Kess, Dissident Mage


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Commander 2017 (C17) Mythic Rare

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Kess, Dissident Mage

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

FlyingDuring each of your turns, you may cast an instant or sorcery card from your graveyard. If a card cast this way would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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Kess, Dissident Mage Discussion

Rzepkanut on Need a new commander

9 hours ago

I'm a big fan of Meren of Clan Nel Toth and other graveyard based decks like Karador, Ghost Chieftain and Gisa and Geralf because they provide so much value. Playing a creature card from the graveyard is so fundamentally powerful. Kess, Dissident Mage seems like lots of fun for the same reasons except she is for building more of a spellslinger deck. Personally I think it's easier for me to make a powerful casual deck based around creatures then instants and sorceries but maybe that's more your play style and it would work better for you. Rashmi, Eternities Crafter is lots of fun because who doesn't like free stuff? Currently my favorite deck to pilot is either Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest or Experiment Kraj. I have deck lists for for almost all the Commander's I just mentioned you can see them if you click on my profile name. In case you didn't notice the common thread between many of these different commanders is that they all create card advantage on their own. If you find commanders that do that it doesn't matter what your deck does because you're always winning a little bit.

AlwaysSleepy on The EDH Doomsday Primer

2 days ago


For LED-less piles, using Unearth and Predict will get the job done pretty well. Try exploring those cards in a pile! Here is something:

  1. Predict
  2. Laboratory Maniac
  3. Gush
  4. Unearth
  5. Gitaxian Probe

This pile works with predicting LabMan or predicting incorrectly.

Kess, Dissident Mage is a fine DD commander. She lets you do some things which may not be possible otherwise, but she's not required. Her Yawgmoth's-like ability is pretty great.

kilgore on The EDH Doomsday Primer

3 days ago

This is so helpful. I'm learning Doomsday and having some difficulty. Namely, playing without LED. Im working on buying one. Soon

Anyway, I was wondering if you could suggest some piles without LED. I understand they will be slower but that is how it goes.

Also, how do you like Kess, Dissident Mage as a Doomsday commander?

JMose on Janky 4-Color Spells Deck

4 days ago

Deck featuring Narset, Enlightened Master + Kess, Dissident Mage

Looking for suggestions and input on my win conditions or my lack thereof. Feel free to tell me how much you hate this deck. I'm open to any and all suggestions and criticism.

cardz1 on When a Noob builds a Mizzix deck

5 days ago

Bobjimmy I totally agree with you and I think that I need to revamp this deck. At the time I constructed this, I was not as knowledgeable of the competitive edh scene as I am today. I am going to scrap this and instead build grixis storm . Storm is one of my favorite archetypes in all of magic, and with C17's Kess, Dissident Mage I feel like this is the perfect time to construct something new.This deck is much too inconsistent and with my newfound knowledge, I believe that I can build something better. Thank you all for the advice.

sanders1004 on Duel Commander White Weenie aggro ...

5 days ago

Sorry for the long title and post. I've been playing in a Duel commander league (French 20 hp) for several months and this season I managed to fight my way to a 4th place standing using this deck.

This upcoming Monday is the playoff tournament (14 player single elimination) and I need to make modifications to counter the heavy hitters released in C17. I know that I'll need a Rest in Peace to help against Kess, Dissident Mage and other reanimator decks, but aside from not knowing what to replace, I mainly don't know what to do to prepare against the 2-4 Edgar Markov I could encounter. I have yet to encounter this deck in league play, but it seems brutal and I'd rather not get knocked out in the first round again. I have limited information on the decks of the other players in the top 5 and I'm not certain what the others will be playing, but it seems that most will be running a black commander. Also, my standing will allow me to go first in all my matches against lower ranked opponents. Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated.

NV_1980 on The Wheels on the Bus go AAAAHHHH!!!

6 days ago

Also, I'd really recommend Kess, dissident mage ; her ability is basically a powered-down version of Yawgmoth's Will but you can use it every turn! Massive advantage for a deck that has high-powered instants and sorceries.

Frank_Glascock on Inalla's Tap Studio (EDH Adaptive Combo)

1 week ago
  1. I am not sure if Aphetto Alchemist makes our list without Illusionist's Bracers and that for me means this card is probably a pass. All the info on the combo was taken from a list:

I checked over his list. He is playing other non wizard combos such as Palinchron and Deadeye Navigator. Staff of Domination is one of the infinite mana win conditions and Laboratory Maniac is there to win through infinite draw.

There is a steep price to pay for all these combos.

A) Partial Paris is gone. He is going to have a lot of cards that are dead outside of combo. This is why we tried to keep those pieces to a minimum.

B) 30 lands

C) Force of Will is his only counterspell. This is bad-real bad. He can not protect his combo and he can not stop his opponents. He has to be the fastest deck every game and get very lucky at a competitive table.

D) Cyclonic Rift, Chaos Warp, Grave Pact and Attrition are the only interaction. No board sweeps besides Cyclonic Rift which probably gets cast for 1U most times in this list as he has one other spell (Chaos Warp) that handles stax permanents.

I think we have taken our lists in an entirely different direction from his.

  1. I did not do any research on Fatestitcher because of the cost of executing the combo was too high at 9U. I would not refute your analysis of the combo.

  2. There are 18 instant and sorceries on your posted list. By Force and Into the Roil/Chain of Vapor replaces Vandalblast and Chaos Warp. You have Gamble coming in for Corpse Augur. Blasphemous Acts probably replaces Kindred Discovery/Intruder Alarm. That puts you at 20 total instants and sorceries.

I am at 23 instants and sorceries.

  1. I am a little surprised that Sigil Tracer is closer to the chopping block than Voidmage Prodigy. Has Voidmage Prodigy done better recently? Sigil Tracer always seems like a card that is great 40% of the time and a non-factor 60% of the time. It is conditional. You have to have it and another wizard in play plus 1U. I guess what keeps it in my list is the fact that you can copy opponent's spells. Have you been able to utilize it to copy opponent's tutors, draw spells and possibly spot removal?

  2. Our choice of creatures seem to mirror each other. I believe I am playing three you are not. I know you want to slot Glen Elendra Archmage and Mistbind Clique in when you get them. I have yet to cast Mistbind Clique. This may prove to be one of those cards that has a lot of potential but in reality does not function well. You have not offered up an opinion on Sower of Temptation (discussion to follow).

  3. I am in a pretty creature heavy environment so Sower of Temptation may be more viable in my list. It has only been played twice; both times stealing my opponents commander, Kess, Dissident Mage. You probably already know that I won both those games as Kess is awesome in our list.

  4. The combo list I looked at did have Thalakos Deceiver. It costs 3U in most lists but most likely it will be 4U for us as we can steal another creature immediately with the token. Sower of Temptation may be the cut.

Both have evasion and cost the same. The issue is it does not make sense to make an Inalla token of Sower of Temptation without a sacrifice outlet. That scenario does provide removal for (1). Thalakos Deceiver is going to be played for 5U as the token will steal a creature that turn. We will be unblocked as I have never seen or heard of a card with Shadow. Next turn we again steal the best creature on the board. The major downside of Sower of Temptation is that any spot removal returns the stolen creature.

8) I would like to hear your thoughts on what creature to cut for Thalakos Deceiver if any. Voidmage Prodigy, Sigil Tracer, Mistbind Clique, Sower of Temptation and Glen Elendra Archmage is my guess as to the order you would rank the cuts (first being more likely).

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