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Artifact Creature — Insect
: Pestilent Souleater gains infect until end of turn. ( can be paid with for either or 2 life. A creature with infect deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
Pestilent Souleater Discussion
5 months ago
Mairsil, the Pretender tends towards combos but some of them are more like wicked interactions and are not infinite.
6 months ago
6 months ago
For replacing the infinite mana combos I have a few suggestions.
This one you need to be holding counters for, so it's de facto more complicated then I prefer. Basically you use the stack with this one so sequence is everything. 1: Play Lab Man 2:Activate a draw a card caged ability or play a card draw spell 3: In response, activate Mairsil's caged MMP ability and shuffle Mairsil into your deck 4: Put your entire deck into your graveyard since a card named "Mirror-Mad Phantasm" is not in your deck (the wording on the ability reverts back to "mirror-Mad Phantasm" as soon as Mairsil leaves play, even though the ability is on the Stack. 5: The card draw resolves and you win because you have no card to draw and Lab Man is on board.
The additional advantage of running the Phantasm is that he acts as a risky AF version of Traumatize ing yourself if you cast him and activate. You may reveal him ten cards from the top, but also maybe 80 cards from the top.
Technically not game ending and slightly mana intensive but once you have demonstrated that unless the opponents can remove Mairsil you have established a lock all but the most stubborn opponents will scoop.
Technically not a Mairsil combo but synergizes with many cards you will be running anyway, specifically Buried Alive . I have found this combo makes the deck far more deadly because it 1: Doesn't rely on the Commander and 2: Is incredibly hard to interfere with. If you need an explanation of how it works, ask and I'll elaborate but it's a pretty well known combo that appears in a lot of decks. I definitely recommend running Chainer, Dementia Master and possibly some GY recursion like Reanimate and Animate Dead though if you're going to run this.
On the subject of the wheels and Niv-Mizzet/ Locust God/ you forgot Nekusar. You could just do that as a different deck TBH.If I was going to play one, and you should be hard up for slots by this point really so I would only pick one, I'd go with Locust God as he provides chump blockers and if removed can be caged. Also, most smart players will remove Nekusar on sight.
As for counters: Perfect. Turn Aside and Negate are exactly the type of cards I'm talking about.
You're right. Most of the cuts have to do with the fact they're infinite mana enablers but not much use besides that. As for the two you specifically mentioned, Deadeye is just a personal bias. I think his CMC is too high in a deck where mana, especially blue mana, is such a precious resource. He's amazing when you can get him online (though not perfect, he doesn't do anything against board wipes) my concern is getting him on board able to protect himself AND Mairsil from one removal spell is 8 mana. Think of it this way, if Deadeye Nav said "to cast this card tap all your lands and skip this turn you may not cast instants or play abilities until your next turn" would you play him? I imagine the answer is no, but that is pretty much his casting cost in a deck where keeping a few lands open as much as possible is so important.
As for the poltergeist, your protection via caged effects should be limited to the littlest slots possible, this deck is trying to accomplish alot and 100 card syndrome hits is hard and even though Cavern Harpy and Thalakos Scout are 100 times better as caged protection, even that is not the best case scenario. This deck CAN live without Aetherling, but it is arguably the most important card in the deck. Protecting Mairsil doesn''t amount to much if you aren't caging things while you do it. I'm looking at Poltergeist and going "That slot could be a Corpse Connoisseur that gets me Aetherling or a combo piece" (This is where your deck durdling comes in)
Finally, here's my suggestions to add in terms of creatures and I'll give each a quick purpose blurb
Thalakos Scout : Said already Corpse Connoisseur : Tutor, chump blocker, tutor again Eater of the Dead : Untaps. Eats recursion targets in GY decks. Dralnu: Recycles boardwipes, tutors, card draw Magus of the Wheel : Obvious Notion Thief : Robs opponents of card draw, draws hate, combos with any wheel Pestilent Souleater : Mana free Infect as a backup plan. Traumatize : Mass cage targets if not running the MMP/ Lab Man combo Telepathy Knowledge is SO powerful in Mairsil Azami, Lady of Scrolls : Card draw that doesn't need Haste. Galecaster Colossus : Also cheats Haste, faux-removal. Crypt Rats Faux board wipe. Lim-Dul's Vault Cheap faux tutor Glacial Chasm Stalling tactic. Hard to remove, one card pillowfort
Anyway, that's all I have for now. Once again, check out the MTG Muddstah video's featuring Harry's Mairsil deck, you'll find it very enlightening. Hope you start enjoying the deck more and let me know how it works out if you stick with it.
9 months ago
DrukenReaps might be a bit old lol... fortunately you have the enhanced editions that got some new people into the fray. Shame Mairsil is not an elf or it would be almost perfect :D
Mtg related: No Pestilent Souleater ?
1 year ago
how about mairsil becoming a tree? Tree of Perdition or a flower Gilded Lotus or poisonous Pestilent Souleater or simply just mean Pestilence Demon + Skittering Heartstopper? i love mairsil and i tried a LOT of different variations :)
1 year ago
It's been a long while since I've updated this deck. However, in all my new set scanning, I'd say that Axis of Mortality is the insane jank that this setup yearns for. Thank you for the updates, Rabid_Wombat and Suprek.
I've also considered toying with the following cards as recursion/removal/draw replacement:
- Cast Out - Banishing Light with cycle.
- Forsake the Worldly - Solid artifact/enchantment removal that is superior to Fate Forgotten.
- Painful Lesson - It's not Read the Bones, but there is potential.
- Restoration Specialist - 2 mana creature that can recur artifacts/enchantments, easy fit for this build.
If anyone has any additional thoughts regarding their own iterations of this deck, don't hesitate to provide your own suggestions.
1 year ago
Now this is my kind of deck!
A couple suggestions...
Pestilent Souleater does pretty much the same thing as your commander, as in let you drain your own life. It costs the same (but for no devotion), doesn't bounce itself after 1 use, and opens up a few artifact recursion options if people don't want it on the field. (there are other souleater cards from New Phyrexia that act similarly, but the white one, Blinding Souleater, isn't good. The red one, Immolating Souleater, however...)
Also, Axis of Mortality should definitely find its way in here.
2 years ago
Have you seen Cephalid Inkshrouder? I'm using it in my list, as it's an incredible way to make Mairsil unblockable and give him shroud all for the low cost of just discarding a card, which should come at no expense. Another recommendation would be Pestilent Souleater. Aside from having an amazing name, giving Mairsil infect with phyrexian mana is insane and can just win games if you pump him a few times and give him double strike. Just my two cents.
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