Merciless Executioner

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Fate Reforged (FRF) Uncommon

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Merciless Executioner

Creature — Orc Warrior

When Merciless Executioner enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature.

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Merciless Executioner Discussion

chadsansing on Karador - "Death is not forgiving"

1 day ago

Maybe a sac package to recur from the graveyard to help keep the board clear, like Fleshbag Marauder + Shriekmaw + Merciless Executioner or something?

Have fun playing!

Azdranax on FROM THE DEPTHS I COME!

5 days ago

Happy to help you out AinsleyTheGod, so here are some ideas for you:

Both of the previous commenters have some good ideas, but before you start grabbing upgrades suggested, you probably want to answer the question of how competitive you are looking to be? If you're wanting a fun home-brew in a casual meta, then there really aren't any wrong answers. Playing cards that you find fun and entertaining is all good in that case, so adjust the deck to your personal preference/flavor. On the other hand, if you are specifically looking to become more competitive against all comers, then job number one needs to be to reduce your CMC curve significantly while increasing your turn speed to get Sheoldred into play ASAP.

Considering your commander's strengths are forced sacrifice and reanimation, your best bet is to build primarily around that synergy. To that end, there are a ton of creatures lower on the mana curve that will provide an upgrade in synergy as well. I would suggest the following that you don't currently have included in your deck: Viscera Seer, Zulaport Cutthroat, Fleshbag Marauder, Merciless Executioner, Stinkweed Imp, Ophiomancer, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Su-Chi, Phyrexian Delver, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Rune-Scarred Demon and Razaketh, the Foulblooded. Each has their own way in which they improve the overall synergy, with the higher CMC options providing significant benefits or board presence, which will almost always require your opponents to deal with them immediately, clearing an easier path for your commander as well.

In addition to creatures, you'll want to increase the number of cards that will fill your graveyard with select creatures, as well as increase the number of ways to reanimate them, and even sacrifice them, typically for your benefit, but also to your opponent's detriment. The following would be my initial suggestions based on those criteria: Entomb, Innocent Blood, Reanimate, Animate Dead, Exhume, Vampiric Rites, Buried Alive, Necromancy, Ashnod's Altar, Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos. There are numerous other options to fill these criteria as well, but sticking with the lowest CMC options, these are among the best.

Also, black has great options for ramp, tutors and card draw, so accelerating the deck and finding what you need shouldn't be an issue. Among the best low CMC options for these purposes include: Dark Ritual, Bubbling Muck, Vampiric Tutor, Sensei's Divining Top, Expedition Map, Demonic Tutor, Cabal Ritual, Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper, Beseech the Queen, Phyrexian Arena, Necropotence and Diabolic Tutor.

Hopefully you find these suggestions helpful - obviously some of these options aren't necessarily budget friendly, but as you accumulate more of them, focusing on the most affordable first if necessary, the end result will be a significant improvement in consistency and performance from your deck. Best of luck with your deck brewing, and have fun with it.

chadsansing on Glissa, The Mindslaver

1 week ago

Maybe more targeted removal in B to trigger Glissa consistently if you don't have much of a board state. Shriekmaw comes to mind and other 1:1 creatures and spells like Fleshbag Marauder, Merciless Executioner, Murder, Grasp of Darkness, Walk the Plank, and so on.

Have fun playing!

chadsansing on Plunder Revised

1 week ago

Fleshbag Marauder and Merciless Executioner are great, especially with a Mazirek and/or Butcher out, and maybe some effects like Grave Pact or Dictate of Erebos and Hardened Scales or something similar.

I run a similar list at Mazirek Counters; please feel free to stop by and compare notes if it'd ever be helpful.

Happy brewing!

chadsansing on The hive of gorgons

2 weeks ago

You might be better able to take advantage of sac effects with something like Grave Pact + Dictate of Erebos + Butcher of Malakir + Cauldron of Souls + Phyrexian Reclamation. Innocent Blood, Fleshbag Marauder and Merciless Executioner all work really well with Mazirek and Meren, as well.

If you'd ever consider testing with Meren in your 99 and with Mazirek as your commander, I run a similar list over at Mazirek Counters. Feel free to stop by if it's ever useful to compare notes.

Have fun brewing!

Steaditup on With Elenda, the dusk will rise

1 month ago

Debtors' Knell if your budget allows; it lets you get Elenda back when you send her to the yard. (Friendly rules reminder: if you send Elenda to the command zone, you get no tokens from her death trigger!) Volrath's Stronghold is useful for the same reason. Hell's Caretaker rounds out your options for returning Elenda.

Cards like Bone Splinters, Fleshbag Marauder, Merciless Executioner, Barter in Blood and Innocent Blood can be really, really strong with your commander since they cause a lot of creature death. You might consider Plague Wind as your ultimate haymaker, getting Elenda truly huge and allowing you to smash for lethal commander damage.

Finally, with all your Grave Pact-type effects, ways to sacrifice your creatures for value would be strong. Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim can be a source of lifegain, and Ashnod's Altar is a classic. Viscera Seer is even a vampire! Leveraging that creature death further with cards like Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat can be really solid.

A lot of my suggestions might take you away from the Vampires path (and are almost all black), but I think they'd work very strongly with Elenda.

Cathars' Crusade can turn Elenda's death into a huge board builder. Forerunner of the Legion is coming out in a couple days and can help you find clutch vampires like Butcher of Malakir or Vona. Also coming out is a nifty boardwipe that takes advantage of Elenda's small starting size: Slaughter the Strong.

I hope these suggestions helped!

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