Minister of Pain


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dragons of Tarkir (DTK) Uncommon

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Minister of Pain

Creature — Human Shaman

Exploit (When this creature enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature.)

When Minister of Pain exploits a creature, creatures your opponents control get -1/-1 until end of turn.

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Minister of Pain Discussion

GolgariJunkman on This... is... MEREN!!!

1 month ago


I have tried Ravenous Slime and it wasn't very good at all 'cause the meta shifts lately so it was a good suggestion but the wrong time, you know? ... Grand Arbiter Augustin IV and Najeela, the Blade-Blossom dominating lately while Circu, Dimir Lobotomist and Marath, Will of the Wild (also Stax but with Kiki/Pod) wasn't a hard matchup.

Make Obsolete and Minister of Pain - I haven't tried them but in the nearest future I will! I like the idea but I would prefer Minister of Pain over Make Obsolete 'cause it's repeatable with Meren.

Assassin's Trophy - Good call! Also a good addition and on the list for this month!

I have look at your list and it's amazing! The addition of Bottomless Pit and Contamination with crackwood liege, Ophiomancer and Bitterblossom as token producers.

tbjbenjamin on This... is... MEREN!!!

2 months ago

Q: When no other player helps to handle BloodPod or Breakfast Hulk, they are very hard to beat. (If you have some suggestions, write it down)

A: These are pretty much uphill battles but there are still things you can do to impede their plan.

BloodPod runs as many or even more dorks than us, which accelerates into a powerful game plan. I see that you have Caustic Caterpillar and Nature's Claim to take care of problematic enchantments(Natural State can be pretty good in a fast meta), so other things that you could consider are Minister of Pain or Make Obsolete to wipe out their dorks. If Tymna the Weaver or Tana, the Bloodsower is giving too many problems, you can consider Vendetta(does not work on Tymna), Dismember or Assassin's Trophy.

Breakfast Hulk sometimes gets the nut draw, but that's Breakfast Hulk for you. Like Bloodpod, they also run many or even more dorks than us for ramping/colour fixing etc, so what I have mentioned for Bloodpod also works for Breakfast Hulk. An important thing to note is both of these decks are quite reliant on Tymna to generate CA if they don't get the nut draw, so stop Tymna if you must. Breakfast Hulk also folds to Contamination if they don't have a dork that generate G to get rid of it.

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Rhadamanthus on Minister of pain and meren

2 months ago

In the future, remember to use double square brackets around a card's name to add a pop-up tags. It's the easiest way to make sure everyone understands what's going on in your question: Minister of Pain, Meren of Clan Nel Toth

Vman on Natural affinity combos

2 months ago

Hey guys, so every now and thenwr hold competative 1v1 duel commander tournaments. I play my meren deck. I want to try out some unique combo with Natural Affinity but all i currently have is Massacre Wurm or Minister of Pain+recurring with meren for -2-2. Dont have Living Plane so im wkrking with affinity!

You guys have any other golgari colored combos i could work in? Its a slightly competative meta so nothing too slow!

TehGrief on Art of the Bloodchief (Modern)

4 months ago


What SynergyBuild said is correct, about it hurting us.

When you say that Ratchet Bomb would be good to destroy the tokens created by Forbidden Orchard, you seem to be forgetting that we also have tokens that are created with both Lingering Souls and Teysa, Orzhov Scion.

The deck also runs Killing Wave and Minister of Pain; together that should be plenty enough removal to deal with the tokens created for our opponents.

L0stinExile on Vaevy girl

5 months ago

Nether Void is just insane.

Carpet of Flowers is a must-have in any stax deck where blue decks are going to be in your play group. Guttural Response, Red Elemental Blast, Pyroblast also things I'd recommend if blue decks are prevalent.

Minister of Pain is a surprisingly powerful card, and combos with Living Plane to practically shut down a game outright.

I'm also noticing a distinct lack of discard effects. One of the best ones in stax is Bottomless Pit.

Oh, and Contamination is fun, but you're very light on creatures so it might not be all that worth it in this particular list. Speaking of creatures, no Elves of Deep Shadow or Dark Confidant?

FireStorm4056 on [PRIMER] Death & Staxes: Competitive Meren EDH

6 months ago


If you need a second Minister of Pain, it is definitely something to consider. In general I wouldn't think you would need more than one outside of special circumstances, such as lots of tokens in your meta, or your playgroup packing lots of grave hate (where need to ensure a backup win condition in case Minister of Pain gets exiled).

If you only pick one, I still think Minister of Pain is the better choice, because:

  1. Minister of Pain automatically loops with itself (don't need a sac outlet, just need Meren)
  2. Minister can be used as a free sac outlet for another key creature (i.e. Mindslicer or Reclamation Sage)
  3. Single- is preferable to double-.

On the other hand, if combat is very relevant for you, or you have more sacrifice engines you need to feed, then Plague Mare might be a better meta call (though in general, imo the advantages of Minister outweigh those of Plague Mare)

Bearmagus on [PRIMER] Death & Staxes: Competitive Meren EDH

6 months ago

So what do you think of Plague Mare as a second Minister of Pain? Worth running both?

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