Clever Impersonator


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Mythic Rare

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Clever Impersonator

Creature — Shapeshifter

You may have Clever Impersonator enter the battlefield as a copy of any nonland permanent on the battlefield.

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Clever Impersonator Discussion

-Orvos- on Master Biomancer(s)

2 days ago

Clever Impersonator could be another way to get more Master Biomancers out. Plaxcaster Frogling could be used to protect your creatures as well as divy out some counters before you get a Master Biomancer out. And Fathom Mage can help you dig through your deck.

phc on Gatecrash Boosters with Shocklands?

4 days ago

At my local Target I snagged a couple of deck boxes that had six boosters and a foil for $20. The pulls were okay, I got a Wooded Foothills, Blood Crypt, and Clever Impersonator. The Blood Crypt was in the back of a Gatecrash booster, right where they place foil or double-sided cards. Has anyone else had similar weird booster pulls?

gdm1989 on Inalla Steals ALL the Things!

2 weeks ago

Here are a few cards I'd recommend.

Treachery, Grinning Totem, Supreme Inquisitor, Voidmage Prodigy, Willbreaker, Animate Dead, Reanimate, Aura Thief, Clever Impersonator, Sudden Spoiling, Tolarian Entrancer, Puppeteer Clique, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

Cards you should remove

Serendib Sorcerer

Olivia Voldaren

Bazaar Trader

Knowledge Exploitation

Gonti, Lord of Luxury

Kari Zev's Expertise


The reason why is you want to use create wizards and some of these cards don't fit the theme, cost too much mana, or doesn't provide synergy. I suggest running better cards that require less mana yet still do some filthy things.Also run some more ramp and a few more instants and sorceries

Cheshire000 on Swiggitty swooty, comin' for dat booty

3 weeks ago

Sure, I doubt you'll have many opportunities to use that card though, especially considering instant speed removal. Infinite Reflection that is.Of Course Ms Brass would survive more reliably if you had swiftfoot boots or another form of protection. Often times people don't want to kill commanders if they can just be recast anyways. But my point was that shapeshifters are cards that don't care about Beckett that much, but may be better applied to the deck than some of the cards you have in at the moment. They have inherent synergy with everything on board and can copy the biggest threat / most useful enchantment or artifact, or in the case of Clever Impersonator, planeswalker.

markszncd on Chain Veil Teferi

3 weeks ago

What about Clever Impersonator as a second copy of Teferi? Just sac the original one as Clever Impersonator etb to use his ability one more time on that turn.

BaronVonMunchausen on Kruphix, Mana Weaver

1 month ago

Thran Dynamo would be a great mana rock addition, and Phyrexian Metamorph is a cheaper Clever Impersonator if you're just copying creatures or artifacts.

Randsome on Eminence Necromancers (Budget)

1 month ago

multimedia, it's always a pleasure being remembered =)

Well, right now i returned to Standard - for those sweet pushes - with the deck i have in the most complete state, IMO: GB Constrictor. Though, with a twist - as i don't have any Walking Ballista, i play three Thought-Knot Seer. Servant of the Conduit into turn three discardrazi is quite powerful, as you might imagine. One push down from one push available for now _

Yeah, Commander is always a fun thing to waste time and money with) Inalla, Archmage Ritualist is my latest aspiration, so i didn't get anything all too cool in particular for her yet - looked at your deck, looked at Labmaniac's take on it, threw all the junk and not-really-junk applicable for her in and had a blast! It's amazing how much a line of double Trinket Mage for Sol Ring and Sensei's Divining Top or Sol Ring and Chrome Mox into: Chrome Mox --> Sol Ring --> Talisman of Dominance makes opponents to eyeroll =)

From the notable cards that stood up for me either in games or the reason for inclusion in my deck:

Sundial of the Infinite - it's an extremely powerful card in Inalla as we get to keep all those tokens and can open up some additional shenengians;

Deadeye Navigator - nothing much to say here. Very good, with Inala in particular.

Panharmonicon - didn't come up in games yet, but the dream of those four Venser, Shaper Savant's triggers lives. Also of note i've got two clones for in deck that can copy it: Phyrexian Metamorph and Clever Impersonator;

Conjurer's Closet - free triggers of Inala, nothing else. Though i wonder whether i should cut it as i already have Deadeye and Ghostly Flicker for essentially same effect;

Whip of Erebos - showed itself as unexpectedly good card! Lifegain does matter and random reanimation also does matter. Also comboes with Sundial of the Infinite;

Sneak Attack - no much to say here: had one, threw one in as it should be amazing here) Also comboes with Sundial of the Infinite and blinks;

Beacon of Unrest - decided to use one for case of reanimating Altar or some other artifact if they got removed;

Warstorm Surge - pretty obvious. Provides some removal and possible finisher, though probably costs too much. Maybe will replace it with that two mana enchantment, but doesn't go to non-players;

Mistbind Clique - known combo. Also finish with previous card;

Herald’s Horn - kinda want to test this out and see whether it'll provide card advantage;

As of note: i don't have quite some staples like Wanderwine Prophets cause... well, cards do spike. And i don't ever buy spiked cards)

Also, as a core Tasigur player, it pains me greatly that there cards in my graveyard that are essentially gone forever, so i've been considering running Vedalken Orrery + Day's Undoing. Do you have any suggestions for this?

Well, Ixalan does seem quite interesting for standard and has some amazing cards for Commander, but overall i'm not too excited for. It does give us some generic tribal support... however expensive in CMC it is =)

And well, considering that after all talk of "no-more-1-mana-ramp-dorks" they gave one to dinos there is some hope for us in Dominaria!

thegigibeast on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

1 month ago

Hello everyone! I was working on Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign and would quite like to receive some inputs! I will copy the post I made on reddit here (cuz I'm too lazy to write a new one). I think it is quite strong and deserved to be moved up in tiers, so I want you guyz to review my list if possible and help me improve it even more.

Hello fellow cEDHers! I just finished throwing up togheter a nice list I thought about a while ago. I saw some posts in the last days, looking for some new spicy brews, here it is my friends:

Unesh Ball

Commander / EDH* thegigibeast


I would like to receive some help to improve the deck even more if possible, so don't be afraid to comment, suggest better cards/combos/replacements! No budget limit and want to tune this deck as possible to be as competitive as possible, possibly fighting against tier 2, even tier 1 decks!

This is my take on a commander that initially passed under the radar, Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign. At first look, he may seem really bad, only reducing the cost of sphinxes by two... Yes, there is the FoF effect, but... That is where I started thinking.With a critical mass of sphinxes and a lot of mana acceleration (the early days of my brew), I was able to start playing 3 to 4 sphinxes a turn by turn 5. I wanted to bring this to a all new level and this is when I found the nice interaction with Paradox Engine!

Since the cards already require more mana, I play quite some rocks. They will untap at every time I cast a sphinx, letting me FoF again, chaining sphinx after sphinx until my entire deck is in my hand. From there, winning from Laboratory Maniac simply is a formality. I also decided to go with the Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal backup. The idea is to generate an infinite amount of mana, cast your commander and start chaining sphinxes until the win described above can occurr.

Since a lot of sphinxes are really bad, I decided to replace a lot of them by clones. They can have two utilities. The first one is being able to get two triggers from my commander, so two FoF effects on a single cast (at the cost of sacrificing the clone). The second one would be my plan C win. The idea is that they can be used to copy Consecrated Sphinx to draw a huge amount of cards, possibly winning from drawing your entire deck as described above. Also, they can be used to copy other people stuff if necessary. The best ones in my opinion are Phyrexian Metamorph and Clever Impersonator, since they can copy not only creatures, but also ramp or other win conditions from someone else.

If everything else fails, we still have access to plan D... Beating with sphinxes. I mean, most of them have at least 4 power, and flying, which means we can actually threaten an AdNaus deck...From playtesting, I can goldfish turn 5 wins quite often. Not the consistency I would like to have, but still is something. That is the reason I posted this here though. I would like some help on this brew, making it faster and more consistent. I know this is not tier 1 material, but I feel like this as a lot of potential, so I would like to push it as far as it can go. If you like the idea, feel free to suggest anything, as I have no budget limit and want to make this as strong as it can be.

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