Wizard's Retort


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dominaria (DOM) Uncommon

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Wizard's Retort


This spell costs less to cast if you control a Wizard.

Counter target spell.

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Wizard's Retort Discussion

DarthVirulence on Demonic Contracts

3 days ago

Hmmm... have you considered putting in any of the actual demons? I know they're pricey mana-wise but counting on getting one of each of your creatures out AND having an Arcane Adaptation in play AND getting a Liliana's Contract to last the turn that you do so is tricky. At least with some of the demons, you could also be hitting your opponent for 6-10 damage each turn. Being locked into winning via the contract is fine but it'll play out like an Approach of the Second Sun deck and if someone counters it, you're doomed without some damage or ways to stall the game. Open the Graves works well with Reassembling Skeleton

Also if you're going to run Liliana, Untouched By Death I'd suggest running some zombies more than just the Tattered Mummy. On the low end, you could run Doomed Dissenter or other cheapo zeds. And on the high end, you could run the Jesu, whatchamercallit Legendary zombie night that if you play him kicked, he enters the battlefield with 8 2/2 zombie tokens.

I'd also consider replacing Wizard's Retort with Essence Scatter or Cancel as you only have 4 wizards in the whole deck. Depending on how it played out getting the demons down for the contract, you could also check out Belzenlok's Blessing, the artifact mimic that I can't think of, and Metamorphic Alteration on your sideboard in the event that your opponent ALSO has demons.

Just my 2 cents! Good luck!

stikmn33 on Blue/Red Wizard Deck

6 days ago

There is enough good wizards to avoid having to put in non wizards. Plus you aren't playing the two best wizard instants Wizard's Retort and Wizard's Lightning.

Snivy__ on Wizards' Assault [7-0-1 Record]

1 week ago

drsnailtrail I have deeply considered Riddleform but sadly in my playtesting with it I would always want a Wizard's Retort, Unsummon or Spell Pierce in its place. Although it is mostly a two-mana 3/3 flyer that can scry, it's not a Wizard, so it doesn't turn on Wizard's Lightning or Wizard's Retort. Also, it doesn't get pumped by Adeliz and it doesn't even have prowess so I can't protect it from commonly used burn spells like Abrade and Lightning Strike.

Exclusion Mage is definitely worth testing in place of Unsummon. I don't like how it isn't instant speed, but it is a 2/2 for 3 with an Unsummon attached to it.

I don't really like Omenspeaker because it doesn't help me win faster with more answers. A 1/3 for 2 is not what this deck wants in the 75.

Even though Dismissive Pyromancer does have a draw engine attached to it, it doesn't have prowess but in replace it has a solid burn spell on a 2/2 body.

Thanks for the suggestions!

RowdyMagic18 on Wizard Control Post Rotation

2 weeks ago

Hey man thanks for the shout out!

I love the deck! Im very glad to see someone else thinking about the same thing as me for core 2019!!

I’m trying to figure out what kind of deck you want to run, is it more of a control, or more of an aggro burn type strategy?

I’m actually not quite sure how wizards work with control based strategies because, as you probably know, I’m not a fan of control, and have never played it. You would know more about that then I do because you seem to enjoy preventing players from playing magic on a regular basis! Control players :P (all in good fun)

if the goal of your deck is to deal a lot of damage to your opponent, you might want to take out a of those few counters, then put in some early game aggressors like Ghitu Lavarunner, and or Soul-Scar Mage.



-2 Syncopate

-2 Wizard's Retort

-2 Omenspeaker

-2 Merfolk Trickster

-1 Naru Meha, Master Wizard


+4 Soul-Scar Mage

+4 Ghitu Lavarunner

+1 Shock

Thanks for being a great fellow magic player, and thanks for all the suggestions you give me!

Bulldawg1310 on Wicked Wizards

3 weeks ago

Personally if you have the money, id get rid of sea gate oracle for a 4 piece of snapcaster mage. Also find a way to splash red for bolts, helixes, and wizards lightning. Also, why aren’t you running Wizard's Retort?

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Mono U Delver

3 weeks ago

The sad truth to tuning a deck is that until you play an event (or a few) in paper, it's hard to know what needs changing. And once you play it in paper it becomes clear what isn't working, but by then you've already acquired the cards and now it's more expense to get the right cards for the second try. That's how my grixis delver worked - I didn't know that I shouldn't be playing Disrupting Shoal until after I'd acquired a playset.

What 3-drops do you Shoal? Maybe stuff out of Jund (Pulse, Lili, K-command) and Etched Champion, but I can't think of any others.

Btw I love Wizard's Retort in here. So spicy. Especially with Snapcaster Mage.

3x Remand seems like a lot in this meta (it was a much better card in 2016) and no Spell Snare makes me a little sad, but I would keep Remand for testing for now. The card is amazing for this style of deck.

My approach to tuning is that I have a copy of most of the decks in the meta on tappedout. I semi-regularly update them and when I have 5-10 minutes I'll pull up my deck and some meta deck and play both sides of a game. Most of them are in this folder. I'll add the rest of them now. It's a slow approach to tuning and can only do so much, but it will at least give you an idea of which matchups work and which ones are problems. If you take that route, I recommend the v1 playtester for computers, but the normal playtester for mobile. Just personal preference.

zenozia on Merfolk

1 month ago

hi really like the idea! if you struggle against flyer and removal that's simple your playing simic G/U. so if I were you i'll make the deck more agro with card like , Silvergill Adept, Mist-Cloaked Herald, Blossoming Defense if you have the money try Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca and Nissa, Steward of Elements another Deeproot Waters could be usefull I dont really like Shapers of Nature and 4 Herald of Secret Streams is too much 2 should be plenty, card like Unsummon could help for the tempo value it give and you should repleace Wizard's Retort for Siren Stormtamer as it is a merfolk

for the sideboard Heroic Intervention cost a little bit but can make impossible matchup winnable and replace Syncopate for Spell Pierce

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