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Bluer Than Blue: Playing Against Blue Decks in Magic: the Gathering Commander

Updated on November 13, 2018
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The writer masters the dark arts of Magic:The Gathering when not at work selling construction and heavy equipment.

In this article, we will discuss some of the most effective non-blue cards to play against blue decks in Magic: the Gathering Commander. Blue players in EDH are sort of the guys to beat since they are loaded with instant spells that prevent other players from hitting their combos. Yes — those irritating Counterspells and they have tons of them.

Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast

To counter that Counterspell, you've got to have one too. Thanks to Red's Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast, for one red mana we can put that Mana Drain to waste or destroy that annoying Rhystic Study.

Conqueror's Flail

Next in our list is the artifact equipment Conqueror's Flail. For two mana and another two to equip, you can turn one of your creatures into sort of Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir and prevent those instant responses from coming.

Glasses of Urza

One way to make sure that your spells are not countered is to check the blue players' hands before casting them. Use the classic artifact Glasses of Urza for that extra clear vision and see your opponents' plans unfold before your eyes. Who's playing mind games now?


With the enchantment Contamination in play, blue players can only rely on their mana-producing artifacts for blue mana, limiting their chances of pulling their own combos or casting any blue spell in this case.

Defense Grid

The artifact Defense Grid will cause your opponents' Arcane Denials' mana costs to five (1B + 3), meaning blue players' abilities to counter or response will be very limited during other players' turns.

Decree of Annihilation

A card that does something when cycled gives blue players something to worry about as there are only few spells that counter triggered or activated abilities. Decree of Annihilation's ability to destroy all lands when cycled is a perfect example.

Krosan Grip

A perfectly timed card with split second, like Krosan Grip for example, can ruin a blue player's game control. Remove that Stasis or Winter Orb to save the game.

Grand Abolisher

This human cleric creature is White's ultimate weapon against opponents who love to interrupt turns. No Cyclonic Rift nor Force of Will can save an opponent when this guy is on the battlefield.

Leyline of Lifeforce

Cards with the can't be countered ability are obviously meant to be played against Blue. See for example this green enchantment Leyline of Lifeforce which gives all creatures protection from those countering spells, plus it allows you to play it for free if it is in your opening hand. Very nice.

Boseiju, Who Shelters All

In case you haven't noticed, lands could be the best tools in Magic: the Gathering because first, they don't have mana costs and second, they can't be countered. So if there are lands that could grant you extra benefits like Boseiju, Who Shelters All and Cavern of Souls, this means these are serious threats to blue decks.

Torpor Orb

An artifact that prevents triggered abilities from creatures entering the battlefield, Torpor Orb will definitely stop those Palinchrons and Archeomancers from performing their respective combos.

City of Solitude

The classic green enchantment City of Solitude still does its job back from the Visions' days. It is the original version of White's Grand Abolisher which is also in our list.

Possibility Storm

With the red enchantment Possibility Storm in play, there's a little chance that blue players will find their Counterspells useful as they'll find them just rotating on the bottom of their libraries, in exchange for unexpected and unplanned results.

Hall of Gemstone

Another classic card this time from Mirage, this green enchantment will allow you to deprive your opponents from getting blue mana from their lands, limiting their capabilities to counter or respond to your spells.

Seedborn Muse

With blue control decks having the likes of Stasis, Winter Orb, and Static Orb in them, Seedborn Muse could be very useful in any green EDH deck.

There you have it, some of the best non-blue cards that you can use against blue EDH decks. Some of them can be used as sideboard only, though most of them can be used in your main deck with proper play and strategy. Notice that other cards in the list do not play well against Blue alone but with other colors as well. Though Blue always have the reputation in EDH as the control one, it can always be matched with interesting cards from the other colors. Happy gaming!


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