Magistrate's Scepter


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Rare
Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Rare

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Magistrate's Scepter


, : Put a charge counter on Magistrate's Scepter.

, Remove three charge counters from Magistrate's Scepter: Take an extra turn after this one.

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Magistrate's Scepter Discussion

hungry000 on Magistrate's Sceptor

1 week ago

I can tell you play more standard than modern or just started playing recently from your card choices; if you're building the deck around Magistrate's Scepter, it'll be a lot better to focus on that part of the plan rather than make a hybrid +1/+1 counter stompy deck that also kind of works with the Scepter like what you have now. I suggest you drop all the Glint-Sleeve Siphoners, Jadelight Rangers, Merfolk Branchwalkers, Rishkars, Adventurous Impulses, Diabolic Tutor, Mastermind's Acquisition, Sorcerer's Wand, and Animation Modules, as they aren't necessary for the main plan (the Animation Modules are okay but they're not great).

Instead, it would be much faster and more consistent if you played some cards that can add charge counters to artifacts, such as Coretapper and Surge Node. They work well with Voltaic Servant, and you could also play some proliferate cards like Throne of Geth (which also works well with Voltaic Servant). Tezzeret's Gambit can proliferate and help find gas, and Ancient Stirrings fits perfectly in this deck since it can find Coretappers and Magistrate's Scepter. I think a more artifact-based deck is the way to go with this deck, the core of it would look something like this:

4 Magistrate's Scepter 4 Coretapper 4 Surge Node 3-4 Voltaic Servant 3-4 Voltaic Key

4 Ancient Stirrings 3 Tezzeret's Gambit

20ish lands (I don't really think you need Aether Hub but you could play it)

The rest of the deck you should fill out with combo protection, like 1-mana discard spells, maybe a couple Spellskite, etc. You could also consider going into Sultai or UG for the counterspells.

BMHKain on Stuff that's important for what ...

1 week ago

Well, in the obvious sense, I already knew that doing that would result in separate tokens. As for Greater Gargadon, you still didn't mention it would be re:Suspended w/ cards like Eldrazi Displacer, (& to be more of a variety if one doesn't run , or .), Deadeye Navigator (At least while Soulbonded.), among others that exile permanents & returns them to play at some point, griffstick.

That Said, I can't fragging believe you guys would think either Prototype Portal, & Ugin's Nexus is considered good in cEDH. Or am I still incorrect? If so, I'll remove at least Nexus, & from there, this deck won't have Time Magic (Magistrate's Scepter does Charge Counters, & Gonti's Aether Heart uses the same Counter Concept; something Boros is, like I said, not good with... & don't get me started on Final Fortune & Sorcery Cousins & Glorious End; being forced to lose a game against your options is something I won't make the mistake of again...). Geez though, those aren't even staples. X/

BMHKain on Stuff that's important for what ...

2 weeks ago

NOTE: This is a topic regarding cEDH Boros. If you think there is no hope for it, do NOT post on this. (The Bold should be warning enough...)

After trying to cut some stuff to 100 for some things, I realized, there is some others to do regarding one deck:

Soldier of Fortune, Boros' Final Stand

Commander / EDH* BMHKain


I previously wanted this to be Tier 3, as one joke cEDH deck (Depala, of all things.), did this. But this is a serious attempt by all means. That said, I'll mention some things worth note to get at least just a little bit closer to my goal:

Both of their most recent prints state their abilities differently. Pyroblast has:

Choose one — • Counter target spell if it's blue. • Destroy target permanent if it's blue.

Red Elemental Blast?

Choose one — • Counter target blue spell. • Destroy target blue permanent.

This seems written differently; but I dunno how this is different from the others. Regardless, cEDH usually smiles upon . So I'll leave it to you to decide...

This is a biggie. One person not known for cEDH believes this is a real dud of a wincon. But I'd like some opinions o this. If this really does suck, at least that's 3 cuts so far. Aside from this, Grand Abolisher does wonders here.

This is new as I found that Magistrate's Scepter is just one target for counters; something I know FOR A FACT Boros is NOT good at in the slightest (There, a minus. See? I can agree w/ you too. 0-^) Prototype Portal can imprint any artifact; which can range from an infinite mana via Lotus Petal, or Infinite Turns w/ Ugin's Nexus. Problem? I have little to nothing to destroy the copy is opposed to exiling it. Plus, this is quite expensive; but I don't want to use Final Fortune + Sundial of the Infinite loops; they can be disrupted; besides, this is the only option left (Gonti's Aether Heart is more expensive anyway.). Bonus points for infinite mana in case Ugin's Nexus is a skip. I'll let you decide.

I'm confused about this; happy, but confused. Usually stuff lower than 3 CMC would be fine; but one cEDH Staples lists actually lists her on the main list. runs Dorks, & so few even reach a 3+ toughness. Should I get rid of her for CMC's sake? or should I keep her as a Gamekiller?

W/ so many doing stuff outside of Lifeloss/lifegain, this should be very important to note as others would either Self-Mill via Laboratory Maniac, Maze's End a game, basically put; Wincons that don't depend on Life Total. So, should I put in stuff like these, Goblin Chainwhirler, or other things that can kill life totals? Otherwise, I at least have Altar of the Brood to mill everyone else... XP

After knowing about creatures outside of that can produce Mana, I decided Neheb, the Eternal is no longer enough (It actually requires Damage dealing to make it work; so, I'm thinking of cutting him; considering nobody really wants to damage anyways.). While I could flicker [Farrelite Priest]] & make her new, w/o previous memory, I want to leave it to you; w/ so much Devotion to , Should I rather increase the amount of Plains & decrease the number of Mountains? (I have Blood Moon Anyway...). If she is crap to you, I want to know why; I cannot run Avacyn's Pilgrim you know.

Yes, I get it. Tamiyo's Journal is the only Target of this inspector. That said, Tamiyo's Journal can search for anything. Problem? One target. Not consistent enough, & nobody is recommending a card like Tamiyo's Journal that can also work on its own... Ideas are welcome.

This combo came to me in the form of an Epiphany. After I blow up all lands, I can flicker Fiend Hunter exiling Sun Titan to bring all my lands back; yes, this is possible. Since Lands are 0CMC Permanents, I can bring them all back to my side. even a combo like this can't be stopped by the next part of this charade...

Some of the best cards in this deck so far. It promotes a Prison-Lock for all Graveyards in play. Since this deck should be able to have effects that bypass both of these; I just want to know what to cut due to these...

This also applies to what I can use for Arcane Laboratory in . This combo has been looked up, but I dunno how it'll work here... It should be useful, but I dunno if it's cEDH competitive or not; much less how it works. If this is good both ways, I'm keeping them. At least tell me how it works, please...

  • Squee Sucks?

Squee, the Immortal + Goblin Bombardment was meant to be used as a combo here. But since this uses Eldrazi Displacer to flicker ETB/CIP Creatures, I'm thinking of cutting the former 2 unless I can find a card that mimics Displacer's effect, so I don't have to have just one of such effect to waste... Felidar Guardian?

  • The Emancipation Proclamation NEVER happened...

Emancipation Angel is something not to be cross with. She can return any permanent you control to your hand. Simple as that. Since it's an ETB ability, Eldrazi Displacer can bounce her, & she can do this again. If you want a list of Creatures in my deck that are ETB/CIP based, SUGOI! LET'S KICK As- Captain Janeway: Asteroids. Seven of Nine: Fun will now commence.

(Yes. I LITERALLY pulled off a Star Trek: Voyager.)

Duergar Hedge-Mage Fiend Hunter Goblin Chainwhirler Goblin Settler Imperial Recruiter Mentor of the Meek Mikaeus, the Lunarch Priest of Urabrask Recruiter of the Guard Solemn Simulacrum Sun Titan Thraben Inspector Village Bell-Ringer Wall of Omens Wily Goblin

(Damn, that's a lot... I need to lessen the lot...)

Paradox Engine is the only thing I have to Isochron Scepter imprinting Dramatic Reversal, so it NEEDS to stay; plus, I could've sworn it was a staple here... While this has quite some ETB/CIP effects, that doesn't have to mean things can't be cast either. Even stuff like Sunforger when casting instants are still considered cast. Even Mistveil Plains can bring them back. I really just wanted to throw in Reito Lantern, though; but cards like Grafdigger's Cage might mess w/ it; so it's now a skip.

Recently, I wanted to take this deck to a differing route; Value Town/Stax/Prison. This in turn meant a lot of stuff; Glowrider, Thorn of Amethyst (How fitting as it's my birthstone; but I still hated how STEVEN UNIVERSE personified her as a character since the beginning... :/), Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Vryn Wingmare, Ethersworn Canonist, Kismet, even Sphere of Resistance is damn good here. While a lot would think stuff like this is crap here, even stuff like Stranglehold, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Grand Abolisher, even Ugin's Nexus & Defense Grid are all great here. Irony? Many wouldn't see all this as competitive enough. So, w/ all that said, one last thing...

  • Any ideas for a new CMDR?

Alright, we're almost done with what might be my longest post here ever... I've been thinking for the longest time; I need a new commander; Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is too much now. Since I took the liberty to change from Stax/Control (Or Value Town/Stax? I dun remember...) to Value Town/Stax/Prison. From there, I decided to make a change of CMDR. But there were bigger flaws w/ most, so I decided to make some regulations:

  1. No Tier 5 CMDRs.
  2. No Tribal Commanders (Stuff like Depala, Pilot Exemplar apply here.)
  3. Partners are only Allowed if not from BBD (Battlebond) (Khorvath Brightflame + Sylvia Brightspear for instance is not allowed.)
  4. Equipment/Aura Based CMDRS are out; I don't have any of that anyway...

I guess this is alright? The reason I left out 5. It must be Aggro Based is, well, the rest of the Tier 4s w/o only counting none of them.

Now I leave all this to you: What should I cut for a legit Tier 3 cEDH deck? I apologize for the Mammoth Sized Text, but it should be worth the effort.

I am open to Constructive Criticism only. I hope this is of good help for what is worth of help to me. I'll let you decide on my fate on this deck now.

griffstick on Kruphix, Wastes H4X'D God of Manarage

3 weeks ago

Add at least one eldrazi one that shuffles your graveyard into your library. Also add some sweet one card bombs to the deck. Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur is so powerful. Use your counterspells to protect it for a turn and everyone's hands except yours is empty. Cut Magistrate's Scepter the only card it's good with is Paradox Engine if you want extra turns Expropriate and Time Stretch is really good at that. Cut Coiling Oracle. Its getting hard for cuts now because you have so many combo overlap that it's now down to cutting a combo and I'm looking for the least effective and efficient one to cut. Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix cut.

BMHKain on The Rule of Law/Arcane Lab ...

3 weeks ago

Oh, I was going to contact you at some point about a differing idea from this. Well, w/ what you guys said, such a debate could go on for even another 25 years as it is; but sadly, I'm w/ the Minority of the debate; the excruciatingly small amount that looks up stuff via Scryfall for options. That said, even a certain "JLK" didn't think Magistrate's Scepter, ETB cards CMC3 or less that can kill any card type, A large variety of Spot Removal & other useful stuff that are CMC<=4 & Instants (A lot more options than you'd think.), & if the idea of Rule of Law/Eidolon of Rhetoric + Winter Orb/Static Orb + Storm Cauldron + Treasure Nabber isn't impressive, I already am trying to accumulate some cards in my deck's Maybeboard as potential ideas; & still evolving. BTW, I apologize for bringing this up again; I didn't think this would go this way... X/ I'll have to explore other options later. For now, I'm tired. I mentioned the combo as Rule of Law & Treasure Nabber would net me some Rocks, but what does the Rulings for Rule of Law state for "playing" a card? Does this not apply to Flicker effects? I hope so... Apologies for this as well BTW.

Monti_Jones on Vorel o.t Hull Clade

3 weeks ago

If you like to have a few more control and stax pieces, I think a have a few suggestions for you:

  • Tangle Wire: Probably the unfairest card when combined with Vorel. You can double its counters in response to the its triggers to keep up a gruesome lock. Can virtually only be removed by instants. Run Alchemist's Refuge too, so you can end the game in some way.

  • Glen Elendra Archmage: Creates a soft lock if you have somthing to graft off of or just have Master Biomancer.

  • Seedborn Muse: She is just good :)

I played Vorel for a long time and have some other cards you might want to consider: Pentad Prism, Crystalline Crawler, Jeweled Amulet, Mindless Automaton, Magistrate's Scepter

BMHKain on My cEDH Boros Decks need ...

3 weeks ago

Update: Just added some suggestions w/ Deck one. Also, any way to abuse Magistrate's Scepter in Boros? I have the mana to use it now via Priest of Urabrask. The question now is: how can one untap an artifact in Boros? Particularly w/ a creature CMC3 or lower? I want extra turns but Final Fortune loops suck so this was the last alt I could find...

Seventy7INa45 on Atraxa Modular Affinity

1 month ago

SufferFromEDHD - thanks for the feedback. I run both Blinkmoth Nexus and Inkmoth Nexus already, but I really like Gavony Township, so I put that in over Mutavault. I wasn't paying too much attention, and thought all of the colorless manlands made artifact creatures. With Modular, I wanted to keep the number of non-artifact creatures to a minimum, so I didn't lose the value when they died.

I did add Reyhan, Last of the Abzan in, I think it will fit well with the deck.

Umezawa's Jitte and Magistrate's Scepter look like they would be fun as well.

I liked Necropotence because I could draw a ton, but I think Sylvan Library would work better over.

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