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

JoosetheMuice on Chromium the Bromium

1 week ago

I think you should shoot for more card draw and cut some of the mana rocks. Low cost draw spells like Read the Bones Night's Whisper and Telling Time can help you hit land drops and gain card advantage for chromiums ability and higher cost stuff like Opportunity Deep Analysis and even Tidings (if you don't mind the sorcery speed) can ensure you can constantly fuel chromium. Some graveyard interaction could also be nice, to ensure you aren't wasting the things you discard. Crystal Shard could also be a nice way to protect chromium when you can't discard. Its nice to be able to save him, then recast him with flash without inflating his mana cost. I also recommend Batwing Brume for the memes

Funkydiscogod on Wicked Wizards

1 month ago

What about Mistmeadow Witch? It's ability is a little expensive compared to Eldrazi Displacer, but might be at least worth considering for the extra ETB effects.

Since all your critters are pretty cheap, Crystal Shard can accomplish something similar, just decline to pay whenever you target your own critters (bonus points for the chance to mess with opponents that tap out). I can't think of many things more obnoxious than bouncing your Vendilion Clique every turn during their draw step, then replaying it for a Lantern of Insight-like lock down.

kamelyan on TETSUKOOOOO!!!!!!

1 month ago

Whenever I play a mono-coloured deck, I include Duplicant for that Iona player.

I also used Leyline of Anticipation to flash in my weenies at the end of my last opponent's turn, so they can immediately swing. Comes in handy with Master of Waves and Crystal Shard (but I was also running a few ninjas, so the shard was amazing).

One of my victories was due to someone running Winter Orb while I was the only player with a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx; I'm thinking about running that in my deck now.

PicklePlum Girl

Commander / EDH kamelyan


TheGeneralAdvisor on Tromokratis - All You Need Is Tap

2 months 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 months 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

2 months 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, ...

3 months 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

3 months 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.

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