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Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
Time Spiral

Reviewed December 12, 2007

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 2.67

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Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir

He makes all your spells effectively uncounterable, he pretty much gives all your creatures haste (since a lot of times that's what flash does), and he lets you use CIP effects in response to things. And he lets Mystical Teachings find any creature card in your deck. All that and he comes into play at instant speed.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 2


Wednesday - Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir

This guy was one of the reasons to play a blue control deck for a long while after he came out, and for good reason. If you drop him, and your opponent has no way to get rid of him (Char and Psionic Blast being the classic cards of choice), you are most likely going to win the game. The ability to stop your opponent from playing instants at instant speed is gamebreaking, especially in the control mirror, where you'll probably win if you resolve him first. The triple blue hurts a lot, and is one of the reasons why his play has gone down a bit with the rotation of Ravnica block and the dual lands. He's still a great card; I would expect to see his stock rise again if Morningtide brings with it a playable Wizard deck.

In limited, a great card to have if you can support the triple blue. Flashing out creatures can really mess with your opponent.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir

Some cards win games. Some cards dominate games. Some cards crack games wide open, and Teferi is one of those. More than a few people panic outright when they see Teferi on the stack because they fear the effect he has on almost any strategy you care to name; those with a calmer disposition know there are many ways to stop him, but he does mess with a surprising number of things. The only reason I don't rate Teferi higher in limited is because of the triple blue mana cost, but if you can fit him in, you should - suspend cards are even more important in Time Spiral block limited than in constructed.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5

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