Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines

Published December 14th, 2022

Commander (1)

Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines

Lands (35)

Ancient Tomb
Arid Mesa
Castle Ardenvale
Cavern of Souls
Eiganjo Castle
Emeria, the Sky Ruin
Field of the Dead
Flagstones of Trokair
Flooded Strand
High Market
Inventors’ Fair
Marsh Flats
Myriad Landscape
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Plains x8
Snow-Covered Plains x8
Strip Mine
Thespian’s Stage
Urza’s Saga
War Room
Windswept Heath

Artifacts (20)

Arcane Signet
Archaeomancer’s Map
Ashnod’s Altar
Coveted Jewel
Crucible of Worlds
Expedition Map
Kaldra Compleat
Lightning Greaves
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Nim Deathmantle
Pearl Medallion
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sol Ring
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Hearth and Home
The Mightstone and Weakstone
Tsabo’s Web

Enchantments (8)

Aura of Silence
Blessed Sanctuary
Blind Obedience
Felidar Retreat
Grasp of Fate
Legion’s Landing // Adanto, the First Fort
Teleportation Circle
Touch the Spirit Realm

Instants (4)

Enlightened Tutor
Swords to Plowshares
Teferi’s Protection
Unexpectedly Absent

Sorceries (6)

Austere Command
Search for Glory
Sevinne’s Reclamation
Vanquish the Horde
Wrath of God

Planeswalkers (2)

Elspeth Resplendent
Karn, the Great Creator

//Creatures (24)

Aerial Extortionist
Angel of Invention
Archon of Emeria
Cavalier of Dawn
Charming Prince
Drannith Magistrate
Eldrazi Displacer
Esper Sentinel
Felidar Guardian
Fiend Hunter
Karmic Guide
Knight of the White Orchid
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Loran of the Third Path
Ranger-Captain of Eos
Recruiter of the Guard
Restoration Angel
Serra Ascendant
Skyclave Apparition
Solemn Simulacrum
Stoneforge Mystic
Sun Titan
Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Elesh Norn returns with a new Praetor Unsymmetrical ability to disable your opponents triggers for permanents entering the battlefield and double your own. While leaning into the strengths and making up for the weaknesses of mono-white I ended up with something functionally explosive and irritating.

Double Up

Abusing the additional trigger wasn’t too difficult. Much in like with Yarok, the Desecrated and documented synergies with Panharmonicon the extent of value gained can be explosive. This can significantly help with the limitations of mono-white such as by using and reusing Coveted Jewel for card draw and a number of different lines of play for ramp.

Flicker Things

Now the exponential part of the value is reusing the double enter the battlefield triggers by flickering. Touch the Spirit Realm for instance acts as both a pseudo Oblivion Ring and Flicker at the same time while being retrievable by Cavalier of Dawn or tutored by Enlightened Tutor. Teleportation Circle is my preference in this deck but there are loops with Felidar Guardian and Charming Prince or Restoration Angel.

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Elesh Norn has lots of fun casual value but it’s effect like many other Praetors would not feel fit for a casual table. It seems to be a good mid power deck with lots of powerful plays while keeping control with hatebear pieces scattered throughout. If nothing else, it’s quite enjoyable to be an interactable deck that can accidentally infinite with all sorts of strange pieces on board.

Article by Cascade.Cascade

The editor-in-chief and creator of Command Beacon. They started playing Magic during the Scars of Mirrodin block and hasn’t been able to stop since.


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