New Commander Staples from Doctor Who
Welcome back for another History, Restapled, a Commander-focused column that attempts to validate a newer card’s status as a staple by looking at how cards that are similar, synergistic, or competing have fared in the past financially.
At a release price of around $4, this new blue removal spell is priced the same as
For two mana, specifically , perhaps Cyber Conversion is more akin to
STATUS: Mono-blue removal staple
If you've got a mana-intensive commander leading the charge, this is either going to be one of the best cards in your deck, or a solid role player. At worst, Confession Dial offers strong ETB topdeck fixing and the ability to recast your commander from the graveyard with zero tax and Escape 3 (a minuscule price to pay mid-to-late game). At best, it offers cheap, colorless recursion for numerous powerful creatures - or, in the case of a legends-matter commander like
The closest comparison to Confession Dial is
Grab a Confession Dial while its price is low so you can build decks with commanders at mana values greater than five without trepidation.
STATUS: After Command Beacon, staple of decks with high mana value commanders; staple of legends-matter commanders
I’m not here to argue that this inexpensive uncommon is due to surge in price in the foreseeable future, but this seems like a killer utility land that provides some of the best creature removal available to all colors. Shuffling a creature into an opponent’s library keeps it out of the graveyard and gets around almost all relevant keywords on the creature that would otherwise save it, like indestructible and protection from such-and-such. Plus, there are corner cases when you’d want your opponent to shuffle their library regardless - having the land on the field might dissuade someone from casting, say,
Five mana for this effect, plus the loss of the land itself, is a steep price to pay, and in 95% of games I’d imagine Ominous Cemetery is nothing but a colorless land that enters untapped. But, that one time you require a kill spell to close out a game, you’ll be glad this took the spot of
STATUS: Potential staple of decks up to and including two colors, maybe three
|Cyber Conversion (Extended Art)
|Confession Dial (Extended Art)
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Steve Heisler is a writer and pop culture journalist covering comedy, games, television, film and the tech industry. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, GQ, Variety, The AV Club, Fast Company and the Chicago Sun-Times. He began collecting Magic cards during Fourth Edition and plays Commander and Modern primarily. He also enjoys tennis, the Dark Souls family of video games and supporting live comedy. He lives in Chicago with his cat, Rosie.