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Magus of the Will
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Magus of the Will
- Commander 2016

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2016

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 4.50
Multiplayer: 4.38
Commander [EDH]: 4.38

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Magus of the Will
I still feel a little odd looking at this guy's text box and not seeing a Phyrexian watermark. Other than that, though, this guy is nothing to be underestimated - like all the various Magi from the Time Spiral block before him, being an efficient creature means he can do creature things if you don't need his effect at this exact moment. On the other hand, it does mean your opponent will most likely see it coming from further off than the original. In some sense, I know they wouldn't have put him literally in New Phyrexia because that'd have been just about the most dangerous thing imaginable for Standard, but he's going to do some pretty scary things in formats where he can appear.
And can you imagine if this is actually the start of some sort of mega-cycle? I shudder to consider the possibility of Magi who reproduce cards like Balance, Price of Progress, Impulse, or Plow Under.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

James H.

Magus of the Will (12/12)
Yawgmoth’s Will is one of Magic’s most infamous cards, part of what made the Urza’s Saga block so unbelievably busted (among other cards). Being able to play out your graveyard makes the card really potent, and it enables a lethal turn in a deck built for it.
So, when you put Yawgmoth’s Will on a body, the result is…less broken than the original card. It costs 3 to cast the creature and then 3 to activate it on your next turn. If you have the set-up to abuse it, this card can pretty much turn your turn into a game-ending free-for-all, but you only get one shot (since the Magus, like the spell, self-exiles).
I think it’s maybe too slow for Constructed (Legacy actually might be able to use it in a combo deck, like Tendrils of Agony Storm, but having to wait a turn to go off really kills it), but it’s crazy good everywhere else. If you're in black, consider this card.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 5
Multiplayer: 4.75
Commander: 4.75

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