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Sacrifice a creature: Target player discards two cards. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
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Sadistic Hypnotist Discussion
1 day ago
Skarrg, the Rage Pits is a nice addition to get Prossh through.
I went the "things die so let's benefit from it" route with a lot of my black spells so Zulaport Cutthroat, Blood Artist and Falkenrath Noble, as well as Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos and Butcher of Malakir.
If you want lots of tokens, Dragonlair Spider adds some guys, Mycoloth is powerful but slow and vulnerable, Mitotic Slime makes lots of extra bodies for one card and there's always the Nath of the Gilt-Leaf+Sadistic Hypnotist interaction. Hypnotist is good here anyway, as saccing Kobolds to destroy people's hands is always useful.
5 days ago
maxmcnugget: They're definitely good cards for this deck! I originally did not include them because I didn't want this to be too close to my The Hungry, Hungry Aetherborn: Yahenni EDH deck, which uses them as a central part of the identity of the deck. But they'd definitely fit right in! (Though I'd have to open slots...)
hurricane219: Hmmm. On one hand, it IS a lot of mana. On the other, it's almost always better than Sadistic Hypnotist, and it's better to fetch with Defense of the Heart...I should acquire a second copy to test with in the deck! Thanks for the suggestion, that might work very well :D
gdm1989: I personally am NOT using Curse of Bounty here; in my meta, there are a lot of mana rocks and mana-hungry combos, so it's very likely that I will cause myself to lose by playing it :( Still, thanks for the suggestion! :)
6 days ago
Sadistic Hypnotist You can use him to destroy opponent's hand as well as self discard for reanimation combos. Plus he is critter.
1 week ago
These are more suggestions in no order:
- Carrion Feeder
- Grim Haruspex
- Harvester of Souls
- Baleful Strix
- Sadistic Hypnotist
- Olivia Voldaren
- Fleshbag Marauder
- Culling Dais
- Phyrexian Arena
- Sidisi, Undead Vizier
- High Market
Consider some more early game plays because you want some ceature set-up before you play Marchesa. Baleful Strix is a very efficient creature for only two mana. It's also great when it gets dethrone. Carrion Feeder is a 1 drop free sac outlet that can give itself counters very good with Marchesa. Bitterblossom can gives you a constant basically free source of creatures to sac and with Oona's Blackguard also in your control can be very bad for your opponents.
If you're sacing creatures then Grim Haruspex and Harvester of Souls can be draw engines with Marchesa. With cards like Feeder, Viscera Seer, etc who are free sac outlets. They're also nice to get some advantage when stealing your opponent's creatures and sacing them. Fleshbag Marauder, Mulldrifter and Sidisi, Undead Vizier are all excellent creatures who can sac themselves giving you value in return.
Sadistic Hypnotist has a very powerful free sac ability. A secondary theme here is stealing your opponent's creatures and sacing them for value Olivia Voldaren is one of the best creatures who can do this. She also puts counters on herself which is great with Marchesa.
Good luck with your deck.
3 weeks ago
Thanks for the help on my Meren deck.
Really like the angle you're taking here. Lord of Extinction would be a great addition to my own deck.
One thing I think you can add if you're not opposed to combos and added value to Meren's ability is Nim Deathmantle.
Grave Titan + Ashnod's Altar + Nim Deathmantle = Infinite zombie tokens (Sac grave and a token, generate 4 mana, attach deathmantle, rinse & repeat). At this point you could sacrifice X number of tokens to the altar for infinite colorless mana.
Vampiric Tutor would be another option depending on budget and the same goes for Cavern of Souls. I count 8 creatures that could benefit from naming "Shaman" and 5 from naming "Human". Would be a great help getting some of those guys on the board ie. Meren of Clan Nel Toth, Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip, Deathrite Shaman etc.
One thing I would consider replacing is Sadistic Hypnotist. With only 6 sorcery spells in the deck I'm not sure it's worth it. Too situational and you still have to sac a creature, while in theme for Meren, I feel like there's better value for that spot.
1 month ago
Sadistic Hypnotist got to be the best Sacrifice Outlet, and Whisperwood Elemental gives you a sacrifice creature that generates creatures. Cryptolith Rite can be a great fixer with heavy creature decks. Solemn Simulacrum Has an all around good use in this deck, and Entomb works with Eternal Witness as well as your commander.
1 month ago
Mass discard is a "mean" strategy, and I think you may have built this list afraid to be the villain. It looks like you tried to hybrid an aggressive deck and a cruel control deck, and those don't really work together. First thing I would do is slow down the deck, and put in more longevity.
A lot of your discard is low-impact. Black Cat, for example, only makes one opponent discard once. Why not play, for example, Hypnotic Specter, which can hit multiple times. In addition, I would add things that benefit off of discard, like Liliana's Caress, Sangromancer, Geth's Grimoire, and Waste Not. Symmetrical effects are a little harder to build around, but things like Sire Of Insanity, Oppression, and Bottomless Pit can really get your job done faster. Notion Thief can prevent your opponents from refilling their hand, and Torment of Hailfire is a good finisher from HOU.
In addition, Tymaret already wants you to have tokens, so I would beef up that sub-theme, adding things like Ophiomancer and Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder. Tokens would keep you alive longer, and would allow you to play things like Sadistic Hypnotist and Mind Slash. If you have fodder lying around a lot, Pox and Death Cloud hurt you a lot less than your opponents.
A cruel control theme is not an easy way to make friends at the table, but playing a lot of spite cards can make people reluctant to attack you. Mind Twisting for 7 or having Attrition on the board will stick with people (and, if your budget is bigger, No Mercy).
1 month ago
This IS the best murder king deck I've ever seen! (It's also the only murder king deck I've ever seen). Black has a real problem dealing with pesky enchantments, I've found the best way to deal with those is to nuke the hell out of your opponent(s) hand. Mind Slash and Sadistic Hypnotist can turn your opponents hand into a smoldering reminder of what opposing the murder king gets them. While cards like Attrition and Hell's Caretaker just love cards that come back from the graveyard. Best of luck with your murder king deck, you're choice of commander is definitely the road less traveled.