Uncommon commanders often get overlooked, and for what? Rarity has no merit when it comes to a card's abilities. Whether we're talking about legendaries like Rograkh, Son of Rohgahh and Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar or regular creatures like Pitiless Plunderer or Blood Artist, uncommon creatures are often the backbone of some intensive Commander decklists. However, very rarely do we see such creatures at the helm of lists.

For this week's brew, I wanted to take something uncommon and churn out a list that feels mythic with Kalain, Reclusive Painter.

Kalain, Reclusive Painter has all the markings for a very strong commander. She is low in mana value (almost guaranteeing a turn-two cast every game), interacts with Treasures, and leads to a very combat-focused strategy. She is the perfect general to build a synergistic list around, and with the recent increase in the printing of Treasure-based cards, this felt like the perfect general to showcase this week.

Treasure Makers

Making Treasures is not only a means for to ramp, but a means to increase your creature's power and toughness for stronger combat steps. Of course this deck runs key pieces such as Goldspan Dragon and Dockside Extortionist, but there are definitely others that deserve some praise.

First we have Forsworn Paladin, a fun rare from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms that turns your life total into a Treasure-making machine. Impulsive Pilferer is another cool piece that I've seen pop off in games that can possibly net four Treasures.

Moving on we have an all-star from Modern Horizons 2: Academy Manufactor. Not only does this Assembly-Worker make Treasure tokens, but it makes Clue and Food tokens as well! This gives you access to plenty of resources, including life gain, card draw, and fast mana! Cards like Ruthless Knave and Skullport Merchant are nasty little pieces that turn creatures into Treasures. Victory at any cost, right? Creatures like Grim Hireling and Hoarding Ogre make Treasure tokens either during attacks or when they make contact during combat.

For our last creature, there's Xorn. Two Treasures for the price of one is definitely an enticing offer, even if it comes from such an interesting-looking creature.

There are a surprising amount of instants and sorceries that not only make Treasures, but draw you cards as well! Seize the Spoils and Pirate's Pillage are two such examples, along with Deadly Dispute and Unexpected Windfall. There are also a number of interesting spells that kill or destroy creatures while simultaneously making Treasures as well. Grim Bounty may be costly, but it more than pays for itself with that sweet, sweet cash money.

I absolutely adore Reckless Endeavor. It is so dang cool! This is randomness at its finest, dealing large amounts of damage and making just as many Treasures as well. Lastly, we have Brass's Bounty. This is definitely a costly spell to cast, but the payoff is sooooo worth it. More money doesn't always mean more problems.

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Artifact and Token Synergies

One of my favorite things about Treasure tokens is that they are artifacts. This little detail gives us access to some incredible artifact-focused cards.

Disciple of the Vault and Reckless Fireweaver are two sides of the same coin, dealing damage to your opponents whenever an artifact enters the battlefield or hits the graveyard. Since you'll be constantly gaining and sacrificing Treasures, these cards will always be running.

Speaking of sacrificing things, this list runs some cards that interact wonderfully with Treasures being sacrificed. Juri, Master of the Revue gains counters whenever you sacrifice permanents, functioning as a sort of backwards Kalain, Reclusive Painter. A few similar pieces are Mayhem Devil and Nadier's Nightblade. These bad boys allow you to deal damage when permanents are sacrificed or a token you control leaves the battlefield. Stacking Treasures is the perfect way to deal damage to your heart's content. These synergies make for fun in-game moments that will leave your opponents scrambling to find their removal spells.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - No Money, No Muscle by Chase Carroll

'No Money, No Muscle' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Chase Carroll

Event:

Rank: 0-0

Commander

Market Price: $476.59

Cards

Jeska's Will

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $17.83

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

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Sulfurous Mire

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
Sulfurous Mire enters the battlefield tapped.

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Hoarding Ogre

Color Identity:R

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Whenever Hoarding Ogre attacks, roll a d20.
1—9 | Create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
10—19 | Create two Treasure tokens.
20 | Create three Treasure tokens.

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Treasure Vault

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{T}: Add {C}.
{X}{X}, {T}, Sacrifice Treasure Vault: Create X Treasure tokens.

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Captain Lannery Storm

Color Identity:R

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Haste
Whenever Captain Lannery Storm attacks, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
Whenever you sacrifice a Treasure, Captain Lannery Storm gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Chaos Warp

Color Identity:R

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

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Blasphemous Act

Color Identity:R

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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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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Karn, the Great Creator

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Activated abilities of artifacts your opponents control can't be activated.
+1: Until your next turn, up to one target noncreature artifact becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its mana value.
−2: You may reveal an artifact card you own from outside the game or choose a face-up artifact card you own in exile. Put that card into your hand.

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Disciple of the Vault

Color Identity:B

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Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.

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Terror of the Peaks

Color Identity:R

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Flying
Spells your opponents cast that target Terror of the Peaks cost an additional 3 life to cast.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Terror of the Peaks deals damage equal to that creature's power to any target.

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Conjurer's Closet

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At the beginning of your end step, you may exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

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Fain, the Broker

Color Identity:B

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{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Put two +1/+1 counters on target creature.
{T}, Remove a counter from a creature you control: Create a Treasure token.
{T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying.
{3}{B}: Untap Fain, the Broker.

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Unexpected Windfall

Color Identity:R

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards and create two Treasure tokens. (They're artifacts with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Mayhem Devil

Color Identity:B,R

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Whenever a player sacrifices a permanent, Mayhem Devil deals 1 damage to any target.

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Ruthless Knave

Color Identity:B

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{2}{B}, Sacrifice a creature: Create two Treasure tokens. (They're artifacts with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
Sacrifice three Treasures: Draw a card.

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Tainted Peak

Color Identity:B,R

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}. Activate only if you control a Swamp.

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Reckless Endeavor

Color Identity:R

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Roll two d12 and choose one result. Reckless Endeavor deals damage equal to that result to each creature. Then create a number of Treasure tokens equal to the other result.

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Terminate

Color Identity:B,R

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Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.

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Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast

Color Identity:B,R

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+1: Create a 1/1 colorless Construct artifact creature token with defender.
−1: You may sacrifice an artifact. If you do, destroy target artifact or creature.
−6: Choose target artifact card in a graveyard or artifact on the battlefield. Create three tokens that are copies of it.

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Nadier's Nightblade

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a token you control leaves the battlefield, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Blightstep Pathway // Searstep Pathway

Color Identity:B,R

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Smoldering Marsh

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $1.24

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
Smoldering Marsh enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Hagra Constrictor

Color Identity:B

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Hagra Constrictor enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.
Each creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it has menace. (A creature with menace can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.)

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Crackle with Power

Color Identity:R

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

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Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.00

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Flying
Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge can't attack unless you control four or more artifacts.
At the beginning of your end step, create a Treasure token for each nontoken creature that died this turn. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Oona's Blackguard

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.25

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Flying
Each other Rogue creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.
Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card.

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Skullport Merchant

Color Identity:B

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When Skullport Merchant enters the battlefield, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
{1}{B}, Sacrifice another creature or a Treasure: Draw a card.

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Vein Drinker

Color Identity:B,R

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Flying
{R}, {T}: Vein Drinker deals damage equal to its power to target creature. That creature deals damage equal to its power to Vein Drinker.
Whenever a creature dealt damage by Vein Drinker this turn dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Vein Drinker.

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Hellkite Tyrant

Color Identity:R

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Flying, trample
Whenever Hellkite Tyrant deals combat damage to a player, gain control of all artifacts that player controls.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control twenty or more artifacts, you win the game.

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Marionette Master

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.24

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Fabricate 3 (When this creature enters the battlefield, put three +1/+1 counters on it or create three 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature tokens.)
Whenever an artifact you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, target opponent loses life equal to Marionette Master's power.

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Daretti, Scrap Savant

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.75

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+2: Discard up to two cards, then draw that many cards.
−2: Sacrifice an artifact. If you do, return target artifact card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
−10: You get an emblem with "Whenever an artifact is put into your graveyard from the battlefield, return that card to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step."
Daretti, Scrap Savant can be your commander.

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Feedback Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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Feedback Bolt deals damage to target player or planeswalker equal to the number of artifacts you control.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $15.20

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

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Mycosynth Lattice

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All permanents are artifacts in addition to their other types.
All cards that aren't on the battlefield, spells, and permanents are colorless.
Players may spend mana as though it were mana of any color.

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Dockside Extortionist

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $56.17

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When Dockside Extortionist enters the battlefield, create X Treasure tokens, where X is the number of artifacts and enchantments your opponents control. (Treasure tokens are artifacts with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Balthor the Defiled

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $8.31

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Minion creatures get +1/+1.
{B}{B}{B}, Exile Balthor the Defiled: Each player returns all black and all red creature cards from their graveyard to the battlefield.

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Sol Ring

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

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Nadier, Agent of the Duskenel

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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Whenever a token you control leaves the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on Nadier, Agent of the Duskenel.
When Nadier leaves the battlefield, create a number of 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature tokens equal to its power.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Seize the Spoils

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.02

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards and create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Xorn

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.03

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If you would create one or more Treasure tokens, instead create those tokens plus an additional Treasure token.

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Throne of Geth

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{T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Shadowblood Ridge

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.31

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

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Rogue's Passage

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

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Storm-Kiln Artist

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.70

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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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Canyon Slough

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $2.81

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
Canyon Slough enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.26

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First strike, haste
Unleash (You may have this creature enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. It can't block as long as it has a +1/+1 counter on it.)
Each other creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it has haste.

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Warstorm Surge

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.42

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Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, it deals damage equal to its power to any target.

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Wheel of Misfortune

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.34

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Each player secretly chooses a number 0 or greater, then all players reveal those numbers simultaneously and determine the highest and lowest numbers revealed this way. Wheel of Misfortune deals damage equal to the highest number to each player who chose that number. Each player who didn't choose the lowest number discards their hand, then draws seven cards.

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Grim Hireling

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.01

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Whenever one or more creatures you control deal combat damage to a player, create two Treasure tokens.
{B}, Sacrifice X Treasures: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn. Activate only as a sorcery.

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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. Activate only if you control three or more artifacts.

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The Ozolith

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Whenever a creature you control leaves the battlefield, if it had counters on it, put those counters on The Ozolith.
At the beginning of combat on your turn, if The Ozolith has counters on it, you may move all counters from The Ozolith onto target creature.

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Treasure Map // Treasure Cove

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{1}, {T}: Scry 1. Put a landmark counter on Treasure Map. Then if there are three or more landmark counters on it, remove those counters, transform Treasure Map, and create three Treasure tokens. (They're artifacts with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Dragonskull Summit

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $4.22

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

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Deadly Dispute

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.90

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice an artifact or creature.
Draw two cards and create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Talisman of Indulgence

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $4.16

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

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Impulsive Pilferer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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When Impulsive Pilferer dies, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
Encore {3}{R} ({3}{R}, Exile this card from your graveyard: For each opponent, create a token copy that attacks that opponent this turn if able. They gain haste. Sacrifice them at the beginning of the next end step. Activate only as a sorcery.)

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Revel in Riches

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $13.29

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Whenever a creature an opponent controls dies, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control ten or more Treasures, you win the game.

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Arcbound Crusher

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Trample
Whenever another artifact enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Crusher.
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Feed the Swarm

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.98

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

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Juri, Master of the Revue

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.14

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Whenever you sacrifice a permanent, put a +1/+1 counter on Juri, Master of the Revue.
When Juri dies, it deals damage equal to its power to any target.

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Dauthi Embrace

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.57

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{B}{B}: Target creature gains shadow until end of turn. (It can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

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Brass's Bounty

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.93

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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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Luxury Suite

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $27.42

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

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Pirate's Pillage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.59

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards and create two Treasure tokens. (They're artifacts with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Kalain, Reclusive Painter

Color Identity:B,R

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When Kalain, Reclusive Painter enters the battlefield, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")
Other creatures you control enter the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on them for each mana from a Treasure spent to cast them.

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Sulfurous Springs

Color Identity:B,R

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

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Temple of Malice

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $1.49

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Temple of Malice enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Malice enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Foreboding Ruins

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.88

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As Foreboding Ruins enters the battlefield, you may reveal a Swamp or Mountain card from your hand. If you don't, Foreboding Ruins enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Academy Manufactor

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If you would create a Clue, Food, or Treasure token, instead create one of each.

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Vandalblast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.85

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Destroy target artifact you don't control.
Overload {4}{R} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Goldspan Dragon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $40.97

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Flying, haste
Whenever Goldspan Dragon attacks or becomes the target of a spell, create a Treasure token.
Treasures you control have "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add two mana of any one color."

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Reckless Fireweaver

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.29

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Whenever an artifact enters the battlefield under your control, Reckless Fireweaver deals 1 damage to each opponent.

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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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Grim Bounty

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.05

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker. Create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Phyrexian Arena

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $16.75

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Forsworn Paladin

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.44

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Menace
{1}{B}, {T}, Pay 1 life: Create a Treasure token.
{2}{B}: Target creature gets +2/+0 until end of turn. If mana from a Treasure was spent to activate this ability, that creature also gains deathtouch until end of turn.

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Bloodstained Mire

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

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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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Exsanguinate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $7.44

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Each opponent loses X life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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+1/+1 Counters

What makes Kalain, Reclusive Painter stand out from the other uncommon generals of Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is the fact that she gives +1/+1 counters to creatures for each mana from a Treasure spent to cast them. That means if we sacrifice three Treasures to cast a creature spell, then they get three +1/+1 counters. These counters can greatly pump up what would otherwise be wimpy creatures.

With a card like The Ozolith, these counters can be placed to and fro, making a rather large impact on your boardstate. However, you can do a lot more with these counters than just buff your creatures for combat.

I adore Oona's Blackguard. With a swarm of buffed creatures, you can make your opponents discard their entire hands. While this deck doesn't have any other discard synergies, limiting your opponents' responses will definitely prove more than useful. Hagra Constrictor and Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch gives creatures you control with counters menace and haste, making it even easier to get in quick damage with all your buff beaters.

Now, while we do run pieces that grant creatures we control with counters extra keywords and abilities, we aren't done just yet. Let's start out with Marionette Master. This creature gets stronger the bigger it gets, and when paired with Kalain, Reclusive Painter, that is definitely a possibility. Plus, once our Treasure tokens hit the graveyard, this damage will definitely be put to use.

Another creature worth mentioning is Arcbound Crusher. It already comes into the battlefield big thanks to the Treasures used to cast it and only get bigger when more Treasures enter as well. Next we have Vein Drinker, who can tap to deal damage to target creature equal to its power. This card functions similarly to Marionette Master, getting more and more lethal once counters are added to it.

Nadier, Agent of Duskenel

Lastly, we have one of my favorite creatures in this deck: Nadier, Agent of the Duskenel. This Elf gets bigger and bigger when tokens you control leave the battlefield. Since this deck is in the business of sacrificing Treasures (as opposed to the business of misery), you can guarantee a powerful hitter. Plus, if he dies, you get a plethora of Elf tokens at your disposal!

Example Hand

While talking about a list is always fun, I feel as though providing a practice hand is always a fun way to give you a taste of just how this deck runs. This hand is very enticing thanks to the one-drop. The play for this hand could definitely go a number of ways. Personally, I would play this hand out with the Canyon Slough first then wait until turn two to play out the Swamp then cast Kalain, Reclusive Painter. With that Treasure you can cast the Forsworn Paladin, thus gaining him a +1/+1 counter.

Turn three is where things start to roll a bit. Depending on what you draw, Smoldering Marsh would be the next land to play, followed by the creation of a Treasure thanks to the Paladin. Only then on turn four would I cast the Grim Hireling in order to gain even more Treasure. This hand is very fun because it showcases how much of this list plays out like a dance. There's an ebb and a flow to how and when certain cards are played, making this just as fun to play as it is to build.

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Look at all of this power held together by the weight of an uncommon Legendary creature. While, yes, there are definitely some weak uncommon generals, there are more than a fair share of powerful ones printed. The synergies, especially regarding Kalain, Reclusive Painter, are pretty tight and lead to an interesting brew.

Rarity has no bearing on the quality of the creature or the abilities they may have. Whether you choose to take up Kalain, Reclusive Painter or pick any number of other amazing uncommon generals, I strongly encourage you to take a whack building around uncommon generals.