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An update to the Morphling, and truly its heir. They've fixed what was lost with the rule changes of M10. Again this guy will be unblockable and a great blocker. Again he's hard to kill, even harder than the original. You can even untap him too!

The only parts where he's worse at is obviously his cost and his lack of flying. Doesn't make him bad though. This is exactly what I want in my finishers. A good control deck will just drop him at 7 or 8 mana and just win with him being the only threat. The Weissmann deck would be proud!
Posted By: Shiizu (5/12/2013 4:10:56 AM)
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I have to say that this guy is probably ultimately better than morphling, you may have to wait an extra turn to cast him, but the ability to bounce in this format is much more important in Game 1 of the control mirror because of maindeck verdicts and other sweepers. You also get a slightly larger body for an extra mana, plus the ultimate offense evasion.
Posted By: TigerOps (5/20/2013 8:00:09 PM)
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Remember back when Avacyn, Angel of Hope was revealed, we thought her ability was strong but there are still a multitude of solutions to her? Aetherling's first ability is a vast upgrade to indestructibility.

For comparison, solutions to Avacyn:
Counterspells, exile effects like Selesnya Charm and Detention Sphere, sac effects like Liliana of the Veil and Far // Away, steal effects, -X/-X effects, and pacifism effects

solutions to a generic hexproof creature:
Counterspells, sac effects and mass destroy effects like Supreme Verdict and Mizzium Mortars. A big blocker like Thragtusk can also stop it indefinitely in some cases.

solutions to Aetherling:
Counterspells, Pithing Needle. If used with Cavern of Souls, then just Pithing Needle.

I don't think there ever was a creature wh... (see all)
Posted By: sweetgab (6/27/2013 10:47:06 AM)
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morphling finally got a facelift!
Posted By: MANABURNWASGOOD (5/13/2013 7:51:09 AM)
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My multiplayer Simic deck just found its new all-star. A self-mutating 4/5 powerhouse that can bounce itself right before each opponent's end step for Blue? Just call him The Evolver Revolver.

Or just use him as a high-powered finisher, and call him The Evolvers' Resolver. Versatility!
Posted By: Salient (5/14/2013 7:09:26 PM)
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Aetherling is the perfect control deck finisher. By the time you have total control of the board (which if you don't then shame on you) you'll have plenty of mana to play him while also having mana up to counter any of your opponents threats and have his exile ability up.

Trust me, you do not want to be on the wrong end of an Aetherling. He is almost impossible to get rid of in the standard format, and if you can't stop him you will be receiving eight unblockable damage every single turn.

4.5/5
Posted By: Tamerlein (7/18/2013 4:24:49 PM)
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A brilliant and phenomenal card. If you can resolve this with one or two blue mana open, it's very likely to turn the game in your favor (if it's not in your favor already). It's also resilient to any and all forms of removal, which makes it a truly impeccable creature. I'm expecting this to skyrocket in usage; not too many people are advocating this card right now, but it's likely one of the most powerful cards in the entire standard format.
Posted By: WishResign (8/18/2013 12:49:30 AM)
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Aetherling is not a beatable card. Once it's resolved and they have enough mana to flicker it, there are only a couple of cards in the history of Magic that can stop it (only Pithing Needle in Standard). It's probably the hardest thing to kill that has ever been printed.
Posted By: Lifegainwithbite (12/15/2013 3:50:00 AM)
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Thank goodness for Stormtide Leviathan.
Posted By: Manapanda (3/13/2014 1:53:08 PM)
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bonkers. etb, next turn he hits for 8 unblockable with a spare 1 mana for first skill
Posted By: whitecow (4/23/2013 3:05:27 PM)
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