Kess, Dissident Mage

Kess, Dissident Mage

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard


During each of your turns, you may cast an instant or sorcery card from your graveyard. If a card cast this way would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

Kess, Dissident Mage Discussion

Niko9 on Advice For Olivia CMDR

3 weeks ago

I think RiotRunner789 is correct in saying that Olivia is probably not cEDH, but she can probably be very good.

Self mill seems like it would work well here. Necropotence can not only give you amazing draw and selection, but also allow you to discard good stuff to hand size that Olivia will come in and reanimate.

I play Bruna, the Fading Light  Meld which is similar, but in black and red you can get better mill. There are artifact mill that might be useful here though. Mesmeric Orb is great but will draw almost instant removal. Things like Shriekhorn Grindclock Codex Shredder Altar of Dementia Grindstoneare good and especially so if you can recur artifacts or use them extra times with something like Unwinding Clock. The clock also plays really nice with artifact lands. Oh, and always remember that milling your opponents can kill top deck tutors. Keeping your mill artifacts open until it's coming back to your turn can kill a lot of these effects.

The Underworld Cookbook can also be really nice to get biggies in the graveyard if you draw them, and also bring back creatures late game. Trading Post is just lovely, and 4cmc seems like a lot, but it always does something great for you.

Artifact strategy with Inventors' Fair can be great here. Also, black reanimation like Unearth are always going to work wonders. In my experience, it's not too useful to focus on expensive reanimation because that's what your commander wants to do, but smaller reanimation for value can be good.

The one thing to remember if you do any mill strategy is that you are going to mill your bombs away. It's often better to have ways to get things back than it is to play things that are great but you have no way to get back.

I don't have a ton of experience with B/R in edh, so take it all with a grain of salt for sure. I just wonder if Olivia would be better for cEDH in the 99. Having access to more colors is always a plus, and I'd think that Olivia would be very nice in something like Kess, Dissident Mage. Kess can recur reanimation spells that can bring out a nice hasty Olivia who can swing in and bring back another creature. Plus you get access to blue and all the sweet blue instants.

One big issue with Olivia in competitive groups is that your bomb is always there in the command zone. Most blue decks will try to save a counter spell just for her if they can. You could play discard and hand disruption to target blue players to help with this.

Hope it helps :) Olivia is looking cooler than ever, and it's such a great card. I just don't know if she can keep up with the speed of TandT, Malcolm, food chain, or really fast ad naus decks in cEDH.

KBK7101 on Sengir and Kediss - Dark Privilege (v1.3)

2 months ago

brandonplaysmagic -- Thanks!! I always like to try and make things a little bit more interesting than having to play against Korvold, Fae-Cursed King, Yarok, the Desecrated, Kess, Dissident Mage and Golos, Tireless Pilgrim (RIP) decks all the time. Experimenting with lesser known commanders is so fun!

Diamanacle -- Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools is an amazing card and would be a fantastic Rakdos sacrifice commander. I don't have a Vial Smasher the Fierce but he seems super good, too! Exile cards always seem to cost a bit more, CMC-wise, which is why I opted for cheaper removal like Terminate or ones that could hit multiple types like Bedevil and Feed the Swarm. It does sound like a good, though. I'll add some to the maybeboard and see which ones I have laying around. As for tutors, they'd be great and I do have a one Demonic and Vampiric Tutor along with a Diabolic Intent in other decks. I was already debating adding them in, but... I have no idea what to cut. Suggestions?

As for copying this deck, have at it! If you end up posting it on here just mention me as an inspiration or something. I'd love to see it!

RambIe on Goodbye Golos, Hello Kess

2 months ago

we may have lost Golos, Tireless Pilgrim but look at what they did to Kess, Dissident Mage

Lier, Disciple of the Drowned, Lord of the Forsaken, Worldfire

I think this is a topic worthy of discussion all by itself
Start with some old fashion Mill & Sling, add a touch of reanimation, then top off with these 3 chilly peppers, And you have one spicy meatball!!

azja on Yuriko (Optimized) Primer

3 months ago

Thanks Herudur, I appreciate it!

I think that Isochron Scepter works best in two kinds of decks: A midrange commander deck such as Kess, Dissident Mage that wants to play the long game and out-value their opponents, or a combo deck with an infinite mana sink such as Thrasios, Triton Hero which can capitalize on the Isochron Scepter+Dramatic Reversal combo.

When I'm playing Yuriko, I'm ideally trying to win by turn 6-8. So I typically can't spend 2 mana to cast Isochron Scepter and hold up another 2 mana to use the spell that's imprinted on it. I also don't have a way to win the game after making infinite mana from Isochron Scepter+Dramatic Reversal. So although Isochron Scepter is a very powerful card, it doesn't fit that well in the deck.

I hope that was clear :) thanks again for leaving a comment!

ElijahCallahan64 on Kess, Dissident Mage

7 months ago

seshiro_of_the_orochi thank you for the advice!

Originally, I had planned to have Nekusar, the Mindrazer as my commander, but then I accidentally found Kess, Dissident Mage on lol, and completely changed my theme to a wheel+spellslinger combo deck, which works really well when you can re-cast cards like Shadow of the Grave

I do like Underworld Dreams , however, it is more of a pick your poison if I have Hullbreacher out. My original questionable idea with Furnace of Rath was that it works very well with Guttersnipe , Cruel Ultimatum or in general any attack.

I could agree with everything else, and don't even know if I will throw in a Fiery Emancipation or Furnace of Rath . I do not own this deck yet, I actually printed this entire thing out about a week ago and had some of the cards, but plan to slowly buy the cards for it replacing the proxies. Thank You again!

Epicurus on Card creation challenge

9 months ago

Dralnu, Lord of Grixis

Legendary Creature - Zombie Wizard

When ~ enters the battlefield, mill 10, then amass 2

: Target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. If you cast that spell this turn, it gains "amass 1."


Dralnu is such an awesome damn card with such a shyt drawback. I know that they pretty much fixed him already with Kess, Dissident Mage , but here's one for him anyway.

For the next challenge, I had made a challenge a couple days ago that was met incorrectly. Make a NEW planeswalker for your favorite plane, but DON'T USE AN EXISTING CHARACTER. (i.e. not someone who already exists in canon; a brand new character)

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