Watcher for Tomorrow

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Watcher for Tomorrow

Creature — Human Wizard

Hideaway (This creature enters the battlefield tapped. When it does, look at the top four cards of your library, exile one face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.)

When Watcher for Tomorrow leaves the battlefield, put the exiled card into its owner's hand.

Max_Hammer on Kadena "Surprise tool for later" …

5 months ago

I'm upgrading a Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer precon all about that one Micky Mouse gif where he goes, "And this is a surprise tool for later!" I want to know all of the fun mechanics where I can hide away (Hey... Wait a minute) a card and use it as a tool for later.

I've also chosen to lean a bit more into saccing creatures for draw or chump blocking them and putting them back into my hand, for a second use of their morph if need be.

I'd also like to note that my wincon is playing control (with hidden cards basically acting as loaded guns under the table), until I get one of my wincons out to storm the table. I have Vraska, Golgari Queen, Vraska the Unseen, Biomass Mutation, and Overwhelming Stampede in here alreay. I simply adore all Vraskas and Stampede/Mutation can usually turn my army of 2/2s into something lethal. And I know these aren't super optimal but again it's a precon upgrade, so do keep that in mind.

Of course we have morph and manifest, as well as foretell and hideaway (but only in the form of Watcher for Tomorrow (which I thought of whilst writing this), but are there any others?

Any suggestions for spicy stealthy mechanics, stronger/more consistent wincons (that aren't infinite combos, since this is casual), or improvements to the deck in general would be greatly appreciated as well. I've made some edits already but don't worry about suggesting something I've already seen.

Link to the precon decklist.

Archon_Bel on Ephara Remastered *PRIMER FINALLY*

7 months ago

Nice to see another Ephara player lol. Here are my thoughts:

  1. Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite- I ran this version of Elesh for a time. She is a powerful card, but I never found she really did much for the deck when I ran her. In my experience, 7 mana was too high a cost to pay for no recurrable effect (I prefer to have effects that I can reuse by flickering), and it usually left me with less mana to spend during my opponents’ turns, which I found to be more important than being able to swing for damage. Why not run the new Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines, instead? She pairs a lot better with our EtB effects.

  2. Lavinia of the Tenth- Cool card, and I get the concept behind her inclusion, but I personally never ended up running her. I prefer to remove creatures with stuff like Skyclave Apparition or Reflector Mage, or even just spot removal, than temporarily stopping them while keeping them on the field.

  3. Ledger Shredder- I don’t really see what this card does for you. Like with Elesh Norn, I think it’s better to run creatures with EtB effects you can reuse with flicker effects.

  4. Nezahal, Primal Tide- Same as above, plus the casting cost is way too high for my liking. Why not run something like Deadeye Navigator instead if you want a repeatable blink?

A few cards I’d recommend are Ephemerate, Momentary Blink, and Ghostway. The first two are very good instant blink cards, useful for reusing stuff like Reflector Mage on the spot for removal or Cloudblazer for some draw before your turn. You also get two uses out of them, so they’re good value and flexible cards. Ghostway is slightly better than Teferi's Protection in this deck imo, since you not only save your creatures, but you get their EtB effects again at end of turn. You don’t have the added benefit of protecting yourself from damage, though, so for that, I’d recommend Selfless Squire. Very underrated but super useful card in my experience; I once stalled a game out against a board full of 30+ dragons and only 3 life because of this card lol. Not a one-off occurrence either, as I’ve had several games where I’ve been able to keep myself from certain death by constantly flickering her effect; she’s incredible when combined with Archaeomancer and Ghostly Flicker!

Other creatures I’d recommend are Watcher for Tomorrow, Cloudblazer, and Saltskitter. The first two are great value engines with Soulherder and Thassa, Deep-Dwelling. I held off for a long time on using Saltskitter, but when I did, man did he put in the work. I was pretty much drawing cards every turn. There’s also Orvar, the All-Form, though this pretty much does the same thing as Displacer Kitten. Having those extra bodies is nice, though, so it’s up to you. Could even just run both lol.

Oh, and you may as well add Altar of Dementia to complete your Reveillark and Karmic Guide package.

tl;dr focus more on creatures with EtB effects for more flicker value, and a few more blink spells.

KarelAkker on My boi Ranar

8 months ago

Oelala Esper. I might consider expanding to 3 colour decks sometime soon as well, cause de variety in card options seems super fun.

Thanks for the tip! Yeah, Charming Prince is very high on my want list, waiting for a good deal to lock him in. I always disregarded Watcher for Tomorrow, but now you mention it, the card does give me a deep scry and draw into my deck, so I might consider that as well. I got elite guardmage for my Brago deck, which I love as a card. I might consider Inspiring Overseer more as a sideboard option, cause of its versatility (life, draw, and fly damage).

thefiresoflurve on My boi Ranar

8 months ago

Nice build! I've got an Esper ETB deck that's really fun. I also had issues with high CMC for a bit, but put a bit of work in and made some replacements that have proven to be really good:

Charming Prince - solid Scry, or can bounce one of your better ETBs if you draw it late game. I've never drawn this and wished I drew something else. It's just always good.

Watcher for Tomorrow - sort of draw, but IMO a bit better since it lets me select out of my top 4.

Inspiring Overseer - basically Elite Guardmage-lite.

Hope that helps!

bobbyboo on Abdel: Blink and You Miss Him.

9 months ago

Changes to be made:

Aviation Pioneer for Aspiring Aeronaut : Same effect for lower CMC. Flying blockers can be a weak point for this deck.

Burdened Aerialist for Wall of Runes : Trading filtering for treasure production, adding another potential combo piece to the mix.

Inspiring Overseer for Skyscanner : Same effect for same CMC with lifegain attached.

Mulldrifter for Search Party Captain : Better digging option with the upside of being able to be evoked if in a pinch. SPC being dependent on attackers is good for when Abdel has made enough tokens, not great in your opening hand though.

Soul's Attendant for Dwarven Priest : Better long term lifegain option with a lower CMC.

Stonehorn Dignitary for Watertrap Weaver : Why tap an opponents creature when you can stop them from attacking at all? Yes they will be able to use their remaining creatures as blockers, No Abdel doesn't care when he attacks with 100x 10/10 soldiers.

Watcher for Tomorrow for Augur of Bolas : Better digging option with less chance to whiff.

Pristine Talisman for Manalith : Can give infinite lifegain when Abdel is in a blinking loop, and this deck doesn't necessarily need the mana fixing.

Ephemerate for Teferi's Time Twist : Far better value, lower CMC, and returns Abdel immediately rather than at the end of the turn.

Settle Beyond Reality for Voidwielder : Another blink loop option with a hard exile mode for opponents creatures, better all around for the same CMC.

Reality Acid for AEthersnipe : Hard removal for less mana.

Fellwar Stone and other two cmc rocks will replace the three cmc ones over time to lower the curve even further.

Blobby_Bobby on Thassa the Thick-Ness Monsta

9 months ago

I think Watcher for Tomorrow deserves another look. Such a good card to blink.

wallisface on U/W Souls in Aetherflux

1 year ago

Heads-up this is a U/W deck, not B/W (B is for and U is for ).

Have you considered Soulherder here as a way to more reliably blink stuff?

I’m cautious that you don’t really have any good etbs and are pretty all-in on hoping to get to 50 life. It might be worth considering some better etb effects like Wall of Omens or Watcher for Tomorrow

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