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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Ghired, Conclave Exile

Something you’ll learn about me as a player is that I’m quite a Selesnyan mage. I love tokens and token strategies, and while I don’t only own green and white decks, my strategies often look the same. My favorite mechanic is populate, and I’ve longed to build a Naya tokens deck but haven’t had the right Commander to do so. Now that Commander 2019 is here, I finally have a Naya Commander who populates!

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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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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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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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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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Bruse & Ikra

One of the first decks I ever built was Doran, the Siege Tower. Toughness matters and life gain were ingrained into its strategy and it was a blast to play. When four-color Commanders were dropped on us back in 2016, Doran had an identity crisis. Why stick to Abzan when you could introduce red? Thus, “Bruse and Ikra‘s Tough Love Shack” was born.

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