Cryptic Command

Legality

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
Oathbreaker 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

Combos Browse all

Cryptic Command

Instant

Choose two —

  • Counter target spell.

  • Return target permanent to its owner's hand.

  • Tap all creatures your opponents control.

  • Draw a card.

Cryptic Command Discussion

Squirrelbacon on Blue/White Control

4 hours ago

Not to rain on your parade, but Swords to Plowshares , Brainstorm and Counterspell are not modern legal. Your best options in those slots are Path to Exile and Opt / Serum Visions unfortunately. Anticipate is also a decent option. As for Counterspell , it may get printed in Modern Horizons but we won't know that one for a while yet... Remand , Mana Leak and Logic Knot are your options for now in that slot.

On another note for cards to think of adding, Spell Snare is an amazing card as a one or two of, along with Cryptic Command . only really needs 2 Snapcaster Mage s to be honest, and they are well worth it in terms of unlocking play lines and can be really fun to play with. I'd really try to get those. Vendilion Clique is also a slugger... however is often relegated to the sideboard.

K1ngMars on Help Finding Cards for a ...

2 days ago

I'd consider cards that tap all the creatures of your opponents (which also protects from incoming attacks your planeswalkers):

And I'd also consider cards that double the damage rowan can deal with her minus ability, so that you can better clean the board:

Ashmed on Talrand and His Minions of Flying Doom

6 days ago

Hi Coco__ben_thee_koot, I find that they work really well for me personally. I've never really found myself in a situation where using Evacuation or Engulf the Shore and losing my own board is more beneficial. The only time I find it may be an issue is if my opponents have a large creature presence but are on the defensive, but in those situations I use Sleep or Cryptic Command to tap the creatures down.

Doomdragon271 on Braids EDH

1 week ago

4/13/19

Removed:

Beguiler of Wills

It That Betrays

Dismiss

Arcane Laboratory

Dream Fracture

AEtherspouts

Body Double

Cancel

Estrid's Invocation

And a few others.

Added:

As Foretold

Ancestral Vision

AEtherize

Venser, Shaper Savant

Cryptic Command

Pact of Negation

Tidespout Tyrant

Vesuvan Doppelganger

Dramatic Reversal

Copy Enchantment

Estrid's Invocation seemed kind of anemic given how few legal targets it had, replaced with Copy Enchantment to hopefully have more good targets.

Replaced AEtherspouts with AEtherize for slightly more Mana efficiency.

Replaced It That Betrays with Tidespout Tyrant , without other ways to make opponents sacrifice permanents, It That Betrays just functions as a 12/12 beater.

Replaced Body Double with Vesuvan Doppelganger . My playgroup Has a LOT of exile effects and graveyard hate, so I couldn't find a consistent source of targets for Body Double.

Added Dramatic Reversal for the infinite combo with Isochron Scepter + Sensei's Divining Top (tap top, hold priority, cast reversal, repeat)

Replaced Dismiss With Cryptic Command

acedentprone on The Jig is Up - Lavinia, Azorius Renegade [Primer]

1 week ago

The land denial is a very valid option, just one I have personal dislike for. If your playgroup is more cutthroat or that's a strategy you enjoy then definitely throw that in.

I did consider Mox Diamond , it didn't make it in mostly due to initial budgetary reasons and may eventually make it in if I can find an FTV one for a non-insane price, although that extra mana rock hasn't been necessary.

Mox Opal I had not considered. I don't think my density of artifacts is high enough to consistently turn it on turn 1 or 2 where you really need it. I still don't think I do but I originally hadn't run the artifact lands nor the artifact tutors.

As I work on this would probably prioritize: Obtain WAR stuff > get the MagicFest plains & islands > finish foiling/promo(ing) the current list ( Minamo, School at Water's Edge , Cryptic Command , Chrome Mox , Mana Vault , Council's Judgment , Nimbus Maze , Seat of the Synod , Return to Dust ) > then pick up items like Mox Opal and Mox Diamond

Squirrelbacon on Enchanted Spirits

1 week ago

I have a friend that runs a budget-y version of spirits, and let me tell you Remand is super important to his strategy. However, he is not running a Tallowisp package either which eats up some slots...

A good budget card for this strategy is Ojutai's Command . It's pretty flexible and says draw a card and can work as an ALTERNATIVE to Cryptic Command if you want to. I don't know that that's necessary either though.

As for some sideboard options, graveyard hate should be a number one priority right now with dredge and Arclight Phoenix being silly. Rest in Peace is probably the best card for your list, however, Relic of Progenitus and Tormod's Crypt would also work (Relic > Tormod's). A great creature for this list in the sideboard is Remorseful Cleric as it can serve as a creature or as graveyard hate, so maybe consider this as well.

Some counter magic in the side is also great, namely Negate to beat up on any and all non creature spells as well as Spell Snare to just stop 2-drops ( Snapcaster Mage , Manamorphose and any of storms Rituals or Dorks to name a few). Other great options against storm (and storm type decks, looking at you Phoenix type of decks) can be Thalia, Guardian of Thraben , Render Silent and even Silence to stall out a turn.

For your sideboard right now, I'd for sure recommend putting in...

2x Relic of Progenitus

2x Remorseful Cleric

2x Spell Snare

1x Negate

and then removing...

2x Spell Pierce

2x Mana Leak

1x Lavinia, Azorius Renegade

2x Nebelgast Herald

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Th3El3x

1 week ago

None of the brews have been quite right, but a first draft never is. The bolas deck is sweet and absolutely stomps any creature deck. Note that it uses the new Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God (it hasn't been added to the site yet).

The new Bolas is especially intriguing because it looks exactly like Teferi, Hero of Dominaria . 5 mana to cast, enters with 4 loyalty, +1 that draws with an upside (the bolas draw is better), and a -3 that removes something (teferi removal is better). The biggest problem is that the BBB casting cost pretty much rules out Cryptic Command in the same deck.

Lately I've been unhappy with red. Lightning Bolt doesn't kill anything from Phoenix, and Anger of the Gods doesn't kill enough anymore. Also Path to Exile is amazing right now. But when playing without red, Snapcaster Mage becomes much worse. And losing Kolaghan's Command makes all of the interactive matchups worse. While Grixis routinely stomps UWx and BGx, Esper has no such luxury.

I need to try out your tweaks for beating phoenix. I know Surgical Extraction is amazing against them, but it's too expensive in paper. After it gets reprinted I'll pick some up.

Interestingly I've never had problems with burn while playing grixis. Every game is close but I seem to win most of the time. But I also haven't played against the new burn lists.

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Cryptic Command occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.48%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

Blue: 0.51%