Cephalid Illusionist

Cephalid Illusionist

Creature — Cephalid Wizard

Whenever Cephalid Illusionist becomes the target of a spell or ability, put the top three cards of your library into your graveyard.

(2)(Blue), Tap: This turn prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by target creature you control.

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Cephalid Illusionist Discussion

Daedalus19876 on Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Vadrok EDH [PRIMER]

6 months ago

The changes I'm testing right now, to fit a Cloudstone package and a discount Cephalid Breakfast.

Cut: Wheel of Misfortune , Lightning Bolt , Izzet Charm , Treasonous Ogre , Thing in the Ice  Flip, Rielle, the Everwise , Cephalid Constable .

Added: Whirlpool Warrior , Goblin Engineer , Cloudstone Curio , Lightning Greaves , Intuition , Cephalid Illusionist , Spectral Sailor .

Abridged explanation:

Wheel of Misfortune was just too hard to control effectively, and I can't force my opponents to draw with Narset or Hullbreacher out (also, making it work right often cost too much life if I was the archenemy). Whirlpool Warrior does that trick better.

Cephalid Constable was cute and won me some games, but it always left everyone unhappy at the end of the game. Cephalid Illusionist costs one less mana, mills cards to give Vadrok fuel, and sometimes can help on defense.

Speaking of Illusionist, I'm testing Lightning Greaves to mill my whole deck along with him (by alternating between Illusionist and another creature). I'd rather run Nomads en-Kor , but I'm not running any white... Lightning Greaves can help protect something like Toothy or Con Sphinx anyway, so hopefully it's not TOO bad on its own.

Goblin Engineer can fetch Curio, and Cloudstone Curio can reset Vadrok's mutation, or simply go infinite with Cloud of Faeries and/or Dockside Extortionist (potentially with help from Birgi, God of Storytelling  Flip).

Intuition has been in and out before, but I'm testing it to try packages like Lore Drakkis / Snap + Underworld Breach + Dockside Extortionist / Sea-Dasher Octopus (assuming I already have Vadrok on field). At the very least, it's essentially an Entomb for Underworld Breach , since no opponent in their right mind would ever allow me to have that card in hand.

king-saproling on Never Fear the Grave

7 months ago

You could include combo lines around Intruder Alarm , such as Alarm + Deranged Assistant + Hua Tuo, Honored Physician . There are actually a lot of cheap self-mill creatures that work here like Cathartic Adept , Vantress Gargoyle , and Millikin among many others. Drift of Phantasms could be nice to include here since it can find either Alarm or Hua Tuo.

Another good combo card is Mana Severance . You could follow it up with Balustrade Spy , Hermit Druid , or Undercity Informer to mill your whole library. This is good since you could then flashback Dread Return targeting Necrotic Ooze, which in turn is good if you toss in Necrotic Ooze combo lines (there are many) such as Phyrexian Devourer + Triskelion .

Another notable self-mill card is Cephalid Illusionist . With it and Lightning Greaves you can mill your whole library, 3 cards at a time. The 3 card chunks is significant since you'll get a bunch of triggers from Sidisi, so a finisher like the above-mentioned Necrotic Ooze combo may not be needed since you'll have tons of zombies. Dimir Infiltrator and Muddle the Mixture are nice here since they can find either combo piece.

Drac24 on Kwain Bunny Hugs

7 months ago

Thanks a lot for the feedback on the deck TotesMcGoats!

Ive actually thought about replacing the Cephalid Illusionist + Nomads en-Kor combo since ive got few ways to assemble it besides drawing into it, especially after some more testing. Actually thought of Mind Over Matter and Ive bought a copy since and added an Idyllic Tutor to help out with it and to fetch some of the pillow fort pieces if needed. The idea of the deck is to be as passive as possible only interacting when needed and using the silver bullets wisely ((need to up the interactio a bit imo after testing).

I tried the "everyone draws X cards" and I'm not a fan of them but they are a great replacement for a more steady win and more budget friendly than trying to get a MoM.

On the Tidal Barracuda thing I prefer Leyline of Anticipation since its a bit harder to interact with and my playgroup does play a lot of creature removal and semi reanimation through Hall of Heliod's Generosity .

Thanks a lot for the feedback and I really do love your Kwain list! The playstyle has been a blast in my playgroup and others, Im really proud of the list.

TotesMcGoats on Kwain Bunny Hugs

7 months ago

Cephalid Illusionist + Nomads en-Kor is a neat combo but its not my favorite since they doesn't really do anything for you besides when you put the two together. I'm also not a huge fan of Laboratory Maniac because he doesn't do anything on his own and we have better versions of his effect. Jace, Wielder of Mysteries is definitely still playable but Thassa's Oracle 's ETB trigger is just so reliable that you don't really need the redundancy IMO.

If your plan is to deck yourself and win with Thassa's Oracle, I'd highly recommend picking up a Mind Over Matter to combo with Kwain, Itinerant Meddler or Temple Bell . Its a heckin' powerful card and on the Reserved List, so I'd pick one up now before it spikes like a lot of Reserved List cards have been doing lately.

I also see you're running Hullbreacher and Smothering Tithe which pair excellently with cards like Prosperity , Minds Aglow , Skyscribing , Fascination and even Folio of Fancies . This is the primary combo I use in my own Kwain deck! You dump a bunch of mana into drawing everyone X cards and get 3 times X Treasure back to dump into the NEXT Draw X Cards spell so you can chain them together bigger and bigger. Then you can win with Thassa's Oracle , mill everyone out with Fascination or Folio of Fancies , or my personal favorite, just force the game into a Draw by drawing out everyone's decks simultaneously with a big Draw X or a huge Windfall . But even without comboing off, all the Draw X spells are far more useful on their own than Cephalid Illusionist and Nomads en-Kor .

Tidal Barracuda is also a fun group huggy for your opponent's that works like a Leyline of Anticipation for you as well but also keeps your opponents from interfering when you try to combo off on your turn.

Hope this helps! Check out my own decklist if you like! I focus a LOT on playing a neutral political game. Wizzardrix (Kwain, Itinerant Meddler)

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