Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
From the Vault: Legends (V11) Mythic Rare
Time Spiral (TSP) Rare

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Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.)

Creature cards you own that aren't in play have flash.

Each opponent can play spells only any time he or she could play a sorcery.

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Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir Discussion

cdkime on Endless killing from the Vampire Assassin...

4 days ago

1: I want to know if copying Etrata, the Silencer would be null/void when Mirror Gallery is in play.

I don't think you are using the words null and void correctly. First, they don't really apply to this situation--you can still field a Clone if doing so would implicate the legend rule. It's not always a great idea, but it would not be a nullity.

So long as Mirror Gallery is in play, you will be able to field a Clone copying Etrata, the Silencer and the original Etrata, the Silencer.

While a Mirror Gallery is in play, Rule 704.5j does not apply(If a player controls two or more legendary permanents with the same name, that player chooses one of them, and the rest are put into their owners’ graveyards. This is called the “legend rule.”).

This means you can have to legends with the same name. A card's name is one of its copiable values, so Clone will have the name Etrata, the Silencer if that is what is being copied. In the absence of Mirror Gallery, the Legend Rule would be implicated, and you would have to send one of these cards to the graveyard.

2: Does [sic] Clone-like cards trigger Mirror Gallery?

Mirror Gallery is not a triggered ability--it is a continuous effect. Cards do not "trigger" Mirror Gallery, its effect occurs so long as Mirror Gallery is in play. Even if there are no permanents that would be subject to the Legend Rule, Mirror Gallery is happily sitting there, modifying the Rule.

3: Do copies of Etrata's effect also count for the number of overall Hit Counters?

I presume you mean

Etrata, the Silencer's kill condition only cares about (1) cards the potentially losing player owns, (2) that have a hit counter on them, and (3) are in exile. If you copy the ability with Strionic Resonator, you will still have the entire ability resolve, which includes the component about an opponent losing the game.

4: What would you recommend for Arcane Laboratory?

Your question is a bit vague. What would I recommend cutting for the copy you are running? What would I recommend to deal with an opponent's copy of arcane laboratory? I presume the first, but that's not clear from your post.

  1. would Arcane Laboratory + Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir + Knowledge Pool be good here? I wonder how it locks down stuff though

Arcane Laboratory + Knowledge Pool locks down an opponent as follows:

Your opponent casts a card--this is their first spell cast that turn. Knowledge Pool causes that card to be exiled. A player can normally choose to cast another card exiled by Knowledge Pool, but, because of Arcane Laboratory, they can only cast one spell per turn. Since they've already cast a spell, and the spell from knowledge pool would be their second spell cast, Arcane Laboratory prevents this casting.

It is important to note, both Arcane Laboratory and Knowledge Pool effect each player--so you are locking yourself out of casting spells as well.

Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir works in a similar way. After casting their first spell, Knowledge Pool triggers. In order for an opponent to cast a spell as a result of Knowledge Pool's trigger, they would have to be able to cast a spell at instant speed. Normally this is not an issue--Knowledge Pool allows sorceries and other sorcery-speed spells to be cast as part of the ability's resolution. However, Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir never allows any spells cast at instant speed, even if it might otherwise be permissible to do so (instants, Miracles, Knowledge Pool. As such, your opponents can not cast spells as part of Knowledge Pool's ability.

  1. Does Mirror Gallery also target Copies of Etrata that are Legendary; if any, or are they just Copy Tokens?

Mirror Gallery does not target, it is a continuous effect, as discussed above.

With the legend rule suppressed by Mirror Gallery, you can have any number of cards named Etrata, the Silencer, be it tokens or Clones.

shadowfrost on Look MA, NO Library !!!!

4 days ago

I love decks like this. I however hate counterspells. And the problem with lab maniac is people like to kill it at instant speed or can even counter it themselves. So I would recommend Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir or Dosan the Falling Leaf to stop those pesky opponents from trying to do things on your turn. No need for any counterspells. Just be wary that dosan also stops you from casting during your opponents turn and therefor counters Teferis second ability to give your creatures flash.

BMHKain on The Rule of Law/Arcane Lab ...

5 days ago

UPDATE: I just wanted to know if Arcane Laboratory + Knowledge Pool + Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir is good in the other deck. If not, do you guys have any suggestions for other things? After that, this can be closed...

BMHKain on Endless killing from the Vampire Assassin...

5 days ago

BUMP: Any ideas for cuts? Also, would Arcane Laboratory + Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir + Knowledge Pool be good here? I wonder how it locks down stuff though...

BMHKain on Kruphix, Wastes H4X'D God of Manarage

2 weeks ago

All cut. Now I think about it, would Knowledge Pool help Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, or would it damage the deck more? I was told it locks down all opponents from ever playing; but I'm not so sure... I'll probably work on either my Olivia 2.0 Discard/Hatebear deck or my Melek Copystorm deck... I wonder what to cut for either; I'm in a bind for both...

cdkime on The Rule of Law/Arcane Lab ...

2 weeks ago

Back on topic (breaking this into two posts for organisation).

Knowledge Pool + Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir completely prevents your opponents from playing spells. Knowledge Pool is pretty mediocre on its own, but Teferi is a solid card.

Teferi, Temporal Archmage works well with Stasis, allowing you to untap lands.

Smoke can slow down aggro decks in Red.

Sphere of Resistance can be annoying, though it would be better with more ramp than your colour choices provide.

Null Rod can shut down lots of artifact combo decks.

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a solid tax card.

The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale is a fantastic card; hence its price.

Nether Void is a nightmare to play against in Black.

Card draw is rampant in cEDH. Chains of Mephistopheles puts that to rest pretty quickly.

TheNocholas on Let the bodies hit the floor

2 weeks ago

You may want to buy into a little blue control. Maybe cut two or three sac outlets to bring in cards like Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, Exclusion Mage, or Deadeye Navigator.

the_schulze on Ephara Tempo Blink

3 weeks ago

I am on the fence about Alms Collector and Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, I ran the later for some time. It is only really good against blue control. I will make a maybeboard since there are a lot of cards I did consider or play at a time.

I dont like Spell Queller since it incentivises opponents to use removal on it. Also, I find the whole selfbouncing business to be quite mana inefficient. This deck can neither combo off nor keep up with ramp decks. Mana efficiency and decent stats for attacking are important.

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