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Kefnet the Mindful
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 Kefnet the Mindful
- Amonkhet

Reviewed June 14, 2017

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.13
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.25
Commander [EDH]: 3.38

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Kefnet the Mindful
 
Kefnet is basically Magic's equivalent of Thoth (or Zehuti), right down to the ibis head. Thoth was also equated by the Romans to Mercury, who was a god of magic, travel, and trade, so I think Kefnet is definitely very much on that same continuum. The link between Magic mechanics and abstract concepts can sometimes be vague, and since Magic players value drawing cards over basically anything else, it's sometimes hard for people to resist linking everything good to drawing cards. 
 
Kefnet's activated ability is obviously good, but I keep getting distracted by the fact that you "may" return a land to your hand. Is it just to play well with the recent (and older) landfall cards? Is it just to get more cards in your hand in the late game when you have more than enough mana to cast spells? Regardless, it's a useful ability to have around in larger formats, where you might be looking at more interactions for Seismic Assault and Trade Routes (there's the Mercury reference again!).
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H. Kefnet the Mindful (6/14)
 
Like Rhonas, Kefnet is really cheap: a 5/5 for 3 with evasion is legit. The issue is that Kefnet's turn-on trigger is hard: even in blue, holding a full grip of cards can be hard, and the "draw a card" ability is a way, albeit inefficient, to get there. Kefnet can be powerful, but it's also hard to keep a full grip to let him swoop in and do its thing. Definitely better in formats with the tools to enable him, but he's a threat once he comes online.
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander: 3.75

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