Mishra, Jank Prodigy

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Mishra, Artificer Prodigy is an incredibly unique commander with an ability that will confuse, befuddle, and amaze your opponents.

Mishra reads: "Whenever you cast an artifact spell, you may search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card with the same name as that spell and put it onto the battlefield. If you search your library this way, shuffle it."

It is at this point that you may be asking yourself, "Huh? How does that work in a singleton format?"

The essential "trick" to making Mishra work for us is the clever management of triggered abilities, combined with some seemingly-symmetrical Stax effects that we will leverage to punish our opponents more than ourselves. Want to know more? Then enter the Workshop below to see how all the cogs of this machine fit together:

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With the recent banning of Hullbreacher in Commander, a slot opened up in the list. Modern Horizons II introduced Void Mirror, one of the only cards in recent memory with language that (theoretically) fits with Mishra's ability. This is because, like Nether Void, Void Mirror counters spells rather than taxing or preventing their casting. However, unlike Nether Void, which affects all spells, Void Mirror is very narrow.

It's worth noting that Void Mirror cares only about what mana was used to cast a spell, not whether the spell itself is colored or colorless. This means Void Mirror won't counter artifacts if players use any colored mana (such as mana from basic lands) to cast them. This potentially makes it more of a nuisance than a hard stax piece. Notably, however, it does counter "free" spells, because if no mana was spent to cast a spell, then no colored mana was spent to cast that spell. In addition to blocking cards like Force of Will, this will also counter popular mana rocks like Mox Diamond or Mox Opal.

As with our other stax pieces, Mishra allows us to break parity with Void Mirror and resolve our zero-cost artifacts or artifacts cast with colorless mana, while forcing our opponents to jump through hoops. Since it is an artifact itself, and it is relatively cheap, I am trying it out!



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