Master of Cruelties | Magic: The Gathering


Formats Master of Cruelties is Legal in


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Official Oracle Text for Master of Cruelties

Card Name:
Master of Cruelties
Casting Cost:
Creature — Demon

Card Text:
First strike, deathtouch
Master of Cruelties can only attack alone.
Whenever Master of Cruelties attacks a player and isn't blocked, that player's life total becomes 1. Master of Cruelties assigns no combat damage this combat.

Official Rulings for Master of Cruelties

4/15/2013 : An ability that triggers when something "attacks and isn't blocked" triggers in the declare blockers step after blockers are declared if (1) that creature is attacking and (2) no creatures are declared to block it. It will trigger even if that creature was put onto the battlefield attacking rather than having been declared as an attacker in the declare attackers step.

4/15/2013 : Master of Cruelties isn't forced to attack, but if it does, it must do so alone. If you control another creature with an ability that says it must attack if able, that creature must attack and Master of Cruelties won't be able to.

4/15/2013 : If Master of Cruelties attacks alone, another creature entering the battlefield attacking will have no effect on it. Master of Cruelties continues to be an attacking creature. The other attacking creature will assign combat damage normally, regardless of whether Master of Cruelties's last ability triggers.

4/15/2013 : Master of Cruelties's last ability won't trigger if it attacks a planeswalker.

4/15/2013 : For a player's life total to become 1, what actually happens is that the player loses (or in some rare cases, gains) the appropriate amount of life. For example, if the player's life total is 4 when the last ability resolves, it will cause that player to lose 3 life. Other effects that interact with life loss (or gain) will interact with this effect accordingly.

4/15/2013 : Assigning no combat damage isn't the same as preventing that damage. Effects that make damage unpreventable will have no effect if no combat damage can be assigned.


Comments on Master of Cruelties

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Author: PWLAdmin

Date: April 08, 2013


This, Rogue's Passage and any burn spell = good game!

Author: Raidon

Date: April 09, 2013


I think this card is bonkers!

Author: supergoobe66

Date: April 09, 2013


When this card comes out needs to go into my R/U/B deck!

Author: DancingMan15

Date: April 09, 2013


This card in EDH. Rakdos, Lord of Riots General here we come!

Author: Gabriel Chase

Date: May 06, 2013


Pulled this in a booster pack, which greatly pleased me. I can’t wait to use this bad boy. Perhaps a RUB deck to give him unblockable.

Author: DJ Shank

Date: February 23, 2014


Keep 2 Prowlers Helm in your deck. It can't be blocked except by walls. Perfect for Master of Cruelties.