Power Matrix


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Rare

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Power Matrix


Tap: Target creature gets +1/+1 and gains flying, first strike, and trample until end of turn.

Power Matrix Discussion

Ashen0ne on Aurelia's War

2 months ago

Alright so this is where things get difficult lol. Right now the deck has some semblance of agro and control but its currently being bogged down by things that don’t contribute anything or enough to warrant their spot. I’m going to suggest a lot of cuts and for each one I’ll offer a decent replacement that will not only make all of our lives miserable but also contribute to making the deck far more resilient and difficult to stop. Creatures to cut

Creatures to Add

Noncreature Spells to Cut

Noncreature Spells to Add

Now what these additions will do is smooth out your mana curve and make you come out swinging far more quickly in more consistently. The additions include another outlet to go infinite through Sword of Feast and Famine and Aggravated Assault . They also contain multiple ways to tutor up Helm of the Host and win. Combat Celebrant and Godo, Bandit Warlord each go infinite with helm and Godo will tutor for it himself and place it straight onto the battlefield.

We also tighten up your control package with cheap removal and creatures that limit what you’re opponents can do. I can provide more explanations in person if you like.

Remember these are only suggestions lol But if you try them I think you’ll like how much faster the deck pops off.

hkhssweiss on Saskia The Infected

7 months ago


Here might be some cards that can help and give protection, instead of going the removal route :p

Teferi's Protection

Heroic Intervention

Gaddock Teeg

Sylvan Library

Triumph of the Hordes

Shalai, Voice of Plenty

Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist

Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Some cards I would recommend taking out:

Phytoburst, Larger Than Life, Prowler's Helm, Power Matrix, Soul's Fire

Hope that helps!

carpecanum on Odric, All Is Fair When We Share

9 months ago

Power Matrix, Swiftfoot Boots and Indestructibility

If you want to bring costs down there are a few vehicles that give trample, haste, flying, vigilance etc. All pretty cheap

CommanderAdventures on [PreCon] Moving Shadows - Rogues & Ninjas

11 months ago

@gdm1989 @evwatkins As I said, not going down the Mill route ^^ I really just want to pick the decks apart leaving them with some useless combo pieces. I already have a Dimir Mill deck that works fine:

[PreCon] Brain Feast - Zombie Mill

Commander / EDH* CommanderAdventures


@Chadowboy @Heisenbrain Yeah I was considering adding First Strike or Double Strike but sadly no real support in U/B (That got me thinking that Grixis Ninja must be fun too but I am fine with Dimir) I will consider adding Power Matrix

Heisenbrain on [PreCon] Moving Shadows - Rogues & Ninjas

11 months ago

Chadowboy I had some first strike shenanigans in my Admiral Beckett Brass Ninja-Pirates, but its difficult to do (Red helps a bunch). In UB there is pretty much only Power Matrix. You don't want Equipments that cost more than 1 to equip, because you want Mana for Ninjutsu and possible playing your attacker again and static effects like Akroma's Memorial will not work either. In Beckett Brass i gained an additional trigger from first letting the pirates do damage before ninjutsuing them out. In this deck it's the question if you're gaining enough to jump through so many hoops.

Chadowboy on [PreCon] Moving Shadows - Rogues & Ninjas

11 months ago

Have you thought about using the first strike/ninjutsu combo here? I think rules would allow the first strike damage to happen, but the creature dealing it would still be considered as attacking and unblocked, so it can be used for ninjutsu, then all other creatures including the new ninja would deal "normal" combat damage. That would help triggering prowl as well as Yuriko.

I thought of cards like Power Matrix and Bladed Pinions here to give some evasiveness as well as first strike.

Junk_Heap on The Loneliest Pup In Commander

1 year ago


  • I think Elspeth, Knight-Errant can be an acceptable substitution for Power Matrix if needed, although I like the Trample that Power Matrix grants. Likewise Duelist's Heritage is a fair substitute for Battle Mastery and each has their own advantages and disadvantages; Duelist's Heritage sticks around when Isamaru, Hound of Konda dies and this deck has more tutors for Battle Mastery

  • Empyrial Plate is an acceptable alternative to Empyrial Armor but I am not certain I would run both of them. This deck tends to run low on cards in hand and when Empyrial Armor is out the play style changes to accommodate that card. As with Duelist's Heritage and Battle Mastery there are advantages and disadvantages to both Empyrial Plate and Empyrial Armor for this deck; Empyrial Plate sticks around and Empyrial Armor comes down a turn faster unless Sigarda's Aid is in play. This deck tends to run faster and riskier in trade for less resiliency. A more resilient play style, though, is an acceptable alternative and I think the deck can be tweaked to adjust for individual groups, play styles, and meta environments.

  • Regarding recursion I tend not to worry about it (the "fast and risky" plan). At various times the deck has run recursion effects but they tend to take time and resources to use well. At worst recursion cards are a dead draw if there is nothing to recur and at best it gives you some backup. Instead I would rather be drawing new equipment and resources.


  • Godsend is a fun card but I think it would be too slow for this deck. It is a lot of fun in more casual decks in multiplayer, though, in my experience.


  • Thanks for the compliment! I can see Lightmine Field and Clock of Omens doing some work for this deck but, as you said, its difficult to find cards to cut. At this point, unless there are more detrimental changes to the banlist, most modifications to the deck are for direct substitutions of existing cards that, for whatever reason, function better than the existing cards.


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