Buyback (You may pay an additional as you cast this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)

Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

Zobeth on Calm Before the Storm

2 months ago

This is a nice Zada deck! Have you considered Reiterate or Fiery Gambit? Zada can produce a stupid amount of mana off of cards you are already running (Jeskas Will, Traitorous Greed, Mana Geyer, Ancestors Aid, Etc). You can cast Ancestors Aid targeting Zada, resolve all of the copies except for the one targeting Zada, then cast reiterate with buyback to copy the spell for infinite storm and treasures. This can be used for several other mana creators.

Fiery Gambit has won me games on the spot. If you have made an infinite number of creatures through reiterate + Twinflame or Molten Duplication (and you have already passed through combat) you can cast Fiery Gambit targeting Zada and statistically you will kill the table off of the second ability. It also works well if you need resources to try and go for the third option! If this is confusing and want a better explanation, I can help at the Zada Discord: Hedron Hideout

demon_vayu on Blind 7 is usually fine

5 months ago

KongMing I like where your head is at with your comment. The reason I play See Double over something like Fork or Reiterate is the upside of a modal spell. The amount of times see double is an instant speed clone, more than once coping something silly like a Solemn Simulacrum, has actually been relevant. The longer I've played this deck the more I've messed with ways to reuse spells without relying on kess being in play, and buyback did cross my mind before. Used to run Walk the Aeons in an early build with turn spells, back when "kess beats" was plan B. I don't see myself running corpse dance, as really the only creature I care about once it's in the grave is Rona, Sheoldred's Faithful and I can just discard cards as an additional cost to recur it. As for collusion, I very rarely spend 5 Mana to tutor from hand, increasing usually gets discarded to Faithless Looting, Careful Study or something else. Ambition is in the deck because if I cast it with kess, it only cares it was cast from the grave- not that I spent 8 Mana.

KongMing on Blind 7 is usually fine

5 months ago

Have you considered Buyback as a way to get things back out of the grave on resolving the Kess cast? These aren't great cards, but maybe worth thinking about at least.

Corpse Dance might work well since you have so few creatures to interfere with retrieving a Dualcaster Mage or the like.

Demonic Collusion as a possible swap for Increasing Ambition. It's a higher cost to tutor two cards, but lets you toss some stuff in the grave and you can repeat the combo on later turns or if you recast/flicker Kess.

Maybe Reiterate for See Double?

Profet93 on Chainer, Dementia Master

5 months ago

FelixMortem +1

Why do you run Riveteers Overlook/Obscura Storefront/Maestros Theater? Also, why run so many lands? I love high land counts but I don't think it's necessary in this deck. 38 should be plenty IMO. Lastly regarding lands, how has cabal stronghold been for you given it's high basic requirement? Some more artifact ramp can definitely help you cut your land count.

DawnsRayofLight, zAzen7977 and DawnsRayofLight both make excellent points that I want to Reiterate.

Moreover, SufferFromEDHD's suggestion of Imp's mischief is spot on. I'm biased because it's a pet card of mine, but it's super useful. "Counter" counterspells while redirecting targeted removal, draw and extra turns! Gotta protect that commander.

Lastly to make a suggestion that hasn't already been extensively mentioned, Infernal Darkness is good counterspell bait and can stall opponents for a turn or 2. Couple with it Karn, the Great Creator to lock (and eventually destroy) opposing artifacts.

I enjoy your relatively low avg cmc, nice.

capwner on

6 months ago

Cool Dorfs

Hall of the Bandit Lord seems like a fit both on flavor and mechanically! I also like Stranglehold a lot in mono red. Reiterate is reusable interaction since you're making loads of treasures hopefully. Heat Shimmer seems like it maaaaayyy be good based on some of the creatures I am seeing... oh yeah what's that treasure cascade cards... Rain of Riches!! :) Most of the other cards I'd play in mono red you're already running :) Nice!

Azoth2099 on Bwatsizzle Maelstrom

6 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.

Profet93 on Imodane’s Flames

8 months ago

If mana geyser is added, then Reiterate might be worth considering for the combo between the 2

Azoth2099 on The Lonely Loner (Seems to free his mind at night)

10 months ago


Wuddup! Vadrik, Astral Archmage is so busted, man. Probably the best Commander p4p imo. I've been brewing him for a while now.

I see you're already running Seething Song, which is great. I'd highly recommend adding Desperate Ritual & Pyretic Ritual as well. Functionally having 2 copies of Dark Ritual in a deck is insane. Mana Geyser is pretty decent, but at Sorcery speed and at a minimum cost of , it's really not worth it compared to the others.

I would also recommend Mystic Retrieval & Mizzix's Mastery over Call to Mind & Finale of Promise respectively. As well as adding Past in Flames.

2 pieces of Equipment that I noticed shone very brightly with this Commander are Conqueror's Flail & Commander's Plate. The added bonus of cost reduction makes their power here difficult to overstate.

Buyback is a popular mechanic in typical Vadrik decks, but the only ones that are truly worth consideration are Capsize, Reiterate & Clockspinning. Haze of Rage & Seething Anger are obviously great, but they don't facilitate wins with the same frequency as those other ones. Sorcery speed sucks.

Never doubt that you need those Tutors, son! Solve the Equation, Reckless Handling, Merchant Scroll, Fabricate, Bribery & Acquire are all pretty much too good to pass up here. Reshape can also be great, depending on your Artifact list.

Free spells like Misdirection, Blazing Shoal & Commandeer can be pretty great here, given that they are likely still cheap to cast if you can't cast them for free.

Lastly, try to get yourself copies of Sea Gate Restoration  Flip, Shatterskull Smashing  Flip & Jeska's Will for this one if you can. Amazing!


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