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

rupertmarquez on Mono-Blue Curious Tempo

1 week ago


Thanks for the input!

I've thought about it, but i really didn't want to make this a Delver deck... Still, I'm open to suggestions of that kind. May I ask which cards would you cut for the Delver of Secrets  Flip? I don't really want to cut any faeries because of Spellstutter Sprite and I like having unblockable creatures to go with my auras since flying can sometimes not be enough against some decks that have flyers or run Lingering Souls.


I'm sorry but I haven't seen any list from Bateman that resembles what I have here in this deck. Could you link me a page to the Decklist you refer to? I would be grateful. Bear in mind that this list runs no Snapcaster Mage, Vendilion Clique or Cryptic Command but I don't know, maybe he came up with the idea before me. :)

Liquidbeaver on Argent Moon: Liquimetal Control

1 week ago

Upped the land count, switched back to Remand, and going to playtest some Cryptic Commands to see how I like it.

hkhssweiss on BMH: The Inverted Brainchild (Melek Superstorm)

1 week ago


Focus on cutting down your cards to 100 first. From there test and revise, see which card is your weakest link. What card are you not happy to see and what card are you happy to see. Work backwards in terms of efficiency. What is your main storm combo? Your alternative?

Start with 36 lands, add in your main lines of winning, add in your back up line, than start adding pieces. The community here can help you as well but you have to know what you want to do. As for recommendation on cuts, here is a list that I see that is the weakest links.

Pyromancer's Goggles, Talrand, Sky Summoner, Archaeomancer, Rise from the Tides, Mystic Speculation, Mystic Retrieval, Mizzium Mortars, Invoke the Firemind, Infernal Plunge, Ignite Memories, Howl of the Horde, Empty the Warrens, Devastation Tide, Bribery, Blatant Thievery, Will Kenrith, Jaya Ballard, Jace's Sanctum, Metallurgic Summonings, Wild Ricochet, Opt, Insidious Will, Firemind's Foresight, Cryptic Command, Counterflux, Comet Storm

The above list is one of either things, it's too redundant, doesn't help your plan to storm, doesn't add any value, or it's too high cost on storm turns. Cut the cards first before thinking of swaps, if you keep on adding cards you won't be able to refine and get too clustered in deciding. Hope that helps.

redace10 on ⚡⚡⚡ INSTANT SPEED TRIBAL ⚡⚡⚡

2 weeks ago

I love this, +1 for sheer awesomeness.

Two cards I like for Raff- Cultivator's Caravan and Skysovereign, Consul Flagship. A mana rock or a fatty blocker is nice, and Skysoveriegn does a wikid impression of Inferno Titan, but with flying and of course with flash.

No Cryptic Command? I know 3 blue is rough and four cmc is kinda steep, but the versatility is second to none. Plus the Iconic Masters reprint dropped the foil price.

goblinguiderevealpls on Razin' minds, takin' names (competitive primer)

2 weeks ago


what Soren841 said is correct. grixis as a color combination is severely lacking in enchantment removal as selesnya colors are where that is a mechanic. the best and perhaps only answers to enchantments are Counterspells and bounce spells.

Chain of Vapor is a card that ive been trying to squeeze into mainboard for some time and i would recommend it for sure

Cyclonic Rift is a must have in this deck, it hard Answers almost everything and works stupdily well with wheels,

other answers you could run not seen here are Annul, Negate, Countersquall, Boomerang, Repeal, Void Snare, Disperse, Blink of an Eye, Cryptic Command, Into the Roil, Crosis's Charm, and Grixis Charm

Xica on Mono Colored Modern

2 weeks ago

I was probably a bit unclear why i love good old Snapcaster Mage so much over Mission Briefing - its due to its interaction with Cryptic Command - namely that it can bounce snapcaster mage, enabling me to flash back spells multiple times with the same Snapcaster Mage.

Here is the first list of the mono blue version - criticism is very welcome!

Mono Blue Platinum Prison

Modern Xica


Spazik008 on Deck Help, Nicol Bolas God-Pharaoh ...

3 weeks ago

Bolas is usually Grixis colors, and in my opinion one of the best things that you can do in those colors is Snapcaster Mage and Kolaghan's Command. Because of the revive mode on K Command, you can bring back dead Snapcasters for more fun and chain Commands and Snaps together.

Like picture this: You have, say, Lightning Bolt in the yard. You Snapcaster Mage to bring it back. Then you block a 2/2 with Snapcaster. Then you cast Kolaghan's Command, destroy an artifact or make them discard, and bring the Snapcaster Mage back. Then you Snapcaster again, targetting the K Command and using whatever relevant modes you need.

It's not really a combo, just great synergy. Snapcaster Mage is also great with Cryptic Command, just in general. Since Bolas is usually a control card I think Snap-Cryptic-K Command is probably the way to go here.

TheDuggernaught on Selling Most of Collection

3 weeks ago

Hello, my car recently crossed the rainbow bridge to the great garage in the sky. As such, I need money to buy a new one. I am selling the vast majority of my modern staples to help fund this. My trade binder is all out of date, but my collection is here: here. Please open the full document in google sheets, as there are multiple sheets -- 1 for each binder, and 1 binder each for red, blue, green, black, white, colorless, lands, and multicolored.

Below is a list of cards I was able to think of off the top of my head. Please let me know if you are interested in if there is no listed price and we can figure out a fair price. I will try to update it as cards are bought. Most prices should be below tcgplayer low and I am open to negotiations -- especially if you buy a large number of cards. Cards should all be between LP and MP at worst as I keep them in sleeves when being used, and in binders when not in use. Pictures and sets upon request.

Arcbound Ravager x4 $35 ea.

Arid Mesax4 $30 ea.

Bitterblossom x3 $26 ea.

Blood Crypt x4 $9 ea.

Celestial Colonnade x4 $30 ea.

Chalice of the Void x3 $32 ea.

Collected Company x4 $12 ea.

Creeping Tar Pit x2 $7 ea.

Death's Shadow x4 $7 ea.

Flooded Strand x4 $12 ea.

Goblin Guide x4 $16 ea.

Godless Shrine x4 $7 ea.

Leyline of the Void x4 $34 ea.

Marsh Flats x4 $29 ea.

Misty Rainforest x4 $35 ea.

Mox Opal x4 $80 ea.

Overgrown Tomb x4 $5 ea.

Phantasmal Image x4 $12 ea.

Phyrexian Obliterator x4 $13 ea.

Sacred Foundry x4 $6 ea.

Spell Queller x4 $4 ea.

Steam Vents x4 $9 ea.

Sword of Fire and Ice x2 $36 ea.

Temple Garden x4 $4 ea.

Verdant Catacombs x4 $42 ea.

Walking Ballista x1 $10 ea.

Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas x4 $10 ea.

Eidolon of the Great Revel x4 $2 ea.

Wurmcoil Engine x2 $15 ea.

Kolaghan's Command x4 $13 ea.

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon x1 $36 ea.

Windswept Heath x4 $9 ea.

Emrakul, the Aeons Torn (Pre-release Promo) x1 $23 ea.

Fulminator Mage x4 $12 ea.

Aether Vial x4 $29 ea.

Bloodghast x4 $12 ea.

Wooded Foothills x4 $17 ea.

Bloodstained Mire x4 $17 ea.

Sword of Light and Shadow x2 $25 ea.

Liliana of the Veil x4 $60 ea.

Collected Company x4 #12 ea.

Polluted Delta x4 $13 ea.

Sword of Feast and Famine x1 $27 ea.

Snapcaster Mage x4 $46 ea.

Tarmogoyf (Chinese Futuresight) x4 $83 ea.

Cryptic Command x4 $16 ea.

Dark Confidant x4 $42 ea.

Chord of Calling x4 $6 ea.

Savannah x1 $105 ea.

Plateau x1 $90 ea.

And more. Taking a break from adding cards for now so I can start filling out the financing application for the car :/

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