Elite Guardmage

Elite Guardmage

Creature — Human Wizard


When Elite Guardmage enters the battlefield, you gain 3 life and draw a card.

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War of the Spark (WAR) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Elite Guardmage Discussion

Archon_Bel on Epharan High Culture (Ephara, God of the Polis)

5 days ago

MapPsycho Thanks for the comment and the upvote! While I do like your suggestions as cards, I don't think they'll be as efficient in this deck since I've found that I'm often using up a lot of my mana during my turns to cast creature spells. If I do end up running counterspells, they would have to be 2 CMC or "free" (i.e Pact of Negation, Force of Negation, and Force of Will) for me to best use my mana.

Too bad those counters I mentioned cost too much, though :(.

I'll probably still consider Foundry of the Consuls, though. It'd be a one time use, but I haven't really been using Castle Ardenvale or Kjeldoran Outpost to generate tokens much. I mostly put them in the deck as "just in case" cards.

FrogBoy95 And another thanks to you for the nice comment and upvote! I'm glad you guys have been liking what I've made; gives me a bit more confidence that the deck won't be a complete dud once I actually buy it in paper lol.

I recently edited the decklist to show some changes I made over the past week or so. Instead of Vedalken Orrery, I'm using Leyline of Anticipation since it basically has the same effect, and more importantly, is waaayyy cheaper than Vedalken Orrery.

On the subject of counterspells, I've also been thinking that better cards for me to use would probably be redirecting effects such as Narset's Reversal, Redirect, and Commandeer. While I don't think counterspells are a complete waste in EDH, I do think they're tougher to use efficiently since you're dealing with more than one person and ultimately end up losing some card advantage. Those redirect spells can help turn opponent's cards completely in your favor and will more or less replace themselves in doing so.

I haven't put those cards in the maindeck, however; currently those "flex slots" are being taken up by Phyrexian Metamorph and Stunt Double, which will ideally let me get more mileage out of my own deck by acting as extra copies of my EtB creatures.

Luminarch Ascension is a cool card, but my issue with it is that it will quickly put a target on your head, and my deck doesn't really have a lot of ways to completely dissuade people from attacking me. Dawn of Hope is much more lowkey and comes with an added bonus of potentially drawing cards, but that mana cost to make one token is a bit too high for my liking, and I don't really have a lot of ways to reliably gain life other than Cloudblazer, Elite Guardmage, and Charming Prince.

GeminiSpartanX on capriom85

1 month ago

capriom85- We can definitely work something out. I have a spare Glacial Fortress , Reflector Mage , and I'll check to see if I have a full set of Elite Guardmage . If I don't have a set of the guardmage I can just add a 2nd Reflector Mage. Would that be ok with you?

capriom85 on New Theros goodies

1 month ago

GeminiSpartanX, o need the following. I would be happy with any combination of this stuff if you have it.

4 Reflector Mage

4 Elite Guardmage

4 Naban, Dean of Iteration

4 Glacial Fortress

1 Port Town

capriom85 on Have a Nyxbloom Amcient for ...

1 month ago

I pulled a Nyxbloom Ancient at the pre-release. I also have an Ox of Agonas . I could also trade a Brazen Borrower . I am looking for the following stuff. If you are interested please make me an offer.

4 Naban, Dean of Iteration

4 Reflector Mage

4 Elite Guardmage

1 Port Town

4 Glacial Fortress

3 Hallowed Fountain

2 Selfless Spirit

BioProfDude on Azorius humans in Pioneer

2 months ago

chrclgry, Icon of Ancestry is an interesting suggestion-- thank you!

I have 25 creatures, and 2x Gideon Blackblade who is a creature on my turn. That has been plenty so far. Your point is taken about Thoughtseize , but it's a non-unique argument because that's true of pretty much every deck when an opponent uses Thoughtseize . The card is just powerful and can hurt an opponent's hand. That's true even against a control deck if Thoughtseize is played turn 1 (as it often is) before I play a land.

Thalia, Heretic Cathar does okay in the deck. It has its uses, like causing lands and creatures to come in tapped. That has been pretty good, actually. I'm not married to the card, though, and it may be replaced (likely by Deputy of Detention ).

Elite Guardmage does look odd, but it flies, gains me life, and draw me a card. It's better than I had anticipated. For now, I'm keeping it.

Tormod's Crypt is the card that I happen to already own. Rest in Peace does look good for this-- thank you for the suggestion!

Dovin's Veto is worthless with only three counter spells? Then why did U/W aggro run three Negate s in the side just before the last Standard rotation? This is not meant to be a control deck. Rather, those are very useful as an occasional way to stop a combat trick, counter a planeswalker, etc... As it turns out, only three copies is pretty good against burn and midrange as I have had nice success in my (admittedly limited) play testing. It's a solid card that has utility.

At the end of the day, you have essentially identified what I have thought of the deck-- it either needs to go 100% aggro or 100% U/W control. If I want to go aggro, though, then I'm wasting my time on both U/W and humans and I should just run G/W aggro CoCo, and if I want to run 100% control then I need to dump the humans and just commit to doing the control route. I just really like humans as a tribe and I get to play a bunch of cards that I really enjoy.

Am I going to win FNM with this deck? Probably not, but I have ZERO interest in trying to qualify for the pro tour, I don't really care if I am competitive to win FNM every week. Rather, I like to just play the game and have fun. Do I like to win at least some matches? Sure, and this list should be able to get me to about a 50% win rate, and I'm okay with that! :-)

chrclgry on Azorius humans in Pioneer

2 months ago

Icon of Ancestry is just better than Angel of Invention but what worries me is that you aren't running enough creatures. In the meta you kind have to have lots of threats to get through removal and hand disruption. Keeping a decent hand with a creature, a planeswalker and a couple of spells will lose 100% of the time against Thoughtseize . Also the creature base feels very...off. Thalia, Heretic Cathar , Law-Rune Enforcer and Elite Guardmage feel kinda out of it. Honestly Gadwick, the Wizened seems like a great pick if you were more blue orientated. In the sideboard, Rest in Peace over Tormod's Crypt and 3 Dovin's Veto is next to useless. Counterspell work best in Pioneer when you have many to make your opponent play around them, 3 counterspells in the board won't really do that.

potentiallygood on Chulane, Blinker of Tales

3 months ago

SufferFromEDHD, first off your username is awesome. I like the idea of adding Recruiter of the Guard , but its a pricey card that can only grab maybe five cards in the deck, so I don't know if its worth it. I really like Rishadan Brigand , so i might cut Elite Guardmage for it, thanks for that. Lumbering Battlement in honestly an amazing card. I added it on a whim, and it does a lot more work than you would think: it discourages and protects against board wipes and lowers the amount of blink effects needed for the most value. There's been times I've been able to tuck a few good creatures under it and blink it with Deadeye Navigator a couple times and completely take over the table. I try to only exile half my creatures with it, and I've found most won't bother wiping the board, since you'll still get value and have a better board state once they do. Try it, it might surprise you. Cheers.

SufferFromEDHD on Chulane, Blinker of Tales

3 months ago

I too have a Boon flicker deck as well as Chulane toolbox AND a Chulane lands deck.

Lumbering Battlement... any good? It was the one card that stuck out as kind of weird.

This deck would benefit greatly from Recruiter of the Guard .

Cut Cloudblazer and add Rishadan Brigand or cut Elite Guardmage and add Rishadan Cutpurse .

Also, I like your username.

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