Crystal Shard


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Mirrodin (MRD) Uncommon

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Crystal Shard


(3), Tap or (Blue), Tap: Return target creature to its owner's hand unless its controller pays (1).

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Crystal Shard Discussion

TheGeneralAdvisor on Tromokratis - All You Need Is Tap

2 weeks ago

Neat concept. :)

Just on first glance, your mana base seems really low. Only 36 lands and 4 rocks for such an expensive commander seems like you would get screwed more often than not. As a general rule of thumb for my own experiences, I rarely run less than 37 lands, and thats with 5-7 mana rocks and possibly other ramp effects.

A couple cards you may want to consider otherwise:

  1. Crystal Shard. Allows you to pick up your tappers for U, or if your opponents tapped out to play something badass you can bounce it for U. Excellent utility card for mono-blue.

  2. Counterspell. Cmon. Just get it girl.

  3. Caged Sun. This is an excellent card and since your commander is naturally slower because of his cost, dropping this mana doubler and pumping him a little is pretty hot. If you wanted to get really rampy, you could throw in Extraplanar Lens (increase your island count if you do), or Gauntlet of Power (slightly cheaper and weirder caged sun that works for everyone).

  4. Solemn Simulacrum. Theres a reason hes a staple and its because hes so versatile. Ramps, chumps, and draws. So very excellent filler to your strategy.

floopthepig on Hi yes, please give suggestions

2 weeks ago

something like Words of Wind as back up perma upheaval

Dack Fayden is a must, you forgot Solemn Simulacrum

Leyline of Singularity could be worth considering if the rules change the cards you cast but idk.

on that vein, legends also trigger her draw. So maybe some other red/blue legends like Venser, Shaper Savant could be helpful . Even a Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir could be helpful (maybe even do the old knowledge pool trick)

Baral's Expertise could be helpfull in triggering some card draw shenanigans.

Crystal Shard or Blood Clock can be helpful for you to reuse things

Master Transmuter is an option if you start adding bigger artifacts like Blightsteel Colossus

also i would replace pira and kiran with an ashnods altar for a janky mana combo with junk diver and trawler

kamelyan on Tiny Boi's

3 weeks ago

In my Tetsuko deck, I thought it would be fun to run Sakashima's Student with Crystal Shard and Equilibrium. Fatespinner can provide some protection to complement Propaganda.

As for removing cards,... I'm weak in that area, too.

buckeyetron on I have a good combo, ...

1 month ago

no, that doesn't work. if your opponent uses a counterspell targeting venser, its not on the field for Crystal Shard to return it to your hand. but once the venser is countered, it can go back to the command zone and then just be re-cast before the removal spell that was targeting Paradox Engine could resolve. if you have an additional 6 mana that is. thats another thing i think you're forgetting, is that you need mana to keep re-using venser.

passascats on Blue ETB Wizards

1 month ago

Thanks kamelyan! I originally shied away from Trophy Mage because I didnt have enough targets, but after the addition of Cloudstone Curio and Crystal Shard shes probably worth it cause those are such good combo pieces. I will see if I want to cut something else. I agree about the aphetto too, I took him out and put him in the maybe board for no real reason. Ill take him out so its not confusing.

Neotrup on I have a good combo, ...

1 month ago

So they do something to destroy Paradox Engine, then you cast Venser, Shaper Savant in response, triggering Paradox Engine's ability. They can try to counter Venser, Shaper Savant in response (or after the trigger resolves), if they do he will be put back into the command zone (or graveyard, if you have a plan that involves him being in your graveyard) and you can recast him after Paradox Engine's ability has resolved (or before, if he was countered with it still on the stack and you want to cast him before for whatever reason). You cannot use Crystal Shard as Venser was never on the battlefield and thus not a "creature," only a "creature spell" or a "creature card" depending on zone we're talking about (he was in a couple).

Alternatively: They go to destroy your Paradox Engine, you cast Venser, they let that happen, he triggers targeting their spell, they respond by trying to counter the trigger with something like Stifle. Now you can return Venser, Shaper Savant with Crystal Shard, as he is a creature, to either bounce the Stifle or let it resolve and bounce the original destroy spell, again.

Alternative 2:They go to destroy your Paradox Engine, you cast Venser, they respond by trying to destroy the Paradox Engine with a second spell. Now you're in trouble, as your commander is stuck on the stack. You definitely can't Crystal Shard a creature spell, but if you had something like Essence Scatter you could counter your own commander to get him off the stack and back into the command zone where you can recast him, though often times if you have a counter it will be just as able to counter the destroy spell as to counter Venser.

Alternative 3: They cast Krosan Grip (a fairly common commander card) on your Paradox Engine and you have no response, because very few decks are built to even be able to respond.

Redcat7264 on I have a good combo, ...

1 month ago

I play a commander deck with Venser, Shaper Savant as my commander. If I have Crystal Shard and Paradox Engine on the field, and someone tries to get rid of lets say paradox engine. I cast Venser to prevent it, but what if they have a counter to that, can I then proceed to use Crystal Shard to return Venser to my hand and play Venser again to return that counter again? This would trigger paradox engine which would untap Crystal Shard, so basically what Im asking is could I use crystal Shard and Venser to basically counter everything that threatens my board even if they try to counter it repeatedly in the same stack?

Redcat7264 on In need of blue ramp

1 month ago

I play mono blue commander with Venser, Shaper Savant as my commander. It makes for some nice plays and engines, but I need a permanent that can tap for multiple blue mana, so that way I can use Paradox Engine and Crystal Shard to return everything to my opponents hands. Any ideas?

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