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|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Uncommon|
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Creature — Human Wizard
When Exclusion Mage enters the battlefield, return target creature an opponent controls to its owner's hand.
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Exclusion Mage Discussion
1 week ago
Hey Hipoisthabest, Mirror Image is an interesting suggestion, thanks. It can also copy Exclusion Mage and get another bounce ETB ability. I like this idea, but there's not any room for it in the current deck.
Yldraziw, thanks for your interest. I will keep playing this deck only if there's a good Simic dual land in Guilds of Ravnica. We don't yet know the land cycles in the set, but pretty safe to assume each guild of the five guilds will get a new rare dual land and the guilds not in the set will not get a dual land. The Simic guild is not in Guilds of Ravnica, it's in the second Ravnica set in Jan. 2019. We already know that Elves are in the Simic guild thanks to artwork revealed when Wizards announced Magic was returning to Ravnica again showing them as Super Soldiers. Jan. 2019 we'll get a new Simic dual land.
Being realistic post rotation until Jan. 2019 this deck is dead. The loss of Aether Hub, Servant of the Conduit and Botanical Sanctum at rotation makes it too difficult to make blue mana while not hurting consistency of having green mana to play Steel Leaf Champion. I don't want to have to play a lot of islands. Woodland Stream alone can't save the manabase and Stream is just a bad land, I don't want to have to play it.
In Jan. 2019 I will definitely revisit this deck and Simic, but until then I'm set to focus on Golgari or Selesnya for post rotation Elves. Golgari and Selesyna are two of the guilds in Guilds of Ravnica and we know Elves are Golgari. I suspect Elves are also in Selesnya.
1 month ago
Maybe putting in Merfolk Trickster or Harbinger of the Tides then? Doubling up their ETB triggers seems pretty solid. Exclusion Mage could even be useful in that same place and is a human which triggers Champion of the Parish.
Disruption and more board-impacting interaction is really what I would advocate adding more of, whether it's on creatures or not. That would be the real draw to red as it gives you very efficient interaction and the ability to just burn their face to end a game where attacking isn't an option.
I just put my list-in-progress up if you want to check out the instant/sorcery based version for some ideas!
1 month ago
I play Gruul because of Grand Warlord Radha. She's an Elf who gets pumped by Clancaller and her mana abilities fit right into a mana strategy of Elves. She's also a fantastic pairing with Steel Leaf Champion and Thorn Lieutenant. A strong curve of one, two, three drops and Radha is what my deck plays.
Post rotation Golgari or Jund, if a playable manabase can be made, will most likely be the directions I go because Golgari is a guild in Guilds of Ravnica. It's already been revealed that Elves are big part of the Golgari guild with Warrior and Shaman Elves in the set.
My current Golgari version of Elves: M19 Golgari Elves is using Poison-Tip Archer with sac outlets and Vraska, Relic Seeker. I also have a Simic version: M19 Simic Elves using Skyrider Patrol with Exclusion Mage and Hadana's Climb Flip.
1 month ago
Hey, Muldrotha is the only Sultai legendary creature choice for current post rotation Brawl. Not a lot of choices in the two colored guilds either. There's only two Golgari legendary Slimefoot, the Stowaway and Vraska, Relic Seeker, three Simic: Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca, Tatyova, Benthic Druid, Tishana, Voice of Thunder and one Dimir Rona, Disciple of Gix.
If you're bored with Muldrotha then you'll most likely also be bored with tribal (Slimefoot and Kumena) since it forces you to play even more narrow cards. In my opinion the only choice who's worth building around is Tatyova, although Slimefoot does seem fun.
Tatyova is getting a lot of support in M19 with Crucible of Worlds, Scapeshift and Reliquary Tower as the standouts, but also Nexus of Fate, Dryad Greenseeker, Elvish Rejuvenator, Exclusion Mage, Root Snare, etc.
My advice is to wait until Guild of Ravnica. Golgari and Dimir are guilds in the set, they will have a lot of support most likely at least one new legendary creature for each guild. Other guilds in the set are Izzet, Selesnya and Boros.
1 month ago
drsnailtrail I have deeply considered Riddleform but sadly in my playtesting with it I would always want a Wizard's Retort, Unsummon or Spell Pierce in its place. Although it is mostly a two-mana 3/3 flyer that can scry, it's not a Wizard, so it doesn't turn on Wizard's Lightning or Wizard's Retort. Also, it doesn't get pumped by Adeliz and it doesn't even have prowess so I can't protect it from commonly used burn spells like Abrade and Lightning Strike.
I don't really like Omenspeaker because it doesn't help me win faster with more answers. A 1/3 for 2 is not what this deck wants in the 75.
Even though Dismissive Pyromancer does have a draw engine attached to it, it doesn't have prowess but in replace it has a solid burn spell on a 2/2 body.
Thanks for the suggestions!
1 month ago
Merrena, the Simic guild is not in the first Ravnica set Guild of Ravnica :( Simic is in the January 2019 second set Ravnica Allegiance. This is unfortunate, that's a long time to wait for new Simic Elves.
Because of still having three months of Botanical Sanctum Simic with Skyrider Patrol has potential until post rotation. I also really like Exclusion Mage even though it's not an Elf as well as another three drop it's effect is quite strong. Hadana's Climb Flip is a good include; it can win games out of no where. Negate perfect sideboard card for Elves. Nissa, Steward of Elements is a good mana sink.
I haven't really playtested Skyrider yet, but Grand Warlord Radha doesn't look like she fits. Can't use mana that Radha and Elves make after they attack with Skyrider's ability. It happens at beginning of combat this is before any Elf has attacked. I do like the idea however of equally attacking from both the ground and the air with Elves.
Two different angles of attack definitely can bring some added fun in gameplay. I like Skyrider with Thorn Lieutenant, Steel Leaf Champion, Clancaller and Marwyn. Giving Thorn flying is very good with his pump ability. Champion and Skyrider curve into each other for a nasty turn five attack.
1 month ago
1 month ago
I'd cut Meddling Mage, Conjurer's Closet if I were you, in exchange for a playset of Wizard's Lightning. Sea Gate Oracle seems worse than the new Exclusion Mage or even Adeliz, the Cinder Wind. Finally, Cloudshift seems like a win-more condition, whereas Familiar's Ruse could be a secret piece of tech that also lets you re-buy your best ETB effects.
Last suggestion is Nahu Mera, Master Wizard as a 1-of finisher.