Upgrades Unleashed is a red and green Commander deck from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty that focuses on the new mechanic, “modified”. This ability revolves around adding Equipment, Auras, or counters to your creatures to get additional benefits.
The deck introduces several exclusive cards to Magic: the Gathering, and includes multiple expensive reprints.
Many cards in Upgrades Unleashed are desired by other Commander decks. But you don’t have to buy the entire Upgrades Unleashed deck for $40.00+ to get them. You can just get single cards instead, and I’ve rounded up the best of them for you in this article.
Best New Cards to Buy From Upgrades Unleashed
While the new cards from Upgrades Unleashed play around the modified ability, many of them are useful in a variety of Commander decks.
Silkguard serves as protection against popular targetted removal spells in Commander like Swords to Plowshares and Beast Within. But you can also pump a bunch of mana into Silkguard to spread +1/+1 counters across your whole team.
This card is a perfect inclusion for Commanders that play around with +1/+1 counters such as Ghave, Guru of Spores, Hamza, Guardian of Arashin, and the new Kodama of the West Tree.
Collision of Realms
This is a chaotic board wipe. Collision of Realms clears the board by shuffling all creatures back into their owners’ decks. But each player can then play the top creature card of their library. This is a fun card for any player who likes a certain degree of chaos in Magic: the Gathering.
Kami of Celebration
Kami of Celebration acts as an engine of card advantage. It gives all of your modified creatures an attack trigger that allows you to play the top card of your library until the end of the turn.
This is a perfect card for Laelia, Blade Reforged. But it also plays well in Isshin, Two Heavens as One, which can double up Kami of Celebration’s attack trigger.
Best Reprints to Buy From Upgrades Unleashed
Even if you’re not excited for any of the new cards from Upgrades Unleashed, there are plenty of good reprints that the deck thankfully made cheaper.
Before its reprint in Upgrades Unleashed, Bear Umbra was about $15.00. But thanks to its reprint, Bear Umbra is currently available for $3.00-$4.00.
That is great news because Bear Umbra is used in a ton of Commander decks like Tatsunari, Toad Rider, Galea, Rekindler of Hope, and Tuvasa the Sunlit.
Rhythm of the Wild
This uncommon used to be surprisingly expensive. Before its reprint, Rhythm of the Wild was close to $5.00 because so many Commander decks use it. Now, it’s a little more than $1.00.
Ox of Agonas
Ox of Agonas is not too frequently used in Commander. It’s a good card. But it is primarily used in other formats like Modern Dredge decks and Izzet Phoenix in Pioneer. Its reprint in Upgrades Unleashed does, however, help bring its price down from $4.00 to less than $1.00.