Meddling Mage


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Alara Reborn Rare
Planeshift Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Meddling Mage

Creature — Human Wizard

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Meddling Mage Discussion

LabManiac_cobblepott on Derevi Wizardball

6 days ago


Good idea. I'll get that in there once I obtain one.


Candelabra isn't a must have. It's very good for fixing mana and for breaking Gaea's Cradle and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, but you've got plenty of other ways to make that stuff happen (albeit not at 1 mana).


How do you posture for a win? The answer is very similar to the prison version of Derevi. Don't let others win. I.e., rather than looking first at how you can assemble a game winning combo, look instead at the lines you're expecting from your opponents. Universally strong early plays include Root Maze, Stony Silence, Rest in Peace, Meddling Mage, Aven Mindcensor, Sanctum Prelate, etc. Once you've got opponents awkwardly trying to remove hurdles, go for Yisan, the Wanderer Bard, Fauna Shaman, or Edric, Spymaster of Trest to generate value. Once you've got Patron Wizard, Voidmage Prodigy, Seedborn Muse, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, or Galecaster Colossus in play, you're playing easy mode.


re Vedalken Aethermage, it was originally in the list, but wound up being largely unnecessary. Green has so many dependable creature tutors, I always found myself pitching him to Survival/Fauna Shaman.

sylvannos on Hatebears in esper

2 weeks ago

I've played Esper Hatebears in Modern before and honestly it's just kind of "meh."

You basically mess with your opponent a bunch, they topdeck a large creature or win condition, and then you can't race them with your 2/2s. The issue I had was there really wasn't a way to pump your team up consistently. Little Kid decks have Gavony Township and Wilt-Leaf Liege. D&T has Honor of the Pure affect every creature you play.

It's not like you have Wasteland and Rishadan Port, either, to really make the most out of Aether Vial. You get your mana freed up so you can attack with Creeping Tar Pit and Shambling Vent more easily, but often those slow you down when you want to play Thalia, Guardian of Thraben or Geist of Saint Traft on-curve.

Then there's the whole not having Collected Company thing. You're also not a deck that plays blue or black's strongest cards in Modern. You get Fatal Push and Meddling Mage, which is nice, but Dark Confidant is too slow in the deck, Liliana of the Veil does almost nothing,Snapcaster Mage has too few targets, and Serum Visions isn't what you want at all. There are a plethora of useful planeswalkers for the deck, but at that point you'll just be wondering "Why am I not playing tokens?"

Go with Spirits, Bant/Abzan CoCo, Maverick, Little Kid Abzan, W/B D&T, or really any deck that isn't Esper Hatebears. The deck just doesn't have enough "oomph!" in it to close out games once you've locked your opponent down the way other hatebear decks can. You also can't outrace decks like Naya Burn or Zooicide, but at the same time, don't have enough hate to deal with so many different threats (like, you'll name Lightning Bolt with Meddling Mage and they'll just kill you with Lava Spikes anyway).

Turtle338872 on Retreat to the Reliquary

2 weeks ago

I've been playing Bant CoCo/Knightfall for a while, and I can tell you that you want more bang for your buck in a deck like this. Rhox War Monk seems great, but really falls short in most decks since it just ends up being a beater. A better life-regen option is adding 1 more Courser of Kruphix, which is more consistent with it's life-regen and gives you unexpected utility.

As for Geist of Saint Traft, it's best not to run more than 2 copies, 1 preferred. It being legendary makes it awkward especially in a CoCo deck and it's also just a beater. Good replacements are more Voice of Resurgences (likely just 1 more), Vendilion Clique (depending on your budget), or more mana dorks (which are incredibly necessary in a CoCo deck because of the 3CMC majority and because you're also running Thalia, Guardian of Thraben.

Also consider adding:


Scavenging Ooze

Selfless Spirit

Tireless Tracker

Horizon Canopy (if it's too expensive, I understand)

Misty Rainforest (try going closer to 9 or 10 fetches) (also the price thing)

1 more Path to Exile

And consider removing or moving to the sideboard:

Meddling Mage

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Also, I enjoy this card: Ramunap Excavator

Most decks don't run it though.

I understand if you're trying to make a 'variant' of the deck, I'm just giving options to make it more consistent which is the key to this type of deck. Otherwise, I enjoy your originality!

greenthunder on Witchers Be Cantripping

2 weeks ago


Agreed, it's not that good but it fits into my deckbuilding ideas: cantripping + flash + wizard.

Also Meddling Mage doesn't get a discount from Stonybrook Banneret, has no flash, doesn't cantrip and needs white.

WiltLeafElves on Clenching Sphinxter

1 month ago

hello there!

you've done a great job assembling a budget prison deck! IMO you could cut guardian of tazeem for Icefall Regent, as tapping a creature every turn is great, but you only have 6 islands to make use of doesn't untap on their next untap step . icefall regent also has its own protection, which I believe stacks with all the other additional cost effects.

Cutting an alhammaret might work out better, because it's 7 mana and can get stuck in your hand easily. You could add Nevermore, or Render Silent, however they are both 3 mana and don't help with fixing your curve.

The best way to fix your curve is to add Runed Halo, but adding a playset will increase your deck price. Also adding Meddling Mage may work out well. Venarian Glimmer can cut cards from your opponent's hand, as well as letting you see what they have.

for a potential budget sideboard, Withering Gaze and Baleful Stare benefit you for your opponent's colors.

Vaan on Flicker Control U/W ( Budget )

1 month ago

You are definetely missing some card draw. Since your deck is based around bouncing your own creatures, the Azorius Kitty all star Wall of Omens seems like a must have. Also, i would totally cut Lavinia of the Tenth for a Crystal Shard. Flickerwisp probably has a home in this deck.

In terms of strategy, i would not "bounce to gain time to cast a finisher" but "bounce to grind an advantage", be it a card advantage with Wall of Omens or tempo advantage with Reflector Mage.

I have a tendency to play very aggresive decks, so instead of running counterspells and catch all removal i would run Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Meddling Mages to have disruption on bodies that can attack and Deputy of Acquittalss for the bounce effect.

Btw, i'm sure there is some lock with Stonehorn Dignitary waiting to be abused here.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Budget Esper Stoneblade (can it ...

3 months ago

Stoneblade (more specifically deathblade) is my favorite deck in magic. I've been picking up pieces for it for awhile now, but I'm a college student and I've seen too many posts about people selling collections to pay bills that I don't want to invest in anything like duals or force of wills. I'm totally down for trading for them over a long period of time, but I don't want to buy them.

That said, I still want to participate in weekly LGS legacy tournaments if I can. I have no intentions of winning much, but I would like to take a few games a night. Oh yeah, and I'm super stubborn and insisting on playing a deck with Stoneforge Mystic and probably a blue deck at that, since I own Snapcaster Mage and fetches already. I can spend a little bit acquiring pieces to complete a list, but nothing like forces, duals, jace, and preferably not true-name namesis, though trading for one of those or a Karakas is a possibility, though unlikely.

Here's my current attempt at a decklist. Any advice for the deck would be much appreciated. The idea is Misdirection instead of Force of Will and a lot of awful fetching. I expect to fold to eldrazi and probably burn, but win vs death and taxes and give delver a run for their money. No jace makes beating BUG pretty tough, but not impossible.

Here are relevant cards I own: Show

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