Sadistic Hypnotist

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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

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Sadistic Hypnotist

Creature — Human Minion

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

Sadistic Hypnotist Discussion

Last_Laugh on War is Sacrifice

4 days ago

Discard: Sadistic Hypnotist and Oona's Blackguard

Combos- Sage of Fables + Flayer of the Hatebound + Ashnod's Altar = infinite damage and draw. Sage also immediately protects Marchesa and allows you to abuse any wizards' ETB/Death on everyone's turn.

1- Sac Flayer to Altar and float the

2- Flayer immediately reenters from Undying and hits someone for 5.

3- Use the floating to remove Flayer's +1+1 counter and draw a card with Sage. Rinse and repeat until all opponents are certifiably dead.

Last_Laugh on Marchesa Theft

1 week ago

Ok, I've ran Marchesa for several years now albeit not theft focused. First thing is work on lowering your avg. cmc to 3.5 or less (preferably 3.3ish).

Adds:

Spark Double copying Marchesa for double dethrone, the two copies protect one another, and the copy enters immediately protecting itself.

Chaos Warp is Grixis' best answer to enchantments by far... don't let cards like Solemnity or Rest in Peace wreck your day.

Sage of Fables / Metallic Mimic - Immediately protects Marchesa and they also allow you to abuse ETB/Death triggers on everyone's turn instead of once per round. I.e. Sower of Temptation , Vindictive Lich , etc.

Talisman of Indulgence , Talisman of Dominance , and Talisman of Creativity instead of Signets (both is ok, but Talismans first).

Skullclamp is excellent here with all the sacrificing going on.

Oona's Blackguard / Sadistic Hypnotist - Discard helps seal games up tighter than a Dolphin's butthole.

I'll try to suggest cuts if I get a minute but I'd skim off the top (Primordials etc). Feel free to check out my list for inspiration, it's one of the top rated Marchesa lists on this site. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

Last_Laugh on Marchesa’s Steal, Sack and Keep

2 weeks ago

Ok, I have a few suggestions for you. I also run Marchesa but it's more of an oppresive etb/death trigger abuse with a side of aggro.

First suggestion isn't really a suggestion lol. Spark Double copies Marchesa for double Dethrone, the copies protect one another, and the copy enters already protected. Get it in here asap... thank me later. Herald of Secret Streams falls into this category of 'not a suggestion' too lol.

Boardwipes: 3 opponents can play stuff faster than you can steal it sometimes. Blasphemous Act , Last One Standing , and Jokulhaups are really good budget friendly options. Fire Covenant is better in competitive metas with lots of small utilty creatures.

Sac Outlets: Goblin Bombardment is hard for some colors to get rid of. Yahenni, Undying Partisan and Falkenrath Aristocrat both have haste so they get an immediate counter and they protect themselves.

Discard: Oona's Blackguard and Sadistic Hypnotist help seal up games tighter than a dolpin's butthole.

I'm sure there's several other options I'm missing... feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's one of the top rated Marchesa lists on this site. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

Last_Laugh on Queen of Nothing (Queen Marchesa)

2 weeks ago

Sadistic Hypnotist ? I love me some hand hate...

Moriaatti on Dark Elves

3 weeks ago

Hi.

You might want to consider adding some card draw, like Howling Mine , Temple Bell or Mikokoro, Center of the Sea . Nath kind of stops working if opponents run out of cards to discard.

The above-mentioned Sadistic Hypnotist is also one of the best cards to put in a Nath deck.

Also the new Garruk, Cursed Huntsman fits any creature based deck quite nicely since it gives your creatures permanent trample and +3/+3 if you manage to pull it off. And it's not very hard if you have any sac outlets. Mind Slash and Attrition both work wonders with Nath.

I have my own version of Nath here if you want to take a look. Backstreet Elves

Strangelove on Marchesa, the Black Rose

3 weeks ago

@your post

Hey! I built a budget Black Rose deck and, you're right, it is hard to win! The throne mechanic can be really restrictive. I think it's important to remember Marchesa wants to be aggro. Flayer of the Hatebound is the closest you can get to combo (with Marchesa, burning people for 9 at each end step). So make an enemy... try to kill someone ASAP. Dethrone other players only if you have a way to nuke your life, on-demand +1/+1 counters, or board that can 1-2-shot someone.

You need more creatures. At least 28.

If you want to win consistently, I'd play more stax pieces like Sadistic Hypnotist , Oona's Blackguard , Noxious Toad , etc. Maybe even Specter tribal with the likes of Sedraxis Specter . You really want to slow your opponents down and secure your board; like how Boros aggro needs Armageddon .

Alternatively, run a suite of 6+ 1-2 cmc counterspells like Negate , Narset's Reversal , etc so you can defend your tempo.

Purphoros, God of the Forge wins games.

I would consider cutting...

Phyrexian Arena ... I'd rather draw more. < Slithermuse , Toothy, Imaginary Friend , etc.

Dark Prophecy ... Good card, but you're not making a lot of tokens. BBB is too restrictive for it to be worth it. < Smothering Abomination .

Black Market ... This belongs in a control deck with Exsanguinate , etc... and there are better ways of paying Marchesa's commander tax. < Revel in Riches .

Ugin, the Ineffable / Meteor Golem ... You want to avoid 5+ cmc single-target-removal. You don't have time to answer threats at the end of your curve. < Nevermaker , Boompile , Nevinyrral's Disk .

By Force ... you don't need this and Vandalblast .

Altar of Dementia ... any other engine on a stick is better.

I might add...

Plaguecrafter ... all-star.

Insurrection / Mob Rule ... wins.

Shifting Shadow ... great engine in Marchesa.

Breath of Fury ... extra combats will win.

Puppeteer Clique ... fun theft.

Grave Titan ... you might just need some pricey 1-card houses.

Curse of Stalked Prey ... ignore the Throne.

Trophy Mage ... tutor Ashnod's Altar , etc

Sidisi, Undead Vizier ... tutor.

Fleshwrither ... maybe?

Whip of Erebos ... to combo with "Pay life:" ...or some other life gain.

Good luck!

Last_Laugh on Marchesa Theft

3 weeks ago

I feel like you're a little too focused on creature theft and are missing out on a lot of gems that Marchesa has to take advantage of. The other problem with too much focus on theft is that decks that're light on creatures don't give you many options to further your own gameplan.

First, get Spark Double in here. Copy Marchesa for double dethrone, the 2 Marchesas protect each other, and the copy immediately protects itself... all of which are just as gross as they sound.

Grim Haruspex and Midnight Reaper are 2 of your better draw engines here (also consider Necropotence if it's in your budget).

Discard helps seal games up tighter than a dolphin's butthole. Consider Oona's Blackguard and Sadistic Hypnotist .

Flayer of the Hatebound with a sac outlet is 36 damage to any targets per round in a 4 player game.

A few more boardwipes couldn't hurt either. Consider Last One Standing and Jokulhaups

This one's a bigger change. There's cards like Sage of Fables and Metallic Mimic that can be used to abuse ETB/Death triggers on everyone's turn like Vindictive Lich , Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Baleful Strix , etc. This is more the focus that my personal list has.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's one of the top rated lists on this site and there's lots of discussion to look through for even more ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

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Sadistic Hypnotist occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.15%

Golgari: 0.2%