Madness

Continuing our streak of articles about Commander 2019, today we’re going to break down the mechanical theme of 2019’s red-black Commander deck: madness! This mechanic doesn’t create many crazy situations, and when played intuitively it rarely creates issues, but not many players understand how the rules actually handle it. That’s what we’re going to learn today (and I’m going to try to break it a little).

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K’rrik, Son of Yawgmoth

Of all the cards that will be released with Commander 2019, K’rrik, Son of Yawgmoth has sparked the most discussion. Will he see play in eternal formats? Will he crush competitive commander and get banned? I’m not here to answer those questions! Today, we’re going to look at some ways to use K’rrik’s abilities that will leave your opponents thinking “…wow, there must have been a better way to accomplish that.”

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Face-Down Creatures

Welcome back to Eye of the Stack! With Commander 2019 spoilers in full swing, I want to take this opportunity to dig into the rules about my favorite of the new decks: the face-down themed Sultai deck. This deck looks like it is mainly focused on Morph and Megamorph, but it also features cards with Manifest and Ixidron. All of these abilities use cards that are face-down to represent creatures, and today we’re going to explore exactly what that means. Let’s dig in!

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Masterful Replication

When Commander 2018 was released, I immediately gravitated toward Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer to brew with. I wanted to gather a collection of innocuous tokens, then turn them all into something terrifying and win on the spot! The trick was having to create a token copy of whatever my win condition was. That’s why I was so excited when Masterful Replication was printed. It’s never a do-nothing spell thanks to its “two 3/3 Golems” choice, and you can copy any artifact without making a token first! This card has some scary potential, and it enables some very silly strategies. Let’s get into it!

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Regenerate

Hey everybody! Welcome back to Eye of the Stack. This time around, we’re not really tackling the card Regenerate but rather the keyword regenerate, as requested in this tweet. In the early days of Magic it was printed on cards that saw a lot of play, and people generally understood how it worked. However, the keyword has since been retired, so when it comes up in play some of the nuances can trip people up. In this article, I’m going to break down all the core concepts you need to know to be a regenerate expert!

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Noyan Dar, Roil Shaper

A few weeks ago, Reddit user /u/Exkzol told me about a beautiful combo of cards. The combo, which I explain fully in this article, is to cast Mirrorweave targeting Contested War Zone which has been made into a creature. When you hit your opponent(s) with your creature-land, you get to take all their creatures! When I was done writing the article, I just couldn’t stop thinking about that sweet combo, so I got to work building a deck around it.

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Mirrorweave, Part I

Hello everyone! It’s Bob, back with another gigantic rules headache of a card! Mirrorweave is a card with almost unlimited potential for weirdness. Lots of Magic cards create or become copies of something, but Mirrorweave turns some cards into different cards. This results in fun interactions that I hope will inspire you to come up with combos of your own!

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Precursor Golem

Today’s article is about everyone’s favorite rules headache, Precursor Golem. This spell-slinging simulacrum creates more interesting rules interactions than your average Standard-legal expansion, and today I’m going to explore a few of them which involve (il)legal targets and modal spells.

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