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Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty is there, and it’s already shaking Magic: The Gatheringof different formats with some of the most powerful cards spread throughout. This return to Kamigawa, which finds the once-inspired aircraft of feudal Japan now taking on the guise of post-industrial cyberpunk Japan, emphasizes auras, gear, sagas, and “altered” creatures.

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Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker is an iconic red card from the original Kamigawa block that once had a Modern deck dedicated to it. Red is a tough color that always seems to have one or two aggressive decks in the standard meta. Its aggressive nature is even more advantageous in the generally slower Commander format.

ten Go-Shintai Of Ancient Wars Could Be The Winning Addition To A Deck Of Shrines


For a long time, Commander players have tried to make a shrine-themed five-color enchantment deck work. the original Kamigawa block provided some sort of base for this, and it was bolstered with additional shrines in Core Set 2021. Sanctum of All provided an incentive to try a shrines theme, and Go-Shintai of Life’s Origins offered a good shrine commander in this set.

With only 17 shrines in all Magic, it’s still not possible to create a shrine-only Commander deck, but it’s closer now than it was before. In a deck heavily focused on shrines, Go-Shintai of Ancient Wars would be a necessity, as it’s an enchanted creature that can deal damage equal to the number of shrines a player controls at the end of their turn. .

9 The fable of the mirror breaker is a slower but useful way to achieve a Kiki-Jiki effect


MTG Mirror Breaker Map Fable

If someone wanted to run Kiki-Jiki in their Commander deck, they would just have to run Kiki-Jiki. If they wanted a second Kiki-Jiki-like effect (apart from Splinter Twin), Fable of the Mirror Breaker is a decent option. The first chapter of this saga features a goblin shaman who produces treasure on the attack. The second chapter allows the controller to drop two cards to draw two. The third finally transforms the saga into Reflection of Kiki-Jiki.

This creature needs extra mana to duplicate a creature, which hurts its effectiveness. Being a transformed creature was already preventing an infinite combo with Restoration Angel, but the mana requirement slows Reflection of Kiki-Jiki a lot. That said, there are far worse red cards out there, and a duplicate effect is always at least somewhat helpful.


8 Atsushi, The Blazing Sky is useful in a deck with sacrifice and revive effects


MTG card Atsushi the blazing sky

Atsushi, The Blazing Sky is part of the Legendary Dragon Enchantment Creatures cycle for this set. As in the original Kamigawa block, this cycle of dragons each triggers a death effect. Atsushi allows the player to either exile two cards from the top of their library to cast until end of turn, or produce three treasure tokens.

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The second choice seems to be the most useful option, but the top two cards can be good in some scenarios. Either way, in a Commander deck that focuses on sacrificing and resurrecting creatures (such as Korvold, Fae-Cursed King, or Shattergang Brothers), Atsushi, The Blazing Sky, could be a great inclusion.


7 Lizard Blades are a cheap way to get a double strike on a creature


The Lizard Blades MTG Map

Lizard Blades is one of the new artifact creatures that can be reconfigured into gear for another creature. Lizard Blades is particularly good, as it takes two mana to cast and two mana to equip to give a creature a double strike. Any ability that provides a creature with a double strike is handy.

In a deck that focuses on artifacts and/or gear, Lizard Blades can be even more useful. Being a creature on top of gear gives Lizard Blades more versatility, though it can also leave them open to spells that specifically target creatures. Either way, there’s a lot to like about Lizard Blades.


6 Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei grants haste and can spawn a dragon


Goro-Goro Disciple of Ryusei MTG Card

Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei has all the attributes of a creature meant for an aggressive red deck. This can very well be done in Commander given the slower nature of the format, but Goro-Goro has all the characteristics of a Standard powerhouse.

Despite this, Goro-Goro can still be very useful in a Commander deck. Paying red mana to give all creatures haste is a powerful effect in itself. Granted, Fervor and Hammer of Purphoros already do this passively, but redundancy isn’t something to take for granted in Commander. On top of that, Goro-Goro being a Goblin gives him all sorts of advantages in a Goblin Tribal Commander deck. Finally, Goro-Goro’s ability to spawn a dragon token makes him even more powerful.


5 Scrap Welder can bring back artifacts


Scrap Welder Map MTG

Scrap Welder is a goblin creature that can sacrifice an artifact to bring back an artifact with a lower mana cost from the graveyard. This is a good way to recycle an Artifact that is about to be destroyed, as Scrap Welder’s ability can be used at instantaneous speed. Beyond that, sometimes it’s better to drop an artifact for a more useful one that just happens to be cheaper.

This is also particularly useful in any artifact builds intended to sacrifice and resurrect artifacts. Artifacts tend to build incredibly powerful decks, and Scrap Welder could easily fit into such a deck.


4 Raiyuu, Storm’s Edge grants a second combat phase


MTG Raiyuu Storm's Edge Card

Raiyuu, Storm’s Edge is a white and red creature and a legendary samurai. The samurai creature type, unsurprisingly, has received a lot of support from Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty. Their theme is once again creatures that attack alone. Raiyuu, Storm’s Edge continues the trend by granting its controller an extra combat phase if it attacks with a single creature while untapping the attacking creature.

Raiyuu also has the first strike, giving him the advantage when blocked. The samurai in this set could very easily merge with the exalted mechanics of the previous sets. Making a deck built around samurai and exalted effects could be a devastating combination.




3 Dragonspark Reactor is an endgame in an artifact deck


Dragonspark Reactor MTG Map

Dragonspark Reactor is only a rare, but its effect is remarkably powerful. It gains charge meters as its controller plays artifacts. For four colorless mana, Dragonspark Reactor may sacrifice itself and deal damage equal to the number of charge counters to target player and a creature they control.

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This provides a win condition for all decks that have combos that spawn artifacts on an infinite loop. Being able to blast a player out of the game like this is a quick path to victory, and Dragonspark Reactor provides such an opportunity.


2 Thundering Raiju has huge potential in a counter-focused +1/+1 deck


Thundering Raiju MTG Card

Thundering Raiju is a four-mana 3/3 creature with haste that puts a +1/+1 counter on any creature, then zaps each opponent for each modified creature on its side of the field. Any deck that focuses on distributing +1/+1 counters among its creatures gains a powerhouse in Thundering Raiju.

Of course, there’s no shortage of such decks, with Animar, Soul of Elements, Halana and Alena, Partners, and the new Chishiro, the Shattered Blade, all being great choices for a red commander who benefits from +1/+ counters. 1. .


1 An Explosive Singularity could be a monster in a token and/or spell construct


Explosive Singularity is a particularly impressive spell in the new expansion. It deals 10 to any target for eight generic mana and two red mana. That’s a lot, but it can be reduced by tapping any number of creatures. That makes it a scary prospect already in a chip game. However, a spell construct could exploit this map further by copying and recursion.

Young Pyromancer, Shark Typhoon, and Murmuring Mystic are just a few cards that produce tokens for casting noncreature spells. Any of these could help reduce the cost of the Explosive Singularity significantly.

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