My Favorite Cards… Again!

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A long time ago I wrote an article where I detailed a top ten list of my favorite cards. I think I should update that list. I have been playing a lot more Commander, Modern, and Cube since I last wrote that article. I believe my allegiance might have changed. I would love it if you would post your favorite ten cards or so in the comments! Let me know what I am missing out on!

10. Liliana of the Veil

I have been playing Jund in Modern for the past 3 months and I am beginning to think I have found my favorite archetype. Liliana of the Veil has won me so many games. The best feeling (for me, at least) is resolving her onto an empty board state. She simply takes over the game with her discard and edict effects. Her ultimate is devastating and assures a win. I have fallen for Liliana head over heels. She’s my girl and will always hold a special place in my heart.

The lore behind Liliana is, in my opinion, the most interesting lore piece of any of the planeswalkers. She is definitely the most metal of all the planeswalkers. If you have not had the chance to read up on her lore, I would encourage you to do so (I’m not going to spoil it!).

9. Attunement

This card is so fun. I have been messing around with Attunement in my blue decks and it is just the sweetest card. Almost all of my decks in Commander have something to do with the graveyard. If you are playing a graveyard strategy that has blue in it, use Attunement. You can cast it as many times as you want as well! Once it has done it’s job, just toss it in the bin. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have gone from a board state with nothing to a massive presence off of the back of Attunement. This card deserves recognition. My playgroup has learned to hate Attunement. If used in the correct shell, it can be devastating.

It’s also a little over a dollar. Which is ridiculous. Buy a million copies from legitmtg.com.

8. Dark Confidant

Ok, this was to be expected when I mentioned Jund. Bob is the best card advantage you can get in black for two mana. If you build around him, he will constantly reward you. Build poorly and throw him in and he will punish you severely (please refrain from running a one of Tasigur in your Jund list that has Dark Confidant in it). His old art is Bob Maher and his new art is Skrillex holding a crown! What is not to like?

He also attacks for 2 and trades up quite often in Modern. He’s just the ultimate card advantage machine. I could write a book about Dark Confidant but I will leave it with this: You do not understand what you are missing until you play with Dark Confidant. He’s overpowered.

7. Deceiver of Form

This card is new and awesome. Aside from being a giant spaghetti monster, Deceiver of Form is the queen of quick deaths in multiplayer. I talked about abusing her combat trigger in my Mayael article a couple of weeks ago and I meant it. She (Deceiver of Form is a female because she is my queen) can make all your tokens into copies of huge Eldrazi with Annihilator. Or, she can make all your tokens copies of Solemn. Attack into a massive army and draw a bunch of cards. You never know what you are going to get with her (except if you use Scroll Rack, then you know exactly what’s going to happen).

This card is absurd and deserves attention. Build around her. Cheat her into play. She’s an 8/8 for 7 with a nasty ability. What’s not to like?

6. Tainted Monkey

The cube I routinely enjoy has this piece of power in it. If you activate it and name “a” as your word, you will get it every time (unless they peel lands). What makes this card even more fun is activating it for obscure words. I have had many laughs over Tainted Monkey and I have died to Tainted Monkey. Tainted Monkey is overpowered and so entertaining. Play this card in any causal format with your friends for some added spice (some more fun ones are Goblin S.W.A.T. Team, Ow, Cheatyface, Jumbo Imp, and Ach! Hans, Run!).

Unhinged cards are fun. Tainted Monkey is overpowered. Rest in peace Harambe.

5. Eidolon of the Great Revel

Nothing is more fun than watching your opponents kill themselves through Eidolon of the Great Revel. I frequently will switch up my Modern deck from Jund to Naya Burn for some variety in play style and there is nothing better than watching an opponent do my work for me (especially Delver of Secrets decks). Eidolon also attacks for 2 damage each turn. Be careful though! Eidolon is an enchantment and dies to cards like Erase (which sucks).

I aggressively mulligan for this guy. He’s so important to my strategy and is a very good card. Buy them up before people realize he’s one of the best cards ever printed.

4. [card]Birthing Pod
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This card is still the most fun card to play in any green deck. It promotes solid deck building with an even curve and rewards smart players to the point where it had to be banned from competitive play. I wish I could put this card in every commander deck, but it is sadly green. Regardless, throw it in any of your favorite strategies that feature green and profit from its incredible value. You can pod undying creatures to make them bigger or persist creatures to get the trigger again, and you can use Restoration Angel to blink Siege Rhino. All good things.

If only Wizards had banned any other card from Modern that made Pod overpowered. They could have even scrapped Siege Rhino which would have saved me and thousands of Standard players constant headache. Long live Pod strategies.

3. Tasigur, the Golden Fang

This card is straight gas. If you are a Delver player and have yet to try out a Grixis strategy with Tasigur I would highly suggest you try it. I have built decks over and over again in attempt to use him to his full degree. When he came out in Standard, I was one of the only ones still clinging to Sultai delve. He had a surprising influence on standard and an incredible influence on eternal formats. You can catch him in Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and Commander decks. He’s that good, and he’s settled at around 3 dollars apiece. This is so affordable for a 4/5 on turn 2 in Modern (Grixis Delver knows what I mean).

2. Eternal Witness

This is the best uncommon creature ever printed. That’s not opinion, its fact. Eternal Witness is one of the best elves to ever grace the game. If you are looking for sound investments, purchase a foil playset of these bad girls. You will almost be able to make money off of them, but where’s the fun in that? Play this card in every green Commander deck and every elf deck that will ever exist. She re-buys your spells and is an excellent reanimation target. One of your big Eldrazi dies and falls in the graveyard? No problem. Eternal Witness will get them back with ease.

Pair with Reveillark, a sac outlet, and Saffi Eriksdotter for infinite value. Let me describe a scenario for you.

Sacrifice Saffi Eriksdotter to protect Reveillark. Sacrifice Eternal Witness to Altar of Dementia to mill. Sacrifice Reveillark to Altar to mill. Bring back Eternal Witness and Saffi Eriksdotter when Reveillark enters the battlefield. Rinse and repeat. Infinite card advantage.

Eternal Witness is the best card. I love this card. I think I own around 12 copies. I will always trade for her. She will always be a valuable card and will always be a card that I want to play with in every strategy I can. I have even thought about throwing her in Jund for additional value out of the sideboard, but I realized I was getting carried away.

1. Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver

Ashiok is my favorite planeswalker. She weaves your opponent’s nightmare. You take their creatures and use them to forge a victory. Her ultimate is just backbreaking to a lot of decks, especially if played correctly. An unanswered Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver can take over the game immediately. The only problem with her is that she cannot protect herself on the first activation. After that (assuming you hit a creature) she protects herself better than any other planeswalker in the game. What is better than putting your opponent’s creatures into play for protection?

Ashiok will always hold a special place in my heart. Sadly, there really is not a deck in Modern, Legacy, or even Commander that abuses her to the degree I would like. I have tried so hard to get there, but it’s just not a shell yet. I guarantee, however, that she will see some sort of busted play in the near future. She’s too powerful to not see any play. The day is coming! Until then, I will hold onto my playset and continue trading for her.

I hope you enjoyed this article! It was very fun to write! I would love to know what your favorite cards are in the comments below. I’ll do my best to respond to each and every one of them! Remember to buy all your favorite cards from your local game store. You can’t play this awesome game called Magic at Target or Walmart.

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