Creature — Human Wizard
Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
Whenever Shadowmage Infiltrator deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
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Shadowmage Infiltrator Discussion
6 days ago
Praetor's Grasp gives you a fun way to steal a good blue or black centerpiece from an opponent-at the worst it's another Sol Ring or utility.
Since you're playing to avoid being picked on early, you can skip a turn with Magosi, the Waterveil and use it to a get a second turn later when it matters more.
Dauthi Embrace is neat because you can make any creature essentially unblockable-or so that it can't block at a critical juncture. May be fun political wise to aid someone with a swing, or make it so a critical blocker isn't there...
3 weeks ago
Shadowmage Infiltrator is an awesome card, but it has fear, an ability that WotC is no longer using, so I have made an updated version of it, with only the most minor of changes, as seen, below:
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Creature - human wizard
Whenever shadowmage intruder deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.
I changed merely two lines of text to make this card: I altered its name (very slightly) and replaced fear with skulk. I had contemplated giving it menace, but that ability is better on creatures with higher power and toughness, while skulk perfectly fits the theme of this card.
What does everyone think of this card? How well did I do with it?
3 weeks ago
Is it possible to merge the "Modern Masters 2017 wishlist/speculation" thread that I started with this one? There is no need to have two separate threads discussing this set.
I, also, say that it is far too early to judge the entire set based upon the few cards that have been revealed. Not every card can be a very valuable one, but I do hope that WotC does not reprint Dark Confidant and Tarmogoyf again, since those cards were reprinted in both of the previous two Modern Masters sets, and also that they do not print a very inexpensive card, such as Comet Storm, as a mythic rare (that card definitely should have been downgraded to a normal rare, in my mind).
I shall share the general opinion that the person on the artwork is Snapcaster Mage, since the previous two sets gave new artwork to Dark Confidant and Shadowmage Infiltrator, two other cards that were designed by winners of events.
1 month ago
Hey there, cool deck. My only comment is it doesn't seem like you're utilizing Nekusar, the Mindrazer's ability to punish opponents to the max. Nekusar already helps you to draw buku cards, so you don't necessarily need things like Phyrexian Arena, Shadowmage Infiltrator or Treasure Cruise for your own use -- instead, put in cards to capitalize on Nekusar's ability to punish other players for drawing, like Incendiary Command, Windfall, Dark Deal, Wheel of Fortune, and cards that rack up that damage like Underworld Dreams and Fate Unraveler. Your extra turns and card advantage would be great for a Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge deck, but they're not super useful to the Mindrazer.
Check out my Nekusar deck (my favorite deck of all time to pilot) @ Raze da' Roof ($40 Budget) for a reference. Also, it could be that your meta or your playstyle is the thing pushing you away from the wheeling tendencies of Nekusar and towards the card-advantage engines you currently have, in which case you can ignore everything I just said(:
1 month ago
You should swap at least some of your card draw spells to Tezzeret's Gambit to keep your vivid lands online longer. And since you have quite a few non-creature spells, you could also try Jhessian Thief instead of Shadowmage Infiltrator to potentially deal a bit more damage while replenishing your hand. If you need more flexible mana dorks, Quirion Elves and Skyshroud Elf are very budget friendly. Mortify and Putrefy are flexible removal spells you might find a use for. Hero's Downfall is a bit more expensive option in the same category for tackling those pesky planeswalkers.
1 month ago
The release of Modern Masters 2017 is not very far away from now, so I wish to begin speculation for the cards that shall be in that set.
Given that Dark Confidant and Shadowmage Infiltrator, two cards designed by players who won events, have been reprinted in the previous two Modern Masters sets, many players, myself included, are expecting Snapcaster Mage, another card design by a played who won an event, to be reprinted in this set. I also shall agree with the majority of players in hoping for a reprint of Liliana of the Veil, who has become very expensive. Although players hope for it every time that a new nonstandard set is announced, and it have never yet been reprinted, I shall hope for a reprint of Damnation in this set, because it badly needs it, due to its price.
I myself shall also hope for a reprint of Phyrexian Obliterator, because I believe that that card is currently more expensive than it should be.
A reprint of Chromatic Lantern would be nice, despite it having recently been reprinted, because its recent reprint did lower its price, but only for a short duration, and the card then increased in price again. On that subject, it also would be nice to have a reprint of Gilded Lotus for the same reason.
There are many lands that I would like to see reprinted in this set, most notably the filter lands from Shadowmoor and Eventide, because they have become very expensive, but WotC seems to dislike reprinting good dual lands in anything other than standard-legal sets. In a similar idea, the shocklands and the fetchlands could use another reprint to keep their prices lower, although those are equally-unlikely. The lands that are most likely to be reprinted (among the lands that I consider to be "good" dual lands) are the Innistrad "check lands" (Clifftop Retreat, Isolated Chapel, and so forth), because they have never been reprinted (outside of the chapel in the Modern Event Deck), and, thus, are more expensive than they should be. However I fear that WotC will instead reprint the painlands again, or even reprint the "lifelands" from the Tarkir block, since the past several masters sets were not very impressive in terms of lands.
There are many more cards that I would like to see reprinted, and I shall mention them in future posts, so that I do not write one insanely long post.
What does everyone else here say on this subject? What cards would you like to see reprinted in this set?
2 months ago
Otherwise great deck! Upvoted.
3 months ago
I would run more lands, probably twenty-four to be exact. Looks like you're relying on a lot of CMC 4+ creatures, and as things stand you won't be able to play those until turns five (CMC 4), seven (CMC 5), and eleven (CMC 6). Granted that's without considering potential card draw from Ninja of the Deep Hours and Shadowmage Infiltrator, which could accelerate things, but that's a risk I wouldn't want to run.
It also seems like you're going to struggle against affinity and multicolor decks that have black as a constituent color. Doom Blade and Shadowmage Infiltrator are basically dead in those matchups, and Dark Betrayal is really only going to be useful against mono-black decks. Consider Invisible Stalker as an alternative to the Infiltrator; granted you can't draw cards off of him, but hexproof is great and absolutely unblockable definitely seems preferable to fear. Also at CMC 2 he'll smooth out your curve.
On the whole though I like it a lot, particularly for the dollar price. +1