I don't play blue… at least, I don't when it isn't paired with red. I'm a simple gal who likes blowing stuff up.

But everyone needs a change, a breath of fresh air! After brewing a lot of red things these past few weeks, I knew that I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone, my element(al) if you will.

Octavia, Living Thesis definitely does that. This Octopus has a dummy thicc mana value (as the young people say) with matching power and toughness to boot! This appealed to my destructive tendencies, but there are other elements to this elemental that also pulled me in.

This tall drink of water also has Ward 8 which is amazing because it puts an almost impenetrable shield of protection around our commander. This shield is necessary because Octavia, Living Thesis has one final ability: magecraft. What if we made all of our creatures 8/8's? Well, thanks to this magecraft ability we can. This lies at the heart of what we want our deck to do. Our goal is to cast a large amount of cheap spells to make some unblockable attackers. We're bringing mono-blue stompy back into Commander. Let's get to brewin'!

Creatures

I love the ideas chat came up with for this week's list. Octavia, Living Thesis has the highest mana value of any spell in this deck, and while yes, The Magic Mirror comes in a close second, it is a spell that will more than likely be reduced to a mana cost of two due to the spellcast-y nature of this deck. Beyond that, the majority of our spells lie in the 1-2 mana value range. Ten out of the 16 we run fall into this key range and are, more importantly, unblockable. This is why I love this deck.

Creatures like Mist-Cloaked Herald, Invisible Stalker, and Looter il-Kor go from pitiful 1/1s to unblockable 8/8s that pack a rather painful punch. However, this wouldn't be a Chase deck without some salt added into the mix. Therefore, we added Plague Myr and Blighted Agent into the throng. That's right! Infect!!! Like the creatures before them, they can become 8/8s with infect thanks to Octavia, Living Thesis magecraft ability. All it takes is two swings for these creatures to make lethal!

While these smaller creatures are invaluable to our strategy, we run others that help grease the wheels. For starters, we have our token generators. Pieces like Talrand, Sky Summoner, Docent of Perfection, and Murmuring Mystic generate small 1/1 tokens whenever we cast instants or sorceries. This is perfect for us since we run a minimal amount of creatures compared to what I'm normally comfortable with. Since we are a blue stompy deck, the more creatures, the merrier!

Lastly we need to talk about Cephalid Constable. I love this card because not only is it flavorful, but it acts as a repeatable mass bounce spell. While we run a lot of unblockable creatures, the tokens we make do not have that privilege, and therefore reducing the amount of blockers our opponents have makes combat that much easier.

Cheap Spells

So we've talked shop on our creatures and why we run them, but at the end of the day they're only 1/1s without instants and sorceries to cast! Spells make this deck's wheels go round, so you betcha that we need a rather large amount of them… 34 of them to be exact. Ranging from 1-5 mana value, each spell has been chosen for its value relating to the deck, whether that be card draw, removal, or reducing our commander's casting cost.

Curse of theSwine

Let's start out strong with removal. Because we are in blue, we have access to some of the most annoying bounce spells. Cyclonic Rift, Aetherspouts, and Aetherize are notorious for ruining an opponent's combat step. Now I know this doesn't seem like much, but fear not, we are also running more permanent forms of removal. From Pongify to Curse of the Swine to Resculpt, we have plenty of ways to get rid of some of our opponent's peskier artifacts and creatures.

We wouldn't really be playing blue without countermagic, right? I'm not a huge lover of counterspells, but I can't argue with their effectiveness at killing spicy plays while simultaneously triggering Octavia's magecraft.

While we're at it, I feel that we are legally required to play draw spells. Spells like Opt, Brainstorm, Windfall, and Serum Visions not only trigger magecraft, but can easily help reduce Octavia, Living Thesis casting cost if we draw into them early game. Card advantage is always integral to victory in Commander, so why not run a bunch?

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Eighters Gonna 8 by Chase Carroll

'Eighters Gonna 8' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Chase Carroll

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Commander

Market Price: $334.24

Cards

Docent of Perfection // Final Iteration

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.23

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Flying
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, create a 1/1 blue Human Wizard creature token. Then if you control three or more Wizards, transform Docent of Perfection.

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Stubborn Denial

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {1}.
Ferocious — If you control a creature with power 4 or greater, counter that spell instead.

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Coastal Piracy

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Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to an opponent, you may draw a card.

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Spectral Sailor

Color Identity:U

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Flying
{3}{U}: Draw a card.

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Shark Typhoon

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's mana value.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Minamo, School at Water's Edge

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{T}: Add {U}.
{U}, {T}: Untap target legendary permanent.

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Lazotep Plating

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Amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)
You and permanents you control gain hexproof until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Invisible Stalker

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Invisible Stalker can't be blocked.

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Cryptic Command

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Choose two —
• Counter target spell.
• Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
• Tap all creatures your opponents control.
• Draw a card.

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Capsize

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Buyback {3} (You may pay an additional {3} as you cast this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Return target permanent to its owner's hand.

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The Magic Mirror

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard.
You have no maximum hand size.
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a knowledge counter on The Magic Mirror, then draw a card for each knowledge counter on The Magic Mirror.

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Aetherize

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Return all attacking creatures to their owner's hand.

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Bident of Thassa

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Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
{1}{U}, {T}: Creatures your opponents control attack this turn if able.

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Search for Azcanta // Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard. Then if you have seven or more cards in your graveyard, you may transform Search for Azcanta.

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Radical Idea

Color Identity:U

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Draw a card.
Jump-start (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a card in addition to paying its other costs. Then exile this card.)

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Inkmoth Nexus

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Inkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Phyrexian Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying and infect until end of turn. It's still a land. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

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Ghostly Pilferer

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Whenever Ghostly Pilferer becomes untapped, you may pay {2}. If you do, draw a card.
Whenever an opponent casts a spell from anywhere other than their hand, draw a card.
Discard a card: Ghostly Pilferer can't be blocked this turn.

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Plague Myr

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Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
{T}: Add {C}.

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Opt

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Scry 1.
Draw a card.

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Mist-Cloaked Herald

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Mist-Cloaked Herald can't be blocked.

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Rogue's Passage

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn.

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Slip Through Space

Color Identity:U

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Target creature can't be blocked this turn.
Draw a card.

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Chemister's Insight

Color Identity:U

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Draw two cards.
Jump-start (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a card in addition to paying its other costs. Then exile this card.)

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Wandering Archaic // Explore the Vastlands

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Whenever an opponent casts an instant or sorcery spell, they may pay {2}. If they don't, you may copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Cephalid Coliseum

Color Identity:U

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{T}: Add {U}. Cephalid Coliseum deals 1 damage to you.
Threshold — {U}, {T}, Sacrifice Cephalid Coliseum: Target player draws three cards, then discards three cards. Activate only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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War Room

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}, Pay life equal to the number of colors in your commanders' color identity: Draw a card.

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Octavia, Living Thesis

Color Identity:U

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This spell costs {8} less to cast if you have eight or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard.
Ward {8}
Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, target creature has base power and toughness 8/8 until end of turn.

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Witch's Clinic

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Target commander gains lifelink until end of turn.

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Anticipate

Color Identity:U

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Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Cyclonic Rift

Color Identity:U

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Return target nonland permanent you don't control to its owner's hand.
Overload {6}{U} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Ponder

Color Identity:U

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Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. You may shuffle.
Draw a card.

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Thought Scour

Color Identity:U

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Target player mills two cards.
Draw a card.

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Isochron Scepter

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Imprint — When Isochron Scepter enters the battlefield, you may exile an instant card with mana value 2 or less from your hand.
{2}, {T}: You may copy the exiled card. If you do, you may cast the copy without paying its mana cost.

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Looter il-Kor

Color Identity:U

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Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
Whenever Looter il-Kor deals damage to an opponent, draw a card, then discard a card.

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Bonders' Enclave

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}: Draw a card. Activate only if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

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Archmage Emeritus

Color Identity:U

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, draw a card.

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Shadow Rift

Color Identity:U

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Target creature gains shadow until end of turn. (It can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
Draw a card.

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Pteramander

Color Identity:U

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Flying
{7}{U}: Adapt 4. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard. (If this creature has no +1/+1 counters on it, put four +1/+1 counters on it.)

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Triton Shorestalker

Color Identity:U

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Triton Shorestalker can't be blocked.

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Sapphire Medallion

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Blue spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Resculpt

Color Identity:U

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Exile target artifact or creature. Its controller creates a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.

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Mission Briefing

Color Identity:U

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Surveil 2, then choose an instant or sorcery card in your graveyard. You may cast it this turn. If that spell would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead. (To surveil 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest on top of your library in any order.)

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Swan Song

Color Identity:U

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Counter target enchantment, instant, or sorcery spell. Its controller creates a 2/2 blue Bird creature token with flying.

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Gitaxian Probe

Color Identity:U

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({U/P} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.)
Look at target player's hand.
Draw a card.

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Faerie Conclave

Color Identity:U

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Faerie Conclave enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
{1}{U}: Faerie Conclave becomes a 2/1 blue Faerie creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Aetherspouts

Color Identity:U

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For each attacking creature, its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Silundi Vision // Silundi Isle

Color Identity:U

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Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Murmuring Mystic

Color Identity:U

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, create a 1/1 blue Bird Illusion creature token with flying.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Mental Note

Color Identity:U

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Mill two cards.
Draw a card.

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Cephalid Constable

Color Identity:U

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Whenever Cephalid Constable deals combat damage to a player, return up to that many target permanents that player controls to their owner's hand.

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Mind Stone

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Mind Stone: Draw a card.

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Blinkmoth Nexus

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.
{1}, {T}: Target Blinkmoth creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Pongify

Color Identity:U

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Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Ape creature token.

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Blighted Agent

Color Identity:U

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Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
Blighted Agent can't be blocked.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Curious Homunculus // Voracious Reader

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.44

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{T}: Add {C}. Spend this mana only to cast an instant or sorcery spell.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if there are three or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, transform Curious Homunculus.

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Rhystic Study

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $34.77

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Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may draw a card unless that player pays {1}.

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Visions of Beyond

Color Identity:U

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Draw a card. If a graveyard has twenty or more cards in it, draw three cards instead.

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Preordain

Color Identity:U

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Scry 2, then draw a card. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

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Talrand, Sky Summoner

Color Identity:U

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, create a 2/2 blue Drake creature token with flying.

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Multiple Choice

Color Identity:U

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If X is 1, scry 1, then draw a card.
If X is 2, you may choose a player. They return a creature they control to its owner's hand.
If X is 3, create a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.
If X is 4 or more, do all of the above.

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Myriad Landscape

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Myriad Landscape enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Myriad Landscape: Search your library for up to two basic land cards that share a land type, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Perpetual Timepiece

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{T}: Mill two cards.
{2}, Exile Perpetual Timepiece: Shuffle any number of target cards from your graveyard into your library.

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Ravenform

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

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Exile target artifact or creature. Its controller creates a 1/1 blue Bird creature token with flying.
Foretell {U} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Snap

Color Identity:U

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Return target creature to its owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.

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Windfall

Color Identity:U

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Each player discards their hand, then draws cards equal to the greatest number of cards a player discarded this way.

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Curse of the Swine

Color Identity:U

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Exile X target creatures. For each creature exiled this way, its controller creates a 2/2 green Boar creature token.

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Frantic Search

Color Identity:U

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Draw two cards, then discard two cards. Untap up to three lands.

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Mystic Confluence

Color Identity:U

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Choose three. You may choose the same mode more than once.
• Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.
• Return target creature to its owner's hand.
• Draw a card.

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Power Matrix

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{T}: Target creature gets +1/+1 and gains flying, first strike, and trample until end of turn.

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Brainstorm

Color Identity:U

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Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

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Fact or Fiction

Color Identity:U

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Choose a color. Add an amount of mana of that color equal to your devotion to that color. (Your devotion to a color is the number of mana symbols of that color in the mana costs of permanents you control.)

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Metallurgic Summonings

Color Identity:U

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, create an X/X colorless Construct artifact creature token, where X is that spell's mana value.
{3}{U}{U}, Exile Metallurgic Summonings: Return all instant and sorcery cards from your graveyard to your hand. Activate only if you control six or more artifacts.

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Artifacts

Aside from our mana rocks, our artifact section has been carefully cultivated to help fill our hand, reduce Octavia, Living Thesis cost, or make our attackers more evasive. Let's start out with card draw.

Bident of Thassa was practically made for this list, allowing us to draw whenever our 8/8's make contact with an opponent. The Magic Mirror also allows us to fill our hand, however, it does so more potently by allowing us to draw cards equal to the number of counters on it. Even Mind Stone can draw us a card if we need.

Moving on to cost reduction, of course we run Sapphire Medallion. This doesn't fill the graveyard like Perpetual Timepiece does, however, both allow us to reduce our commander's cost in some way. Timepiece allows us to reduce Octavia, Living Thesis cost by milling ourselves in small amounts. The more instants and sorceries in the graveyard, the less our commander will cost. This artifact also has an added bonus of letting us selectively shuffle any number of cards we want back into our library after exile.

Lastly, we have Power Matrix. While unassuming on its own, it shines in this list. This card gives evasive keywords to our creatures, making combat that much more impactful. Giving one of our infect creatures an added buff and flying seems almost too hateful to be true. But it is… and it's in this deck.

Enchantments

Finally, we have our enchantments. The majority of these pieces revolve around card advantage. Search for Azcanta, Rhystic Study, and Coastal Piracy find us a way to fill our hands. However, the final two pieces are cards I adore and love to talk about: Metallurgic Summonings and Shark Typhoon.

Much like Talrand, Sky Summoner, these permanents allow us to create consistent tokens that can expand the ranks of our tiny army. They serve as new targets for Octavia, Living Thesis magecraft, making them the perfect addition to our list.

MVP

This week's MVP seems perfect for this deck. It is often used in a much more frightful manner in other decks, and should therefore be played cautiously. Let's talk about Isochron Scepter.

Normally an infinite combo with Dramatic Reversal, this piece is simply here to allow us to cast spells multiple times in order to make our small creatures very very big. The beauty of this piece is that it drastically increases the value of the spell we attach to it. Imprinting Pongify allows for awesome repeatable removal, while imprinting Visions of Beyond gives us major card draw! Whatever we imprint onto the Scepter ends up making our creatures nice and big while giving us some major benefits (whatever those benefits are). The repeatable nature of Isochron Scepter is what makes it truly valuable and this week's MVP!

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This week's brew was definitely new for me. I'm not used to building decks with such linear strategies. However, linear is not bad, nor is it easy. It's definitely interesting to pick up a commander that doesn't necessarily fit your playstyle or fall within your comfort zone. For me, it was Octavia, Living Thesis. For you it could be building around Alibou, Ancient Witness, or Emry, Lurker of the Loch, or even playing Commander in general. Regardless, I encourage you to take a glimpse at something new and unusual for you. It might turn out to be your next favorite deck!