Magus of the Will

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare

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Magus of the Will

Creature — Human Wizard

, , Exile Magus of the Will: Until end of turn, you may play cards from your graveyard. If a card would be put into your graveyard from anywhere this turn, exile that card instead.

Magus of the Will Discussion

BMHKain on

2 months ago

HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE I BUMPED THIS CRAP?

@austintayshus & Yesterday: After completing a couple of decks, I still have one thing in mind: the Turn 1 Doomsday Package.

Rules Reminder: No Lion's Eye Diamond , no Yawgmoth's Will , no Magus of the Will , no Sensei's Divining Top , no (Some other Major Piece.) & no bull about it.

The graveyard is counted as does not existing; w/ the Exile Zone in its place only.

Last time, this is what I got so far:

  1. Laboratory Maniac
  2. Pact of Negation
  3. Gitaxian Probe

Any other ideas for the 2 other cards, & the Cracker to start this? & emember to keep the rules in mind. I'm restricting myself for a reason; if there is no such way to do a Turn 1 Doomsday of such regulations, then my previous idea for the Package will be used. I'll have to make cuts for the overall deck from there though. I hope this helps...

BMHKain on

2 months ago

@austintayshus: Well, before I can do anything else, I'll up the ante one more time, just to see if it's possible or not.

If I wanted a Quasi-Turn 1 Win, the rules still stand:

1: No Yawgmoth's Will , Magus of the Will , Lion's Eye Diamond , those kinds of things.

2: I dunno how Sensei's Divining Top can crack a package wide open; so I'm not going to risk this.

3: This means we're stuck w/ the following:

  1. Laboratory Maniac (Unless there's another way to win...)
  2. Pact of Negation
  3. Gitaxian Probe

Which means we're 3 cards short (Including the cracker.), & 1 of 6 required package with good draw power. Question: Is it possible to win on occasion w/ a Turn 1 Doomsday Package WITHOUT Yawgmoth's Will , Magus of the Will , Lion's Eye Diamond , etc? I personally wonder if that Return to Ravnica Quiz is still up... I'd really like to know my Guild for REAL; Grixis doesn't seem like a confirmed Identity. Maybe I'll bring up some things in the Lore Section... For now; is this possible?

BMHKain on

2 months ago

@Yesterday & austintayshus: If we're talking Doomsday ; this is what I got so far:

Package Cracker: Preordain

Package in no particular order:

  1. Laboratory Maniac (Core Piece)
  2. Gitaxian Probe (Immediate Deckout-Win)
  3. Pact of Negation (Spot Removal)
  4. ???
  5. ???

This leaves us w/ 2 slots remaining. Gush is out of the picture though; not enough Island to save my butt. & don't get me started on Lion's Eye Diamond ; I have both Yawgmoth's Will & Magus of the Will , & I'm not running either.

But if there are any dream combos Boros could ever have, I'd love to mention them; but not today. One of them IS a Doomsday Package; though for the sake of cEDH, I've yet to find a Hulk Combo; Protean Hulk isn't in colors...

...Any other Hulk combos out there that didn't even need to run ?

But at least I've 4/6 pieces. But the Card Draw Strict Minimum in a good pile is 6; ...I got 2. Not going to add the two Wills for multipliers, but I still need some kind of Mana Ramp (Optional.), & something cheap that can run 4 draw; which, is just an impossibility. But you know the rulings now; so what last 2 to add... BTW 5/6 Draw Rating won't work in anyway, there is an actual Primer for this BTW.

Yesterday on

3 months ago

I'm afraid there's nothing that causes only your opponents' ETBs not to trigger. At least that I know of. If you wanted, you could use some effects like Roon or Eerie Interlude that exile your Hushwing Gryff until end of turn. There are somewhat fewer of these effects for non-creatures though.

Recurring from exile isn't super common. I'm not sure I have much to help you with there, sorry. I can suggest a few cards that otherwise fit the theme and are decent value.

The new Apostle of Purifying Light is kinda basically a better Withered Wretch.

Myr Welder plays with exile a bit and can help recur some abilities from your graveyard while exiling them. It can also grab pieces that help it combo from opponents' graveyards if the stars align. There's also Mairsil, the Pretender .

It's not exile-related, but Phyrexian Dreadnought is one of the best classic examples of amazing value except for ETB.

I don't... know exacty what you're planning on doing with Mirror of Fate, but you might want to consider Doomsday too.

A few other cards that do things with exile include Mana Severance for thinning out your deck, and Yawgmoth's Will and Magus of the Will because I am seeing a decent bit of graveyard recursion in here too. You probably already know Necropotence exists. Bag of Holding just loots and plays with exile... sort of, but you can put the cards you discard under it even if Necropotence is on the battlefield. Worldgorger Dragon is... a card. But I'm probably just delving into territory you already know about from searches now.

Also, it doesn't really do anything especially for the deck, and it's silver-bordered but I feel obliged to mention AWOL .

I love the idea for the deck. How has it been performing for you?

bushido_man96 on Neheb - Minotaur Discard

4 months ago

More ideas: Psychotic Haze seems very lackluster. The Madness mechanic is the only thing that fits here, and just 1 damage doesn't seem like enough to be worth including. Another spot removal card like Bedevil , Doom Blade , the new Shenanigans , or a wipe like In Garruk's Wake , Plague Wind , or Blasphemous Act .

Shadow of the Grave seems very situational, and I think Yawgmoth's Will and/or Magus of the Will would be better options.

bushido_man96 on I must confess, I do love Kess

4 months ago

Narset, Parter of Veils seems like a strong include. She would pair nicely with Teferi's Puzzle Box . Magus of the Will would give you another Yawgmoth's Will , should you need a bit more of the effect.

resplendentobscurity on Grenzo's Thrummin' Dungeon (PRIMER)

7 months ago

Thanks for the comment on my Grenzo deck.

Love the rats theme, as it's definitely very flavourful for a dungeon warden.

The major difference I find between our two lists is that yours appears to be much more aggressive than mine wants to be. I want to continuously re-suse controlling etb effects of cards like Meteor Golem and Ravenous Chupacabra , and then combo out somehow.

I do like that you've found a use for Thrumming Stone , as it's potentially a great way to stack the bottom of the library, which my deck definitely wants to do. I find a lot of Grenzo decks just want to use his ability as many times as possible, just to see whats on the bottom. I definitely do that, but love it when I can stack the bottom, for some really great reactive plays - also rewards the decisions you make, as you stack the last few cards of your library. Though it makes me wonder if you should be running more rats though, to potentially go off with casting a bunch of rats for free, whilst bottoming key cards?

I also had a hard rule when deck building - I want to be able to recur anything from my graveyard - hence, I have included no enchantments, and only 1 sorcery I can't get back from the GY. How do you find running so many enchantments? I guess that's what Magus of the Will is for, but I'm curious how that's working for you.

Also like the inclusion of Garna, the Bloodflame - I wanted to put her in mine, but decided to go for other forms of recursion, as I want to cheat mana costs with Grenzo as much as possible. With the inclusion of Thrumming Stone , casting from the hand may be more ideal than just flipping it off the bottom though, which is cool.

Also, I have a Desecrated Tomb , but I just haven't been inspired to use it. I guess it's another great combo enabler with my Ashnod's Altar , but.. idk - how are you finding it?

DemonDragonJ on B&R announcement tomorrow

8 months ago

Demarge, an alternative to banning from legacy all cards that are on the reserved list is to print new cards that are so similar to them that they are almost as powerful, but are still technically different cards, so they do not violate the list: for example, the various magi, but most notably Magus of the Wheel and Magus of the Will , exist specially because Wheel of Fortune and Yawgmoth's Will are on the reserved list. The shock lands are the closest that WotC will ever come to reprinting the original dual lands, Gilded Lotus is a balanced Black Lotus , Time Reversal is a balanced Timetwister , Time Warp is a balanced Time Walk , and so forth.

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