Isochron Scepter

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Isochron Scepter


Imprint — When Isochron Scepter enters the battlefield, you may exile an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less from your hand. (The exiled card is imprinted onto this artifact.)

, : You may copy the exiled card. If you do, you may cast the copy without paying its mana cost.

DarkKiridon on Hanna, Myr Navigator

21 hours ago

Not sure how I came across this deck but I like it! :D

Unwinding Clock could be useful in here especially with Myr Matrix. Isochron Scepter and Silence could be fun since you already have Teferi, Time Raveler.

Check out my Shorikai artifact list if you want, but its more budget friendly. Shorikai Drift

turkinaa on Elsa but She Can't Let it Go

3 weeks ago

Might I suggest a Ghostly Prison (or maybe also a Teferi's Moat for some more pillow fort protection.

Other ways to get taps in are Thassa's Ire, Puppet Strings, Staff of Domination, and some tricks with an Isochron Scepter. Some cards to use with the Scepter would be Psychic Puppetry and Twiddle as well as many of the ones you have already in your deck list. If you used Dream's Grip you can entwine with the Scepter (as well as kick cards).

IHATENAMES on Ever Watchful

1 month ago

Cool deck i love the commander! Overall looks like it can hold down the board but has trouble finishing games. So I would suggest looking into more wincons.

Perhaps the instant sorcery make a token permanents like Monastery Mentor Docent of Perfection  Flip Talrand, Sky Summoner

Candlekeep Inspiration blue over run effect. With all of the instant/sorcerys

Unique not from hand cast cards maybe worth considering some are better then others.

Hidden Strings

Future Sight


Synthesis Pod

Mind's Desire

Chaos Wand

Isochron Scepter

scottbaker91 on Budget Meren Eldrazi spawn

1 month ago

I think Hand of Emrakul, Decimator of the Provinces, Kozilek, the Great Distortion, and Pathrazer of Ulamog are too expensive to cast / commander ability for what they do. Some replacement examples would be: Terastodon, Void Winnower, Fleshbag Marauder, Noxious Gearhulk, Ravenous Chupacabra, Plaguecrafter, Eternal Witness, It That Betrays, Woodfall Primus, Acidic Slime, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, Sepulchral Primordial, Overseer of the Damned, etc.

cards like Dalek Squadron with a sac outlet will get you a lot of Meren counters quickly. cards like Greater Good are great at filling your graveyard and your hand. cards like Oversold Cemetery are great for your low mana creatures and late game expensive creatures. Tragic Slip isn't a very good card for multiplayer commander, unless you are using something like Isochron Scepter

I think your deck is a little heavy on creature token generators, especially your creatures. I know they are there to build up tokens on Meren and to generate mana, in the early game, but they aren't doing much in the mid to late game. Maybe replace a few with some faster reanimator spells like: Living Death, Lifeline (a personal favorite), Necromancy, Animate Dead, Victimize, Rescue from the Underworld, Beacon of Unrest, etc.

Other cards I would consider cutting: Skullbriar, the Walking Grave (too slow imo unless he is your commander), Blisterpod (needs to die to get the token), Pawn of Ulamog, Vorapede, Village Rites, Gray Merchant of Asphodel (starts to shine with lots of reanimator stuff), Woe Strider, Scion Summoner, Brood Monitor, Deathreap Ritual, Commander's Sphere

It's tough to suggest cards for a budget deck. A card that I might consider to be absolutely necessary could require cheaper options in other parts of the deck to make it fit.

evkede on Stop Playing the game please

2 months ago

Isochron Scepter with a counterspell or silence.

More suggestions: Dovin's Veto, SwanSong, An Offer You Can't Refuse, Counterspell, Rhystic Study, Remand, Reprieve, Unwind.

The deck currently lacks card advantage, and especially engines that stay on board. Malcolm, Alluring Scoundrel isn't card advantage, but is selection, and can end up casting some of your top end for free. The Reality Chip is very impressive as a Future Sight that you can pay for across multiple turns and hold up mana/spend it on other things. Dragonlord Ojutai and Iymrith, Desert Doom have been impressive to me as card advantage/beaters to close games.

Azoth2099 on Bwatsizzle Maelstrom

3 months ago

Kalamax! Tight. Here's some recs:

Wandering Archaic  Flip, Flusterstorm, Flux Channeler, Twincast, Fork, Reverberate, Reiterate, Radstorm & Spellbinder.

I'd also recommend running some synergistic combos like Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal & Dualcaster Mage + Ghostly Flicker.

Good luck refining your list! Great commander choice.

Azoth2099 on So basically dimir Talrand

3 months ago

Yeah, I suppose that was a rude way to say that, I apologize.

Once this deck is streamlined, you'll have more than enough token generation to slot Diabolic Intent, especially considering that one of your main combos is Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter. Sacrificing a token so that you can make infinite tokens is worth it.

Also, the utility offered by Black Market Connections here is insane. If you don't want to throw a bunch of life into it once it's served it's purpose you can just pay 1 for a treasure, which is fantastic. The tokens it generates are Changelings as well, which matters a lot if we're talking about quickly getting to the 9. Never be afraid to use your life as a resource, especially in color combos including . You're kicking yourself by doing so! The more powerful and dialed in your decklist is, the more powerful your life will be as a resource, I cannot overstate this.

If you don't want to police the table for fun's sake...that's awesome lol, you're probably super fun to play with! In that case, I'd add more cantrip effects for yourself like Ponder, Brainstorm, Serum Visions, Opt...There's a ton. Windfall, Tolarian Winds, Sign in Blood & Night's Whisper would do great in this new hypothetical card draw pack, too.

As far as what I'd cut to make room for more core strength, here it goes:

Teferi's Veil, Levitation, Cover of Darkness, Glamdring, Maskwood Nexus, Uncovered Clues, Pieces of the Puzzle, Worn Powerstone, Metallurgic Summonings, Quantum Misalignment, Decoy Gambit & Soul Shatter.

None of these are bad cards per se, I definitely understand why you slotted most of them, but if you replace them with some of the cards I mentioned your deck engine will run a lot smoother a lot more often.

Profet93 on Xiahou Doom

3 months ago

Sc000t +1

Interesting deck, nice low avg cmc. A couple comments, questions and suggestions....

  1. Insidious Dreams - Seems like it's prime for a counterspell. I don't see a single way to deal with blue. Moreover, you barely have any draw to even draw into your top cards. I know you have bolas citadel and necro but its not enough. You definitely should consider adding more draw. I know you want to assemble your combo with tutors but more draw definitely can't hurt
  2. Sacrifice - How has this been playing for you? I assume you use it in response to an opponent targeting your big demons?
  3. Warlock Class - I'm missing something, how is this helpful for your build?
  4. Darkness - Does your meta include a lot of creatures/combat? How has it been playing for you, would you consider swapping it out for more draw perhaps?


  1. Imp's Mischief - It can redirect targeted removal, draw, extra turns and can "counter" counterspells. Moreover, it's another useful card to imprint onto Isochron Scepter.
  2. Cabal Coffers - Ramp
  3. Syphon Mind - Draw and discard. Alternatively, Mind Twist is great to bait blue or ramp into early game to cripple another player.
  4. Yawgmoth's Will - Recursion
  5. Opposition Agent - Not needed but puts in a lot of work.
  6. Mana Vault - Ramp, works well with beseech
  7. Phyrexian Arena/Read the Bones/Sign in Blood/Night's Whisper - Decent draw to consider
  8. Peer into the Abyss - Super draw that can help you get half your library to find your combos and win. Alternatively, you can target an opponent for politics or you can target them and then cast another spell that makes them lose life = to what they those this turn to finish them
  9. Dauthi Voidwalker - As a substitute or redundancy for leyline.


  1. Are 9 castable instants worth utilizing isochron scepter? I understand the high impact it can have. That being said, you should consider adding additional targets. Isochron itself usually get's 2 for 1ed as well.
  2. Your combos don't have a lot of synergy with each other. You have a demon + lifeloss which is a synergy, not so much a combo. You have isochron synergy, not combo, which isn't synergistic with the deck itself. Sanguine + Exquisite is solid, albeit costly. Lastly you have the leyline + helm combo which isn't synergistic with the deck. Rather than having a bunch of combos and tutors in the deck to assemble them as you lose to tempo and blue, why not cut down on 1-2 of the synergies/combos to add more draw or interaction to ensure your deck runs more smoothly and you can more easily protect your main combo and use a backup if necessary?
  3. Headgames is solid AF. That card alone is worth upvoting your deck, you have my respect
  4. Have you considered going into a bit more a control route? You have contamination that works very help. You have black removal to kill mana dorks but most decks utilize artifact ramp to get around that, what has your experience been with that? Other cards to consider this route are as follows....

A) Infernal Darkness - Its like contamination as it can bait blue, its easier to maintain (usually 1-2 turns is all you need) and doesn't impact your nykthos, lake or ancient tomb.

B) Karn, the Great Creator - It's static ability is a one-sided null rod, in conjunction with contamination/infernal darkness, is a strong soft-lock. It's first ability can help you remove artifacts that you have no other options to remove. It's second ability can bring back bolas, grindstone, painters servant, etc...

C) Null Rod - It does stop about 9 of your cards, but there are other decks that utilize way more artifacts than you.

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