1, Feb, 22

It's Time to Buy Shrines Before the Kamigawa Hype

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Shrines are back in Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty! Up until now, Shrines have had a medium amount of support. But Neon Dynasty might just give the archetype the support it needs.

These legendary enchantments get more powerful the more Shrines you have on the battlefield. Because of this, every time Wizards of the Coast prints a new cycle of Shrines, it boasts well for the fun Commander archetype. So you might want to buy older Shrines soon in case the new support elevates their prices.

Neon Dynasty Shrines

Shrines are back in with a twist. In Neon Dynasty, Shrines are legendary enchantment creatures. So far, the red and white Shrines were spoiled.

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Champion of Kamigawa Shrines

The original Shrines that came out in 2004 are some of the most powerful.

**If you are the kind of player who likes foiling out your deck, you’ll definitely want to get these old-school Shrine foils soon. Their foil multipliers are already sizeable.**

Honden of the Seeing Winds

Honden of Seeing Winds | Wizards of the Coast

The blue Honden is the best. It draws you a card for each Shrine you control in your upkeep. This effect snowballs into finding more Shrines which makes Honden of Seeing Winds even more potent.

Honden of Seeing Rage

Honden of Seeing Rage | Wizards of the Coast

This repeatable source of creature removal is a good way of slowing down the game for you to play more Shrines. And once you have enough Shrines in play, Honden of Infinite Rage can start killing players with direct damage.

Honden of Night’s Reach

Honden of Night’s Reach | Wizards of the Coast

With enough shrines on the field, Honden of Night’s Reach could make an opponent discard their entire hand. This is a devastating ability considering it happens every turn.

Honden of Life’s Web

Honden of Life’s Web | Wizards of the Coast

This Shrine will amass you a small army of 1/1 Spirits. These tokens make for a great defense as you continue to play Shrines. But they can also overwhelm your opponents with all-out attacks.

Honden of Cleansing Fire

Honden of Cleansing Fire | Wizards of the Coast

The white Honden has the ability to gain you ridiculous amounts of life. This will buy you plenty of time as you dig through your deck for more Shrines.

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Sanctum of All

Shrines returned in Core Set 2021 and gave players the best Shrine of all. Each turn, Sanctum of All puts a Shrine from your library or graveyard directly into play. On top of that, once you have enough Shrines in play, all of their abilities trigger an additional time.

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Shrines from Core Set 2021

The most notable Shrines from Core Set 2021 are the blue and green ones. Sanctum of Calm Waters can draw cards equal to the number of Shrines you control. And Sanctum of Fruitful Harvest will make large amounts of mana.

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Sisay, Weatherlight Captain – The Shrine Tutorer

Shrines work best in five-color Commander decks because you get access to all of them. And of all the five-color Commanders, Sisay, Weatherlight Captain, is perhaps the best.

Because Shrines are all legendary permanents, Sisay’s ability can find them from your library and put them directly into play.

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