Isochron Scepter

Today on Synergy Chamber, we’re headed back in time to Mirrodin block. Those were the days when spells were super-powerful and artifacts could do anything. It didn’t make for great competitive play, but it did give us a lot of weird combo toys to play with! Isochron Scepter is one such toy.

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Commander 2019

Gemstone Mining will normally focus on one obscure card with a bunch of different ways to use it, attempting to highlight how something seemingly mediocre can be potentially great. This week we’re going to focus on three different gems that synergize with some of the new Commanders from the upcoming Commander 2019 set!

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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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Death Pits of Rath

Killing your opponents’ creatures is something you typically want to be doing. A sizable creature or group of creatures can really hinder your progress, and if you’re unable to politically bargain your way out of a combat phase or two you’re probably up a creek without a paddle. Today’s gem is rude to any deck running creatures: Death Pits of Rath.

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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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Desecrated Tomb

Graveyard strategies are some of the most prevalent strategies in Magic. Whether you’re trying to dredge into Vengevine or use Past in Flames to storm off by casting things from your graveyard, it’s a powerful resource. But these strategies often focus on dumping things into your graveyard to produce some powerful effect. Our gem today, Desecrated Tomb, is a long-term value engine for being less ridiculous about your graveyard shenanigans.

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Hamletback Goliath

When considering what high mana cost cards to put into your deck, you have a ton of things to consider: Does it fit the strategy? Does it have an immediate impact? Does it help close out the game? Today’s focus is on a card that doesn’t have an immediate impact on its own but can get out of control quickly if left unanswered.

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Gibbering Descent

With Modern Horizons being essentially Future Sight 2.0, it got me thinking about the original Future Sight. The set had some unique mixtures of keywords and played in design space that wasn’t necessarily ever going to be played with again. Today’s card, Gibbering Descent, is a card that could’ve easily been designed in Modern Horizons.

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