Naban, Dean of Iteration
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1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom 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
Vintage Legal

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.

TheoryCrafter on Faerly Odd Wizards

3 months ago

If you're trying to use Mistbind Clique to get extra ETB activations for your other faeries you may also want to consider any combination of Bone Shards,Naban, Dean of Iteration, Riptide Laboratory and Spark Harvest. To supplement this strategy you then may want to consider Faerie Harbinger and Faerie Seer. Hope this helps. Happy Hunting!

beastmenwarrior on [Primer] Casting the Mythal *Update*

6 months ago

Oh and this is super niche but I have been trying out Mirror Box since it enables an infinite combo with Naru Meha, Master Wizard and adds some additional value to other legendary creatures such as Naban, Dean of Iteration. it being 3cmc allows it to be tutored with Trophy Mage which is a nice bonus.

plakjekaas on Beamsplitter Mage copying and targeting

8 months ago

You're right, Rhadamanthus , I was thinking of Harmonic Prodigy when I wrote the stuff about Naban, Dean of Iteration. Harmonic Prodigy would make Beamsplitter Mage trigger an additional time.

If you want to loop Essence Flux with Beamsplitter Mage though, use Naru Meha, Master Wizard or Dualcaster Mage, especially if you already used their etb and they're already in play, you can loop as follows:

1: Target Beamsplitter Mage with Essence Flux.

2: Beamsplitter Mage triggers, you create a copy of Essence Flux. Target Dualcaster Mage.

3: Resolve the copy, blinking Dualcaster Mage. It enters the battlefield, and has an etb trigger.

4: With the etb from Dualcaster Mage, target the original Essence Flux which is still on the stack. Create a copy of the original Essence Flux, targeting Dualcaster Mage again.

Repeat steps 3 & 4 as much as you like. Note that you need an additional piece (like Impact Tremors or Altar of the Brood) to actually finish the game with it.

Rhadamanthus on Beamsplitter Mage copying and targeting

8 months ago

Beamsplitter Mage and Naban, Dean of Iteration don't interact with each other. Beamsplitter Mage triggers when you cast an instant or sorcery targeting it, but Naban adds to triggers caused by a Wizard entering the battlefield. Naban's ability will never create an additional Beamsplitter trigger.

plakjekaas on Beamsplitter Mage copying and targeting

8 months ago


Beamsplitter Mage specifies you need to target other creatures with the split copies it creates. So you could target Beamsplitter Mage, this will trigger it, which will trigger Naban, Dean of Iteration which will make Beamsplitter Mage trigger again. The end result is the original Essence Flux targeting Beamsplitter Mage, and two copies, both targeting creatures other than Beamsplitter Mage. If these copies both target the same creature, one copy will resolve and flicker that creature, meaning it's not the same creature anymore after it enters the battlefield again. The second copy's target will have disappeared, and the spell will fizzle. Then you flicker Beamsplitter Mage.

Beamsplitter Mage will only trigger when you cast a spell that targets it, it will not trigger off of becoming the target of a copied spell.

Hope I understood your question right, and that this is what you asked for.

9-lives on Beamsplitter Mage copying and targeting

8 months ago

If I have Beamsplitter Mage with Naban, Dean of Iteration if I cast Essence Flux onto Beamsplitter Mage will it copy twice and can it target the same creature twice? Say i have Sea Gate Stormcaller. Can I target Beamsplitter Mage and then Sea Gate Stormcaller and then target back to Beamsplitter Mage and do the same thing over and over again multiplying my copies?

The_Acid_Drip on Ferngully (Help Wanted!)

8 months ago

Hey Balaam, have you thought of making this more like wizard tribal with a tiny-bit less emphasis fairy theme?

If so you could run it two ways.

1) Value wizards like Snapcaster Mage and Nimble Obstructionist are useful to tempo them out along with an upgraded counter package like Wizard's Retort. Support also expands to include Naban, Dean of Iteration and Naru Meha, Master Wizard who pumps your wizards and faeries. You'de likely have to swap out your scions for this. However, Cavern of souls makes your wizards uncounterable and you gain access to a wider tribe.

Also swapping out for snow lands so you can run Ascendant Spirit seems useful and holds a low opportunity cost.

2) The alternative is to force tribal matches with Arcane Adaptation. If you go this route you're basically running the best low cost blue value creatures, lots of cantrips and the 4x scions. You're using 'real' faeries less but all your creatures gain shroud. This is kinda like the Drogskol Captain combo used in Bant spirits, splashing green for collected company.

Which ever you go with 4x of Curious Obsession will likely help you tempo them out.

Great thematic deck. Kudos to you for trying to build something competitive around a fun theme. It's easy and derivative to just try and formulate "the best deck." Also those decks tend to have repetitive lines of play. Something slightly less competitive is going to be more challenging to pilot but it will also be significantly more rewarding and interactive.

That's how I lean when I tend to build my commander decks. Find and use the best enablers for an underpowered theme/tribe to bring it to a competitive level. Games are more surprising this way and people will be on the back foot, unable to write you off as a crude underestimation will lead to their elimination from the game.

amicdeep on Budget U/W Blink (Soulherder)

9 months ago

the issue with venser is its turn 4 at earliest, and soul herder is a solid turn 3 but its your only solid turn three, going reflector into venser is going to stall even most agressive lists, and flicker into venser will mean that you can contest with most control and midrange lists.

for the manlands, you don't really have any on curve one drops. having 2-5 taplands for this slot is unlikely to be to painful, rouges passage is unlikely to be ideal. the main upside of manlands is they can attack start away after a board wipe before your opponent can rebuild. they are also away to help out value in a grindy game. I don't think rogues passage really fills this roll.

the point of professor is that its basically wall of omen but it always gets draws you a removal/land or wincon (of your choice) it takes away the variance and makes for consistent answers and in the late game when you've run out of wishboard it also just loots. (basically the etb is better than wall for the first 4 etb then slightly worse.) personally i would run this over Watcher for Tomorrow as watcher doesn't get any value until it dies or is flickered where as prof gets you the value on etb.

another budget direction that may be worth going for this list and the cards your runnings is Naban, Dean of Iteration as this makes venser returns a thing and itself so it can keep being recast. and watcher and reflector become 2 for 1s. also elite guard mage becomes draw 2 gain 6

hope this helps explain some of my reasoning

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