Aphetto Runecaster

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Scourge (SCG) Uncommon

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Aphetto Runecaster

Creature — Human Wizard

Whenever a permanent is turned face up, you may draw a card.

Aphetto Runecaster Discussion

RJGiel on Morphys Law

6 days ago

Some suggestions:

For wincons you can always Craterhoof Behemoth , if you don't like that card try, End-Raze Forerunners , Pathbreaker Ibex , or Triumph of the Hordes . Gift of Doom is spicy, but probably not a good card. If you run one more ramp spell, you can probably afford to run 36-37 lands.

Database82 on It's Morph Fun For Everyone!

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback,

While Ghastly Conscription is a more expensive card to play, I've never run into an issue with mana to play it. From the several games I played with an incomplete version of the deck I've still managed to ramp enough where it isn't an issue. So sure they can try to RIP, but the deck has enough answers to either counter or remove RIP.

I agree that Vesuvan Shapeshifter isn't stax Brine Elemental is and he's in the deck to interact together locking down the board preventing players from untapping.

I do agree card draw could maybe be potentially better and am entertaining the idea of cutting Aphetto Runecaster for a Rhystic Study or Mystic Remora

As for instant interaction my commander doesn't necessarily need to be on the board for me to make use of the the morph abilities. She simply allows me to cast one more spell for free. I'd still be able to morph at instant speed to counter spells, but perhaps you can elaborate further on what you mean?

There's a reason I don't run board wipes in the deck. It generally causes more harm to my field than good, while the deck can recover quick enough in the instances of a board wipe I opt not to run it as I have more than enough responses to counter what may potentially be a threat. Other than the rift, I run Bane of the Living .

Not sure how in depth you looked it over, but there is definitely a method to my madness. :D Most of the deck has a lot of interaction, but if you could provide some card suggestions of what you would constitute as generically good cards I'd certainly appreciate it. Thanks

Database82 on nursejason

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback,

While Ghastly Conscription is a more expensive card to play, I've never run into an issue with mana to play it. From the several games I played with an incomplete version of the deck I've still managed to ramp enough where it isn't an issue. So sure they can try to RIP, but the deck has enough answers to either counter or remove RIP.

I agree that Vesuvan Shapeshifter isn't stax Brine Elemental is and he's in the deck to interact together locking down the board preventing players from untapping.

I do agree card draw could maybe be potentially better and am entertaining the idea of cutting Aphetto Runecaster for a Rhystic Study or Mystic Remora

As for instant interaction my commander doesn't necessarily need to be on the board for me to make use of the the morph abilities. She simply allows me to cast one more spell for free. I'd still be able to morph at instant speed to counter spells, but perhaps you can elaborate further on what you mean?

There's a reason I don't run board wipes in the deck. It generally causes more harm to my field than good, while the deck can recover quick enough in the instances of a board wipe I opt not to run it as I have more than enough responses to counter what may potentially be a threat. Other than the rift, I run Bane of the Living .

Not sure how in depth you looked it over, but there is definitely a method to my madness. :D Most of the deck has a lot of interaction, but if you could provide some card suggestions of what you would constitute as generically good cards I'd certainly appreciate it. Thanks again!

RedUndead40 on Question about a manifested Aphetto ...

1 month ago

If I manifest Aphetto Runecaster , then turn it face up, it would draw a card from its own ability correct? I assume it works just like other flip cards that recognize themselves.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Commander 2019...

1 month ago

Staizer - Get ready for a long response:

I did look at the same list as you did, but as a longtime morph player, this deck is a disappointment. I've already made my thoughts on Kadena clear so I'll make that response short.

Kadena:

A bland Sultai value engine that brings nothing new to the table. She isn't a bad card by any means, but she doesn't address any of morph's biggest weaknesses. I'd still play Animar, Soul of Elements , Kruphix, God of Horizons , Muldrotha, the Gravetide , and maybe even the new Bant brawl commander over her.

The choice of morph/manifest related reprints

Some fine inclusions. Ixidron , Stratus Dancer , and Vesuvan Shapeshifter are nice, but they chose to exclude most of the best morph/manifest related cards: Dream Chisel , Ixidor, Reality Sculptor , Whisperwood Elemental , Riptide Entrancer , Voidmage Prodigy , Voidmage Apprentice , Aphetto Runecaster , Primordial Mist , Obscuring AEther , Unblinking Bleb , Weaver of Lies , Brine Elemental (though this one actually makes sense), and even Backslide . I would never expect all or even most of those to make it into the deck, but a couple would've been nice and would've made more sense than something like Deathmist Raptor or Silumgar Assassin .

Value reprints

Not much to complain about here as there is some solid value in the deck, though I think Cloudstone Curio or Equilibrium would've been good value reprints that interact well with the theme mechanic.

New cards

Only Scroll of Fate and Kadena's Silencer are worth mentioning here. I know I sound like a broken record, but none of the new cards help address the issues facing morph: speed and the fact that morph is a value based mechanic that requires a massive mana investment. Morph will always be a casual mechanic, but it needs something that reduces the cost of triggering morph, or something that allows for multiple activations (my hope was for repeatable Backslide effects). Neither of those issues were addressed by the new cards in this deck. I would've been happy with just 1 card that helps in that way...1 card.

Is this a good pre-con for new players? Yes. Does it have value? Yes, though most of the value cards are only that way due to scarcity. I think many will end up tanking in price. Will it win games against the other pre-cons? Probably. Will it win games against even 60% decks? Unlikely.

So is it a good pre-con and I am being extra critical? Maybe, but this mechanic has had a special place in my heart for a very long time (Morph was first introduced when I was a little kid and just starting out playing Magic). I was excited to see morph finally get some needed reprints and support. Instead the new cards aren't that inspiring and the reprints honestly look like they just pulled up Gatherer, typed in "morph", and then picked some of the first things that they found.

[email protected]_only on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Melencholic Muse

Sorcery

Draw 3 cards, then discard a card

Encode:

When you encode ~, draw 1 card and target opponent discards 1 card.


make a card without encode that interacts with it (like Astral Slide for cycling, or Aphetto Runecaster for morph

[email protected]_only on It's Animorphin' time!

7 months ago

love the deck - Vesuvan Shapeshifter is one of my all-time faves!

odd cards you might consider:

Obscuring AEther and / or Dream Chisel - cost for morph reduction

Primordial Mist and / or Whisperwood Elemental - card "draw", free morph each turn

Secret Plans and / or Aphetto Runecaster - card draw for morphing

Trail of Mystery and / or Salt Road Ambushers - Creature boost for turning face up

Ixidor, Reality Sculptor - alternate morph cost, morph roiding

Voidmage Apprentice and / or Kheru Spellsnatcher - counterspell that doesn't require sacing a creature

Jeskai Infiltrator - free morphing draw when it hits

Thousand Winds - mass bounce

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