Mercurial Pretender


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful 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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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

belugawhaleonthefloor on Mirage Mirror and a triggered ...

4 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 ...

4 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*

7 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

8 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

9 months 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

9 months 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.

Raging_Squiggle on Mercurial Pretender and Lumbering Falls

10 months ago

From Gatherer for Mercurial Pretender:

7/18/2014 Mercurial Pretender copies exactly what was printed on the original creature and nothing more (unless that creature is copying something else or is a token; see below). It doesnt copy whether that creature is tapped or untapped, whether it has any counters on it or Auras attached to it, or any non-copy effects that have changed its power, toughness, types, color, etc. For example, if Mercurial Pretender enters the battlefield as a copy of a Profane Memento with Ensoul Artifact attached to it, Mercurial Pretender will be a noncreature Profane Memento with Mercurial Pretender's added activated ability.

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