Kess, Dissident Mage


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Mythic Rare

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Kess, Dissident Mage

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

Flying During 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

matkomtg on Zur's Double D

5 days ago


Yes, there was a chance and I grabbed it! Even without LED it adds to DD piles it's insane :)

So speaking of cEDHlike build - no, it's not by design it's just using optimal cards for my plans. Through testing and playing my Kess, Dissident Mage deck it showed itself being very fast, but it lacked redundancy even with additions to usual Kess builds; that being said I decided to take a deck with more control elements and protection for the cost of being somewhat slower. This is, let's say a prototype that is using cards which shouldn't even be here because of me lacking better cards, which I will mention later.

Pact of Negation - a great card which can't get my hands on and I would definitely give it a shot for some more pile variances. On the other hand, I'm not a huge fan of Foil, I know it's being a somewhat a budget supstitute for Force of Will, but I find it to conditional for it's effect so I'll rather play PoN when I get it.

Anguished Unmaking - I'm also concidering cards like this one. I'd rather like to deal with all kinds of pernaments than just specific ones such as artifacts, enchantments etc. Vindicate is also great, but which to include is a question for now because I don't know how relevant that life loss is for that instant speed (I'll most likely run AU in place of Forsake the Worldly.) And speaking of mass removal spells, I'm a huge fan of wraths such as Wrath of God/Damnation where it's straight forward and since Damnation is pricey and WoG does practitly the same in other colors. I think I would run WoG or even Supreme Verdict since I'm already in white and it would be a shame not to get use of it, but I still agree that Toxic Deluge is a huge deal and it's going in this slot as soon as I get it (going in slot of Day of Judgment). Zur is here when I want to play a slower game and sometimes really irelevant, depending on the pod and my opener.

Solitary Confinement is my personal card of choice when it comes to protection from all those creatures; once Necropotence comes in, those lines of text where I skip my draw step or discard a card become quite irelevant.

Speaking of cards that might get replaced, it's all just a matter of time and money untill I get those. Besides already mentioned ones earlier, cards that might get replaced are Imprisoned in the Moon with Grasp of Fate which is more efficient removal, colorless mana artifacts for fast mana rocks, better counterspells and general land changes for better fixing. Rest of the cards might flex for some others in their slots depending on my meta changes.

goblinguiderevealpls on Razin' minds, takin' names (competitive primer)

6 days ago


if you play cedh you know that nekusar is far from tier 1.

rather, this is my attempt at making my pet deck as competitive as possible. in my description i mention that he is strictly inferior to Kess, Dissident Mage or Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge.

i have won on turn 1 many times and turns 2-4 otherwise. it depends on rng and lock. i have won turn 1 with rng with a Winds of Change causing my opponents to start the game with no lands in hand and scoop

i have won turn 2 many times starting with various ramp spells and creating a game lock with Teferi's Puzzle Box + Chains of Mephistopheles and/or Notion Thief to nuke your hand and prevent anyone from drawing anything

also works with Necropotence + Anvil of Bogardan + Chains of Mephistopheles and/or nekusar to make draws impossible while using necropotence to get around the draw lock and win

nekusar isnt a cedh commander. this deck is a "competitive nekusar" deck but that doesnt quite make it a top tier deck. i simply love nekusar and wheels so i used money, research and play experience to make him as consistent and competitive as possible.

that being said i do run a lot of the same cards as tier 1 grixis storm cedh so i dont know where your claim comes from if you havent played the deck. but yes it will never be tier 1 cedh.

its worth noting that ive had the deck since 2013 and it was better back then, and also worth noting my entire LGS wont play against this deck since its too strong or unfun.. but it can win on turns 1-3 fairly consistently.

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

6 days ago

Hi LuciferDarkstar,

Kaalia of the Vast is absolutely fun, playing giant, High CMC A/D/D!

I've seen the high threat level, even when there are Prossh, Skyraider of Kher or Kess, Dissident Mage or other high profile fast commanders like Breya, Etherium Shaper, but I also enjoy being attacked by 3 players so doesn't bother me. Doesn't make sense, as a primary aggro commander, shouldn't get that much attention.

I usually try and go for win T3-5 and hope not to get interrupted, if I can aggro a Kess, Dissident Mage to slow them down from combo by 1-2 turns, I can just hope I don't get disrupted. Still have an okay midrange if the game goes slower too.

I have a Mizzix of the Izmagnus too but enjoy playing the Tier3-4 commanders like my Arahbo, Roar of the World and taking down Tier 1 Commanders.

I also play $50 Budget commander (a few decks), that changes the dynamic and slows the game down for sure.

DangoDaikazoku on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

1 week ago

Here it is:

[cEDH] Dralnu Doomsday Storm

Commander / EDH DangoDaikazoku


This is an extremely rough cut of the deck since I haven't done a whole lot of playtesting yet. I think it plays very similarly to a Kess, Dissident Mage Storm list making it rather comparable. Paradox Engine and mana rocks allow you to keep casting spells, while Dramatic Scepter is a sort of backup to generate potentially infinite mana and more importantly infinite Storm count. Aetherflux Reservoir can nuke players after you gain an obscene amount of life, and Mind's Desire is spicy enough to keep the gears turning. There are several Doomsday lines you can set up as well, but I'm sure you've all seen these types of interactions before. Dralnu is really here for support, and isn't entirely necessary in assemble the win conditions; however, he can be really helpful and has a lot of fun interactions with the deck. I know he lacks red like Kess and Jeleva have, but I mean those decks only really splash red in their Storm lists and the color feels almost absent aside from Wheel of Fortune and some added utility spells. I'll shut up now, let me know what you guys think because I believe Dralnu is considerably Competitive tier worthy and I'd like to hear what you guys have to say. Thanks!

DangoDaikazoku on Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life: Dralnu Doomsday

1 week ago

Hey there! I love your deck, and especially the JoJo reference. Killer Queen is one of my all time favorite stands. This list has inspired me to work on a Dralnu Storm list with Doomsday lines included as well. I have no specific suggestions other than my curiosity as to why you opted to go pure Doomsday instead of Storm or a hybrid of both? I think you would be able to fit in Aetherflux Reservoir and Paradox Engine really well in here. Even Dramatic Scepter with mana rocks wouldn't be bad in here to tick up an infinite storm count and potentially generate infinite mana as well. Any of that can make for some neat Mind's Desire shenanigans too. Either way though, a pure Doomsday line is still incredibly viable and I think your deck is really well constructed. I think mine is going to be more Storm oriented, but that really just comes down to personal preference. Dralnu is a really really cool commander, and I honestly think I like him more than Kess, Dissident Mage.

A little side note, I noticed that your HTML code for your CSS style and background wasn't closed off. This should fix it though!


BMHKain on BMH: The Inverted Brainchild

2 weeks ago

@SynergyBuild: Ryuuzaki: Huh?

(Gets sent flying from a Human Level Strength Punch, Love Hina styled. XP)

Alright, all Anime Puns aside (I would refer to Saitama, but no one cares about finding a weakness for satire characters...), well, that sucks. Why was Kess, Dissident Mage Tier 1, & Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge Tier 2 (Last time I checked.)? I mean, playing such awesome stuff for free actually seems good; plus, I'd have an excuse to run Temporal Cascade; the only Timetwister card here not requiring an Exile. Oh, & Cast Through Time. I don't want to be blunt, but I have a question; should I keep Kess, or Jeleva as my commander here? Jeleva can play all such Hax for nothing. Kess? Well, she seems Cheapo material to me. Should I make the descion myself?

Phaetion on Having Doubts

2 weeks ago

Basically, I've recently had a trend of being targeted, even though some games I never did much, and it's getting very annoying (and giving me an undying hatred of Aminatou, the Fateshifter)

I've decided to scrap everything and build something new...

...but now I got this self-doubt that makes me think whenever I take a deck idea, asking myself (will I get targeted even if I have nothing?). Worse, I have no emotional attachments to any of my decks, and it bothers me more than it should.

Currently, I'm deciding between Admiral Beckett Brass and Pir/Toothy while thinking about a casual take on Kess, Dissident Mage. Even then, I look at each of these and that question appears again. Any ideas are welcome, but I really don't want to use options that are dependent on my general/commander choice. Thanks in advance.

BMHKain on Sorry this isn't CMC <1 ...

2 weeks ago

@enpc: Well, my Commander in question in this case is now Kess, Dissident Mage, so I'll thake the following into mind:

Beacon Bolt

Crackling Drake

Expansion / Explosion

Invert / Invent

Enhanced Surveillance

Mission Briefing

Omnispell Adept

Connive / Concoct

Discovery / Dispersal

Mnemonic Betrayal

Thought Erasure

Thief of Sanity

Vicious Rumors

Doom Whisperer

Cosmotronic Wave

Electrostatic Field

Experimental Frenzy

Dream Eater

Artful Takedown

(Basically anything w/ Surveil *...)

But I also need a way to protect my yard, now I use Kess. Isochron Scepter/Elite Arcanist. But how does a Kess Storm deck work? I have to cast things from my yard; & I'd like to keep at least some of my best stuff (CMC 6 >=.); after converting from Jeleva; all while having Instants/Sorceries of high cost. Any ideas as to How I can do that, enpc?

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