If you're a bling baby like myself, you've likely gone out of your way on more than one occasion to get those old-frame foils. Oftentimes these can be expensive, but nothing beats the old-school foiling technique accompanied by that MTG falling star.
Time Spiral Remastered offers you the perfect opportunity to give your deck the cosmetic upgrade it deserves! Here are my picks for the best Commander staples reprinted from the set in old-frame foiling.
In casual and competitive decks alike, this card always sees play. It has had many art variations, but I love Greg Staples' depiction of Jens Thorén as the solemn golem.
With this and all the artifacts from Time Spiral Remastered, we're revisiting brown borders! There's not enough here to complete a fully "mono-brown" deck, but Solemn Simulacrum is an excellent start. The golem functions not only as ramp, a body to sacrifice, an artifact to go toward your metalcraft count, and a functional beater in the right list—it also replaces itself with a draw as a parting gift. Just like the end of Terminator 2, this guy gets a big thumbs up from me.
There's no avoiding this one. Dovin's Veto is one of the best counters ever printed, and was only ever printed once. That is, until now.
If you're in Azorius, Dovin's Veto is a must to help you control the game. It misses one spell type, but for defending against all those big splashy spells—an entwined Tooth and Nail, a rogue Expropriate, or a filthy Ad Nauseam—nothing says "no" quite like Dovin's Veto. Plus, the art is by one of Magic's most prolific and imaginative artists (see Goblin Diplomats). If you're looking for the right bling, Izzy is king, and Dovin's Veto is no exception.
The classic combo card from Kamigawa is back! Arguably the most important element of this reprint is its art. Pete Venters made what is widely considered the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker: the creature-cloning Akki jumping over jagged rocks while summoning an illusory dragon to fight by his side. For the longest time, if you wanted this art from Champions of Kamigawa in foil, it cost over $100, and in 2021, over $200 (depending on condition). This reprint gives bling babies a chance to open or purchase one of these near mint, and with the falling star logo it was never adorned with before.
Do note: the image has been cropped from its original scale to remove Venters's signature, but maintains the overall feeling of motion and ferocity the original had. This is a must for any combo players or collectors looking to get their hands on the original art in foil.
Chris Rahn has painted his way onto many iconic cards: Blightsteel Colossus, Cyclonic Rift, Craterhoof Behemoth, and my personal favorite, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed. He is an all-star in the world of Magic: The Gathering art.
With the reprints from Ultimate Masters, he reimagined one of Magic's most coveted cards: Eternal Witness. This is a staple in every Commander deck that contains green. The ability to return any card from your graveyard to hand is universally powerful. This effect being on a creature means every green tutor, from Finale of Devastation to Green Sun's Zenith, can find it at a moment's notice.
With its initial release in Fifth Dawn, Eternal Witness never got a chance to be featured in foil with a falling star, let alone in an old frame. Now with Time Spiral Remastered, we get both Chris's brilliant art and the opportunity to play one of Commander's best creatures in old-frame foil.
Easily the most needed reprint from the set, with its last printing back in Magic 2014, Silence makes its way to the top of my list. There are only so many white cards considered "staples" in Commander, and Silence is among those few. Its effect at just 1 mana value (that's right, I said "mana value") is incomparable. Silence allows you to (A) guarantee your opponents can't cast spells to interact with you on your turn, or (B) guarantee they can't push for a win on their own turn. Wizards of the Coast has printed many cards with the text "can't cast spells," but none are as efficient or powerful as Silence.
Wayne Reynolds is the only artist who's taken on Silence, and nothing evokes both the feeling of disdain by the caster or utter helplessness for those affected quite like his work here. How do you, a Planeswalker of the multiverse, combat foes without the ability to cast spells? You don't.
These are my five favorite "old-frame" reprints from the set! Whether you're more interested in the effects or the art, this set is loaded with amazing and much-needed reprints. What are some of your favorites? Be sure to visit The 99 where I'll be discussing more of Time Spiral Remastered and future sets! Be well and happy brewing, babies.