Cryptic Command


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2015 Edition Rare
Modern Masters Rare
Lorwyn Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Cryptic Command


Choose two - Counter target spell; or return target permanent to its owner's hand; or tap all creatures your opponents control; or draw a card.

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Cryptic Command Discussion

hoodedgamepwner on Jeskai Quellver

1 day ago


I really don't want to run Cryptic Command purely because hitting that triple blue on turn 4 will wreck my life total, if it happens at all. I'm also not really trying to play the straight control plan where Cryptic would shine. My Mana Leak + Remand suite works well enough as a counterspell package since they are easy to cast, Remand cycles itself(and can possibly set up a good Spell Queller), and Mana Leak counters the things that I would prefer they not be allowed to cast again.

On your second point, I'm currently testing Steppe Lynx because I do a lot of fetching and I thought it might be a decent add. Like you suggested, I may cut it. But I haven't actually gotten to test it yet. If I do cut it, I may go for another spell like Boros Charm, but I wouldn't add a Path to Exile Because I already run a playset lmao.


Like I said above, I'm just testing Steppe Lynx for now, it could get cut. But it may not be as ugly duckling as you think, it was a popular pick in old Jeskai Delver decks actually! Either way, it may stay or it might not. Check back in two weeks or so to find out ;)

I like the Wandering Fumarole suggestion, I'm not sure that I would want to cut Bedlam Reveler for it though. I added that card to try and make sure I have enough gas to finish off my opponent in the endgame. That card is still in testing as well, I have not had a chance to play my deck since I added the last set of changes because I spent my weekend at prereleases instead.

On your last points, I actually run Detention Sphere as a 2-of in the sideboard, not sure if you missed that or what, but yeah it has worked out pretty well! I considered adding Supreme Verdict to the sideboard(I refuse to run sweepers in the main of this deck since it interferes with my plan so much) in my last change set but decided against it. I added a 1-of Pyroclasm in the side instead because I've found that when I need a sweeper I need it earlier than turn 4. My spot removal and counter suite takes care of the bigger stuff that Supreme Verdict would take care of normally, so I decided against it. Supreme Verdict also kills my Spell Quellers, which is very bad for my game plan overall, especially if I took care of a potentially game-changing spell with the Spell Queller, like a Blood Moon or something.

Thanks to both of you for checking out my deck and leaving comments! I really appreciate the feedback and discussion :)

Firebones675 on Nostalgia in a deck

1 day ago

You have a lot of artifact/enchantment hate. While it's not bad to have, for the most part it's not needed maindeck as many popular modern decks don't run any artifacts or enchantments. If you did want to run any in the maindeck, instead of things like Fade into Antiquity, you can use cards like Qasali Pridemage as it can be relevant and can be cast if your opponent doesn't have anything that you can blow up with it.

Nullify is a decent card but double blue might be hard with your current mana base. Remand or Mana Leak would probably be more castable. If you had a fetch/shock mana base (more on that in a sec) you could get away with double blue or maybe even Cryptic Command.

As for your mana base it can get pricey but arguably the best way for 3 color decks is to use a fetch shock mana base. The shock lands for you are Temple Garden, Breeding Pool, and Hallowed Fountain. As they have basic land types, they can be tutored for with Misty Rainforest, Flooded Strand, or Windswept Heath. The beuty of this is a windswept heath can find any of the 3 shocks or a basic land to allow it to get any color of mana that you need, untapped if necessary. You would want to keep some basics in there too though.

CharonSquared on jeskai delver

2 days ago

Humm, running four Cryptic Commands is a bit ambitious in a delver deck. I would recommend cutting two or three for some Mana Leaks and/or Spell Snares. Rest in Peace seems a bit odd ... I guess you could sideboard out your Snapcasters when you bring it in, but that weakens the deck quite a bit.

sysmetryx on Jeskai Quellver

3 days ago

Did you try with Cryptic Command ? I get that Remand is a great tempo card, but Command has the advantage of being a hard counter, and a flexible card. I would also probably cut the Steppe Lynx for a Boros Charm or a Path to Exile.

kryptobrodie on Birds Trapped in a Cage [[PRIMER]]

4 days ago

I like the idea of taking out Gravitational Shift. In testing it doesn't seem to help as much as it did in my last deck. Cryptic Command is a little tough to cast in a three color deck.

Thank you for the suggestions I am looking into picking up more of these taxing cards. to fill out more of this deck.

Caldra on Esper Draw Go V2

4 days ago

looks pretty solid but why FOUR Secure the Wastes, you need one or maybe a second copy in the late game as a finisher, if you draw multiple copies of it, in the early game, instead of counters/removal ...

I would cut 2 Secure the Wastes and add 1 more Cryptic Command and 1 Sphinx's Revelation or if you want to have many tokens play 2 Lingering Souls instead.

Also I don't think Inquisition of Kozilek is worth it.

AtomicEmpire on Insanity Sauce (Competitive Jeskai)

4 days ago

LOL ya it's a card you really need for Jeskai Draw-Go. I'll put in five in place of my Cryptic Commands and Anger of the Gods.

MrKrabs on Birds Trapped in a Cage [[PRIMER]]

4 days ago

Ignoring the on-theme cards, the ones that jump out to me first are Gravitational Shift, Secure the Wastes, Progenitor Mimic, and in a three color deck I'm not sure you can support Cryptic Command all that well.

You can probably also get away with one of either Propaganda or Ghostly Prison - I'm not sure you need both since you can tutor one up if you need to.

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