The Phyrexians are back and looking to revolutionize the multiverse with their Phyrexian Technology. Jin-Gitaxias is on Kamigawa looking for a legendary artifact called The Reality Chip which will help him in his nefarious quest.
Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant, is the newest iteration of the blue Phyrexian Praetor, and certainly lives up to the legacy of Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur. Check it out:
Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant
Jin’s first ability copies the first artifact, instant, or sorcery spell you cast each turn. There are countless crazy spells that this ability can copy, many of which can almost win you the game.
The second ability of the Progress Tyrant helps the Praetor stick around on the battlefield after you’ve cast it for seven mana. Once each turn, Jin counters the first artifact, instant, or sorcery an opponent casts. This will make it difficult for your opponents to gain momentum.
Maybe an opponent sacrifices their first spell of the turn in hopes of following up with a second removal spell. Just play a Counterspell. With Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant, on the battlefield, you only have to respond to spells after the first, giving you a big lead in games of attrition.
There are a few cards that can take advantage of both of these abilities.
Making copies of your first spell each turn can get out of hand. But if you make three copies of those spells will lead to winning games.
Play Twinning Staff with Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant, on the field. Jin will make a copy of Twinning Staff. On subsequent turns, when Jin’s first ability triggers, you’ll get three copies of the first spell you cast, on from Jin, and two from each of your Twinning Staff’s.
Arcane Knowledge is the blue Rule of Law. No player can cast more than one spell each turn.
As Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant, counters the first spell an opponent plays each turn, this is a two-card combo. In 1-on-1 games, this combo locks your opponent out of the game.
In Commander, there are still ways around this. Your opponents must collaborate to get around Jin’s ability. But Jin and Arcane Laboratory will still put a kink in your opponents’ plans.
All the Extra Turn Spells
Cast an extra turn spell with Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant, and you’ll get two extra turns. On each of those turns, you’ll have additional opportunities to copy spells. If you can find more extra turn spells, you can start chaining turns together, while your opponents wait around, wondering if they’ll ever get another turn again.