Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Chandra (DD2) Common
Fifth Dawn (5DN) Common

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays (X).

Scry 2. (To 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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Condescend Discussion

FullmetalWes on Quest for Ula's Temple

4 days ago

I recommend running more creatures, 18 doesn't seem like enough to me although I know that's what scrying helps with. A strategy I really love with Quest for Ula's Temple is proliferate, my number one choice for that is Thrummingbird since it adds more counters to Ula's Temple, it's a creature and makes a good mid-late game chump blocker. Tezzeret's Gambit or Contagion Clasp are other possibilities if you want more proliferate.

I'd rather run things like Mana Leak, Rune Snag or Remand over Dissolve but that's up to you, I know the point was to scry. I've always liked Condescend though.

I look forward to playing against it!

APPLE01DOJ on Control Freak

5 days ago

I've been playing Mono Blue Control for several years and I strongly suggest more cantrips and better counters. I'd also advise 1-2 Cyclonic Rift in 75 as a catch all.

Cards like Rune Snag and Mana Leak while they have their limits are generally better than all the situational counters like Spell Snare, Stubborn Denial, and Condescend.

Cards like Serum Visions and Opt are cheap ways to dig through your deck for answers and assure you hit your land drops.

A Spreading Seas play set should be in the 75.

Lord_Khaine on MagicalHacker - List of All Counterspell Cards

2 weeks ago

Love the list! Though I'm curious as to why Supreme Will isn't on the list, as it seems to meet the qualifications. Sadly, Condescend and Syncopate don't seem to meet the 4th criteria, unless you think the option of scrying 2 and/or exiling the spell is worth it.

RoarMaster on Melek

1 month ago


R/U always has issues with enchantments, thats just a handicap that those colors have, and you dont have much in the way of answers honestly. Aside from Chaos Warp, you are basically relying on blues ability to counterspell/bounce for these things. Yes its rough, but hey, you wanted a challenge, right? ;)

There are ways to dissuade people from attacking you, although if you are wanting to stick to inst/sorc, its pretty limited. Illusionist's Gambit, Disrupt Decorum, and weird stuffs like that can offer temporary protection while being instants. Otherwise, you are looking at adding more artifacts and enchantments that will protect and dissuade attacks. Collective Restraint is a shitty propaganda here, Meekstone can slow things down but doesnt solve token threats well, and Dissipation Field taxes pretty good but can allow your opponents to re-use ETB creatures n stuff. Bonfire of the Damned could be added to your burn list, since it shouldnt be hard to get it on the top of your deck when you need it. Volcanic Vision is also a good add.

Metallurgic Summonings, Goblinslide, and the pyromancer are decent chump blocker engines. Summonings is an alt wincon even :D

As far as ramping goes, there is a lot of static ramp effects for inst/sorc. You have quite a few in your SB already, and Id suggest adding a few if you are intending on doing a lot of spellcasting each turn. I would not suggest arcane melee however, its symmetrical effect can be rough I have found.

If you are wanting to keep all of that artifact ramp in there though, I would suggest switching some around for draw effects, such as Commander's Sphere, Mind Stone, ect, as they can be very useful drawing past non-inst/sorc when needed.

Its hard to get any decent lifegain in these colors and without much in the way of creatures. I mean, Basilisk Collar is probably your best bet...? haha

More copies are are good, and Cast Through Time and Swarm Intelligence do it for free.

Random secret tech, Bosium Strip.

Final advice, run more topdeck manipulation. If you want to be all tricksy, run a bunch of the instant ones to make some super convoluted stacks with Melek out. It can get pretty nutso.

Impulse, Spy Network, Trickery Charm, and Telling Time are probably the go-to cards for that. Otherwise theres a bunch of sorcery ones, must haves being Ponder, Preordain, and the MVP Mystic Speculation. Portent and Index also pull their weight here. But if you want to be more proactive with your topdeck manipulation, theres stuff like Discombobulate, Condescend, and Fated Conflagration.

Cloudius on We Love Freebies! *Primer*

1 month ago

Kapitein_Koekblik Thanks for the support.

I'm honored someone appreciated my wicked concoction! Yennett is seen as an underdog so this deck can come out of nowhere to win the game, taking your opponents by surprise!

Lucky you for owning all the cards I'd love to add to the deck.

Personally, I'd replace the following 4 cards:

Worn Powerstone

Maze of Ith

Crystal Ball


JTMS is a tricky one though cause we only got 1 creature in the deck to defend him against combat damage. Planeswalkers are often targets for removal once they hit the field, especially powerful ones like JTMS. So we may not be able to draw recurring value from him over several turns.

I'm excited to know how the deck will turn out in your local tournament. Keep me posted. Good luck!

Cloudius on We Love Freebies! *Primer*

2 months ago

PrideGreen You're right about Worn Powerstone. ETB tapped is its Achilles heel and slows down the tempo of the deck, when we're always striving to cast Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign asap.

To be honest, I've never drawn Condescend in the games I've played. On paper, marrying Counterspell and Scry is awesome and warrants a slot in the deck. There are much stronger "hard counters" out there for sure, so am taking a compromise here to gain the Scry ability. Will probably test it further before deciding whether to axe it.

So for now, I'd try out Preordain over Worn Powerstone. I've ordered an Insidious Dreams and that'll go in once I received it. Then its headache all over again to decide which card to cut. LOL

I always appreciate it when folks take time to go through my Primer, understand the concept and ideas behind the deck, before making suggestions and/or cuts. So kudos to you for doing so! Thanks once again.

PrideGreen on We Love Freebies! *Primer*

2 months ago

Glad my suggestions are helpful!

I feel like Worn Powerstone is a weak link in your deck since you wanna be as fast as possible, you even said that it isn't as good as the others (I always stand by cantrips over mana rocks personally). Also you could consider removing Condescend for more focused cantriping, but if its for the counterspell I would vote against cutting the card (its not the best counterspell though).

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