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Clever Impersonator from 'Khans of Tarkir'

Clever Impersonator from "Khans of Tarkir"
Clever Impersonator from "Khans of Tarkir"
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Revealed in an article by Adam Styborski on, Clever Impersonator is one of the newest Magic: The Gathering cards from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert expansion set Khans of Tarkir. This mythic rare creature is more than just another Clone. That's because it does more than just copy creatures: It can copy any nonland permanent.

Clever Impersonator - 2UU
Creature - Shapeshifter (Mythic Rare)
You may have Clever Impersonator enter the battlefield as a copy of any nonland permanent on the battlefield.
"Our own selves are the greatest obstacles to enlightenment."
-Narset, khan of the Jeskai


Some of the most powerful permanents in the game are planeswalkers. Copying your opponent's Elspeth, Suns's Champion for less mana than they spend to cast it. Better yet, copy their Garruk or Nicol Bolas and then use the copy to destroy the original. Now that's card advantage.

What this Magic player would really like to do is abuse Clever Impersonator with enters the battlefield abilities and flicker effects to repeat the fun all over again with a potentially new target for Clever Impersonator to target. Clever Impersonator can easily find a home in a Brago, King Eternal commander deck, the Evade and Shimmer deck from Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth, or the Evasive Maneuvers deck from Commander (2013 Edition) which is really chock full of cards for Clever Impersonator to copy.

Clever Impersonator's usefulness is limited only by the permanents on the battlefield. That means it's perfect for multiplayer games like Commander where there's bound to be plenty of broken cards to target.

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