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Sage of Hours

  • Color: Blue
  • Type: Creature - Human, Wizard
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Set:

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Heroic – Whenever you cast a spell that targets Sage of Hours, put a +1/+1 counter on it.

Remove all +1/+1 counters from Sage of Hours: For each five counters removed this way, take an extra turn after this one.

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  • Joshua McTiernan

    I like it! Limited gold! Or red if you like :)

  • Mike Thomas

    Ugh. Almost as bad as Mindweaver.
    Actually, at least mindweaver has the decency for being UU and a 2/2 off the bat. Nevermind, Worse than Mindweaver.

    • *Mindreaver #GitRekt

  • Adam Watson

    why do they have to make bad mythics, while a time walk is a mythic thing…… at least put it on a decent card.

  • Zombie

    Dear Wizards,

    We get it. There always has to be that one bad Mythic. There always has to be that one mythic that is literally unplayable in pretty much everything forever. But it’s got to stop. Seriously.

    • Necro

      Uh, there’s some easy infinite turn combos with this in Standard…
      It probably won’t be played at any big tournaments, but it will see some FNM play and it will win more than one.

      It’s decent and Commander playable.

      • Zombie

        Define “easy”.

        By easy, do you mean obscene levels of jank that will almost never work? Because that’s what I’ve been seeing.

        The combos require jank cards that would otherwise be unplayable in Standard and Ajani. Unless their opponent goldfishes, has mana trouble, or just doesn’t play the game, trying to go for that infinite turn combo will probably lose you the game. That’s not even CLOSE to decent.

        And no, this is not EDH playable. Lighthouse Chronologist is strictly better and guarantees you extra turns without further investment past the 7 levels until it dies.

        Not to mention Chronologist isn’t a 1/1.

        As for FNM play, you can never use that as a judge of a card’s worth. People play whatever the hell they want at an FNM. I’ve seen people just straight up playing intro decks with no modifications. So, of course this will see play at FNM. But so will literally everything else.

        • Necro

          Vorel of the Hull Clade is a good card.
          Chronologist works differently. He will never be able to give you an ifinite amount of turns.
          Also, he is NOT a 1/1. He gets +1/+1 counters.

          • Zombie

            Chronologist doesn’t have to give you infinite turns. In a 4 player game, with a level 7 Chronologist, you’re taking 3 extra turns for your every 1 turn. That alone is advantage enough for most people to scoop.

            In deck that most likely has several other ways to go infinite, Chronologist doesn’t need to be a part of a combo.

            By itself, it’s generating free advantage after every opponent’s turn.

            As for Vorel, there’s a difference between “good” and “good under ideal circumstances”. By himself, he’s really not that powerful. If you want something that’s just stand- alone good, you look at stuff like Stormbreath Dragon.

          • So you don’t build a deck that ONLY relies on this card, you make it so you CAN go infinite IF you draw the right stuff, but you can still win if you DON’T get all the pieces, or he dies. Yeah sure, this guy isn’t good ON HIS OWN, but in the right deck he is AWESOME.

          • Zombie

            That’s the problem with Standard though.

            If a card isn’t good on its own, it won’t see play in Standard. If there’s too many moving pieces you need to have in play for it to work, more often than not it’s gonna blow up in your face and you’ll lose.

            Legacy/Modern are the combo- driven formats. Standard is just “Play the best recent stuff and win.”

          • Zombie

            I’d also like to point out that this Bant Infinite Turn combo can be stopped by any removal.

            And to make this combo efficient, you need to run 4x everything. That means you don’t have a fall- back plan for when your Sages die over and over again.

            It’s not like Vorel is gonna bring the smack down.

          • Necro

            Wow, the good old ‘dies to a doom blade’ argument.

            Your backup plan would be an evasive creature that you chan put counters on with Ajani and maybe even multiply with Vorel if you get the chance.

            If Ajani doesn’t find any better tagets, he might.

          • Zombie

            It’s not just that it dies to Doom Blade.

            It dies to every form of spot removal and burn that’s good in Standard. And you probably won’t have many ways to save it, considering the need to take up 12 spaces with just the infinite combo for even a remote chance to play it.

    • RomriDade

      I don’t think I would ever use this thing either.

  • So none of you see how easy this is to trigger?
    Simic. . . it’s just so easy. . .

  • silver

    hidden strings best friend

  • DInner

    replacing snapcaster in modern

    • aswad

      lol nice one

      • What did he say?

  • I’m not saying this is super amazing or anything, but he’s good with Vorel. It’s not the kind of card you could just stick into any U/X deck and it would kick ass, you have to have a specific deck for him. That being said, i think you COULD make a pretty good deck based around him. Vorel, Kalonian Hydra, and Bioshift, to put counters on him easily, alpha authority and simic charm for hexproof, mortals resolve and counter spells for more anti removal. Plus there might be more cards in the set to compliment him, so i’m just saying, don’t knock him until you try him.

  • Xaldin975

    Combos with counterslepps to keep it alive and Triton Tactics.
    Oh, and anything else in blue that targets.
    Or green
    Simic will be a thing. Bant will be better. Ggwp, Wizards. This is the best mythic I’ve seen out of the set so far

    • Whiskerbro

      Are you a troll?
      I hope you are.

    • Zombie

      Best Mythic?

      Go see a doctor, there’s something obviously wrong with your brain.

      • GRUULman

        That’s a bit rude

  • flipper

    Might be fun with Hidden Strings and aqueous form.
    But in the end if that day it will still be building your own fat guy without hexproof.
    And i’m sure all of us experienced how that turns out at one time or another.

  • Graymalkin86

    It looks lousy in most formats, but in my Experiment Kraj EDH deck it perhaps has a place. Lots of +1/+1 counter shenanigans, plus you can rip counters off of Kraj for even more turns.

    • Robert Kupper

      That’s what I am thinking too. Outside of Simic EDH I don’t see much of a place, but it could shine there.

  • ajanii

    flickering onto a field with a buffed master biomancer = infinite turns

  • Whiskerbro

    This just seems a bit silly.

  • Dr. Storm Crow

    Hello Simic my old friend…time to dust you off again…

    • Simic

      Hey hows it goin. Long time no see.

      • Dr. Storm Crow

        I know! I’m well, how are you and the kids?

  • Taco

    Forced Adaptation + Vorel of the hull clade? seems like it can go somewhere.

  • Kevan Kramer

    This+Varolz+ Death’s shadow in the yard= 2 extra turns in modern by turn 3. I know its weakness of having great creature removal, but one can dream.

    • EvilGenius

      Or in standard…:

      T1 Elvish Mystic

      T2 Sage of Hours

      T3: Elite Arcanist, Exile Triton Tactics

      T4: combo off for infinite turns by tapping arcanist and paying 1, untap arcanist and target sage of hours putting a counter, repeat 4 times, remove 5 counters for a turn, repeat next turn. Opponent should scoop about now.

      • me

        heroic-It must be cast it doesn’t trigger from screated on the stack (-_-) I thought of that and thay dashed my hopes

  • Julna Buras

    I wait two sets for a new blue mythic to add to my mimic devotion deck, and I get THIS!? Maybe it can work with Biomancer, but he will be such a target that there’s no point in playing him. I hope Kruphix is going to be good because otherwise I will have nothing to look forward to in this set. They give Dega and Boros Iroas and Godsend and they give blue devotion this? Just a bit disappointed. No, scratch that. A LOT disappointed.

    • Nitro

      Then you, my friend, due not see how useful this card can be.

  • FuzzyKittyBark

    Ajani and Vorel then win, if only it were that easy lol

    • James Allen

      Don’t forget Corpsejack!

      • FuzzyKittyBark

        oh yes, simple infinite turn combos in standard

  • Mick Cortella

    This might see play in other formats it is a wizard

  • Whiskerbro

    Abuse this with Bioshift, Vorel, and Kalonian Hydra.

    • Chawmbah

      Master Biomancer

  • chewwy

    elite arcanist, triton tactics, 5 of any kind of mana with the sage…sounds good haha

  • James Allen

    Corpsejack with Vorel and this guy equals some fun!

  • DA

    I am glad people don’t like it… maybe now I’d be able to get a play set unlike Lighthouse Chronologist…

    • I agree, I personally love this card, and am going to make deck around him. I guess with this card, people either hate it and want to murder it, or they love it and want to make babies with it.

  • Joseph Ragan

    Simic with some bioshift and hydras (ie primordial and kalonian) can remove the fact that heroic just isn’t enough, while kalonian and vorel can destroy your enemy’s hopes of ever untapping anything ever again

  • Flames and Riverflow

    Turn 2, Oreskos Sun Guide.
    Turn 3, Sage of Hours + Ephara’s Radiance on Sun Guide.
    Turn 4, Sunbond on Sage of Hours.

    You now have a combo to gain 5 life and counters each turn, giving you infinite turns. Throw in some control or protection and you’re set.

    /flips the table

  • James Allen

    I want this and Corpsejack to be a thing!

  • Solair

    increasing savagery,proliferation,forced adaption,master biomancer,vorel,and a bunch of cheap pump ups would really help this guy.
    I WANT FOUR!!!!!

  • Ninja_Noodle

    here’s my combo for him, Conjurer’s Closet + Master Biomancer + Sage Of Hours = turns for days

  • For Current Modern with Khan of Tarkir
    Ajani, Mentor Of Heroes + Bow Of Nylea + Hardened Scales + Sage of Hours

    Turn 5 infinite turns–Actually played it out with proxies with a variety of friend’s decks and one on their 4th turn… (the deck plays 3 colors, Green, Blue, and White)

    Turn 1: Mystic Elf
    Turn 2: Sage of Hours and Mystic Elf
    Turn 3: Hardened Scales and Feat of Resistance
    Turn 4: Ajani, Mentor Of Heroes… Take a new turn
    Turn 5: Bow of Nylea or Another Hardened Scales (I run 4 Hardened Scales and 2 Bow of Nylea)
    Take infinite turns

    I throw in Kiora, The Wave Crasher so that I can then have an army of 9/9’s eventually

    Now, I love how everyone focuses on a single combo. My deck has launched this ability without the full combo. It’s launched it with Hardened Scales and Sentinels of Arashin, Hardened Scales and Bow of Nylea And A Bunch of Cards To Add +1/+1 counters. I thrown in Icy Blast, and Glimpse The Gods to tap all their creatures, that way I can keep the field clear. I also pack in Medomai The Ageless, on an a great draw I can produce 6 mana on turn 3, and put Medomia down, so on Turn with the ability to tap my opponents creatures, I can tap all their

    And when Khan of Tarkir is in standard, I’m packing Cancel and Dissolve in the sideboard for FNM, with Prophet of Kruphix, in case I need a bit more speed in putting my creatures out.