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Top 5 Teferi Planeswalkers in Magic: The Gathering

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Teferi, Temporal Archmage

Teferi, Temporal Archmage

Teferi in Lore

Teferi represents one of the game's most famous planeswalkers; one of the longest-lasting heroes in lore, he's easy to squeeze into stories thanks to his mastery over time magic, making him a sensible fit in any era.

He's also arguably the consistently best character in gameplay, wielding several excellent planeswalker cards that specialize in card draws and untapping. He also offers potent ramps that rival green cards in mana acceleration. With several great renditions, which reign supreme? These are the five best Teferi planeswalker cards in Magic: The Gathering!

Teferi, Master of Time

Teferi, Master of Time

5. Teferi, Master of Time

Set: Core Set 2021

Teferi's first two effects aren't amazing: +1 loots (drawing and discarding) and -3 phases a creature out for the turn, useful at blocking aggro. But what really sets him apart is his speed, as he can use loyalty abilities on all turns! If not quickly taken care of, this lets him amass loyalty pretty quickly, and if he pulls off his ultimate -10, you've probably won, as it'll give you two extra turns.

Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset

Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset

4. Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset

Set: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

With some mana rocks or mana-tapping weenies, this Teferi can almost pay for himself with his versatile +1, untapping up to one land, creature, and/or artifact. You can also select opposing cards, which are instead tapped, and you gain two life. All-in-all, an excellent loyalty-gain effect for a four-mana card.

-2 lets you add one of the cards from your deck's top three to hand, placing the rest on bottom of deck, which can search out a land drop or board wipe when needed. And ultimate -7 gives an emblem that draws and untaps your permanents on other player's upkeeps. Like many ultimates, you've probably won if you achieve this, as you're getting tons of bonus mana to ensure you can afford counterspells and other instant-speed tricks.

Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim

Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim

3. Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim

Set: The Brothers' War

A rare pure-blue Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim may not seem to acquire loyalty with +0, which draws a card, but he actually gets one loyalty whenever you draw, triggering from this effect, at the start of your turn, and with any other draw spells you activate.

Plus, he's surprisingly defendable thanks to -2, which creates a 2/2 spirit that gains a +1/+1 when you draw. Ultimate -12 makes an opponent return a permanent they control to hand, then shuffle every non-land permanent they control into their deck, a brutal board wipe that can arrive surprisingly early with the right draw engines.

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

2. Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Set: Dominaria

The ultimate in control planeswaling, Hero is a feared staple in commander and historic brawl for good reason. His brutal +1 draws and untaps two lands at the end of the turn, very likely ensuring you have counterspells ready to thwart opposing plays. And since you can untap any lands, not just basics, you can get far more than two mana back by untapping multi-mana lands like Lotus Field. Plus, -3 puts any non-land into a player's deck third from the top; this is one of the best planeswalker removals, as it hits any card type and gets around indestructible.

Finally, ultimate -8 grants an emblem that exiles any opposing permanent (even lands!) whenever you draw a card, very quickly winning you the game.

Teferi, Time Raveler

Teferi, Time Raveler

1. Teferi, Time Raveler

Set: War of the Spark

Jokingly called T3feri for his tendency to arrive on turn 3, Time Raveler is one of the game's cheapest planeswalkers at three mana and enters with surprisingly high four loyalty. His +1 lets you cast sorceries as instants until your next turn, but it's really his -3 that makes him great, bouncing a creature, artifact, or land while drawing a card, a great way to stall early aggro.

While he lacks an ultimate, he more than compensates with his static effect of making opponents only cast at sorcery speed—this offers almost-guaranteed protection from counterspells and other tricks on your turn.

In fact, Time Raveler was so overpowered that he had to be altered for online Arena play, where he costs four mana and only prevents opponents from casting on your turnand even then, he's still a great card.

Planeswalker Supports in Magic

To supplement your Teferi build, blue offers plenty of loyalty-gaining effects. Oath of Teferi lets you activate loyalty abilities twice per turn, while Deepglow Skate can double loyalty on entry.

Pair with green for other support effects, like Oath of Ajani and Doubling Season, but for now, vote for your favorite planeswalker and I'll see you at our next MTG countdown!

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