We've had two Double Masters sets now and there hasn't been a reprint of, or heck, even (yes I know that one got printed in the New Capenna Commander decks, but still). There really is no excuse for the other two to put it quite plainly. is a Commander card through and through and - excluding The List - hasn't been printed since... Tenth Edition?!
That's far too long to go without a reprint for a card that fun.
Its price is now a little more than the average player would like to pay, and even though it's on "The List" it is still rare and hard to come by. Hopefully we will see it soon, but this would have been a great spot to put it. Turning our gaze to a more recently released card in, it sees lots of play in all sorts of decks in EDH, and it's starting to climb in its price point as well. Being able to copy planeswalkers and creatures makes this card incredibly covetable by all sorts of players.
I'm just saying, if it were in 2X2, I wouldn't feel bad opening it as one of my rares. If there is a third Double Masters (which would be a tad bit of a flavour fail, unless they switched the name to "Triple Masters" or "Masters Cubed"...which would be a cool name for a Cube-Draft Masters box set...you're welcome Wizards, that one's on the house) I do hope to see those cards and hopefully another reprint ofbecause we all know that card needs reprinting on the double!
Last time we had three deck builders double-down and try to get your votes to secure themselves in the finals. Only two may make it to this article let's see who did:
Congratulations Jake FitzSimons and Lenny! Both of you get to be in two articles in a row! As always a big thank you to Doug, even though you came up short on your second appearance it was great to see you and have you on. I really enjoyed yourdeck, ain't no better way to cook some eggs than with some burn spells!
The challenges our finalists had to face were:
Commander must be the same Commander you used in the last round
You can only use cards printed in Double Masters and Double Masters 2022
You must include 10 cards with a mana value of 2
First up we have Lenny! Take two, action!
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Round 2 of the Double Masters challenge was both more difficult and much easier. Using only cards from the Double Masters sets meant a much smaller card pool and fewer available strategies. Fortunately having to use my last commander turned out to be a blessing. The original Double Masters had a strong artifact theme and in general, artifacts tend to be popular choices for reprints as they show up in many formats andis not only in great colors for this strategy, but its ability can make many artifact creatures completely free to cast. The ten cards of mana value two worked out quite well for this deck, giving me an excuse to use cards I normally wouldn't such as , , and as well as cheap mana dorks to ramp and put counters on .
This ended up being more like a classic Animar deck, using cheap creatures to put counters on the commander, reducing the cost of much more powerful creatures down the line. In addition to the previously mentioned mana dorks, I added as much as I could in the way of utility creatures.is a great way to keep spot removal away from the commander. and find the top end creatures. and help out with card draw. and deal with problems, while and get back cards that meet an unfortunate end.
Once Animar has a decent number of counters, it's time to start resolving threats. Since they were available I went with Animar classics like, and . is not only a flying trampler that can draw cards, but it also adds to the count of two mana value cards.
can turn our expensive artifacts into extra damage or spot removal. and can flood the board with chump blockers. Of course we don't want to neglect the fact that Animar is likely to get pretty big, I also threw in and for some evasion and extra power.
As much of a fan as I am of the combat step I took the opportunity to include a backup combo.just so happens to fill one of the deck restrictions being two mana and wouldn't you know, they went and reprinted in Double Masters 2022. With both these cards and either , , or likely you can make infinite mana and sink that into a , , or to win the game; or you can use to burn the other players out of the game.
I hope you enjoyed the deck. It's a classic take on the Animar deck and I think it really shows off just how many cool commander staples get reprinted in these sets. Thanks again to Travis for having me back and thanks to all of you who voted for me in round one and hopefully this round
Thanks Lenny! It was a real blast having you on. That brings us to Jake FitzSimons, let's see how he doubled down on his previous commander!
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One Double Masters wasn't enough. Buildingonce wasn't enough. Going head to head with Lenny Wooley in the final round wasn't enough. And quite frankly, winning once isn't enough.
I've come back for seconds.
And if I thought "modern legal" was a tough restriction (I did) then I didn't realise how good I had it. "Cards must come from Double Masters 1 & 2" is a bizarrely small pool to draw from, but I'm proud of what I came up with.
Rather than try to rejig the double damage theme I ran with last week (RIP) I've started from scratch and taken the deck in a new direction: artifact aristocrats, or artifactocrats if you prefer. Or at least, that's how it started and once I realised that was the exact Rakdos draft theme for Double Masters 1, I looked further afield.
Kaervek's Artifactocrats is full of expendable artifacts that will likely make their way to the bin and back again more than once. Taking advantage of this are our modest host of artifact centric payoffs.is the best of these and and have been included specifically to find it. doesn't look like much, but she's a big help for the deck's subtheme: equipment.
If there's one thing Double Masters has in abundance, it's high quality equipment. I've chosen all five swords available to me, because how could I resist? It wouldn't be very merciless of me to leave one out. I haven't stopped there either.
Once the early game has passed and the miniature pings and dings that the aristocrat side of the deck is capable of have lost relevance, you're going to need finishers. Threats that demand a response. Kaervek is one of those for sure, but he'll take a while to accrue enough damage to really be a game ender. Better yet are the terrible trio,, , and the most fearsome of all eldrazi... . Damnit Sheldon, let off the banlist!
Do these cards have any special or interesting synergy with the deck? Not really. But when you're working with a manabase composed almost entirely of basics and none of the usual ramp tools, you make do with what you've got. More than that, I'm a simple cEDH enthusiast. I see fast mana, I click "add to deck". Self control isn't my strong point and if it was, I wouldn't love Rakdos decks half as much as I do.
Speaking of cEDH, I've also made room for a simple infinite combo. this explainer at Commander Spellbook. Like the fast mana above, this lacks strict synergy with the rest of the deck, but I can't help but love that someone drafting Double Masters could put together an infinite. Hey, if it's okay in limited, it has to be okay here!and either of or is an easy "I win" button that you can start gunning for if all else fails. If you want a more detailed explanation for how this combo works, check out
You might notice this deck is being pulled in three different directions and "artifactocrats" should probably be "aritfactoequipmenteldrazocrats", but such is the nature of a tiny cardpool. If anything, it was actually a lot of fun being forced to diversify my deck building rather than honing in on just one or two primary strategies.
Thanks again for having me Travis, well played to Doug and hisdeck, and good luck to my CUT archnemesis Lenny Wooley!
What kind words to your competitors Jake! It was a pleasure having you on once again. Best of luck to you and Lenny in this round.
Seems both of our deck builders went in an artifact direction, fortunately artifacts are extremely flexible so both decks are very different. One thing I love about this series is even when two deck builders go in a similar direction, they can come out with very different creations.
You know what to do now, vote below who you think won this finals round! Next time we bring in 3 past winners in the CUT roster to go head-to-head to see who can prove themselves to be the best of the best. So check back next time to see who won the Double Masters 2022 round and who is next up on CUT Remember if you don't love it, CUT it!
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