Thrill-Kill Assassin


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Common
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Uncommon

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Thrill-Kill Assassin

Creature — Human Assassin


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Thrill-Kill Assassin Discussion

ArchonBlue on Liliana's Reaver

2 weeks ago

Here are my suggestions, based on our talk and your budget. Out: 1. 1x Daggerdrome Imp 2. 1x Deeproot Warrior 3. 2x Old-Growth Dryads 4. 1x Sengir Vampire 5. 2x Thrill-Kill Assassin 6. 2x Doom Blade 7. 2x Rancor (you'll have less creatures to target for this) 8. 1x Duress (2 is fine) 9. 1x Liliana, Death Wielder

In: 1. 4x Inquisition of Kozilek 2. 1x Liliana Vess 3. 3x Fatal Push 4. 2x Bloodghast 5. 2x Grim Flayer

You'll want to up your lands to about 21 at least I'd say. Some decent budget lands in your colors include Llanowar Wastes and Blooming Marsh. I'd really strongly advise running fetch and shock lands if/when you can afford then though.

kingofcramers on Anna Karenina

3 months ago

This deck looks dope AF. I fucking love madcap skills and I'm sure you will too. Would recommend a few changes:1) I would definitely tidy up the mana a bit, run some nonbasics 2) Thrill-Kill Assassin is an uncommon, maybe run something like Ravenous Rats to go with the discard theme or Festering Goblin or Goblin Arsonist to go with the sacrifice theme 3) opinions on Reckless Charge?

IronLady on Green Black Deathtouch

11 months ago

I went the other way by creating a black/ red assassins deck. Has Agent of the Fates, Hand of Silumgar, Graveblade Marauder, Thrill-Kill Assassin and Ruthless Ripper

I then use instants to give all a first strike capacity. Really fun deck to play.

sleeper_agent007 on

1 year ago

Aww hell yeah! I actually had a Kiku tiny leaders deck list that I never got around to putting together but I LOVE assassins tribal. Just off the top of my head, Thrill-Kill Assassin, Garza's Assassin and Nightshade Assassin are the most notable omissions.

Nekrataal probably gets the edge over Nightshade, but Nightshade could potentially get rid of indestructible creatures and can target black. Just something to consider.

I'm a huge fan of Garza's Assassin because sometimes you need to assassinate two targets asap.

Otherwise, your list looks really tight and these are mere suggestions/ideas. +1

Blue_Flame on Steal, Mill, Kill, & Thrill! w/ Lazav

1 year ago

If this was my deck I would play Thrill-Kill Assassin just for flavor. Disregarding that, the deck looks great! :D

ChrisPBakon on Counters on ALL the Things! (Turn 4 Win)

1 year ago

Thanks, Myattemptatlogic! if I weren't so cheap with Magic, a set of Primordial Hydras would no doubt be in there, and probably some Kalonian Hydras. I hadn't thought of Isochron Scepter, but it's expensive (for me). I like the idea of it though.

Slitherhead is an interesting idea. The disadvantage is that it has no way of getting counters on itself, except for Bioshift or Cytoplast Root-Kin. I've also considered throwing in Varolz, the Scar-Striped, in which case I probably wouldn't put Slitherhead in. I plan on removing Cackler, with Bond Beetle also being a solid replacement, so it's between that and Slitherhead.

I'm glad you suggested Deadly Recluse because it reminds me I need a way to deal with flying. That being said, switched it was Thrill-Kill Assassin, I'd be doing it more for the reach than the deathtouch. Since Recluse has the same disadvantage as Slitherhead, Aquastrand Spider beats it in that regard, but obviously lacks the deathtouch. Maybe I'll switch Thrill-Kill out for one of those two.

Samuel-Frederick on

1 year ago

One of the first things to take note of is the Heroic ability of the Tormented Hero and Setessan Oathsworn. Whenever you cast a spell that targets them it triggers their ability. The cards that you run that can target them are Boon of Erebos, Giant Growth, and Feral Invocation.

This is why these cards are worth taking note of

If you attack with a Setessan Oathsworn that isnt blocked you would deal one point of damage, not exciting thats for sure. So before the damage step, you can cast Giant Growth on it, which gives it +3/+3 and triggers the heroic ability of the cards which gives it two +1/+1 counters, this means you hit for six! (1 from the power, 3 from the growth, 2 from the heroic), but the real bonus is that the counters gained from the heroic ability are permanent, so now the Setessan Oathsworn is a 3/3 creature.

Your opponent attacks with a Craw Wurm, you then block with your now 3/3 Setessan Oathsworn, but before the damage step (when the creatures deal damage to each other), you cast Feral Invocation on it, it gains +2/+2 from the enchantment and gains an additional two +1/+1 counters from the heroic ability, making it a 7/7! This is a creature that can surprise your opponent, as well as being an aggressive card.

Tormented Hero doesnt have the surprise and ramp at the Oathsworn does, but every time you target him you deal an extra point of damage to your opponent, and in an aggro deck every point is helpful! (and you gain a life as well, this isnt important but its a nice little bonus). Also, he is a 2 power creature for one mana, and that itself is fast.


You only run three removal cards, this is because they dont deal damage, and it is through combat tricks (boosting your creatures before damage) that you kill most of your opponents creatures. You run a single of each Geth's Verdict, Murderous Cut, and Victim of Night. The reason you run one of each instead of three of one is that you want a removal suite. A removal suite is simply running a number of one of removal cards, the reason for this is they all do something slightly different, but also it makes it harder for your opponents to know how many removal cards you have in your deck.


With boost and removal spells youll find that you fill your graveyard up fairly fast, and that is where Hooting Mandrills comes in. As you cast him every card you exile from your graveyard reduces the cost by one. That means if you have five cards in your graveyard and you exile them as part of the cost, you get to play this 4/4 trample creature for a single mana! The reason you only run two if because it requires you to have cards in your graveyard, so you dont want two in your hand, so only have two in the deck makes this less likely.


The playset of the terrifying Treacherous Pit-Dweller! This guy is huge! 4/3 for two mana is crazy, but when he dies your opponent gains control of him You need to youre your boost spells to keep him alive, but if your opponent gets control of him use your removal spells to get rid of him, and your boost spells to make your guys big enough to take him out while keeping your creature alive.


The other cards in the deck;Mardu Skullhunter, attack with a creature during your first main phase, then after the combat phase (during your main phase two), play this guy and your opponent has to discard a card. This helps you gain card advantage (which is hard for an aggro deck) and puts you a step ahead.Ruthless Ripper deals 2 damage when it flips, and along with Wasteland Viper, Thrill-Kill Assassin (which you almost always want to unleash) has deathtouch. This means it will kill any creature it deals damage to regardless of their toughness. The deathtouch ability means your opponent will be less keen to block them, so you can get through for damage with them easier, and boost them for extra damage if Its safe to.Soulcage Fiend, when he dies both you and your opponent lose 3 life. Youre an aggro deck so youll be dealing damage faster than your opponent does, so the life lose will affect your opponent more than you, your life doesnt mean much in this deck (as long as you have at least one!). Also, if your opponent is on three of less life, but you cant attack or get through with your creatures, use a removal spell on your own Soulcage Fiend!

So thats a quick run through of the deck, and how the cards interact with each other and how it works.

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