A week ago a Twitter follower asked me to help them with a Commander deck. They wanted me to design something they could play with that was semi-competitive. It had to be good enough it wouldn't just get combo'd out, and could stop opposing decks from winning. They mentioned that Azorius Control was their favorite kind of deck. This gave me a few ideas of where to start, but then they threw a ballpark at me in terms of cost:

$1,500.

So you're telling me that I have $1,500 to play with and I can design a deck with that much money?

Oh. Oh yes.

Put your shoes on, kiddies, we are going shopping.

The first few places my mind took me were something unconventional like Dragonlord Ojutai or Azor, the Lawbringer. I figured these decks would have unique angles of attacking opponents, and in turn, would be more fun for the pilot to bring to a table. Azor Silencing your opponents until next turn, when you'd be able to attack and fire off a huge Sphinx's Revelation, could bury your opponents in card advantage. Ojutai is similar in that an unmolested attack will yield more resources.

But then you must start asking yourself what kind of value are you trying to create here? When Dragonlord Ojutai connects, you're offered one out of three cards. Azor, the Lawbringer requires you to tap a great deal of mana to draw multiple cards, leaving you susceptible to potential removal or your opponent making big plays. I want a commander that, when it attacks, has a potentially huge impact on the board.

So I suggested Brago, King Eternal.

HERE COME THE BOOS.

Listen, I know Brago, King Eternal gets a bad rap. It's not his fault. Most of the time when you hear "Brago" it's immediately followed by the word "Stax." For those of you not familiar with Brago Stax, it's a deck that taps down all non-land permanents in the game (sometimes lands with Winter Orb, too), and then uses Brago's flicker ability to untap all of your non-land permanents. Usually this entails untapping some number of mana rocks and essentially locking your opponents out of the game while they're killed by a 2-power flier. It can be incredibly frustrating to play against with its mix of countermagic, spot removal, card advantage, and feeling of inevitability as it slowly squeezes a pod to death.

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Naturally, this is the deck I want to make.

Well, sort of.

There are a few ways to build Brago, King Eternal without making people want to rake your eyeballs out. Brago allows you to blink creatures and permanents, so why not just make blinking and creating value the central theme of the deck? Let's see what something along those lines would look like:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Brago, King of Blinks by Mark Nestico

'Brago, King of Blinks' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Nimbus Maze

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $2.66

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W}. Activate this ability only if you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}. Activate this ability only if you control a Plains.

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Charming Prince

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.70

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When Charming Prince enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Scry 2.
• You gain 3 life.
• Exile another target creature you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Venser, Shaper Savant

Color Identity:U

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Flash
When Venser, Shaper Savant enters the battlefield, return target spell or permanent to its owner's hand.

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

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Reflector Mage

Color Identity:U,W

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When Reflector Mage enters the battlefield, return target creature an opponent controls to its owner's hand. That creature's owner can't cast spells with the same name as that creature until your next turn.

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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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Exotic Orchard

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

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Soulherder

Color Identity:U,W

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Whenever a creature is exiled from the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulherder.
At the beginning of your end step, you may exile another target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control.

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Mana Vault

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Mana Vault doesn't untap during your untap step.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay {4}. If you do, untap Mana Vault.
At the beginning of your draw step, if Mana Vault is tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.
{T}: Add {C}{C}{C}.

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Adarkar Wastes

Color Identity:U,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}. Adarkar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

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Eerie Interlude

Color Identity:W

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Exile any number of target creatures you control. Return those cards to the battlefield under their owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Elspeth, Sun's Champion

Color Identity:W

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+1: Create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.
−3: Destroy all creatures with power 4 or greater.
−7: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +2/+2 and have flying."

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Gilded Drake

Color Identity:U

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Flying
When Gilded Drake enters the battlefield, exchange control of Gilded Drake and up to one target creature an opponent controls. If you don't or can't make an exchange, sacrifice Gilded Drake. This ability still resolves if its target becomes illegal.

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Mirrormade

Color Identity:U

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You may have Mirrormade enter the battlefield as a copy of any artifact or enchantment on the battlefield.

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Enlightened Tutor

Color Identity:W

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

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Deadeye Navigator

Color Identity:U

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Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.)
As long as Deadeye Navigator is paired with another creature, each of those creatures has "{1}{U}: Exile this creature, then return it to the battlefield under your control."

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Brago, King Eternal

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.35

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Flying
Whenever Brago, King Eternal deals combat damage to a player, exile any number of target nonland permanents you control, then return those cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

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Knight of the White Orchid

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.55

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First strike
When Knight of the White Orchid enters the battlefield, if an opponent controls more lands than you, you may search your library for a Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Clever Impersonator

Color Identity:U

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You may have Clever Impersonator enter the battlefield as a copy of any nonland permanent on the battlefield.

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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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Mystic Remora

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $5.83

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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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Glacial Fortress

Color Identity:U,W

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Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Aether Adept

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.18

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When Aether Adept enters the battlefield, return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Boreas Charger

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.04

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Flying
When Boreas Charger leaves the battlefield, choose an opponent who controls more lands than you. Search your library for a number of Plains cards equal to the difference and reveal them. Put one of them onto the battlefield tapped and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Sevinne's Reclamation

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.73

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Return target permanent card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield. If this spell was cast from a graveyard, you may copy this spell and may choose a new target for the copy.
Flashback {4}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Omen of the Sea

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.11

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Flash
When Omen of the Sea enters the battlefield, scry 2, then draw a card.
{2}{U}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sea: Scry 2.

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Azorius Signet

Color Identity:U,W

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

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Cyclonic Rift

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $17.81

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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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Counterspell

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.01

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Counter target spell.

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Sanctum of Eternity

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Return target commander you own from the battlefield to your hand. Activate this ability only during your turn.

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Felidar Guardian

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.53

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When Felidar Guardian enters the battlefield, you may exile another target permanent you control, then return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control.

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Restoration Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.91

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Flash
Flying
When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

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Tribute Mage

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.42

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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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Sea Gate Oracle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.21

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When Sea Gate Oracle enters the battlefield, look at the top two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library.

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Act of Authority

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.65

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When Act of Authority enters the battlefield, you may exile target artifact or enchantment.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may exile target artifact or enchantment. If you do, its controller gains control of Act of Authority.

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Peregrine Drake

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.95

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Flying
When Peregrine Drake enters the battlefield, untap up to five lands.

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Sun Titan

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.69

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Vigilance
Whenever Sun Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, you may return target permanent card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Mulldrifter

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.43

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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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Lightform

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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When Lightform enters the battlefield, it becomes an Aura with enchant creature. Manifest the top card of your library and attach Lightform to it. (To manifest a card, put it onto the battlefield face down as a 2/2 creature. Turn it face up any time for its mana cost if it's a creature card.)
Enchanted creature has flying and lifelink.

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Kor Cartographer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.19

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When Kor Cartographer enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Plains card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

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Cloudshift

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.37

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Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

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Mana Drain

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $50.76

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Counter target spell. At the beginning of your next main phase, add an amount of {C} equal to that spell's converted mana cost.

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Cloudform

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.11

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When Cloudform enters the battlefield, it becomes an Aura with enchant creature. Manifest the top card of your library and attach Cloudform to it. (To manifest a card, put it onto the battlefield face down as a 2/2 creature. Turn it face up any time for its mana cost if it's a creature card.)
Enchanted creature has flying and hexproof.

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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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Parallax Wave

Color Identity:W

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Fading 5 (This enchantment enters the battlefield with five fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
Remove a fade counter from Parallax Wave: Exile target creature.
When Parallax Wave leaves the battlefield, each player returns to the battlefield all cards they own exiled with Parallax Wave.

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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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Lavinia of the Tenth

Color Identity:U,W

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Protection from red
When Lavinia of the Tenth enters the battlefield, detain each nonland permanent your opponents control with converted mana cost 4 or less. (Until your next turn, those permanents can't attack or block and their activated abilities can't be activated.)

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $9.58

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Sol Ring

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

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Mystic Gate

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $5.14

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

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Ancestral Knowledge

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $8.90

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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.)
When Ancestral Knowledge enters the battlefield, look at the top ten cards of your library, then exile any number of them and put the rest back on top of your library in any order.
When Ancestral Knowledge leaves the battlefield, shuffle your library.

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.21

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Companion — Your starting deck contains at least twenty cards more than the minimum deck size. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Flying
When Yorion enters the battlefield, exile any number of other nonland permanents you own and control. Return those cards to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step.

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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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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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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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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.77

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Panharmonicon

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If an artifact or creature entering the battlefield causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to trigger, that ability triggers an additional time.

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Grasp of Fate

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.89

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When Grasp of Fate enters the battlefield, for each opponent, exile up to one target nonland permanent that player controls until Grasp of Fate leaves the battlefield. (Those permanents return under their owners' control.)

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Reality Acid

Color Identity:U

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Enchant permanent
Vanishing 3 (This Aura enters the battlefield with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When the last is removed, sacrifice it.)
When Reality Acid leaves the battlefield, enchanted permanent's controller sacrifices it.

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Talisman of Progress

Color Identity:U,W

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

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Parallax Tide

Color Identity:U

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Fading 5 (This enchantment enters the battlefield with five fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
Remove a fade counter from Parallax Tide: Exile target land.
When Parallax Tide leaves the battlefield, each player returns to the battlefield all cards they own exiled with Parallax Tide.

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Agent of Treachery

Color Identity:U

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When Agent of Treachery enters the battlefield, gain control of target permanent.
At the beginning of your end step, if you control three or more permanents you don't own, draw three cards.

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Ancient Tomb

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Ancient Tomb deals 2 damage to you.

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Cloudblazer

Color Identity:U,W

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Flying
When Cloudblazer enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life and draw two cards.

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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

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

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Teferi's Protection

Color Identity:W

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Until your next turn, your life total can't change and you gain protection from everything. All permanents you control phase out. (While they're phased out, they're treated as though they don't exist. They phase in before you untap during your untap step.)
Exile Teferi's Protection.

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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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Scroll of Fate

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{T}: Manifest a card from your hand. (Put that card onto the battlefield face down as a 2/2 creature. Turn it face up any time for its mana cost if it's a creature card.)

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Reveillark

Color Identity:W

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Flying
When Reveillark leaves the battlefield, return up to two target creature cards with power 2 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Evoke {5}{W} (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

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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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Recruiter of the Guard

Color Identity:W

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When Recruiter of the Guard enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a creature card with toughness 2 or less, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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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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Thassa, Deep-Dwelling

Color Identity:U

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to blue is less than five, Thassa isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your end step, exile up to one other target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.
{3}{U}: Tap another target creature.

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Flickerwisp

Color Identity:W

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Flying
When Flickerwisp enters the battlefield, exile another target permanent. Return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Smothering Tithe

Color Identity:W

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Whenever an opponent draws a card, that player may pay {2}. If the player doesn't, you create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Watcher for Tomorrow

Color Identity:U

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Hideaway (This creature enters the battlefield tapped. When it does, look at the top four cards of your library, exile one face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.)
When Watcher for Tomorrow leaves the battlefield, put the exiled card into its owner's hand.

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This first iteration of the deck can be purchased for around $750, with almost $200 of it being taken up by reserved list superstar Gilded Drake. As a prototype, this version of Brago, King Eternal is the baseline for what you want to do: blink creatures, create value, and eventually win the game. However, this deck brings things to a grinding halt the way we're trying to avoid doing.

As a classic Azorius Control deck, the game plan is clear: generate additional value off of all of your creatures like Sea Gate Oracle or Cloudblazer while using them to maintain the board. From there, Brago, King Eternal will blink them to keep the card advantage engine flowing. It becomes pretty impossible at a certain point for opponents to overcome you, as you generate such a high density of resources that you'll have answers for just about everything they'll be trying to do.

But hey—we still have money to burn.

Cards like Cloudform and Lightform are cool, but they don't immediately spark joy. I think those spots would be better allocated to more powerful, and (aw hell yes) more expensive cards. Imagine this is Supermarket Sweep and we're running around a card shop putting things in our cart.

The first thing that jumps out at me is this spicy little number:

Lithoform Engine is one of the most powerful Commander staples printed in recent memory. It does absolutely everything! The first part of it will allow us to copy a triggered ability; something like Strionic Resonator is really good in this spot, but imagine that already very playable card on steroids. Copying a Brago, King Eternal trigger will let it pop off twice, meaning double the value. That's already reason enough to play the Engine, but it gets better. Copying instants or sorceries like Eerie Interlude can be powerful, but imagine also winning every countermagic war by letting your opponents react to your counters, and then copying your first copy on the stack to stop anyone from trying to spoil your fun.

The third mode is just absolutely absurd. For four mana you can copy a permanent spell, and in a deck like this where every permanent exists to create two, sometimes three-for-one scenarios, Lithoform Engine can turn a Grasp of Fate into a six-for-one. Lithoform Engine is a super easy addition.

Another new addition would have to be Teferi, Master of Time. I've learned since its inception that this Teferi belongs in every blue deck that can support it, which is just about every single deck that uses an Island. I might be going overboard, but each of my blue decks are sporting this bad boy, and it's insane.

This Teferi, Master of Time is far more fair than his Teferi, Time Raveler counterpart, but in some ways can be far more powerful. Functionally it starts at 5 loyalty—gaining your initial activation followed by the one you'll execute on your opponent's turn. The phasing to protect and return our value creatures back into play is just gravy. Plus, those value creatures can block to keep Teferi ticking up to his three-turn ultimate. Pick these up while you can, because $15 is an absolute steal for something of this power level.

Next up is a simple, but extremely expensive card that Brago, King Eternal can exploit with his blink ability.

Grim Monolith is one of the most absurdly ridiculous accelerators in the format, but Brago, King Eternal lets you circumvent the steep untap cost by blinking it out of play and back in untapped. This offers you a ton of extra mana to play with each turn, and greater ease for casting huge spells that we could decide to add in the future like Sphinx's Revelation or Pull from Tomorrow.

Lastly, and probably the easiest inclusion:

You're either a fan of the manabase from the list above, or you're like me and feel we need to pack it with more versatility. This could be better:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Brago Lands by Mark Nestico

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

Created By: Mark Nestico

Event:

Rank:

Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $667.36

Cards

Scalding Tarn

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Scalding Tarn: Search your library for an Island or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Adarkar Wastes

Color Identity:U,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}. Adarkar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

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Prairie Stream

Color Identity:U,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
Prairie Stream enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Tundra

Color Identity:U,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)

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Sea of Clouds

Color Identity:U,W

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Sea of Clouds enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Flooded Strand

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Nimbus Maze

Color Identity:U,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W}. Activate this ability only if you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}. Activate this ability only if you control a Plains.

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Arid Mesa

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Arid Mesa: Search your library for a Mountain or Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Glacial Fortress

Color Identity:U,W

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Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Windswept Heath

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a Forest or Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Inventors' Fair

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At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control three or more artifacts, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}, Sacrifice Inventors' Fair: Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only if you control three or more artifacts.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Academy Ruins

Color Identity:U

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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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Command Tower

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

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Ancient Tomb

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Ancient Tomb deals 2 damage to you.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Mystic Gate

Color Identity:U,W

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

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

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

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Marsh Flats

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Marsh Flats: Search your library for a Plains or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Misty Rainforest

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Misty Rainforest: Search your library for a Forest or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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This iteration is geared to cast all of the spells we want. The off-color fetch lands make sure we hit the correct colors at all times, even though I'm not a huge fan of playing them. In decks with little fixing, they make sense.

We were able to hit the $1,500 mark pretty easily by adding just a few cards to give us a more consistent game plan as well as a better manabase.

The biggest issue I'm having currently is trying to not build this same deck for myself.

Does anyone have an extra $1,500 they want to give me? Anyone? Any takers?