Naban, Dean of Iteration

Naban, Dean of Iteration

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

If a Wizard entering the battlefield under your control causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to trigger, that ability triggers an additional time.

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

Naban, Dean of Iteration Discussion

Guerric on [Primer] Casting the Mythal: An Inalla Guide

1 month ago
Modern Horizons brought us some awesome new toys! Harmonic Prodigy was made for this deck, and Step Through is fabulous also. I also added Frostboil Snarl which, while not from Horizons, is a nice inclusion as I've found that Choked Estuary works great in this deck, and took the place of an island. As for the main additions-

Harmonic Prodigy IN Mercurial Chemister OUT

Prodigy is like an upgraded version of Naban, Dean of Iteration in this deck, except that we can have both of them at the same time, and multiple copies of Prodigy with Inalla to boot. There's no way this one doesn't belong! It is with great sadness that we send Mercurial Chemister into retirement. It's very underrated and has always performed well for me, but at 5cmc its still probably the weakest link at this point.

Step Through IN Vedalken AEthermage OUT

This new sorcery is pretty much strictly better than Aethermage in this deck. We only ever use Aethermage for the Wizardcycling, and Step Through does it for one mana less. In addition, we might actually want to cast Step Through sometimes in order to recur our mages, even though that is likely rare, whereas we would never hardcast Vedalken AEthermage . There is, of course, the option of having both, but I don't think I'm ready to cut anything else to keep Aethermage at this point.

Guerric on [Primer] Casting the Mythal: An Inalla Guide

1 month ago
Looking forward to Modern Horizons, there are some promising options.

Step Through is at the very least a strictly better upgrade of Vedalken AEthermage , as the spell half is actually useful and the wizardcycling cost is lower. Of course, more tutors, more better, so we might end up with both.

Harmonic Prodigy is one of the best cards for this deck that I've seen in awhile. Its basically another copy of Naban, Dean of Iteration , though since it is non-legendary one can see for some broken plays if we play it in the same turn as, say, Watcher for Tomorrow . I'm sure we'll find room for this somewhere. Looking forward to the new set!

nathanielhebert on Flying Wizards Pezzent

2 months ago

Ah, I see what you mean about the deck classification if putting Kaza, Roil Chaser into the mix — the guys I play with don't know what the words Standard, Modern, Pauper, Legacy, etc, mean, so as long as I've got about 60 cards in my deck, we're good to play. I did spot the Naban, Dean of Iteration in your maybeboard which got my deck-building gears turning, so curious to see where you end up on that exploration. Cheers!

Saccox on Flying Wizards Pezzent

2 months ago

Hey nathanielhebert! This deck it's building in paper and maybe is the harder strong for my decks "Pezzent". Goblin Electromancer it's alredy present in 4X and Kaza, Roil Chaser put it in the pioneer version. Now i would like to increase Adeliz, the Cinder Wind or Umara Mystic ,they are two very strong cards! I should do it soon a mono u mage deck based on Naban, Dean of Iteration ,if you want to stay updated add me for friend ^^. I have lots of other ultra-budget decks if you want to have a look

Neotrup on Does Naban make Drowned Secrets …

3 months ago

No. Drowned Secrets is a cast trigger, not an etb, which means it still mills even if the spell is countered, but does not trigger an additional time with Naban, Dean of Iteration style effects.

FSims81 on Does Naban make Drowned Secrets …

3 months ago

Drowned Secrets is a cast trigger and Naban, Dean of Iteration is concerned with ETB, or enter the battlefield, triggers. Drowned secrets would only trigger upon the casting of any additional blue spells and does not care about them entering the battlefield so Naban would not cause Drowned Secrets to trigger twice.

KongMing on Orvar decks you had to choose the clones

5 months ago

Some more ideas:

Ashiok's Erasure , Baral's Expertise , Naban, Dean of Iteration , Narset's Reversal (the original spell doesn't need to resolve to trigger Orvar, just get cast), Unsubstantiate , and Isochron Scepter (since you actually cast the copy).

Also, a quick note on Venser, Shaper Savant . As noted before with Narset's Reversal, the spell you cast that targets one of your creatures only needs to be cast, not resolve. So, for example, if you cast Cerulean Wisps on Venser, a copy of Venser would enter the battlefield, the copy would disappear due to state-based effects, and then the copy's trigger would sit on the stack, allowing you to target Cerulean Wisps and return it to your hand before it resolves. This lets you repeatedly cast the same spell, although it never resolves, as long as you can continue paying for it. Of course, that can be a good thing, and there's also plenty of ways to pay for it with this commander.

Floklo on Inalla Combo

6 months ago

Hey Odyssey, I really love your deck list and and write-up on Inalla, Archmage Ritualist. After taking a closer look at the Dualcaster Mage + Ghostly Flicker + Inalla, Archmage Ritualist combo, I've come to the realization that it can create infinite tokens and infinite mana. I found your description of the Dualcaster combo a little hard to follow, since there were a few instances where triggers and spells were left unresolved. I've provided a modified description of the combo below so that no triggers are dropped and the combo is executed in such a way that you create the maximum amount of mana per token created. For the sake of clarity, I sequenced the combo differently and broke it down into three distinct phases. Assume all lands enter the battlefield untapped and produce 1 mana.

Phase 1 - Initiate the Combo

  1. On your pre-combat main phase, cast Ghostly Flicker, targeting two tapped lands.
  2. Hold priority and cast Dualcaster Mage, targeting Ghostly Flicker.

Phase 2 - Create a Stack of Inalla's Triggered Ability

  1. Dualcaster Mage ETBs. This triggers two triggered abilities: Inalla's ability and Dualcaster Mage's ability. Put Inalla's ability on the stack first. Put Dualcaster's ability on the stack second, targeting Ghostly Flicker. (+1 Inalla Ability)
  2. Dualcaster Mage's ability resolves and creates a copy of Ghostly Flicker. For this copy, target one tapped land and Dualcaster Mage.
  3. The copy of Ghostly Flicker resolves. An untapped land ETBs. Tap this land immediately to add 1 mana. As before, Dualcaster Mage ETBs and triggers two triggered abilities. Put Inalla's ability on the stack first. Put Dualcaster's ability on the stack second, targeting the original Ghostly Flicker. (+1 Mana, +1 Inalla Ability)
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 an arbitrary amount of times.
  5. Repeat step 2 except this time target two untapped lands.
  6. Two untapped lands ETB. Tap these lands immediately to add 2 mana. (+2 Mana)

At this point, your stack will consist of the the original Ghostly Flicker on the bottom and X amount of Inalla's triggered ability on top. You will also have X + 1 mana in your mana pool. The next phase will be concerned with resolving all of Inalla's triggered abilities.

Phase 3 - Create an Army and a Ton of Mana

  1. The topmost Inalla triggered ability resolves. Pay the cost and create a token of Dualcaster Mage. (-1 Mana, -1 Inalla Ability)
  2. A token of Dualcaster Mage ETBs. Only the token's triggered ability will resolve. Inalla's ability will not trigger for tokens. Put the token's ability on the stack, targeting the original Ghostly Flicker.
  3. The token Dualcaster Mage's ability resolves and creates a copy of Ghostly Flicker. For this copy, target two untapped lands.
  4. Two untapped lands ETB. Tap these lands immediately to add 2 mana. (+2 Mana)
  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 until there are no Inalla triggered abilities remaining on the stack.
  6. Resolve the original Ghostly Flicker cast in phase 1. Two untapped lands ETB. Tap these lands for 2 mana. (+2 Mana)

At the end of this combo, you will have created X Dualcaster Mage tokens and have 2X + 3 mana in your mana pool. This mana can be used to pay for attacking taxes from cards such as Ghostly Prison or Propaganda. Alternatively, you can simply use the mana to cast Inalla, Archmage Ritualist to make her activated ability available to you. Since you have so much mana, she is almost uncounterable. Since the combo is infinite, Naban, Dean of Iteration will not change the amount of tokens you can create, but he will change the ratio of the amount of mana you can produce per token. With him on the battlefield, you will be able to make 6X + 5 mana per X tokens created.

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