Torbran, Thane of Red Fell

I’m a big fan of “chip-away” strategies; deal one damage to opponents enough times, they’ll eventually be dead. It’s a slow strategy most of the time, using our pea shooters to keep the battlefield clear and whittle our opponent’s life away. However, Throne of Eldraine gave us Torbran, Thane of Red Fell, and he turns our pea shooters into artillery cannons that will close out the game in no time.

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Rankle, Master of Pranks

Symmetrical effects used to be everywhere in Magic: the Gathering. However, aside from board wipes they are something we seem to be getting less and less of as time goes on. As I understand it, it’s because newer players don’t understand that an effect on their card might hurt them, or help their opponent. Why would Goblin King buff our opponent’s goblins? Why would Deft Duelist‘s shroud stop me from helping him? These things are off-putting to people who are just learning the game. Every once in a while, though, Wizards prints an interesting symmetrical-effect card (usually at Mythic rarity). Rankle, Master of Pranks is one such card.

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Mirage Mirror

The ability to copy cards often leads to things getting out of control. In Commander you are only allowed one copy of each non-basic land card in your deck, and as such copying things is the only way to have multiples of a card. What happens when we can copy something for two mana, repeatedly?

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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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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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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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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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