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Clever Impersonator
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Clever Impersonator
- Khans of Tarkir

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

Constructed: 4.50
Casual: 4.38
Limited: 4.63
Multiplayer: 4.63

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Clever Impersonator

This is basically Clone, but for artifacts, enchantments, or even planeswalkers. Now that the "planeswalker rule" has been modified, copying an opponent's 'walker could be a slick move indeed. I seem to remember Phrexian Infiltrator being one of the strongest cards to come out of New Phyrexia, and this does that card one better. I've mentioned the value of "versatility" several times this week, and this guy does it just about as well as it can be done. Best advice I can give? Get your playset of this guy now, before the price spikes. And if it already has spiked, well, you should still get it now because it's not going down anytime soon.

Constructed- 5
Casual- 5
Limited- 5
Multiplayer- 5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Clever Impersonator
 
Did anybody really need a super-powered, mythic rare Clone? Was anybody really not getting enough mileage out of making their own copy of a great creature they weren't even running in their deck to begin with? Who out there was sad that they couldn't copy Gaea's Cradle? This card is for them, I guess, but to me it feels a little like box-checking on the part of the designers. Still, there are interesting tricks you can do with planeswalkers - for example: play Elspeth's -3 ability, cast this as a copy of her, send the original to your graveyard, play the Impersonator-Elspeth's +1 ability. You now have three tokens and your opponent, hopefully, has nothing. And I have to admit, the flavor-concept of this guy impersonating Erebos is rather funny.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Clever Impersonator which is a four mana Blue
0/0 that may enter the battlefield as a copy of any non-land permanent. 
Aside from the extra Blue in the mana cost this is a dramatic upgrade over the already powerful Clone by adding planeswalkers, artifacts, and enchantments to the list of potential targets.  Whether it is stacking effects of your own creatures or adding an opponent's most useful threat to your arsenal this is a fantastic card that will see widespread and frequent play in nearly any format.
 
In Limited this is an easy first pick in Booster that is at worst a stall for nearly any threat and can add a huge advantage when copying a bomb from your own side of the battlefield.  The double Blue and needing something to target are the only drawbacks, but in most situations this is a great card to have or topdeck.  In Sealed this requires Blue to be a primary color of the deck and is worth quite a bit when considering which colors to use in that role.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

Mattedesa

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Clever Impersonator
 
This shapeshifter is arguably the best card to come out of the set. Planeswalkers are huge, as are the fetch lands, but not much else in the game gives you the options this guy does.
 
Did your opponent play a big planeswalker? Oh, look, you have one too!
 
Does your opponent have a big creature you can't deal with? I'll bet making him a twin brother will hold him at bay.
 
Is your one big creature not quite getting through for enough damage? Two of them should do the job nicely.
 
Imagine how powerful having TWO Obelisk of Urds would be?
 
You get the picture. There are very few times when the Impersonator wouldn't be useful as a copy of something on the battlefield. Even if you need to use him to copy a mana producing creature or artifact, he could help accelerate you to the big spell in your hand. But most of the time, he's going to be copying something worth at least 4 mana, making his cost quite efficient. 
 
About the only time he's no good is if you are behind on the board with nothing to copy and your opponent is beating you with instants and sorceries. But that's relatively rare, and no card is perfect.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 5.0

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