Izzet in Commander has no shortage of cards that make you want to play an "instants and sorceries matter" theme, and there are already plenty of legendary creatures that encourage this. But Veyran, Voice of Duality from Commander 2021 gives us an interesting new angle to build this type of deck and perhaps enables us to attack (like actually attack with creatures) in a different way than we're used to as Izzet mages!
The first thing we wanted to do a comprehensive Gatherer search for was every single permanent card that we can trigger an additional time with Veyran. It turns out there's quite a few:
1 Adeliz, the Cinder Wind 1 Archmage Emeritus 1 Aria of Flame 1 Bloodwater Entity 1 Deekah, Fractal Theorist 1 Docent of Perfection/Final Iteration 1 Double Vision 1 Dynavolt Tower 1 Electrostatic Field 1 Elemental Expressionist 1 Erratic Cyclops 1 Firemind's Research 1 Gelectrode 1 Guttersnipe 1 Jace's Sanctum 1 Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios/Journey to the Oracle 1 Kiln Fiend 1 Krark, the Thumbless 1 Mercurial Geists 1 Metallurgic Summonings 1 Mirari 1 Murmuring Mystic 1 Niblis of Frost 1 Nivix Cyclops 1 Niv-Mizzet, Parun 1 Primal Amulet/Primal Wellspring 1 Pyre Hound 1 Ral, Storm Conduit 1 Rockslide Sorcerer 1 Sentinel Tower 1 Shipwreck Douser 1 Sphinx-Bone Wand 1 Storm-Kiln Artist 1 Surrakar Spellblade 1 Swarm Intelligence 1 Talrand, Sky Summoner 1 The Mirari Conjecture 1 Thermo-Alchemist 1 Thousand-Year Storm 1 Trail of Evidence 1 Umara Mystic 1 Weaver of Lightning 1 Wee Dragonauts 1 Young Pyromancer 1 Aetherflux Reservoir 1 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer
There's so many options here that this archetype can definitely be built in several different ways. At first glance, it seems like it might be interesting to try and make an aggressive creature version work, though of course there are plenty of value cards that are just too good to not play.
Next up, we went searching for awesome instants and sorceries to cast with our copying and casting theme.
1 Mizzix's Mastery 1 Expansion/Explosion 1 Past in Flames 1 Narset's Reversal 1 Reinterpret 1 Reiterate 1 Reverberate 1 Fierce Guardianship 1 Increasing Vengeance 1 Deflecting Swat 1 Snap 1 Teach by Example 1 Rewind 1 Twincast 1 Force of Will 1 Treasure Cruise 1 Brain Freeze 1 Mind's Desire 1 Epic Experiment 1 Bonus Round 1 Surge to Victory 1 Inspiring Refrain 1 Finale of Promise 1 Immolating Gyre 1 Haze of Rage 1 Distortion Strike 1 Isochron Scepter 1 Twinning Staff 1 Grapeshot
Of course, to really supplement our ability to cast many instants and sorceries, we're going to want to include a healthy number of cantrips:
1 Expedite 1 Brainstorm 1 Ponder 1 Frantic Search 1 Preordain 1 Gitaxian Probe 1 Faithless Looting 1 Crimson Wisps 1 Shadow Rift 1 Accelerate 1 Leap 1 Impulse 1 Thermal Flux 1 Crash Through 1 Slip Through Space 1 Renegade Tactics 1 Overmaster 1 Sleight of Hand 1 Opt 1 Balduvian Rage 1 Chilling Trap 1 Fleeting Distraction 1 Magmatic Insight 1 Thought Scour 1 Mental Note 1 Obsessive Search 1 Panic 1 Peek
And of course for reference, our classic Izzet manabase:
1 Command Tower 1 Shivan Reef 1 Steam Vents 1 Sulfur Falls 1 Training Center 1 Temple of Epiphany 1 Riverglide Pathway/Lavaglide Pathway 1 Izzet Boilerworks 1 Cascade Bluffs 1 Scalding Tarn 1 Fiery Islet 1 Prismari Campus 1 Evolving Wilds 1 Prismatic Vista 1 Spirebluff Canal 1 Terramorphic Expanse 1 Volcanic Island 1 Swiftwater Cliffs 1 Volatile Fjord 1 Path of Ancestry 1 Izzet Guildgate 1 Caldera Lake 1 Highland Lake 1 Frostboil Snarl 1 Wandering Fumarole
If you're interested in getting started playing Veyran in EDH and want to get in at a low cost, check out this custom budget Veyran EDH deck that we built and have available for sale:
That's all for now! There's a lot of room to tinker with this deck to fully harness the power of Veyran, so we expect it to be fun to play for a long time!