|(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)|
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Description[edit | edit source]
Wizards are masters of channeling mana into powerful spells. They are ubiquitous throughout the known multiverse and are known to nearly every race. Wizards come by their powers in different ways: Some study for years on end to unlock the secrets of magic, while others are just born with the knack. Some wizards come together in huge schools or guilds to pool their resources and train neophytes. Wizards range across all five colors but are concentrated in blue, the color of knowledge. In the game, the color blue contains more wizards than all the other colors combined. The distant second color for the most wizards is black followed closely by white. In recent years red has picked up many Wizards instead of Shamans, its typical spellcasting type. In the Grand Creature Type Update the subtypes Mage (Musician), Sorcerer (Ovinomancer), Sorceress (Sorceress Queen) and Witch (Cuombajj Witches) were incorporated into the Wizard class. On Kamigawa, wizards are known as jushi.
Specialties[edit | edit source]
In contrast to shamans or druids, wizards take a methodical approach to magic. And while priests and clerics power their spells with their faith, wizards need years of practice to master their spells. Wizards are more versatile than simple spellshapers. Given the intense study that wizards often engage in, it is no surprise that various mystic disciplines have become recognized as independent of each other, although it is not unheard of, especially for planeswalkers, to practice multiple disciplines — Jace Beleren, for example, is both an illusionist and a mentalist. They include the following:
- Aethermages, are usually white and blue mages who use aether magic, which tends to involve unsummoning creatures.
- Amplimancers, specialized mages from Strixhaven who can influence the size of objects.
- Arcanists are Esper wizards who master secret knowledge and lost lore.
- Archaeomancers are wizards who are able to revive ancient words of power.
- Aeromages are wizards capable of flight.
- Auramancers, are wizards who create long-lasting enchantments.
- also called Enchanters, but that name can be applied to druids, as well
- Biomancers are genetic wizards largely affiliated with the Simic Combine responsible for the mutants of Ravnica in their attempts to improve the life forms of that plane. Specialized Teratologists subject non-sapient species to experimental magic.
- Chronarchs or Chronologists are mages who specialize in the manipulation of time. These specialized mages are employed by the Izzet League, Tolaria, and at the Lighthouse of the Sea-Gate Halimar. Teferi is a chronarch. Esper is home to a similar tradition of time-bending wizards, called Clockworkers.
- Cryomancers are mages specialized in manipulating cold and ice. They were particularly prominent during the Ice Age, with the most notable cryomancers being those of Rimewind Keep.
- Dementia casters (also called dementia summoners) are members of the Cabal. These mages have the unique ability to summon horrors from their personal "dementia space," a place populated with the caster's greatest fears and all the beings they have killed. Later Dementia casters could also summon horrors from other people's minds.
- Diabolists or Demonologists specialize in the study and control of demons. Davriel Cane is a diabolist.
- Diviners, wizards who are skilled in divining the future.
- Electromancers or Sparkmages specialize in the use of electricity. Ral Zarek is a sparkmage.
- Elementalists are wizards focusing on the art of controlling elementals or casting spells associated with them. On Zendikar, specialized Geysermages, Lullmages and Roilmages use their powers to manipulate the plane's Roil.
- Embermages are spellcasters from Dominaria who have pledged their allegiance to the djinn and efreet of Wildfire. On Ravnica they are combat mages of the Boros Legion, using fire to back up combat troops.
- Experimentalists are wizards who experiment in the realm of pure thought and magic. The most notable example being Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind.
- Ferromancers are a subset of geomancers whose specialization is further narrowed down to the manipulation of metal.
- Fleshmages are Orzhov mages on Ravnica who craft thrulls from the worthless flesh left behind when a spirit is created.
- Forcemages, Simic mages from Ravnica, who dedicate themselves to physical expressions of the "Upwelling", coaxing plants and animals into growth.
- Geistmages, also called Necro-Alchemists by some, are wizards that harness the energy of geists in order to fuel crazed technological inventions.
- Geomancers are capable of altering the terrain and bending the earth to their whims.
- Geometrists, mages from Gobakhan who are capable of creating protective geometric shields.
- Helmsmages, gifted in the magic of ships and wind.
- Hexmages are mages, often vampires, who use their talents at curse-magic to drain quantities other than blood.
- Hieromancers are white mages that use their protective power to enforce order or suppress the abilities of others. The most notable of their number pay allegiance to the Order of Heliud. Gideon was a hieromancer.
- Honormacers' , mages from Strixhaven who base their magic on knowing and doing what is morally right.
- Hydromancers are wizards that practice the art of manipulating water. On Lorwyn, they are also known as aquitects.
- Illusionists specialize in deception, using their magical abilities to create false images to confuse opponents and trick them into dangerous situations. The greatest illusionists have the ability to bring their images to life, blurring the line between illusion and reality. Jace is an illusionist.
- Keraunomancer are wizards capable control and summon thunderbolts, thunder, lightning. Mezlok is a keraunomancer.
- Lawmages (aka Advokists) are a specialized mage under the employ of the Azorius Senate and Orzhov Syndicate. They draw upon the binding power of the Guildpact to restrain criminals and then serve as lawyers once those criminals are taken to court. Azorius lawmages are typically the prosecution, while Orzhov lawmages are the defense.
- Lithomancers are individuals with power over crystals, gems, and stones. Many are skilled in divination using these. Stoneforgers are artificers who forge weapons from stones. Nahiri is a lithomancer.
- Loremages are wizards from Eldraine, who make use of ancient magical texts and stories.
- Lumimancers, Strixhaven mages who study light magic.
- Mechanists are artificers from Esper, crafting complex creations and infusing them with magic.
- Mentalists are mages who have the power to read and manipulate minds, being particularly adept at ferreting out secrets from the thoughts of others. Esper is a plane where this discipline is particularly prominent, but it does exist elsewhere; Jace, a native to the plane of Vryn, is a mentalist, as was his mentor, the sphinx Alhammarret, and the trait is described as rare but not unrecognized on Vryn - mentalists there are highly sought after as arbiters between the plane's incessantly warring factions.
- Mimicrists, Simic mages from Ravnica, able to mimic other lifeforms.
- Necromancers are mages specializing in death magic, including the creation of undead. On Ravnica, the Golgari Swarm is known for utilizing necromancers while House Dimir is suspected of doing so by those who know of its existence. On Innistrad, Necromancers are divided into ghoulcallers, who summon the dead directly from their graves, and Stitchers, who sew various body parts together to create monstrous amalgamations. An older form, practiced by Wakedancers, relies instead on trances and rituals more akin to shamans. Grixis developed many variants of necromancy, including Fleshcrafters (who sculpt unliving tools and minions from dead flesh and bone), Lethemancers (who specialize in draining thoughts and memories, merging black and blue mana), Ghostslavers (who specialize in binding ghosts as servants) and Galemages (who harness the entropic winds that scour the Shard, merging black and red mana). Liliana is a necromancer.
- Nullmages, Ravnican obstructionists, capable of magically stopping an action or spell.
- Oculumancers, specialized mages from Strixhaven who study eyes in all their aspects.
- Precognitive mages are wizards from the Azorius Senate on Ravnica, who are able to gain foreknowledge of a future event. They experience their gift as a series of runes hovering in midair.
- Pyromancers are wizards that practice the art of fire magic. Pyromancers typically use red mana to fuel their spells associated with fire, flames, or other destructive bursts. The pyromancers of Jamuraa are known as embermages. Chandra is a pyromancer.
- Psychometrists, wizards with the capability to absorb knowledge from objects by touch. Dack Fayden is a psychometrist.
- Sahir, sorcerers with the power to bind djinn.
- Sangromancers are mages who specialize in an especially dark corner of black mana. With this blood magic, they can drain the lifeforce of other beings, place curses on enemies, and even possess the minds of others. Sorin Markov is a sangromancer.
- Shieldmages or Geometrists summon geometric shields for defensive purposes. Teyo Verada is a shieldmage.
- Skifsang are seafaring mages from Nephalia who specialize in crafting nautic tools and other means to aid mariners to ward off the beasts of the depths.
- Skin Witches from Caligo wield death magic and peel the skin from their victims to praise Belzenlok with their lips.
- Somnomancers, mages who focus on sleep and dreams. Found among the Kithkin of Lorwyn.
- Songmages, mages who use songs to create spells. Found in Almaaz on Dominaria. Tacenda Verlasen from Innistrad is also a songmage.
- Stormmages are weather-manipulating wizards. Ral Zarek is a storm mage.
- Stormcallers from Esper often work alongside Tidemages.
- Taskmages are mercenary spellcasters. They do not have the devotion to studying magic that other spellcasters have, instead they learn a few useful, relatively simple spells to earn money. They are typically looked down upon by more scholarly mages.
- Telepaths (aka mind mages), mostly blue mages focusing on detecting, invading, and harnessing the mind of others. Jace is a telepath.
- Terraformers, Simic mages from Ravnica, who are able to alter the physical environment and weather.
- Thaumaturges, are mages found on Theros who are adept at weaving their magic into their surroundings. Therosian thaumaturges are considered fully trained when they receive an omen of the gods. Stonewise thaumaturges are adept at using their magic to raise buildings and other edifices.
- Tidemages are water-controlling elementalists from Esper, whose magical powers are harnessed to control the abundant oceans and their often wild waves for the benefit of their civilization.
- Vedrune are an elite group of Omenseeker wizards from Bretagard on Kaldheim who use elements from the natural world, such as ocean currents, wind, and the lights of the aurora, to predict future events as well as navigate through the Cosmos to other realms.
- Viromancers, mages who focus on the control of microorganisms and the creation of viruses.
- Zephyr mages, blue mages typically using spells associated with air and wind.
Wizardly organizations[edit | edit source]
- The Ancients
- The Cabal
- College of Lat-Nam
- Conclave of Mages
- Emberwilde Order
- Hammerheim Order
- Institute of Arcane Study
- Izzet League
- Raven Guild
- Riptide Project
- Numbered Ones
- Order of the Shieldmage
- School of the Unseen
- Seekers of Carmot
- Simic Combine
- Tolarian Academy
- Wizards' School
Notable Wizards[edit | edit source]
- Adrix and Nev
- Deekah, Fractal Theorist
- Felisa, Fang of Silverquill
- Rionya, Fire Dancer
- Veyran, Voice of Duality
- Altair of Coloni
- Boris Devilboon
- Endrek Sahr
- Garth One-eye
- Gustha Ebbasdotter
- Jared Carthalion
- Jaya Ballard
- Liliana Vess
- Naru Meha
- Nicol Bolas
- Rafwyn Capashen
- Rasputin Dreamweaver
- Talibah of Emberwilde
- Tuknir Deathlock
- Virot Maglan, the Cabal Patriarch
- Xira Arien
- Azami Ozu
- Iki Hisoka
- Kolo Meha
- Nighteyes the Desecrator
- Mirrodin/New Phyrexia
- Plane of Mountains and Seas
- Jarad vod Savo
- Momir Vig
- Ral Zarek
- Tibor and Lumia
- Unknown plane
- Davriel Cane
- Ob Nixilis
Tribal type[edit | edit source]
Tribal theme[edit | edit source]
- Academy Journeymage
- Naru Meha, Master Wizard
- Naban, Dean of Iteration
- Wizard's Retort
- Firefist Adept
- Ghitu Journeymage
- Wizard's Lightning
- Adeliz, the Cinder Wind
- Sorcerer's Wand
Tokens[edit | edit source]
|Token Name||Color||Type Line||P/T||Text Box||Source||Printings|
|Wizard||Blue||Creature — Wizard||2/2|
|Human Wizard||Blue||Creature — Human Wizard||1/1|
|Giant Wizard||Blue||Creature — Giant Wizard||4/4|
|Merfolk Wizard||Blue||Creature — Merfolk Wizard||1/1|
|Zombie Wizard||Blue/Black||Creature — Zombie Wizard||1/1|
|Dreamstealer||Black||Creature — Zombie Human Wizard||4/4||Menace
When Dreamstealer deals combat damage to a player, that player discards that many cards.
|Sunscourge Champion||Black||Creature — Zombie Human Wizard||4/4||When Sunscourge Champion enters the battlefield, you gain life equal to its power.|
|Resilient Khenra||Black||Creature — Zombie Jackal Wizard||4/4||When Resilient Khenra enters the battlefield, you may have target creature get +X/+X until end of turn, where X is Resilient Khenra's power.|
|Champion of Wits||Black||Creature — Zombie Naga Wizard||4/4||When Champion of Wits enters the battlefield, you may draw cards equal to its power. If you do, discard two cards.|
|Token Name||Color||Type Line||P/T||Text Box||Source||Printings|
|Human Wizard||Red||Creature — Human Wizard||2/1|
|Wizard||Blue||Creature — Wizard||1/1||Flying|
Other languages[edit | edit source]
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