Elite Arcanist


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

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Set Rarity
Magic 2014 (M14) Rare

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Elite Arcanist

Creature — Human Wizard

When Elite Arcanist enters the battlefield, you may exile an instant card from your hand.

{{X, Tap}}: Copy the exiled card. You may cast the copy without paying its mana cost. X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

Elite Arcanist Discussion

Keelroth on Janky Combo Scenario in U/R

4 months ago

So I am brewing a izzet storm edh deck. And I happened across a card I had never seen Elite Arcanist . I want to try and include a wincon with it and a cantrip(I.e. Peek or Opt ) or a card like Grapeshot , and Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter . So either draw my deck and play Laboratory Maniac or the new Jace from WAR win the game or ping with Grapeshot. Obviously need a couple mana rocks. Will this work since both the Scepter and the Arcanist say cast?

SchlapaPumpf on Heroic Stomp

4 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion Zakkaery! You are right, that Feather, the Redeemed is a good synergy and a strong flier. Not sure if a recycling mechanic is worth the splash though. It might not be fast enough. I also thought of Elite Arcanist for example. I'll put both in the "Maybe" category, those need to be reflected on some more.

Also for now this has budget-lands :P

Emzed on Can Elite Arcanist activate its ...

6 months ago

Okay, let me try again: As soon as my deck can form an infinite loop, I've failed the challenge. Obviously, in a regular game, I could just choose not do go for that loop or stop it whenever I want but that doesn't matter here. In this specific context the goal is to find 60 cards that, when used optimally, deal as much damage as possible within one turn to my opponent, but without ever forming an infinite loop of any kind.

Whether that makes sense to you or not, I still want to know if Elite Arcanist can be tapped for its ability without having an exiled card. Does someone have a reference to rules text that could explain this?

PlatinumOne on Can Elite Arcanist activate its ...

6 months ago

if the copy is entering play as it is made however, (for example a card that says "create a token copy", or you play a Phantasmal Image ) then those will still get the ETB of Elite Arcanist , allowing them to use the 2nd ability as well.

Emzed on Can Elite Arcanist activate its ...

6 months ago

So if the card exiled with Elite Arcanist leaves the exile zone (maybe some Eldrazi could make that happen) or I turn a creature into a copy of Elite Arcanist via Cytoshape , can I still activate the second ability? I know it won't do anything, but is it possible to tap the Elite Arcanist? (assuming summoning sickness is not a factor)

CyborgAeon on Vannifar Evolution 101 *Competitive*

7 months ago

With regard to spellseeker lines - I personally came up with a vannifar viable line that seemed reasonable to me: HASTE REQUIRED. But generally a vannifar deck seems to run TYE, so... let's assume it's on board. You land spellseeker - getting Revitalize / Early Harvest / Dramatic Reversal (whatever spell you choose to run - to the same effect that you only need to be mana neutral), with Fanny-fart on board & pod her into Elite Arcanist . Exile that spell beneath arcanist and then you have the complete viability to actually find a win condition via pod'ing dorks into any Prodigal Sorcerer type effect; even Pirate Ship (if you had a spare 4 drop creature lying around).

Conversely it's arguably less strong, but via flash-hulk you can win with only a 4-5 card combo in simic, but you'd have to perform the flash-hulk in an opponent's end-step, before you untap (or conversely it requires a haste enabler which isn't tutorable from flash hulk in simic yet).

SynergyBuild on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

8 months ago

I can't loop Dramatic Reversal infinitely with Kaho, but have found it to be a promising line to go with, attempting to abuse it to get some other lines has been fruitful, but more mana intensive than the Elite Arcanist variants in most cases. Still working on it though!

It fetches Intruder Alarm, so can be powerful.

Dango on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

8 months ago

SynergyBuild I'm just curious what you think of Kaho, Minamo Historian as an alternative to Elite Arcanist.

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Elite Arcanist occurrence in decks from the last year

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