Meddling Mage


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Alara Reborn (ARB) Rare
Planeshift (PLS) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Meddling Mage

Creature — Human Wizard

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Meddling Mage Discussion

escesare on Modern Competitive Solemnity - Non Budget

1 day ago

Playing less than 4 Path to Exiles is a big mistake in Modern. Removal is just so so good, and counterspells are so bad in Modern.

Without removal, you die an easily preventable death to a Scavenging Ooze (eats your persist creatures forever), an Inkmoth Nexus that they made 10/10 with Arcbound Ravager, Splinter Twin, a Death's Shadow, a Spell Queller with combo piece locked under, a Meddling Mage on Solemnity, a Wurmcoil Engine, a Thought-Knot Seer, a Young Pyromancer. I'm just listing one from each deck, showing that almost every top deck has amazing Path targets, whereas mainboard Dispel is all but useless except vs control and midrange (many decks literally have 0 instants MB).

Oloro_Magic on Azorius the Controlling, Taxing, Pillow-Fort Guild

3 weeks ago

Hey cool idea, U/W Taxes seems to be a real deck nowadays with Spell Queller, with that said there are a few suggestions I would make. Firstly I would cut the Grand Arbiter and at least one, if not all, of the Aven Mindcensor and Thalia, Heretic Cathar. They are good cards but in certain matchups can simply be dead.

Aven Mindcensor belongs in the sideboard in my opinion, having a couple copies for Scapeshift is never a bad idea but in the main I have never found it to be especially powerful. Thalia, Heretic Cathar suffers from the modern format, it feels a bit better in legacy but in modern I always feel that there is something better to play (of course if your meta is all go wide decks then it is great).

In their place I would get some Flickerwisp's in there, I know the 2W seems bad but Flickerwisp interacts with Aether Vial so beautifully as you vial in Flickerwisp at their end step and keep them off something until your end step, it is a great piece of disruption and forcing damage through. To this end I would also up the Blade Splicer count as it is a prime blink target that is a likely win con for you. If it is budget feasible I would also up the count of Meddling Mage to at least 3. It is a card that you almost always want so with three your chances of having it in your opening hand jumps from 22% to 32%.

Additionally, because you are playing Eldrazi Displacer You really need some reliable colorless sources as Ghost Quarter should always be utility first and foremost. To this end Mystic Gate is the best choice, however if that isn't an option Adarkar Wastes would be painful but work.

I would also love to help with the sideboard but first I need to know what decks are in your meta so I can give you the best possible advice.

Good draws!

lolbye on Five Color Aggro/Stuff

3 weeks ago

Okay, before I say anything else this is a beautiful deck. I can get some really awesome turn 3 turn 4 wins! Okay personally I would scrap the Lightning Helix for a play set of Thoughtseize just to get out board wipes or Path to Exile. Also I would scrap Mantis Rider it is a really bad card I mean it can do some things in certain decks but a 3/3 3 drop is fine in some formats, but in modern its a no go. You want to replace it with Meddling Mage since your deck loses to board wipes, such as Supreme Verdict so you want to get rid of that card, also if there is a combo deck you can get rid of there main combo

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Azorius the Controlling, Taxing, Pillow-Fort Guild

3 weeks ago

This should really have 4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. Other thalia is good, but it has good and bad matchups, so I think you can drop to 2. Similarly Meddling Mage I think should drop to 2. Finally I think you can drop a Geist to make room for the fourth. Just my 2 cents, but for stax (especially playing all creatures except 4 path and 4 vial) 4 Thalia is highly advised.

ZendikariWol on Azorius the Controlling, Taxing, Pillow-Fort Guild

1 month ago

Neat lil idea: put an Eldrazi Displacer in there. I THINK, and I may be wrong here, it can be a really powerful lock with Meddling Mage.

Entrei on Azorius the Controlling, Taxing, Pillow-Fort Guild

1 month ago

I would go 4x Meddling Mage, 4x Thalia, Heretic Cathar, 4x Snapcaster Mage, 2x Aven Mindcensor and 2/3 Magus of the Moon. After that, a decent shell including Path to Exile, Electrolyze, Logic Knot and Blood Moon would work well.

Anything after that is really what you want to put in to make your deck unique.

I personally would advise tinkering around a bit with the numbers of each card (4 snapcasters, 3, 2, 1, 0 etc) until you find a build that feels right. If your playgroup doesnt mind, and has some of the more 'meta' decks, ask them to act as their sparring dummy until you figure the deck out.

Happy Brewing!

rothgar13 on Azorius the Controlling, Taxing, Pillow-Fort Guild

1 month ago

Creature count is too low, land count is way too high (not even pure Control runs 26 lands in Modern), too many nonbos with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. Once you commit to creatures as your means to exert control over the game, you need to go in deeper than what you have done here. Up the numbers on cards like Meddling Mage, get rid of these random cantrips that only slow you down, and consider cards like Reflector Mage to slow down opposing creature decks. Aether Vial is probably going to be good for you here, and a way to actually generate card advantage (Thraben Inspector and Sky Hussar likely being the best options available) is definitely important.

CricketYT on Azorius Flash and Taxes

1 month ago

Mausoleum Wanderer and Meddling Mage would be strong additions to this list, likely over the inspector and the angels, to help your death and taxes plan as well as be more aggressive.

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