Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir

Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.)

Creature cards you own that aren't on the battlefield have flash.

Each opponent can cast spells only at any time they could cast a sorcery.

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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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Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir Discussion

TheVectornaut on Blue/Black Beginner Deck

1 day ago

I think this deck is really well-positioned to become a "draw-go" style control deck that plays instants and flash creatures on others' turns. Pteramander , Augur of Bolas , Brineborn Cutthroat , Threnody Singer , Vodalian Arcanist , Naiad of Hidden Coves , Wavebreak Hippocamp , Murmuring Mystic , and all of your instants (save for the likely too slow 4 mana ones) already fit in such an archetype to at least some extent. The horse fish is particularly insane as a card draw engine, and I'd try to get a playset of it if you can. Stacking them to draw even more cards with Nymris, Oona's Trickster , Baral, Chief of Compliance , Slitherwisp , etc. would also make Ominous Seas more viable, possibly even supplemented by draw payoffs like Chasm Skulker and Nadir Kraken .

Some other options that care about flash might be Cunning Nightbonder , Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir , Leyline of Anticipation , Torrential Gearhulk , and Mystical Teachings .

For more generally good instants, Counterspell , Mana Leak , Countersquall , Frantic Search , AEtherize , Vapor Snag , Rewind , Cryptic Command , Opt , and Brainstorm (if you're playing with the legacy banned list) are options of varying budgets and power levels for a control deck.

The first cards I'd cut would be anything with suspend or that applies keyword ability counters. I think some amount of counter manipulation would be needed to maximize the value from such cards (with Clockspinning , Jhoira's Timebug , Paradox Haze , and Nikara, Lair Scavenger being a few things that come to mind). Then, I'd cull any sorceries or creatures that would take up all your mana on your own turn for minimal impact. Dead Revels , Frost Lynx , Alirios, Enraptured , and so on.

Sorry it took me a while to submit this after seeing the deck get posted earlier this week. Let me know if you have any questions and good luck with your build!

d_iros on Crouching Kadena, Hidden Phage

2 months ago

The tech of using Shared Summons to set up Seedborn Muse on your turn into flashing Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir in next turn, basically makes Shared Summons Prophet of Kruphix in a can. This spicy tech was originated by Abzkaban in You Just Activated My Trap Card!, and is too genius to not incorporate into my deck. I'm cutting Damnation for Shared Summons and replacing Tidal Barracuda with Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir. Cutting a board wipe hurts but I always thought Damnation is boring and also this card provides way too much value. Also, the fact that I'm cutting Damnation should speak to how lean this deck has gotten over it's many iterations.

Shared Summons is also a premium draw engine in a can if you tutor Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir and Beast Whisperer. Late game, being able to tutor two creatures with one card will let you answer pretty much any threat with a morph while also finding a piece to advance your gameplan. It's also a pickle lock in a can but the downside is that revealing the tutored cards lets your opponents know the pickle lock is coming.

d_iros on Crouching Kadena, Hidden Phage

2 months ago

The tech of using Shared Summons to set up Seedborn Muse into Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir next turn, originated by Abzkaban in You just activated my TRAP card!, is too genius to not incorporate into my deck. Cutting Damnation for Shared Summons and replacing Tidal Barracuda with Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir. This is also pretty much a draw engine in a can if you get Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir and Beast Whisperer. Late game, being able to tutor two creatures with one card will let you answer pretty much any threat with a morph while also finding a piece to advance your gameplan. It's also a pickle lock in a can, but your opponents will see it coming as you have to reveal the cards.

d_iros on Crouching Kadena, Hidden Phage

2 months ago

The tech of using Shared Summons to set up Seedborn Muse on your turn and flash in Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir next, originated by Abzkaban in You just activated my TRAP card!, is too genius to not incorporate into my deck. Cutting Damnation for Shared Summons and replacing Tidal Barracuda with Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir. You know this tech is spicy and the decklist is tight when Damnation is getting the shaft. Plus, tutoring two creatures you need is just good on it's own even if you're not doing the above set up.

Abzkaban on You Just Activated My Trap Card!

2 months ago

d_iros

While I could get the pickles lock with Shared Summons, my primary targets are usually Seedborn Muse and Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir. By playing it just before my turn, it allows me to drop Seedborn and then flash in Teferi on the next person’s turn to set up Prophet of Kruphix. I can’t stress enough how much this deck outvalues the table with that set up.

KongMing on Ral and Kalamax Best Friends Forever

2 months ago

Heyo! Nice deck with a lot of great copying sources and stuff to copy.

Have you thought about adding a Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir to the deck? Obviously your instant spells don't need to be powered up, but it lets you play everything else at instant speed, meaning you can really take opponents by surprise by not revealing your interactions until your strategy is about to go off. Of course, he also keeps opponents from counterspelling any of your stuff or casting unfriendly things.

Altogether, it's hard to pick something to take out for him. Perhaps a counterspell since he is an indirect method of control himself?

Ekuryua on Absolute Control

2 months ago

Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir and Knowledge Pool or Possibility Storm prevent your opponents from ever casting spells.

also Mycosynth Lattice and Karn, the Great Creator to lock your opponents lands.

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