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Spellshaper is a creature type and class. Spellshapers are amongst the most narrowly focused spellcasters. They are salesmen of magical spells and devote themselves to perfecting a single spell or selection of spells, relying on their mastery of their focus to make up for their lack of versatility. In all other respects they are similar to wizards, clerics and druids.
Spellshapers were introduced in Mercadian Masques, appearing in the subsequent sets of the block, and reappeared in the Time Spiral block. Creatures with this type have at least one activated ability of the form "[mana cost], , Discard [a number of] cards: [Effect]." The effect is often the same as a sorcery or instant card already in print and the mana cost is often the same as the referenced sorcery or instant card. Most Spellshaper abilities require the discard of one card, but more powerful effects may require a discard of more than one card.
A cycle of legendary spellshapers was printed in Prophecy. Each of these legendary rare creatures cost MM and require a discard of two cards. They are: Alexi, Zephyr Mage, Greel, Mind Raker, Jolrael, Empress of Beasts (which was reprinted in Time Spiral as a timeshifted card), Latulla, Keldon Overseer and Mageta the Lion.
Mark Rosewater has stated that is unlikely that Spellshapers would return in a Standard-legal set, but that it would be possible in a supplemental set. The return of the mechanic, but without the creature class is a bit more likely.
Creature - Spellshaper
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- Mark Rosewater (November 19, 2016). "What are the flavor differences between wizard, spellshaper, and warlock?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (April 8, 2017). "Do you have any trivia on the design of Spellshapers?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (December 2, 2017). "Can I get some trivia on spellshapers and whether or not we’ll ever see them again?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (November 17, 2018). "Where are spellshapers as a whole on the Storm scale? Or would that be the Beeble scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
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