Double Masters 2022, or 2X2, is packed to the brim with exceptional reprints. Interestingly, the vast majority of these reprints are clearly laser-targeted at the Commander format, including a wide range of game pieces that are in dire need of additional printings. Here, I’ll feature some of the best, staple cards that 2X2 is helping to get into your hands.
The best protection spell ever printed, Teferi’s Protection can help you survive essentially anything that the opposition can possibly throw at you. Essentially phasing yourself and your entire field out for a full turn cycle is impressive, and it often has the added benefit of forcing your opponents to crack down on each other instead of you.
The number of cards that a Consecrated Sphinx can draw in just one turn cycle in Commander is truly wild. Even if all you’re getting is cards off of each opponent’s draw step, you’re still accruing unprecedented value that is still one of the best things you can be doing at the table. Left unanswered, the card advantage offered by this sphinx makes it a staple that you’ll never regret having in your deck.
Mono black has seen more mass removal printed over time, but Damnation is still one of the most premium versions of this effect. This is a card that can fit into just about any deck with black in its color identity, so seeing it get additional printings is pure gas. If you want to have a no-frills way to clear the board, it’s hard to go wrong with this color-shifted version of Wrath of God.
The poster child for needed reprints, Dockside Extortionist is an amazing card to see out of Double Masters. The card offers great value when played fairly, but it truly shines when you’re finding ways to create loops with him. Creating tons of treasure tokens to have available to sacrifice opens up a lot of potential win conditions, and there are few things more satisfying than seeing this guy entering the battlefield constantly.
Many of the most memorable combo kills in Commander are centered around Food Chain. If your commander generates enough tokens when it enters or leaves the battlefield, Food Chain can net neutral mana (giving infinite etb and ltb triggers) or start banking infinite (creature) mana! Similarly, creatures that cast from exile can give similar results, giving Food Chain a lot of options for bringing home wins.
Sacrificial synergies are some of the strongest things you can do in Commander, which is a large part of what makes Phyrexian Altar exceptionally powerful. Mixing ramp into a strategy that you’re already all-in on feels spectacular, and Phyrexian Altar is also a key piece in a number of game-winning sacrifice loops- adding infinite mana options into several sacrificial lines.
Sensei’s Divining Top
From smoothing out draws to setting up combos to draw your whole deck, Sensei’s Diving Top is a card that can safely fit into just about any deck. While you can potentially “top lock” yourself into nothing but junk cards on top, this card still does a ton of work with a ceiling that is truly as high as can be. While it’s generically good, Top is a card that any deck that wants to manipulate the top of the library should always play.
Crucible of Worlds
In a format full of fetchlands and other lands that love to hit the graveyard (hello Stripmine!), Crucible of Worlds is one of the biggest work horses available. If your deck runs even a handful of lands that sacrifice themselves or, even better, enjoys filling its own graveyard through discard or mill, Crucible is a certifiable staple. Never miss a land drop again!
City of Brass
Five color mana bases can be tricky to construct, so seeing one of the best rainbow lands in the game reprinted is just spectacular. The one life pings are a piddling price to pay when it comes to making perfect mana for your five-color pile, so City of Brass brings serious value if you need perfect mana. While its value drops off a decent amount if you’re running fewer than three colors, you’re otherwise unlikely to regret including the original, untapped pain land.
The Liege Cycle
The liege cycle makes the list not because it’s currently a staple, but because I wholeheartedly feel it should be. A lot of tribal decks can strongly benefit from including these lords, and at their worst they’re always a solid +2/+2 buff to your commander. These creatures are definitely deserving of a reprint and something you should very much consider including in any deck that wants to turn its creatures sideways, especially if it can take advantage of their various abilities.