Are you looking for a new commander to run, but have no interest in most options from Command Legends to lead your deck? Are you a fan of off-beat commanders, time shenanigans, or blue-black-red control or combo decks? Are you "bored of now"? Well, there's one commander from the upcoming set that should sate your appetite for new, hip, and happening decks!

Obeka, Brute Chronologist is a 3/4 legendary Ogre Wizard for four mana with a simple, yet endlessly complex ability. By tapping Obeka, Brute Chronologist, you can allow the acting player to end their turn. That's it; all of the baggage that comes with ending the turn prematurely applies to this ending as well. However, the acting player has to agree with the use of the ability.

Full disclosure—Obeka, Brute Chronologist is one of the toughest commanders from Commander Legends to build a strong deck around. Its ability can be perplexing to players without a solid grasp on what "end the turn" entails in a card's text box. The fact that the ability to end turns is contingent on the acting player's willingness to end their turn definitely scares some players away from using Obeka, Brute Chronologist. This, combined with the fact that Obeka is a combo piece broadcast from the command zone, means players face an uphill battle when using this deck.

How can such a "bad" commander be as strong as I claim? Well, Obeka is a powerhouse of a combo commander, and can also control the table before ending the game. This domination comes from the ability to end your own turn. This action is relevant, because while "end of turn" and "this turn" effects end, spells and abilities on the stack when Obeka, Brute Chronologist's ability resolves are exiled. With proper timing and a bit of risk, Obeka will reward any player willing to take a chance.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Obeka, Brute Chronologist by Josh Nelson

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

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Cards

Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $9.23

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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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Vampiric Tutor

Color Identity:B

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Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

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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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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

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

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Rakdos Charm

Color Identity:B,R

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Choose one —
• Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Each creature deals 1 damage to its controller.

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Tidal Barracuda

Color Identity:U

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Any player may cast spells as though they had flash.
Your opponents can't cast spells during your turn.

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Feldon of the Third Path

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.00

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{2}{R}, {T}: Create a token that's a copy of target creature card in your graveyard, except it's an artifact in addition to its other types. It gains haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

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Reforge the Soul

Color Identity:R

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Each player discards their hand, then draws seven cards.
Miracle {1}{R} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)

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Counterspell

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell.

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Snow-Covered Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland 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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Opposition Agent

Color Identity:B

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Flash
You control your opponents while they're searching their libraries.
While an opponent is searching their library, they exile each card they find. You may play those cards for as long as they remain exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast them.

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Isochron Scepter

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Imprint — When Isochron Scepter enters the battlefield, you may exile an instant card with converted mana cost 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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Oubliette

Color Identity:B

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When Oubliette enters the battlefield, target creature phases out until Oubliette leaves the battlefield. Tap that creature as it phases in this way. (Auras and Equipment phase out with it. While permanents are phased out, they're treated as though they don't exist.)

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Underworld Breach

Color Identity:R

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Each nonland card in your graveyard has escape. The escape cost is equal to the card's mana cost plus exile three other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast cards from your graveyard for their escape cost.)
At the beginning of the end step, sacrifice Underworld Breach.

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Narset's Reversal

Color Identity:U

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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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Mana Confluence

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color.

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Mystical Tutor

Color Identity:U

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Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

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Perplex

Color Identity:B,U

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Counter target spell unless its controller discards their hand.
Transmute {1}{U}{B} ({1}{U}{B}, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Transmute only as a sorcery.)

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Grim Tutor

Color Identity:B

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle your library. You lose 3 life.

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Expropriate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $16.69

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Council's dilemma — Starting with you, each player votes for time or money. For each time vote, take an extra turn after this one. For each money vote, choose a permanent owned by the voter and gain control of it. Exile Expropriate.

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Silent Arbiter

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No more than one creature can attack each combat.
No more than one creature can block each combat.

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Propaganda

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.90

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Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays {2} for each creature they control that's attacking you.

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Sol Ring

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

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Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.73

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Rakdos Signet

Color Identity:B,R

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

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Graven Cairns

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $5.09

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{T}: Add {C}.
{B/R}, {T}: Add {B}{B}, {B}{R}, or {R}{R}.

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Karn Liberated

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+4: Target player exiles a card from their hand.
−3: Exile target permanent.
−14: Restart the game, leaving in exile all non-Aura permanent cards exiled with Karn Liberated. Then put those cards onto the battlefield under your control.

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Talisman of Dominance

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $7.69

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

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Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Minamo, School at Water's Edge

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $15.52

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

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Zara, Renegade Recruiter

Color Identity:R,U

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Flying
Whenever Zara, Renegade Recruiter attacks, look at defending player's hand. You may put a creature card from it onto the battlefield under your control tapped and attacking that player or a planeswalker they control. Return that creature to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step.

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Dimir Signet

Color Identity:B,U

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

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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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Command Tower

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

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Chainer, Nightmare Adept

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.83

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Discard a card: You may cast a creature spell from your graveyard this turn. Activate this ability only once each turn.
Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, if you didn't cast it from your hand, it gains haste until your next turn.

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Fierce Guardianship

Color Identity:U

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If you control a commander, you may cast this spell without paying its mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Riverglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $3.00

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{T}: Add {U}.

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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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Coercive Recruiter

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.40

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Whenever Coercive Recruiter or another Pirate enters the battlefield under your control, gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. Until end of turn, it gains haste and becomes a Pirate in addition to its other types.

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Glorious End

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.49

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End the turn. (Exile all spells and abilities from the stack, including this card. The player whose turn it is discards down to their maximum hand size. Damage wears off, and "this turn" and "until end of turn" effects end.)
At the beginning of your next end step, you lose the game.

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Sulfurous Springs

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $15.70

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}. Sulfurous Springs deals 1 damage to you.

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Shivan Reef

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $1.27

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

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Spellseeker

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $22.66

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When Spellseeker enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost 2 or less, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Luxury Suite

Color Identity:B,R

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Luxury Suite enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Demonic Tutor

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $39.89

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

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Lightning Greaves

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Equipped creature has haste and shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Equip {0}

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Swiftfoot Boots

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Equipped creature has hexproof and haste.
Equip {1}

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Zealous Conscripts

Color Identity:R

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Haste
When Zealous Conscripts enters the battlefield, gain control of target permanent until end of turn. Untap that permanent. It gains haste until end of turn.

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Arcane Denial

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.68

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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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Cascade Bluffs

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.24

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{T}: Add {C}.
{U/R}, {T}: Add {U}{U}, {U}{R}, or {R}{R}.

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Obeka, Brute Chronologist

Color Identity:B,R,U

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{T}: The player whose turn it is may end the turn. (Exile all spells and abilities from the stack. The player whose turn it is discards down to their maximum hand size. Damage wears off, and "this turn" and "until end of turn" effects end.)

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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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Academy Ruins

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $5.93

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{U}, {T}: Put target artifact card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Final Fortune

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $34.04

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Take an extra turn after this one. At the beginning of that turn's end step, you lose the game.

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Fabricate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $7.60

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Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Reality Shift

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.22

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Exile target creature. Its controller manifests the top card of their library. (That player puts the top card of their library onto the battlefield face down as a 2/2 creature. If it's a creature card, it can be turned face up any time for its mana cost.)

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Fellwar Stone

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{T}: Add one mana of any color that a land an opponent controls could produce.

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Morphic Pool

Color Identity:B,U

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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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Izzet Signet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.75

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

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Feed the Swarm

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.88

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

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Sunken Ruins

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $7.87

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{T}: Add {C}.
{U/B}, {T}: Add {U}{U}, {U}{B}, or {B}{B}.

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Snow-Covered Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.52

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Hullbreacher

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $24.39

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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 you create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Talisman of Creativity

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $2.06

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

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Archfiend of Depravity

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.39

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Flying
At the beginning of each opponent's end step, that player chooses up to two creatures they control, then sacrifices the rest.

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Empowered Autogenerator

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Empowered Autogenerator enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Put a charge counter on Empowered Autogenerator. Add X mana of any one color, where X is the number of charge counters on Empowered Autogenerator.

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Dragonskull Summit

Color Identity:B,R

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Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Valakut Awakening

Color Identity:R

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Put any number of cards from your hand on the bottom of your library, then draw that many cards plus one.

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Mystical Teachings

Color Identity:B,U

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Search your library for an instant card or a card with flash, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
Flashback {5}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Talisman of Indulgence

Color Identity:B,R

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

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

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Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with converted mana cost of the chosen value. (Zero is even.)

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Deadly Rollick

Color Identity:B

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If you control a commander, you may cast this spell without paying its mana cost.
Exile target creature.

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Toxic Deluge

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, pay X life.
All creatures get -X/-X until end of turn.

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Blasphemous Act

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each creature on the battlefield.
Blasphemous Act deals 13 damage to each creature.

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Leyline of Anticipation

Color Identity:U

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If Leyline of Anticipation is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
You may cast spells as though they had flash.

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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 your library.
When Solemn Simulacrum dies, you may draw a card.

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Muddle the Mixture

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Counter target instant or sorcery spell.
Transmute {1}{U}{U} ({1}{U}{U}, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Transmute only as a sorcery.)

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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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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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Dramatic Reversal

Color Identity:U

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Untap all nonland permanents you control.

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Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

Color Identity:R

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Haste
{T}: Create a token that's a copy of target nonlegendary creature you control, except it has haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

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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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Lazotep Plating

Color Identity:U

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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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Watery Grave

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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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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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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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Tribute Mage

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When Tribute Mage enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an artifact card with converted mana cost 2, reveal that card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Sundial of the Infinite

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{1}, {T}: End the turn. Activate this ability only during your turn. (Exile all spells and abilities from the stack. Discard down to your maximum hand size. Damage wears off, and "this turn" and "until end of turn" effects end.)

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A comprehensive, albeit perhaps not exhaustive, list of combos in the deck are as follows:

As you might expect, this deck does revolve heavily around the use of Isochron Scepter. In order to ensure that this card is found, Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Grim Tutor, Muddle the Mixture, Fabricate, and Tribute Mage all make an appearance. For Final Fortune or Narset's Reversal, we have the aforementioned black tutors, Muddle the Mixture, Mystical Tutor, and Spellseeker.

In order to protect the combo pieces involved, equipment like Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots, cards such as Lazotep Plating and Glorious End, and an extensive suite of countermagic are employed as well. If necessary, Obeka, Brute Chronologist itself can act as a protective piece, ending your own turn and exiling all spells and abilities on the stack. You can also aim to protect the casting of your spells by using Tidal Barracuda to stifle opponents' spells on your turn. Finally, you can halt most attempts at combat with Silent Arbiter.

Fortunately for those playing against the deck, Obeka, Brute Chronologist is by no means unstoppable. Stranglehold in particular lives up to its name against this deck, while any way to tap Obeka means that the turn won't be ended right away, potentially giving opponents an opportunity to retaliate. Additionally, this deck does not have many creatures in it, so aggressive, creature-based strategies may be effective.

Despite these counters to the deck, Obeka, Brute Chronologist is a powerhouse that can capably send your opponents hurtling into last week. The more risks you take, the higher the reward. If you're able to control the flow of the game with Obeka, victory will be yours. So, to answer the question posed in the title of this article, what's the best way to beat the clock? Literally.