What are the most abusive cards?

Commander (EDH) forum

Posted on June 19, 2020, 11:12 p.m. by SynergyBuild

There are many rules that normal cards do not optimize for that become abusive when introduced to EDH rules. For example, Serra Ascendant or Felidar Sovereign are much more powerful in EDH than in normal gameplay, due to the 40 starting life.

Additionally, Seedborn Muse and Teferi, Master of Time become extremely powerful in this setting, due to more turns to use them.

This could also include effects that are more powerful in a singleton environment, Tainted Pact and Field of the Dead come to mind.

Considering these effects, what are your picks for the most abusive EDH cards, cards that are made specifically not for EDH, yet when introduced become more powerful exponentially in the new environment?

griffstick says... #2

Freed from the Reel is pretty easy. And kci

June 19, 2020 11:19 p.m.

Aetherflux Reservoir! It’s scary how quickly that card can pop off when you start off with 40 life...

June 19, 2020 11:29 p.m.

Joe_Ken_ says... #4

I feel like Rhystic Study , Mystic Remora , and Smothering Tithe all fit in the same category of being very good and a little abusable in edh since it is a multiplayer format and you can get so much value off of them if they are left alone for 1-2 turn rotations.

June 20, 2020 3:20 a.m.

griffstick says... #5

Bolases citadel

June 20, 2020 8:08 a.m.

GhostChieftain says... #6

Ad Nauseam if you keep your cmc low you can rip a fat naus on someones end step and be pretty safe to win the following turn. With 40 life one can feasably draw 20-30 cards and that is just nutty

June 20, 2020 9:24 a.m.

Last_Laugh says... #7

Any 'for each vote' cards like Expropriate get better with multiple opponents.

June 20, 2020 10:57 a.m.

Rzepkanut says... #8

Syphon Mind and Midnight Clock are far better in multiplayer but not particularly "abusive". Ward of Bones and Land Equilibrium can be crazy harsh in a big game vs a small one and they tend to feel a bit more "abusive". Edric, Spymaster of Trest also really shoots up in power level with multiple opponents. Unwinding Clock is basically a colorless Seedborn Muse, its super busted. Disrupt Decorum is a hell of a party that doesn't even work in 1v1. A known Constant Mists can do wonders in hand, as nobody will want to waste an attack on you. Arachnogenesis and Comeuppance are similar, if they are suspected responses to attacks you may start being left alone in the game until someone has a counterspell for you. Dragon Broodmother, and a few other cards trigger token making on each player's turn, maybe not super abusive but still much better in multi than in a 1v1 game. Mind's Eye can be quite strong as well, especially with Smothering Tithe!!

June 20, 2020 3:14 p.m.

DuTogira says... #9

Based on edh rules and restrictions, I’d peg Demonic Consultation as the most abusable card. Singleton format with a plethora of tutors...

As for cards that are “night and day” between commander and other formats... Serra Ascendant and Sylvan Library are the two that stick out. Turn 1 6/6 flying life link creature is borked. And 2 mana “draw 3 each turn, 8 life ain’t shit” is also broken.

June 20, 2020 4:45 p.m.

griffstick says... #10

Based on what DuTogira said, I would peg Necropotence as an equivalent or better than the above mentioned cards.

June 20, 2020 6:29 p.m.

j0k3rzinhu says... #11

i dont know about abusive, but my picks for most rage-inducing cards are:

1- Counterbalance

2- By Force

3- Flash oh wait, he dead

June 21, 2020 10:53 p.m.

RambIe says... #12

Sol Ring most abused card in all of edh!
its so bad i once turn zero'd a Pact of Negation to stop one
they said i lost that game but i walked away feeling like i won.

June 22, 2020 11:30 p.m.

And that, friends, is why you always run Mental Misstep

June 22, 2020 11:51 p.m.

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