Sadistic Hypnotist

Sadistic Hypnotist

Creature — Human Minion

Sacrifice a creature: Target player discards two cards. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Uncommon
Odyssey (ODY) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Sadistic Hypnotist occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.15%

Golgari: 0.2%

Sadistic Hypnotist Discussion

Last_Laugh on Nicol Bolas Dragons/Superfriends

3 weeks ago

Words of Waste, Pain Magnification, Liliana's Specter, Noxious Toad (oracle text is each opponent discards), and Burglar Rat all work well here.

I personally run Marchesa, the Black Rose at the helm of my Grixis discard deck so that ETB/Death triggers are abuseable and reusable. It also opens up Oona's Blackguard, Sadistic Hypnotist, Dauthi Mindripper, and a few other discard options.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's not budget friendly as a whole but it should still help out a ton. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Hand Hate Marchesa

InFlam3z on Karador graveyard shenanigans

3 weeks ago

Thanks, I was planning on removing Viridian Emissary once I sort the manabase out and remove more basic lands for hermit druid. I do like the idea of changing to Sadistic Hypnotist to get an additional sac outlet as I thought I might not have enough. Think I've got one so once I get the chance I'll give it a test!

SwiftDeath on Karador graveyard shenanigans

3 weeks ago

Viridian Emissary and Satyr Wayfinder are slow and inconsistent. Especially the Emissary. I also see a lot of lists using Mindslicer as a way to disrupt opponents but I have found I like Sadistic Hypnotist more in a deck that uses Reveillark. It can be a target for reanimation from the graveyard with the trigger and it doubles as a sacrifice outlet. It can only function at sorcery speed but if you have a decent board when cast then you can remove the cards in your opponent's hands while still keeping your own. You could even target yourself and only discard the cards you want in the graveyard and keep the ones you don't want to discard.

Gbeail on It's Treason, Then

4 weeks ago

For instant speed sacrifice there's Carrion Feeder for one mana, and Flesh-Eater Imp which costs more but has infect so it can on occasion one shot someone. Then for more value from a sacrifice there's Stronghold Assassin which in this deck lets you take out two creatures, the one you took control of and any other of your choice. Then Sadistic Hypnotist is instant speed and makes them discard. Then for card draw there's Vampiric Rites a repeatable Altar's Reap and Costly Plunder is the same as Altar's Reap. And other card draw is Bushmeat Poacher and Smothering Abomination but that last one may kill some of your creatures by accident.

Epicurus on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Garruk, Beastmaster Alpha

Legendary Planeswalker - Garruk

Garruk planeswalkers you control can't be attacked by nonhuman creatures

+1 Reveal the top card of your library and put it into your hand. If the revealed card was a creature, draw a card.

+1 Add to your mana pool

0 Create three 3/3 green beast creature tokens with trample

-8 Search target opponent's library for up to 5 nonhuman creatures and put them onto the battlefield under your control. Then, that player shuffles their library.


~ can be your commander

Is that a high enough CMC? The first ability is pretty sick imo, and the last is brutal as hell, but I feel like a 6 CMC commander kinda balances that all out and keeps it from being broken. It is in mana-happy green, but still.

I have a coworker, who's Covid getup makes him look exactly like Sadistic Hypnotist. Make the figure in the artwork of that card into a legendary creature.

alexjustdoit on Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

1 month ago

How has Sadistic Hypnotist been? Worth the high cmc?

Last_Laugh on Betrayal at House Marchesa

2 months ago

My Marchesa list is a lot less theft focused but I still have a few suggestions.

Enchantment Removal: Chaos Warp 100% deserves a spot. It's Grixis' best answer to enchantments by far... don't let problematic enchantments like Solemnity or Rest in Peace wreck your day.

Combo: Flayer of the Hatebound is worth it for 36 damage per round in a 4 player game. It also goes infinite with Ashnod's Altar and Sage of Fables.

Draw: I'm not a fan of Read the Bones or 1 time draw in general. Reusable life gain or life loss with card draw would serve you better. Consider Disciple of Bolas, Corpse Augur, and/or Midnight Reaper.

Discard: Oona's Blackguard and Sadistic Hypnotist seal up games tighter than a Dolphin's butthole. Mean tactic but very effective.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

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