13, Apr, 22

This New Capenna Card is Like Playing a Snapcaster Mage EVERY TURN!

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What’s better than casting your spells once? How about twice? With Maestros Ascendancy from Streets of New Capenna, you get additional uses out of the instants and sorceries in your graveyard, doubling the value of your spells!

Maestros Ascendancy

This enchantment basically gives all your instant and sorceries in your graveyard flashback. You have to sacrifice a creature as an additional cost. And you can only cast one instant or sorcery from your graveyard per turn. But those small setbacks hardly deter from this card’s potential.

Maestros Ascendancy basically gives you a Snapcaster Mage effect every turn. Another comparison would be Kess, Dissident Mage, a super popular and competitive commander, which, as a side note, will happily accept Ascendancy as an addition to the deck.

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Best Cards to Pair With Maestros Ascendancy

Maestros Ascendancy will certainly be good in Commander. But the enchantment is actually viable in a variety of Magic: the Gathering formats.

Standard & Pioneer

Maestros Acendancy’s biggest limitation is that you need to sacrifice a creature to rest a spell from your graveyard. But there are several ways to get around this.

When you sacrifice Oni-Cult Anvil’s Construct token to Maestros Ascendancy, Anvil will trigger and replace that token with another one, giving you endless fodder to fuel Maestros Ascendancy.

Similarly, Sedgemoor Witch, Poppet Stitcher, and any other creature that makes creature tokens whenever you cast an instant or sorcery will do the same trick. Sedgemoor Witch is particularly good because when you sacrifice the Pest tokens she makes you gain life.

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Just about any Grixis (blue-black-red) Commander deck can make use of Maestros Ascendancy. I mentioned Kess as one example, whose entire deck is already built around the effect of Maestros Ascendancy. But there’s another commander that’s perfect at leveraging the enchantment–Marchesa, the Black Rose.

Marchesa, the Black Rose | Wizards of the Coast

Similar to Oni-Cult Anvil, when Maestros Ascendancy sacrifices a creature, Marchesa can return that creature back to the battlefield. But this is so much better than returning a Construct token.

With Marchesa, the Black Rose, whenever a creature with a +1/+1 counter dies, you can return it to the battlefield. You can get extra uses of nasty ETB (enters the battlefield) abilities such as Peregrine Drake, River Kelpie, or Agent of Treachery.

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