Commander 2021 introduces five new Commander decks based off the colleges of Strixhaven. Whether you are new to the Commander format or a senior Commander player looking for new decks to play, Commander 2021 has something for everyone! This week, we will be taking a look at each of the new Commander decks and showing you how you can upgrade the deck to get the most "oomph" out of each of them!

Yesterday we uncovered a few more artifacts that could help Osgir's classes, but today we will be heading outside the classroom as we offer our assistance to the Grand Maestro, Zaffai, Thunder Conductor, in his next performance!

Zaffai, Thunder Conductor

Zaffai, Thunder Conductor is a blue-red Commander that has one of the new keywords introduced in Strixhaven: magecraft. Magecraft is an ability that triggers whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery. For Zaffai, this ability hinges on the mana value of the instant or sorcery that was cast or copied and gives a different reward based on the mana value:

Game Plan

Since Zaffai, Thunder Conductor rewards us for playing instants and sorceries, we want to pack our deck full of powerful spells and permanents that benefit when we cast instants and sorceries. As Zaffai's ability becomes better the higher the mana value of the spell, we also want to play spells with X in their mana value so that we can put more mana into them as the game goes on longer! We also want to keep an eye out for any cards that let us copy spells, as Zaffai's magecraft will still trigger whenever we copy a spell. We can take advantage of our opponent's spells and get even more value from them!

Now that we have an idea for our game plan, let's join the band with the preconstructed decklist.

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Commander

Market Price: $47.59

Cards

Elementalist's Palette

Market Price: $0.46

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Whenever you cast a spell with {X} in its mana cost, put two charge counters on Elementalist's Palette.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.
{T}: Add {C} for each charge counter on Elementalist's Palette. Spend this mana only on costs that contain {X}.

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Rousing Refrain

Color Identity:R

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Add {R} for each card in target opponent's hand. Until end of turn, you don't lose this mana as steps and phases end. Exile Rousing Refrain with three time counters on it.
Suspend 3—{1}{R} (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay {1}{R} and exile it with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)

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Lonely Sandbar

Color Identity:U

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Lonely Sandbar enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
Cycling {U} ({U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Epic Experiment

Color Identity:R,U

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Exile the top X cards of your library. You may cast instant and sorcery spells with mana value X or less from among them without paying their mana costs. Then put all cards exiled this way that weren't cast into your graveyard.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Brass's Bounty

Color Identity:R

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

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Aetherspouts

Color Identity:U

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

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Jaya Ballard

Color Identity:R

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+1: Add {R}{R}{R}. Spend this mana only to cast instant or sorcery spells.
+1: Discard up to three cards, then draw that many cards.
−8: You get an emblem with "You may cast instant and sorcery spells from your graveyard. If a spell cast this way would be put into your graveyard, exile it instead."

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Elemental Masterpiece

Color Identity:R,U

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Create two 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature tokens.
{U/R}{U/R}, Discard Elemental Masterpiece: Create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Letter of Acceptance

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{T}: Add one mana of any color.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Letter of Acceptance: Draw a card.

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Rionya, Fire Dancer

Color Identity:R

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At the beginning of combat on your turn, create X tokens that are copies of another target creature you control, where X is one plus the number of instant and sorcery spells you've cast this turn. They gain haste. Exile them at the beginning of the next end step.

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Dualcaster Mage

Color Identity:R

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Flash
When Dualcaster Mage enters the battlefield, copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Erratic Cyclops

Color Identity:R

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Trample
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Erratic Cyclops gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is that spell's mana value.

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Fiery Fall

Color Identity:R

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Fiery Fall deals 5 damage to target creature.
Basic landcycling {1}{R} ({1}{R}, Discard this card: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.)

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Faithless Looting

Color Identity:R

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Draw two cards, then discard two cards.
Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Radiant Performer

Color Identity:R

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Flash
When Radiant Performer enters the battlefield, if you cast it from your hand, choose target spell or ability that targets only a single permanent or player. Copy that spell or ability for each other permanent or player the spell or ability could target. Each copy targets a different one of those permanents and players.

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Octavia, Living Thesis

Color Identity:U

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

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Fiery Encore

Color Identity:R

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Discard a card, then draw a card. When you discard a nonland card this way, Fiery Encore deals damage equal to that card's mana value to target creature or planeswalker.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Scavenger Grounds

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Exile all graveyards.

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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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Reliquary Tower

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You have no maximum hand size.
{T}: Add {C}.

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Metallurgic Summonings

Color Identity:U

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

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Brainstorm

Color Identity:U

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

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Expressive Iteration

Color Identity:R,U

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Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand, put one of them on the bottom of your library, and exile one of them. You may play the exiled card this turn.

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Inspiring Refrain

Color Identity:U

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Draw two cards. Exile Inspiring Refrain with three time counters on it.
Suspend 3—{2}{U} (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay {2}{U} and exile it with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)

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Seething Song

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.71

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Add {R}{R}{R}{R}{R}.

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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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Zaffai, Thunder Conductor

Color Identity:R,U

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

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Etali, Primal Storm

Color Identity:R

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Whenever Etali, Primal Storm attacks, exile the top card of each player's library, then you may cast any number of spells from among those cards without paying their mana costs.

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Temple of Epiphany

Color Identity:R,U

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

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Rootha, Mercurial Artist

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.05

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

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Storm-Kiln Artist

Color Identity:R

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Storm-Kiln Artist gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.
Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, create a Treasure token.

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Dig Through Time

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.89

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Look at the top seven cards of your library. Put two of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Mind's Desire

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

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Shuffle your library. Then exile the top card of your library. Until end of turn, you may play that card without paying its mana cost.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Study Hall

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color. When you spend this mana to cast your commander, scry X, where X is the number of times it's been cast from the command zone this game.

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Sol Ring

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

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Blighted Cataract

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.04

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{T}: Add {C}.
{5}{U}, {T}, Sacrifice Blighted Cataract: Draw two cards.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Crackling Drake

Color Identity:R,U

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Flying
Crackling Drake's power is equal to the total number of instant and sorcery cards you own in exile and in your graveyard.
When Crackling Drake enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Diluvian Primordial

Color Identity:U

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Flying
When Diluvian Primordial enters the battlefield, for each opponent, you may cast up to one target instant or sorcery card from that player's graveyard without paying its mana cost. If a spell cast this way would be put into a graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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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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Swarm Intelligence

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.22

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, you may copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Izzet Signet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.74

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

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Talisman of Creativity

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $1.22

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

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Call the Skybreaker

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.09

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Create a 5/5 blue and red Elemental creature token with flying.
Retrace (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying its other costs.)

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Living Lore

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.02

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As Living Lore enters the battlefield, exile an instant or sorcery card from your graveyard.
Living Lore's power and toughness are each equal to the exiled card's mana value.
Whenever Living Lore deals combat damage, you may sacrifice it. If you do, you may cast the exiled card without paying its mana cost.

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Sunbird's Invocation

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.48

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Whenever you cast a spell from your hand, reveal the top X cards of your library, where X is that spell's mana value. You may cast a spell with mana value X or less from among cards revealed this way without paying its mana cost. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Pyromancer's Goggles

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.90

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

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Reinterpret

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.46

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Counter target spell. You may cast a spell with an equal or lesser mana value from your hand without paying its mana cost.

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Blasphemous Act

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.28

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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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Apex of Power

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.28

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

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Izzet Boilerworks

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.17

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Izzet Boilerworks enters the battlefield tapped.
When Izzet Boilerworks enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {U}{R}.

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Aether Gale

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.59

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Return six target nonland permanents to their owners' hands.

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Muse Vortex

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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Exile the top X cards of your library. You may cast an instant or sorcery spell with mana value X or less from among them without paying its mana cost. Then put the exiled instant and sorcery cards that weren't cast this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Dazzling Sphinx

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.21

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Flying
Whenever Dazzling Sphinx deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles cards from the top of their library until they exile an instant or sorcery card. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost. Then that player puts the exiled cards that weren't cast this way on the bottom of their library in a random order.

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Ponder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.44

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

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Wildfire Devils

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.20

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When Wildfire Devils enters the battlefield and at the beginning of your upkeep, choose a player at random. That player exiles an instant or sorcery card from their graveyard. Copy that card. You may cast the copy without paying its mana cost.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Traumatic Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.03

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Counter target spell.
Basic landcycling {1}{U} ({1}{U}, Discard this card: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.)

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Resculpt

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

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Veyran, Voice of Duality

Color Identity:R,U

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

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Creative Technique

Color Identity:R

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Demonstrate (When you cast this spell, you may copy it. If you do, choose an opponent to also copy it.)
Shuffle your library, then reveal cards from the top of it until you reveal a nonland card. Exile that card and put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order. You may cast the exiled card without paying its mana cost.

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Charmbreaker Devils

Color Identity:R

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At the beginning of your upkeep, return an instant or sorcery card at random from your graveyard to your hand.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Charmbreaker Devils gets +4/+0 until end of turn.

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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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Desert of the Fervent

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Desert of the Fervent enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}.
Cycling {1}{R} ({1}{R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Mage-Ring Network

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

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Mana Geyser

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

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Surge to Victory

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Exile target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard. Creatures you control get +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is that card's mana value. Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player this turn, copy the exiled card. You may cast the copy without paying its mana cost.

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Humble Defector

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{T}: Draw two cards. Target opponent gains control of Humble Defector. Activate only during your turn.

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Memorial to Genius

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Memorial to Genius enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
{4}{U}, {T}, Sacrifice Memorial to Genius: Draw two cards.

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Hedron Archive

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Hedron Archive: Draw two cards.

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Sly Instigator

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{U}, {T}: Until your next turn, target creature an opponent controls can't be blocked. Goad that creature. (Until your next turn, that creature attacks each combat if able and attacks a player other than you if able.)

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Shivan Reef

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

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Temple of the False God

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Activate only if you control five or more lands.

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Forgotten Cave

Color Identity:R

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Forgotten Cave enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}.
Cycling {R} ({R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Naru Meha, Master Wizard

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Flash
When Naru Meha, Master Wizard enters the battlefield, copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. You may choose new targets for the copy.
Other Wizards you control get +1/+1.

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Talrand, Sky Summoner

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

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Desert of the Mindful

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Desert of the Mindful enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
Cycling {1}{U} ({1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Prismari Campus

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Prismari Campus enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.
{4}, {T}: Scry 1.

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Inferno Project

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Trample
Inferno Project enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the total mana value of instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard.

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Mind Stone

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

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Treasure Cruise

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Draw three cards.

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Volcanic Vision

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Return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand. Volcanic Vision deals damage equal to that card's mana value to each creature your opponents control. Exile Volcanic Vision.

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Most preconstructed Commander decks play a little slower than your average Commander deck, so our Prismari Performance list is full of cards that can play excellently in that turn five-to-eight space when everyone is building up a powerful board state to smash into each other. Cards like Aether Gale and Volcanic Vision are perfect examples of cards that can be game-enders when playing decks out of the box, but end up being the first cards cut when you start to make the deck your own.

Veyran, Voice of Duality

The new cards in this deck are absolutely outstanding for any spellslinger deck, especially our alternate Commander: Veyran, Voice of Duality. Veyran buffs themselves with their magecraft ability and also doubles any other abilities of permanents that trigger off magecraft! This includes keywords like prowess (which can activate when you cast an instant or sorcery) as well as some of the other cards we will be looking at to improve our deck.

Rousing Refrain

Inspiring Refrain

Fiery Encore

For noncreatures, the two Refrains, Rousing Refrain and Inspiring Refrain, offer great value as you can suspend them early into the game and then cast and re-suspend them three turns later with their ability. Fiery Encore is another exciting card that allows you to "rummage" for card advantage and potentially wipe your opponents' boards of creatures and planeswalkers.

Our initial look into the stock decklist tells us that this deck was designed to be an "equalizer" by resetting our opponents' boards if they ever get out of hand, which can be a great game plan if your local community plays a lot of battlecruiser Magic. To get the most out of our strategy, however, we'll need to swap out a few of our over-costed equalizer cards for cards that can keep our opponents off their tempo and help us close out games.

With that in mind, let's start making changes to the deck and see how much our $100 upgrade budget can pump up the jams!

Lands

If you read yesterday's article for Osgri, you should have an idea of what is going to be changing for our manabase. Our deck will want to get as much utility as possible out of its lands, without them entering the battlefield tapped.

Upgrading our land base may cost a bit more of our budget than we would like, but the initial upgrades are essential for our game plan. Replacing most of our 'tap lands' gives us a better chance of playing on curve, while cards like War Room and Castle Vantress offer great versatility later in the game when we have excess mana. Future upgrades would want to focus on adding fetch lands so we can utilize the deck reset and a Steam Vents to give us something to search up.

Creatures

The creatures in our preconstructed list offer a lot of versatility, which is great for starting out, but you will probably want to cut most of them from the deck once you get the basics of what the Prismari Performance's goals are. Ideally, we want our creatures to have cheap mana values so we can get them out early and profit off of them later on in the game.

The first three cards in this list offer cost reductions on our instants and sorceries so that we can get even more value from the instants and sorceries we cast. Archmage Emeritus is a must-answer card for our opponents due to its magecraft ability that lets you draw a card whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery. Meanwhile, Archaeomancer adds an instant or sorcery from our graveyard back to hand so we can cast our best spells again!

The final creature card we are adding to the deck is our experimental "ace in the hole" Zada, Hedron Grinder. Zada's ability will copy any instant or sorcery we cast that targets her for each other creature we control. That means we can spread out buffs, but, more importantly, trigger magecraft for each copy of the spell. If we are able to cast a Banefire with mana value of 10 or higher targeting Zada, Zaffai, Thunder Conductor will deal 10 damage to a random opponent for each copy of Banefire and win the game before the first spell even resolves!

Noncreature Permanents

While our hope is to be casting as few noncreature permanents as possible, there are still a couple we can add to the deck to boost our spellcasting.

Ral, Storm Conduit had magecraft before the keyword was added in Strixhaven, and pings our opponent for 1 damage whenever we cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell. It also has an incredibly important -2 ability that copies our next instant or sorcery spell cast this turn. Ral can sit on the board for a few turns until we are able to cast one of our high mana value damage spells, and then copy it for even more value!

The rest of the additions are quality of life upgrades that can improve our game plan without being so flashy that they tell our opponents to destroy them on sight. One card we will be looking at in the future, but which is slightly out of our initial budget, is Thousand-Year Storm. TYS can be an absolute powerhouse when we're casting a lot of low mana value spells to generate a storm count for our bigger spells, but it can draw the ire of your entire playgroup as soon as it hits the board.

Instants and Sorceries

The instants and sorceries of this deck are the true stars of the show, and we want to make sure every card in our deck brings a performance worthy of the Grand Maestro!

Our instant and sorcery upgrades sacrifice a lot of our ability to equalize or wipe the board, but give us the ability to scale with the game as turns pass. Counterspells like Arcane Denial and Negate let us stop our opponents' most important spells, while Expansion // Explosion and Narset's Reversal let us take our opponents' spells for our own instead. Given that our list of counterspells isn't too deep, they should be used sparingly to either stop our opponents from immediately winning or protect our own win conditions.

The real heart of our spells are those that scale due to the X in their mana cost, letting us sink more mana into them as the game progresses. Since their mana value is determined when the spell is on the stack, with enough mana, these spells can trigger Zaffai, Thunder Conductor magecraft in different ways depending on what is needed at the time. As we discussed earlier, cards like Banefire and Electrodominance can be copied targeting each of our creatures when we cast them targeting Zada, Hedron Grinder, so these high mana value sinks can be used to one-shot our opponents with Zaffai's ability.

Now that we've added plenty of new instruments and have new sheet music in hand, let's take a look at our revamped list and get ready for the performance of a lifetime!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Prismari Performance - Upgraded by Zach Herwood-Mussen

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

Created By: Zach Herwood-Mussen

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Commander

Market Price: $148.75

Cards

Expansion // Explosion

Color Identity:R,U

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Goblin Electromancer

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

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Blighted Cataract

Color Identity:U

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{T}: Add {C}.
{5}{U}, {T}, Sacrifice Blighted Cataract: Draw two cards.

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Expressive Iteration

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Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand, put one of them on the bottom of your library, and exile one of them. You may play the exiled card this turn.

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Treasure Cruise

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Draw three cards.

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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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Training Center

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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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Surge to Victory

Color Identity:R

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Exile target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard. Creatures you control get +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is that card's mana value. Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player this turn, copy the exiled card. You may cast the copy without paying its mana cost.

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Mage-Ring Network

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

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Mind Stone

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

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Mizzix's Mastery

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Exile target card that's an instant or sorcery from your graveyard. For each card exiled this way, copy it, and you may cast the copy without paying its mana cost. Exile Mizzix's Mastery.
Overload {5}{R}{R}{R} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Cascade Bluffs

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

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Curious Homunculus // Voracious Reader

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

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Veyran, Voice of Duality

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

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Ral, Storm Conduit

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

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Shivan Reef

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

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Electrodominance

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

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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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Rootha, Mercurial Artist

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

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Creative Technique

Color Identity:R

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Demonstrate (When you cast this spell, you may copy it. If you do, choose an opponent to also copy it.)
Shuffle your library, then reveal cards from the top of it until you reveal a nonland card. Exile that card and put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order. You may cast the exiled card without paying its mana cost.

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Rousing Refrain

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Add {R} for each card in target opponent's hand. Until end of turn, you don't lose this mana as steps and phases end. Exile Rousing Refrain with three time counters on it.
Suspend 3—{1}{R} (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay {1}{R} and exile it with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)

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Mystic Sanctuary

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

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Primal Amulet // Primal Wellspring

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

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Arcane Signet

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

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Mana Geyser

Color Identity:R

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

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Comet Storm

Color Identity:R

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

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Mind's Desire

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

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Shuffle your library. Then exile the top card of your library. Until end of turn, you may play that card without paying its mana cost.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Storm-Kiln Artist

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.51

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Storm-Kiln Artist gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.
Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, create a Treasure token.

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Zaffai, Thunder Conductor

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.44

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

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Radiant Performer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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Flash
When Radiant Performer enters the battlefield, if you cast it from your hand, choose target spell or ability that targets only a single permanent or player. Copy that spell or ability for each other permanent or player the spell or ability could target. Each copy targets a different one of those permanents and players.

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Commander's Sphere

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.
Sacrifice Commander's Sphere: Draw a card.

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Scavenger Grounds

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Exile all graveyards.

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Jace's Sanctum

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.59

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

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Brainstorm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.55

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

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Arcane Denial

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.39

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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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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Prismari Campus

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.05

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Prismari Campus enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.
{4}, {T}: Scry 1.

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Blasphemous Act

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.28

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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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Increasing Vengeance

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.53

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

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Study Hall

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color. When you spend this mana to cast your commander, scry X, where X is the number of times it's been cast from the command zone this game.

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Muse Vortex

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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Exile the top X cards of your library. You may cast an instant or sorcery spell with mana value X or less from among them without paying its mana cost. Then put the exiled instant and sorcery cards that weren't cast this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Double Vision

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.87

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

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Archmage Emeritus

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.75

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

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Baral, Chief of Compliance

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.14

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

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Narset's Reversal

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $5.43

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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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Sanctum of Eternity

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

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Sea Gate Restoration // Sea Gate, Reborn

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $11.80

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

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Talisman of Creativity

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $1.22

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

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Ponder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.44

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

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Forgotten Cave

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Forgotten Cave enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}.
Cycling {R} ({R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Archaeomancer

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.26

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When Archaeomancer enters the battlefield, return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Zada, Hedron Grinder

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.43

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell that targets only Zada, Hedron Grinder, copy that spell for each other creature you control that the spell could target. Each copy targets a different one of those creatures.

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Search for Azcanta // Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.60

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

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Shatterskull Smashing // Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $9.17

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Shatterskull Smashing deals X damage divided as you choose among up to two target creatures and/or planeswalkers. If X is 6 or more, Shatterskull Smashing deals twice X damage divided as you choose among them instead.

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Elemental Masterpiece

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.01

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Create two 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature tokens.
{U/R}{U/R}, Discard Elemental Masterpiece: Create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Sulfur Falls

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $4.09

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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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Epic Experiment

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.36

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Exile the top X cards of your library. You may cast instant and sorcery spells with mana value X or less from among them without paying their mana costs. Then put all cards exiled this way that weren't cast into your graveyard.

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Brass's Bounty

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.70

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

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Apex of Power

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.28

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

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Banefire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.73

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

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Seething Song

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.71

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Add {R}{R}{R}{R}{R}.

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Finale of Promise

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.12

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You may cast up to one target instant card and/or up to one target sorcery card from your graveyard each with mana value X or less without paying their mana costs. If a spell cast this way would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead. If X is 10 or more, copy each of those spells twice. You may choose new targets for the copies.

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War Room

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

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Dazzling Sphinx

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.21

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Flying
Whenever Dazzling Sphinx deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles cards from the top of their library until they exile an instant or sorcery card. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost. Then that player puts the exiled cards that weren't cast this way on the bottom of their library in a random order.

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Dig Through Time

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.89

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Look at the top seven cards of your library. Put two of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Faithless Looting

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.44

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Draw two cards, then discard two cards.
Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Sol Ring

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

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Talrand, Sky Summoner

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.18

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

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Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.23

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Elementalist's Palette

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Whenever you cast a spell with {X} in its mana cost, put two charge counters on Elementalist's Palette.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.
{T}: Add {C} for each charge counter on Elementalist's Palette. Spend this mana only on costs that contain {X}.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.11

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Izzet Signet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.74

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

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Reliquary Tower

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You have no maximum hand size.
{T}: Add {C}.

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Dualcaster Mage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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Flash
When Dualcaster Mage enters the battlefield, copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Naru Meha, Master Wizard

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.74

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Flash
When Naru Meha, Master Wizard enters the battlefield, copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. You may choose new targets for the copy.
Other Wizards you control get +1/+1.

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Alrund's Epiphany

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $10.41

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Create two 1/1 blue Bird creature tokens with flying. Take an extra turn after this one. Exile Alrund's Epiphany.
Foretell {4}{U}{U} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Hedron Archive

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Hedron Archive: Draw two cards.

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Reinterpret

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.46

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Counter target spell. You may cast a spell with an equal or lesser mana value from your hand without paying its mana cost.

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Inspiring Refrain

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Draw two cards. Exile Inspiring Refrain with three time counters on it.
Suspend 3—{2}{U} (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay {2}{U} and exile it with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)

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Fiery Encore

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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Discard a card, then draw a card. When you discard a nonland card this way, Fiery Encore deals damage equal to that card's mana value to target creature or planeswalker.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.27

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

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Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Prismari Performance - Just the Upgrades by Zach Herwood-Mussen

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

Created By: Zach Herwood-Mussen

Event:

Rank:

Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $107.20

Cards

Primal Amulet

Market Price: $9.19

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

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Finale of Promise

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.12

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You may cast up to one target instant card and/or up to one target sorcery card from your graveyard each with mana value X or less without paying their mana costs. If a spell cast this way would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead. If X is 10 or more, copy each of those spells twice. You may choose new targets for the copies.

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Training Center

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.90

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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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Alrund's Epiphany

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $10.41

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Create two 1/1 blue Bird creature tokens with flying. Take an extra turn after this one. Exile Alrund's Epiphany.
Foretell {4}{U}{U} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Banefire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.73

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

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Electrodominance

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.61

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

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Cascade Bluffs

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $8.02

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

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Increasing Vengeance

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.53

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

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Ral, Storm Conduit

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $1.75

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

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Narset's Reversal

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $5.43

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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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Sanctum of Eternity

Market Price: $1.12

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

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Commander's Sphere

Market Price: $0.18

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.
Sacrifice Commander's Sphere: Draw a card.

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Baral, Chief of Compliance

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.14

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

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Sulfur Falls

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $4.09

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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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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.11

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Sea Gate Restoration

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $11.50

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

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Archmage Emeritus

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.75

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

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Search for Azcanta

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.60

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

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Arcane Denial

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.39

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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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War Room

Market Price: $5.50

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

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.27

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

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Goblin Electromancer

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.15

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

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Mizzix's Mastery

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $6.40

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Exile target card that's an instant or sorcery from your graveyard. For each card exiled this way, copy it, and you may cast the copy without paying its mana cost. Exile Mizzix's Mastery.
Overload {5}{R}{R}{R} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Riverglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.76

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.02

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

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Blue Sun's Zenith

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.57

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

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Comet Storm

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.40

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

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Archaeomancer

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.26

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When Archaeomancer enters the battlefield, return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Curious Homunculus

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.43

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

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Young Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.47

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

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Shatterskull Smashing

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.24

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Shatterskull Smashing deals X damage divided as you choose among up to two target creatures and/or planeswalkers. If X is 6 or more, Shatterskull Smashing deals twice X damage divided as you choose among them instead.

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Jace's Sanctum

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.59

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

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Expansion // Explosion

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $2.27

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Zada, Hedron Grinder

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.43

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell that targets only Zada, Hedron Grinder, copy that spell for each other creature you control that the spell could target. Each copy targets a different one of those creatures.

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Double Vision

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.87

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

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Our upgrades are able to fit under our budget with a bit of room to spare, so you can take this list even further if you wanted to continue adding to it! By focusing our strategy and figuring out how we want to reach a win-state in our games, we can cut a lot of cards we were given and streamline the list while still having plenty of room for decision-making in game. Zaffai, Thunder Conductor is a very interesting build around because, as opposed to other spell-slinging commanders, we want to be playing high mana value cards to get additional rewards of token creatures or raw damage.

Veyran, Voice of Duality

Rootha, Mercurial Artist

Blue-red spellslinging is one of my favorite Commander styles to play, and this deck is full of cards that I want to test out in other decks! Every new set release introduces exciting new instants and sorceries that could fit into different playstyles, so there are always new cards to update your lists with. I'm positive that the new Prismari legends, Zaffai, Thunder Conductor, Veyran, Voice of Duality, and Rootha, Mercurial Artist, will be leading Commander decks for quite some time.

Up next, we will be looking at upgrading the Quantum Quandrix deck, so be sure to check back tomorrow as we continue our series. You can find me on Twitter @thezachkattack where I talk about all things Trading Card Game, including some of the cards we chose not to play in today's article!