Magus of the Candelabra

Magus of the Candelabra

Creature — Human Wizard

, : Untap X target lands.

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Magus of the Candelabra Discussion

edster on Synergies with Unbound Flourishing in Modern

3 weeks ago

Been testing unbound with newer cards and other deck lists: https://www.reddit.com/r/ModernMagic/comments/mdkh1w/ug_unbound_flourishing_tron/ https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/against-the-odds-unbound-wealth-modern-magic-online

Feels like Hydroid Krasis belongs in Game Winning. The value of a 2x/2x Flying Trample, draw x gain x is too much for most decks to come back from. Same for Walking Ballista, it's a great card all game. It can block then sac against aggro, disrupt creature combos and kill your opponent in the late game.

Magus of the Candelabra from testing feels like Great or even Game Winning. The copy goes on the stack, so you can target the same land twice. E.g. x=1, target Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, copy also targets Nykthos. Use Nykthos once after copy resolves, and again after original ability resolves. If you have lands that produce more than one mana, such as Castle Garenbrig, Nissa, Who Shakes the World, Utopia Sprawl, Magus becomes insane.

Prismatic Ending would be god tier but the number of colors (converge cost) isn't copied. The copy can only exile a 0 cost nonland. This card is amazing even without unbounded. Probably belongs in Poor tho.

Repeal could be upgraded from Poor to Neutral / Good. Any card that double cantrips with Unbounded is decent. From my own testing and decks in the link above, it does well.

Shatterskull Smashing  Flip, Agadeem's Awakening  Flip and other modal lands are Good in the right decks.

The problem with cards like Genesis Wave, Vivien's Arkbow, Electrodominance, Fiend Artisan etc that put a card into the battlefield is your deck probably has cards with cost {x}. You have to pick x=0, so you have some dis-synergy. For that reason, unless you build around this, losing out on some really great {x} cost cards, they go down one synergy rating in my books. They are still great but not perfect. ;]

Animist's Awakening is a trap. I think it belongs in Neutral or Good in landfall decks. In a deck with 30 lands (which I doubt), without unbound you expect x/2 lands since half your deck is lands. With unbound, you expect x lands so pretty much it doubles your number of lands. Sure it gives you back your mana this turn and double next turn, but it doesn't quite affect the board state enough compared to other cards.

TheVectornaut on Insane ramp idea - please help

4 months ago

Whether Vexing Shusher is better than Destiny Spinner or Prowling Serpopard is largely dependent on what cards you need to get past counterspells and how early you expect your opponents to have counters prepared. In a deck with only a single copy of Primal Surge , it was really important for me to stop sorceries from being countered or it'd sort of be game over. I even included Greenwarden of Murasa as a backup plan since the deck really wants to Surge at all costs. Stopping sorcery counters is something only the Shusher can do out of those 3 cards. If, on the other hand, I was mostly concerned with creatures and enchantments being successfully resolved, The Spinner would probably be sufficient while coming with a bonus activated ability. This assumes that you aren't seeing counterspells on turn 2 though. In that case, you'd obviously prefer that the counter-blocker is itself counter-proof.

If you do decide to add Primal Surge , I would try to limit the number of instants and sorceries you have. Having some is totally fine if they're important for the deck, but every additional non-permanent slightly raises the chance that you're spending 10 mana to do nothing on a Surge. Adventure Awaits is definitely the card I'd cut first since it's not even necessary in the world where you're already drawing a lot of cards off of your creatures' abilities. Next, I think I'd scale back the number of enchant land auras. Most decks I've seen running an Arbor Elf package seem to run 4 enchantments at the highest levels of play and about 8 at the casual level. My deck runs 4, but Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is essentially acting as another 4 for a total of 8. Stacking too many will get you more mana than is necessary and makes it all the more painful if and when your lands get destroyed. Otherwise, it's hard to say what else I'd cut. I don't think that highly of Heroes' Bane when compared to Primordial Hydra here since it requires another card to gift it trample, but even that seems fine for budget. You'll have to let me know how Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner performs if you decide to pick her up. I can see her being a bundled Garruk's Packleader and Kiora's Follower that I could swap Magus of the Candelabra for. I'm always wary of planeswalkers with no + abilities and haven't had the chance to see if she can prove me wrong.

multimedia on Budget Gruul X spell slinger

6 months ago

Hey, well done on your first real deck. On less than $50 budget you have good card sense :)

Because of low budget all my card suggestions will be $1 or less each.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • 4x Mountain
  • 2x Forest
  • Ivy Elemental
  • Krakilin
  • Veteran Explorer
  • Llanowar Visionary
  • Gelatinous Genesis
  • Dictate of Karametra
  • Keeper of Progenitus
  • Boundless Realms

Good luck with your deck.

RambIe on Why is this Card Played …

9 months ago

UpperDeckerTaco
ya your probably right

but last Saturday i was playing my Timmy temur deck
T1:i played a forest into Magus of the Candelabra
T2: i floated the green played Simic Growth Chamber
bounced the forest used candelabra to untap chamber
then casted Broken Bond on my buddies signet
put the forest back and then casted Sol Ring
T3: i played a mountain and then casted Skyline Despot
T4: i played Alchemist's Refuge and casted Seedborn Muse
leaving the rest of my mana open for Spell Burst & Voidslime

after this topic today i really can't help but to think
how cool it would have been to have Lighthouse Chronologist in my hand on Turn 4 in that game
idk i might even add it to the deck ive been needing more mana dumps anyways
Thanks Sultai_Sir

Mizori on Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix, Kiora, Master of Deep

11 months ago

Umbral Mantle, Sword of the Paruns, Staff of Domination, Paradox Engine are my main kydele untaps.

Gemstone Array, Magus of the Candelabra are transform colourless into coloured mana.

Psychosis Crawler, Walking Ballista, Stroke of Genius, Fascination, Increasing Confusion, Helix Pinnacle are all game enders.

The rest are cards I figured would fit nicely or are extra mana generation in case Kydele can't get off the ground.

acadey on Ashaya, Combo-Queen of the Wild

1 year ago

Nice build! Maybe Magus of the Candelabra as an option. Can untap itself since it is a land as well as 2+ mana dorks to go infinite.

TheVectornaut on Cobra Ramp

1 year ago

I second Rorolith on switching to dorks that can untap enchanted forests. Voyaging Satyr and the casual-only Magus of the Candelabra also work well with Overgrowth effects. Plus, they can also untap Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Still, Nykthos would be tougher to use here than in most ramp decks on account of the high instant/sorcery count. For that same reason, Genesis Wave is likely to underperform and probably could be replaced by Green Sun's Zenith if you're just trying to fetch the Avenger.

precociousapprentice on Yeva Draw-Grow

1 year ago

Btw, Magus of the Candelabra, and Big Mana Dork/Cradle/Shrine to Nyx all go infinite with Ashaya. At 1 CMC, I think this makes it better than Ley Weaver and Argothian Elder.

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