Kess, Dissident Mage


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels 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

Shinwizzles on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

3 days ago

Sikloy, thanks, I'm pretty proud of what it has been able to accomplish! Sounds like you've got yourself a pretty fun deck too! I like Marchesa, the Black Rose specifically for her unique theft/reanimation ability, but I can certainly see the appeal of Kess, Dissident Mage as well.

You're right, I think I might have to find a spot in the deck for Conjurer's Closet. There've been times where I have had to give a creature (sometimes even with a +1/+1 counter on it) back to an opponent because I couldn't kill it and keep it. This should help to further reduce that risk.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Sikloy on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

3 days ago

Cool deck! I've recently started a similar one with the added sub-theme of stealing spells from graveyards and also just making copies of their stuff. Though I use Kess, Dissident Mage at the moment to get double value out of all those steals, but might try out Marchesa as well.

One card that might work well for you though is Conjurer's Closet. If you didn't manage to get a counter on the creature you can just blink it out and it comes back under your control, let's you get extra value out of ETB effects as well.

FancyTuesday on Card images and images not ...

3 days ago

Kess, Dissident Mage

Inalla, Archmage Ritualist

Alms Collector

Ashes of the Abhorrent

Curse of Bounty

Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip

Kinjalli's Sunwing

All appear to be working, though they break when the "card:" prefix is used. Have you tried without the prefix?

Spirits on Arahbo, Xenagos... for Cats EDH

4 days ago

Hi SynergyBuild,

I definitely use that strategy. I have many, many creature tutors, which I use to pull Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist. Because enchantments are harder to tutor for me, and I always tutor Sylvan Library or Duelist's Heritage or Greater Good (unless situation calls for Aura Shards or Rancor), Dueling Grounds wouldn't get tutored. Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist does the same thing (and better, doesn't restrict my attack), so if I have a Rhonas the Indomitable or an enabler like Silverblade Paladin I'm still free to attack with everyone.

I really need Sterling Grove back in for an additional Sylvan Library tutor. I only played 3 cat games this past FNM/Weekend, and didn't find I needed the Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist in any of those. So I think it can be situational. For example, vs. Kess, Dissident Mage or Mizzix of the Izmagus it's actually going to hurt me. There was a Gisela, Blade of Goldnight but was able to take that down with infect/doublestrike before it would get aggressive. If I do (rarely) get some cat tokens going, they wouldn't be effective either.

I'm adding to my maybeboard for now, have to think about it more. Initially I don't need the duplication of Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist ability, whose killing a 6/5 first strike attacking cat. At CMC3 it is quite viable though. Hmm. Great suggestion, under consideration. Still feel more creature tutors is still better as it gives Modularity to pull different solutions/offense (like an Eldritch Evolution or something)

savagetrooper on Fruity Pebble Spells

2 weeks ago

Sorry I keep posting but man all these cards are just popping up in my head out of nowhere. But also Kess, Dissident Mage, Primal Amulet  Flip, Mind's Dilation, Sunbird's Invocation, and Metallurgic Summonings

Seedubs3 on It's too late to lose the hate

1 month ago

Removed Curse of Bloodletting, Echo Mage, and Underworld Dreams.

Added in Kess, Dissident Mage, another Nightveil Specter, and Izzet Chemister.


Funkydiscogod I was honestly thinking about scraping the Ashiok plan, but idk what to have x4 of yet.

Sgtpopnfreash on High Tide Kess

1 month ago

NihilNInja, Paradox Engine doesnt go in any Kess, Dissident Mage. At 5 mana it doesnt win the game so its a no go.

TheBloopKing on Kess, Dissident Mage EDH

1 month ago

Additions: Dark Ritual, Notion Thief, The Immortal Sun, Reverberate, Jace's Sanctum

Subtractions: Thing in the Ice  Flip, Decree of Pain, Ral Zarek, Mana Leak, Disdainful Stroke

I took out some pieces that weren't working for the deck anymore for things that I need or can abuse.

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