Cryptic Command

Legality

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

Printings View all

Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations (AKHMPS) Common
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) Rare
Lorwyn (LRW) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Cryptic Command

Instant

Choose two —

  • Counter target spell.

  • Return target permanent to its owner's hand.

  • Tap all creatures your opponents control.

  • Draw a card.

Cryptic Command Discussion

TheMagicMafia on Hour of Grixis

6 days ago

Mana Issues

The mana's going to suck. You're running a completely 3-color deck hoping to play Cryptic Command s turn 4 and Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God turn 5.

I really like Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God and want to see him stay, so I suggest taking out some of the cards that really want a color that is not black, such as Cryptic Command , Vendilion Clique , and Sweltering Suns .

Style Issues

The counter spells and instant speed interaction like Vendilion Clique and Countersquall adds something to the deck, but shouldn't be the focus of it. Instead I think Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God would do best in a sort of Grixis-that-feels-like-Jund list that wants to make sure the coast is clear with removal and discard before slamming an unstoppable threat and winning.

Suggestions:

Note: I only want like one or two of these in alongside Bolas
  • Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet - great all around threat which works well with removal and gets better as the game goes on.
  • Liliana of the Veil - runs down your opponents' resources.
  • Gurmag Angler - "cheap" threat
  • Death's Shadow - most shadow decks are very aggressive, but as control decks run low on life generally, it may be a fine way to close out the game while freeing up the rest of your mana for removal or card draw. Would require some relatively major changes to the deck though.

heckproof on NOT A BREW

1 week ago

That’s a fair point. The two spells serve very different purposes, but mainly they just act as copies 5-6 of Path to Exile . I play Oust because its fail case is far better than Condemn ’s, in that hitting your own creature with it can be cornercase beneficial.

In truth, it wouldn’t hurt to play both. I just really like having the fourth Cryptic Command at my disposal.

Wonderman14 on NEED HELP , with a ...

1 week ago

Hi guys, ¿any ideas about a Mono U control deck viable for MODERN?. I have some nice cards but im a noob about modern meta, if there is something like that in modern actually.

Here a list of some card i already have

Snapcaster Mage x 3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor x 2 Mana Leak x 4 Serum Visions x 2 Cryptic Command x4 Thing in the Ice  Flip x 4 Remand x 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance x 4 Spreading Seas x 4 Vedalken Shackles x 2

Please, im lost, i see a lot of mono u control/tempo decks, but they are from 2016,17,18, so maybe im trying force something useless.

Wonderman14 on NEED HELP , MONO U ...

1 week ago

Hi guys, ¿any ideas about a Mono U control deck viable for MODERN?. I have some nice cards but im a noob about modern meta, if there is something like that in modern actually.

Here a list of some card i already have

Snapcaster Mage x 3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor x 2 Mana Leak x 4 Serum Visions x 2 Cryptic Command x4 Thing in the Ice  Flip x 4 Remand x 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance x 4 Spreading Seas x 4 Vedalken Shackles x 2

Please, im lost, i see a lot of mono u control/tempo decks, but they are from 2016,17,18, so maybe im trying force something useless.

KamiKasper on Super-Budget: Suspended Control

2 weeks ago

Man, MoonHollow124 I love the idea of Mono Blue Ponza. I just don't really see what i could take out here? Also that deck would need cards like Cryptic Command IMO which is way over this budget.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Esper Lattice

2 weeks ago

Look at the modern metagame. Most decks fall into one of two categories. The first is aggressive persistent linear aggro. These include Phoenix, Dredge, Humans, Affinity, Burn. To beat these decks you need to shut them down hard. Wrath of God is a good start, but you only have 2 copies and Phoenix and Dredge only somewhat care about Wrath. Phoenix and Dredge are why UW Control usually plays Terminus . Tucking creatures is a really powerful effect. Nonetheless, the WAR cards do almost nothing to interact with these decks. Kefnet is an okay blocker, but that doesn't really matter when humans has Reflector Mage and phoenix has Lightning Axe . Teferi is so durdly. Bouncing an opposing creature is not good interaction. And Deliver is 3 mana to get back the 3rd and 4th best cards from your graveyard, which is kind of terrible. I'm pretty sure there are better 3 mana recursion spells that still see no play because graveyard recursion isn't good unless it's done by Snapcaster Mage . Gifts Ungiven isn't played for value. It's played as a double Entomb , with value as a backup plan if entombing is bad.

The other type of deck is decks that go over the top. UW Control, Tron, Amulet Titan, even BGx and Grixis Death's Shadow. The first 3 especially try to do something powerful that's hard to interact with and will win the game if left unchecked. Imagine playing Kefnet or Teferi vs Tron. They'll slam Karn, Wurmcoil, Ugin, or Ulamog and no matter how it goes they're in a much much better spot. The story is the same vs Amulet Titan. And the finishers in UW Control are much better. Teferi, Hero of Dominaria can deal with your threats effectively and Cryptic Command will pull them ahead. When facing UW Control is the only time Teferi, Time Raveler might be good, and even then I'm not convinced.


Karn is a very good card, and I think the archetype has potential, but frankly you've built this deck to take down standard. Modern is a totally different beast.

MontaukMonster on Help with manabase

2 weeks ago

The other things is you have a lot of double- and triple-color cards like Cryptic Command . Great cards, but they do make your mana pulls inconsistent.

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Cryptic Command occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.48%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

Blue: 0.51%