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
Oathbreaker 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.

Commander Recommendations Start Commander Deck

Knowledge Pool
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Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir Discussion

SynergyBuild on Planeswalkers as Generals: Is it ...

1 day ago

Well, mfogle, Teferi, Temporal Archmage is a tier 1 cEDH deck, and some argue to be the best, or tied for best deck in the format, next to tempo lists like Najeela, the Blade-Blossom combo, Captain Sisay stax-combo, and Kess, Dissident Mage consultation lists, to name a few.

It does this because it combos with The Chain Veil , a card that goes infinite with it, as well as the commander's synergy with Stasis / Static Orb / Winter Orb in a stax prison deck with combo plan-b.

Just taking that approach, Saheeli Rai combos with multiple cards, such as Liquimetal Coating + Altar of the Brood , is in great colors for an artifact list, and helps in getting to the combo, with scry (not much, but not little), while being incredibly cheap to cast.

Then there is Tezzeret the Seeker , which both fetches The Chain Veil , and having combos with it. It also has a combo with a Rings of Brighthearth , Goblin Cannon , and Basalt Monolith setup if you need me to explain that one.

Outside of that, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria makes an incredible stax-control build abusing the untap effect with Stasis , Winter Orb , and Static Orb , while drawing you extra cards, mostly removal and countermagic to protect it after it hits. Untapping two blue sources holding up a Counterspell would be incredible alone, but with the stax synergy and card draw it just makes it really easy to break.

For pure value commanders that would pub-stomp LGS's if a player just wants to spend the money, there would then be Jace, the Mindsculptor. That sounds fun, doesn't it! Mono-blue control always is the pinnacle of EDH fun.

Think that's it? Dack Fayden , vintage allstar, cEDH allstar, greatest thief in the mutliverse, and incredible Careful Study / Faithless Looting every turn or a Steal Artifact once in a while.

On R/U walkers, Ral Zarek . The legacy Stasis walker. Now in EDH, where Stasis is legal. Seems nice. Harmless.

Even from the new set, there are incredible busted walkers. Ashiok, Dream Render allows you to shut off tutors and graveyards with relative ease. It is so good at stopping combo decks, and yet because it doesn't affect the user, it will just be run in a combo deck, blue/black has a plethora. Honestly if this was legal in cEDH, I'd imagine it tier 1.5.

Ral, Storm Conduit makes a great storm EDH commander, possibly better than some alternatives. Cards like Doublecast , Fork , Twincast , etc. all can be copied infinitely targetting each other, which allows Ral to go infinite damage. It is a sweet combo deck, another very competitive walker.

Teferi, Time Raveler could actually see very competitive play, like the original Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir was occasionally thought to with Knowledge Pool , really with the addition of minor removal/draw, some worse flash enabling IMO, and white added into the color identity, and a cheaper cost. This means Enlightened Tutor , cards like Rule of Law or other stax, etc. can combo.

So mfogle, do you really think a tier 2 deck like Prossh, Skyraider of Kher , some tier 4 deck like Edgar Markov , tier 3 Muldrotha, the Gravetide , or tier 2.5 Niv-Mizzet, Parun or Narset, Enlightened Master are so much better than any walker throughout Magic History?

Joe_Ken_ on Lore Based Decks

1 week ago

I feel like there aren’t a ton of characters you can really pick from since a lot of the lore is focused on Planeswalkers. But if I had to pick one I’d probably go with Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir since he has had a long run in the Mtg lore. Either him or Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain and just do something with the weatherlight story.

DemonDragonJ on War of the Spark: Spoilers ...

2 weeks ago

Wow! The first day of previews was amazing! There is simply too much for me to comment on in a single post, so I shall mention what most captures my attention.

First, to simply address it immediately, I dislike that Tibalt is still mono-red, since everything about his character suggests that he should be black/red, but, perhaps, there may be a black/red version of him in the future.

I am very glad that black cards are again causing life loss instead of inflicting damage, as that helps to distinguish black from red, although I do wish that cruel celebrant’s ability gained its controller more life, depending upon the total amount of life lost.

The Wanderer is definitely an intriguing character, given that absolutely nothing is known about them, and I believe that it is safe to presume that WotC is setting up that character to have a major role later in the story. Their clothing suggests that they are from Kamigawa, which would be nice, since a full return to that plane is unlikely to occur in the near future, although they could also be from Tarkir, but there are already two planewalkers from that plane, so I would like to see another from Kamigawa, instead. The fact that they do not have a planeswalker type is very unusual, so I expect that there must be a good reason for that.

Karn’s bastion is awesome, and I am unquestionably putting it in my Atraxa EDH deck, but the only uncertainty there is which land I shall remove for it, which I can discuss in a separate thread.

I wonder if Teferi, time raveler could replace Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir in any decks of mine that have him? His lower mana cost is nice, as is his third ability, but he himself does not have flash, and I feel that granting flash to creatures is generally more powerful than granting flash to sorceries.

I feel that the new Kaya will be very powerful and annoying, so she will likely make herself a target for removal whenever she enters the battlefield. For a very brief moment, I thought that her ability cost only 1 loyalty, but that would have made her unbelievably overpowered if that had been true.

I do hope that Angrath has not allied with Bolas, since there is no reason for him to do so, and he seemed to be a fairly decent character in the Ixalan block.

Flux channeler is very awesome, as she costs 2 mana less than does Inexorable Tide and is a creature (meaning that she can have +1/+1 counters), but the fact that her ability triggers only from noncreature spells, and not all spells, prevents me from putting her in my Atraxa EDH deck, since that deck has a large number of creatures.

I am so excited for this set, and I will await each new day of previews eagerly!

ZendikariWol on War of the Spark: Spoilers ...

2 weeks ago

Tezzeret, someone obviously present in WAR, was also not included among the stained-glass walkers, dbpunk. There are absolutely some that we haven’t seen yet.

But guys, really, since it has been more or less spoiled that (as I predicted) everyone is presently lacking a spark, GIVE US LEGENDARY CREATURES!!!! This would be an enormous success for two reasons, I think.

1) commander players want fun commanders and love lore (there’s a reson we got pissed about Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist - he gave us neither). I want an Ajani commander. I want a Jace commander. I want a Vraska commander. There are so many characters that I wish that I could build around, who could have such fun and neat effects, because...

2) it would allow us to portray the characters in a way they have never been represented before. Imagine the kind of spice that could be printed, and imagine what a depth that could give to their characters! There’s a simplicity in having one or two static abilities that I feel planeswalkers lack.

For example, look at Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir vs. Teferi, Temporal Archmage . On the creature, the flavorful implication is very clear and straightforward: he slows opponents down while speeding you up. On the walker, while you can explore more facets of his abilities, to someone who doesn’t know the character well it just looks like a hodgepodge of abities. (not only that, but that particular Teferi walker represents his character prodigiously well. many walker cards are not so clear- ie most of the Ob Nixilises, Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded , Xenagos, the Reveler , Jace, Architect of Thought )

Inkmoth on Roony and the Blink Machine!

3 weeks ago

Since you're leaning towards casual and you already rock Murkfiend Liege and Seedborn Muse , I would consider Leyline of Anticipation , Vedalken Orrery , or Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir . The loss of Prophet of Kruphix in Roon really hurts, but those suggestions coupled with the untappers can make your deck hella fun since you'll be able to turn your opponents' turns into yours :D

All around great deck, but I would want at least one or two counters, maybe Glen Elendra Archmage , since you can blink her to reset persist.

SynergyBuild on Yeva Draw-Grow

3 weeks ago

Shimmer/ Paradox Engine allows for mass, instant speed storm, at an insane ease. Yisan, while being better with Engine (untapping Yisan allows for fetching Llanowar Elves into Priest of Titania into Shimmer Myr into Temur Sabertooth or whatever, then keep untapping Yisan to go off until Great Oak Guardian then Sabertooth into infinite mana) still isn't an instant-speed spell, that is the issue. If the gamplan can be Swords to Plowshares ed at sorcery speed, the deck is doing something wrong.

Here's why:

If, just by playing lands, maybe a dork or some rocks, and passing, drawing cards, biding your time until the winning combo or impossibly difficult to win through lock hits the table, respond by casting everything you need to until you win.

This playstyle is Legacy Resetide ( Reset / High Tide with untap effects and a deck made up of Islands and instants, ready to storm until it casts a lethal Stroke of Genius on the opponent). I simply wanted to see if it was possible to accomplish a similar playstyle in Yeva.

You can't build Resetide in EDH because there isn't the consistency of running 7 Resets and 7 Tides (Legacy uses Cunning Wish as a playset for the 7 copies of every card in the deck it needs), nor can it even run enough instant speed draw and untap and ramp to pull it off without them, so mono-blue is out.

Zur can storm off at instant speed using Necropotence and Shimmer Myr , however doesn't have the luxury of doing it at anytime but on their own endstep, making it not a true-instant speed storm, as it can't do it in repsonse to an opponent winning on the opponent's turn.

Yeva, this list, can do it, only given a good hand and a lot of mana, but it can, with GoG and Cat. That was my interest in the deck. The issue was getting Cat, dorks that tapped for enough, and GoG, the mana to go off, and the interaction/protection to pull it all off.

Yeva was a long-shot, but if any deck could do it, Yeva seems like the one. The issue I found immediatly was wincon-lightness and tutor-lightness. The Cloudstone Curio , Paradox Engine wincons of the deck only go off at sorcery speed, so have big issues, however Shimmer Myr solves that, and allows for Walking Ballista , Candelabra of Tawnos (for Gaea's Cradle ), and more rocks to go off. The issue again is tutoring for that, then for the new combos. If this list had the tutor-density that a 3 color list like Zur would, it would work amazingly. As is, it just doesn't get there.

I am going to work further on this and try to get it to work, but Soren841 may be right that this is too difficult to accomplish.

Resetide may have friends in Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir . I may put some time into testing him out. That 5 mana cost is my biggest issue.

lonesentinel on In response...permanent-ly!

3 weeks ago

spiral_te thanks for comments/suggestions!

I agree for point 1-7.

  • The original reason I put in Expedition Map is that I based the deck around the 6 flash-enablers. Theres no way to tutor for Vedalken Orrery and Leyline of Anticipation , and only Momir to tutor for Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir and Yeva, Nature's Herald . So the Map is my efficient way to tutor out Alchemist's Refuge and Winding Canyons . I would shift over to a Ulvenwald Hydra for this purpose but I do not have one.

  • Void Grafter is just part of the 'my creature can do what an instant can do' such as Dive Down or Mizzium Skin but I guess this is pretty situational and I would have to leave 3 mana open always.

  • I agree for the cuts to Kiora's follower, but not for Gyre engineer. Both were meant to be manadorks and I was guessing I need to ramp fast to be able to cast things on multiple turns. Genesis hydra was just thematic of the 'cheating creatures out'.

  • For Prowling Serpopard/Gaea's Herald, it's not really needed in my playgroup, since I'm the one that usually plays counterspells most of the time.

  • I'm looking to slot in Kederekt Leviathan for a 'cyclonic rift' effect that can be used twice due to unearth. But my considerations are that I'll need to build up my board again, so this would probably be used more when I'm behind. So i've opted to put in Profaner of the Dead and Scourge of Fleets as my AOE boardclear instead. What are your thoughts on adding the Leviathan?

Still need to cut 5 more :(

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Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Blue: 0.4%