Elite Arcanist


Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
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.

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Elite Arcanist Discussion

superhuman21 on Bruna, Light of Alabaster

1 week ago

Of course if you're fine with glass cannon benefits Elite Arcanist can work wonders with the above exile approach, he is just glass himself.

drwhosmith4 on Does this odd card interaction ...

3 weeks ago

Oh I am aware of the amazing combo of Elite Arcanist and Triton Tactics. Although I usually pair him with someone who makes two or more mana upon tapping so I go infinite but that works too.

Neotrup on Does this odd card interaction ...

3 weeks ago

Even if Quicksilver Elemental manages to exile a card with some other copied ability, it won't be able to cast anything with Elite Arcanist's ability, as Elite Arcanist's two abilities are linked.

drwhosmith4 on Does this odd card interaction ...

3 weeks ago

So I was thinking today about Quicksilver Elemental and I thought about what would happen if you target Elite Arcanist? I would assume that Quicksilver Elemental would get the cast ability but because there is no spell imprinted on Quicksilver Elemental, it would cast nothing. I am no rules expert so I figured I should ask in case there is some rule that makes this different.

squirlfood on Wizard science

1 month ago

You might want Elite Arcanist Helps with spamming tutor or spamming counters. I too created a wizard tribal deck You call that a hand?, and it might be helpful in focusing this concept.

superhuman21 on Land lives don't matter Tasigur

1 month ago

interesting approach. It looks good. Depending on how much you want to depend on Life from the Loam you may want to consider the following; Zuran Orb, Summer Bloom, Elite Arcanist, Courser of Kruphix, Oracle of Mul Daya, Anthousa, Setessan Hero, Tilling Treefolk just to name a few.

MoGoose831 on Pool Party at Padeem’s

1 month ago

You need more protection for your commander or other creatures Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots are staples.

High Tide is one way to get a lot of mana. It's not infinite but it can be a game winner.

Elite Arcanist or Isochron Scepter can be devastating depending on what you imprint. You could imprint a counter spell for some heavy control.

Good luck man!

Bababad on Kruphix and the Value Town Toolbox (Sundering)

1 month ago

Thanks for the recs! I've played around with most of these cards in here at one time or another, but its always good to reassess for the most current build. You never know what could pop up and be abusable. So let's see:

Psychosis Crawler has been in the top 5 cards I've wanted to integrate into this build for some time. In testing it isn't the most substantial 5 drop and seems to only be desirable when im abusing Prime Speaker Zegana triggers or Rishkar's Expertise, which makes it kind of a win more unless im facing stax/prison variants. It does next to nothing for board state or tempo and as a standalone card its neat but not super variable.

Courser of Kruphix was in the brew for quite awhile, it was only replaced by Azusa, Lost but Seeking who herself has fallen out. Sakura-Tribe Elder, Shaman of Forgotten Ways, and the newly added Thaumatic Compass fill the niche incredibly well currently. Sylvan Library, Nissa, Steward of Elements andThassa, God of the Sea usually fix my hand more efficaciously which in turn lets me hit the lands I need and ship the ones I don't early game. For the most part I only need 5 mana sources to play anything in this deck efficiently and courser tended to sit in hand, hit the board like a pillow falling onto the floor, and telegraphed my draws a little too much for too little benefit. I originally dropped this guy and Azusa because they were horrible topdecks late game and don't necessarily gain me tempo.

Thran Dynamo is an amazing card, but until about turn 7 I'd rather leave my mana open to respond with or at least bluff a counter/response and flash in something else with Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, Winding Canyons, or Alchemist's Refuge. I would likely put Sol Ring back in before dynamo because it all but guarantees a turn 3 kruphix, past that I don't have a need multi mana rocks. Simic Signet was swapped in for Sol Ring recently just to give color to my floating colorless mana in a pinch.

Drain Power seems pretty cool, but early game I would primarily want it to play kruphix and I couldn't assure id have 3 blue/1 green to reliably do that (presuming im not getting green or blue from the spell itself). Outside of that, the sorcery speed of the spell really kills it for me. I don't feel like jumping through hoops to empty someone's mana options during their untap phase (with flash enablers) is worth it to me if the card doesn't let me reliably ramp out to papa or do much besides that. For the most part a counterspell does the same job early game, and late game the ramp is negligible or win more. Not multitool enough for me currently, but I will test the card out in my planeswalker deck :P

Elite Arcanist is a pretty cool guy, combos for days, but really easy to remove. My meta would eat him alive, especially since Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is so prevalent and a standalone deck I see weekly. I don't want to lose the initial casting of the exiled instant when someone removes him in response because it robs me of the graveyard access to the spell after the fact, which is something I capitalize on and plan around most games. I feel bad even flashing back instants sometimes, when Eternal Witness effects let me recast them 4 or more times a game if needed.

Mycosynth Lattice is an amazing card that I do not currently own. I'm not sure I could justify it in the 6 cmc slot in this deck even if I had it though. It would have to compete with Rishkar's Expertise, Progenitor Mimic, Duplicant, and Prime Speaker Zegana, all of which are workhorses in this build. Currently testing Vizier of the Menagerie to give color to papa's mana and he is doing amazingly well. The non-reveal peek options have also played a major factor in recent games, so much so that it might justify him in slot over the mana fixing.

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