Whether you're familiar with Dungeons & Dragons or not, Beholders are one of the most iconic monsters from the IP. Their horrifying physicality and lawful evil nature make them beautifully terrifying, however, one Beholder floats above the rest: Xanathar. Best known for his guide to everything (and greed), this infamous being makes his debut appearance in Adventures of the Forgotten Realms.

I have to say that whoever designed this card did a wonderful job of capturing the Xanathar's flavor so perfectly in a card mechanic. This Beholder is incredibly greedy, denying opponents the ability to cast spells on our turn while allowing us to steal and cast the top card of their library. We don't even need to be in their colors to play the spell either! Whatever the Xanathar wants, the Xanathar gets.

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Top Deck Manipulation

As soon as I saw Xanathar previewed, I knew I had to build him. After all, Beholders are my absolute favorite monsters all throughout Dungeons & Dragons. However, Xanathar, Guild Kingpin is not an easy commander to build around. His ability is definitely a gamble. We aren't always sure what we're gonna get. It not only depends on what our opponents play but the luck of their draw as well. It is truly the most random of random decks to brew...and I love it.

Randomness aside, there are ways for us to combat this randomness, ways for us to weed out the lands and unwanted spells. Optimal draws from our own deck is one thing, but optimal draws from our opponent's decks is a formidable task indeed.

The biggest issue we face is not knowing what's on top of our opponent's libraries. Thankfully, cards like Wizened Snitches and Lantern of Insight make it so the top card of everyone's library is revealed. I love this because it completely removes the mystery and allows us to play optimally.

Now, what if the revealed cards are board wipes we don't want or lands that we don't need? Artifacts like Ghoulcaller's Bell, Pyxis of Pandemonium, and Codex Shredder allow us to remove the top cards of opponents' libraries with no cost other than a simple tap. Creatures such as Dakra Mystic, Dimensional Infiltrator, Fathom Feeder, and Mindshrieker also do similar things, weeding out what we don't want for possible better plays.

Now what if I said we could play the exact spell we wanted? You want an Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre? No problem! What about Consecrated Sphinx or Craterhoof Behemoth? Well, with these next spells we can do just that. Let's start our strong with one of the neatest tutor interactions: Scheming Symmetry.

Normally this spell is used to extend the olive branch, a fun way to play politics. However, when paired with Xanathar, Guild Kingpin, we are able to steal whatever our chosen opponent tutors if we so desire.

This isn't the only way for us to steal our opponent's most treasured spells. Counterspells like Memory Lapse and Hinder are hysterical because we can counter our opponent's most powerful spell, put it on top, then play it ourselves on our turn. The salt of it all is just too alluring for us not to run.

Clones and the Legend Rule

The original concept I had in mind when brewing Xanathar, Guild Kingpin was to have as many Xanathars out without having them die to the legend rule. For those who might not know, the legend rule means you can only have one copy of a Legendary permanent in play at any given time. In order to help fuel this concept, I stuffed this list full of clones and copiers. Pieces such as Rite of Replication, Evil Twin, and Infinite Reflection serve to make sure our opponents behold our army of Beholders. But they'll immediately die before they live to see our upkeep… unless they don't.

How can you do that, Chase?

Well, deck builder, we have a few ways to fix this. Let's start with my favorite: Mirror Gallery. This is the most optimal piece for our list and game plan, eliminating the legend rule altogether. This makes every one of our clones a viable, not-dead Xanathar, Guild Kingpin which gives us multiple upkeep triggers! However, if we don't have Mirror Gallery out, our next best bet is Helm of the Host.

While this doesn't make our Clones safe, it does allow for multiple non-legendary Xanathars during each combat. While slower, this still works perfectly in our plan. The more Beholders we have, the more we can steal, and Xanathar, Guild Kingpin is a greedy little eye.

Upkeep, Upkeep, Upkeep

It all led up to this. Our ultimate goal has been multiple upkeeps thanks to Xanathar, Guild Kingpin, whether it's through multiple copies of Xanathar or other means. Our final three spells just so happen to be these other means.

Our final three spells specifically give us extra upkeeps, a nifty little interaction you don't see too often. The first piece comes in the form of a creature: Sphinx of the Second Sun. After our post-combat main phase, we get another beginning phase which includes untapping and our upkeep. The untapping is important because it can allow us to possibly mill our opponents again with the likes of Ghoulcaller's Bell or the Pyxis of Pandemonium. It's not much, but shopping around like this can help give us that extra bit of protection or interaction we need in some tighter moments mid-game.

Our next piece functions in a similar fashion: Paradox Haze. This allows us to gain another upkeep step, thus triggering Xanathar, Guild Kingpin again! Our final piece is a bit easier regarding our phases. Lastly, we have Strionic Resonator. While this doesn't give us an extra upkeep, it triggers Xanathar twice, allowing us to target another opponent and play their deck as well. The more the merrier, after all.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Eye See What You're Doing by Chase Carroll

'Eye See What You're Doing' - 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: $614.31

Cards

Hive of the Eye Tyrant

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.71

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If you control two or more other lands, Hive of the Eye Tyrant enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
{3}{B}: Until end of turn, Hive of the Eye Tyrant becomes a 3/3 black Beholder creature with menace and "Whenever this creature attacks, exile target card from defending player's graveyard." It's still a land.

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Dimir Signet

Color Identity:B,U

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{1}, {T}: Add {U}{B}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Talisman of Dominance

Color Identity:B,U

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

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Counterspell

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell.

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Mercurial Pretender

Color Identity:U

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You may have Mercurial Pretender enter the battlefield as a copy of a creature you control, except it has "{2}{U}{U}: Return this creature to its owner's hand."

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Darkslick Shores

Color Identity:B,U

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Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Lantern of Insight

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Players play with the top card of their libraries revealed.
{T}, Sacrifice Lantern of Insight: Target player shuffles.

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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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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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Scheming Symmetry

Color Identity:B

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Choose two target players. Each of them searches their library for a card, then shuffles and puts that card on top.

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Phyrexian Metamorph

Color Identity:U

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({U/P} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.)
You may have Phyrexian Metamorph enter the battlefield as a copy of any artifact or creature on the battlefield, except it's an artifact in addition to its other types.

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Glasspool Mimic // Glasspool Shore

Color Identity:U

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You may have Glasspool Mimic enter the battlefield as a copy of a creature you control, except it's a Shapeshifter Rogue in addition to its other types.

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Mystic Remora

Color Identity:U

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Cumulative upkeep {1} (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
Whenever an opponent casts a noncreature spell, you may draw a card unless that player pays {4}.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Bamboozle

Color Identity:U

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Target player reveals the top four cards of their library. You choose two of those cards and put them into that player's graveyard. Put the rest on top of their library in any order.

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Underground River

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.

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Arcane Denial

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell. Its controller may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
You draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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Soul Manipulation

Color Identity:B,U

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Choose one or both —
• Counter target creature spell.
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Evil Twin

Color Identity:B,U

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You may have Evil Twin enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it has "{U}{B}, {T}: Destroy target creature with the same name as this creature."

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

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

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Mindshrieker

Color Identity:U

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Flying
{2}: Target player mills a card. Mindshrieker gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the milled card's mana value.

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Bribery

Color Identity:U

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Search target opponent's library for a creature card and put that card onto the battlefield under your control. Then that player shuffles.

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Strionic Resonator

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{2}, {T}: Copy target triggered ability you control. You may choose new targets for the copy. (A triggered ability uses the words "when," "whenever," or "at.")

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Coalition Relic

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{T}: Add one mana of any color.
{T}: Put a charge counter on Coalition Relic.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, remove all charge counters from Coalition Relic. Add one mana of any color for each charge counter removed this way.

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Memory Lapse

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it on top of its owner's library instead of into that player's graveyard.

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Dakra Mystic

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.23

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{U}, {T}: Each player reveals the top card of their library. You may put the revealed cards into their owners' graveyards. If you don't, each player draws a card.

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Spark Double

Color Identity:U

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You may have Spark Double enter the battlefield as a copy of a creature or planeswalker you control, except it enters with an additional +1/+1 counter on it if it's a creature, it enters with an additional loyalty counter on it if it's a planeswalker, and it isn't legendary if that permanent is legendary.

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Sphinx of the Second Sun

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $5.94

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Flying
At the beginning of your postcombat main phase, there is an additional beginning phase after this phase. (The beginning phase includes the untap, upkeep, and draw steps.)

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Phantasmal Image

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $5.35

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You may have Phantasmal Image enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it's an Illusion in addition to its other types and it has "When this creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it."

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Gonti, Lord of Luxury

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.23

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Deathtouch
When Gonti, Lord of Luxury enters the battlefield, look at the top four cards of target opponent's library, exile one of them face down, then put the rest on the bottom of that library in a random order. You may look at and cast that card for as long as it remains exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast that spell.

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Lazav, Dimir Mastermind

Color Identity:B,U

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Hexproof
Whenever a creature card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, you may have Lazav, Dimir Mastermind become a copy of that card, except its name is Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, it's legendary in addition to its other types, and it has hexproof and this ability.

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Mirror Gallery

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The "legend rule" doesn't apply.

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Dimensional Infiltrator

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.13

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Flash
Flying
{1}{C}: Target opponent exiles the top card of their library. If it's a land card, you may return Dimensional Infiltrator to its owner's hand. ({C} represents colorless mana.)

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Identity Thief

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.23

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Whenever Identity Thief attacks, you may exile another target nontoken creature. If you do, Identity Thief becomes a copy of that creature until end of turn. Return the exiled card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Ghoulcaller's Bell

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{T}: Each player mills a card.

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Infinite Reflection

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.23

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Enchant creature
When Infinite Reflection enters the battlefield attached to a creature, each other nontoken creature you control becomes a copy of that creature.
Nontoken creatures you control enter the battlefield as a copy of enchanted creature.

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Soul Shatter

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.31

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Each opponent sacrifices a creature or planeswalker with the highest mana value among creatures and planeswalkers they control.

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Paradox Haze

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $11.45

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Enchant player
At the beginning of enchanted player's first upkeep each turn, that player gets an additional upkeep step after this step.

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Notion Thief

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.27

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Flash
If an opponent would draw a card except the first one they draw in each of their draw steps, instead that player skips that draw and you draw a card.

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Narset's Reversal

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.94

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Copy target instant or sorcery spell, then return it to its owner's hand. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Helm of the Host

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At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a token that's a copy of equipped creature, except the token isn't legendary if equipped creature is legendary. That token gains haste.
Equip {5}

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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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Demonic Tutor

Color Identity:B

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle.

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Stunt Double

Color Identity:U

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Flash
You may have Stunt Double enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield.

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Pyxis of Pandemonium

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{T}: Each player exiles the top card of their library face down.
{7}, {T}, Sacrifice Pyxis of Pandemonium: Each player turns face up all cards they own exiled with Pyxis of Pandemonium, then puts all permanent cards among them onto the battlefield.

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Vizier of Many Faces

Color Identity:U

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You may have Vizier of Many Faces enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except if Vizier of Many Faces was embalmed, the token has no mana cost, it's white, and it's a Zombie in addition to its other types.
Embalm {3}{U}{U}

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Damnation

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $25.74

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Xanathar, Guild Kingpin

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $4.33

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At the beginning of your upkeep, choose target opponent. Until end of turn, that player can't cast spells, you may look at the top card of their library any time, you may play the top card of their library, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast spells this way.

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Baleful Strix

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.38

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Flying, deathtouch
When Baleful Strix enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

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Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Sakashima the Impostor

Color Identity:U

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You may have Sakashima the Impostor enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except its name is Sakashima the Impostor, it's legendary in addition to its other types, and it has "{2}{U}{U}: Return this creature to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step."

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Morphic Pool

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $24.98

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Morphic Pool enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Rite of Replication

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.16

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Kicker {5} (You may pay an additional {5} as you cast this spell.)
Create a token that's a copy of target creature. If this spell was kicked, create five of those tokens instead.

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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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Mulldrifter

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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Flying
When Mulldrifter enters the battlefield, draw two cards.
Evoke {2}{U} (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

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Bojuka Bog

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.93

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Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield tapped.
When Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield, exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
{T}: Add {B}.

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Solemn Simulacrum

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When Solemn Simulacrum enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.
When Solemn Simulacrum dies, you may draw a card.

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Clearwater Pathway // Murkwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $5.73

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Fact or Fiction

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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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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Rogue's Passage

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

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Sol Ring

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

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Mind's Dilation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $9.26

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Whenever an opponent casts their first spell each turn, that player exiles the top card of their library. If it's a nonland card, you may cast it without paying its mana cost.

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Mana Crypt

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At the beginning of your upkeep, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, Mana Crypt deals 3 damage to you.
{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Feed the Swarm

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.75

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Destroy target creature or enchantment an opponent controls. You lose life equal to that permanent's mana value.

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Codex Shredder

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{T}: Target player mills a card. (They put the top card of their library into their graveyard.)
{5}, {T}, Sacrifice Codex Shredder: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Gigantoplasm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.21

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You may have Gigantoplasm enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it has "{X}: This creature has base power and toughness X/X."

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Temple of Deceit

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.52

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

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Wizened Snitches

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.28

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Flying
Players play with the top card of their libraries revealed.

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Praetor's Grasp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.65

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Search target opponent's library for a card and exile it face down. Then that player shuffles. You may look at and play that card for as long as it remains exiled.

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Hinder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.23

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of into that player's graveyard.

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Telepathy

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.42

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Your opponents play with their hands revealed.

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Baleful Mastery

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.77

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You may pay {1}{B} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
If the {1}{B} cost was paid, an opponent draws a card.
Exile target creature or planeswalker.

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Cephalid Coliseum

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $7.85

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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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Preordain

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.57

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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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Fathom Feeder

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.22

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
Deathtouch
Ingest (Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles the top card of their library.)
{3}{U}{B}: Draw a card. Each opponent exiles the top card of their library.

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Sakashima of a Thousand Faces

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $18.52

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You may have Sakashima of a Thousand Faces enter the battlefield as a copy of another creature you control, except it has Sakashima of a Thousand Faces's other abilities.
The "legend rule" doesn't apply to permanents you control.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Port of Karfell

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.10

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Port of Karfell enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
{3}{U}{B}{B}, {T}, Sacrifice Port of Karfell: Mill four cards, then return a creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped. (To mill a card, put the top card of your library into your graveyard.)

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How to Play

Normally my brews are pretty straightforward. Mill decks mill, discard decks discard, and stax makes people cry. However, with Xanathar, Guild Kingpin, that script kind of gets thrown out of the window. You're playing your deck that plays everyone else's. This leaves a lot of wiggle room… like a lot a lot. This wiggle room can create a sort of pause as to what to do. The options are literally endless.

My recommendation? Play this Dimir deck like a mono-red deck. Play fast, play cool spells, or spells that'll make people go "Woah" or groan or cheer. This commander and this brew give you a guide to everything and anything you'll need to play and have a good time. To quote a little green friend of mine: "What're we doing if we're not going for it?"

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This deck is definitely weird. Brewing this list is like asking a question and receiving no answer. The result is completely dependent on what our opponents play. The outcome will differ depending on one's meta, and that's the brilliance of it. You have absolutely no idea what will happen next. It's truly a sight to behold.