Sadistic Hypnotist

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Premodern Legal
Vintage Legal

Sadistic Hypnotist

Creature — Human Minion

Sacrifice a creature: Target player discards two cards. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

DreadKhan on Meren of Clan Nel Toth Aristocrats (WIP)

3 months ago

I find mana sources can be a good way to generate XP while adding lands/mana, Dawntreader Elk and Diligent Farmhand are both recursive ramp sources for Meren. Yavimaya Granger is another option, but requires you to hit 3 mana, so it's a bit worse. I also use Blood Pet, and there are some bigger Blood Pets out there. All of these can add mana to your pool, are easily recurred, and add XP when they ramp you, which lets you play out the rest of your hand quicker. If you're adding lands, it also will let you recast Meren when you inevitably need to. These are all better IMHO than Satyr Wayfinder and Yavimaya Elder (one doesn't ramp you and the other can whiff, one doesn't even die on it's own). Solemn similarly has issues, coming in at 4 mana and also not being able to sacrifice itself. Any of these that work for 2 mana at most are strictly better than Rampant Growth in a Meren deck in my experience, you want creatures to do this. Golgari Signet (and even Arcane Signet) are also probably worse than creature ramp, again provided it's low enough to the ground. These suggestions are assuming your goals is to actively try to generate XP and ramp at the same time, possibly while using little (or none) of your mana to do it.

I like Sadistic Hypnotist if you can fit it in, it's an infinite sac outlet that also can Mind Rot people, that's real value even at 5 mana. Mitotic Slime is a good way to generate a lot of bodies. Dockside Chef is a reasonable sac outlet, as is Skullport Merchant. Buried Alive, Final Parting, and Jarad's Orders are pretty solid tutors in Meren. Also worth a look, Viscera Seer, if not also Carrion Feeder, B for an infinite sac outlet can be huge. Worst case scenario they can off themselves for Meren to reanimate (free XP is always good).

DreadKhan on Uber For Phage?!

4 months ago

If you're looking for discard stuff, I use Bottomless Pit, Necrogen Mists, Cunning Lethemancer, Stronghold Rats, Necrogoyf and Creeping Dread as my best discard outlets in my Discard/Stax deck. No clue how many you'd want (if any), but these tend to be good at generating a lot of discard triggers if that's what you want, both for you and opponents.

Strong but not as consistent, you could look at Syphon Mind, it might be the best discard spell, but it's a one and done unfortunately. If you can generate a lot of bodies, Sadistic Hypnotist can clear out big hands. If you think you can consistently deal combat damage to opponents (via Shadows or other unblockables), Court of Ambition is really decent, offering damage and discard on the same card.

Mthibodeau on From Dusk Till Dawn

4 months ago

Thank you very much for the suggestions. Good call on Sadistic Hypnotist. I actually own a copy, but didn't consider it because like you said, very mean. For the same reason, I am staying away from Captivating Vampire. My playgroup hates having their stuff stolen. Supernatural Stamina as well as Gift of Immortality seem like no-brainers, but I am struggling with what to cut. Have you tried Dark Prophecy? How does it stack up against Morbid Opportunist? I am on the fence about Massacre Wurm because I don't play many token or elf ball decks, so I am not sure it would have the impact I want. That said, I think the deck needs more removal.

Btw, love your inclusion of Coffin Queen. Nostalgic card for me and I actually have her playmat. Always loved the art.

GizmoTurtulez on From Dusk Till Dawn

4 months ago

Cruel Celebrant, Gift of Immortality, High Market, Supernatural Stamina, Phyrexian Reclamation, Captivating Vampire, Massacre Wurm, Morbid Opportunist have all been great in my list, i try to focus more on simply sacrificing Elenda rather than protect her, as the biggest worries are mass bounce and exile. Sadistic Hypnotist is great if you're feeling mean

ClockworkSwordfish on Stairwell to the Apocalypse

5 months ago

Always love to see decks built around my favourite card! This looks like a solid build, and the focus on one-drops should help it build up quite quickly.

Some other suggestions I think you might like to consider:

Vengeful Dead is nasty with the Stairwell, since it triggers on each player's turn, and he counts each player's dying zombies. You can very easily wipe out multiple foes without even attacking if you pair these two together.

Twisted Abomination is a little slow, but he's a two mana way to grab another land while simultaneously putting another body in your graveyard. And if you draw him in the late game, a 5/3 regenerator isn't too shabby!

Noxious Ghoul is a rude one, since he also counts everyone's zombies and will quickly wipe the board of anything that isn't undead. And of course, the more creatures die... the more zombies are showing up!

Gravespawn Sovereign: of course, you don't want your opponent to be getting too many zombies... since your own tokens can't attack on other peoples' turns, you can just tap five of them (after combat) to reanimate one of your foe's dead critters for free. Talk about adding insult to injury.

Sadistic Hypnotist meanwhile, acknowledges that all of your zombie tokens are dying at the end of each turn regardless. You can feed them to Carrion Feeder, of course, or you can also cash them in to empty out your opponent's hand in short order. Not a bad option to have.

hcmen1 on Prossh's Dastardly Bastard Children

9 months ago

Love the Sadistic Hypnotist forgot about that card and probably going to put it in my Prossh deck now.

IHATENAMES on

10 months ago

Doubling death triggers is a powerful effect. However you need to get a good amount of value from it to make it worth it. A Xtra token once is not great (see Hunted Witness). I'd look at that if you are looking where to cut to add any of this.

Open the Graves Xtra token per death trigger.

Nightmare Shepherd double the death with a token to sac as well more helpful when you are going off then early game. A budget Luminous Broodmoth I'd run at least one.

Mask of Griselbrand card draw made for this deck. By far.

Crowded Crypt interesting new card I'd suggest running over the locket

Demon of Dark Schemes boardwipe small guys plus reanimation.

Death Tyrant a little niche but very powerful if doubled.

Fallen Ideal For thatvultron win vs the deck with near infinite health.

Peer into the Abyss underrated card draw or even player removal.

Viscera Seer Carrion Feeder Sadistic Hypnotist I think more creature free sac outlets would help here are 3 that I prefer.

Twilight's CallDread ReturnVictimize Hell's Caretaker you lack reanimation almost entirely. This is a few I'd suggest. In this type of deck saying your board 1ce reanimating and doing it all over again is the general way I see aristocrats win. Adding a few even if it's not these will immensely power up your deck.

Higher budget items that you should look into if you want to increase your budget. Luminous BroodmothLiving Death

Last_Laugh on Marchesa - Till Death Don't we Part

1 year ago

I have several suggestions for you and I'll try to break it down by category.

ETB/DEATH Trigger Abuse: Spark Double feels like it was custom made for Marchesa and either allows you to abuse any etb/death trigger on everyone's turn thanks to that automatic +1+1 counter or it copies Marchesa for double Dethrone. Metallic Mimic/Sage of Fables/Vigean Graftmage all allow you to abuse etb/death triggers on everyone's turn or immediately protects Marchesa. Sac Metallic Mimic to rename its creature type as needed. Sages draw is nice in a pinch. Vigean allows 2 free sacs every turn (itself plus 1 other). Marchesa's recursion are all separate triggers so the creatures enter in whatever order you want and this is HIGHLY abuseable.

Card Draw: Grim Haruspex is worth its weight in gold here.

Discard: These can put opponents into topdeck mode to seal up games tighter than a dolphin's butthole. Oona's Blackguard, Vindictive Lich, and Sadistic Hypnotist.

Sac Outlets: Goblin Bombardment can only reliably be dealt with by 2 colors. Carrion Feeder protects itself with +1+1 counters and ends up pretty beefy. Falkenrath Aristocrat can protect itself via haste, indestructible, and/or +1+1 counters.

Non-Combat Finishers: Gray Merchant of Asphodel/Kokusho, the Evening Star (especially with Vigean Graftmage or Metallic Mimic) WILL end games even if you think the life gain is counter productive (spoiler alert: it's not). Flayer of the Hatebound is 36 damage (w/ 4 players) in one trip around the table thanks to Undying and punishes people who play Solemnity by going infinite. Terror of the Peaks can do some serious damage also.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. I've been playing Marchesa for about 8 years now and can help suggest cuts if you'd like. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa to Love Them

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