Harsh Mentor

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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
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Harsh Mentor

Creature — Human Cleric

Whenever an opponent activates an ability of an artifact, creature, or land on the battlefield, if it isn't a mana ability, Harsh Mentor deals 2 damage to that player

legendofa on Creatures that do Damage Over …

5 months ago

Nice looking deck! As a couple of points to keep in mind, life loss isn't the same as damage, so Fiery Emancipation and friends won't affect, say, Kambal. Second, the description mentions that tapping lands for mana will trigger cards like Harsh Mentor. Harsh Mentor, and most cards like it, specifically don't trigger off mana abilities (abilities that generate mana).

FormOverFunction on Creatures that do Damage Over …

5 months ago

Came here to say Harsh Mentor. Also- if you’ve got room for some artifacts or enchantments: Copper Tablet, Razor Pendulum, and Enslave.

legendofa on Creatures that do Damage Over …

5 months ago

After looking a bit deeper, there's Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, Fate Unraveler, and Harsh Mentor, which covers a pretty good mana value spread.

Daveslab2022 on Harsh Mentor interaction

6 months ago

No, Harsh Mentor only affects activated abilities like Scavenging Ooze or Scalding Tarn.

An ETB effect is a triggered ability, not an activated ability.

9-lives on Harsh Mentor interaction

6 months ago

If I have Harsh Mentor on the battlefield, if someone triggers an ETB effect, or any card effect that isn't tapping or using mana, would Harsh Mentor cause damage to that player?

BotaNickill on SmAshZea Your Facey

7 months ago

PhyrexianPraetor Thannks again for all the good card suggestions. I really appreciate it! I remember the black devotion decks well, good ol Gary! Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Phyrexian Obliterator, nasty stuff mate! The Shivan Devastator is indeed a pretty sick new card! I have a few but they are in my brother's Dragon deck with the Stormbreath Dragons and Thunderbreak Regents, but maybe I'll order another one or two for me! Boros Reckoner is a great card as well, I had them in the main board, and they have totally saved my skin in the past, I pushed them out to lower the curve a bit more, but I always keep them in the wings as a possibility. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is already in the deck, gotta have that in any devotion deck for sure! Robber of the Rich is also a great card that can provide value and remove possible threats from the opponents deck before they become a problem, I wish I had paper copies, I have him in my historic RDW on arena for certain, I'll look getting some physical copies. As for the War Elemental, Stigma Lasher, Harsh Mentor, and Vexing Shusher, I do not have any of those cards, but I'll put them into consideration! Cheers!

PhyrexianPraetor on SmAshZea Your Facey

7 months ago

BotaNickill I also played standard around the time of RTR and Theros. I favoured Black Devotion myself.

Here is a list of cards you might find fun to test with.

1) Leyline of Punishment for the side, Stigma Lasher is a good alternative. I suggest these due to the prevalence of food decks. Gaining life doesn’t generally win the game, but it gives the opponent enough time to get control.

2) Harsh Mentor was a good card for a few years. It was used in traditional burn decks to punish players with lots of fetch-lands, effectively bolting the opponent every-time they cracked a fetch.

3) Vexing Shusher is a card that I have seen in the past in Naya Zoo and Green Stompy lists. Can be good against control or forces the control player to waste a spell to deal with it.

4) Boros Reckoner was a common choice I saw in standard Red Devotion lists. More often than not it will get through due to it’s ability.

5) Robber of the Rich is a cheap alternative to Ragavan. It doesn’t give treasure tokens, but it more or less achieves the same thing.

6) These last two are neat ideas. Shivan Devastator is a new card you probably have seen. It’s a good card that scales with the game and unlike most other “X” spells it has haste and if you ever added Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx it would be a strong combo. One other card I have seen on a few occasions is War Elemental. I played against a burn player sometime back and he had three of these in his deck. Was kind of annoying to deal with due to getting three +1/+1 counters almost every turn.

Whirl on Flori(da M)an, Says He Can "Cast Spells"

9 months ago

This looks like a deck Fiendish Duo would love to call home.

You have many noncreature spells, maybe Firebrand Archer would fit? Seems a bit better than Thermo-Alchemist, unless you really don't like that 1 toughness on the Archer.

Drakuseth, Harsh Mentor and Hellrider could also be interesting. And Cryptolith Fragment  Flip is a fun little lifelosin' mana rock.

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