Arena Rector


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Battlebond (BBD) Mythic Rare

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Arena Rector

Creature — Human Cleric

When Arena Rector dies, you may exile it. If you do, search your library for a planeswalker card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Arena Rector Discussion

RohanDragoon on Superfriends and their Friends

3 days ago

That's a really good point about Arena Rector I hadn't really thought about it that way. I'll definitely put her into a maybeboard and watch her price.

And that's a really good point about the ultimates. I guess I do put a lot of emphasis on them for the superfriends win-cons. But, at the very least, when playing cards like Inexorable Tide and Oath of Teferi (and potentially in the future The Chain Veil and Doubling Season ) it's definitely not something I can ignore.

I'm definitely going to put Yanling in the reconsider section with Ral, but I'm a little more cautious to do so. Taking her out also gets rid of a nice way to get your allies through and, in the best case scenario, a double-striking Ormendahl, Profane Prince .

But I think for that matter I also might reconsider Sorin, Solemn Visitor . Right now the only thing he does for the deck really is his ult, and because of that I guess I rarely play him in lieu of other walkers or creatures.

cdkime on Superfriends and their Friends

3 days ago

Arena Rector serves an important secondary function in a deck - it makes it very scary to attack you. Even if you never get to use its tutor effect, players will be extremely reluctant to toss any large, non-flying creatures in your direction.

I would also argue that, when playing superfriends, the ultimate abilities should not be what you design your synergies around. While there are situations where Mu Yanling will win you the game, often she is just going to sit about doing relatively little for a six-drop.

cdkime on Superfriends and their Friends

3 days ago

The Chain Veil is an extremely powerful card in Superfriends.

Doubling Season is another extremely powerful card in superfriends, as it doubles loyalty counters placed on Planeswalkers when they enter the battlefield (note: it does not double increases due to loyalty ability costs). Just as importantly, it doubles the tokens you create with your planeswalker's loyalty abilities.

Arena Rector is a pretty decent option for free planeswalkers.

You are extremely light on interaction such as counterspells, removal, or board wipes. Supreme Verdict , Wrath of God , Damnation , Blasphemous Act , and Toxic Deluge are all particularly strong in superfriends, as you can clear your opponents' boards while leaving your own relatively untouched. Swords to Plowshares , Counterspell , and Cyclonic Rift are all cards you probably should be running.

You probably also want more ramp, such as signets or cards that fetch lands .

Trazi enables a particularly lethal infinite combo with Food Chain , though Food Chain is expensive and such a combo might be a bit too strong for a casual meta.

I would recommend cutting both Mu Yanling and Ral, Caller of Storms as they are incredibly mediocre and costly to cast.

Meeknomore on Teysa Karlov - Spirit Tokens

3 weeks ago

Although...something just occurred to me. The Arena Rector is worded such that you have to exile it to be able to use its effect, which is why the second trigger wont work.

Athreos, God of Passage however, is worded a little different. The ability is worded in a way that just says to return the creature to your hand if the opponent doesn't pay the 3 life. It doesn't say WHERE its returned from, just return it to your hand. If that distinction is important and a judge rules that the ability could return the card to hand from the graveyard, then my opponent would in fact have to pay the ability twice to keep it in the graveyard.

Although, if after the first trigger is paid and an effect exiles it in response to the second trigger, i'm inclined to believe that that would stop its return.

triproberts12 on Eight-and-a-half white cards later...

3 weeks ago

Okay, I see now.

If that's the case, then I would start with Sphere of Safety and adding more enchantments to bolster the pillow-fort plan. Blind Obedience , Authority of the Consuls , Darksteel Mutation , Grasp of Fate , Citadel Siege , Prison Term , Curse of Vitality , Martyr's Bond , Gideon's Intervention , Oath of Lieges , Martial Law , are Exclusion Ritual are all good. Norn's Annex is a "yes," from me, dawg. Baird, Steward of Argive , Orzhov Advokist , Peacekeeper , Windborn Muse , and Glacial Chasm , might be decent, as well.

Putting in the other Elspeths and maybe a Gideon or two, along with Arena Rector will help set up your end game for after you wrath. Fumigate would also be a big boon.

You'll probably want to go up to at least 37, if not 38 lands, since it sounds like you don't want to be missing land drops.

nickelphoenix on Teysa Karlov - Spirit Tokens

3 weeks ago

Meeknomore No I don't think this will work. I was watching a deck tech on this earlier this morning, and they were discussing a different card but with similar effect. Arena Rector would trigger twice as well, but on the second trigger Arena Rector is already in exile and can't do its thing. This is definitely one to bring up with a judge.

If this true, then the Athreos, God of Passage triggers twice, but after the first instance that your opponent paid 3 life, the creature is already back in your hand... I am by no means an expert on this topic, but similar to the rector, I don't think it will work. This is definitely one to inquire with a judge.

sagramore on Breya Revels in Riches (and Thopters) [Primer]

3 weeks ago

drsergen - That's not a bad idea at all. I will have to have a think about what would get cut for it. I think I often overlook Arena Rector because most of the planeswalkers that I own are pretty bad, however the ones in this deck fit quite well.

RecklessN7 on Ultra Instinct Jodah (Migatte No Gokui)

1 month ago

First of all I have to say I love your list. Been trying to find inspiration for a Jodah build myself and this has really got me stoked for him!

Only suggestion I can offer is maybe Deepglow Skate ? If you were to Eldritch Evolution your Arena Rector you can use his trigger to grab Tamiyo, Field Researcher and the skate in one go to make her capable of using her ultimate the turn she hits. Pseudo omniscience.

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Arena Rector occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Witch: 0.08%

Rainbow/All: 0.02%