Isochron Scepter

Isochron Scepter

Artifact

Imprint — When Isochron Scepter enters the battlefield, you may exile an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less from your hand. (The exiled card is imprinted onto this artifact.)

, : You may copy the exiled card. If you do, you may cast the copy without paying its mana cost.

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Set Rarity
Double Masters (2XM) Rare
Eternal Masters (EMA) Rare
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Uncommon
From the Vault: Relics (V10) Uncommon
Mirrodin (MRD) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Modern Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Block Constructed Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Legacy Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Isochron Scepter Discussion

Optimator on Anarchy Burger

1 day ago

Isochron Scepter might be a good include too.

Caerwyn on None

6 days ago

Looks like you posted this twice. Here's the answer I posted on the other thread:

Yes it will as Isochron Scepter is actually casting the spell--it specifically states in the card's rules text that you cast the copy created by Isochron Scepter.

Caerwyn on Will Casting a Spell from …

6 days ago

Yes it will as Isochron Scepter is actually casting the spell--it specifically states in the card's rules text that you cast the copy created by Isochron Scepter.

DemonDragonJ on None

6 days ago

If a player controls an Isochron Scepter as well as a creature such as Guttersnipe or Young Pyromancer, will casting a spell with the scepter trigger the abilities of those creatures?

DemonDragonJ on Will Casting a Spell from …

6 days ago

If a player controls an Isochron Scepter as well as a creature such as Guttersnipe or Young Pyromancer, will casting a spell with the scepter trigger the abilities of those creatures?

carpecanum on "Instant Tribal" - Toshiro Umezawa - EDH PRIMER

2 weeks ago

Grinning Totem is fun for playing your opponents deck.

Spreading Plague would work later in game at least, especially since none of your "top finishers" are creatures except Mimic Vat and that becomes a weapon of mass destruction. I suggest trying it out.

If you're going to exile all your instants from the GY there might be better equipment than Runechanter's Pike for you. Lots of instants make me want to use Spellbinder and Isochron Scepter. Spellbinder and Fated Return is a lot of fun.

enpc on Isochron scepter and dramatic reversal …

2 weeks ago

Got beaten to the comment. The joys of not being in NA :P

jaymc1130: While I agree that that combos like Flash + Protean Hulk are not compact in terms of card slots, they are compact in terms of deployment. And while they can consume up to 5 cards (Protean Hulk, Flash, Nomads en-Kor, Cephalid Illusionist, Thassa's Oracle), they only need 2 mana to work. So the trade-off is slots vs compact deploying of said combo.

Infinite mana combos on the other hand are a lot harder to judge from a "number of cards" point of view. While yes, you do need mana rocks to make Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter work, your deck is already running mana rocks/dorks (and will be optimised for this knid of ramp). It's kind of like saying that Palinchron + Deadeye Navigator needs at least 3 lands to work, making it a 5 card combo. While that's technically true, the lands are a given under most circumstances as they're already in the deck. And with the Dramatic Scepter combo, you're not going to prioritise running a bunch of land ramp as that would be counter intuitive. You're going to lean more heavily into rocks/dorks, so each of those slots is pulling double duty. And while you require more of a boardstate (which is the trade-off comapred to things like Flash), your combo only takes up 2 card slots.

It's also worth mentioning that infinite mana does not equal winning the game, however with a commander like Thrasios, Triton Hero or Kenrith, the Returned King, once you have infinite mana, you also have access to your whole deck. And again, you can run cards which are dedicated win conditions, or you cna leverage other cards which do double duty (like Swan Song) to create a win condition.

Monomanamaniac: I would absolutely agree that Dramatic Scepter is a compact combo (I don't think I said otherwise). It's not as compact as some combos (see jaymc1130's example of Thassa's Oracle + Demonic Consultation) however the beauty of this, and most infinite mana combos, is that they act as a stepping stone to your next combo, but often times give you the best amount of redundancy for the least input. Because you can break your combo down into two parts 1) make mana, 2) spend mana, you can easily slot in replacements for each part without requiring ehter mana intensive or much clunkier solutions. For example, Bloom Tender, Faeburrow Elder, Freed from the Real and Pemmin's Aura can be used together to generate infinite mana. But either creature works with either enchantment, providing reduncancy. Oracle + Consultation on the other hand iether works with Laboratory Maniac or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries however the former needs an additional card draw and the latter is much more mana intensive.

Bruxo on Ancestral Vision 2.0

2 weeks ago

How about Isochron Scepter? Makes you draw 3 with See the Truth and also works with your other 2 CMC or less instants.

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