Cryptic Command


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
Arena [BETA] Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations (AKHMPS) Common
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) Rare
Lorwyn (LRW) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Cryptic Command


Choose two —

  • Counter target spell.

  • Return target permanent to its owner's hand.

  • Tap all creatures your opponents control.

  • Draw a card.

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Cryptic Command Discussion

ksuKaliber on Who Says You Need White for Control?

5 hours ago

JKRice and RexTyhogi, as far as budget is concerned, my limit right now is about $300 in trade credit and I already have most of the cards that are (generally speaking) over $20 due to having other decks and having bought/traded for them before. Hence the inclusion of Snapcaster Mage, 2 Cryptic Command, and 1 Thoughtseize. But that's why the extra 1 Cryptic Command, 2 more Thoughtseizes, 2 Damnation, 3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor, and 2 Liliana, the Last Hope are all excluded. I considered it Budget because I'm still cutting things for the pure reason of price, because that's the point of budget, but I agree that it's still probably not true "Budget". Sorry for the confusion, but that is the reason as to the wording of "Budget" in my list.

K0rt on Jeskai Thing Ascension

4 days ago

vomitpile I'm not a big fan of straight UR Control because it can't answer big stuff like Death's Shadow and Tarmogoyf and although it has Lightning Bolt it doesn't really have any other cheap removal effects that are consistent like Fatal Push or Path to Exile. Thing in the Ice  Flip helps out with that a bit because its ability to "reset" cards like Tasigur, the Golden Fang and Hollow One . Goyf can still be a big problem. I also think Cryptic Command isn't a very good card in modern right now IMO because of the format's speed and a lot more decks are running Cavern of Souls than usual because of humans and spirits.

TBH I don't think that UR control/titi and this deck aren't really comparable to each other, this is focussing a lot more on getting an active Pyromancer Ascension or a flipped Thing in the Ice  Flip rather than going a more controlling route. It's personal a preference thing. I would prefer the closing power, better consistency and better and more diverse removal over putting a lot of top end card advantage and main deck counters but you might prefer it.

saluma on Help with ideas for a ...

5 days ago

If you want to play control you could have a look at my modern deck: Bolas competative control. It is pretty expensive so if your on a budget you fan just replace Jace, the Mind Sculptor with some other wincon or just counterspells and use Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip as your wincon. Cryptic Command is also kinda expensive and can be cut for the likes of Mana Leak, Serum Visions and such. Snapcaster Mage could be replaced with Crackling Drake or some other creature that want spells in your grave or exile.

Hope this helped some! :)

saluma on Kindly asks for some advice

6 days ago

So I opened a Guilds of Ravnica boosterbox and came across Ral, Izzet Viceroy and cant decide if I could add it to the deck by replacing maybe a Thought Erasure, Cryptic Command or Tasigur, the Golden Fang. The thing is I already have 4 wincons (2 Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip and 2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor) and adding Ral, Izzet Viceroy might be a stretch? I know playing him in turn 5 gives my opponent some room to drop his or her bomb/ have a really nice turn without my interferens. But is Ral, Izzet Viceroy strong enough to make up the turn lost to play him?

Here is my deck Bolas competative control

Thanks in advance for your help

Cereal_Killer on Blue Moon Thing in the Ice

1 week ago

I don't think Risk Factor would really help, since it does what your opponent wants to do and not you. I'd prefer Mission Briefing cause it basically does what a Snapcaster Mage does, but lets you surveil and, since it's an instant, it also removes a counter from Thing in the Ice  Flip.

Also for me 4x of Cryptic Command is too much. Why don't you remove 2 of them and add some Mana Leak?

lagotripha on Red Black Gods

1 week ago

Hi, Its always good to see now people building decks. Your list is remarkably solid for a first timer- I know that my first decks were a lot worse in comparison.

This is functionally running as a black devotion list with a twist- there are various primers out there (including a solid competitive one on this site). I have a big list of cards I've built in mono-black (Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox) Feel free to browse. A lot of the best cards aren't hugely expensive- there are just more copies of them than people playing those decks thanks to standards of the past (I get a lot of mileage out of Zombie Infestation and Rakdos Charm, for example.)

In terms of what you should be putting in your deck, its important to look at what you are playing. Casual matches can support almost any deck, and the important thing is keeping it fun. FNMs are a little more competitive, thanks to netdecking, but what exactly to put in a deck depends on what the people around you are playing. If its all affinity and merfolk, you need to pack something like Languish to clear the board or big lifelink to climb through the aggro. If its all Cryptic Command/Supreme Verdict, you need to look at ways to bypass counterspells and sweepers. Its all very situational, and there are a lot of options- many fo them fairly cheap.

If you are going to spend money on playing B/R in modern at FNM (although you can play budget lists forever- there are enough cards out there), your first purchases should be Lightning Bolt and Inquisition of Kozilek. They are the most efficient cards available in terms of how good they are and how much they cost.

Good luck, and I hope you have a lot of fun brewing decks.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on H: Updated Binder W: Modern ...

1 week ago

My highest priorities right now are 2x True-Name Nemesis and 3x Cryptic Command, but other stuff I'm actively seeking include Creeping Tar Pit, Kolaghan's Command, and Nahiri, the Lithomancer (among some commons and uncommons too!).

Link to binder

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