Champion of Wits

Champion of Wits

Creature — Naga Wizard

When Champion of Wits enters the battlefield, you may draw cards equal to its power. If you do, discard two cards.

Eternalize (, Exile this card from your graveyard: Create a token that's a copy of it, except it's a 4/4 black Zombie Naga Wizard with no mana cost. Eternalize only as a sorcery.)

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Format Legality
Arena Legal
Unformat Legal
Limited Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Historic Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Champion of Wits occurrence in decks from the last year

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Champion of Wits Discussion

Azeworai on Brago, Budget Eternal

4 months ago

I haven't delved upon the blink strategy myself for quite some time, though I may be of aid.

There is a budget constraint, wherethrough I shall keep all of my suggestions under two dollars.

So this should go in nearly every deck, and this one seems perfect, and— (okay I'm done jesting).

Upon actual suggestions are a couple categories worth bolstering.

Some flickering and blinking:

Yorion can do quite a bit, and it begins looping with effects such as Charming Prince. Ephemerate is an overperformer whiles Ghostly Flicker, though more to cast, gets the job done. Combined with a counterspell in the graveyard, it can be a soft-lock with Archaeomancer (run that, too). Flickerwisp is just potent. Soulherder is oft the very best card to resolve.

A multitude of card draw:

Arcanist's Owl just keeps digging. Augur of Bolas could be fun. Barrin, Tolarian Archmage is able to bounce your own utility creatures or pester the opponent's board. Elsewhere Flask does its job. Wall of Omens draws many cards and serves as defense for those pesky aggro decks. Champion of Wits loots through the deck until life's end. Fblthp, the Lost is just greater. Golden Egg cycles and draws more cards.

Some removal effects:

Angel of Finality is an efficient flyer with a relevant trigger. Every deck needs graveyard hate! Dream Eater goes through a lot of cards and bounces important targets. Elspeth Conquers Death is as powerful here as it is in Standard. Leonin Relic-Warder serves a similar purpose. Frost Titan locks down important threats.

Snow basics would be a nice addition for Arcum's Astrolabe. It cycles, fixes, and is banned in Modern so you know it's powerful.

And some cards that don't really fit in tother categories:

Angel of Serenity deals with threats and can recur creatures from your own graveyard. Angelic Chorus gains far too much life for the opponent's comfort. Annex is nice, for you can switch it around as better lands come into play. Nevermore can keep changing card names to prevent anyone from casting their commanders.

Fall of the Thran is really mean and I love it.

Now for a few non-budget options:

Cavalier of Gales is an absolute power house, Ephara draws a meiny of cards, and Solemn Simulacrum offers a lot of advantage.

Just on one to note, Conjurer's Closet is going to be reprinted in Double Masters, thus it may drop to within budget.

There are quite a few things I would recommend cutting.

AEther Adept is lacking, Archaeomender doesn't seem to be retrieving much of worth, Archon of the Triumvirate is overcosted, Aven Surveyor is as well, Artisan of Kozilek triggers off of cast and is thus useless to blink, Your artifact tutors do not search for much of relevance, Subjugator Angel is a worse Tempest Caller, Hoverguard Sweeper is EIGHT MANA (what?!), Dispel is too narrow, and Aether Tunnel is lacking in power.

Let me drive this one in. Eon Frolicker just loses you the game. Giving someone a turn is ceding far too much time for them to gather resources and defenses. The "protection from that player" really doesn't do that much.

I suppose that is to be all from me. Happy blinking!

IvanS on Naban Tempo/Combo

4 months ago

AEther Adept is good, tho it's usually worst than Venser and Barrin.
Champion of Wits is pretty good and can certainly work in place of Gurmag Drowner, but even tho you have to sacrifice two creatures to double his ability with Naban, i really like how many cards deep you get to dig with the Drowner.

lemonsrc on Naban Tempo/Combo

4 months ago

Gurmag Drowner is an intersting inclusion. How has it been so far?

What are your thoughts on AEther Adept or Champion of Wits in this list? I didn't have a copy of Gurmag Drowner so I have been trying these in its place.

CNobre on Toozebox (Mimeoplasm)

6 months ago

Hey KIRK77, thanks man! It is indeed a fun deck but that also puts some results. I've checked yours and is also a nice build but they are radically different. In your case you are really going deep on the self-mill plan while I play a toolbox/value engine deck.

You are really low on creature based ramp and early drops (specially 1 cmc) so I would definitely make room for:

Birds of Paradise, Deathrite Shaman, Green Sun's Zenith and best buddy Dryad Arbor (for that sweet turn 1 ramp), Krosan Tusker,... That alone would probably help a lot. I would think about reducing your mana-rocks and ramp-spells with creatures that accomplish the same. Would absolutely try Millikin and probably Dreamscape Artist. Why are you running so few 4 cmc cards?

Regarding your suggestions:

I did consider Champion of Wits but in the end it did not make the deck because I was already running Fathom Mage + Prime Speaker Zegana. They're really similar to the champion but they have counter synergies. Mirror-Mad Phantasm/ Traumatize cannot be included as they are really efficient self-mill cards and would break the tutoring capabilities of Birthing Pod, Prime Speaker Vannifar, Survival of the Fittest. Nezahal, Primal Tide sounds good, I guess I'll give it a try.

KIRK77 on Toozebox (Mimeoplasm)

6 months ago

Hey man, looks like a fun deck! The mimeoplasm is one of my favorite decks so I'm always eager to see what goodies you've got.

Are there any sleepers in the deck that I should try out in my deck? Here's the list of what I've got Mimeoplasm

Also I've got a few cards for you to think about, they've sure been really helpful in my deck

  • Champion of Wits, super great card draw card. It's nice and cheap to cast, it discards cards to your yard for the mimeoplasm, you can draw tons of cards when you're bringing it back with the mimeoplasm

  • Nezahal, Primal Tide, great to passivly draw cards you can discard 3 at any time you flicker your commander and have it come back as something else

  • Mirror-Mad Phantasm/ Traumatize, I've always found self mill super useful to being able to pick the best answers out of my graveyard

abby315 on Rona is maybe not bad

7 months ago

I've never seen a Rona deck either so I love the idea! So feel free to take these suggestions with a grain of salt, but I think they'll fit your gameplan. I'm including cards that would give you a self-mill subtheme, because you can play with your graveyard as an extension of your hand.

Whir of Invention - artifact tutor, seems good to grab your wincons.
Baleful Strix - it's just Good Value, Son . Stitcher's Supplier, Liliana, Death's Majesty, Champion of Wits. Fact or Fiction, Dakmor Salvage, - graveyard feeders on good cards
Murderous Cut, Treasure Cruise, Dig Through Time - since you only need one artifact that combos in your GY, you can use the rest for good Delve fodder!
Drown in the Loch - if you do add the self-mill strategies
Argivian Restoration, Buried Ruin, Fortuitous Find, Reconstruction, Scrap Trawler, Trading Post?, Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge? - to return good artifacts/Krark Clan to your hand if you mill it

Not totally sure on cuts because I haven't played the deck, but if you need help I can suggest some cards that look on the weaker side!

Luxxis7 on Dredge-less dredge Pioneer

8 months ago

Yeah the deck is pretty powerful and fun to play I wanted to try out Polukranos, Unchained instead of 2x Gurmag Angler. In most cases Angler is just more mana efficient and better against red decks. I probably won't try Champion of Wits, as it's blue and I wanted to keep the mana base less expensive, also the fact that it rummages instead of self mill where cards like Narcomoeba care about.

Pandajka on Dredge-less dredge Pioneer

9 months ago

I tried more or less this deck yesterday, and it was quite powerful. I had to remove Polukranos most of the time because it´s too mana intense. Most of my matches I was between 3-5 lands. The other card I tried yesterday was Champion of Wits and it kinda worked, but only in the right situations... For your build I'd suggest put more Anglers and as I tried x1 of Tasigur, the Golden Fang and tell me how it runs!

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