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.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal

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Kess, Dissident Mage Discussion

Epicurus on Card creation challenge

1 month 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)

Icbrgr on Is Grixis Control Weak/Bad in …

2 months ago

I think I'm on board/agree with everything you said Grubbernaut... the painful mana base with fetches and shocks and obligatory Thoughtseize really make the deck gravitate towards just playing another Death's Shadow deck rather than an actual control build.

We got Kess, Dissident Mage but maybe if we got another version of that card that enabled to cast spells at instant speed or maybe some kinda protection to go with Snapcaster Mage / Torrential Gearhulk Grixis would be in a better spot? Or does grixis need more of a spell based buff?

Spirits on Chairman Meow

2 months ago

Drannith Magistrate shuts down Commanders, Foretell, Flashback, Kess, Dissident Mage / Yawgmoth, Thran Physician type decks, and more

ShaDoWz_6677 on Elsha's at Storm Count 57 [[cEDH-Primer]]

2 months ago

Borisdarker there are two ways that we generate infinite storm Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter and Senseis Top with Elsha.

Gilded Lotus, yes there are other mana rocks and if you look, we have many different ways to generate the infinite mana in the deck.

Pyretic Ritual is just that. A ritual effect. It helps us produce mana to get to our goals in storming off. Kess, Dissident Mage Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder and Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge all use Ritual as well to produce the mana that is needed for there storm decks to trigger the win.

Timetwister used to be in this deck, I removed it because honestly, I can't afford one. I could proxy it and etc... but its just not worth running a card i dont own since i take this deck to tournaments.

plakjekaas on Why is WotC Not Allowing …

2 months ago

Maybe, but Cruel Ultimatum was printed in 2008, even before the last core set reprint of Time Warp , clearly Wizards did not, at that time, learn the exile clause lesson yet.

Though I have to say, Cruel Ultimatum is only scary in 1v1 20 life formats. I've been hit by three of them in a row in commander ( Kess, Dissident Mage is fun), playing mono white, and I ended up winning that game.

Spirits on Kess, Temporal Master - cEDH

2 months ago


In short, no you don't need to know what's on the bottom of the library,

In long,

  1. Cast Thassa's Oracle
  2. Trigger Thassa's Oracle Enters the Battlefield (ETB) and hold priority
  3. In response (ETB on the stack), cast Demonic Consultation naming a card that isn't in the deck Forest for example
  4. Resolve Demonic Consultation exiling your entire library
  5. Resolve Thassa's Oracle ETB looking at the top 2 cards
  6. Resolve Thassa's Oracle alternative win condition since you have no cards in hand

Tainted Pact works identically, you just don't have to name a card.

IF you have Kess, Dissident Mage in play, it can be even spicier.

  1. Cast Demonic Consultation name Thassa's Oracle
  2. Resolve Demonic Consultation , if the Thassa's Oracle is exiled in the top six (you exile your library), otherwise reveal cards to tutor Thassa's Oracle
  3. Cast Thassa's Oracle
  4. Trigger Thassa's Oracle Enters the Battlefield (ETB) and hold priority
  5. In response (ETB on the stack), cast Demonic Consultation naming a card that isn't in the deck Forest for example
  6. Resolve Demonic Consultation exiling your entire library
  7. Resolve Thassa's Oracle ETB looking at the top 2 cards
  8. Resolve Thassa's Oracle alternative win condition since you have no cards in hand

WalbenQuakeblade on Jhoira cEDH

2 months ago

Kaldheim Changes 1/31/2020

Out- Teferi, Master of Time,Silent Gravestone, Negate, Trinket Mage

In- Narset, Parter of Veils,Weathered Runestone, Mystic Reflection, Birgi, God of Storytelling  Flip

Reasons for changes:

I decided that with as many wheel effects that are run in the deck that Narset, Parter of Veils is just better suited for the deck than Teferi, Master of Time. Where Teferi has more upside with extra turns and pressure on every turn, Narset gives us some extra benefit all while synergizing with our wheels.

I swapped out Silent Gravestone for the new card Weathered Runestone because one of the big problems in my meta is Kess, Dissident Mage. At 1 more mana I will take the added benefit of stopping Kess decks from recasting things like Demonic Consultation and Tainted Pact when they have a Thassa's Oracle on board.

Speaking of Thassa's Oracle decks Mystic Reflection is a must include for these match ups going forward. As long as their is another non-legendary creature on the board we can now stop Oracles in their tracks. So cutting Negate, arguably the weakest counterspell in the deck, was an easy choice.

Now for the hardest cut and one that I will be carefully monitoring going forward Birgi, God of Storytelling  Flip for Trinket Mage. Trinket Mage is a big card when we have it early. Going and tutoring out early mana rocks or top can completely shift a game. However I want to test out the simple fact that Birgi is a legend that once on the board acts as another Etherium Sculptor. We do need to be able to cast one thing to get the ball rolling but once we have that extra mana Birgi gives us will snowball and let us go deeper and deeper. Birgi's other side Harnfel, Horn of Bounty is also amazing for us. Being able to ditch dead lands in our hand for 2 potential cards that will help us continue to push the combo will be a much welcome help when we need it; though this side will rarely be used. In the future I may come back to this cut and reintroduce Trinket Mage back into the deck in favor of a different cut, but in the mean time its the change I feel most confident with.

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