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Creature — Human Wizard
When Reflector Mage enters the battlefield, return target creature an opponent controls to its owner's hand. That creature's owner can't cast spells with the same name as that creature until your next turn.
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Reflector Mage Discussion
1 day ago
Looking at your card choices (outside of the Tundra), I assume you're on something of a budget. With that in mind, some must-adds:
AEtherling, Angel of Serenity, Archaeomancer, Cloudblazer, Deadeye Navigator, Eldrazi Displacer, Karmic Guide, Mistmeadow Witch, Mulldrifter, Reflector Mage, Saltskitter (so good with Ephara!), Stonecloaker, Stonehorn Dignitary, Venser, Shaper Savant, Whitemane Lion, Azorius Signet, Darksteel Ingot, Detention Sphere, Counterspell, Ghostly Flicker, Momentary Blink, Sphinx's Revelation, Rite of Replication
I know that's a lot, but I noticed a good number of cards in your list that are pretty low-impact. Once you've taken yours for a few spins, you should be able to figure out what cuts to make.
1 day ago
Hey! A new deck, eh? Man, I'm really getting rusted since I'm playing less now due to work.
Well, looking at the deck, as I always suggest, try to keep the land count around 35-40.
I'm not sure if the commanders are there to do something for the deck or just give you the colors. If they are just for the colors, better have only one commander since you are loosing a spot. Maybe Sen Triplets or Dromar, the Banisher.
If they are there to be useful in the toolbox deck, then maybe it would be better to have the toolbox part of the deck made with creatures and artifacts since both commanders recover cards from your graveyard, and Instants and Sorceries are just one shot cards. There are ton of creatures that are answers, with a lot of good Enter the Battlefield abilities that you can exploit with Deadeye Navigator, Eldrazi Displacer and Panharmonicon.
Some ideas for a deck like that: Duplicant, Reflector Mage, Notion Thief, Perplexing Chimera, Massacre Wurm, Sower of Temptation, Frost Titan, Baleful Strix, Sunblast Angel Null Rod, Mana Web, Tormod's Crypt, Spine of Ish Sah.
I suggest you the creature based approach of control because I've tried to play control with just spells and it just doesn't work. You can't keep control over 3 players all the time unless you are a mono U Teferi stax/combo deck. That's why it's better to have creatures. At least, they are a body for blocking, and they open a window to add combos to close the game.
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1 week ago
Thanks for the response UnleashedHavok!
After reading your explanation of Doomed Necromancer I could definitely see it being a powerhouse in your deck. I picture activating it to return Sun Titan which brings your Necromancer back, then activating it again (because Anger is in your graveyard) to return literally anything, then attacking with Sun Titan and bringing him back again. That sounds incredible.
I'll probably evaluate my list to see if I think Feldon is worth it. There are a few changes that are in the works right now, so after that maybe I'll sneak him in.
Good call on Gray Merchant of Asphodel. It's probably a little too cute for my deck outside of combos, but I don't need another infinite damage combo piece. I'd rather have a toolbox of options instead of that redundancy. I've been toying with the idea of a life drain style list with things like Pontiff of Blight, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, and Karlov of the Ghost Council. Gary would probably find his way in that list, but not my current one.
I've been thinking about Stingscourger for a while now. My roommate has an Ephara, God of the Polis deck that uses Reflector Mage to great effect and it always has me thinking about the tempo you gain by bouncing someone's general or another key creature. Seems like it'd be worth a shot.
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben seems like it would be better in a list with a more dedicated tax strategy than either of ours. Throw in things like Vryn Wingmare, Leonin Arbiter, and similar guys and you've got yourself a deck. I think that just throwing one or two in the list makes it a little clunky. My list kind of likes the idea though, because I regularly find myself not playing spells at all, but using all of my mana on various abilities. I'll think about it a bit more.
If I had more ways to recur cards (mostly Crucible of Worlds) I would probably run Grenzo, Dungeon Warden. However, as it is I don't want to risk losing something that I can't get back like Cabal Coffers.
2 weeks ago
I ran a Jeskai list focused on this combo when Reflector Mage was legal, he really helped stall out the aggro matches, i dont know if there's a good replacement for him, it might be right to cut some creatures for more removal. i also used to run Glint-Nest Crane its not terrible into aggro and helps you tutor up a combo piece, might be better than Rogue Refiner as it gets you to 2 colors, think the crane draw effect is better and you trade dying to a regular Fatal Push to dying to Magma Spray.
2 weeks ago
Conjurer's Closet can be a pseudo-untapper card. It can definetly replace Blessed Alliance. I don't know why some of these equipment cards are in your deck but with Conjurer's Closet and Stoneforge Mystic you can get them out a lot quicker. Plus it combos well with Azami and Oujutai. If you run it, you might reconsider Reflector Mage.