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Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Creature — Shapeshifter

: Untap Torchling.

: Target creature blocks Torchling this turn if able.

: Change the target of target spell that targets only Torchling.

: Torchling gets +1/-1 until end of turn.

: Torchling gets -1/+1 until end of turn.

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Torchling Discussion

colton815 on Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers

1 week ago

The_Baneslayer: it wouldn't be the first time that wotc has left a cycle incomplete. just look at AEtherling, Torchling, and Thornling. there is no white or black "ling".

foxboy93 on The Pretender

1 month ago

I feel we are saying the same thing. Under the pretense of:"If there is an additional untap ability for 0-1 mana, this is an infinite, damage dealing combo". What I am saying is:"Without clearly having identified there IS another untap ability, this combo is not infinite, due to having to produce 4 mana, and only producing 3 each cycle"

So YES, with the (unlisted) inclusion of another untap effect (provided by something such as Torchling/Morphling/Staff of Domination or some other effect that allows for untapping for 1 mana or 0) then it IS infinite. However, as the combo reads:

"Quicksilver Elemental + Mairsil (with Gilded Lotus/Prismatic Geoscope + Hateflayer)"

And NO OTHER mention of (listed) cards (in the above combo, as written by the OP), to give an additional untap, it is effectively NOT an infinite combo. The original purpose of my first post was to inform people reading that:

"Quicksilver Elemental (exiled with a cage counter or not) will still have the restriction of '...use this ability only once each turn', and must be paid. Paying U does not mean you can use Mairsil's abilities an unlimited amount of time. Mairsil's ability is a static ability and is applied to any creature that gains Mairsil's abilities."


On a more positive note, I am curious to know how Pack Rat has been working for you. I honestly have considered including it over Argent Sphinx, since 3 mana and discarding a card seems much more reliable than Metalcraft and U. I was trying to figure out the best way to "return (Mairsil) to its owner's hand" to recast if someone tries to kill him, but always liked the idea of Pack Rat. The Myr thing is a bit weirder, since Mairsil would need haste to use his ability. I'd also be interested in seeing a list if you don't mind posting it :3

markbeloit on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Furtive Skulker

Creature - Rogue

Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, add one mana of any color to your mana pool unless that player pays .


Make a shapeshifter, ideally similar to the Morphling series (Torchling,Thornling)but in black or white.

foxboy93 on The Pretender

1 month ago

We are not talking about ANY other cards except for the ones listed. It doesn't include Morphling/Torchling or any other "Pay 1 to untap". We are talking about this combo:

"Quicksilver Elemental + Mairsil (with Gilded Lotus/Prismatic Geoscope + Hateflayer)"

Where in any of these do you see something that untaps for one mana? If it was to include that in the strategy, it would be:

"Quicksilver Elemental + Mairsil (with Gilded Lotus/Prismatic Geoscope + Hateflayer + Morphling/Torchling)"

No where in any of the posts has it made note of a 6/7th card (Morphling/Torchling/"Pay 1 to untap"). So you are either adding a card that has not been described in the combo provided by the OP, or are misunderstanding how it works. As I had also said

"Besides Hateflayer, there is NO OTHER way to untap Mairsil with the LISTED CARDS IN THE COMBO. I am unsure where you are getting an extra untap ability from, but it is not with the listed cards."

I understand adding in another untap ability MAKES it infinite but again without ANOTHER untap effect it is not infinite. The combo of:

"Quicksilver Elemental + Mairsil (with Gilded Lotus/Prismatic Geoscope + Hateflayer)"

Does NOT include an ADDITIONAL way of untapping, as described by the OP. If the OP had intended on including it in the description, they would have included it.

nonickslick on Art Official Cage

3 months ago

Pump him once for X with Anthroplasm ability. Then untap him with Torchling ability. Then attack opponent. Gotcha.

GoldenDiggle on

3 months ago

Good to see AEtherling and Torchling in here, definite must includes. Jace's Archivist also finds a nice home here.

Kuro, Pitlord and Demonic Hordes can lock opponents out pretty well. Helldozer or Trench Wurm also smash lands if you're into that.

Does exiling Fatestitcher give him the Unearth ability? If so, thats fantastic!

Livelinkon on Mairsil The Pretender ETB

3 months ago

So the thought is to abuse his ETB effect. Two ways that are easy to accomplish this are copying him and exiling him repeatedly.

Pack Rat and Myr Propagator are self reliant copy cards

Grim Monolith and Basalt Monolith provide mana. (there are plenty more cards that do the same)

Horseshoe Crab, Soliton , Torchling , and Morphling allow for untaping.

AEtherling, Deadeye Navigator, and Inalla, Archmage Ritualist are the only exile cards I can think of. I am sure there are more.

So basic idea repeat ETB effect using Mairsil, the Pretender to either copy or exile himself. Do this while generating mana for draw engines and whatever else will be in the deck.

Any other cards I am missing? Other tactics?

leviathan_cross on Mairsil, Unlimited Power!

3 months ago

Lord_Khaine well for self blink AEtherling does quite nicely, but if we're only trying to avoid removal, Cavern Harpy, Morphling, Erratic Portal, Soul of New Phyrexia, Torchling, Counterspell, Force of Will, Ertai, Wizard Adept, technically Jodah's Avenger, and my personal favorite Cephalid Inkshrouder all do the job quite nicely.

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