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Creature type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 41 cards
{W} 4.9% {U} 2.4% {B} 78% {R} 14.6%
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Mercenary is a creature class. Mercenaries are individuals who sell their services in combat for money.[1] Mercenaries have a reputation for being thuggish brutes or dangerously untrustworthy cads, though some are honorable.

History[edit | edit source]

The class debuted in Ice Age as "Mercenaries" on the card Mercenaries, and the creature type was heavily featured in the Mercadian Masques and the remainder of the Masques block as black permanents.

Some cards printed prior to Masques block have been amended by errata and are now Mercenaries,[2][3] and some Mercenaries, including red ones, have been printed since Masques block as well.

Like many creatures of the Rebel creature type, many Mercenaries have the ability to "recruit" or "hire" other Mercenaries (i.e., allowing a player to search his or her library and putting a Mercenary card from it into play). Due to their generally unsavory and untrustworthy natures, however, Mercenaries can only recruit creatures weaker (that is, with a lower casting cost) than they are.

Notable mercenaries[edit | edit source]

Notable mercenary organizations[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In addition, the black Mercadian Masques sorcery Cateran Summons allows its controller to search his or her library for a Mercenary card and put it into his or her hand.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Arcana (July 12, 2005). "Renegade from the Mountains". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Gottlieb (September 26, 2007). "The Grand Creature Type Update". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Gottlieb (July 14, 2010). "July 2010 Update Bulletin". Wizards of the Coast.