• Kaiser

    Yeah now i am totally sure is a 3 mana walker. So…esper or grixis?

    • Danyelle

      Prob Esper. That’s my vote

      • Kaiser

        i Want this to bee grixis but yeah the art seens to be Esper XD

      • Robert FakeLastName

        Why would Tezzy be the color white at all? i don’t think it suits him.

        • guitarweeps442

          Well he is the head judge in an authoritarian govt not to mention he is from Esper.
          Also what is green about Tamiyo in character or even her card? So it seems that doesn’t matter…

  • Revotor

    Tezzeret!? Whatryoudoin’ere?

  • Ryū

    C’mon, daddy needs a new esper walker.

  • Revotor

    Here’s a question? How May blue planeswalkers are in this set? Dovin, Saheeli, Tezzeret…

    • Kaiser

      This can be so problematic for the set if Dovin and Tezzeret are actually good as Chandra…

      • guitarweeps442

        I thought the same thing but they will likely make them all multicolored so they can’t all be played in the same decks anyways.

  • Nelson Chandra

    Hm… don’t think we’re getting his card til block 2.

    • BusinessmanGinger

      Who says?

    • Morgan Ivan James Campbell

      Last block’s first set had four Planeswalkers, and eldritch moon had 2, so it will probably repeat again

      • Matthew

        Remember though, with Kaladesh we’ll be beginning the release of Planeswalker Packs, so that should mean an extra 2 walkers/set (or block, can’t remember for sure which).

      • Hedronal

        That’s confirmed as an exception to the usual numbers.

        • guitarweeps442

          Except that we are on block three of this structure and it has been 4-2 60% of the time. So what is the norm again lol?

          • Hedronal

            What Maro said it was, still 5 planeswalkers per block as the usual.

          • guitarweeps442

            But what they do doesn’t match up with what they say… :)

          • Hedronal

            We’ve seen one exception in Shadows block. All Kaladesh has to do to keep to it is only have one planeswalker in set 2.

  • SquirePath

    Liking the new arm on Tezzy. Whole art design is on point, other than the slightly washed colors. lol

  • TheFullMontzy

    I thought Tezzeret was dead? Or did he kill someone? I can’t remember…

    • Kaiser

      what? XD Nicol Bolas sent him to phyrexian and them he come here

      • Brian Schmidt

        He is the slave to Bolas. Will work perfectly with us going to visit Bolas next too.

        • Daniel Kaine Allen

          And bolas better have a new card and not just be a reprint again.

          • guitarweeps442

            That was a core set. They have never reprinted a walker in a regular set ever.

          • Daniel Kaine Allen

            Except now we don’t have core sets anymore. And they have reprinted a few cards here and there since the dropping of core sets. Felidar Sovereign for example.

          • guitarweeps442

            Well they have always done that. They just have never reprinted a walker. True this is a new field. My chips are on reprint of Bolas at 0%

    • Marvin Sürig

      He fought Glissa but the outcome is unknown. The speculation says he failed in his plan to get the throne on New Phyrexia and had to planeswalker away. So he neither killed nor became killed but he certainly had to leave before the battle was finished.
      Keep in mind that Glissa has the potential to become a Planeswalker again or more likely is a former Planeswalker that sacrificed her spark to revive the people who died before she even visited another plane (by that ability).
      Just saying Tezzeret could implant phyrexian oil in artifacts of Shaladra in the name of Nicol Bolos or because of him a vengeful Glissa regained her Spark and appear on Kaladesh which cause more problems there.

      • De’Elgathor

        Glissa couldn’t have regained her spark. A compleated being can’t have a spark. Also, she gave her spark up in OG Mirrodin and would have needed a donor, and Wizards seems pretty set on the spark being something that can only be given, not taken.

        • guitarweeps442

          This is all true but everything that was written can be rewritten…
          Glissa becoming a walker somehow would be pretty exciting so I could see them going for it. Since they created the rules they can come up with a way to circumvent them.

  • BusinessmanGinger

    Welcome back lord of artifacts >:)

  • Blahblahblahbla

    My main man is back!

  • co918teen .

    Tezzeret? The Scars lands? THOPTERS? PLANAR TRAVEL MACHINE?
    BUCKLE UP KIDDOS SET 2 IS LOOKING PRETTY INFECTED.

    • OberonOracle

      Well the last time we saw him he was trying to become the new Phyrexian monarch after Karn peaced. The Phyrexians might come back some time in the new future, however likely not in this block. During the story panel at PAX the team was discussing that they wanted to do an artifact set that wasn’t like Mirrodin or New Phyrexia visual and likely that means that they won’t be in this set. However the fact that Tezzeret is on Kaladesh means that Bolas is likely involved. This is probably the bridge that gets the Gatewatch to Amonkhet where Bolas rules supreme.

  • Chaospyke

    His stance is a mirror of Saheeli’s in her original (set? Packing?) Art.

  • Dominic Ng

    From a story standpoint, is he still UB like the last time we see him? Or is he mono blue now? Is he still serving Bolas?

    • Kaiser

      probably Esper or UB, dont really think he would be mono color again

      • Dominic Ng

        My thought is that if he is no longer Bolas’ pawn, he would be mono blue.

        • Kaiser

          But he IS (for the moments) a bolas pawn XD

          I like Tezzeret more than Sarkhan as a Bolas pawn, Tezzeret is true evil not like Sarkhan. He knowns Bolas is a Tyrant but even so follow his orders cause obtains good benefits.

          The only reason for him leave bolas is for trying to become in a stand-alone villian too so that makes him permanently Black aligment.

          • guitarweeps442

            Most of Tezz’s orders following was either: 1. While he was trying to take over Bolas control. OR 2. While he was udner the influence of duress. Been a while since I read the story but basically he was put through excruciating pain anytime he disobeyed an order of Bolas even when on a different plane then Bolas was. Very likely Tezz cannot wait to get out from under Bolas claws.

      • BusinessmanGinger

        I agree with him being Esper since he is a Head Judge and I think that judges come out of the Consulate, and in the past we have seen the government lean towards being W/U oriented.

  • welan

    Sadly he will probably suck…. wizard can t be nice enough to give us 3 amazing planewlaker in an set…

    • Joaquim Mp

      Yeah, besides, two of them must go in the planeswalker decks.
      And wizards said those walkers wouldn’t be anything special.

      • Marvin Sürig

        I can’t believe how many times I have to write this. The article says that the planeswalkers from the planeswalker Decks are special cards that aren’t from the set. I know they haven’t closed the back door yet but the article said that they don’t have to be the same. And we 100% get two Chandras for this Set. One for the Deck and one from Boosters and similar packs.

  • Zombie

    In case yall missed it, half of the metal Tezzeret is shaping in his hand looks like Nicol Bolas’ crown.

    This comment actually makes no sense now because the previous spoiler placeholder art wasn’t the card art.

    • Kaiser

      i think the same is very like nicol bolas crown

  • Rockstick

    Oh damn it’s my boy Tezzy in da house

    • Blahblahblahbla

      Tezz bout to get shwifty on some mothers.

  • Poro Vlad

    GUESS WHO’S BACK

    p.s. same Shaeeli position? :V

    • Fbn Dnl Schlr

      back again

      • Insight66

        Tezzy’s back

        • Clayton Badeaux

          Tell a friend. Or the Gatewatch, cause you know, evil.

  • Marvin Sürig

    Just as with Gideon and Nissa from BfZ and OtG which both had their picture shown in BfZ we most likely get one of them just in the last Set of the Block. Meaning Tezzeret or the Vedalk will appear in the next set with another planeswalker. You know 5 planeswalker per Block (2 Sets) only exception if one of them become three colored.

    • Brogan Justicar Gibbons

      My guess is Esper colour for tezzeret

      • Kaiser

        just cause bolas exist this is going to be Esper, but he seens more Grixis than Esper after New Phyrexia

    • guitarweeps442

      Well MaRo confirmed that Kaladesh has 4 walkers so I bet we will get 6 for the block which likely pushes Tezz to shard colors. My guess is Esper.

      • Marvin Sürig

        Yes seems like it because they just spoiled Nissa. So next set will be the Vedalk and Tezz.

        • guitarweeps442

          There is still one more for Kaladesh. So far we have 3. Either Dovin or Tezz will be here and then next set will have the other plus Jace. Because we can never get rid of Jace…

          • bentheechidna

            No. Jace will not be appearing. Jace doesn’t star in the story all that much, as Jace haters would have you believe. Before Shadows Over Innistrad Jace wasn’t a main character since Return to Ravnica three years earlier in 2012-2013, and before that Jace was a main character in Zendikar, which was 2009-2010, also three years earlier.

            Do not expect Jace to be the main character again until at least 2019 or, with the new paradigm shift, at least three more blocks so Fall 2017-Spring 2018’s blocks.

          • guitarweeps442

            Well first it was a tongue-in-cheek joke.
            Jace was in the Origins story, a main character in Battle for Zendikar (but no card), and the main character in Shadows when it should’ve been Tamiyo (she literally did ALL the work).
            With the gatewatch now I expect those five to main characters much more often then before.

    • Mr.Mayhem631

      being 3 colored is not the exception.

      • Marvin Sürig

        Dude just search for the statements regarding Tamiyo in Eldritch moon. They said normaly 5 Planeswalkers per two blocks. If a sixth is added its and exception and that becomes three colored so that they are more restricted for constructed (standard). So It’s the exception…
        If Tezzeret is not the exception planeswalker he won’t become three colored. But we certainly will get one exception planeswalker because of Ajani who is in the next set too. Eithe we get a two colored tezzeret and a three colored Ajani or the other way around.

        • Mr.Mayhem631

          The sixth walker was Arlinn Kord, because she was double faced.
          Color doesn’t factor in, and it’s entirely possible we get no three color walkers this block.

          • Marvin Sürig

            As I said read the article about Tamiyo. . .

          • Mr.Mayhem631

            Which one?
            The spoiler article, which said nothing of the sort and was by a third party besides?
            Or the official one, which doesn’t exist?

          • Mr.Mayhem631

            Revised: I read the article and admit I was wrong, Tamiyo was indeed the sixth.

            However, if you read the article it makes it clear that Tamiyo wasn’t the exception because she was three colored, she was the exception because the fifth needed to be Gruul.
            Being three colored helped negate the impact of an extra walker but she wasn’t the 6th because she was three colored.

  • Chromasticore

    Are we going to get an affordable Grixis planeswalker?

    • Daniel Scott

      If nicol bolas is going to stay grixis (obviously not confirmed) I would be surprised if this card were grixis as well. My bet would be on BU. That said he does have some red markings on him and the colour scheme does seem to have a bearing on the cards colours.

      • guitarweeps442

        Well Dovin should be some combination with U (thinking U/W) since he is vedalken so they will likely go three color with Tezz and my guess would be Esper. Also, right now there are only three shard/wedge walkers so why would they double up instead of doing a new one?

        • Diego

          I think it’s gonna be something like the last Tamiyo, investigate cards were bant (related to tamiyo), the consulade it’s almost pure esper (related to tezzi)

      • bentheechidna

        Color balance and artwork indicates Tez will be Mono-black.

        • Kaiser

          Mono black artifact walker? that can happen? XD

        • Ananeos

          Impossible, Tezzeret has always been blue and/or related to blue cards.

    • Marqwitch

      I think that Tezzeret from Planeswalker Deck will get a different colors or different number of colors than a regular Tezzeret (the same with Ajani or other second Planeswalker)… f.e. PD Tezzeret’s cost will be a 4BU and a Booster Pack Tezzeret will cost 2WBU.

  • Happy The Cat

    I don’t trust him being here, makes me feel like creatures dealing damage in the form of poison and -1/-1 counters might come back. which would be bad for a good deal of the cards I’m excited about so far that seem more midrange/tempo focused like the new chandra.

    • Tolle

      We won’t get infect back, but a weaker version is possible if unlikely

      • Shagoth

        Like old poison.

        • Tolle

          Maybe but if we get phyrexians back I want something knew, something I think would actually be fun to run.

          • Shagoth

            I think that the Future Sight sliver struck a balance between what is essentially double strike for players/wither for creatures on one drops compared to a snake that poisons that’s a 1/2 for 4.

    • guitarweeps442

      Why would you associate Tezzeret with infect? He was a spy on New Phyrexia for Bolas. And likely he is filling the same role here. Bolas likely has interest in what the inventors can come with using the Aether. He always likes new talent to abuse.

      • BusinessmanGinger

        A lot of people associate him with Infect due to him being featured/quoted in Proliferate cards. I don’t think it’s fair that people automatically assume him to associated with Infect but it is what it is.

        • CG1248

          His wiki asociates him with infect. He was up high in the phyrexian hierarchy and crowned the new phyrexian leaders Elesh Norm

  • Daniel Brigham Albania Quinto

    Main Villain for Kaladesh and AEther Revolt

  • Norsdef

    Damn… He’s the father of Saheeli…

    • Rockstick

      Oh man, if he is that would be the biggest plot twist yet

    • Icebloodcelt

      Don’t bring her home late!

    • Flagg19

      Quite doubtful. He makes his opinion regarding children very clear in Test of Metal. They are nothing more than demanding resource and energy sinks as far as he’s concerned.

      • Norsdef

        Rly, nigga?

  • Gerald Homme

    Wonder what the significance of him being in Saheeli’s pose is. It can’t just be a coincidence. My first thought is Saheeli is actually Tezzeret in disguise, and in the Aether Revolt Black gets added to the existing R/U for her and we get a card of Tezzet. Also, as suggested below, maybe he’s her father or is somehow related. Regardless, I’m really excited to see the character return.

    • Blacksmycolor

      Could be a versus deck, even if they are in the same pose, could easily be flipped

    • BusinessmanGinger

      I would be really happy if either Saheeli is the daughter of Tezzeret or at the very least her mentor that acts like a father to her but then betrays her and leaves to Amonkhet.

      • Marqwitch

        What if he’s a true father of Chandra?

        -Tezzeret: “Chandra, I’m your true father.”
        -Chandra: “Noooooooooo…!”

        :)

  • kasigah

    Dear goodness, with how much his art contrasts with the rest of the character art in this set, the only way to make him look like more of a villain is to give him a twirly mustache and a top hat

    • Dewill

      and green mist … i.e. every disney villain ever.

  • Dewill

    his belt buckle is the kaladesh symbol

  • Lorcogoth

    wasn’t he an important part of the new phyrixian hierarchy last time we saw him, and an agent of bolas?

    neither of those seem like a good thing if you want kaladesh to live.

  • Bahttle Bruvva

    As long as he didn’t track any oil in, I don’t things will go too badly.

  • Hunter.c

    Hmm, aether revolt, wonder if some oil got spilled….

  • CG1248

    He’s not a Grixis Walker, he was U, now B/U, R is prohibited in Kaladesh also. He might be this time, this art looks sick! The revolt will support Red Mana, Tezzeret will be nasty, I expect a new Chandra.

    • BusinessmanGinger

      I hope he is an Esper walker, not only because that’s my favorite color combo but he would work well since there are a some powerful decks in that arc, maybe even powerful enough to make it in the top 8. Also since Bolas is 99.999% confirmed in Amonkhet and he probably will be Grixis, I don’t think that Wizards and much of the community would like to have 2 Grixis walkers in Standard.

    • Insight66
    • Togetheralone

      Not getting another chandra, we just got one in the last set. also we are only getting two walkers, Ajani and Tezz for a total of 5 for the block as usual.

      • Dorklork

        I’m just going to point out that this makes 6 walkers in the block. Ajani, Tezz, Chandra, Dovin, Saheeli and Nissa

  • jude

    …sooo plus to make an artifact a creature, neg is enlightened tutor, ultimate reads something like “each permanent you control is now an indestructible artifact in addition to its other types”

    ^the dream

  • Patrick Thomas

    So bad the duel deck version is better and the duel deck version costs 6 mana and is supposed to be noncompetitive unless I have I read a bad translation.
    The ultimate is worthless. His his minous does nothing unless you have artifacts in play and can’t kill Emrekule.

    His plus is a one time use mana rock that can’t protect him. I give him a C- maybe a D+

    Tezzeret,
    2UB
    Planeswalker – Tezzeret
    [+1]: Create a colorless artifact token named Etherium Stone which has T: Sacrifice this and add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

    [-2]: Target creature get +X/-X until end of turn which X is the number of artifacts you control.

    [-7]: You get an emblem with “At the beginning of your combat phase, target artifact you control becomes a 5/5 artifact creature.”
    Illus. Ryan Alexander Lee [5]

  • Scott Fridinger

    Should have include a (may) control artifact ability. Story people…

    • Hedronal

      You can target one that’s already a 5/5 though.

  • Gord

    I really like his ramp capabilities. He jumps from 4 to 6 the next turn 7 if you hit your land drop. The loyalty is very good and he should be able to kill any non-fatty creature immediately (in an artifact deck he can take out big things – probably not emerakul – but gearhulks should be in range). The ultimate isn’t game ending but the other abilities are worth consideration and that kind of ramp is generally not available to b/u

  • chad

    omg!! this with clue tokens oh yea!!!!

  • llamalord44

    Look at the first Tezzeret’s ultimate, then look at this.

    • Nanya

      Neat! Synergy!

    • Kaiser

      All Tezzerets are about create 5/5 creatures. The most powefull one is Agent of Bolas -1, also his ult is pretty more powerfull. But this guy seems more hard to kill

    • Hedronal

      All of them for a turn, vs one at a time permanently.

  • pbtenchi

    I thought the whole thing with etherium was that you could draw mana from it infinity and that it was finite. :/

    • Hedronal

      The people of Esper didn’t know how to make more, but that’s because the ingredients weren’t all found on that plane. Now that they’re connected to Jund, where Sangrite comes from, they can make more, like Breya (C16) did.

  • Dr. Burn Crow

    Well this is different.

    • Kaiser

      Tezzeret and Philosopher’s Stone

  • Robert FakeLastName

    -7 seems a bit lacking but it is cool that it stays a creature.

  • BusinessmanGinger

    I hope that there is a mis-translation here because while not awful, this version could be a little better.

  • Zombie

    Not nearly as bad as I was expecting, given the bar the Planeswalker deck Tezz variant set. I’m pleasantly surprised.

    I still doubt he’s good enough to actually replace any Planeswalkers in my Breya deck (certainly not good enough to replace Tezzeret the Seeker or Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas), but he’s not terrible by any means.

    His -2 is deceptively powerful, and being able to Flowstone Slide a creature based on your artifact board state makes this Tezz both able to protect himself and pump a threat, which is a huge point towards his playability.

    His ultimate, though, is pretty lackluster. It’s another one of those “inevitability” ultimates, but the biggest problem with it is the fact that if you don’t control any artifacts, Tezzeret’s ultimate doesn’t actually do anything.

    So that makes me think that this Tezzeret shouldn’t be played as your win-con, more as a support tool that’s some mashup of okay ramp/okay removal.

    Long story short, if this Tezzeret cost any more than 2UB, he would be pretty bad.

    • Jesus

      Ability #1: Like an Eldrazi Scion that can produce any color of mana. Not quite Gideon’s token creation or Chandra’s +RR, but those are broken and should not be replicated anyway.

      Ability #2: It’s removal/pump. Still better than Chandra’s -3, and is pumped by the + ability.

      Ability #3: After Nahiri, WoTC has been very careful with how they design easily accessible planeswaller ults. Hence why his ultimate doesn’t outright win, and why Ajani is 6 mana and has a -9 instead of a -8.

      Overall, seems pretty decent. 5 loyalty is good too. Sure, he’s not the greatest, but that’s good! It seems like WoTC is finally taking steps to lower the power level of walkers and not print ridiculously OP ones like Gideon, Chandra, Nahiri, or Liliana anymore.

      • Zombie

        Yeah, “decent” is about the word that came to my mind. Although I like “meh” better for this.

        The return of Tezzeret was supposed to be epic. And now he’s just a generic Standard “Value-Walker”.

        Also:

        “Still better than Chandra’s -3” isn’t really a milestone to be proud of. 3 Loyalty for Flame Slash, as I correctly predicted, is ****ing awful.

        —-

        I also understand why they’re not printing busted Planeswalkers anymore, but they’re just kinda ruining the card type now.

        New Planeswalkers are basically just filling a copy + paste format, and it’s super boring. New Walkers barely ever escape Standard even in to EDH, and the most exciting recent Walker release (Chandra) is a 4 ability planeswalker that only really has 2 abilities.

        Making every Planeswalker, except like one per set, boring and underpowered just makes the only good ones that much better than everyone else.

        Gideon, Nahiri, Liliana, etc.

        I just want Planeswalkers to go back to being unique and more build-around-ey.

        • Lol

          -unique and build-aroundey

          Kiora, Arlinn, Tamiyo, Saheeli, new Ajani

          • Zombie

            Kiora’s not unique and not build-around, Arlinn doesn’t fit in anything besides R/G Aggro sideboards (and jank Werewolf decks) and as a result can’t be built around, Tamiyo isn’t build-around (you just chuck a couple copies into a Bant deck), Saheeli fits the unique aspect but can’t be built around because she isn’t good enough to act as the linchpin/ center/ wincon.

            New Ajani isn’t build around, he’s not good enough to see regular play, he’s not unique, and if he does see play at all it will be in the sideboards of Bant/ GW decks that just throw him in to make him feel better about himself while they maindeck 3-4 Gideon.

          • thegodamnBatman

            “GW decks that just throw him in to make him feel better about themselves while they maindeck 3-4 Gideon. Maybe you meant that they will feel better about themselves?
            Anyway, Tamiyo was a build around card. She was the sole reason those CoCo decks were running bant colours.
            New Ajani is a total build around with endless potential especially in superfriends. They gonna run him in the main at least twice along with his Oath which is broken in those type of decks. Have to be nuts to waste a card like that in the sideboard.
            Also people underestimate new Tezz’s ulti which can be pretty great in control decks. You have an artifact that becomes a creature only at the beginning of combat. Having a potential endgame threat with a limited window for the opponent to answer is invaluable, not to mention you can also buff it with his second ability and swing for lethal.

          • Zombie

            Bant Company was Bant because of cards like Reflector Mage and being able to abuse effects. Tamiyo being released just worked with it.

            Bant Company also existed long before Eldritch Moon.

            “Also people underestimate new Tezz’s ult”

            What’s to underestimate? It’s an ultimate that has the potential to either slowly win the game or do literally nothing.

            It’s a bad ultimate ability. Nothing more.

          • thegodamnBatman

            Bant CoCo was Bant because of cards like Spell Queller,Jace, Telepath unbound and Tireless tracker + Duskwatch Recruiter giving it a lot of late game+ card advantage, not just R.Mage’s effects. Tamiyo was one of the main tools from that set that helped the deck with card advantage even with the Rally the ancestors win condition gone.

          • Shagoth

            Wait, isn’t Nahiri really the only PW that was built around competitively? Maybe Karn and Ugin? Because I can’t think of a Planeswalker who was included in a competitive deck aside from her that wasn’t toolbox or utility. You gauge how good a planeswalker is based upon if you just shove them into their colors or maybe splash for them and the deck is better, but they never are the focal point of the deck aside from the few I mentioned, usually just helps it.

            I wish recent planeswalkers were less boring, though.

          • Zombie

            Aside from Nahiri, past “built around” Walkers that saw competitive play have included:

            Jace, the Mind Sculptor (So good that many blue decks are constructed as if slots were already taken up by up by 2-4 copies of JTMS) *** This is the bad kind of “build around me” cards, as an example ***

            Garruk Wildspeaker (Lorwyn-era Green aggressive decks used him as the primary wincon, considering he had “-4: Overrun and win the game” as an ability. Some Elves decks still use him as their wincon as opposed to Craterhoof Behemoth or Shaman of the Pack.)

            Elspeth, Knight Errant (Another one of the strongest Walkers of all time, similarly built around like JTMS. Built-around in the sense that she enabled certain decks to be built.)

            Jace, Architect of Thought (Control decks post RTR built around Jace or Fiction as the primary card advantage engine, defense wall, and some even used him as the primary wincon or wincon tutor)

            Garruk, Caller of Beasts (Another RTR era wincon Planeswalker that dropped your Craterhoof Behemoth – or other huge green creatures – onto the battlefield to win the game outright. Famously included as a 4-of in the M14 era G/W Elves/Hoofit decks that saw top level competitive play.)

            Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas (Self explanatory. Literally has an entire archetype named after him)

            Karn Liberated (Tron – RG Tron specifically-. I won’t include Ugin, as Tron was not built around Ugin. Ugin is a worse Karn that’s still good, and just kinda fits into Tron as a backup/ counter to grow-wide threats Karn can’t answer.)

            Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver (Not even remotely close to being as prolific as the others in this list, but Ashiok did in fact have a Theros-era archetype built around it, and it was used as a win condition in many U/B/X control decks)

            Garruk, Apex Predator (Green Devotion decks built around him as a win condition, and Apex Predator was also played in some SCG Legacy tournaments as an odd-ball win condition. One of the most objectively powerful Planeswalker cards ever printed, his prohibitive CMC and color combination make him pretty much build-around & EDH exclusive)

            Koth of the Hammer (His Standard era decks and Skred Red)

            Xenagos, the Reveler (For his time during Standard he was the primary engine for many GR decks that chose to build around his first ability and ultimate. Xenagos decks supplemented with Domri Rade.)

          • Shagoth

            Huh, didn’t know that much about standard history. True, good points.

            Though, in terms of non rotating/non casual formats, mostly Koth, Nahiri, and the Tron PWs, ect. are built around. Yeah, you proved me wrong on the proportion of build around PWs, but I still think that judging a planeswalker mostly on build around capacity isn’t the only way to judge. The best PW in vintage arent focal points of decks, Dack’s a removal+ spell for most the format. Jace fits in lots of decks in legacy, Liliana is everywhere, ect.

            But, the most important aspect to me is that it’s rare when new archetypes spawn in these formats. That’s a HUGE achievement, not the sign of a playable card. I don’t think you should expect a planeswalker that makes a new archetype in these formats for a loooooong time. It’s impressive enough to see them slot into a deck or two.

          • Zombie

            PW aren’t build-around in Vintage because Vintage’s power level is so far beyond that of any other non-casual format.

            When you have access to the Power 9, even JTMS starts looking like a pushover.

            Tron was already a thing before Karn showed up. The Urza Lands and Cloudpost were already the base of a deck before Karn Liberated was even a concept in Wizards’ minds.

            There’s a reason it’s called “Urza Tron” and not “Karn Tron”.

            However, once cards like Karn Liberated, Wurmcoil Engine, Ancient Stirrings, etc. were released the deck eventually shaped itself around that core of Karn to support him. That’s why Ugin was so easily slotted in.

            As for the R/W Moon deck that Nahiri “created”, she can’t really take the credit for creating that archetype.

            It’s more a by-product of Blue Moon’s popularity and people not wanting to spend money on 4x Scalding Tarn to play UWR Control, which also plays 3-4 copies of Nahiri in Modern.

            R/W Control or RW Moon also filled a short-lived meta gap where it could abuse the format with 4x main deck Blood Moon, just like Blue Moon. The deck was also used as an excuse to play the Kiki-Jiki/Restoration Angel combo again, since Kiki Twin is no longer possible.

      • Hedronal

        Eldrazi scions are creatures that can attack or block, his Etherium Stones are not. His -2 is situational, whereas Chandra’s -3 can be used immediately to full effect.

      • Divine Shadow

        So we don’t want good walkers anymore? We want trash now? Is that really what I am reading?

        • Zombie

          Some people are perfectly fine accepting mediocrity.

          And that’s why they play Standard.

          • thegodamnBatman

            And some people are perfectly fine accepting broken things. They easily forgot the time when Jace and Stoneforge were running around like Bonnie and Clyde in every deck.
            They just complain and don’t seem to realize what power creeping is or they just don’t care.
            And that’s why they play vintage or modern.

    • Kaiser

      Agent of Bolas is a lot more powerfull but in UB is the probably the most powerfull PW, his -1 is this guy ult basically. In other hand 6 loyal walker is something that i like, i love this tezzeret.

      • Zombie

        Yeah “6” starting loyalty is huge and it’s why I can’t entirely discredit him.

        But we’ve seen mediocre abilities on high loyalty walkers before and they never really made waves.

        And this Tezz is about as low-impact as you can get for an Artifact-based Planeswalker.

        • Kaiser

          my only problem with him is the emblem not become two artifacts instead of one. I meant, really could be a little more powerfull with that.

          • Zombie

            My issue with his emblem is that it can potentially do nothing. It only works if you have artifacts in play.

            Normally you shouldn’t judge a Planeswalker by their ultimate because they’re usually just cookie cutter “this wins the game” abilities, but this Tezz ult can actually just do nothing.

            At least Liliana’s ultimate can make its own Zombies before it starts snowballing if all of them die to a wrath effect.

            That makes him literally unplayable outside of Standard, because you’ll ultimate him, then get hit with a Vandalblast or Shattering Spree or some similar effect and then your Tezz ult does literally nothing and you just threw away your Planeswalker.

          • Kaiser

            Well modern is a place that Wizards dont like a lot lately, sure is obvius that all the PWs now are less powerfull that their modern counterparts, i fine with that. Still i aggred about the ult, if we get something like “At the beginning of your combat phase, take control of target artifact, them target artifact you control becomes a 5/5 artifact creature.” it would be a lot better i think

          • Zombie

            It’s not that there aren’t new Planeswalkers that come out that can’t be played outside of Standard (Nahiri and Chandra being the two biggest examples)

            My issue is just that they’re starting to follow a formula and they’re all becoming super boring.

            I primarily play EDH/Highlander/Legacy/Vintage, so we almost never get new Planeswalkers that actually matter.

            The most recent PW to enter Legacy was Chandra, Torch of Defiance, and that only happened because Red’s just garbage and doesn’t have anything better to do. On top of that, she’s mostly in sideboards.

  • kmk888

    Not overtly powerful but he’s a roleplayer. On the surface 6 loyalty for 4 mana is a lot and his ultimate is both powerful and quick to get to. The best comparison is Nahiri, and she has seen an enormous amount of play in multiple formats.

    You should notice that his +1 is better than you might think because the mechanic “Improvise” will likely make those little etherium stones into double ramp in Standard. You can also combine Tezz with Era of Innovation if you like since his +1 triggers it and then pays for the mana cost. I expect more synergy that I haven’t yet noticed to show up as he is tinkered with (pun intended). This is an artifact set, after all.

    • Maverick

      The stones don’t double ramp for Improvise, because they need to tap to “improvise” and also to sacrifice for mana, so they only do one thing at one time.

      • kmk888

        You’re right, I misread it. They’re still good with Improvise, allowing you to use them for extra mana without sacrificing them, but not as good as I initially thought.

  • TheFullMontzy

    I think right now we are all put off by his rather uninspired ultimate. But if you think about it, JTMS and Lili Veil are the two most expensive (and arguably the best) plansewalkers ever printed, and if you play them, you don’t play them for their ultimates, your play them for their other abilities. Now that isn’t to say that this tezeret is on par with those two, because he isn’t. But mana ramp and buff/removal are not useless abilities.

  • Jonathan

    He seems okay. I would like it better if the Lotus Petals he made with his +1 were 0/1 creatures with haste so that they could be used for either mana or protecting Tezzeret.

    • NothingSpecial

      You don’t really need haste, you could just make it a sacrifice ability that doesn’t require tapping. Haste would combo too well with the ultimate.

  • Kaiser

    So he has a “grasp of darkness” but more like “grasp of metal”

  • Alex

    The ultimate is pretty underwhelming but I would be more than happy to pull him in a prerelease draft to build around.

    • Necrachilles

      Least the ult makes them creatures permanently.

    • Jonathan

      It’s still going to win you the game, it just may take a couple turns.

  • thoptertoken

    I honestly like the other one better.

  • Derek Gooding (TuberTugger)

    I like how he interacts with marvel and puzzleknots. Too bad he is in colours that don’t see marvel play…

    I do like how he essentially ramps you from 4 to 7 next turn. That’s a fast curve out. But then again, so does Chandra and she kills something.

    • Matt Taylor

      red blue marvel is great, and plays 4 prismatic orbs to get the black you need, you could always toss in a couple swamps or duals as back ups.

      • Derek Gooding (TuberTugger)

        This sounds like a strong home for our new friend Tezz! That deck always need more removal and mana. Plus, the thought of beating face with a 5/5 marvel sounds pretty enticing.

        • Matt Taylor

          Not to mention marvels backup win condition, metalwork colossus, benefits from having all those expendable artifacts to bring it back from the graveyard/help pay for it.

  • Gerald Homme

    I like him, but I don’t see a standard archetype where he fits in. My biggest complaint is that for his cost he doesn’t provide any card advantage. Maybe in a control on control matchup hitting the extra mana is more relevant. He kills something with his minus, but it’s very conditional.

  • Shagoth

    His emblem reads “You get the better Tezzeret card with an identical cost”
    Excuse me while I cry myself to sleep tonight.

    • Shagoth

      Anyways I think the PW is boring, probably the best so far, doesn’t say a lot, but it doesn’t cost six so it’s probably more competitive. The mana ramp/synergy ability is good (especially in these colors), it protects itself by killing stuff, this seems like the kind of card that everyone will underestimate at first glance and BOOM, Liliana, the Last Hope/Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy/Nissa, Voice of Zendikar. I have my eye on this one, it may not seem strong, but neither did the other planeswalkers. This seems simple yet effective like those. Though, incredibly boring.

      But seriously, there’s something insulting about an ultimate that takes two ticks to become one part of the older more powerful card with the exact same CMC. What makes it insulting is that it’s so similar. If it made 4/5 artifact tokens, it wouldn’t feel like a spit to the face opposed to a downgrade. I mean, the first one is kind of op, making your board ridiculously huge real fast in addition to card advantage. But the ultimate being similar to what the original can already do? That feels like a slap to the face.
      And I shouldn’t get offended by cardboard.

      • BusinessmanGinger

        I agree, we have only seen like 12 cards from the set so far, there could be some crazy good combos with him.

      • Kaiser

        You get a emblem: Tezezret the conspirator becomes Tezzeret Agent of Bolas each combat phase

  • Happy The Cat

    seems pretty good, four mana to start at five is always going to be strong.
    if that +1 was a bit stronger he’d probably be a top tier pw. as is he’s pretty average. you’ll draft him and he might even see standard(vehicle shenanigans with that ult anyone?)
    also tezz is still the only white(?) guy who can pull of dreadlocks, but think about it, those things must smell awful by now, the man has even died with them and went through the super zombie apocalypse on new phyrexia. he has to have gotten gunk in there. I feel gross if I go more than a day or two without washing my hair.

    • NothingSpecial

      Given that the wording is the same as the crew ability (though with a power/toughness replacement), yeah, I agree about vehicle shenanigans with the ult; that’ll make a lot of small vehicles much better. Vehicles with flying keep flying, renegade freighter keeps its on-attack ability…. Looking forward to drafting it. Not sure it’s standard-playable though.

      • Happy The Cat

        well, it’s not the same as crew… the effect stays like tezz, agent of bolas

        • NothingSpecial

          Well, yes, that’s the other difference. All I meant is that it’s not worded to lose abilities, since some people mistakenly see “becomes a ” as meaning that the card wholly transforms and loses the rest of its text (even though that phrase has never meant that).

  • Bige Boiy

    Official name is “Tezzeret the Schemer.” I was kind of hoping for Head Judge Tezzeret, personally :)

  • Bige Boiy

    I think he could be alright in a sort of standard artfact control deck. Never underestimate beefy ‘walkers, especially when they can remove creatures multiple times if they stay around.

  • Tezzybros

    What will Tezzeret do with the stolen artifacts? A Bomb capable of destroying planes? A laser capable to fire at amonkhet from kaladesh?
    A mech powered by tezzeret’s spark to actually Combat EBOLAS-AIDS??? We have to wait and see…

    • Kaiser

      Destroy them and given to Ban, cause he just want the “PWalking” portal of Rashmi

    • vbFabled

      I feel like it’s worth noting that they specified that Rashmi’s matter transporter can only transport NON-Organic matter and it does it through the aether, which also makes up the space between planes. Tezzeret works for Nicol Bolas, and Nicol Bolas likes to control the Phyrexians, a non-organic race with a history of invading other planes.

      • zipec

        Tezzeret is in no way happy with his situation of working for Bolas. It would be very Tezzeretish to plot against him while pretending to humbly serve him.

        • Hedronal

          That’s basically what Tezzeret has done the entire time he’s known Bolas.

      • Shagoth

        I just realized that it kind of reminds me of the whole thing in Earthbound’s climax with the kids going in robot suits because the machine could only transport inorganic matter.

        Also reminds me a bit of Urza’s “silver only” device.

  • Vizzerdrix

    Interesting, + make a lotus petal not really game breaking, – cranial plating, if it wasn’t a four drop maybe modern could abuse it granted they all ready have enough ways to do more damage and at instant speed as well, ultimate is pretty cool again though not game breaking
    Still though I like this a lot
    Edit miss read the- maybe modern playable, thought it was ++ not+- which would be decent removal, if it’s at least 4 bc otherwise galvanic blast will likely be better in most cases though again this is a4 drop

  • Insight66

    I love his outfit, someone’ll have fun cosplaying Tezzeret. Glad he’s a niche card, if you’re gonna power creep anyone, it should be my fiery girl!

  • Ryū

    Neat. I already want to build around him.

  • Transgendent

    What would happen if you use his ult to turn a vehicle into a 5/5, then crew the vehicle afterwards? Would the base power and toughness stay 5/5 or switch to whatever the vehicle usually has?

    • Jackson Means

      Stay 5/5, you just made it a 5/5, which means 1) you don’t need to crew it, 2) if you do it just becomes a creature again with base toughness and power 5

    • james hegge

      it should switch to whatever the vehicle says, due to both saying target becomes x/x power, toughness artifact creature.

      • Hedronal

        Nope, see the rulings on vehicles. “9/20/2016 If an effect causes a Vehicle to become an artifact creature with a specified power and toughness, that effect overwrites the Vehicle’s printed power and toughness.”

        • james hegge

          good to know, flying vehicles play well with tezzerets emblems then.

  • james hegge

    I want to see if I can build a blue/black unblockable eldrazi clue deck around him toss in an animation mudule and you’d only have to defend for him for a turn or two before his emblem hits depending on if you want him to survive. chump block + sac with a 5/5 clue why not.

  • Nirayá

    Could a clue token become a 5/5?

    • madmanic

      yes

  • Coulter Baker

    This looks like the art for an oath, actually :P Oath of Tezzeret confirmed? (Yes I know this would never happen)

    • Schlapatzjenc

      I think this might somehow be on purpose. Got the same feeling initially.

    • Brian Schmidt

      Perhaps the Legion of Doom side? Scorn of Tezzeret UB. When it ETB search your library for a non-creature artifact, reveal and put it into your hand then shuffle your library. Planeswalkers you control have protection from Artifacts?…I’m just spitballing here.

      • Coulter Baker

        I would play that card

  • DJ Pad

    He seems pretty balanced. Nothing to get excited about. Of note it does seem like you’d be able to Ultimate him pretty quickly.

  • Rocco DeNiro

    His plus ability is fine, his minus is good in the right deck, but his ult is so underwhelming. He’ll see standard play, but he’ll be a 5 dollar walker once he rotates. I could see using him as a one of in lantern control if the meta is creature heavy. Would kill goyfs pretty easily .

  • Dr. Burn Crow

    Daretti and Tezzeret could make a surprising team, I think.

  • Deadly Berry

    Old Geezer Tezzeret abilities could be simplified to +1: Create a disposable rock, -2: boost or kill something, -7: Target artifact becomes a 5/5.

    The good: Five counters for 4cmc is sweet. The +1 is great to work with some other sacrifice outlet. The -2 gives options, although most of the time you’ll be killing rather than empowering.

    The Bad: Distasteful +1, did it really have to be “Any color”? I feel it unnecessary and unwanted for an artifact themed deck, considering artifacts are generally colorless; two colorless mana would have been excellent. The -2 ability’s power is situational. The last ability seems situational as well because 1.Not Equipment-friendly, 2.Defeats the purpose of Tap artifacts if you want it for offense. Your best targets are Clues or perhaps the unused rocks you placed with its +1 ability.

    Average, but not a disappointment as Ajani was.

    • Matt Taylor

      In an aetherworks marvel deck he’s phenomenal, his -2 adds some much needed removal and can add some serious heft to the already huge metalwork colossus, and his +1 creates disposable artifacts to bring the colossus back from the graveyard.
      His ult also turns the whole thing into a pretty potent aggro deck, all those bone saws, cathars shields, puzzle knots and prismatic orbs coming to life one by one.
      imo he’s going to plug a lot of the holes and add more win conditions to an already solid albeit janky deck.

      • Anonim

        but aetherworks marvel decks has already chandra which is better

        • Matt Taylor

          Chandra is overall a stronger PW, she fits well into a lot more decks than Tezz, but in this instance she doesnt have the same synergy with the deck as he does.
          Aetherworks marvel is already overflowing with draw, mana that are also artifacts that also carry over to when you need them is better, most of the time in an AWM deck Tezz’s removal will be stronger for less loyalty.
          His ult starts weaker, but ramps up to be more powerful and versatile instead of just a flat 5 damage without the chance of only drawing land for a few turns missing the damage.

          • Anonim

            4 turn normally you need 2 colors: red and green, to cast tezz you need 3 colors, because green is also needed. Playing 4 colors here is bad idea and i don’t see replacing red with black. Tezz removal is very uncertaint – max 2 artifacts before playing him in 4 turn. I really wouldn’t expect to play ult. Also if you will use all loyalty counters, without tezz, emblem probably will be useless otherwise than chandra’s. Finally chandra is the only planeswalker in deck which can deal dmg to other planeswalkers at the same turn it enters the battlefield.

          • Matt Taylor

            Why is green needed again?
            Also 3 artifacts is the norm by turn 4, more isnt unheard of when you have several 0 cost, 2 cost with draw, and 3 cost that make other artifacts cheaper.
            Even if you get unlucky and only have 2 and you can’t remove the 3/3 threat when it comes out, +1, eat 3 damage, -2 the next turn and your PW is still alive.
            Chandra does a lot of cool things, but she doesnt really do much to further the goals of an AWM deck.

          • Anonim

            whatever, it doesn’t look like aetherworks marvel deck

  • Robert Julian Casey

    So my question is if his emblem animates a vehicle, does that vehicle gain the abilities printed on the card, or are those only gained when crewed

    • Dennis Sellers

      it gets the abilites when it is turned into a 5/5. because the crewing says, that it becomes only a atrifact creature when it is crewed.

    • Jazzyboy1

      If abilities are printed on a card, then it always has those abilities unless otherwise specified. So the artifacts have their printed abilities at all times. They just can’t make use of the abilities that only creatures can effectively use, unless they’re animated. So yes, if Tezzeret animates an artifact with Flying, it will be a creature with Flying, regardless of the means you used to animate it. (so you don’t need to ‘Crew’ it, which is actually effectively just another means of animating artifacts)

    • Yes, Looter Scooter for example reads “Whenever Smuggler’s Copter attacks or blocks, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.” It always has that ability, it doesn’t need to be crewed. So, no matter how it’s a creature, as long as it can attack or block, you can use it’s ability.

  • Nanya

    Hooray! Repeatable Lotus Petals!

    • Happy The Cat

      pretty sure that costing four mana makes this strictly worse as a rock. then again lotus normally cant be a kill/buff spell and give you a free ensoul artifact every combat

      • Shagoth

        1. They are so different as cards you shouldn’t say “strictly,” though, generally Lotus Petal is a far more powerful card.
        2. Lotus Petal is so much more powerful that it’s broken so, generally it’s a good thing that Tezz is weaker than the petal.

        • Happy The Cat

          do you get triggered by strictly worse or something? because this is strictly worse AS A ROCK, which is what I said he is.
          I’m not running this for a four mana legendary mana source, I’m running this for the other two abilities

          • Jazzyboy1

            As a rock, this guy has more flexibility. Pretty good rock, I’d say. The question is whether his other abilities are worth 4 more mana han Lotus Petal. I would say no, if we’re purely comparing to Lotus Petal, because playing one of these on turn 3 or later is usually a worse play than playing a Lotus Petal and another card, or two Lotus Petals on turn 1. On the other hand, if you’re playing a slow control strategy, and you don’t need the ramp so early(doubtful in Vintage, but it’s viable), you might prefer a repeatable rock, and this guy’s flexibility might win the day.

            In EDH, a repeatable mana rock is definitely better for control strategies. Unless you’re playing a fast combo deck, Lotus Petal is too temporary. Compared to other repeatable mana rocks, most of the widely used ones are within the 2-3 mana range. Most of those have only one other ability, which is usually rather mediocre. Relatively, this guy’s other abilities are quite impressive for only 1-2 extra mana.

            You should also keep in mind that Lotus Petal isn’t legal in Modern or Standard, so this guy gets a clear advantage just for being usable.

  • Jacob Humphreys

    This card will be very good in a UB Colossus deck. It ramps you towards Colossus. it gives the deck extra removal. And Ensoul artifact all of your vehicle’s. This will be good. You can Jam them in the deck already and you don’t even need to change your manabase because of caravan, prisms and aether hubs.

  • Gord

    Down the road – Grixis colours may be looking hard for ways to ramp into Bolas and this might be just the ticket

    • Jackson Means

      Good call

  • Insight66

    The art implies Dimir was getting an oath but they repurposed it for the planeswalker, or they thought it was funny, or they gave the artists a template

  • Ronald Williams

    I’m looking to use Tezzeret in my Stasis Deck?

  • BusinessmanGinger

    Or some sort of crazy artifact synergy that makes him really powerful in standard. I want my main walker to be on the world stage :D.