Karn's Legacy

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The letter I!'ve always liked the idea of colorless Commander decks, and while browsing Commander lists on TCGplayer, I found a Karn, Silver Golem list made by a user named terry_suave. In order to harness the power of Karn as your Commander, you do have to give up colored spells of any kind, which is a big cost. Luckily, that cost is more than made up for by sweetness, as Karn opens the door for all sorts of cool interactions.

There are clearly too many combinations to list, but here are a few of my favorite ones:

Rings of Brighthearth + almost anything = value. There are a ton of ways to go infinite, but my favorite combos are the ones that are explicitly not infinite. It's so much more fun to just make a bunch of Lux Cannon counters or Phyrexian Processor tokens than to go off and win the game.

Temporal Aperture + Eldrazi (Ulamog, Kozilek, etc.). If you are lucky enough to flip an Eldrazi, you get the full benefit, which is awesome. There are also plenty of other very expensive spells, so even a "miss" might not be.

Darksteel Forge + Nevinyrral's Disk. This may not be the most amusing for your opponents, but getting to blow up the world every turn is powerful indeed.

Karn Liberated + seven mana. You may not know this, but Karn Liberated is one of my favorite cards, and just casting it is enough to make me happy.

Past the combos, this deck has enough huge monsters and powerful cards that I know I'd have a blast playing it. Accelerating into Myr Battlesphere or Steel Hellkite sounds awesome, and as long as you stay away from hitting the infinite combo space too hard, your opponents shouldn't feel it too necessary to kill you first.

terry_sauve's Karn, Silver Golem Commander
Commander - Karn, Silver Golem

Main Deck

99 cards

Ancient Tomb
Blasted Landscape
Blinkmoth Well
Buried Ruin
Cathedral of War
Crystal Vein
Darksteel Citadel
Deserted Temple
Dread Statuary
Eldrazi Temple
Eye of Ugin
Gargoyle Castle
Gemstone Caverns
Ghost Quarter
Glacial Chasm
Gods' Eye, Gate to the Reikai
Hall of the Bandit Lord
High Market
Homeward Path
Mishra's Factory
Mystifying Maze
Phyrexia's Core
Reliquary Tower
Rogue's Passage
Scorched Ruins
Stalking Stones
Strip Mine
Tectonic Edge
Temple of the False God
Thespian's Stage
Urza's Mine
Urza's Power Plant
Urza's Tower
Zoetic Cavern

39 lands

Artisan of Kozilek
Blightsteel Colossus
Darksteel Juggernaut
Dross Scorpion
Etched Champion
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Myr Battlesphere
Pathrazer of Ulamog
Platinum Angel
Platinum Emperion
Rustspore Ram
Silent Arbiter
Steel Hellkite
Steel Overseer
Stuffy Doll
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Wurmcoil Engine

20 creatures

All Is Dust
Basalt Monolith
Blade of the Bloodchief
Clock of Omens
Crucible of Worlds
Darksteel Forge
Doubling Cube
Dreamstone Hedron
Everflowing Chalice
Gilded Lotus
Grim Monolith
Krark-Clan Ironworks
Lightning Greaves
Lux Cannon
Mana Vault
Mishra's Helix
Mox Opal
Nevinyrral's Disk
Oblivion Stone
Phyrexian Processor
Planar Portal
Predator, Flagship
Prototype Portal
Ratchet Bomb
Rings of Brighthearth
Scroll Rack
Sculpting Steel
Sensei's Divining Top
Sol Ring
Staff of Domination
Staff of Nin
Temporal Aperture
Thran Dynamo
Tower of Calamities
Trading Post
Unwinding Clock
Voltaic Key

39 other spells

Karn Liberated

1 planeswalker

Karn, Silver Golem

Luis Scott-Vargas
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Luis Scott-Vargas plays, writes, and makes videos about Magic. He has played on the Pro Tour for almost a decade, and between that and producing content for ChannelFireball, often has his hands full (of cards).

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