Archon of Cruelty

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Archon of Cruelty

Creature — Archon


Whenever this enters the battlefield or attacks, target opponent sacrifices a creature or planeswalker, discards a card, and loses 3 life. You draw a card and gain 3 life.

Niko9 on How Good is Pain Magnification?

1 month ago

Last_Laugh I agree with you, in commander it looks like a very snowballey enchantment. I think Pain Magnification might take the right deck to be great, it's not a rakdos staple, but in the right build it would absolutely be a must remove threat.

The main drawback I could see with it is that in commander players can get very salty about discarding and not everyone will have enchant removal, so you may become the archenemy when you play this.

Just throwing out ideas here, but Pain Magnification might be brutal in a rakdos Blade of Selves deck that runs Balor and Archon of Cruelty as reanimated blade carriers.

ViscountVonSausageRoll on Temporary Graveyard

2 months ago

I can tell when you played xD

And hey, don't sell yourself short, casual 60 card is the epitome of magic.

Budget Suggestions (≤ $10): Griselbrand because he's awesome, Dark Ritual because speed, Go for the Throat or alternatively: I see you're running Bone Shredder. Perhaps considering replacing with Shriekmaw? He's less hardcastable, but he does throw himself into your graveyard in a hurry. Consider Buried Alive to fill the GY? Vampire Nighthawk has been replaced with Nighthawk Scavenger I know, the powercreeper has been powercrept.

Non-Budget Suggestions ($10+): Archon of Cruelty. I mean, read what it does. Right? That's ridiculous.
Recurring Nightmare It's pricey, but it's absolutely busted. (It sacs a dude and bounces to your hand as an additional cost) It never goes away.
Atraxa, Grand Unifier Honestly not my cup of tea, but she's very powerful. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth Only because: It's just good in this deck. You're already running Liliana of the Dark Realms x2 and Coffers. Maybe find some heavily played ones?

Make Room: The most unfun part of coming back to any old deck. Well, Liliana Vess is just too expensive now days (even back then she was kinda pricey), but most of the time she ends up being a 5 CMC vampiric tutor at sorcery speed anyways. She never lives long.

Sorin Markov kind of falls under the same boat, at least in this deck imo. Usually by the time you can cast him, opponents aren't at 20 life anymore, so the appeal of "10 dmg" can be somewhat deceptive.

Anyways, welcome back, and I hope you enjoy yourself

wallisface on Curie and cloning clones

2 months ago

Curie will effectively be an Archon of Cruelty that’s additionally an artifact and has "Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, draw cards equal to its base power."

When Phyrexian Metamorph is in the battlefield, all it has is the characteristics of whatever it copied (+ it's an artifact) the regular Phyrexian Metamorph characteristics aren't copiable anymore.

K4nkato on Curie and cloning clones

2 months ago

If I control a Phyrexian Metamorph cloning an Archon of Cruelty and I activate Curie, Emergent Intelligence exiling said Metamorph, what happens?

legendofa on turn 1 Iona, sheild of …

4 months ago


Casual borgan


How much money are you willing to spend on this deck? Atraxa, Grand Unifier and Archon of Cruelty are popular reanimator targets right now, and I see Griselbrand already in the decklist.

legendofa on "Meta-less" format?

5 months ago

Okay, I dug a little deeper into the Legacy Reanimator lists on, and target cards like Atraxa, Grand Unifier, Archon of Cruelty, Grief, and Griselbrand, and support cards like Dark Ritual and Dauthi Voidwalker show up in almost every deck, but in different proportions. Still, that's a pretty condensed and consistent core. It's easy enough to see which cards get played, but the "meta-similar" rule is going to need more sophistication.

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