Text-Changing Effects

I decided to write this article because I was inspired by the “Splice onto Instant or Sorcery” cards from Modern Horizons, and I want to build a Commander deck around the ability. Along with Modern Horizons came a rules change, which made Splice into a text-changing ability. I didn’t know what that meant, so I decided to dig into the topic and write this article in the process! Let’s learn something together.

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Board Wipes, Part I

On this site, we encourage our readers to build their own suites of removal, ramp, board wipes, and the like (unless a certain card is applicable to the topic at hand). This is mainly because we don’t want to recommend the same six to ten cards every time we’re writing about a certain color, but it’s also because we want to leave room for creativity in our articles. We want readers to feel free to build a deck that feels like their own, based on our ideas. Today, however, I want to show you what I think are the best options per color when it comes to clearing the board in a game of Commander.

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Karona, False God

In the time since Commander became a recognized format, Wizards has provided players with several good five-color commander options to choose from. Access to every color allows players to make use of any card in the game to implement their preferred strategy: Morophon enables any creature type tribal, Golos can cast any big spells you want for free, and Ramos, Dragon Engine grows huge in a hurry while fueling your future spells, too. Those commanders’ abilities help players crush their opponents using all the best available cards… But Karona, False God is not one of those commanders.

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Attrition

Hey everyone, it’s Jordan. This week, I’m taking over Eye of the Stack and trying something different with it; rather than the nitty-gritty rules breakdowns, I’m going to explain a strategic concept! Today I’ll be talking about the concept of attrition, and how to use it to your advantage.

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Azor, the Lawbringer

I live for defying expectations, but that doesn’t have to mean i’m doing something more effective or better than expected. For example, if I pulled out a Commander deck lead by Azor, the Lawbringer, would you immediately think I’m going to lay down my own interpretation of the law in the form of control spells and board wipes? Well, you’d only be half right.

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Replacement Effects

A few weeks ago, Jordan wrote an article about Torbran, Thane of Red Fell. In that article I added an editor’s note that said you could stack Torbran’s ability with Furnace of Rath so that he would add four additional damage instead, but a sharp-eyed reader informed us that that’s not actually true: The player who would have the damage dealt to them chooses how to stack those abilities! While looking for the rule behind this ruling I found several strange rules about replacement effects, which gave me some ideas for how to abuse them! Let’s get started.

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