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Jace, Architect of Thought
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Community Rating: 3.642 / 5  (218 votes)
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I personally love the art. He's standing on a skyscraper, scouring Ravnica, and his face is saying, "What's happening to my home?" Besides, what's wrong with wind-blown hair for the most awesome of Planeswalkers? Much better than Jace, Anime Adept. He's not meant to look ferociously dark anymore, now that we know more about him since Beleren's and Mindsculptor's releases.

Awesome card, and definitely my favorite of all the Jaces printed so far; More effective than Beleren, not OP like Mindsculptor, and much better, accurate art than Memory Adept.

His +1 cripples swarm attackers. He's tapping each of their minds with a Fleeting Distraction so their attacks are less effective.
His -2 is great: A cheap price for just a slightly nerfed Fact or Fiction. Go with one option, or the other?
His -8 is my favorite of all Jace ultimates until now. Given the flavor of Magic, a Library is a Planeswalker's arsenal of spells. Beleren invaded and deleted 20 o... (see all)
Posted By: Kura-san (10/25/2012 1:02:40 AM)


@ Infamous Gemini
I'm mostly commenting to correct you on Liliana. Consider that a lot of the best decks in eternal formats run less than 16 creatures. Put a Tarmogoyf in front of her to prevent another creature sneaking through to kill her and she will become a soft lock. Hell, she's a soft lock as long as your opponent is in top deck mode, which will be the case when you run her alongside Thought seize in Modern and Hymn to Tourach in Legacy.
Posted By: Taudisban (9/4/2013 7:12:28 PM)


Good to see that Jace decided to get out of art and take up engineering instead.
Posted By: SyntheticDreamer (9/25/2012 8:27:15 PM)


Imagine this...
Blow up Jace to use his ultimate.
Search opponents deck for Armada Wurm / Avacyn / etc.
Search your own deck for another copy of Jace, Architect of Thought to replace the one you just blew up.
Put both into play.

The best part is you get to use another PW ability on the one you put into play, so his ability only cost -4, your up by your opponents biggest card, and you get to use two PW abilities in one turn.

Oh his other abilities are pretty nice too. This guy should not be underestimated.
Posted By: shotoku64 (9/26/2012 9:06:55 PM)


Scry is coming in the next block. His second ability will be more utilized....
Posted By: Ike38 (9/14/2013 10:49:47 AM)


Jace Beleren, Architect.
Posted By: Zenzei (9/25/2012 3:00:57 PM)


Severely underrated right now. Defends himself and you with his +1, digs pretty damn well for you with -2, and uses your opponent's deck against him with his -8, as well as fishing out your biggest bomb. Realistically, there is absolutely no way this should be under 4/5 right now.
Posted By: steinburger1109 (10/11/2012 6:04:27 PM)


Not as contraversial as the other Jaces, I think. His -2 will probably see the most play, since Ponder is rotating. However, I hope WOTC will come out with blue planeswalkers that don't have Jace in them...
Posted By: Gcrudaplaneswalker (9/25/2012 5:49:01 PM)


Crazy fun combo.
Jace, AoT + Doubling Season + Wheel of Sun and Moon. With Doubling Season in play, Jace comes out with 8 counters, use his ultimate, Wheel sends him to the bottom of your deck, get an opponet's non-land card and Jace, put Jace into play, wash rinse and repeat until the opponet's just left with lands.
Not the ebst combo ever, but hilarious to think about.
Posted By: Raikoo (10/21/2012 8:42:42 PM)


This card for me represents the iconic blue card that isn't broken. This card emulates a blue player's thoughts:

Step 1: Stall
Step 2: Increase hand size (in the form of my favorite way of drawing, i.e. Fact or Fiction)
Step 3: Do something really weird.
Posted By: TheKazu (12/3/2012 4:21:49 PM)


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Why such a low rating? +1 generates tempo and life advantage, while -2 generates card advantage. If you get the ultimate off, you should probably win the game. Because this Jace is difficult to kill, you can use it to soak up damage while setting up your game winning bombs. If you use +1 the turn Jace comes out, the opponent needs a 6/X, two 4/X's, three 3/X's, or five 2/X's to kill Jace. If that many creatures are attacking you instead, you will get out of the game very quickly. Overall, even if this Jace is not the best planeswalker, Jace deserves a better rating than its current rating of 3.642 / 5.
Posted By: Hua9801 (4/5/2014 8:24:37 PM)


This would be the first Jace that anyone could really use outside of decks dedicated to him or mill style decks. I love this Jace over any of the others; he's playable, well costed, not broken or week, gives more variety of decks for him, and his abilities are useful for any game.

The art is fantastic due to the realism, which I prefer over the anime or cartoon-y type art.

I plan on using Jace, Architect of Thought in my Red/White/Blue WarZone deck for his +1 mainly, his other abilities are solid like the -2 for card advantage, the ultimate will probably never go off but it does seem interesting.
Posted By: TylerGagne (2/18/2014 7:33:54 PM)


Would love to see the Jace, Architect of Thought+ Doubling Season+ Wheel of Sun and Moon combo pulled off with only 1 card left in hand. Surprised that they don't just quit after playing every creature in their deck leaving them with nothing but basic land and pass the turn. They play the only card that you couldn't see that was left in their hand and that card is Homeward Path.
Posted By: amberbock (2/11/2014 11:47:00 AM)


@Nucleon: For one thing, while the focus of the plane of Ravnica is on multicolored, there's still plenty of monocolor there as well. For another, what's wrong with a monoblue Planeswalker? He's one of the Lorwyn Five and Chandra (monored) who shows up a lot (and I think we can all agree that she isn't as good as Jace)

Not only does Doubling Season allow him to use his -8 from the start (though the +1 would be better to start with 95% of the time), he's a beast against Populate and Proliferate decks! Think about it: Trostani's Summoner gives you six tokens, Contagion Clasp goes nicely with his +1 ability, Simic decks (not Populate or Proliferate, but still quite good here) have cards that let you put +1/+1 tokens on your creatures, just find one of those, there's all kinds of combos he's good with!
Posted By: Casimir_the_Great (1/30/2014 8:04:59 AM)


His +1 is actually surprisingly good at stemming any bleeding. If you do it immediately when you play him he gets 5 counters, so he becomes difficult to kill. While it's true that huge power creatures aren't really affected (like thragtusk), presumably you have or can deal with the big power creatures and then leave the small creatures around.

His -2 is a crappy fact or fiction, not just because it's only 3 cards but the other cards go to the bottom of the library and not the graveyard (a big distinction), but it's still effectively a "draw 3" since you get the better pile.

He got even better in RTR-THS standard compared to INN-RTR though. The format has fewer value creatures/etb creatures available, so decks are trying to spread their threats by playing more creatures; instead of 1 Polukranos that dies to a doom blade, play 2 smaller creatures while watching out for the wrath. Devotion strategies are also common and the way to rack up a high devotion is to curve out which involves p... (see all)
Posted By: mdakw576 (12/27/2013 5:49:23 AM)


I think this Jace is really awkward since none of his abilities have synergy with one another. Regardless, his -2 is pretty good, and his -8 can be great in EDH (If he lasts that long).
Posted By: thePROJECTION (12/4/2013 10:07:36 AM)


When it comes to Planeswalkers I prefer the Caller of the Pride but Jace still has the solid pain in everybody else's butt we come to expect from blue. Weakening all opponent creature attacks for free, what amounts to an upgraded scry, plus the ability to cast each players best card sans casting cost? All nice tricks. Plus eight more Jaces and WotC gets a free six inch sub.
Posted By: Newfrickinshow (11/9/2013 7:14:30 AM)


-2 is ok, other stuff is crap.
Posted By: Pipikako (11/9/2013 4:22:27 AM)


Jace, Architect of Thought is actually a expensive cards my friends say and is very powerful in The Return To Ravinica. My friends say that he is (at least!) about $10-$20! He is still a very good card with his abilities, the best one I think is -8. Very OP
Posted By: Azorius_Council (11/4/2013 6:56:46 PM)


Is there a Foil version
Posted By: KriegthePsycho (11/2/2013 8:18:18 PM)


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