Champion of Wits

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Hour of Devastation (HOU) Rare

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Champion of Wits

Creature — Naga Wizard

When Champion of Wits enters the battlefield, you may draw cards equal to its power. If you do, discard two cards.

Eternalize 5UU (5UU, Exile this card from your graveyard: Create a token that's a copy oif it, except it's a 4/4 black Zombie Naga Wizard with no mana cost. Eternalize only as a sorcery.)

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Champion of Wits Discussion

jetsfanforever14 on UW Approach for GP Orlando

1 day ago

I'll bring him in against Control matchups, I make the deck more midrange by taking out 1 Suns and board removal. I always keep 1 Suns in because I'll use it to play the long game if need be. Plus it's my bomb. Champion of Wits is a great creature for control. If they waste a counter on it, great. I'll use its ability later to get more cards while getting a body. Plus , you'd be amazed the attention this cards gets from opponents lol. Your often getting 2 removal spells out of their hand cuz they have to deal with this same card twice. Gideon of the Trials can be good against aggro like red too. After you stabilize the board , bring him out assuming you can protect him. Once his loyalty gets high enough hes pretty much untouchable by red players. I usually just use him to prevent things like Hazoret the Fervent from killing me with his 5 power or his ability. Which is super annoying. Hopefully that helps lol.

Pabs4444 on UW Approach for GP Orlando

1 day ago

Nice list. Glad I was able to help. Just out of curiosity, what matchup do you bring in Gideon of the Trials? It's obviously a powerful card. Just not sure what it's good matches are. I'm guessing mid-range/control? Is Champion of Wits brought in against the same matches as well?

Adamram1985 on Azorius Mill (M19 Standard)

4 days ago

Creatureless seems to be a good route...... I consider Champion of Wits to be another sorcery speed draw card. I have been testing and love a good mill deck

multimedia on Bolas Midrange

1 week ago

Hey, you're welcome.

There's another version of Grixis midrange that's being talked about as being competitive. It's Rakdos splashing blue with no main deck counterspells, they're all in the sideboard; it's an energy Dragon deck. It features a more robust energy theme with 4x Siphoner, 3x Whirler Virtuoso, 4x Hub and 4x Harnessed. The Dragon theme is for 3-4x Bolas, 4x Glorybringer, 2x Lathliss, Dragon Queen and 2-3x Spit Flame. The deck is using 4x Slough, 4x Summit splashing blue with 4x Spirebluff, 3x Pools and 2x Catacomb for Virtuoso, Bolas, 2x Scarab and sideboard Negate. 4x Contempt and 2-3x Abrade round out the removal. It features 1x Chandra, Torch of Defiance and 1x Liliana DM.


If you would like to play a more Dragon themed midrange deck then this is the way to go, but more Dragons means more red and less blue for control spells: counterspells and Torrential.

Here's the deck list if you're interested:

  • 4x Siphoner
  • 3x Virtuoso
  • 3x Bolas
  • 4x Glorybringer
  • 2x Scarab
  • 2x Lathliss

  • 1x Chandra TD
  • 1x Liliana DM

  • 4x Harnessed
  • 4x Contempt
  • 3x Spit
  • 3x Abrade

  • 3x Mountain
  • 1x Swamp
  • 1x Island
  • 4x Spirebluff
  • 4x Hub
  • 4x Slough
  • 3x Pools
  • 4x Summit
  • 2x Catacomb


I've made some changes to the deck list to suit my play style. I'm not a fan of Fast lands in midrange decks that have so many four and five drops. The mana curve is pretty high I'm relying too much on turns four and five to play Fast lands. I cut Spirebuff for 3x Falls, and 1x more Swamp because of Contempt I want at least two basic Swamps.

I'm also not a fan of Virtuoso. I replaced it with Champion of Wits for some main deck draw. Nice interaction with Spit being able to discard it and then get it back later. I like 4x Wits so I cut one Lathliss for a fourth Wits. Lathliss being a six drop who doesn't give me anything the turn she's played is less appealing to me, but if I get to untap with her then she can just about be a one turn win because she can pump herself as well as all other Dragons I have with her ability.

Here's my updated deck list:

  • 4x Siphoner
  • 4x Wits
  • 3x Bolas
  • 4x Glorybringer
  • 2x Scarab
  • 1x Lathliss

  • 1x Chandra TD
  • 1x Liliana DM

  • 4x Harnessed
  • 4x Contempt
  • 3x Spit
  • 3x Abrade

  • 3x Mountain
  • 2x Swamp
  • 1x Island
  • 4x Hub
  • 4x Slough
  • 3x Pools
  • 4x Summit
  • 3x Falls
  • 2x Catacomb

With 10x main deck dead removal spells this deck will rely a lot on the sideboard for control matchups.


multimedia on Bolas Midrange

1 week ago

Hey, Dimir is very good right now. I could see adding a splash of red, but only a splash to a Dimir Midrange shell for M19 Bolas. Bolas is a midrange card not a control card; can only flip him at sorcery speed. Control doesn't want to tap out for a four drop or tap out for seven mana to flip. Fatal Push is still a very good removal spell and better than Harnessed because you want to able to cast either in the early game which is much easier to do with black mana (Push) than red mana (Harnessed).


Consider midrange:

  • 4x Siphoner
  • 4x Champion of Wits
  • 3x Bolas
  • 2x Scarab
  • 2x Torrential

  • 1x Liliana, Death's Majesty

  • 4x Push
  • 4x Contempt
  • 3x Scatter
  • 2x Cast Down
  • 2x Doomfall
  • 1x Disallow
  • 1x Commit

  • 2x Azcanta

  • 4x Hub
  • 4x Catacomb
  • 4x Pools
  • 4x Summit
  • 2x Falls
  • 1x Mountain
  • 2x Island
  • 5x Swamp

The example is a stock Dimir Midrange shell including only red for Bolas with Summit, Falls and one Mountain (Field of Ruin insurance). Bolas, Contempt and Glimmer is too many main deck four drops; one of these needs to be cut. In the example I cut Glimmer for Bolas. Glimmer is a better control card than midrange card; the example is midrange not control. I think Liliana DM has potential with Bolas because she can reanimate him. This is very helpful because he's going to have a huge target on him when he's on the battlefield especially if you have seven mana to flip him. If he's a Planeswalker when he dies and he's not exiled then he flips back into a creature in the graveyard allowing you to reanimate him with Liliana. If you have seven or more mana, Liliana DM in play and Bolas in the graveyard you can reanimate Bolas for free and then pay to flip him the same turn. This is risky, but also seems quite powerful.


Dimir and Izzet are guilds in Guilds of Ravnica. There will be a lot of support for both guilds in the set which is a reason to invest in Grixis right now. We lose the great Cycle lands (Pools and Slough) at rotation, but we'll most likely get two (Izzet and Dimir) replacement rare duals in Guilds of Ravnica. The same can't be said for Esper lands; Esper guilds other than Dimir are not in Guilds of Ravnica. Orzhov and Azorius are in Ravnica Allegiance.

I think however if you want to play true control for two months until rotation and post rotation in Standard than invest now in Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and Chromium, the Mutable. Both seems very overpowered together; they scream control game plan much more than Bolas.

Good luck with your deck.


Frytrix99 on Counter burn : Guttersnipe is back

2 weeks ago

Shock is great. Personnaly I prefer Magma Spray, against embalm and eternalize like Champion of Wits, Earthshaker Khenra or any other recuring mechanic. Shock is more versatil, can also target opponent and planeswalkers. Maybe 2 of each or sideboarding can be an option. Will need to see what's the meta to know what's the best

Legendary_penguin_of_death on Rat black

2 weeks ago

I agree with you on the tetsuko sucking most of the time and Spell Pierce should be sb. What do you think would add most to the deck? More control elements? Or maybe Champion of Wits to help find stuff and eventually out CA the opponent if the game goes long. It also provides a sure fire way of getting a rat in the yard for Secret Salvage which you mentioned earlier.

stikmn33 on Sultai Reanimator

2 weeks ago

JLanceBaker112871 I was thinking the same thing Josu Vess, Lich Knight is a really good 4-drop you should run 3 of him and maybe 2 Ravenous Chupacabra. I feel like your deck is a little all over the place. I would cut the Demonlord Belzenlok for one more The Scarab God and one more Carnage Tyrant. I would cut Champion of Wits for Jadelight Ranger, the double explore goes well with Rishkar, Peema Renegade.

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