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You've got to think outside the box. That first ability + any Cloudshift mechanic means not only are you shifting your dude out of combat or whatever, it'll rejoin with more counters. It also syncs well with Thragtusk because if they play a board wipe and you've got mana open, the token you're about to spawn is going to be way bigger.

The second ability is where this card shines, though. It essentially gives any creature with undying "Regenerate (U)(G). Draw a Card." Maintaining hand advantage while making your undying guys truly undying? Sounds like a winner to me. He's begging to be built around and unlike other guild mages, the deck that does so is viable in standard.

He's a solid 4/5 from me.
Posted By: SRSFACE (2/19/2013 9:16:55 AM)


No one's posted the synergy with Fathom Mage? Take a counter off fathom mage to draw while making it weaker so it evoves and you draw again. Good stuff.

Also if you have extra mana and nothing to do with it you can pump up cheap creatures multiple times before you cast them.
Posted By: _Wicker_ (1/26/2013 7:42:12 PM)


Chand, whoever told you that the counters left eot, doesn't know what they are talking about. They stay on until an effect, or spell would say otherwise (e.g. His second ability). This card would be unplayable if the counters didn't remain. I would google rule assertions these FNM players make to you in the future or ask a real judge.

I am hoping this card makes it in the meta in the future, but currently it is just too slow, and mana intensive. Often you are forced to block with him in aggro decks before abusing his effect. It's a shame because I think he's the best designed guild mage of the block.
Posted By: icetiberon (4/21/2013 8:39:59 AM)


First ability + Woodfall Primus + free, repeatable sac outlet (like Phyrexian Altar) =
destroy every unprotected noncreature permanent you want to + gain a crapload of life.
Also great for abusing Glen Elendra Archmage.

Granted, this already worked with Melira, Sylvok Outcast, but it's nice to have some redundancy for EDH.

Still, it's nice they made another card that abuses both Persist *and* Undying... we really needed that, right? ;)
Posted By: drpvfx (1/23/2013 9:53:32 AM)


Synergy with undying and persist, as well as the entire simic combine for cheap, he will replace of my Sage of Fables in the right decks.
Posted By: Cyberium (1/23/2013 2:37:43 PM)


Slightly broken with undying... They also made this guildmage so cheap ability wise. I'm slightly afraid of green commons and uncommons.
Posted By: Oatbran (1/23/2013 8:38:42 AM)


Lorescale Coatl is his best friend.
Posted By: raptorman333 (1/23/2013 11:39:51 AM)


The Indian Giver of 1/1 counters.
Posted By: Purplerooster (1/25/2013 12:36:27 PM)


Sadly I do not have Strangleroot Geist.
Fortunately I got a playset of Young Wolf
"Who's a good boy?!"
Posted By: Dabok (1/23/2013 6:12:43 AM)


Probably one of the better Gatecrash guildmages
Posted By: ThisisSakon (1/22/2013 4:44:16 PM)