Nin, the Pain Artist


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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare

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Nin, the Pain Artist

Legendary Creature — Vedalken Wizard

, : Nin, the Pain Artist deals X damage to target creature. That creature's controller draws X cards.

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Nin, the Pain Artist Discussion

Thing2 on The Locust God

2 days ago

This deck looks like a wild ride! For the most part it looks like you just need to hit 6 mana and it will go off the chain.


Coat of Arms - You have more win conditions in this deck then I can count, this one is more dangerous than the others.

Forgotten Creation - This doesn't net you cards and is likely to die before it does any good. I would stick to out of hand wheels.

Jace's Archivist - Same as above but I think this one is worse since it has the potential to hook up other players.

Nin, the Pain Artist - You might have to explain this one to me? Are you drawing off your own creatures? Seems slow.

Evolving Wilds, Myriad Landscape, Terramorphic Expanse, Thawing Glaciers

I think you want a fast land package here and very few to 0 come into play tapped lands. Once you start wheeling you will just be looking for a land that comes into play untapped and then wheel again...At least that's how I imagine this deck working.

Fateful Showdown - Doesn't net you cards, doesn't kill that many threats without a lot of cards and its 4 mana.

Blood Sun - The reason Blood Moon and Back to Basics are so good is because they stop people from playing cards. This just stops certain threats like Kor Haven and Maze. This deck seems to just want to win rather than police the board.

Firestorm - This card seems dangerous and the upside not that good. It needs enough legal targets so unless the board is full of targets and you have a ton of cards AND you are sure no one has a counter up...


I spent less time on looking at adds as I am sure you have some in mind already but here are a few that I would consider.

Mirage Mirror - Nuf said.

Knowledge Exploitation - Its whatever you need.

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth - Prevent yourself from milling yourself! I know you have the spiral and reversal but this is a good fail safe..also I wouldn't worry about not having targets for Pull from the Deep and others, it seems like that will never be a problem for this deck.

Solemn Simulacrum & Burnished Hart - I think these both deserve a spot. Getting to 6 mana as fast as possible seems very important.

Neheb, the Eternal - Card is dumb.

Glen Elendra Archmage - I used to not play with this card cause I thought it was annoyingly good...I was right.

Omniscience - This deck is already broken.. might as well.

Recurring Insight & Rush of Knowledge - Regular card draw is good too!

Propaganda - This one might need to be added to the deck later when our group starts killing you as soon as possible =).

Spell Swindle - My favorite counter spell.

Thespian's Stage - Copying someones Gaea's Cradle seems good.

golgariizzet on Luck Of The Draw

4 days ago

you have to get Curiosity for niv-mizzet the firemind it's a controlled infinite combo really nice. Nin, the Pain Artist is great card draw especially when targeting indestructible things like your gods to draw a shit ton, if you do add it you might want to add a Stuffy Doll to target nin with . i would also include more then just spellbook Library of Leng is good Reliquary Tower is good i would add both Thought Vessel is another. i also think that swiftfoot boots and lightning greaves are staples and you need to protect certain creatures and your commander. because of your card draw you might want to think about adding a labortory maniac just in case. 2 other cards i would think about because of your card draw is Empyrial Plate to put on your commander or another creature i think commander is better gives you the option to take some one out in one swing with your commander you have out combined with this Dragon Throne of Tarkir pay the mana tap your commander or other creature and boom all your 1/1 flyers and whatever else you have out there are now as big as your hand.

AmAuron on Raze da' Roof ($40 Budget)

4 weeks ago

@landofMordor why not Nin, the Pain Artist? Seems good with this deck no?

irishwrath on Draw Engine Commanders

1 month ago

Prime Speaker Zegana, Edric, Spymaster of Trest, Nin, the Pain Artist, Damia, Sage of Stone, but straight up. If you want to draw the most cards out of any commander it's Azami.

JHowlett on Nekusaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrr

1 month ago

Nin, the Pain Artist is a fave creature of mine because you get to dump extra mana into it! Ancient Excavation is useful for yourself if you need some card advantage, too.

If you can spring for it, replacing tri slow lands for the lands that etb and you pay 2 life like Sacred Foundry will work better for your check lands like Dragonskull Summit and really great for Choked Estuary. Cycle lands are just okay. Try to get the ones that cycle for 1 colored mana.

Gattison on Infliction

1 month ago

+1 for the Hellraiser quote on a Nin, the Pain Artist deck! =D

Excellent flavor, sir.

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