Strixhaven Preview Highlight: The New Izzet Flash with Prismari Command

Prismari Command looks like a nice new value card that can maybe find home in the Izzet Flash style deck that LSV built after the release of Kaldheim.


Prismari Command (Extended Art)Prismari Command



3 Behold the Multiverse
4 Bonecrusher Giant/Stomp
4 Brazen Borrower/Petty Theft
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Essence Scatter
4 Fabled Passage
1 Faceless Haven
3 Frost Bite
4 Goldspan Dragon
1 Negate
4 Riverglide Pathway/Lavaglide Pathway
4 Saw It Coming
3 Shark Typhoon
3 Shatterskull Smashing/Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass
8 Snow-Covered Island
3 Snow-Covered Mountain
3 Volatile Fjord
4 Prismari Command

2 Crush the Weak
1 Disdainful Stroke
2 Mystical Dispute
3 Negate
2 Redcap Melee
1 Shredded Sails
1 Soul-Guide Lantern
1 Storm's Wrath
1 Shark Typhoon
1 Frost Bite


Let’s take a look at the options.

  • Prismari Command deals 2 damage to any target. Shock for three mana is quite overpriced, but remember that you’re choosing two options here, so it’s only half of the spell. The fact that it goes face is quite relevant in a deck that will want to race most of the time. 
  • Target player draws two cards, then discards two cards. This will be relevant in the late game when you want to discard excessive lands in exchange for more action. 
  • Target player creates a Treasure token. This can be a great way to play Goldspan Dragon on turn four. Normally “Lotus Petal” kind of cards are good in combo decks that don’t care about card quantity, but Goldspan Dragon will also create another Treasure token after attacking, so it doesn’t even feel like you’re losing a card to do it. It can be important to force the Dragon through on turns when your opponent doesn’t expect it. 
  • Destroy target artifact. In a format dominated by cards like Embercleave and The Great Henge, this ability can be extremely relevant. The sole fact that you’ll have access to this effect will make it very hard for your opponent to try to play around it. 

Overall, Prismari Command doesn’t look like something busted like T3feri or Thoughtseize, but it’s exactly the fair level type of rare that I like to see in Constructed magic. It gives you a lot of fair options that can be relevant in a lot of different situations, which is always a nice thing to have in your deck.



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