Last updated on September 22, 2023

Mishra's Bauble - Illustration by Chippy

Mishra's Bauble | Illustration by Chippy

When you sit down for a game of Commander, do you like to durdle? Do you want to always be able to take actions, and a bunch of them at that?

Then eggs are for you, as are eggs decks. They may have storied histories across 60-card formats, but eggs and their decks aren’t common or well respected in EDH. You can get that hipster vibe from playing Stronghold cards and stuff.

You’re either hooked or repelled by that, right?

Even if a full breakfast of an eggs deck isn’t for you, the printing of Skullbombs might have piqued your interest in cantrippy artifacts as utility pieces. At the very least this look into the best “eggs” in MTG might be just what you need to get your durdle on, in big or small ways.

What Are Eggs in MTG?

Origin Spellbomb - Illustration by Franz Vohwinkel

Origin Spellbomb | Illustration by Franz Vohwinkel

“Eggs” are cheap artifacts that you can sacrifice to draw a card. It’s named after the Odyssey cycle of eggs, artifacts like this with the name “egg” like Darkwater Egg. This “egg” moniker became standard in the MTG community after a successful eggs deck was built with those Odyssey cards and versions of that strategy kept popping up over the next set of years. Stanisalv Cifka’s version even won a Pro Tour.

It’s confusing because there are cards that have “egg” in their name but aren’t considered this kind of egg, like Chimeric Egg, and the same is true for cards with the “egg” creature type, like Smoldering Egg. Many of both of those types of cards use a more narratively clear idea of how an egg works. It hatches a creature, like with the classic card Rukh Egg. Plus, there are lots of cards we consider eggs which you’d have no context for calling an egg without knowledge of this deckbuilding tradition, including Wizard's Rockets from Lord of the Rings.

Let’s crack into a ranking of 36 eggs in MTG. There are actually 47, but I’ve collapsed some of those entries. You’ll see why in a sec.

Best White Eggs

White gives a decent spread of the eggs updated for the original Mirrodin block, the implements from Kaladesh block and the newer Skullbombs from Phyrexia: All Will Be One. None are super great, but eggs in Commander requires attention to color. Given the needs of affinity commanders like Urza, Chief Artificer, perhaps these can find an unexpected home?

#4. Origin Spellbomb

Origin Spellbomb

Never really played in competitive eggs decks, Origin Spellbomb costs two mana to sac for a card and a token is just too much.

#3. Sunbeam Spellbomb

Sunbeam Spellbomb

Sunbeam Spellbomb gives you five life or a card. Rookie numbers.

#2. Basilica Skullbomb

Basilica Skullbomb

Not a rookie anymore, but mos def a little weak. Basilica Skullbomb was almost playable in Limited. Almost.

#1. Implement of Improvement

Implement of Improvement

Life plus a card for one mana is a fine enough trade for Implement of Improvement, which improves on the white spellbombs that preceded it.

Best Blue Eggs

Blue is arguably the most consistently useful color for eggs in EDH.

#5. Flight Spellbomb

Flight Spellbomb

Flight Spellbomb is the basic rate. Fine.

#4. Surgical Skullbomb

Surgical Skullbomb

Into the Roil at sorcery speed, with a basic egg crack for one card option as well as being an artifact object? I don’t see why Surgical Spellbomb isn’t in more EDH decks. Awesome to copy with Mishra, Eminent One in certain matchups.

#3. Combat Courier

Combat Courier

A walking egg! Combat Courier is sneaky awesome. Would you pay one more for a 1/1 egg that you can unearth for the tradeoff of cracking it costs two? Of course you would!

#2. Witching Well

Witching Well

The scry 2 ETB on Witching Well is gas, given how much topdeck manipulation an eggs build likes. Cracking this egg is more expensive, but it gives better value.

#1. Aether Spellbomb

Aether Spellbomb

Total gas. The Unsummon on Aether Spellbomb doesn’t draw you a card, but the flexibility here is wicked. This is the most played egg in EDH for a reason.

Best Black Eggs

One good one! Check it out.

#3. Necrogen Spellbomb

Necrogen Spellbomb

A discard option on a basic egg was never great for Necrogen Spellbomb, and that’s even less good in Commander.

#2. Dross Skullbomb

Dross Skullbomb

Basic egg plus overcosted Raise Dead. I can see Dross Skullbomb getting broken, but not yet.

#1. Nihil Spellbomb

Nihil Spellbomb

Eating a graveyard was a decent option on Nihil Spellbomb back in the day, but that’s absolutely premium in EDH.

Best Red Eggs

These have not aged well, but one was the key card in the archetype back in the day!

#4. Furnace Skullbomb

Furnace Skullbomb

There’s just not enough oil counter synergies for Furnace Skullbomb to matter.

#3. Implement of Combustion

Implement of Combustion

Will Implement of Combustion matter more in an Ob Nixilis, Captive Kingpin deck? Seems unlikely, but perhaps.

#2. Panic Spellbomb

Panic Spellbomb

There have been times when Panic Spellbomb was in my Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest Voltron Commander deck. Not anymore, but prowess + artifacts looks more and more viable in a world of Narset, Enlightened Exile.

#1. Pyrite Spellbomb

Pyrite Spellbomb

Pyrite Spellbomb was the wincon for the Cifka version of eggs, comboing off with mana enablers, Second Sunrise, and Conjurer's Bauble to cast it forever. It’s still valuable for its utility in artifacts matter EDH decks.

Best Green Eggs

You’d expect the green ones to be the worst. You’d be right.

#4. Lifespark Spellbomb

Lifespark Spellbomb

Not relevant or efficient. No to Lifespark Spellbomb.

#3. Horizon Spellbomb

Horizon Spellbomb

I’m not sure the inefficient ramp plus inefficient egg combo on Horizon Spellbomb works out.

#2. Maze Skullbomb

Maze Skullbomb

I’m not sure the inefficient combat trick plus inefficient egg combo on Maze Skullbomb works out.

#1. Implement of Ferocity

Implement of Ferocity

Sorcery speed for a basic egg crack plus a counter. Implement of Ferocity is kinda meh.

Best Multicolored Eggs

These are all the OG eggs from Odyssey. Have they still got it?

Sorta. Unless you’re doing a full eggs buildaround, these don’t really work. Back in the day, Alan Comer’s Odyssey block deck used four of each with Moment's Peace to stay alive while spewing squirrels with Nantuko Shrine. It was a bit durdly even then. In Commander, the filtering might be helpful for some kind of 5-color egg build? I can’t really compare these except for the colors of your Commander.

Best Colorless Eggs

There are a few EDH staples in here.

#16. Basic Eggs

Scroll of Avacyn, Inscribed Tablet, Phyrexian Furnace, Jack-o'-Lantern, and Barbed Sextant are fine enough basic eggs. Need salt, though.

#15. Golden Egg + Guild Globe + Elsewhere Flask

Arguably not real eggs, Golden Egg, Guild Globe, and Elsewhere Flash cost two and don’t crack for mana. They do ETB to draw a card, though, which is why folks play them.

#14. Silent Gravestone

Silent Gravestone

Silent Gravestone is graveyard hate the hard way. Effective in a pinch, but ouch.

#13. Terrarion


A riff on the OG eggs. I can’t see Terrarion outside of Draft.

#12. Wizard’s Rockets

Wizard's Rockets

Wizard's Rockets is a strictly better Terrarion. Is that good enough? We’ll see.

#11. Fountain of Renewal

Fountain of Renewal

The constant tick of lifegain is just what those decks want, so the three mana to crack Fountain of Renewal is fine.

#10. Lantern of the Lost

Lantern of the Lost

A good egg for targeting graveyards. But Lantern of the Lost exiles itself, which makes it lesser than some of the cards to come.

#9. Scrabbling Claws

Scrabbling Claws

The constant drip of tap to ruin a reanimator deck’s life at instant speed is super mean, but that’s why we love Scrabbling Claws. It’s hard to motivate myself to ever sac it.

#8. Brainstone


Sac Brainstone and do a Brainstorm for two mana. Sure. Eggs decks like that.

#7. Chromatic Sphere

Chromatic Sphere

Arguably the best egg. Chromatic Sphere is flexible and fits where you want it while fixing your mana. No notes.

#6. Chromatic Star

Chromatic Star

Okay, one note. Chromatic Star is strictly better because it draws a card when someone else kills it, not just with a sac.

#5. Conjurer’s Bauble

Conjurer's Bauble

Being able to put Second Sunrise back into an otherwise empty deck is what made the old eggs decks work, and you gotta have Conjurer's Bauble for that. Outside of such combos, this is still a reasonable egg.

#4. Arcum’s Astrolabe

Arcum's Astrolabe

Arcum's Astrolabe is not quite a “real” egg, but it’s banned in multiple formats for the easy multicolor fixing. Of course good in EDH snow decks.

#3. Soul-Guide Lantern + Relic of Progenitus

Soul-Guide Lantern and Relic of Progenitus are staple graveyard hate in EDH.

#2. Ichor Wellspring

Ichor Wellspring

Not totally an egg, but Ichor Wellspring gets it done. Like a yolk without a shell?

#1. Mishra’s Bauble

Mishra's Bauble

Mishra's Bauble is total gas. It animates a million Emry, Lurker of the Loch, Banishing Knack, or Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle combos, and it just has a lot of nice simple utility.

Best Eggs Payoffs

What we’re talking about here are the pieces that made the classic eggs decks work as well as the pieces you need to build an eggs deck in Commander today.


Eggs decks from 10 years ago that rocked their meta tended to supplement the eggy cantrip rocks with additional card draw and card filtering to get to the pieces they needed faster. Do we need that today? Likely, as there just aren’t enough eggs to make it all work smoothly. Tutors like Reshape and card draw matter, as do some bits of interaction, especially removal and counterspells.

Mana Sources

The classic eggs decks added cheap mana rocks into their combos, which were built on recurring cheap or free artifacts from the graveyard. That got your eggs back in the basket, but along the way these cards powered the combo with at times infinite mana to toss into keeping the combo going and eventually a wincon. The classics here are:


You need to start looping things back from the graveyard, and here are some of the classics that still work:


Classic wincons like Nantuko Shrine or Krark-Clan Ironworks might still work, but you can add your levels of grit to these decks depending on how you see this up the chain of power level. If you get a combo rolling, you get infinite cast triggers and infinite mana while potentially blowing through your deck. Take your pick of Aetherflux Reservoir builds, various kinds of Fireball or even Thassa's Oracle for your finishing touches. And you can always go with Reckless Fireweaver types of cards.

Example Eggs Deck

Academy Ruins - Illustration by Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai

Academy Ruins | Illustration by Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai

Commander (1)

Breya, Etherium Shaper

Creatures (28)

Breya's Apprentice
Combat Courier
Emry, Lurker in the Loch
Etherium Sculptor
Foundry Inspector
Disciple of the Vault
Goblin Engineer
Goblin Welder
Hanna, Ship's Navigator
Hedron Detonator
Ingenious Artillerist
Jan Jansen, Chaos Crafter
Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain
Kappa Cannoneer
Losheel, Clockwork Scholar
Marionette Master
Osgir, the Reconstructor
Reckless Fireweaver
Sai, Master Thopterist
Scrap Trawler
Scrap Welder
Sly Requisitioner
Urza, Lord High Artificer
Tameshi, Reality Architect
Transplant Theorist
Vedalken Archmage
Walking Ballista

Instants (2)

Faith's Reward
Second Sunrise

Sorceries (5)

Brilliant Restoration
Dance of the Manse
Open the Vaults
Wake the Past

Artifacts (31)

Aether Spellbomb
Aetherflux Reservoir
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Star
Codex Shredder
Conjurer's Bauble
Darkwater Egg
Dross Skullbomb
Flight Spellbomb
Grinding Station
Helm of Awakening
Ichor Wellspring
Krark-Clan Ironworks
Lotus Petal
Mind Stone
Mishra's Bauble
Mystic Forge
Nihil Spellbomb
Pyrite Spellbomb
Relic of Progenitus
Scrabbling Claws
Shadowblood Egg
Skycloud Egg
Sol Ring
Soul-Guide Lantern
Surgical Spellbomb
Thopter Foundry
Trading Post
Witching Well
Wizard's Rockets

Lands (33)

Academy Ruins
Archaeological Dig
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Buried Ruin
Cephalid Coliseum
Command Tower
Deserted Beach
Exotic Orchard
Flooded Strand
Ghost Quarter
Godless Shrine
Hallowed Fountain
Haunted Ridge
Inventor's Fair
Luxury Suite
Marsh Flats
Morphic Pool
Phyrexia's Core
Polluted Delta
Sacred Foundry
Sea of Clouds
Scalding Tarn
Shipwreck March
Spectator Seating
Spire of Industry
Steam Vents
The Mycosynth Gardens
Training Center
Treasure Vault
Urza's Saga
Vault of Champions

In case you really want to give it a go, here’s a sample deck you can explore commanded by Breya, Etherium Shaper. It has a variety of wincons, but it isn’t easy to play and isn’t really super high powered. I’ve left off cards that would work great in the deck but are really expensive like Lion's Eye Diamond, although there are fetch lands in here.

It’s difficult to manage the balance of creatures to eggs, so consider this list a first draft. Or food for thought with a sample of different structures of wincons. You could go all in on the Aetherflux Reservoir stuff or the Disciple of the Vault stuff if you want to develop the list further.

There’s also very little interaction in the deck. I’m not suggesting that is the correct build, but this shows off the best eggs and supporting cast. As you focus the deck, swapping out maybe ten things for interaction of your choice would be a good thing.

Wrap Up

Nihil Spellbomb - Ilustration by Franz Vohwinkel

Nihil Spellbomb | Ilustration by Franz Vohwinkel

I love eggs and eggs decks. I love the idea of turning something that seems so silly and innocent into a winning deck. But I also think, in a world of artifact heavy EDH decks, that a lot more of these cards should see utility play in the format.

How about you? A favorite egg left out of the deck? Let me know in the comments below, or over in the Draftsim Discord.

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