Mesmeric Fiend


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters (VMA) Common
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt (DDK) Common
Torment (TOR) Common

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Mesmeric Fiend

Creature — Nightmare Horror

When Mesmeric Fiend enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals his or her hand and you choose a nonland card from it. Exile that card.

When Mesmeric Fiend leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to its owner's hand.

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Mesmeric Fiend Discussion

xSKINCOLLECTORx on Teysa Tokeniser

1 month ago

Dark Tutelage is a budget replacement for Dark Confidant

Grim Haruspex is another nice draw option if you are killing a lot of non token creatures

Mesmeric Fiend and Tidehollow Sculler are another source of "discard"

SmokeyBear15 on Let 'em Die [Primer: Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker]

2 months ago

Also Also, while it's strategically useful, you could also remove a bunch of the cards that do discard effects, like Black Cat, Thoughtpicker Witch, and Mesmeric Fiend. While this doesn't speed up the deck, it removes some of the biggest hate-generators. People can get mad at you for screwing them over, but can they really get made at you for not dying?

metalevolence on Marchesa, the Black Rose 1v1

3 months ago

it's great i love it

I would just tune it up by fixing the curve so you have relevant things to do turn 1 and/or 2 like Inquisition of Kozilek/Thoughtseize, or maybe Mana Leak/Miscalculation. It would be really great to find some more 1-2cmc creatures that are worth it. I think Spined Thopter is probably just too weak. I am a huge fan of Brain Maggot/Mesmeric Fiend

you're using proxies for this right? You definitely want all 9 fetchlands (all but Windswept Heath)

I would replace soul manipulation, recover, forbidden alchemy, smash, maybe other stuff for 1 or 2cmc cards. Like forbidden probably should just be Preordain. Also treasure cruise is banned now :C

I'm surprised you don't have more sacrifice outlets like Goblin Bombardment but there's a lot going on here already!

djewell on Atraxa's horrors

4 months ago

@ amh62993 - This deck is horrific!

...bad puns aside, allow me to suggest a few things for your consideration.

Honorable Mentions:

Good luck, and happy deck-teching!

TheFanatic on 2power4me | Competitive Alesha

5 months ago

@UnleashedHavok Thanks for the feedback.

I was initially running Ashnod's Altar (and Nim Deathmantle), but I found that having a 2 mana sacrifice outlet just felt a lot better, hence Altar of Dementia. That way, you can play it on turn 2 before Alesha comes down, or on turn 4 and still have mana to activate Alesha. It's also important to note that you can (and should) target yourself with Altar of Dementia to give yourself more options in your graveyard. The fact that you can infinitely mill your opponents later on is just gravy.

My rationale for having Mindclaw Shaman over Mesmeric Fiend (or the mostly better Tidehollow Sculler) is that, while they both strip a card from your opponent's hand, Mindclaw Shaman lets you cast that powerful card for yourself. This seems much better to me in a multiplayer environment, where you need to get maximum value out of each card in your deck. It's especially useful when your meta is filled with cards like Demonic Tutor, Time Stretch, and Expropriate like mine is.

I am indeed aware of using the stack tricks for Fiend Hunter, etc. They wouldn't make the deck otherwise, because I don't want cards that are only temporary solutions since removal is so common in commander.

Serra Ascendant is something I'm considering, since I own a couple copies. Just isn't in the deck for now since my meta is so combo-oriented and the lifegain tends not to matter.

UnleashedHavok on 2power4me | Competitive Alesha

5 months ago

I would suggest Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar over Altar of Dementia, unless you find yourself with the ability to sac enough creatures in a turn to mill for the win. Alesha is a surprisingly mana hungry lady, my main deck is Alesha, Who is Unfinished and I have found that she needs quite a bit of juice at times.

I would suggest that you decide which route you want to take Alesha in, especially since you say your playgroup is competitive. Your list is pretty tight, I would just make a change or two. I would probably take out Mindclaw Shaman for Mesmeric Fiend. I think that if you are wanting to shut down your friends' decks, this is an option that fits with the overall feel of your deck a little better. I would also suggest putting in a Nantuko Husk so that you can have one more sacrifice outlet available to you since you have so many solid ETB effects. I like that you already have Fiend Hunter and Leonin Relic-Warder in here. I'm sure you are aware that you can permanently exile with both creatures just to bring them back to do it again, right? This would also work with Mesmeric Fiend if you choose to add it. I play my deck in a very control minded fashion, so I would also suggest cramming an Oblivion Ring and Banishing Light in here. I'm actually looking at cutting Disciple of Bolas..... I know I know, it feels like blasphemy but I find that I am wishing for a different answer when I draw him. He looks great on paper, and really is a good card in a sacrifice themed deck, but I feel he would be better in a Meren deck where you will be getting bigger creatures to sack throughout the game.

As for your maybe board I see that you have Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim. I would suggest playing her only if you are considering getting one of the most broken cards in commander: Serra Ascendant.

Anyway, I hope that my suggestions are helpful. Let me know if you want to chat more about one of my favorite commanders!

Cmasa435 on Prisoner of Fate - Budget Triad EDH

5 months ago

With the plan to stick to flickering stuff like Felidar Guardian is nice to have a backup flicker if needed. Also as you have black you can throw in a bit of stack manipulation to be a real sneaky bastard. Get a sac outlet Carrion Feeder and Viscera Seer are my personal favorites, then play your Fiend Hunter or Angel of Serenity get the ETB trigger, then sac it in response, the leaving field effect resolves before the ETB, so what got exiled stays exiled (odds are you know this, but on the off chance that you don't its worth explaining). While usually this kinda tactic is reserved for graveyard based decks, i have a friend who runs a flicker/grave hybrid deck that is just weird. You never know what he is gonna do, but you know it wont be good for you. Plus, adding in some more grave interaction could be worth it in the event that your opponents manage to kill your stuff and you cant flicker it. A personal favorite card of mine is Mesmeric Fiend, its awesome for the sac tricks, but if you decide you dont like that route it still gives you a peak at the opponents hand and you steal a card from it, and if they tutor up something mean, flicker him and trade out for the new threat. This may just be from my mind being on graveyards, but I adore Puppeteer Clique. Take someting big out of the opponents yard and smack them in the face with it. If he dies you can flicker him to get rid of the -1/-1 counter, He is annoyingly hard to kill at times. Whenever I play white I put in a Nevermore. Locking out commanders is fun.... for me. Wall of Omens can provide some nice draw, as can Phyrexian Arena for a bit more $$ (worth it IMO). Another draw card I'm fond of is Dark Tutelage though it has killed me before, though I love to draw so I usually take the risk associated with that card. Enlightened Ascetic, Angel of Finality, and Demon of Dark Schemes can act as repeatable forms of removal (specifically enchantment, grave and creature with these). Karmic Guide and Reveillark can get massive value when flickered/sacked respectively (and can go infinite in certain circumstance). That's bout all I got, sorry if its a bit more grave focused than purely flicker, that's whats been in my head these past few days. Good luck with the deck, always fun to see rare commanders out there (I didn't even know this one existed till today)

beninator on The Centaur of the North

6 months ago

I assume Fiend Hunter and Tidehollow Sculler are in for their interaction with sac outlets (I.e. sac them with their etb triggers on the stack to permanently exile what they target) so for a little welcome redundancy I suggest Mesmeric Fiend and Faceless Butcher, since these two creatures can pull the same shenanigans.

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