Let’s simulate that by finding ways to untap Mairsil. Of course, other Mairsil decks could do this easily in a variety of ways, such as Captivating Crew, Memnarch, or Olivia Voldaren for the living, or The Scarab God, Geth, Lord of the Vault, or Havengul Lich for the dead. Discarding a card as part of the cost for an ability is not a real drawback, except when opponents are using graveyard exile effects. A few cards have activated abilities that require paying mana outside of the card’s colors, so let’s filter out cards that have those mana symbols in the text with Text: NOT {G} NOT {W}. There are quite a lot of artifacts and creatures with activated abilities, so this article will be heavy on the card search filters. Most of these are playable. 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. If our search engine uses color identity instead of just mana cost, then this step may not be needed. The tap symbol is often represented in databases as {T}. If Mairsil returns to the battlefield, it will see all of those exiled cards with cage counters on them. Let’s narrow that down further by excluding certain activated abilities that specifically do not work well when Mairsil tries to do them. You may also occasionally see snow-covered mana which is often represented by {S}. Most search engines use {curly brackets} around a mana color, like {R} {U} {B} for red blue black or {1} {2} {3} for generic mana of those amounts. Upon entering the battlefield, Mairsil can “cage” another artifact or creature in your hand or graveyard and then Mairsil himself gains all of that card’s activated abilities. After all those filters, the number of card choices remaining can still be overwhelming. Let’s browse these cards and see what is there. This matches the theme of horror films quite well. Mairsil, the Pretender 's once per turn clause can be easily gotten around by bouncing him with the Deadeye Navigator, or by caging the Quicksilver Elemental. As a thematic choice for this article, I’ll show you how to build Mairsil as if he were Jason Vorhees, the indestructible solitary serial killer who hacked and chopped his way through the course of eleven fine cinematic masterpieces known collectively as the “Friday the 13th series”. Unblockable is good, but shadow is thematically better. Mairsil, the Pretender is one of these commanders. For starters, let’s look for artifacts or creatures with Type: OR creature OR artifact. For instance, if Mairsil exiles Magus of the Mind, the cost to activate the ability includes sacrificing Mairsil, not sacrificing Magus of the Mind. Only eight results. This also means that there is plenty of variety available to build whatever type of Mairsil deck you want. 2017-08-25: Activated abilities contain a colon. In that case, we filter out the mana symbols that we don’t want to see from the card rules text. Scryfall: (t:creature or t:artifact) id<=rbu o:":" -o:cycling -o:unearth -o:embalm -o:ninjutsu -o:equip -o:crew -o:"all slivers" -o:"{T}", (Yes, I know tapping Mairsil as a Tree of Perdition is effective, as I said in my podcast on the subject. 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. Yay! However, if that creature has enough protection or can evade detrimental spells, then your opponents get to witness the power of the fully operational battle station that is your deck. Nate is a game developer, programmer, and writer from San Francisco. They’re generally written “[Cost]: [Effect].” Some keyword abilities (such as equip) are activated abilities and will have colons in their reminder text. Mairsil won’t gain triggered abilities (which start with “when,” “whenever,” or “at”). If that creature is repeatedly removed or otherwise subdued, then the deck just stops being a threat. Mairsil, the Pretender has all activated abilities of all cards you own in exile with cage counters on them. This is a voltron deck where Mairsil Vorhees wins by attacking all by himself. I’ve edited out some cards from the following list that aren’t particularly useful to Mairsil’s situation. No problem…. All abilities that name the name of the card itself in the ability instead refer to Mairsil. You may activate each of those abilities … In total, this filter adds up to quite a mouthful…, Scryfall: (t:creature or t:artifact) id<=rbu o:":" -o:cycling -o:unearth -o:embalm -o:ninjutsu -o:equip -o:crew -o:"all slivers" -o:"{T}" -o:{B} -o:{R} -o:{U} -o:{1} -o:{2} -o:{3} -o:{4} -o:{S} -o:sacrifice o:regenerate. Only 2,370 results. Deathtouch fits the theme. ), Based on his behavior in the films, we know that Jason Vorhees can regenerate. EDHREC relies on ads to pay server costs and fund new features. Mairsil, the Pretender caught my eye out of the C17 wizards because of his interaction with artifacts and creatures. As a reminder, Mairsil can cage things that are in your graveyard. In the fashion of the horror series, he’s a solitary guy without any allies. You won’t be able to activate any abilities before the “legend rule” applies, but the triggered ability will still let you exile another card with a cage counter regardless of which Mairsil you keep. 1,210 results. Scryfall: (t:creature or t:artifact) id<=rbu o:":", Including everything up through the Ixilan set, that returns only 2,440 results. If Mairsil has a crew ability, creatures can crew Mairsil. We are now moving into the second half of October, which means it’s Halloween season. Then filter out the colors we aren’t using with Color: NOT green NOT white. It’ll become an artifact creature, but its power and toughness remain unchanged. Suppose we want to find cards that do not cost mana to activate an ability to regenerate. He is a co-host of the Commander Time! Each may be activated once each turn. For example, if Mairsil exiles Prototype Portal, the activated ability creates no tokens at all; it doesn’t create Prototype Portal tokens. Mairsil, known as the Pretender was a power-hungry wizard, who was a member of the Conclave of Mages during the post-Brothers' War Dark Age of Dominaria.1 1 History 2 In-game references 3 References 4 External links Lord Ith was the ruler of the Conclave until Mairsil usurped his power and imprisoned him below the Conclave's citadel, installing himself as the First Among the …