The big issue that needs to be addressed is that face-down creatures don't actually have a name.

So while Maelstrom Pulse would normally remove most creature tokens just fine, its effect on face-down creatures is a bit ambiguous.

What's the rule on this?

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A Gatherer ruling on Maelstrom Pulse addresses this:

A face-down creature has no name, so it doesn’t have the same name as anything else.

So, if you target a face-down creature with Maelstrom Pulse, nothing else will be destroyed.

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