Vesuvan Shapeshifter

Vesuvan Shapeshifter

Creature — Shapeshifter

As Vesuvan Shapeshifter enters the battlefield or is turned face up, you may choose another creature on the battlefield. If you do, until Vesuvan Shapeshifter is turned face down, it becomes a copy of that creature and gains "At the beginning of your upkeep, you may turn this creature face down."

Morph (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for . Turn it face up at any time for its morph cost.)

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Rare
Masters 25 (A25) None
Time Spiral (TSP) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Vesuvan Shapeshifter occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Vesuvan Shapeshifter Discussion

builderboy7 on Etrata's Killing Blow

2 days ago

I think that it's a really cool concept that you're trying to win through Etrata, the Silencer's built in win condition but the legend rule makes it so there can only be one copy of etrata on the field at a time, I see you've added a Helm of the Host to get around the legend rule but you'd need a Mirror Gallery in order for cards like Vesuvan Shapeshifter to copy Etrata, the Silencer and stick around. I think that etrata would be a cool ninja commander because you could use her evasion and have her hit, then with her shuffle trigger on the stack ninjitsu in a ninja to prevent you from having to send her to the command zone. Just my thoughts, Hope this deck turns out great!

Rhadamanthus on Sorry, another one. What about ...

6 days ago

No, that doesn't work.

The key thing to know here (which is also what your previous question depended on) is that turning Vesuvan Shapeshifter face-up doesn't cause it to re-enter the battlefield. It's already on the battlefield, it's just changing its characteristics. Anything that would trigger "when [something] enters the battlefield" or anything that would normally be applied as something enters the battlefield (entering with +1/+1 counters, making decisions about abilities like Riot or Devour, etc.) doesn't happen.

Rhadamanthus on Can I use Vesuvan Shapeshifter's ...

6 days ago

Unfortunately no, that doesn't work the way you want it to.

Modular creatures (example: Arcbound Worker) get their counters as they enter the battlefield. You can do this as Vesuvan Shapeshifter is first entering the battlefield and get the counters, but when you turn it face-up from being face-down it's not re-entering the battlefield again. It will turn into a copy of the modular creature you choose but won't get more counters.

If you do put counters on Vesuvan Shapeshifter (by any method), they will stay on it for as long as it remains on the battlefield. Turning it face up or face down won't make them go away.

Jo-Nai on Can I use Vesuvan Shapeshifter's ...

6 days ago

Can I use Vesuvan Shapeshifter's ability to turn face down and morph each turn copying a modular creature and get the +1/+1 counters? Does Vesuvan Shapeshifter keep the counters when he's face down? Does he keep them when I morph him?

Xenwarrior5 on Animar, Soul of Elements Hydra Tribal

1 month ago

I'd recommend Tezzeret the Seeker in order to tutor for your two wincon artifacts.

Also, idk how well this will work, but Ugin's Conjurant can be a good colorless creature, who basically enters for 0 mana with +1/+1 counters equal to however many counters Animar has.

You could add a few morphs that synergize, but the only 2 I can think of are Hooded Hydra and Vesuvan Shapeshifter, but if you're cloning your utility creatures, you might as well run Spark Double, which has the potential to safely copy Animar or Tezzeret.

triproberts12 on Yes, No, Maybe, I Don't Know

4 months ago

I was playing around with a giant list a little while ago, and the conclusion that I came to is that Jeskai Giants (Jeskai Jiants?) led by Ruhan of the Fomori is the best build, since you can use on-board tricks like Shapesharer , Vesuvan Shapeshifter , Renegade Doppelganger , Artisan of Forms , Arcane Artisan , Cryptoplasm , and Call to the Kindred along with copy effects like Quasiduplicate to skip over playing a bunch of mediocre Giants, instead copying the good 6+ mana ones the turn they come down. The nuts is copying an Arcane Artisan , and have it become your insane giant in response.

Dango on "Your move, Kaiba"

4 months ago

Abzkaban this is my casual list so I intentionally cut out streamline win conditions. The closest combo I have is the pickles softlock with Brine Elemental and Vesuvan Shapeshifter , but otherwise Ghastly Conscription and Thieving Amalgam are enough to overwhelm the board.

Database82 on It's Morph Fun For Everyone!

6 months ago

Thanks for the feedback,

While Ghastly Conscription is a more expensive card to play, I've never run into an issue with mana to play it. From the several games I played with an incomplete version of the deck I've still managed to ramp enough where it isn't an issue. So sure they can try to RIP, but the deck has enough answers to either counter or remove RIP.

I agree that Vesuvan Shapeshifter isn't stax Brine Elemental is and he's in the deck to interact together locking down the board preventing players from untapping.

I do agree card draw could maybe be potentially better and am entertaining the idea of cutting Aphetto Runecaster for a Rhystic Study or Mystic Remora

As for instant interaction my commander doesn't necessarily need to be on the board for me to make use of the the morph abilities. She simply allows me to cast one more spell for free. I'd still be able to morph at instant speed to counter spells, but perhaps you can elaborate further on what you mean?

There's a reason I don't run board wipes in the deck. It generally causes more harm to my field than good, while the deck can recover quick enough in the instances of a board wipe I opt not to run it as I have more than enough responses to counter what may potentially be a threat. Other than the rift, I run Bane of the Living .

Not sure how in depth you looked it over, but there is definitely a method to my madness. :D Most of the deck has a lot of interaction, but if you could provide some card suggestions of what you would constitute as generically good cards I'd certainly appreciate it. Thanks

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