The Best Connivance Cards in Magic: The Gathering

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With the release of The Streets of New Capenna in Magic: The Gathering, we have five new mechanics to accompany each of the crime families that run this beautiful city. Brokers introduce shield counters to Magic’s multiverse, Cabaretti make alliances, Riveteers charge towards their enemies, Maestros take casualties, and Obscura are complicit. While each family is always trying to get the better of their opponents, the Obscura might have the most effective mechanism for that.

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Collusion lets you draw a card and discard a card (called plunder), and if the discarded card isn’t a land, then a creature gets a +1/+1 counter. Thus, the Obscura always look to the future and prepare their members accordingly. Connive promises to add to a number of deck archetypes across multiple formats. Here are the best cards for action.

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ten Obscura Confluence is three times more complicit

Obscura Confluence is a card seen in New Capenna’s preconstructed Commander decks, so it naturally has a higher power level than the majority of cards in the Standard set. It’s an instant speed spell with three different modes, for the low mana value of four. Talk about efficiency.

Most conniving Standard cards are attached to creatures. Obscura Confluence lets you choose a creature to connivance, and you can give it to them three times, thanks to the “You can choose the same mode multiple times” clause.

9 Mask Of The Schemer is Obscura’s accomplice artifact

Mask of the Schemer is an artifact that lets you connivance multiple times, and is another card in the Obscura Commander deck. So don’t expect to play this in your Standard deck. Unlike most conniving cards that can be used as cantrips, Mask of the Schemer asks you to wait until you’ve attacked. However, this is the only downside of this card.

Mask of the Schemer’s mana value and equip cost are reminiscent of Mirran swords, like Sword of Fire and Ice, which only cost three to play and two to equip. Where the mask lacks protection, it more than makes up for the card advantage.

8 Kamiz, Obscura Oculus is a team player

Too bad Kamiz, Obscura Oculus isn’t playable in Standard, because he adds so much to a deck. Not only does it provide connivance when a creature attacks, but it also makes that creature unblockable. Kamiz doesn’t even need to attack for this ability to trigger.

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If that wasn’t powerful enough, Kamiz continues by giving a double strike to another attacking creature. The only stipulation here is that the creature that gets the double strike must have less power than the one that plotted – which isn’t difficult, as connivance usually pumps the creature.

7 Lethal Scheme is colluding with a returning mechanic

A mana value of four might seem a bit high for some one-time kills, especially considering that most plank wipes cost the same. However, Lethal Scheme comes with the summon mechanic, which lets you pay the mana cost by tapping untapped creatures.

When the spell has been cast, Lethal Scheme sends a creature or planeswalker to the graveyard. Then, all creatures that invoked this spell colluded. That’s up to four drawn cards, and potentially four creatures that get a +1/+1 counter.

6 Refine, seer intriguing helps from afar

As one of the best commanders in Streets of New Capenna, expect to see the leader of Obscura conniving in many formats. Refine, seer intriguing is a cheap creature that has a lot to offer on the battlefield. A quarter body for three mana is incredibly stealthy. It may not seem like much, but considering everything it offers, it’s a lot. He’s a flyer, which allows him some evasion, and he’s protected by Ward 1.

Next, we get into the meat and potatoes of this type. It offers a friendly attacking creature each time you attack. Raffine doesn’t even need to attack for this ability to trigger. So if you need a solution to something on the battlefield, you can find it in the middle of an attack.

As Obscura Interceptor has a flash and returns a spell to its owner’s hand, it’s reminiscent of Venser, Shaper Savant from the Future Sight set. Obscura Interceptor offers something a little more than that, however, as it can be complicit.

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Being able to flash in Interceptor, rebound a spell, loot, and possibly pump Obscura Interceptor is a lot for a single spell to do. Playing him at instant speed gives him so much versatility. It will be automatic inclusion in any tempo or checklist.

4 Body Whitener – The Resuscitator

Body Launderer has the potential to draw a lot of cards and become an imposing force. Since connivance is triggered every time a non-symbolic creature dies, this guy could find a home in an Aristocrats-type deck – one that puts you in control of how your creatures die. With the right sacrifice hold, this is a powerful card. This could very well be one of the best black cards in the set.

It’s not legendary, so you can have several on the battlefield simultaneously. You’ll be able to walk through your deck with no problem, and his stats are already quite impressive with a 3/3 body. Connive only promises to make him stronger.

3 Changing Plans Offers Protection

Another card in Commander 2022’s Obscura Operation deck, Change of Plans offers card advantage as well as protection. Disappearance does not simply mean exile. This forces players to treat anything eliminated as if it’s no longer part of the game. Change of Plans allows its controller to protect one or more creatures from certain death. And, when said creatures return to the battlefield, they will most likely be stronger than before.


2 Raffine’s silencer is a necessary sacrifice

Spells are great and all, but creatures with spells attached to them are even better. Refine’s Silencer is a suppression spell with a body. When looting with this creature, it’s important to discard a nonland so it can gain a +1/+1 counter. This way, when he dies, he can take an opponent’s creature with him.

Giving -2/-2 to another creature might not seem like much, but it will most likely have more than one counter on it. With the right deck with the right spells, Raffine’s silencer can easily be pumped multiple times, even knocking out Titan of Industry.


1 Toluz, astute conductor saves for the long term

Toluz, Clever Conductor is a powerful card. It is surprising that it was not printed with the Commander set. But no, Toluz slipped through the cracks and ended up in the main extension, securing a place in Standard. For the cost of three mana, Toluz potentially lands on the battlefield as a 4/2 ready to deal damage.

Her body is not the point of interest here. The nice thing about this accomplice card is that every card you discard, not just those discarded by Toluz, is stored in exile. When Toluz eventually dies, those exiled cards come into your hand. Throw Toluz into a deck full of friendly spells, and there shouldn’t be a time when you’ll be empty-handed.

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