Commander: Saheeli’s Powerstone Shards

Powerstone Shard is a card that has been on my mind for the longest time. It’s one of my favorite cards to brew around with in Standard and has led to some of my coolest decks. As rotation is getting nearer, I’ve been starting to think about it in other formats and have struggled to find a home for it. It’s not quite on the power level of Modern or Legacy, and Pauper doesn’t have the best supporting cast for it. (Although I will probably end up making a Pauper Powerstone Shard deck in the future). There is one format, however, that is the appropriate power level and has all the supporting cards a Powerstone Shard could need. That format is Commander.

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There is one small problem with Powerstone Shard in commander. Only being able to play with 1 copy of the card makes assembling an army of Powerstone Shards significantly more difficult. Fortunately, Commander has such a wide card pool that we can get around this problem. My solution is to copy it as many times as possible. Using effects such as Phyrexian Metamorph and Clever Impersonator, we can continually create more copies of the card and generate a huge amount of mana.

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A 100 card singleton poses another challenge in actually being able to find Powerstone Shard. It’s very unlikely you will be able to naturally draw yourself into it, so to fix that we use tutors. Trophy Mage, Fabricate, and Whir of Invention all help us to find Powerstone Shard, while at the same time, can find us other cards if Powerstone Shard is not what we need. Once you generate a ton of mana, Whir of Invention can get you anything in your deck at instant speed.

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Another question we should ask is why? Why should we try to break a card that is specifically designed for non-singleton formats? The answer is to simply have fun, and do something silly. Assembling one Powerstone Shard after another is satisfying, and counting how much mana your 10 Shards can produce gives a great sense of accomplishment. But there is a practical reason too. Through the use of cards like Cogwork Assembler and Mechanized Production, Powerstone Shard turns into a wincon while also generating us a ton of mana. With Cogwork Assembler and a minimum of 15 mana (sounds like more than it actually is) you can make infinite mana with Cogwork Assembler, and then use that infinite mana to make infinite Cogwork Assemblers! And once we make 8 Powerstone Shards, we can win the game through Mechanized Production.

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As fun as Powerstone Shard is, it’s not perfect and once opponents realize what you are up to they may start to destroy it. Fortunately, Powerstone Shard is largely replaceable in the deck. Using cards like Gilded Lotus instead of Powerstone Shard still lets you generate tons of mana. Sink all that mana into a huge Saheeli’s Artistry, or even an Earthquake and kill everyone who has a lower life total than you. Thank you all for reading, I hope you have a great week and an amazing Tuesday!

 

Deck1 x Mirrorworks1 x Tezzeret the Seeker1 x Etherium Sculptor1 x Soul of New Phyrexia1 x Saheeli’s Directive1 x Chaos Warp1 x Echo Storm1 x Saheeli’s Artistry1 x Fabricate1 x Trophy Mage1 x Prototype Portal1 x Cogwork Assembler1 x Powerstone Shard1 x Mechanized Production1 x Mirage Mirror1 x Mizzium Transreliquat1 x Saheeli Rai1 x Phyrexian Metamorph1 x Sculpting Steel1 x Stolen Identity1 x Commander’s Sphere1 x Mind Stone1 x Padeem, Consul of Innovation1 x Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain1 x Hedron Archive1 x Worn Powerstone1 x Foundry Inspector1 x Jhoira’s Familiar1 x Myr Retriever1 x Shimmer Myr1 x Meteor Golem1 x Whir of Invention1 x Blue Sun’s Zenith1 x Scrap Mastery1 x Reshape1 x Thoughtcast1 x Sol Ring1 x Earthquake1 x Gilded Lotus1 x Thran Dynamo1 x Nevinyrral’s Disk1 x Voltaic Key1 x Basalt Monolith1 x Aether Gale1 x Unwinding Clock1 x Negate1 x Swan Song1 x Thirst for Knowledge1 x Arcane Denial1 x Blasphemous Act1 x Vandalblast1 x Steel Hellkite1 x Metalwork Colossus1 x Clever Impersonator1 x Inspiring Statuary1 x Myr Battlesphere1 x Storm the Vault // Vault of Catlacan1 x Brass’s Bounty1 x Spell Swindle1 x Pilgrim’s Eye1 x Mishra’s Self-Replicator1 x Saheeli, the Gifted – Foil1 x Buried Ruin1 x Darksteel Citadel1 x Seat of the Synod1 x Great Furnace1 x Swiftwater Cliffs1 x Izzet Guildgate1 x Izzet Boilerworks1 x Highland Lake1 x Foundry of the Consuls1 x Command Tower1 x Inventors’ Fair1 x Temple of Epiphany1 x Shivan Reef1 x Spire of Industry1 x Evolving Wilds1 x Wandering Fumarole1 x Terramorphic Expanse11 x Island (335)10 x Mountain (343)

 

 

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