Here is second in our series of the Top 25 Best Commander Cards Under $1. If you want to see the top 25 white cards click here.
Clone/Cackling Counterpart/Stolen Identity – Copying things is something blue does best in Commander, and some of the most powerful ways to do that are very cheap. Clone is a classic. Cackling Counterpart can only hit your stuff but instant speed blockers and ETB effects are always good. Stolen Identity, if ciphered onto the right creature, can turn the game in your favor since it can copy creatures AND artifacts. Repeatedly.
Ghostly Flicker/Deadeye Navigator – Ghostly Flicker is an amazingly versatile card. You can protect your artifacts, creatures, and lands from removal or get their ETB effects again. Deadeye Navigator seems a likely candidate for banning (that’s a discussion for another day), but until then it’s one of the most powerful creatures in the format and only costs fifty cents.
Pongify/Rapid Hybridization – You don’t want to give your opponents a 3/3, but you want their powerful creature even less. (As a side note, if you’re not using Inkwell Looter’s Frog-Lizard Token for Rapid Hybridization you’re doing it wrong.)
Arcane Denial/Dissipate/Faerie Trickery/Muddle the Mixture/Deprive/Forbid – Everyone knows that one of blue’s best tools is countermagic. All-stars like Cryptic Command and Force of Will have a hefty price tag, but these budget friendly options also see play in even the most powerful blue decks.
Dissipation Field – It probably has the most narrow application of any card on this list, but pillowfort decks are very popular. If your opponents have to re-cast their creatures every time they attack you they might consider going another way…especially if they’re playing tokens!
Bident of Thassa/Coastal Piracy – Blue doesn’t exactly specialize in turning dudes sideways, but if you’re playing a multicolor deck with more beaters then these two cards will help you keep the beats coming. Card advantage + aggro = BFFs
Trinket Mage – We’ll be taking a look at budget targets for this guy, but suffice it to say he can get all sorts of handy tools for blue decks.
Stormtide Leviathan – In my opinion, this guy is one of the most underplayed fatties in the format. Once he hits the table nobody is attacking but you. If someone does have fliers you can take care of them easily with a bounce spell.
Dreamscape Artist – At first glance this guy seems terrible, but then you remember you’re playing blue and anything that gives you ramp is fantastic. A repeatable Harrow, and it’s not like you won’t have extra cards to discard.
Kederekt Leviathan – Sea monster awesome points? Check. Easily bounced/flickered/generally recurred? Check. Make your opponents want to punch you? Most definitely.
AEtherize/Capsize/Echoing Truth/Into the Roil – If the leviathan isn’t taking care of all your bounce needs, then you have tons more options. Aetherize acts as a pseudo-Fog, Capsize is a nightmare, Echoing Truth takes care of token armies, and Into the Roil is half of Cryptic Command.
Diluvian Primordial/Knowledge Exploitation – It’s not enough to steal your opponent’s creatures. You also need to steal their spells, especially if they’re playing super expensive stuff you need to use, like a Damnation.
Mnemonic Wall/Archaeomancer – These two creatures are almost auto-includes in most of my blue decks. Blue has so many powerful instants and sorceries, and if you can blink them you’ll have a nasty recursion engine on your hands, if not a straight combo.
Honden of Seeing Winds/Mind Unbound – Honden is like a Phyrexian Arena that doesn’t ping you every turn, and Mind Unbound, if left for just three turns, will draw 6 cards. If it sticks around longer your opponents are just stupid.
Meletis Charlatan – This guy is combolicious to the extreme. You can copy everything from extra turn spells and Stolen Identity to simple draw and removal spells. Not to mention he’s a great political card.
Mulldrifter/Sphinx of Uthuun/Jace’s Archivist – Mulldrifter and the Sphinx are AMAZING blink targets, and Jace’s Archivist shines in decks that need to dig for certain cards or want to mill their opponents.
Elgaud Shieldmate – You’ll often find yourself pairing the Shieldmate with your commander. She’s a great option if you don’t have other ways of granting hexproof.
Ixidron/Curse of the Swine – These two cards will put powerful creatures in the awkward position of being face down or being piggies. Sure you’d rather your opponents not have creatures at all, but 2/2 tokens are not as intimidating. Not to mention you probably have ways of bouncing said tokens.
Crystal Shard – Lets you bounce your own creatures to replay them, or bounce your opponent’s stuff to give yourself some breathing room.
Spin into Myth/Phyrexian Ingester – Spin into Myth is definitely one of the best blue Commander cards in any price range. Being able to tuck a commander AFTER it’s on the battlefield is normally something only white can do. And Phyrexian Ingester is a great budget alternative to Duplicant.
Thada Adel, Acquisitor – There are so many things this girl can steal for you. So many Sol Rings, Swords of Protection and Value, Swiftfoot Boots, Gilded Lotuses, and even artifact lands.