thank you so much for commenting! Have a great day! (Or night, depending on when you read this...) :D

rjife on I'm Menacing

1 week ago

I think Master of Cruelties could be a great finisher, If you still want that, because being a demon, you can use the Frillscare Mentor to give it menace, the only problem is the budget... I also feel that Piper of the Swarm is a great card for this deck because it continually pumps out creatures with menace, and creates a form of removal, while still being budget.

Amoskeag on Erebos, The Master of Cruelties

2 weeks ago

This seems like a great time!

Might I suggest that you put some copies of Throne of the God-Pharaoh in the deck? This will make your Master of Cruelties kill on the same turn that you get it through on the end step, and small detail, Throne, is life loss, which gets through effects like Angel's Grace, and Worship!


HyrdaDOOM666 on 5, 4, 1 wait what?

3 weeks ago

Greenstuff yes. Because everyone is loved and in case no one has told you told I love you. I've put Tymaret, the Murder King as the commander but kept the deck image art as Master of Cruelties with the description in hope that it makes it a little more clear for everyone.

Greenstuff on 5, 4, 1 wait what?

4 weeks ago

Is Tymaret, the Murder King the official commander and Master of Cruelties the hidden one ?

Eloniel on [Primer] Political Subterfuge - Marchesa Aikido

1 month ago

Hey Seabody

Indeed my deck Here include Arcbond, Blasphemous Act and Rolling Earthquake.

I haven't added Molten Disaster because i wanted to include Torment of Hailfire (I know it will not work with repercussion but it work with Wound Reflection).

Maybe i could use Master of Cruelties without Master Warcraft or Rogue's Passage and surprise other players, but i fear that on end game it will not be feasible within my playgroup, i might try.

What do you think of my decklist: Here ?

Seabody on [Primer] Political Subterfuge - Marchesa Aikido

1 month ago

Hey Eloniel,

I could see arguments for both Rolling Earthquake or Molten Disaster - but if you're running them I'd include the full Repercussion package- Blasphemous Act, Arcbond, and possibly Fire Covenant.

I run Master of Cruelties fine without either of those - we have lots of removal if it's imperative we punch through and it's often easy enough to find someone without a blocker - he's most effective with haste enablers where we can surprise someone.

I think Master Warcraft is just a much worse Disrupt Decorum to be honest (although much more budget friendly) - and overall I'm not to keen on the card as you don't get to choose who is being attacked, as alexjustdoit already mentioned.

As for Rogue's Passage - it's definitely playable, however we are very tight on utility land slots and there are quite a few I'd choose over this. Sure it seems good on paper to help get an attacker through to get back Monarch, but in practice we have lots of creatures with either evasion or deathtouch so that's not normally an issue. I also don't like spending 5 mana on my own turn unless I'm deploying something generally as we want to play at instant speed as much as possible. Just my take, but I hardly think either of these are necessary to run Master effectively.

Eloniel on [Primer] Political Subterfuge - Marchesa Aikido

1 month ago

alexjustdoit & Seabody Thanks for yours answers.

Rolling Earthquake is most of the time better than Molten Disaster but i guess that depend of the number of counterspells runs by players in your meta.

My list is there: I don't use fetch so the mana base is less efficient and i need to have a little more land than you.

Seabody I wonder how you play Master of Cruelties without Rogue's Passage or Master Warcraft ?

One synergy that i didn't included is Humble Defector + Homeward Path.

I should add teferi protection but it's expensive !

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