Clever Impersonator

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

Starsky2814 on Omnath, A Song of Creation and Chaos

4 weeks ago

unwucht, I always enjoy having clone cards around to abuse abilities. I do have Spark Double in consideration, since I can still use it to clone Omnath, Locus of Creation. For non-legendary cloning Phantasmal Image, Clever Impersonator or Riku of Two Reflections could be good adds if I decide to go that route.

SueMe on Jazz Hands Venser

1 month ago

Oh wow, that's a lot of suggestions. Thanks king-saproling!

Lunar Force is an interesting idea that definitely synergizes well with Venser. However to use it properly, you'd be required to use a lot of mana (3 mana on the Force, while saving up another 4 for Venser). Though I think if the ability was a may-ability, it would totally be worth it.

Speaking of "mays," would the same trick work with Perplexing Chimera? I'm not familiar with the fine-print of the interaction, but I believe you could return Chimera to your hand as its ability triggers, and basically steal their spell with no downside (besides paying a total of 9 mana for the exchange)? If that would work, that would be pretty nifty indeed.

Okay, so the Ghostly Flicker/Displace cards are for the combos with stuff like Naru Meha, Master Wizard? Interesting. I haven't thought of that. Does this kind of fall in with your Sigil Tracer suggestion?

I've been keeping Equilibrium in the back of my mind for quite some time now. On paper it's a really good card, but I've found that most of the time, I'd rather be playing something else, and it becomes a dead card in my hand. It does synergize really well with Venser, but it's also pretty mana intensive.

Cloudstone Curio. Now that is a suggestion! I'm still not entirely sure about all of the implications of this card, but right away, I can see that it can potentially make Venser bounce one extra thing every time he hits the board. I suppose that it also makes it easier to bounce Venser back to your hand with another creature if you don't have one of the Gourmet Bagels out. It also allows you to infinitely bounce a Great Whale with a Peregrine Drake (or a Glasspool Mimic  Flip/Clever Impersonator/Spark Double/Phyrexian Metamorph for that matter). A definite include.

discipleofgary73 on Somebody Stop Me! v. 2.0

1 month ago

With the tutor and counterspell levels in this deck, I doubt it comes up often, but I worry about what happens against someone else running significant control that's able to lock out or exile omniscience. I wonder if insurance in the form of enchantment copies would be worthwhile. With as many power house cards in this deck, I think a Clever Impersonator would be a worthwhile addition. Copying omniscience, another mana rock to help cast omniscience, ashen raider to screw something else up. There's also Estrid's Invocation and Copy Enchantment, which aren't as powerful unless you feel like running Enchanted Evening. Also, if anyone fires off a Blood Moon, I could see that causing problems. I was thinking of recommending the combo of Thawing Glaciers + Retreat to Coralhelm + Vizier of Tumbling Sands for an effective ramp source with your tutor base, but obviously not worthwhile running 3 basics. Love the deck and use of Oloro! Also Snap is one of my all-time favorite cards, so it's awesome to see it getting some love

multimedia on Riku of Two Reflections - Work in progress

1 month ago

Hey, some base numbers to consider when starting out a three color casual Temur deck:

Of course these numbers can be increased or decreased as you build the deck, but this is a good starting point with some cards to consider adding.


Any creatures or instant/sorceries you play think of them has having two additional mana in their mana costs that way you can get value from Riku. This means more creatures and instant/sorceries that are lower mana cost such as Coiling Oracle and Growth Spiral. Oracle and Spiral for two mana can help to get to five or more mana to cast Riku.

Legendary creatures are not the best with Riku because of the legendary rule. Only allowing you to have one card that's the same name in your control meaning you don't really want to copy a legendary creature with Riku. The token copy still triggers any ETB abilities, but then you remove the token copy and keep the original legendary creature.

Some budget win conditions with Riku

  • Biovisionary + one copy of Biovisionary + Twinflame
    At beginning of your end step resolve the Biovisionary win the game trigger before the Twinflame exile tokens trigger which wins the game before the tokens are exiled. Biovisionary is also good with clones such as Phyrexian Metamorph. With Riku in your control get Biovisionary onto the battlefield, make a copy of it, clone it with Metamorph and make token copy of Metamorph gives you four Biovisionarys. Twinflame also combos with Dualcaster Mage for infinite Dualcasters who can attack with haste.

  • Ral, Storm Conduit + Fork Expansion / Explosion/Reverberate/Twincast
    With Ral in your control cast a Fork, copy it with Riku. Let the copy resolve and then copy the original Fork still on the stack. Resolving the Fork copy then copying the original Fork makes a copy instant loop which does infinite damage to your opponents one at a time with Ral. These Forks are good with Riku outside the combo because for four mana you can copy an opponents spell twice. Forks are nice in multiplayer Commander where you have many opponents who are casting instant/sorceries you could copy.


Some of other cards $5 or less each that are good with Riku

Budget Lands

More Expensive Lands

Kamerot on Nekusar' s Group Hug of Death

2 months ago

Thank you for all the great suggestions and the link to your deck. I will check it out. Of the clone suggestions, Spark Double may see a spot because it can copy planeswalkers. I run Phyrexian Metamorph and Clever Impersonator mostly because of their ability to copy noncreature permanents.

Surly Badgersaur and Syr Konrad, the Grim are both interesting and I'll have to check them out.

Obosh, the Preypiercer is one I'm wanting to add, I just haven't taken the time to sit down and math out all my cmc's to see if it's worth it or not.

Thanks again for the suggestions!

NetholonTheArchmage on [PRIMER] Zedruu - The Path to Enlightenment

2 months ago

@ THCue ,

I'm glad you like it. Giver of Runes seems like a perfectly valid placeholder for me, it's always helpful to have more ways to protect our goat. If you think you can afford to raise the CMC for a tiny bit, Sun Titan might prove quite useful with this list, as it mostly consists of low-cmc-permanents. Another card that just didn't make into the list is Phyrexian Metamorph, which is very versatile and sort of a slightly weaker Clever Impersonator. Also it does allow even more Perplexing Chimera-copies... >:)

Have fun playing!

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