Mercurial Pretender


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2015 (M15) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Mercurial Pretender

Creature — Shapeshifter

You may have Mercurial Pretender enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature you control except it gains ": Return this creature to its owner's hand."

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Mercurial Pretender Discussion

Suns_Champion on Anything you can do I can do Better(Ikra +Ludevic

1 week ago

Good thoughts. I understand.

How is Restore working for you? Are there enough fetches in your meta to make it usable?

I personally dislike the cards that also give opponents mana. Unless group hug is a theme it seems dangerous to give, I dunno, the Mono red or Boros players so much mana, shoring up their weaknesses. I'm a Boros/red player so someone dropping an early Collective Voyage seems like a dream come true haha! Just my opinion!

Good to have a better knowledge of the deck philosophy.

I'm sure you've considered them, but may I ask where Mercurial Pretender, Sakashima the Impostor, Vesuvan Shapeshifter, and Vizier of Many Faces are? They all seem better than Clone at the very least, able to bounce themselves(repeated ETB effects) or in the case of Vesuvan Shapeshifter, get out before the creature you want to copy, allowing you more utility and better timing.

Mirage Mirror will be great and was probably my best suggestion, looking back haha!

Etali, Primal Storm steals cards, not amazing but more of a "fun card" suggestion.

Now, I won't give suggestions on this quite yet, but your deck is seriously lacking some instant speed interaction. To really make this work in multiplayer(especially on Game Knights, where a lot of crazy stuff happens and there's a lot of interaction), you'll need some removal and/or counterspells I think. you'll have to sacrifice some theme for some consistency.

You might also like more recursion, as this is a creature based deck, you'll probably like to get them back from time to time.

belugawhaleonthefloor on Mirage Mirror and a triggered ...

8 months ago

Rip ok. But I'm trying to make a standard deck so I couldn't use Mercurial Pretender. I could use Vizier of Many Faces, and then I'd be able to copy gearhulks ability correct?

acbooster on Mirage Mirror and a triggered ...

8 months ago

This doesn't work the way you want it to. Whenever an existing object becomes a copy of something, it doesn't re-enter the battlefield. If you want to have repeatable Clone effects that trigger ETBs, you want Mercurial Pretender.

Triggered abilities only trigger when the requirements are fulfilled, and in this case, that requirement is the permanent entering the battlefield from another zone.

ccevik on Reaper King EDH *UBRW*

10 months ago

In addition, a little clone-package allows you to have more scarecorw-triggers. Sakashima the Impostor, Mercurial Pretender and Vizier of Many Faces are some value clones, that can be used multiple times, which is great!

Creatures with the ability changeling work with Reaper King too!

KingOfZendikar on The (Bio)Copy Machine

11 months ago

I highly recommend Muddle the Mixture. You can use this card to search up your Biovisionary. I would add in 4 Collected Companys and swap Mercurial Pretender for Phyrexian Metamorph and swap Clone for Phantasmal Image. Some ramp would do good here, maybe Birds of Paradise or Wayfarer's Bauble. Simic Charm could be good protection and Beast Within or Pongify for removal. Over all great deck!

Wicked_N_Irish on Your Land Is My Land

1 year ago

You could always go the route of Clone or Mercurial Pretender. They can enter as any druid already on the battlefield. Hell, they could even copy the Archdruid!

Carsf on Mirror Gallery EDH

1 year ago

This seems like it would be solid as a minor theme in a deck that focuses mainly around clones.

Padeem, Consul of Innovation and Darksteel Forge will protect the gallery while it's out.

Alhammarret, High Arbiter, Dragonlord Atarka, Prime Speaker Zegana, and Wort, the Raidmother all have very good ETB effects that you can take advantage of even when you don't have Mirror Gallery out.

Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Edric, Spymaster of Trest, Jori En, Ruin Diver, Kraum, Ludevic's Opus, Baral, Chief of Compliance and Rayne, Academy Chancellor, Thassa, God of the Sea, Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix all provide good effects that can get out of hand fast if they trigger multiple times. Kazuul is even funnier, because with even two of them you can look at making an army of 3/3s every time you're attacked.

Body Double, Clever Impersonator, Clone, Dack's Duplicate, Gigantoplasm, Mercurial Pretender, Phantasmal Image, Phyrexian Metamorph, Stunt Double, Progenitor Mimic, Sakashima the Impostor, Cackling Counterpart, Fated Infatuation, Supplant Form, Rite of Replication, Spitting Image, and Tempt with Reflections are all solid clones or clone effects. Feldon of the Third Path certainly wouldn't hurt either.

Finally, for when the legends just can't stick or you need other effects, sliding in good creatures that have useful ETB or static effects are useful. Acidic Slime, Reclamation Sage, Archaeomancer, Goblin Electromancer, Consecrated Sphinx, Elvish Visionary, Horizon Chimera and the like will all be quite useful.

Multiple Starke of Rath allows you to use one to kill a creature then use a second to kill the first. Very very conditional removal, but it would be pretty funny to use.

And, of course, like Eiti3 said, using cards like Transmute Artifact, Fabricate, Reshape, or Whir of Invention will allow you to get Mirror Gallery more consistently, though unless you go very hard on copying just Legends it shouldn't matter too much. I wouldn't recommend doing that, either, as anyone taking out Mirror Gallery could easily wipe most of your board.

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