Soul-Scar Mage


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Amonkhet Rare

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Soul-Scar Mage

Creature — Human Wizard


If a source you control would deal noncombat damage to a creature an opponent controls, put that many -1/-1 counters on that creature instead.

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Soul-Scar Mage Discussion

Stan_Bandhoof on Steaming Tar Pit

18 hours ago

Argy the reason I mentioned Sweltering Suns is because of its interaction with Soul-Scar Mage and Nest of Scarabs. All of them combined means that high damage board wipes will create a load of insect tokens. Think of it as deal 3 damage to each creature and create 3 1/1 black insect creature tokens for each creature on the battlefield. Simply ten creatures on the field results in thirty insect tokens.

I'm really glad Blazing Volley is a sideboard card. It ruins this very hard.

evncrbch on Throwin' Thermite

1 day ago

FullmetalWes - I guess my thought against Marvel was that Censor is pretty mediocre, so I would be boarding out those and probably Lightning Axe in order to bring in hard counters in the form of Negate and Essence Scatter. They're lighter on the manabase and Negate counters Marvel or any non-creature the ability may hit while Essence Scatter can take care of any scary creature that should come off the ability.

ibajiah - Bedlam Reveler is definitely a card I need to try out. Staying on the board after Thing flips is something I hadn't even thought about. As for Soul-Scar Mage, I'm not sure how or if it fits in here either. If I run into a lot of issues with that kind of thing maybe he needs to hit the sideboard, but I think that is something to work on down the road.

Bobby654 on Ability overruled?

1 day ago

Here's what's going on. I'm planning on making jund -1/-1 counter deck. If I have Soul-Scar Mage out and I use Puncture Blast would that trigger soul scar's effect. or thanks to the wither Puncture Blast has on it Overrule soul scar?

ibajiah on Throwin' Thermite

2 days ago

+2 Bedlam Reveler for -2 Enigma Drake gives more synergy with your deck given how many instants and sorceries you have. A fake 8 cost quickly becomes very cheap and gives you card draw with prowess, and stays on the board when Thing in the Ice  Flip flips. I'd also suggest Soul-Scar Mage to deal with those pesky indestructible gods, but I' not sure where it would fit.

SaltyBird on Deck Idea: Soul-Scar Mage&Nest of ...

2 days ago

The idea is a simple (Deal damage with Soul-Scar Mage in play, then the -1/-1 counters that shrink or kill the targeted creature(s) turn into 1/1 insects from Nest of Scarabs) R/B burn to kill creatures to make scarabs for days. Maybe running Dynavolt Tower. Could I get some input on what would people suggest to do for a deck like this?

FakeHair on AKH - Grixis Control

2 days ago

EastsideRock Awesome! Thanks a lot for your advice. I'll be grabbing a few extra To the Slaughter for this matchup. I might try out Soul-Scar Mage as well. Have you tried that one yet? My only concern is that it dies very easily and will be wiped by your own Sweltering Suns. Casting Sweltering Suns as your second spell, perhaps after a Harnessed Lightning would keep it alive with Prowess though.

Rhadamanthus on Replacing vs Preventing damage

3 days ago

A damage prevention effect will specifically use the word "prevent" in its rules text to describe what it's doing. This distinction can matter in certain situations, like the one you're asking about here. Though Soul-Scar Mage's ability does replace damage being dealt with something entirely different, it's not a damage prevention effect. Leyline of Punishment won't interfere with it.

MSU_Iced_Z on Replacing vs Preventing damage

3 days ago

Soul-Scar Mage has a replacement effect, where the damage a spell would cause is changed into -1/-1 counters. This means, for example, that you don't gain life with a Soulfire Grand Master in play, because the damage was never dealt.

My question is, does this replacement count as the original damage being prevented? What is the interaction with, say, Leyline of Punishment?

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