Darksteel Mutation

Darksteel Mutation

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature is a 0/1 Insect artifact creature with indestructible and loses all other abilities.

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Uncommon
Commander Anthology (CM1) Uncommon
Commander 2013 (C13) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Darksteel Mutation occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

White: 0.43%

GWU (Bant): 0.55%

Darksteel Mutation Discussion

desmondwrite on Tuvasa the Sunbit (Voltron)

1 week ago

Took out Unquestioned Authority because I already have Spirit Mantle and don't need the extra draw (have you seen my Commander!?). Replaced with Darksteel Mutation for more removal.

Mike94 on Alela The Queen of Faerie's

1 week ago

Your artifact ramp could be more optimized.


Take out all the Diamonds and put in Signets, they don't come into play tapped and are great for fixing your mana. Lotus Petal could be considered since it plays well with your commander, Fellwar Stone is also great or even Mind Stone. Just don't play mana ramp that comes into play tapped.


I would also try to leave some creatures out for powerfull enchantments/artifacts since your commander is focused on them, if you cast them you'll get a creature for free. I would consider these enchantments/artifacts: Grasp of Fate, Search for Azcanta  Flip, Darksteel Mutation, Estrid's Invocation, Mirrormade, Copy Enchantment, Skullclamp, Sword of the Animist, Lightning Greaves.


Alela goes infinite quite easy with cards like Banishing Knack or Retraction Helix combined with a Battered Golem, Mirran Spy or Traxos, Scourge of Kroog and any 0 drop atrifact; Tormod's Crypt, Ornithopter, Everflowing Chalice, Memnite orvSpellbook. Making infinite faeries and infinite casts (Storm). Put an Aetherflux Reservoir next to this combo and BOOM.


If you don't like to go infinite you could also play Coat of Arms making your faeries lethal on the spot or Magister Sphinx to mess with someone specifically.

multimedia on BUDGET Mono White Lifegain CEDH Deck+Heliod Combo

1 month ago

Hey, nice budget version.

Triskelion is the budget one card combo with Heliod. This combo gains you infinite life and kills all your opponents one at a time with damage. By giving Triskelion lifelink then when you remove a counter and do one damage to an opponent you gain 1 life. When you gain life this triggers Heliod and you put the counter on Triskelion to repeat. The expensive price creature who does this same combo is Walking Ballista.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • 2x Plains
  • Darien, King of Kjeldor
  • Alseid of Life's Bounty
  • Revitalize
  • Teyo, the Shieldmage
  • Spear of Heliod
  • Sky Tether
  • Kirtar's Desire
  • Weight of Conscience
  • Curse of Exhaustion
  • Hieromancer's Cage
  • Starfield Mystic
  • Leonin Warleader
  • God-Eternal Oketra
  • Ajani Goldmane
  • Mind's Eye

Some budget upgrades to consider:

Good luck with your deck.

Tylord2894 on I need help with a ...

1 month ago

Split second, simply put, means that nothing can enter the stack until the card with split second (i.e. Krosan Grip) resolves. The stack is, well, the stack of spells and abilities that are trying to resolve. You resolve them in first-in-last-out order.

In the example you shared, the stack was Darksteel Mutation, an Isochron Scepter activation, and then Krosan Grip. First, Grip resolves (because nothing can be done before that) which destroys Scepter. Then the Scepter activation resolves. You still get to resolve this normally because it has already been activated. You then create and copy of Heroic Intervention and cast it. Then the Intervention resolves, giving your stuff hexproof and indestructible. Then the Mutation doesn't resolve because it's target has hexproof.

At the end of all of this, you still have your Jodah and not your Scepter.

Hope this helps!

SteelSentry on I need help with a ...

1 month ago

The effect of Krosan Grip just stops spells and abilities being used while it is on the stack. In this example, it is the same as if he had used Disenchant; your Scepter is destroyed, then after it resolves, it is removed from the stack and the ability of Isochron Scepter resolves (Your Heroic Intervention is still in exile, so the ability can use last known information to copy it). After that, your commander is now hexproof and indestructible so Darksteel Mutation can no longer target it and goes to the graveyard.

jtmccree755 on I need help with a ...

1 month ago

So me and my buddy were playing a commander game the other night. I had a Jodah, Archmage Eternal, and a Isochron Scepter attached to Heroic Intervention. On his turn he tries to play Darksteel Mutation on my Jodah. In response I tap Isochron Scepter to make all my permanent hexproof and indestructible. In response he plays Krosan Grip on my Isochron Scepter. I've never seen a split-second card so I'm confused. I activated the scepter in response to darksteel mutation. Shouldn't my permanents be indestructible, or does split second work for cards played before and after it? I let him have it and he ended up winning but I was about to win otherwise.

Kalo_Wen on Elvish Antics

1 month ago

How do you handle removal sans Asceticism? Darksteel Mutation and it’s variants seem backbreaking

SynergyBuild on Will Drannith Magistrate Be Banned ...

1 month ago

Stony Silence or Rest in Peace often hit people way harder, and are way harder to remove. Who cares about a friggin 1/3. Run an Abrade, or a deck that doesn't care about it's commander, or cast it before they draw their 1/3. Or don't, just play the game not with your commander, I mean, it's not like this card could be worse than a Darksteel Mutation or any other commander-removal. With those you spent the mana to play your commander and then it did nothing, at least with this you know you didn't waste any mana.

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