Editor's Note: These decklists were updated on June 10th 2021.

Have you ever been on the outside looking in? It is no fun. Reminds me of high school. There's that big table packed full of football players and cheerleaders laughing, throwing around the ole' pigskin, and getting into mischief. There is probably going to be a party while one of their parents are away. Everyone is invited except you. The girl you like will be there, but you? You will be at home, where there are no keggers.

Damnit, Amanda… why did you have to go to that party instead of my poetry slam jamboree?

Whoops. This got personal quick!

Okay, so we have established it is not fun to be on the outside. That means Commander. That is what we are talking about here. Not reliving painful high school memories. 

For those wondering, Amanda has three kids now. She is doing fine. I guess.

The Problem

Commander is a format about self-expression. You want a general that represents your play style and personality. But that is not always easy once you have seen the way pods generally play out. There are some great commanders:

And some hot garbage commanders:

Like, yo—Barktooth Warbeard suuuuuuuuucks.

Eventually a time will come when you will want to compete. You do not have to sacrifice how you enjoy playing Magic, but you might have to reconsider some of your Commander choices. There is a certain tier at which generals begin to ascend in power level, so today we are going to talk about those heavy hitters. 

The catch? We are not breaking the bank.

Ninja Dance Party

For those not familiar with Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow, she is one of the most powerful commanders ever printed.

Her ninjutsu ability allows her to circumvent the "commander tax," the additional two mana a player must spend to recast their commander when it is removed from play. If you have an attacking creature, Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow can always cost as little as a blue and black mana. Not only that—she adds cards to your hand! Not only that—all your Ninjas do! This is important as it gets around planeswalkers like Narset, Parter of Veils. Not only that—all the cards you add to your hand from your Ninjas are revealed and all opponents lose life equal to those cards' converted mana costs! That sounded like I was doing a commercial. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow by Mark Nestico

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Commander

Market Price: $83.84

Cards

Perplex

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.61

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

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Halimar Depths

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.32

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Halimar Depths enters the battlefield tapped.
When Halimar Depths enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order.
{T}: Add {U}.

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Gingerbrute

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Haste
{1}: Gingerbrute can't be blocked this turn except by creatures with haste.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Gingerbrute: You gain 3 life.

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Dimir Keyrune

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.10

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{T}: Add {U} or {B}.
{U}{B}: Dimir Keyrune becomes a 2/2 blue and black Horror artifact creature until end of turn and can't be blocked this turn.

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Prismatic Lens

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

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Mothdust Changeling

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.91

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
Tap an untapped creature you control: Mothdust Changeling gains flying until end of turn.

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Never // Return

Color Identity:B

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Triton Shorestalker

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.18

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Triton Shorestalker can't be blocked.

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Skullsnatcher

Color Identity:B

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Ninjutsu {B} ({B}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Skullsnatcher deals combat damage to a player, exile up to two target cards from that player's graveyard.

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Cunning Evasion

Color Identity:U

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Whenever a creature you control becomes blocked, you may return it to its owner's hand.

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Mist-Cloaked Herald

Color Identity:U

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Mist-Cloaked Herald can't be blocked.

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Dimir Aqueduct

Color Identity:B,U

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

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Commit // Memory

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.87

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Familiar's Ruse

Color Identity:U

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, return a creature you control to its owner's hand.
Counter target spell.

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Ornithopter

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Flying

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Arcane Adaptation

Color Identity:U

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As Arcane Adaptation enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures you control are the chosen type in addition to their other types. The same is true for creature spells you control and creature cards you own that aren't on the battlefield.

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Sage Owl

Color Identity:U

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Flying
When Sage Owl enters the battlefield, look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

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Ingenious Infiltrator

Color Identity:B,U

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Ninjutsu {U}{B} ({U}{B}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever a Ninja you control deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.

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Mistblade Shinobi

Color Identity:U

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Ninjutsu {U} ({U}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Mistblade Shinobi deals combat damage to a player, you may return target creature that player controls to its owner's hand.

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Treasure Cruise

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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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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Faerie Seer

Color Identity:U

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Flying
When Faerie Seer enters the battlefield, scry 2.

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Throatseeker

Color Identity:B

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Unblocked attacking Ninjas you control have lifelink.

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Throat Slitter

Color Identity:B

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Ninjutsu {2}{B} ({2}{B}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Throat Slitter deals combat damage to a player, destroy target nonblack creature that player controls.

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Sol Ring

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

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Gudul Lurker

Color Identity:U

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Gudul Lurker can't be blocked.
Megamorph {U} (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for {3}. Turn it face up any time for its megamorph cost and put a +1/+1 counter on it.)

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Tormented Soul

Color Identity:B

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Tormented Soul can't block and can't be blocked.

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Nightveil Sprite

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Flying
Whenever Nightveil Sprite attacks, surveil 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card into your graveyard.)

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Jwar Isle Refuge

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.23

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Jwar Isle Refuge enters the battlefield tapped.
When Jwar Isle Refuge enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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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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Bident of Thassa

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.21

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Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
{1}{U}, {T}: Creatures your opponents control attack this turn if able.

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Azra Smokeshaper

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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Ninjutsu {1}{B} ({1}{B}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
When Azra Smokeshaper enters the battlefield, target creature you control gains indestructible until end of turn.

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Telling Time

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.21

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Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand, one on top of your library, and one on the bottom of your library.

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Dimir Signet

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.93

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

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Discovery // Dispersal

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.31

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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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Dig Through Time

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.45

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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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Counterspell

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell.

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Submerged Boneyard

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.15

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Submerged Boneyard enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Xenograft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.31

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As Xenograft enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Each creature you control is the chosen type in addition to its other types.

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Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $5.46

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Commander ninjutsu {U}{B} ({U}{B}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand or the command zone tapped and attacking.)
Whenever a Ninja you control deals combat damage to a player, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. Each opponent loses life equal to that card's mana value.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Okiba-Gang Shinobi

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.37

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Ninjutsu {3}{B} ({3}{B}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Okiba-Gang Shinobi deals combat damage to a player, that player discards two cards.

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Far // Away

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.23

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Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.39

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Creatures you control with power or toughness 1 or less can't be blocked.

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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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Crippling Fear

Color Identity:B

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Choose a creature type. Creatures that aren't of the chosen type get -3/-3 until end of turn.

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Crystal Ball

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{1}, {T}: Scry 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.55

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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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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Augury Owl

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.30

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Flying
When Augury Owl enters the battlefield, scry 3. (Look at the top three cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

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Dimir Infiltrator

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.11

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Dimir Infiltrator can't be blocked.
Transmute {1}{U}{B} ({1}{U}{B}, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same mana value as this card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle. Transmute only as a sorcery.)

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Silent-Blade Oni

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $3.66

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Ninjutsu {4}{U}{B} ({4}{U}{B}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Silent-Blade Oni deals combat damage to a player, look at that player's hand. You may cast a spell from among those cards without paying its mana cost.

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Consign // Oblivion

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.25

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Mist-Syndicate Naga

Color Identity:U

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Ninjutsu {2}{U} ({2}{U}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Mist-Syndicate Naga deals combat damage to a player, create a token that's a copy of Mist-Syndicate Naga.

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Changeling Outcast

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
Changeling Outcast can't block and can't be blocked.

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Rags // Riches

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.23

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Connive // Concoct

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.33

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Smoke Shroud

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has flying.
When a Ninja enters the battlefield under your control, you may return Smoke Shroud from your graveyard to the battlefield attached to that creature.

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Higure, the Still Wind

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $8.25

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Ninjutsu {2}{U}{U} ({2}{U}{U}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Higure, the Still Wind deals combat damage to a player, you may search your library for a Ninja card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.
{2}: Target Ninja creature can't be blocked this turn.

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Walker of Secret Ways

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.00

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Ninjutsu {1}{U} ({1}{U}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Walker of Secret Ways deals combat damage to a player, look at that player's hand.
{1}{U}: Return target Ninja you control to its owner's hand. Activate only during your turn.

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Misdirection

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.04

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You may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Change the target of target spell with a single target.

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Moonblade Shinobi

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Ninjutsu {2}{U} ({2}{U}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Moonblade Shinobi deals combat damage to a player, create a 1/1 blue Illusion creature token with flying.

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Whispersilk Cloak

Market Price: $3.41

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Equipped creature can't be blocked and has shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Equip {2}

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Fallen Shinobi

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.06

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Ninjutsu {2}{U}{B} ({2}{U}{B}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Fallen Shinobi deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles the top two cards of their library. Until end of turn, you may play those cards without paying their mana costs.

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Whispersteel Dagger

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Equipped creature gets +2/+0.
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may cast a creature spell from that player's graveyard this turn, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast that spell.
Equip {3}

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Ninja of the Deep Hours

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.69

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Ninjutsu {1}{U} ({1}{U}, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)
Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.

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Ravenform

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.27

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Exile target artifact or creature. Its controller creates a 1/1 blue Bird creature token with flying.
Foretell {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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Flood of Tears

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.59

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Return all nonland permanents to their owners' hands. If you return four or more nontoken permanents you control this way, you may put a permanent card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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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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Dimir Guildgate

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.10

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Dimir Guildgate enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Phantom Ninja

Color Identity:U

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Phantom Ninja can't be blocked.

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Slither Blade

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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Slither Blade can't be blocked.

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Evolving Wilds

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{T}, Sacrifice Evolving Wilds: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Terramorphic Expanse

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{T}, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Maskwood Nexus

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Creatures you control are every creature type. The same is true for creature spells you control and creature cards you own that aren't on the battlefield.
{3}, {T}: Create a 2/2 blue Shapeshifter creature token with changeling. (It is every creature type.)

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Dismal Backwater

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.10

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Dismal Backwater enters the battlefield tapped.
When Dismal Backwater enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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The game plan with Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow is simple: you play ridiculously cheap creatures and then get your commander online as early as turn two. From there, you can continue chaining your one-drop and other ninjutsu creatures to take chunks of life away from the table. You always get to attack the most vulnerable player and use them to lower everyone's life total. It is perfect for a Ninja.

This deck comes in at well under $100 dollars! Forget breaking the bank when you can rule over pods for a C-note.

Pretty Poisons

One of my favorite commanders is Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons.

She is cheap at two mana and can have an immediate impact on any board she sticks on. -1/-1 counters let you control the field of play, especially with a ton of creatures like Poison-Tip Archer, Ammit Eternal or Incremental Blight as a savage removal spell. 

We're talking about a deck where almost every single card is under $1, and they come together in a medley that will give creature players fits. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons by Mark Nestico

'Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Mark Nestico

Event:

Rank:

Commander

Market Price: $44.96

Cards

Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Grasping Dunes

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Grasping Dunes: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Ifnir Deadlands

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.24

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {B}.
{2}{B}{B}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Put two -1/-1 counters on target creature an opponent controls. Activate only as a sorcery.

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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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Soulstinger

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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When Soulstinger enters the battlefield, put two -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.
When Soulstinger dies, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature for each -1/-1 counter on Soulstinger.

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Defiant Greatmaw

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.10

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When Defiant Greatmaw enters the battlefield, put two -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.
Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on Defiant Greatmaw, remove a -1/-1 counter from another target creature you control.

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Terramorphic Expanse

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{T}, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Banewhip Punisher

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.29

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When Banewhip Punisher enters the battlefield, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
{B}, Sacrifice Banewhip Punisher: Destroy target creature that has a -1/-1 counter on it.

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Spread the Sickness

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature, then proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Generous Patron

Color Identity:G

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When Generous Patron enters the battlefield, support 2. (Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to two other target creatures.)
Whenever you put one or more counters on a creature you don't control, draw a card.

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Pollenbright Druid

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.12

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When Pollenbright Druid enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
• Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Serrated Arrows

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Serrated Arrows enters the battlefield with three arrowhead counters on it.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if there are no arrowhead counters on Serrated Arrows, sacrifice it.
{T}, Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

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Nest of Scarabs

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, create that many 1/1 black Insect creature tokens.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.09

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Valentin, Dean of the Vein // Lisette, Dean of the Root

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.73

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Menace, lifelink
If a nontoken creature an opponent controls would die, exile it instead. When you do, you may pay {2}. If you do, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Obelisk Spider

Color Identity:B,G

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Reach
Whenever Obelisk Spider deals combat damage to a creature, put a -1/-1 counter on that creature.
Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Evolution Sage

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.20

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Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Poison-Tip Archer

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.91

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Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
Whenever another creature dies, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Carnifex Demon

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.03

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Flying
Carnifex Demon enters the battlefield with two -1/-1 counters on it.
{B}, Remove a -1/-1 counter from Carnifex Demon: Put a -1/-1 counter on each other creature.

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Culling Ritual

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $1.30

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Destroy each nonland permanent with mana value 2 or less. Add {B} or {G} for each permanent destroyed this way.

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Plaguemaw Beast

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.48

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

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Renata, Called to the Hunt

Color Identity:G

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Renata's power is equal to your devotion to green. (Each {G} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to green.)
Each other creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.

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Contagion Clasp

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When Contagion Clasp enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
{4}, {T}: Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Torment of Venom

Color Identity:B

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Put three -1/-1 counters on target creature. Its controller loses 3 life unless they sacrifice another nonland permanent or discards a card.

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Golgari Charm

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.84

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Choose one —
• All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.
• Destroy target enchantment.
• Regenerate each creature you control.

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Grim Affliction

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature, then proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Putrefy

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.19

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Destroy target artifact or creature. It can't be regenerated.

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Lotus Cobra

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.45

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, add one mana of any color.

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Arasta of the Endless Web

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.57

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Reach
Whenever an opponent casts an instant or sorcery spell, create a 1/2 green Spider creature token with reach.

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Battle Mammoth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.04

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Trample
Whenever a permanent you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, you may draw a card.
Foretell {2}{G}{G} (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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Flourishing Defenses

Color Identity:G

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Whenever a -1/-1 counter is put on a creature, you may create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token.

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Sarulf, Realm Eater

Color Identity:B,G

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Whenever a permanent an opponent controls is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on Sarulf, Realm Eater.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Sarulf has one or more +1/+1 counters on it, you may remove all of them. If you do, exile each other nonland permanent with mana value less than or equal to the number of counters removed this way.

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Midnight Banshee

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.92

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Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a -1/-1 counter on each nonblack creature.

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Splendid Agony

Color Identity:B

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Distribute two -1/-1 counters among one or two target creatures.

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Golgari Locket

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.12

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{T}: Add {B} or {G}.
{B/G}{B/G}{B/G}{B/G}, {T}, Sacrifice Golgari Locket: Draw two cards.

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Channeler Initiate

Color Identity:G

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When Channeler Initiate enters the battlefield, put three -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.
{T}, Remove a -1/-1 counter from Channeler Initiate: Add one mana of any color.

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End-Raze Forerunners

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.46

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Vigilance, trample, haste
When End-Raze Forerunners enters the battlefield, other creatures you control get +2/+2 and gain vigilance and trample until end of turn.

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Noxious Hatchling

Color Identity:B,G

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Noxious Hatchling enters the battlefield with four -1/-1 counters on it.
Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)
Whenever you cast a black spell, remove a -1/-1 counter from Noxious Hatchling.
Whenever you cast a green spell, remove a -1/-1 counter from Noxious Hatchling.

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Bloom Hulk

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.07

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When Bloom Hulk enters the battlefield, proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Rise of the Dread Marn

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.01

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Create X 2/2 black Zombie Berserker creature tokens, where X is the number of nontoken creatures that died this turn.
Foretell {B} (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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Blowfly Infestation

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature dies, if it had a -1/-1 counter on it, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

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Lethal Sting

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.05

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, put a -1/-1 counter on a creature you control.
Destroy target creature.

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Jungle Hollow

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.11

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Jungle Hollow enters the battlefield tapped.
When Jungle Hollow enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Skinrender

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.26

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When Skinrender enters the battlefield, put three -1/-1 counters on target creature.

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Trigon of Corruption

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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Trigon of Corruption enters the battlefield with three charge counters on it.
{B}{B}, {T}: Put a charge counter on Trigon of Corruption.
{2}, {T}, Remove a charge counter from Trigon of Corruption: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

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Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons

Color Identity:B,G

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Whenever Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons deals combat damage to a player, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, create a 1/1 green Snake creature token with deathtouch.

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Courage in Crisis

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.11

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Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature, then proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Whispersilk Cloak

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Equipped creature can't be blocked and has shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Equip {2}

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Ammit Eternal

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.43

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Afflict 3 (Whenever this creature becomes blocked, defending player loses 3 life.)
Whenever an opponent casts a spell, put a -1/-1 counter on Ammit Eternal.
Whenever Ammit Eternal deals combat damage to a player, remove all -1/-1 counters from it.

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Serrated Biskelion

Market Price: $0.31

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{T}: Put a -1/-1 counter on Serrated Biskelion and a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

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Golgari Guildgate

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.10

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Golgari Guildgate enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Exemplar of Strength

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.10

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When Exemplar of Strength enters the battlefield, put three -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.
Whenever Exemplar of Strength attacks, remove a -1/-1 counter from it. If you do, you gain 1 life.

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Zulaport Cutthroat

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.49

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Whenever Zulaport Cutthroat or another creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Talisman of Resilience

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.32

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

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Foul Orchard

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.09

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Foul Orchard enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Rampant Growth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.54

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Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Moldervine Reclamation

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.23

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Whenever a creature you control dies, you gain 1 life and draw a card.

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Naturalize

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Grow from the Ashes

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.56

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Kicker {2} (You may pay an additional {2} as you cast this spell.)
Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle. If this spell was kicked, instead search your library for two basic land cards, put them onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Fume Spitter

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.19

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Sacrifice Fume Spitter: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

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Baleful Ammit

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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Lifelink
When Baleful Ammit enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature you control.

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Read the Bones

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.57

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Scry 2, then draw two cards. You lose 2 life.

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Viridian Corrupter

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.36

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Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
When Viridian Corrupter enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.

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Witherbloom Command

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.49

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Choose two —
• Target player mills three cards, then you return a land card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Destroy target noncreature, nonland permanent with mana value 2 or less.
• Target creature gets -3/-1 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Incremental Blight

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.18

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Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature, two -1/-1 counters on another target creature, and three -1/-1 counters on a third target creature.

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Evolving Wilds

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{T}, Sacrifice Evolving Wilds: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Decimator Beetle

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.10

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When Decimator Beetle enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature you control.
Whenever Decimator Beetle attacks, remove a -1/-1 counter from target creature you control and put a -1/-1 counter on up to one target creature defending player controls.

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Return to Nature

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.12

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Choose one —
• Destroy target artifact.
• Destroy target enchantment.
• Exile target card from a graveyard.

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Driven // Despair

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.48

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Golgari Signet

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.71

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

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Golgari Rot Farm

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.16

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Golgari Rot Farm enters the battlefield tapped.
When Golgari Rot Farm enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {B}{G}.

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Diabolic Tutor

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.89

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

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Wickerbough Elder

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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Wickerbough Elder enters the battlefield with a -1/-1 counter on it.
{G}, Remove a -1/-1 counter from Wickerbough Elder: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons excels at keeping a board clean, aside from the tons of Snakes she produces. With the many negative counters you can put on any creature, including herself, it's easy to flood the battlefield with tokens that you can parlay into a big kill with something like Overrun

Once you start putting money into this deck, it can compete at some of the highest caliber tables. Triumph of the Hordes and Contagion Engine are absolute houses in this deck. What I love most about Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons is she lets you play "fair" while not combo-ing a table, but absolutely locking it down. She is fun, cheap and incredibly powerful. 

These Damn Flies

So far we've talked about an aggressive and a midrange deck, but that leaves a lot to be desired for control players. We want to counter spells and make people suffer. Woe unto thee that would try to do something. Anything. Nope!

The Locust God is lauded as one of the best Izzet commanders in the entirety of the format, and you can build your very own Locust God for under a hundred bucks that still sports some of the marquee traits of one of the strongest generals in all of Magic. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - The Locust God by Mark Nestico

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

Created By: Mark Nestico

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Rank:

Commander

Market Price: $94.41

Cards

Favorable Winds

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.39

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Creatures you control with flying get +1/+1.

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Unwind

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.48

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Counter target noncreature spell. Untap up to three lands.

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Izzet Cluestone

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.20

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{T}: Add {U} or {R}.
{U}{R}, {T}, Sacrifice Izzet Cluestone: Draw a card.

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Counterflux

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $1.47

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target spell you don't control.
Overload {1}{U}{U}{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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Izzet Locket

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.06

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{T}: Add {U} or {R}.
{U/R}{U/R}{U/R}{U/R}, {T}, Sacrifice Izzet Locket: Draw two cards.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Terramorphic Expanse

Market Price: $0.18

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{T}, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.29

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Highland Lake

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.09

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Highland Lake enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Swiftfoot Boots

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Equipped creature has hexproof and haste.
Equip {1}

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Game Plan

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.13

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Assist (Another player can pay up to {5} of this spell's cost.)
Each player shuffles their hand and graveyard into their library, then draws seven cards. Exile Game Plan.

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Sol Ring

Market Price: $2.07

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

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Jace's Archivist

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.86

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{U}, {T}: Each player discards their hand, then draws cards equal to the greatest number of cards a player discarded this way.

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The Magic Mirror

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.01

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard.
You have no maximum hand size.
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a knowledge counter on The Magic Mirror, then draw a card for each knowledge counter on The Magic Mirror.

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Collective Defiance

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.99

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Escalate {1} (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target player discards all the cards in their hand, then draws that many cards.
• Collective Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
• Collective Defiance deals 3 damage to target opponent or planeswalker.

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Aetherize

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.65

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Return all attacking creatures to their owner's hand.

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Thrill of Possibility

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards.

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Arcane Denial

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.29

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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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Whirlpool Rider

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.41

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When Whirlpool Rider enters the battlefield, shuffle the cards from your hand into your library, then draw that many cards.

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Sage of the Falls

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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Whenever Sage of the Falls or another non-Human creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

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Brainstorm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.51

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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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Bident of Thassa

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.21

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Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
{1}{U}, {T}: Creatures your opponents control attack this turn if able.

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Flux

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.46

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Each player discards any number of cards, then draws that many cards.
Draw a card.

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Tolarian Winds

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.20

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Discard all the cards in your hand, then draw that many cards.

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Reliquary Tower

Market Price: $1.85

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

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Forgotten Creation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.95

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Skulk (This creature can't be blocked by creatures with greater power.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may discard all the cards in your hand. If you do, draw that many cards.

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Blue Sun's Zenith

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.86

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

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Magus of the Wheel

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.50

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{1}{R}, {T}, Sacrifice Magus of the Wheel: Each player discards their hand, then draws seven cards.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.55

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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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Swiftwater Cliffs

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.10

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Swiftwater Cliffs enters the battlefield tapped.
When Swiftwater Cliffs enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Whirlpool Warrior

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $2.79

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When Whirlpool Warrior enters the battlefield, shuffle the cards from your hand into your library, then draw that many cards.
{R}, Sacrifice Whirlpool Warrior: Each player shuffles the cards from their hand into their library, then draws that many cards.

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Culmination of Studies

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.16

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Exile the top X cards of your library. For each land card exiled this way, create a Treasure token. For each blue card exiled this way, draw a card. For each red card exiled this way, Culmination of Studies deals 1 damage to each opponent.

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Impact Tremors

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.14

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Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, Impact Tremors deals 1 damage to each opponent.

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Talisman of Creativity

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $1.32

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

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Finale of Revelation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.79

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Draw X cards. If X is 10 or more, instead shuffle your graveyard into your library, draw X cards, untap up to five lands, and you have no maximum hand size for the rest of the game.
Exile Finale of Revelation.

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Incendiary Command

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.42

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Choose two —
• Incendiary Command deals 4 damage to target player or planeswalker.
• Incendiary Command deals 2 damage to each creature.
• Destroy target nonbasic land.
• Each player discards all the cards in their hand, then draws that many cards.

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Treasure Cruise

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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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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Izzet Guildgate

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.11

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Izzet Guildgate enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Izzet Signet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.73

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/236213_200w.jpg

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

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Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.27

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Flying
Whenever you draw a card, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind deals 1 damage to any target.
{T}: Draw a card.

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Arcanis the Omnipotent

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.64

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/139893_200w.jpg

{T}: Draw three cards.
{2}{U}{U}: Return Arcanis the Omnipotent to its owner's hand.

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Windfall

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.93

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Each player discards their hand, then draws cards equal to the greatest number of cards a player discarded this way.

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Khorvath's Fury

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.90

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For each player, choose friend or foe. Each friend discards all cards from their hand, then draws that many cards plus one. Khorvath's Fury deals damage to each foe equal to the number of cards in their hand.

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Molten Psyche

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.99

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/36411_200w.jpg

Each player shuffles the cards from their hand into their library, then draws that many cards.
Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, Molten Psyche deals damage to each opponent equal to the number of cards that player has drawn this turn.

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Pull from Tomorrow

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Draw X cards, then discard a card.

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Izzet Boilerworks

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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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Faithless Looting

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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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Command Tower

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

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Inscription of Insight

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Kicker {2}{U}{U}
Choose one. If this spell was kicked, choose any number instead.
• Return up to two target creatures to their owners' hands.
• Scry 2, then draw two cards.
• Target player creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the number of cards in their hand.

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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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Ingenious Mastery

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You may pay {2}{U} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
If the {2}{U} cost was paid, you draw three cards, then an opponent creates two Treasure tokens and they scry 2. If that cost wasn't paid, you draw X cards.

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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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Izzet Charm

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Choose one —
• Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.
• Izzet Charm deals 2 damage to target creature.
• Draw two cards, then discard two cards.

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Fevered Visions

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At the beginning of each player's end step, that player draws a card. If the player is your opponent and has four or more cards in hand, Fevered Visions deals 2 damage to that player.

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Commit // Memory

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Psychosis Crawler

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Psychosis Crawler's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand.
Whenever you draw a card, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Evolving Wilds

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{T}, Sacrifice Evolving Wilds: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Keep Watch

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Draw a card for each attacking creature.

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Nadir Kraken

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Whenever you draw a card, you may pay {1}. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on Nadir Kraken and create a 1/1 blue Tentacle creature token.

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Niv-Mizzet, Parun

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This spell can't be countered.
Flying
Whenever you draw a card, Niv-Mizzet, Parun deals 1 damage to any target.
Whenever a player casts an instant or sorcery spell, you draw a card.

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Counterspell

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Counter target spell.

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Whirlpool Drake

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Flying
When Whirlpool Drake enters the battlefield, shuffle the cards from your hand into your library, then draw that many cards.
When Whirlpool Drake dies, shuffle the cards from your hand into your library, then draw that many cards.

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Fateful Showdown

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Fateful Showdown deals damage to any target equal to the number of cards in your hand. Discard all the cards in your hand, then draw that many cards.

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Cosima, God of the Voyage // The Omenkeel

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may exile Cosima. If you do, it gains "Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, if Cosima is exiled, you may put a voyage counter on it. If you don't, return Cosima to the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it and draw X cards, where X is the number of voyage counters on it."

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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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Trinket Mage

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When Trinket Mage enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an artifact card with mana value 1 or less, reveal that card, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Shattered Perception

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Discard all the cards in your hand, then draw that many cards.
Flashback {5}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Frantic Search

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Draw two cards, then discard two cards. Untap up to three lands.

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Elixir of Immortality

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{2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into their owner's library.

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Negate

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Island

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Opt

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Scry 1.
Draw a card.

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The Locust God

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Flying
Whenever you draw a card, create a 1/1 blue and red Insect creature token with flying and haste.
{2}{U}{R}: Draw a card, then discard a card.
When The Locust God dies, return it to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step.

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Skullclamp

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Equipped creature gets +1/-1.
Whenever equipped creature dies, draw two cards.
Equip {1}

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What if I told you I have this deck built and that it can totally whoop up on decks that cost ten times as much? 

The Locust God is so inherently powerful that once it lands, your entire strategy can revolve around keeping it in play, drawing cards and countering spells. It's that easy. We're talking an army-in-a-can general that ends games if it sits in play for a few turns. Cards like Impact Tremors, Gravitational Shift and Breath of Fury can obliterate players in moments. But it's not just the payoff cards that are deadly. 

With a Locust God in play, your "wheels" like the Memory half of Commit // Memory, Tolarian Winds and Windfall drop multiple flying hasty Insects into play. These are your win conditions, and you protect them with Counterspell or Counterflux, not to mention the naturally resilient nature of The Locust God in the first place. Other cards can give you tempo, card advantage and clocks, like Fevered Visions and Psychosis Crawler. Have you ever Skullclamped a token with The Locust God in play? You have not lived. 

Some cards in The Locust God are obvious upgrades. Wheel of Fortune is an awfully expensive, but an extremely good card in this build. Mystic Confluence is a very reasonably costed card that helps a lot, as does Reforge the Soul. Purphoros, God of the Forge is also a house in Locust God. 

The Boros Initiative

I'm just kidding. Boros sucks. Shots fired.

At any rate, you don't have to break the bank to break your local metagame. Some of the best commanders in the format are available at your very fingertips for pennies on the dollar. You can be thrifty and bash your friends. 

I hope you were reading this, Amanda.