Mairsil, the Pretender
Legendary Creature — Human Wizard
When Mairsil, the Pretender enters the battlefield, you may exile an artifact or creature card from your hand or graveyard and put a cage counter on it.
Mairsil, the Pretender has all activated abilities of all cards you own in exile with cage counters on them. You may activate each of those abilities only once each turn.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
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Mairsil, the Pretender Discussion
1 week ago
Does Mairsil, the Pretender have the potential to go higher?
What kind of card would be needed for him to go up a tier?
3 months ago
I don't run Mairsil, the Pretender but I feel like we get a handful of cards with activated abilities that are worth using assuming we aren't going for peak efficiency and casual fun.
From DnD alone I would consider these depending on how I built the deck:
- Inferno of the Star Mounts
- The Book of Vile Darkness (Not sure about the rulings on this but I think it works)
- Wizard's Spellbook
- The Deck of Many Things
- Treasure Chest
Some other sets:
- Emry, Lurker of the Loch
- The Cauldron of Eternity
- Kaza, Roil Chaser
- Lithoform Engine
- Rootha, Mercurial Artist (Actually think this has good synergy to recast for the triggered ability)
But also just because a commander doesn't get new cards worth putting in doesn't mean it can't be fun. There are tons of fringe commanders that are fun building just because they lack support.
3 months ago
Maybe this is only because I like to argue... lol
I find myself defending some commanders now and then when they come up or when I bring them up. Specifically Mairsil, the Pretender because I hear the same silly arguments for not playing him every time he is brought up. The worst one being that "he doesn't get enough new toys." Which is just the most illogical argument I've ever seen. I've been playing commander for a bit over a decade now and very rarely do people make more than 1 or 2 changes to their decks regularly. Unless things just aren't working well a deck will be pretty static for months. Even a year or 2. That aside I see new things printed that could go into Mairsil in most sets. Though if you only want to build him as optimally as possible there are maybe 2 or 3 things you do. Ever. I think the same is true of almost every commander if you build as optimally as possible. Not to say Mairsil doesn't have downsides to him. Just the most repeated argument I see against playing him is false.
What is a commander you defend and why do you defend it?
3 months ago
I almost always put some amount of graveyard recursion in my decks. It can certainly stink when someone exiles after I play a Buried Alive or set something else up but I've also shied away from revolving entire decks around it. I don't want Rest in Peace to just be me scooping every time. My Mairsil, the Pretender uses my graveyard and hand equally and my Ghen, Arcanum Weaver is more just cool to use rather than the deck's focus.
4 months ago
So I apparently have an addiction to lol. I've got Anje Falkenrath and I'm building Kalain, Reclusive Painter . I've even got most of the off shoots of Rakdos with Ghen, Arcanum Weaver as my and Mairsil, the Pretender as my commanders. I've been thinking of what to build for and also thinking about other commanders like Lyzolda, the Blood Witch .
Are there any colors you like playing more than others? Or find merely by coincidence shows up in more of your decks than others?
5 months ago
Am I missing something, or are you deliberately using a commander that has no usable ability for its colors and flavor? Wouldn't Mairsil, the Pretender or Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge be a better commander for this deck?
Let me know if there is a way to use Mishra that I don't undertand.
6 months ago
7 months ago
Yeah, Demonic is just an auto-include. If you have it or are willing to purchase it, chuck it into every black deck you have. That said . . .
Mairsil, the Pretender , Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools plus Kodama of the East Tree , Korvold, Fae-Cursed King , and Kenrith, the Returned King are the black decks I own. Maybe one of those tickles your fancy.