Fathom Mage


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander (2016 Edition) Rare
Gatecrash Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Fathom Mage

Creature — Human Wizard

Evolve (Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, if that creature has greater power or toughness than this creature, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature.)

Whenever a +1/+1 counter is placed on Fathom Mage, you may draw a card.

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Fathom Mage Discussion

Rise_of_the_Hangover on A +1/+1 Counter A Day Keeps The Weenies Away

1 week ago

quakenbake I'm not sure you meant Fathom Mage, but I'm curious as to how Pili-Pala can be used for an infinite mana combo.

windexnose44 on How Bernie Sanders Plays Magic

1 week ago

@HaunterHunter - Let's talk.

  • The double mana granted from Zendikar Resurgent would be great... if I had the double mana to cast itself. At a whopping seven mana, I really don't need my lands to tap for double. There are also better sources of card draw. It's win-more, so that's a no.

  • Forgotten Ancient is actually just a sponge for hate... It came with the pre-constructed deck, but I took it out because it would instantly be targeted, never reaching its potential.

  • the problem with Plaxcaster Frogling is that it gives shroud. That means that, if one of my creatures is targeted in my first main phase and I use pay the 2 to grant shroud, that creature can not be targeted by Ezuri this turn. It's a weakness that could be exploited by my opponents, and I can't have that. It's the same reason I won't include Kira, Great Glass-Spinner.

  • Tuskguard Captain is better for my build than Primal Rage. You've sold me, and i'll make the change.

  • Spawnwrithe, I feel, would be similar to Forgotten Ancient in that it would be a target for hate. That said, that ability is too good to ignore. I'll think about this one.

  • Bane of Progress hits the board as a 2/2, so it would trigger Ezuri. However, I cannot run this. There are too many artifacts that I use and would rather not have destroyed. Also, it doesn't do anything with the counters. The trained eye will see that most of my creatures don't just have counters. They do something with them.

  • I think you may have misused the term "better". In Magic, saying something is better (implying that it is strictly better) means that it is in every way superior. That cannot be said with Krosan Grip and Nature's Claim. Split second is a nice ability to have, but you know what else is nice? Leaving one mana open as I pass the turn, then surprising my opponent with removal on his turn. Krosan grip came with the pre-con, and I replaced it for a reason.

  • Verdant Confluence is good, but 6 mana is demanding.

  • Loaming Shaman is amazing, actually. It has won many games for me. Does it trigger Ezuri? no, and I wish it did. But getting my entire graveyard back is nothing to sneeze at. Contrary to your comment, he is honestly great, and that's why he's in.

  • I wouldn't say that Walking Ballista is better than Triskelion. Lets say you pay 6 for ballista; the same cost as triskelion. It would come in with the same number of counters, but with 1 less power and 1 less toughness. Also, I can remove all counters from triskelion and have it survive; the same cannot be said for ballista. It does have the ability to scale, which is handy. It's a good card, to be sure, and maybe even one I would include. But, again, I disagree with your assessment of "better".

  • Don't fool yourself: Mwonvuli Beast Tracker (I can't even tell you how many times I spelled that incorrectly) is not Worldly Tutor. It's on a stick, so i'll excuse the higher mana cost. However, it cannot search for creatures such as Sage of Hours, Fathom Mage, Triskelion, Wild Beastmaster, Champion of Lambholt... the list continues. Never underestimate versatility and flexibility in Commander, my good man.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Shamen3mill on Blu/Grn Elf Decker

1 week ago

I'd suggest Fathom Mage because I'm pretty sure that it's the single most synergistic card with Ezuri freaking ever (Sage of Hours might beat it out, but I think it's pretty close between them.) If I was going to break theme for anything in an Ezuri deck, it'd be Fathom Mage, because that amount of draw is silly.

Firebones675 on please help me cut cards from my cube

2 weeks ago

It depends a bit on the rest of the cube and what color fixing is like. Progenitor Mimic for example is the sort of card i could see a green/black deck splashing for blue as it is a powerful effect without double color symbols whereas Fathom Mage is at its best in a counter heavy deck and likely wouldnt be splashed for. If you want to encourage only 2 color decks you would cut mimic to force players in the direction you want whereas if you are open to 3+ color decks being common it's not a concern.

Winterblast on Atraxa's super(un)friendly Stax

2 weeks ago

RicketyEng I've updated the list according to my real deck now. Still haven't got a Narset and I've made a few other changes as well...

More planeswalkers now, less creatures. Also removed the "draw engine" with Fathom Mage because there are far better standalone drawing cards available. I've added the Helm of Obedience combo, just because I have a lot of tutors and Leyline is cool against the Hermit Druid and other decks we have in our playgroup.

Added Words of Wind for several reasons. works well with Sylvan Library and Jace, the Mind Sculptor, also cool to bounce cards that benefit from being played again with Doubling Season, planeswalkers or Tangle Wire for example...

I'm not so sure about Forgotten Ancient anymore, but it's the only fast way to get (potentially) lots of counters distributed among my creatures and to pump an Inkmoth Nexus or Atraxa.

HaunterHunter on Ezuri, The Ultimate SJW

3 weeks ago

Hangarback Walker Kalonian HydraPhantom Nantuko its basically a trample experiment oneManagorger Hydra trample + lots of counters. Just what ezuir wantsSage of Hours if you want to get infinite turns, if not then it's all good.Invisible Stalker for a win con given enough countersWonder gives all your creatures flying

Counterspell over stubborn denial, only one more U for much more versatility.if ur looking for counters try Fuel for the CauseTempt with Discovery is always a good multiplayer card.

Nissa, Voice of Zendikar exp, counters, and draw powerFreyalise, Llanowar's Fury exp manadorks, artifact hate, draw power

Fathom Mage + Skullwinder + Verdant Confluence you can cycle these cards over and over again.

INFECT: (just an option, if u dont wanna play it thats cool)Viral Drake flying infect and proliferate optionBlighted Agent unblockabble infect.

Cartrix on Prophet of Fatties

3 weeks ago

I've replaced the Fathom Mage with Solemn Simulacrum. It seems to work a bit better, but I am still open to suggestions.

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