Kess, Dissident Mage

Kess, Dissident Mage

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard


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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Set Rarity
Modern Horizons (MH1) Mythic Rare
Commander 2017 (C17) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Kess, Dissident Mage occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

UBR (Grixis): 0.87%

Kess, Dissident Mage Discussion

CrimsonWizard on Necropotence.dec [cEDH]

4 weeks ago

casual_competitive yep, my shop's FNM was cEDH for 3 years straight. It was awesome, one of the most competitive metas I've ever experienced but still really fun. Eventually a chunk of the main group moved (I think they were college students) and we never had enough to fire FNM after that, so store shifted to the usual standard/modern/pioneer. We all still bring our decks and play cEDH for fun though, definitely my favorite format.

Our meta right now is my Zur the Enchanter, The Gitrog Monster, Arcum Dagsson, Kess, Dissident Mage, Thrasios, Triton Hero + Tymna the Weaver, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician : )

SideBae on Rafiq EDH

1 month ago

Hey Pikobyte -- thanks for the comment!

I actually don't KNOW if the deck works. Because of the whole plague thing the world has going on right now, the LGSes in my area are closed, so I can't playtest except against my own decks.

The reason I focus so heavily on draw is that in general, I've found the easiest way for aggro decks to lose is running out of gas; I have a feeling this deck folds hard to things like Supreme Verdict, so I want to be able to dig my way out of that hole. That being said, is your experience different? My go-to deck at the moment is Kess, Dissident Mage storm, which is by no means a deck that attacks.

As for the stax component, you're probably right -- I'm playing a little scared, and that may just leave me worse off. I've included things like Deafening Silence because they're good against my sorts of decks (Kess just cries sometimes); because my decks are the only ones I test against right now (thanks Corona) these stax pieces are probably doing more work than they usually would. What would you suggest?

Thanks so much for the help.

GoblinElectromancer on Card creation challenge

2 months ago

Sylvena, the Comforter

Legendary Creature - Cat

If a source your opponent controls would deal damage to a planeswalker you control instead it deals that much damage -1.

At the beginning of you upkeep or when a legendary creature you controls dies you gain 1 life.


Make a commander kinda like Captain Sissay or Kess, Dissident Mage that can always find the card you needs and can reuse it

Enral on Till the End of Tayam | **PRIMER**

2 months ago

Dubstep4lyfe: Hi there, I just want to clarify that my Tayam deck is not cEDH at all and is at a 75% power level. The deck would look a lot different (with more emphasis on hatebears/stax and less goofy synergy stuff like Reyhan, Last of the Abzan) if I were to convert it to cEDH. I've dabbled in cEDH before but unfortunately not everyone in my playgroup is interested in it so it's something on my backburner for now. Anyways, you just have to change the deckbuilding mindset dramatically if you want to transition into cEDH as it is a totally different animal altogether.

Deckbuilding for cEDH is very different in that you want to focus on one compact/efficient win condition (with a second or even third compact win condition as plan B) and work your way up from interaction and protection of the win condition. Commander choice is very much dependent on how effective they can contribute to the win condition. For example, Kess, Dissident Mage is a great commander for the win condition Demonic Consultation/Tainted Pact + Thassa's Oracle/Laboratory Maniac as you can cast it twice with Kess's flashback to execute the combo in one turn. The color identity of the commander is also very important in which color combination with strong tutors, interaction, and protection are ideal. As for Karador, you want to check out cobblepott's decklist/primer for more information. Hope that helps!

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

3 months ago

So, there's stuff like Yarok, the Desecrated and Teysa Karlov, which double triggers, and Korvold, Fae-Cursed King, Astral Drift/Astral Slide, adds value, Heliod, Sun-Crowned, Urza, Lord High Artificer, and Yawgmoth, Thran Physician all facilitate infinite combos. Thassa, Deep-Dwelling, Kess, Dissident Mage, and Wrenn and Six all provide a way to increase the value of your resources.

These all would be considered "Abusing" their respective mechanics.

grumbledore on NOkusar

3 months ago

you know for an attrition game plan, Kess, Dissident Mage might be a better commander as it would allow you to replay some of your hate pieces.

Maizena on Nekusar, the Friendship Destroyer [[PRIMER]]

3 months ago
  • mistborn314 I'm aware of the primer problem, but I'm short on time to fix it right now.

Dream Halls is basically a double edged sword (a high risk high reward play). When you cast it, be prepared to kill or die this turn. The way I usually play it is setting the board first (1 or 2 cards that deal damage on discard/draw) and having a wheel in hand to cast after the DH. I run a lot of wheels in this deck, most of the times I'm able to chain 3+ wheels and win the game, but if you want a more "safe" way to interact with DM, try adding more counters and cards like Grand Abolisher.

I used to run Temple Bell and Geier Reach Sanitarium, but I decided to cut off all cards that give my opponents "small draws" (the trade off wasn't worth most of the time).

Duskmantle Guildmage cost more to activate than Bloodchief Ascension and is easier to remove. Jace's Archivist is here because of Mind Over Matter, but i'm thinking about cutting both cards off.

I'll test Burning Inquiry and you're absolutely right about Narset, Parter of Veils, it's a MUST.

I used to run Kess, Dissident Mage but people always shut her down pretty fast. I've been thinking about Yawgmoth's Will for some time , but I don't have the money for it right now. Underworld Breach is a nice substitute, thogh.

Bone Miser is worse than Waste Not in all aspects, I don't like it. I never thought about Shadow of the Grave before, I'll test it!

I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllyy like Hive Mind, Omniscience + Show and Tell , Torment of Hailfire, Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter (won some fun games with these cards), but it is quite understandable for someone to cut them off (I even recommend it in the primer, before the code start trolling me lol).

For last, Wheel and Deal will be cutted, don't know yet about Mizzix's Mastery.

Thank you a lot for the info exchange and sorry it took me some time to reply! o/

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