I love Zaffai, Thunder Conductor.

From the moment I saw him previewed I knew I wanted to do something with him. That 10 damage ability of his really spoke to the red player in me, and I wanted to capitalize on that!

However, I was intimidated by the fact that our spells need to have a converted mana cost of 10 and up for maximum effect. Even the token generation ability still requires a decent chunk of mana, and high-cost spells make me nervous. That means high curves, fewer spells, more lands and more ramp, and these are all things I don't like. However, I was determined to brew something with him. After a quick call with one of my judge friends, I found my solution: X spells.

Expansion // Explosion

Running X spells in Zaffai, Thunder Conductor seemed like the perfect solution. With X spells we are able to choose the converted mana cost and therefore choose if we want tokens or damage from Zaffai (or both)! This choice allows us to run a lower curve as well, which always gives me peace of mind. So how do we win? In theory we can win by attacking with some pretty mean 5/5s or ideally, through random blasts of 10 damage (the red player in me is really excited to win this way).

Cost Reducers

I dunno if y'all know this by now, but expensive spells make me incredibly nervous. While X spells help reduce this cost to a certain degree, I still like to play it safe by running cost reducers. My favorite thing about playing instants and sorceries is that there are no limits on cost reducers!

Let's start out with creatures! Of course we have to run Goblin Electromancer and Baral, Chief of Compliance. These are standard additions to any instant and sorcery deck. Another, newer addition to the cost reducers is Spectacle Mage. Not only is this creature absolutely adorable, but it reduces all our instants and sorceries that cost 5 or more. THAT IS THE GOAL OF THIS DECK! All of our spells should ideally be within that mana cost range, making this Bird Shaman a cute addition to the crew!

Curious Homunculus isn't a cost reducer until he's flipped, however, he is still potent face up. He is an instant and sorcery-focused mana dork that turns into a cost reducer once we have three or more instants or sorceries in the graveyard. How cool is that?!

We aren't done just yet when it comes to making out stuff cost less. I'm a frugal deckbuilder (don't look at my previous list's prices). We run two pieces of artifact tech that also makes our spells cheaper.

 Primal Amulet

First we have Cloud Key! I like this card because we can choose what type of spell we want to rescue, however, we will almost always choose either instant or sorcery. Next we have Primal Amulet. This is a powerhouse of a card that turns into a Pyromancer's Goggles once flipped. Do not sleep on this or the Goggles! When you're casting a big damage spell, using these artifacts can make it lethal as opposed to scarring.

Our final cost reducer in this deck is an enchantment: Jace's Sanctum! During my deckbuilding stream there was a lot of discourse about whether we should cut this card or Arcane Melee. It was a tough battle, but Arcane Melee was ultimately cut because it has global implications (meaning everyone's instants and sorceries are reduced by 2). Jace's Sanctum was kept because while it may only reduce our spells by 1, it also allows us to scry whenever we cast those types of spells, giving us greater card advantage. I really encourage running cost reducers, especially in decks that focus on X costs because it makes things feel free!

Token Generators

Zaffai, Thunder Conductor is a token generating machine when we want him to be, however, this deck has no shortage of token generators.

Let's start with our enchantments: Shark Typhoon and Metallurgic Summonings. I absolutely adore these pieces. In a deck that functions off of noncreature spells, generating tokens based off of our mana cost is incredibly powerful. I love that the tokens from Typhoon fly, and the tokens from Summonings help fuel us getting our instants and sorceries back. There's a lot of latent power in these enchantments, making them a necessity for this list!

Now let's move onto creatures. Our creature count is only 14 (which is low for me, if I'm being honest). Thankfully, we aren't at a loss for bodies! From Young Pyromancer to Talrand, Sky Summoner to Deekah, Fractal Theorist, we are able to generate tokens whenever we cast an instant or sorcery spell. While I understand this probably seems a bit redundant, redundancy is never a bad thing in Commander!

Top X Spells

The idea behind this being a majority X spell deck is that we can control our mana costs and therefore control what ability we trigger from Zaffai, Thunder Conductor! While we do run spells that aren't X spells (both higher and lower in mana cost), I want to focus on some of our most potent X spells in our list.

Let's start with one of my favorite removal spells ever: Curse of the Swine. This is a crazy blue X spell that allows us to mass exile whatever we want! While yes our opponents may make Boar tokens, exiling an Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre and replacing it with a 2/2 seems like a great plan. Another power X spell we run is Fanning the Flames. I really enjoy this spell because we can work the buyback cost into the overall mana cost, thus allowing us to cast this spell over and over again. I love repeatable damage. With Zaffai, Thunder Conductor out, the world is our oyster. Turning this spell into one-shot kill can be as easy as tapping a few lands!

Let's talk about a newer X spell, one that has quickly grown on me. Introducing Multiple Choice!

At first this card made me chuckle because of the name (it's a school-themed set you guys, c'mon!). This spell does it all, from a crying, to bouncing, to token generation, everything. While it doesn't necessarily pay for us to dump 8 mana in it to trigger Zaffai, Thunder Conductor, we can still do so if our final opponent is down at a low enough life total.

Lastly, we have our X counterspells: Mindswipe and Syncopate. These spells are so weird and neat and are perfect for this deck. Not only does the X allow us to take Zaffai, Thunder Conductor into account, but it allows us to control if our opponent can pay to counter our counter. If we dump 9 mana for each spell, they're less likely to be able to pay it, plus we can trigger Zaffai for damage and a token. Seems like a win/win to me!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Conductorstruck! by Chase Carroll

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

Created By: Chase Carroll

Event:

Rank:

Commander

Market Price: $316.63

Cards

Mirrorpool

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Mirrorpool enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
{2}{C}, {T}, Sacrifice Mirrorpool: Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. You may choose new targets for the copy.
{4}{C}, {T}, Sacrifice Mirrorpool: Create a token that's a copy of target creature you control.

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Increasing Vengeance

Color Identity:R

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Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. If this spell was cast from a graveyard, copy that spell twice instead. You may choose new targets for the copies.
Flashback {3}{R}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Pyromancer's Goggles

Color Identity:R

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{T}: Add {R}. When that mana is spent to cast a red instant or sorcery spell, copy that spell and you may choose new targets for the copy.

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Arcane Signet

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Goblin Electromancer

Color Identity:R,U

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Devil's Play

Color Identity:R

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Devil's Play deals X damage to any target.
Flashback {X}{R}{R}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Comet Storm

Color Identity:R

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Multikicker {1} (You may pay an additional {1} any number of times as you cast this spell.)
Choose any target, then choose another target for each time this spell was kicked. Comet Storm deals X damage to each of them.

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Melek, Izzet Paragon

Color Identity:R,U

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Play with the top card of your library revealed.
You may cast instant and sorcery spells from the top of your library.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell from your library, copy it. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Rootha, Mercurial Artist

Color Identity:R,U

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{2}, Return Rootha, Mercurial Artist to its owner's hand: Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Rhystic Study

Color Identity:U

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

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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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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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Apex of Power

Color Identity:R

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Exile the top seven cards of your library. Until end of turn, you may cast spells from among them.
If this spell was cast from your hand, add ten mana of any one color.

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Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Blue Sun's Zenith

Color Identity:U

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Target player draws X cards. Shuffle Blue Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.

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Sulfur Falls

Color Identity:R,U

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Sulfur Falls enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Meletis Charlatan

Color Identity:U

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{2}{U}, {T}: The controller of target instant or sorcery spell copies it. That player may choose new targets for the copy.

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Rowan, Scholar of Sparks // Will, Scholar of Frost

Color Identity:R,U

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
+1: Rowan, Scholar of Sparks deals 1 damage to each opponent. If you've drawn three or more cards this turn, she deals 3 damage to each opponent instead.
−4: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay {2}. If you do, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy."

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Release the Gremlins

Color Identity:R

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Destroy X target artifacts. Create X 2/2 red Gremlin creature tokens.

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Baral, Chief of Compliance

Color Identity:U

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever a spell or ability you control counters a spell, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

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Young Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token.

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Mindswipe

Color Identity:R,U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}. Mindswipe deals X damage to that spell's controller.

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Electrodominance

Color Identity:R

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Electrodominance deals X damage to any target. You may cast a spell with mana value X or less from your hand without paying its mana cost.

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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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Jace's Sanctum

Color Identity:U

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Veyran, Voice of Duality

Color Identity:R,U

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, Veyran, Voice of Duality gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
If you casting or copying an instant or sorcery spell causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to trigger, that ability triggers an additional time.

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Mage-Ring Network

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Put a storage counter on Mage-Ring Network.
{T}, Remove any number of storage counters from Mage-Ring Network: Add {C} for each storage counter removed this way.

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Primal Amulet // Primal Wellspring

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a charge counter on Primal Amulet. Then if there are four or more charge counters on it, you may remove those counters and transform it.

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Hypersonic Dragon

Color Identity:R,U

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Flying, haste
You may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash. (You may cast them any time you could cast an instant.)

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Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}{U}{R}, {T}: Exile the top card of your library. Until your next turn, you may cast it if it's an instant or sorcery spell.

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Prophetic Bolt

Color Identity:R,U

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Prophetic Bolt deals 4 damage to any target. Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Mana Geyser

Color Identity:R

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Add {R} for each tapped land your opponents control.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

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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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Echo Mage

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.60

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Level up {1}{U} ({1}{U}: Put a level counter on this. Level up only as a sorcery.)
LEVEL 2-3
2/4
{U}{U}, {T}: Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
LEVEL 4+
2/5
{U}{U}, {T}: Copy target instant or sorcery spell twice. You may choose new targets for the copies.

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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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Crackle with Power

Color Identity:R

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Crackle with Power deals five times X damage to each of up to X targets.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.04

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Spell Swindle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.38

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Counter target spell. Create X Treasure tokens, where X is that spell's mana value. (They're artifacts with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Fanning the Flames

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.33

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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.)
Fanning the Flames deals X damage to any target.

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Syncopate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.11

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Banefire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.80

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Banefire deals X damage to any target.
If X is 5 or more, this spell can't be countered and the damage can't be prevented.

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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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Sea Gate Restoration // Sea Gate, Reborn

Color Identity:U

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Draw cards equal to the number of cards in your hand plus one. You have no maximum hand size for the rest of the game.

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Spectacle Mage

Color Identity:R,U

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Flying
Instant and sorcery spells you cast with mana value 5 or greater cost {1} less to cast.

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Zaffai, Thunder Conductor

Color Identity:R,U

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, scry 1. If that spell's mana value is 5 or greater, create a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token. If that spell's mana value is 10 or greater, Zaffai, Thunder Conductor deals 10 damage to an opponent chosen at random.

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Cloud Key

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As Cloud Key enters the battlefield, choose artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, or sorcery.
Spells you cast of the chosen type cost {1} less to cast.

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Ral, Storm Conduit

Color Identity:R,U

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Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, Ral, Storm Conduit deals 1 damage to target opponent or planeswalker.
+2: Scry 1.
−2: When you cast your next instant or sorcery spell this turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Chaos Warp

Color Identity:R

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The owner of target permanent shuffles it into their library, then reveals the top card of their library. If it's a permanent card, they put it onto the battlefield.

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Jaya's Immolating Inferno

Color Identity:R

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(You may cast a legendary sorcery only if you control a legendary creature or planeswalker.)
Jaya's Immolating Inferno deals X damage to each of up to three targets.

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Temple of Epiphany

Color Identity:R,U

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Temple of Epiphany enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Epiphany enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Double Vision

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.86

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Whenever you cast your first instant or sorcery spell each turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Deekah, Fractal Theorist

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.82

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is that spell's mana value.
{3}{U}: Target creature token can't be blocked this turn.

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Saheeli, Sublime Artificer

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.39

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token.
−2: Target artifact you control becomes a copy of another target artifact or creature you control until end of turn, except it's an artifact in addition to its other types.

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Desolate Lighthouse

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.19

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{U}{R}, {T}: Draw a card, then discard a card.

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Ghired's Belligerence

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.20

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Ghired's Belligerence deals X damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures. Whenever a creature dealt damage this way dies this turn, populate. (Create a token that's a copy of a creature token you control.)

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Talisman of Creativity

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.94

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}. Talisman of Creativity deals 1 damage to you.

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Everflowing Chalice

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Multikicker {2}
Everflowing Chalice enters the battlefield with a charge counter on it for each time it was kicked.
{T}: Add {C} for each charge counter on Everflowing Chalice.

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Open into Wonder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.17

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X target creatures can't be blocked this turn. Until end of turn, those creatures gain "Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, draw a card."

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Command Tower

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Curious Homunculus // Voracious Reader

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.41

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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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Jeska's Will

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $17.66

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Choose one. If you control a commander as you cast this spell, you may choose both.
• Add {R} for each card in target opponent's hand.
• Exile the top three cards of your library. You may play them this turn.

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Shivan Reef

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.79

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

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Guttersnipe

Color Identity:R

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Guttersnipe deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Multiple Choice

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.21

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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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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $12.48

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({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)
As Steam Vents enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Fiery Emancipation

Color Identity:R

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If a source you control would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals triple that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Skyclave Relic

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Kicker {3}
Indestructible
When Skyclave Relic enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, create two tapped tokens that are copies of Skyclave Relic.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Immolating Gyre

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.83

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Immolating Gyre deals X damage to each creature and planeswalker you don't control, where X is the number of instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard.

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Training Center

Color Identity:R,U

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Training Center enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Sol Ring

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

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Mystic Confluence

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.58

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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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Volcanic Offering

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.98

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Destroy target nonbasic land you don't control and target nonbasic land of an opponent's choice you don't control.
Volcanic Offering deals 7 damage to target creature you don't control and 7 damage to target creature of an opponent's choice you don't control.

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Vandalblast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $8.37

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Destroy target artifact you don't control.
Overload {4}{R} (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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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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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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Pongify

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.77

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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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Expansion // Explosion

Color Identity:R,U

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Big Boom

I am a red player through and through. Nothing brings me glee like dealing insane amounts of damage to my opponents—after all, that's what attracted me Zaffai, Thunder Conductor! 10 damage is a lot, even if it is at random. So how can we maximize the amount of damage we do with him?

Well, for starters we are running Fiery Emancipation. This turns Zaffai, Thunder Conductor 10 damage at random to a whopping 30, which is almost lethal. How intense is that?!

This isn't the only intense piece of tech we run though. We also run another one of my favorite spells: Jaya's Immolating Inferno. I like to consider this spell an "opponent wipe", as it allows us to target three other players. If we dump enough mana into this spell, we can trigger Zaffai, Thunder Conductor to deal an additional 10 to an opponent. If we have Fiery Emancipation out, the damage turns into absolute carnage.

However, we aren't done just yet. I want to highlight a new X red spell that has caught my eye: Crackle with Power (or as I like to call it, Jaya's Even More Immolating Inferno). This spell wows me. To be honest, this spell doesn't even need Fiery Emancipation, but dang does it just shine with Zaffai, Thunder Conductor. Him plus Crackle with Power definitely means people are gonna lose. I can't help that I love these interactions y'all, I'm just a red player!

I've always shied away from instant and sorcery-focused decks. Even on the last stream I made a point to say that I don't like spells that generate one instance of an ability. I like repeatable stuff, it's what makes me feel comfortable as a player. However, it can't be denied that Zaffai was a bridge for me into this style of gameplay. If you like weird interactions, fun random intensity, and lots of damage, then Zaffai, Thunder Conductor is for you.

Happy brewing, everyone!