Crystal Ball

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful 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
Commander 2018 (C18) Uncommon
2011 Core Set (M11) Uncommon

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Crystal Ball

Artifact

, : Scry 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

Crystal Ball Discussion

dragonstryke58 on Shuffling a permanent that can't ...

2 weeks ago

@GrandRoyal

I guess I neglected a relevant response to the OP's mention of top manipulation...

Once you begin to resolve an item on the stack, you must resolve the effect fully before adding anything to the stack.

In the case of Chaos Warp , once you shuffle the permanent (or replace the event of it being shuffled into your library), you must resolve ALL of Chaos Warp . This includes revealing the top card of your library and if it's a permanent, put it to the battlefield. That means you cannot shuffle for Chaos Warp , then activate Crystal Ball to scry the top 2, and then reveal for Chaos Warp 's effect.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Atla Palani’s Endless Nest

2 months ago

First of all...I wish I knew about Reinforcements prior to purchasing Noxious Revival to play the same role in my deck, but here we are haha. Also, Reclaim is another good budget reanimator option for this deck.

Anyways, as a fellow person trying to brew with Atla, here are some suggestions. I am not sure of your budget restrictions so some of these may be a bit expensive:

You run a bunch of mana dorks, which are dud hits with Atla. You mention in your description that you use top deck manipulation to help avoid this, but that doesn't always work. You could probably completely avoid the issue by using more mana rocks and sorcery ramp in place of the mana dorks. That would ensure that all of your egg hits are impactful. Your mana dorks are also a bit of a nonbo with Marauding Raptor .

Greater Good and Goblin Bombardment are excellent sac outlets for both dinosaurs and Atla. The former is premium card advantage for Naya and the latter can trigger enrage.

Penance is fantastic for sculpting the top of your library from your hand. It adds additional protection as well.

Nesting Dragon can consistently provide eggs and is an amazing board wipe deterrent.

Mirri's Guile and Crystal Ball are additional, repeatable top-deck manipulation.

You might also be creature heavy enough to profitably use Lurking Predators

+1 from me!

lil_cheez on Shuffling a permanent that can't ...

2 months ago

Hello planeswalkers,

If I use Chaos Warp , Oblation etc targeting something that will not be shuffled into the owner's library (for example a token or a Commander), the owner of that permanent will shuffle anyway?

Asking for effects that care about shuffling (like Cosi's Trickster ) and top manipulation ( Crystal Ball )

pizzagod13 on Topdecking in Izzet

3 months ago

A good budget option for this is Crystal Ball . A better version would be Sensei's Divining Top

xaarvaxus on Birds of a feather...

3 months ago

Not sure I understand the inclusion of Worn Powerstone over Sol Ring unless its just a placeholder until you get another copy. For scrying power Crystal Ball is strictly superior to Seer's Lantern , [though I would add the Crystal Ball to replace the Manalith as pretty much any mana rock is better here]. My understanding is that despite the low CMC of the deck, Feather is actually fairly mana hungry so perhaps more artifact ramp may be in order to get the engines going sooner.

While I haven't played with or against Feather yet, I watched a few videos and Feather dies a lot even with the instant speed protections so my feeling is you'll really miss not having Swiftfoot Boots , Darksteel Plate , etc. to free up your mana to just buff and draw cards.

Shyachi33 on Andy's Eight-and-a-Half-Tails deck

3 months ago

hi, just watched the Legendary Creature Podcast and as someone that loves mono white AND Eight-and-a-Half Tails, i'd like to put some input in the deck.

first of all, i would cut ALL of the unsynergistic "lose-less" cards like: Dawn Elemental , Blinding Angel , Guardian of the Gateless , Palisade Giant , Platinum Angel , Selfless Squire , Ghostly Prison , Pariah , and Gideon of the Trials . none of these cards advance your game state, or put you closer to a win. If anything these cards only help you durdle around, hoping you can squeeze out a cheeky win. you already run the 3 circle of protection cards that will more or less synergistically do most of that already, and you can also add Idyllic Tutor as redundancy. i would probably replace the lose-less cards for more hatebears, like Aven Mindcensor , Angel of Jubilation , and Containment Priest . you're also running only 2 creatures with an etb effects, so cards like Torpor Orb and Hushwing Gryff can be very back breaking against other more creature based decks.

if you want commander damage to be your wincon, you should run bigger "bombs" or equipments/auras like Eldrazi Conscription and/or Blackblade Reforged on top of the strata scythe and umezawa's jitte.

snow-covered plains are cheap right now. so possibly investing in Extraplanar Lens (which unfortunately isn't cheap) might be something worth while for the deck.

Scuttlemutt is a cute ramp piece that can also paint creatures white. Cloudchaser Kestrel has an etb effect AND can paint things white also

i noticed you ran Steelshaper's Gift in the video, but it's not in your current list. need an update? if you don't already have it, Open the Armory is also a good way to look for those voltron pieces.

you only have 6 cards in your entire deck that can shuffle your making Sensei's Divining Top mostly a waste of time, at that point Crystal Ball would do you better as you can scry away "bad" cards at the top of your library, unlike SDT. if you add the 5 fetchlands, and more tutors then you can reconsider it.

Now onto more spicy tech. Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and All Is Dust both have great synergy with 8.5 since you can paint other people's lands and artifacts white.

adding Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth in the deck can make temple of the false god and maze of ith tap for mana, BUT it also allows you to run some extra spicy cards like Karma and Royal Decree which, with any of the circle of protection cards, for 1 mana you can make it 1 sided.

Illumination a solid counterspell that people won't see coming, and you can stop gross cards like omniscience, and mind over matter.

Renounce the Guilds is also a great way to kill everyone's non-mono color deck commanders.

not sure of the timing of the filming, but Smothering Tithe and Generous Gift should both be auto includes in every white deck.

if you are able to get your hands on the fetchlands, Brought Back can be a really good include, along with Lotus Field .

Cavalier of Dawn is also a strong include.

end notes: try to keep your deck as low to the ground as possible, with a very low mana curve, you want to play cards but also keep as much mana open to do any of your 8.5 shinanigans. if you spend 6+ mana on a spell on your man phase, it really limits what you can and cant do on other people's turns, which you want to mainly be doing with a commander like 8.5 that screams CONTROL.

Sid_the_sloth on Why isnt boros prison/stax a ...

3 months ago

When I played this is modern way back before it was a deck with nahiri and emrakrul ... The win cons in my modern deck once the board state was stable were.

Ajani Vengeant Elspeth, Sun's Champion Assemble the Legion Elspeth, Knight-Errant Gideon Jura

Fast forward a few years and then that's when the nahiri emrakrul "combo" Again this was me back in 2014 my little home brew I wasnt playing chalice or ensnaring bridge like they were but I played blood moon. And granted it aas 60 card. Amd most of those listed above where one of's

Elspeth, Sun's Champion is just great after a board wipe or her -3 . she just shits out and army and when she gets to her ultimate the little 1/1's become 3/3's that plus Assemble the Legion ticking up every turn with and emblem is just stupid LOL. my personal favorite being able to use Elspeth, Knight-Errant to use her second +1 to jump either her own token, any other 1/1" or my personal favorite is to use her second +1 on a active Gideon Jura I would also assume if bot my personal preference to the deck style for boros prison in EDH is to be enchantment based in terms of cards like Luminarch Ascension Ghostly Prison Sphere of Safety Rest in Peace is always a good card Oblivion Ring if you decide to go rather enchant heavy Sigil of the Empty Throne . Just to name a few off the top of my head... Also the question is...whats the budget . Also my personal favorite win cons over the years Baneslayer Angel Sun Titan if you run an fair amount of. Cmcs of 3 or less. Entreat the Angels is nice because even though your not playing blue there are still ways to top deck manipulate for Entreat the Angels or just for better draws like Scroll Rack Sensei's Divining Top Crystal Ball Again just ranting off ideas and cards from too of my head

DemonDragonJ on Sphere of Supreme Sorcery

3 months ago

Having one's spells countered is never fun, and there are some spells that cannot be countered, but those spells are few and far between.

Therefore, I have decided to make a card that makes all spells uncounterable; obviously, such a card will be very powerful, so I shall need to design it with caution.

Sphere of Supreme Sorcery Show

I know that making all spells uncounterable is very powerful, so I gave the artifact a double drawback; first, it must be untapped, and, second, the player must spend additional mana. To ensure that a player would want to tap it, I gave it an ability that combines those of Crystal Ball and Arcane Encyclopedia .

What does everyone else say about this card? How well did I do in designing it?

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