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Compare to Time Elemental in both cost and ability.

It would be *awesome* to have both of them out with Training Grounds in EDH.
Use TE to bounce something hated back into their hand,
then use Ertai to counter it.

Then again, an Isochron Scepter could also cast either Boomerang or Counterspell for 2,
without any combos needed (other than the Imprint), and a total CMC of UU less.

I guess it never hurts to have a back-up plan.
Posted By: drpvfx (10/23/2011 5:28:10 PM)



Soon, with Dark Ascension, Curse of Exhaustion to screw only your opponent over.
Posted By: Juicebox360 (1/23/2012 10:40:01 AM)


I like the way my friend put it:
"Black is for people who think their evil. Blue is for people who actually know how it's done."
Arcane Laboratory plays nicely with him. What makes that even better is that Ninjitsu on cards like Mistblade Shinobi don't count as playing a spell. Nor does using cycle effects... Hmm... Off to the deck builder.
Posted By: Zoah (1/3/2013 3:02:21 PM)


New flavor text:
"Now you're thinking with Portals!"
-Barrin, to Ertai
Posted By: pedrodyl (2/5/2013 5:42:20 PM)


Awesome card. the ability to counter something repeatedly for 4 is huge. My friend plays a copy ofErtai, the corrupted and while the reduced mana cost is nice, his lack of token or other things to sac left him eating his side of the board to counter something mundane on my side. I'd much rather play this ertai, mid game with a little bit of mana to spare.
Posted By: Smoke_Stack (2/9/2013 7:59:57 AM)


This is one of the few characters I actually feel a twinge of pity about and yet still think is a dick (Actually, the only one). He and Belbe fell in love, he almost became a evincar, then Belbe tries to actually send her Father (who she was stolen from, killed, turned into a phyrexian, and had no memory of ever being an elf) but he kills her with poison. Ertai becomes corrupted (becoming Ertai the Corrupted) and he served Crovax.
Posted By: atemu1234 (2/9/2013 2:53:13 PM)


I like how the Oracle ruling doesn't bother to mention the other card it's talking about.
Posted By: Aquillion (6/22/2013 6:59:10 PM)


Ertai's flippant arrogance aptly captures the power of counterspells in this game.
Posted By: BegleOne (11/14/2013 7:25:34 PM)


Ertai, Wizard Adept - but Trolling Expert.
Posted By: Arachnos (2/5/2014 11:47:26 AM)