Elite Arcanist

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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Set Rarity
Magic 2014 (M14) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Elite Arcanist occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Elite Arcanist Discussion

Decisive on The Wizardly Lady of Scrolls

3 months ago

Hi multimedia! Thank you so much for your suggestions!

Before I begin, can I ask for why you think I should cut Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor ?

On to the others

Naru Meha, Master Wizard - Yeah, another infinite combo doesn't sound bad!

Sunscorched Desert - Good idea, another win-con piece

Blink of an Eye / Into the Roil - I don't think theyre the best cards, and considering they'd be a somewhat of a winmore I don't think I could justify putting them in

Blue Sun's Zenith - It still kinda seems like a win more, cause with infinite ghostly flickers, I can get infinite mana and infinite untap, which means Azami would dram me out already, I don't think it would work to benefit me all that well

High Tide - I'll have to do some math and do a bit of playtesting, but good idea!

Siren Stormtamer - I don't know how I missed that, it's perfect for this deck, I seriously don't know how I missed it, you're a genius!

In terms of cards to cut

Nephalia Academy - It seems like a weird card, I know, but it's in there to stop opponents from messing with my hand. Blue doesn't have the best recursion in the world, and as such protecting my hand is a number 1 priority

Desert of the Mindful - It enters tapped, yes, but its better than Memorial to Genius. So I'll cut Memorial instead of Desert.

Kadena's Silencer - I dont have any way to control abilities aside from Tale' End, yes 5 mana for a stifle is bad, but its a sacrifice I am currently willing to make.

Jushi Apprentice - Yeah, I can see why you might think it's bad, and I agree, he isn't the best so he's probably gonna get the boot

Elite Arcanist - Yeah....bad, really really really bad version of Isochron Scepter.

I thank you, once again, for your suggestions, if you have any more, I am all ears! and if you think some of my reasoning to dispute cards to cut is faulty, I am also all ears!

enpc on Isochron Scepter + Narset's Reversal ...

4 months ago

Why not use Elite Arcanist to cut down the number of pieces required for the combo?

Important question for you though: what's your end goal here? Looping Teferi's Protection is cute and all, what's your game ending play?

My recommendation would be including Jhoira of the Ghitu and suspending a lot of MLD effects.

SideBae on The Wizardly Lady of Scrolls

4 months ago

One thing that comes to mind with Elite Arcanist is Ancestral Vision . Idk what the price on that card is anymore, but it seems like a good-ish combo.

Windfall works well with your Narset, Parter of Veils .

DragonOfTheWest on Card creation challenge

4 months ago

seshiro_of_the_orochi yeah I couldn't figure out a better way to put cipher on a creature. I thought about something to let you cast the creature again after it died, but that felt much more Orzhov than Dimir.

To balance it, let's remove shroud and now you have to pay the mana cost for the copied spell. Basically functions as a 4/4 flying Elite Arcanist .

Wolfpig on Please don't attack. I want peace.

5 months ago

Love the Deck, here are some fun and cheap suggestions that may help you out!

Wall of Denial / Vapor Snag / Celestial Flare / Elite Arcanist / Righteousness / Spell Snare / Godhead of Awe / Silence / Detention Sphere / Journey to Nowhere / Preordain / Jace, the Living Guildpact / Deputy of Detention / Invocation of Saint Traft / Unsettled Mariner / Oblivion Ring /

These are all great budget options that can replace a lot of your cards that already do the same, but for a higher cost. these kind of decks its vital to stall till you can drop bombs for a win. Good looking deck, hope it helps!

Rhadamanthus on How many drake tokens hit ...

6 months ago

You have the right idea, you just get 1 drake. Replicate doesn't cast the copies, it just creates them directly on the stack.

The only situations where you're going to be specifically told to "cast" a copy of something is if the card you're copying isn't currently a spell on the stack. For example: the card exiled by Elite Arcanist , or the one revealed with God-Eternal Kefnet 's ability.

Keelroth on Janky Combo Scenario in U/R

11 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?

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