Commander 2019 Preview Card

A Card for the Aeons

Hey everyone! Kya here once again, this time bringing you a new and exciting preview card from the upcoming Commander 2019! Our thanks to Wizards of the Coast for the free preview!

To see the card, check out this video by Joey Schultz of the EDHREC podcast!

Isn’t. It. Beautiful? It brings a tear to my eye. Not since Cruel Entertainment has Wizards shown such love to us followers of chaos! The card itself is simple, but the nonsense it creates is hilarious. If I didn’t know better, I’d have expected a card like this to appear in Unstable!The only black-bordered comparison we have is from one of the Planechase products! Plus, that flavor text is just plain phenomenal.

For those who don’t know, I write the Bringing Magic to Life series here on EDHREC, where I craft 3D prints of my favorite commanders and their trinkets, from Omnath tokens to Kozilek figurines. I also have what some call an unhealthy obsession with chaos cards. This preview card fuses both passions together! Today we’ll craft a deck that will turn our new card into a total nightmare for our enemies, and stay tuned at the end of the article for some 3D-printed crafts of the card itself!

Alright, we know the card. Now let’s abuse it!


Engineer of Chaos

Now sadly, there are two small drawbacks to this new card. First, it has the audacity to come into play tapped. What if someone blows it up before I have a chance to radically change the game as we know it? The second issue is that it exiles itself upon use. Now I know you’re asking, “But how am I going to mess with my opponents over and over again to appease the chaos overlords when this card exiles itself?” Don’t worry, Kya is here to provide solutions!

That’s right, it’s Rude-iclad! I mean, Brudiclad! The prince who was promised! We’re going to use him to create an unstoppable army of tokens, and we’re going to use those tokens to create something truly magical: mayhem.

At the start of combat, Brudiclad creates a creature token, then turns all of your tokens into a copy of any token you control. Importantly, this effect does not last until end of turn – they stay that way indefinitely. You can turn all your Myr tokens into Thopters, or your Servos into Treasure! And if we manage to make a copy of our new Aeon Engine, we can make a whole boatload of Engines, allowing us to mess with the game however we please!

How do we accomplish this? Easy:

There are tons of ways to make copies of artifacts, from Prototype Portal to Saheeli’s Artistry. All we need to do is assemble a bunch of tiny tokens with Brudiclad staples like Whirler Rogue, Spell Swindle, and Krenko, Mob Boss, then stick the Engine and make a single copy of it. After that, Brudiclad will transform our tiny tokens into a turn-twisting masterpiece. Best of all, those tokens are already in play, so unlike the original Engine, which enters tapped, all the copies will already be untapped!

And because I cannot resist the temptation to add in even more chaos, I hope you won’t mind if a few other cards join the fray:

I just can’t help myself. This is the deck’s ultimate goal: to wrest control of the game away from our opponents entirely by creating a nightmare of turn orders that make the chaos gods themselves giddy with delight. Extra Mindslavers means that you get all the turns! Multiple Timesifters will each store up extra turns, so even if one is destroyed, the others have been charging their batteries. Even if they knock you out of the game, you’ll have created a massive ripple effect that will forever impact the game. Do you know what happens if you have multiple Timesifters in and a Stranglehold in play? If you play this deck correctly, you’ll find out! Mwahaha!

For kicks, I’ve also included extra effects like Omen Machine and Gate to the Aether, which also produce a crazy effect on the game when you’re able to make a bunch of copies of them. Does your friend think they’re a Storm player? They haven’t seen a true storm until they’ve seen this deck!

This is the perfect level of shenanigans worthy of our new preview card. Check out the full fabled decklist below!

Multiplying Chaos

Commander (1)
Creatures (12)
Instants (10)
Sorceries (11)
Artifacts (16)
Enchantments (10)
Planeswalkers (3)
Lands (37)

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Let’s Get Crafty!

No matter what pod you jump into with this deck, keeping up with all of your triggers is going to be a nightmare for everyone at the table, yourself included. Especially with our new spoiler card, how are you going to know which way the turns are going after the 16th time Aeon Engine went off? Kya is here to help!

We’re going to create our own replica of Aeon Engine! This way we have a cool, stabby-looking prop to help our pod shine a light through the chaotic abyss. I absolutely loved the art on this card, although seeing the details of the artifact was very difficult. I really hope I got the general shape right!

Focusing on just the artifact, it looks like a strange-looking clock sitting on top of a goblet with a hole through it, where it shoots energy through the artifact to create a time portal! If I have any regret about this 3D printing, it’s that I can’t actually shoot lasers out of it.

Now comes the 3D printing of our new chaotic artifact! True story, this artifact was so destabilizing to the aether that it destroyed my 3D printer. Parts of it, anyway: I had to order new components to get this little project completed! This should be a lesson to all those new to dabbling in chaos: safety last… I mean first! Sorry, the backwards turns have me all mixed up.

The device is printed in three parts, though for future iterations it can probably be split into just two. Regardless, we now have a new 3D print that we can aim in the direction of turn orders as they’re changed. Bonus points if you add a bubble blower to the goblet portion so it matches the art!


Arcane Printings

It’d be a little selfish if I limited our 3D models to just our preview card, so let’s add in one more 3D print in this article. I’m sure everyone has been freaking out about the new Arcane Signet that was revealed a while back. Truly not since Sol Ring does a card belong in nearly every deck! I couldn’t resist adding this trinket to our collection as well.

Let’s keep it simple, shall we? I created shapes for the larger indents around the rims and added the flat surface in the upper-middle section. As for the arcane effects you see in the art, we can just paint the glowing effects of the talisman’s magic once we print it out. I rarely get a chance to paint my prints beyond just a general coat, so I’m a little excited!

Printed! See, it was super simple! Painting the model wasn’t too much of a hassle, either!

Now all that’s left is to find an adorable kitty to model off my precious gem:

She doesn’t look amused, does she? I guess she doesn’t want it? That’s fine, more for me!


Final Thoughts

Thanks again to Wizards for this awesome free preview card! I hope the decklist above has inspired some ideas of your own on how to abuse Aeon Engine in all its glory! It’s a great budget list to show off to your friends, even if they only let you play it once a year!

So what did you all think of our special card? It’s not often that we get chaotic multiplayer cards as unique as this! Please let me know how you plan to use this card in your decks in the comments below. Any contribution may help other readers try and figure out ideas of their own, so don’t be shy!

I’ll be at GP Vegas between this article and the next one, so wish me luck! If you’re there and think you can stomach being in a pod with me and all my chaos, be sure to give me a wave!

Until next time,

Kya

Never fear! Kya's here! Kya has been a long time EDH player and hobbyist. With an extended history of blacksmithing and 3d printing various MTG related items for fun, she has turned her attention to sharing her mad scientist brews to the public. Although a competitive player by nature, her aim is to provide fun and silly deck ideas to those looking to spice up their play groups. Kya is here to scratch that demented individual's itch for pure chaos and show everyone that a Warp World can be a fun experience! Except when you have a Hive Mind and Eye of the Storm out...