Streets of New Capenna is the latest Magic: The Gathering set and it's based on organized crime of the early 20th century, but with a fantasy twist.
The commander players will be most interested in the new Connive mechanic introduced in this set, which instigates both card draw and creature growth, using +1/+1 counters.
There are also plenty of new combo enablers for both infinite mana and game winning conditions. So check out this guide of the best 15 MtG cards from Streets of New Capenna set for the EDH commander format.
Raffine, Scheming Seer
Here is a new competitive commander that could really push the Esper archetype to another level.
You can perform a rather uncomplicated reanimator combo with it by following these steps:
- Play Esper Sentinel or similar cheap attacker.
- Cast Raffine, Scheming Seer from the commander zone.
- Attack with Esper Sentinel or any other attacker.
- Connive with Raffine, Scheming Seer.
- Discard Razaketh, the Foulblooded.
- Cast Reanimate, or a similar spell, on Razaketh, the Foulblooded.
- Put Razaketh, the Foulblooded onto the battlefield.
The ability on Scheming Fence has a lot to offer. In commander the easiest way to activate it is to simply shut down a mana artifact or a mana creature, and ramp yourself instead.
But that's only the beginning! Think of all the hexproof and shroud creatures that suddenly lose those abilities, or Phyrexian Revoker that suddenly can't block your cards anymore.
It can also go infinite with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, and so on and so forth. The possibilities are endless!
Tivit, Seller of Secrets
Most standard players look at 6-mana cards with contempt, but commander players see nothing but opportunity.
With the help of Tivit and its voting mechanic, players can generate a ton of artifact tokens. On top of that it has Ward 3, which turns every removal spell into an uncastable disaster.
Esper has already got some neat tools from Streets of New Capenna set, but this new commander card looks to be one of the most promising.
Errant, Street Artist
Every new card that can be used the turn it is played is already a winner. Errant, Street Artist is no exception, and its ability can be used for a nice infinite ETB combo:
- Cast Errant, Street Artist.
- Cast High Tide.
- Cast Ghostly Flicker.
- Cast Narset's Reversal on Ghostly Flicker.
- Copy the copy of Ghostly Flicker with Errant, Street Artist.
- Use Ghostly Flicker on Errant, Street Artist and an Island.
- Rinse and repeat steps 4-5 for infinite ETB.
Luxior, Giada's Gift
At first glance, Luxior, Giada's Gift is a cheap "turn planeswalker into creature" effect. But Devoted Druid players know that this is their new way of getting infinite mana.
The equip cost of 3 mana won't let you equip it early on, but once it's attached to Devoted Druid the mana train never stops.
It's also a good thing that Luxior is an artifact, which can be used for its respective synergies, too.
Vivien on the Hunt
The only new planeswalker from Streets of New Capenna on our list is another fantastic combo enabler:
- Sacrifice Tymna the Weaver, using Vivien's first ability.
- Put Felidar Guardian on the battlefield.
- Use Felidar Guardian to blink Vivien on the Hunt.
- Sacrifice Felidar Guardian, using Vivien's first ability.
- Put Karmic Guide on the battlefield.
- Use Karmic Guide to bring back Felidar Guardian from the graveyard.
- Repeat steps 3 through 4.
- Put Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker on the battlefield.
- Use Kiki-Jiki to copy Karmic Guide, and bring back Felidar Guardian.
Finally, you can execute the Kiki-Jiki/Felidar combo by blinking Kiki-Jiki, and thus generate infinite copies of Felidar Guardian.
Toluz, Clever Conductor
Despite a very flexible mana color pie, Toluz seems at first a very slow card with not much advantage.
But commander players know better, and are now using this Clever Conductor to perform the following game winning combo:
- Play Toluz, Clever Conductor and connive.
- Cast Doomsday with Toluz connive trigger on the stack.
- Put all your cards into graveyard except five, including Thassa's Oracle.
- Draw and play Thassa's Oracle, using Toluz's ability.
- Win the game!
Connive mechanic is one of the best new inventions of Wizards of the Coast, as it allows MtG players not only to grow the creatures having this ability, but also trigger other synergies in the process.
One of the best applications for Ledger Shredder could be seen in the partner commanders deck of Brallin, Skyshark Rider and Shabraz, the Skyshark.
In this case, you can grow three creatures each turn. If you can cast two spells on your opponent's turn, you can easily double the number of your counters.
Falco Spara, Pactweaver
Welcome another friend of Devoted Druid, but this time in the form of the actual commander card.
You can use it to cast spells from the top of your library, using mana from Devoted Druid, and remove -1/-1 counters from it at the same time.
Falco Spara also has a one-time protection from removal spells in the form of the Shield counter. So once an opponent uses a destroy effect on this commander, it will be negated.
This card has a terrific synergy with Prosper, Tome-Bound in commander, when you get the following combo:
- Play Professional Face-Breaker.
- Play Prosper, Tome-Bound.
- Attack with Professional Face-Breaker, creating treasure token.
- Sacrifice Treasure Token to exile a top card of your library.
- Play the exiled card.
- Create another Treasure Token with Prosper, Tome-Bound.
- Rinse and repeat steps 4 through 6.
Obviously, it's going to be really hard to go infinite, but with the help of mana rocks from the top, you can still achieve much in just a single turn.
An Offer You Can't Refuse
Although giving two treasure artifacts to your opponent is not a good idea in general, if you need to quickly counter a spell with minimum expenses in order to save your combo, then An Offer You Can't Refuse can be a real savior.
On the other hand, it can be used on your own spells in Storm decks, thus gaining several advantages at the same time: putting a card in your graveyard, putting two treasure tokens in play, and ticking up that Storm counter.
For a mere cost of 1 mana you get an extra card, extra mana, evasion, and ramp. This will achieve so many great things when put on Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer that it's kind of scary.
But really, this can be excellent in almost any list that has access to red mana and runs creatures that need to attack. So the field of application is really wide for Sticky Fingers, while the cost is minimal.
Cormela, Glamour Thief
Here is another exciting commander from Streets of New Capenna, but this time in Grixis colors.
There is a fun little infinite mana combo with Cormela that you may want to try out:
- Cast Cormela, Glamour Thief.
- Cast any tutor card for Saw in Half.
- Use Saw in Half on Cormela, Glamour Thief.
- Get back Saw in Half from the graveyard.
- Cast Saw in Half on Cormela, Glamour Thief again.
- Get back the tutor card from the graveyard.
- Cast the tutor card for Dark Ritual.
- Cast Dark Ritual to make extra mana.
- Rinse and repeat steps 3 through 8 for infinite mana.
A simple nullify effect that deals with indestructible creatures for just 1 mana is a great deal for any commander player.
Witness Protection will quickly become a staple in blue decks, where they can also pitch it to Force of Will if needed be.
The only drawback here is the lack of Flash, as at instant speed this would be a completely broken spell. But hey, it's still better than Frogify!
Lastly, here is a small utility card that could help players, who can generate an infinite amount of colorless mana to connive non-stop.
It can work in decks that run Thassa's Oracle or Laboratory Maniac as win conditions, as you can easily deck yourslef with the help of Hypnotic Grifter.
This creature also fuels Underworld Breach, and other graveyard based lists that are so popular in commander these days.
That's all for the best 15 cards in MtG's Streets of New Capenna set. In addition to this list of the best Streets of New Capenna cards for commander, be sure to check out our other MtG guides and card lists here.